Though a radio broadcaster at heart, Gerry House learned from his years as the star of Nashville's country superstation, WSIX-FM, and began writing country hits of his own.
Born March 28, 1948, in Independence, Ky., House learned the manners of country life more than the music. He studied law in Nashville but got involved with radio by chance. After graduation, House worked as a rock DJ until WSIX's parent company moved him from its AM rock station to its major FM country station, where he soon set up "The House Foundation," a morning show that has become legendary in Nashville and has had #1 ratings in the morning slot for the past 12 years.
House's show, which combines humor, news and storytelling with a smattering of country songs, has repeatedly earned him the Academy of Country Music's Air Personality of the Year award. In the '90s, House began to moonlight as a songwriter. His 1992 album, Bull, is full of humorous songs, such as "My Jeans Are Too Tight," which show respect for the music they parody.
House also has written hundreds of more serious songs, several of which have become hits, including Reba McEntire's "Little Rock" and George Strait's "The Big One." Last year, his song "Thirteen Mile Goodbye" appeared on Randy Travis' A Man Ain't Made of Stone. But House's first love is his show, which broadcasts from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays.
Other birthdays Tuesday: Charlie McCoy, 59, and Reba McEntire, 45.