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  • Mar 13, 1968
    The Byrds visit WSM-AM Nashville to deliver their new single, "You Ain't Going Nowhere," to Ralph Emery, who declines to play it. The song will be listed among the 500 greatest country singles in the 2003 Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Jun 12, 1976
    Ernest Tubb's radio show "The Midnite Jamboree" moves to the second Ernest Tubb Record Shop, on Demonbreun Street in Nashville
    Sep 1, 1983
    Gaylord Broadcasting officially takes over control of Opryland, including WSM Radio, the Grand Ole Opry and TNN
    Sep 15, 1983
    For his 80th birthday, WSM flies Roy Acuff to Cooperstown, New York, to visit the Baseball Hall Of Fame. He then throws out the first pitch at Pittsburgh's Riverfront Stadium as the organist plays "Wabash Cannonball." The Pirates beat the Cubs, 8-4
    Sep 15, 1985
    For his 82nd birthday, Roy Acuff is sent by WSM Radio to Atlanta, where he sits in owner Ted Turner's box at Fulton County Stadium for the Braves' 4-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants
    Jun 30, 2000
    Pam Tillis pumps gas at a Nashville BP station for two hours in a WSM Radio promotion, filling customers' tanks at 95 cents per gallon
    Jan 12, 2002
    The Tennessean quotes Gail Davies on the proposed switch of WSM Radio, home of the Grand Ole Opry, from country music to sports: "This would be putting country music in a nursing home"
    Jan 14, 2002
    Following three weeks of protest, WSM executives say they will keep the Grand Ole Opry station's country format. They make the announcement at the Ryman Auditorium, backed by Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith and Billy Walker
    Oct 25, 2002
    Comedian Cledus T. Judd begins a one-week audition as an air personality for the morning show on Nashville radio station WSM-FM
    Nov 4, 2002
    WSM Radio debuts its channel on Sirius Satellite Radio. The development means the Grand Ole Opry will be heard from coast-to-coast

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