From WSM Radio:
Our entire staff is saddened to hear the news of the passing of our longtime coworker and friend, Mr. Hairl Hensley.
Considered the Dean of the Grand Ole Opry announcers, Hairl's voice was heard over the WSM airways for many years. He became a member of the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 1995.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.
Rest in Peace, dear friend.
(He was very involved with not only the Opry and WSM but also with the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, The Porter Wagoner Show, and so many others. In the late 1950's he was doing overnights on WKDA in Nashville, after which he was the program director at WLAC in Nashville. Hairl left WSM in February 2004, where he was host of the daily bluegrass show "The Orange Possum Special." He continued for several more years as an Opry announcer before retiring).