Former Turner Network Personality Tom Brown, currently Program Director and 6-10am Morning Host on Sunny 93.3 is the speaker for Museum Moments at the Union County Heritage Museum Thursday, September 16, 12 noon.
Tom’s career spanned 17 years at Turner Classic Movies in Atlanta as the Vice President of Original Productions, overseeing the Robert Osborne studio unit and all original long form productions. Multiple Emmy nominations followed. “No wins, but it’s an honor to be nominated!” he said.
Brown was born just outside of Roswell, New Mexico Air Force Base. He moved at age four to Tupelo with his parents, and he entered showbiz as a teenager with his first job: projectionist at the Malco Theatres. (Yes, he thinks the Lyric is haunted) .
His career in television started after graduation from Ole Miss when Tom got a job overnights at WTVA in Tupelo. There Tom shot commercials, local sports highlights and hosted the live on-air “Wheel of Fortune” giveaways. “Spinning and winning!” Continuing in television now as an entertainment reporter, Tom moved to Shreveport and St. Louis where he also served as a radio morning co-host and reporter. For over ten years he traveled to Los Angeles, New York City and all over the country, conducting interviews with hundreds of celebrities. His favorites to interview were Tom Hanks, Robin Williams and Burt Reynolds.
A thread that has been woven throughout Tom’s life is his love of Elvis Presley. He produced multiple Elvis projects for TCM and has worked over 17 years with Elvis Presley Enterprises hosting live events and the Youtube series, “Gates of Graceland.” Tom also hosts the Tupelo Elvis Festival and co-produces and hosts the Nashville Elvis Festival. Tom is happy to be back where he comes from in Tupelo with his wife Lisa and their three dogs The Nash, Maxine and Millie. He spends his free time as he has for many years – watching Johnny Carson on Youtube. He is known as the “Johnny Carson of the Elvis World”
A brown bag lunch will be provided by Historic Northside Garden Club.
Jill Smith, Director
Union County Heritage Museum
114 Cleveland Street
New Albany, MS 38652