In 1945, Elvis made his first public radio broadcast. Elvis stood on a chair at ten years old and sang “Old Shep,” finishing fifth in a youth talent contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show at the Tupelo Fairgrounds. WELO Radio broadcasts the talent show.
In 1946, Elvis and his mother went to Tupelo Hardware where Elvis wanted to purchase a .22 caliber rifle. Gladys persuaded Elvis to look at a guitar, which store employees allowed him to try out. Elvis decided he wanted the guitar, his mother purchased it for him, and his pastor, Bro. Frank Smith, taught him how to play it. Elvis could often be seen around town with his guitar in hand. In 1948, Elvis played his guitar and sang a farewell tribute to his Milam Junior High class before moving to Memphis where his father hoped to make a better life for his family.