Terry Woodward

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Terry Woodward

Department: Laureate

Inducted in 2019

As a teenager in 1952, Terry worked part-time in his father’s business Wax Works, Owensboro’s only record shop, where he stocked and sold merchandise. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1964 with a degree in industrial administration. Over the next four years, he spent time at Texas Instruments, the Owensboro-Daviess County Hospital, and Modern Welding Company. In 1968, he returned full-time to Wax Works which was a record store as well as a “one-stop” distributor of recorded product to other retail outlets.

In the 1980’s Wax Works began opening a chain of music retail stores called Disc Jockey. They also became a video distributor in the new emerging video industry. In the 1990’s Wax Works continued the expansion of its retail stores, growing to 240 stores located in 37 different states, making it the 5th largest music chain in the nation. Wax Works also expanded rapidly as a video distributor, opening warehouses in Memphis, TN, Louisville, KY, and Columbus, OH to service its 5,000 plus customer base.

Wax Works sold its Disc Jockey chain in 2000 and focused on the video industry and fulfillment opportunities with Walmart.com, QVC, Groupon, Fanatics, and several other vendors. In 2006 they turned their focus to sports DVDs, which led to a strong relationship with ESPN, NASCAR, NBA, FOX Sports, and ABC Sports, that still flourishes today.

For more than 5 decades Owensboro, Kentucky’s native, Terry Woodward and Wax Works, Video Works, Disc Jockey and Team Marketing have been major players in the entertainment industry. During this same time period Terry has shared his time and talent by serving and/or chairing several boards. In 2018, he was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Terry has created a lasting impact on the community of Owensboro.

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