A native of Nashville, TN, John Horrell began his professional career at age 19 as the first on-air engineer for what is now FOX17. While studying at Belmont University, John worked with Nashville Public Television and also received his first class FCC Radio/Telephone license.
John played many roles during the 1980’s, including partner in the venerable Nashville real estate firm Horrell Properties and creator and President of Broadcast Marketing Associates. Under John’s guidance, BMA created and syndicated the wildly popular “Spotlight on Country” television program to over 90% of the nation. More television properties followed during this time including the syndication of the “Ernest” character played by actor and comedian, Jim Varney.
In 1995, BMA created Nashville’s first traffic service for radio and television. BMA also offered a wide array of services including installation of large-scale PA systems, television control rooms and related spaces. Clients included churches, universities, hospitals and production facilities. Purchased by Metro Networks, Inc. In 1998, the BMA Traffic Network supported 32 radio stations and Nashville’s three major television networks.
In 2000, John formed Durrell, L.L.C. with then partner Steve Durr to create one of the nation’s foremost audio design/integration firms. With over 200 recording studios constructed, Durrell is a leader in quality sound. Durrell has also quickly become a leader in not only public address systems, but also complete audio management services for the top sporting events in the world. Durrell’s Pro Audio Division has CURRENT annual contractual relationships with The Kansas City Chiefs, The Kansas City Royals, Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Pacers, Nashville Predators, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Tennessee Titans, The Detroit lions, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, and the Milwaukee Brewers to name a few.
Today, Durrell’s Pro Audio serves over 14 million fans each year, with John Horrell as president and sole owner.