Orr, John Herbert, 1911-1984.

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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

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creatorOf Orr, John Herbert, 1911-1984. Papers, 1940-1984. Auburn University.
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associatedWith Ampex Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Camras, Marvin. person
associatedWith Chappell, Clovis Gillham, 1882-1972. person
associatedWith De Seversky, Alexander P. (Alexander Procofieff), 1894-1974. person
associatedWith Falwell, Jerry. person
associatedWith First United Methodist Church (Opelika, Ala.) corporateBody
associatedWith Frost, David, 1939 Apr. 7- person
associatedWith Hargis, Billy James, 1925- person
associatedWith Harris, Pierce. person
associatedWith Hill, Napoleon, 1883-1970. person
associatedWith Jackson Tubing and Conduit Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, E. Stanley (Eli Stanley), 1884-1973. person
associatedWith Kimbrough, Edward, 1918- person
associatedWith MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964. person
associatedWith McFarland, Ken, 1944- person
associatedWith Moore, Arthur J. (Arthur James), 1888-1974. person
associatedWith National Council of Churches. corporateBody
associatedWith Nightingale, Earl. person
associatedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994. person
associatedWith ORRadio Industries. corporateBody
associatedWith Orrtronic Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Peale, Norman Vincent, 1898-1993. person
associatedWith Redhead, John A. person
associatedWith United Methodist Church (U.S.). Alabama-West Florida Conference. corporateBody
associatedWith United Methodist Church (U.S.). Division of Television, Radio, and Film Commission. corporateBody
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Sound recording industry
Race relations
Radio broadcasting
Propaganda, Anti-communist


Birth 1911

Death 1984

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