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  • Feb 1, 1928
    Harry Stone becomes a staff announcer for WSM-AM in Nashville. He will eventually take over as general manager of the Grand Ole Opry
    Sep 22, 1928
    The Grand Ole Opry is cancelled for one night, as WSM airs a speech by Republican senator William Borah and a rebuttal by Democratic governor Alfred Smith
    Nov 11, 1928
    The Federal Radio Commission re-assigns WSM Radio's dial position from 890 kilocycles to 650, where the AM station, which airs the Grand Ole Opry, remains
    Oct 27, 1934
    The Grand Ole Opry moves from WSM's Studio C to the Hillsboro Theater in Nashville
    Nov 28, 1934
    The comedy team of Sarie & Sally appears on WSM Radio for the first time. Within weeks, they are regular members of the station's Grand Ole Opry lineup
    Jun 12, 1936
    Dr. Humphrey Bate dies of a heart ailment at his home in Castalian Springs, Tennessee. Bate's band, The Possum Hunters, was the first to play country music on WSM Radio, which would launch the Grand Ole Opry. The Possum Hunters were a component of the Opry for its first 10 years
    Jun 1, 1937
    Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys make their debut on WSM Radio
    Mar 5, 1938
    Grand Ole Opry founder George D. Hay returns to work at WSM Radio after taking a 14-month leave of absence with nervous exhaustion
    Jun 21, 1943
    Ernest Tubb begins hosting a morning radio program on Nashville's WSM Radio. The job lasts one year
    Oct 2, 1943
    Ernest Tubb begins hosting his own half-hour show on Nashville radio station WSM prior to the Grand Ole Opry

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