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Charlie Monk
2014 Inductee

Beginning as a teenage announcer on his hometown radio station in Geneva, AL., Charlie Monk has pursued a career taking him to a leadership position in the Nashville Music Industry.

Following work with radio and television stations in Troy, Tuscaloosa and Mobile, Monk took a job with WMTS in Murfreesboro, and began a popular program of interviews and music, broadcasting from Nashville's music row.

In 1970, he joined the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, and learned the publishing business from the inside out.

In 1977 he took over CBS Songs and directed it to one of the top publishing companies in Nashville. He formed his own independent publishing company in 1983, and in 1988 joined Opryland Music Group as creative services director for AcuffRose Inc. (BMI) and its affiliated ASCAP company, Milene Music Inc. He has signed such acts as Randy Travis, Holly Dunn, Keith Stegall, Aaron Tippin, Kenny Chesney, Buddy Brock, and Chris Waters.

As a songwriter his songs have been recorded by Jerry Reed, Eddy Arnold, Pat Boone, Jimmy Dean, Louise Mandrell, and Charlie Pride.

Monk has won CMA and Gospel Music Association awards for his work in radio, CLIO awards for commercials and BMI & ASCAP awards as a songwriter. He is one of the founders of the Country Radio Seminar, is a member of the board of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc., a member of the CMA, Academy of Country Music, Gospel Music Association, NARAS, NSAI, AFTRA, and Copyright Society of the South.