Orr, a native of Lee County, Ala., was a significant figure in the sound recording industry. He worked at radio station WAPI while in high school during the 1920s, and founded WJHO in Opelika, Ala., in 1940. Orr served in the U.S. Army Psychological Warfare Division during World War II and was responsible for capturing German magnetic recording equipment and personnel.
Began producing magnetic tape under name of ORRadio Industries after war, then merged with Ampex Corp. in 1959. Pioneer in "electronic church" of 1950s, advocated use of radio and television by Methodists. Lay leader in Alabama-West Florida Methodist Conference during turbulent civil rights era.
From the description of Papers, 1940-1984. (Auburn University). WorldCat record id: 42361284