Ozarks radio legend celebrates milestone, embraces change

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NIXA, Mo. (KY3) - This weekend an Ozarks radio icon is celebrating a milestone and announcing a change. The Old Record Collector appreciates his history, while embracing what's to come.

Wayne Glenn says he's happiest when he's listening to music, and that's exactly what he's been doing for the last 50 years.

"I started collecting phonograph records in 1969," Glenn said.

His first record was a gift to himself for his college graduation. He completed a teaching degree from, what is now, Missouri State University.

He gets his records from auctions, garage sales, flea markets and referrals. At his last count, he had 15,000 records, and thus Glenn is appropriately known as the Old Record Collector.

"I love the sound of the old scratchy records, but today you can't get by playing old scratchy records. We use CDs, we use digital," he said.

Glenn turned his hobby into a profession. His voice has flooded airwaves in the Ozarks for more than 40 years on his weekly show "Remember When."

"In the 1970's when I started, I was playing music that was old then, from the '20s, '30s and '40s, now old is '70s, '80s, '90s."

He said he's not surprised the connection with music and listeners has lasted so long.

"There will always be an interest in some kind of phonograph record. It may not be the kind I collect or the kind you like but there are always people that love to look into the past, and that's their good times," Glenn said. "So why not bring that out?"

Now the time has come for change. Glenn announced Saturday's edition of "Remember When" would receive a reboot.

"After not missing a show for 42 years and doing a 7-hour live show, the time came for me to do what I'm calling, reboot," Glenn said.

The show will change from seven hours to one hour. It will now air on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. on KTXR. Glenn is also dropping his Sunday show all together, but this collector wants to make one thing very clear.

"Well I'm not quitting, I'm just cutting back," Glenn said.

He said he'll continue to collect records and share them with listeners.

"One of the things I enjoy the most today, as much as ever, is putting a record or a CD in my truck, and listening to some happy music. It makes me happy," he said.

Glenn said he'll stay busy writing his next book on Ozarks' history and continue to collect records. The first one-hour edition of 'Remember When' will air next Saturday, August 17.

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