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PARIS (August 23) — Bart Herbison, executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, was the featured speaker at the Paris Rotary Club on Thursday, August 23.
Herbison is a graduate of Henry County High School and worked 14 years in local radio.
He attributed his career in radio to winning a 4-H speaking contest and delivering his speech at the Paris Rotary Club in 1973 or 74. He worked with WMUF Radio, owned by Gary Benton.
Herbison served in the communications departments for House Speaker Ned McWherther and later Governor McWherter, and Congressman Cooper. State Representative Don Ridgeway made the introduction to McWherter. Herbison said Ridgeway was his champion.
McWherter asked Herbison to help with the music jingle for the campaign. Herbison wrote the words and Byron Gallimore of Puryear created the jingle and laid down the music. Gallimore is now a highly successful music producer. His artists include Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
When Herbison worked for Congressman Bob Clement his area of concentration was in the area of music, which led to his association with the Nashville Songwriters Association.
The association is working with Congress to pass the Music Modernization Act to assure songwriters are adequately compensated for their work. Herbison said the legislation has been on Capitol Hill for 13 years and is now close to passage.