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  • Jun 6, 1944
    Country Music Hall Of Fame broadcaster Grant Turner debuts on WSM radio the same day Allied troops invade Normandy. Turner, who becomes the Grand Ole Opry announcer, handles station breaks on D-Day between network news coverage
    Dec 4, 1944
    Eddy Arnold holds his first recording session at the WSM radio studios in Nashville. He records his first hit, "Each Minute Seems A Million Years," and his first version of "The Cattle Call"
    Dec 11, 1946
    Hank Williams has his first recording session, for Sterling Records, at the WSM Studios in Nashville, backed by The Willis Brothers and bass player Chuck Wright. Among the songs recorded are "Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door)" and "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul"
    Apr 2, 1950
    WSM announcer David Cobb refers to Nashville as "Music City U.S.A.," unwittingly coining a nickname for the Tennessee capital
    Nov 22, 1952
    Radio station WSM hosts the first DJ Convention in Nashville. The gathering eventually metamorphosizes into Country Music Week, a series of events that includes the Country Music Association awards show
    May 21, 1955
    Webb Pierce quits the Grand Ole Opry on the WSM airwaves after a three-year membership. Pierce laments that he never had his own half-hour Opry segment
    May 27, 1957
    Ernest Tubb is arrested for carrying a pistol and for drunk and disorderly conduct after he fires a shot in the lobby at Nashville's WSM radio
    Nov 25, 1957
    Ralph Emery begins working as the all-night disc jockey on Nashville's WSM Radio
    Jun 17, 1961
    With Patsy Cline in the hospital from a car accident, Loretta Lynn dedicates "I Fall To Pieces" to Cline on Ernest Tubb's "Midnite Jamboree" radio show. Cline's husband, Charlie Dick, asks Lynn to come meet Cline in the hospital the next day
    May 13, 1966
    Some fine pickin' and finger lickin': Colonel Sanders makes a guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, where he promises a free chicken dinner to the first 1,000 people who write him in care of WSM Radio

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