lee moore - Inducted 2000
Lee Moore (born: Circleville, OH, September 24, 1914) is best remembered as The Coffee Drinking Nite-Hawk from his stint at WWVA, where he spent twenty five years. He was also a recording artist and performer. Lee started singing on radio in 1931 while still in high school. He went on the road with Doc Schneider and His Texas Yodeling Cowboys playing dobro and guitar before joining WPAY, Portsmouth, OH. Moore then moved to WCMI Ashland KY, WCHS, Charleston, WV and WHIS, Bluefield, WV, where he performed at the coal camps at night. He then moved to WSVA, Harrisonburg, VA, KNKF, Shenandoah, IA . After a few other stops he joined WWVA (1949-1974). Where he hosted the overnight show as a disc jockey and often performed on the WWVA Jamboree. At the time, WWVA's nighttime signal was the only source of Country music for many fans in the northeast, and many New Yorkers listened to Lee. He received mail from listeners from Newfoundland to Bermuda. He was known for his coffee drinking routine, in which he would elaborately describe the preparation of his favorite beverage, as well as for commercials selling red top baby chicks, the Lord's Last Supper tablecloths and used work clothes. After leaving WWVA, Moore continued to play bluegrass festivals throughout the northeast until his death on August 17, 1997. Lee Moore was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame in 2000.