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  • Jul 1, 1983
    Gaylord Broadcasting announces it's signed a letter of intent to purchase all Opryland properties, for a reported $250 million. Included in the deal is the Nashville Network
    Sep 1, 1983
    Gaylord Broadcasting officially takes over control of Opryland, including WSM Radio, the Grand Ole Opry and TNN
    May 28, 1985
    Roy Acuff sells Acuff-Rose Music--including songs written by Hank Williams, Don Gibson, Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers--to Gaylord Entertainment, which forms the Opryland Music Group
    Jan 15, 1991
    Gaylord Entertainment buys CMT, giving the organization a second country music cable channel to complement The Nashville Network
    May 1, 1997
    Former Grand Ole Opry manager E.W. "Bud" Wendell retires as CEO of the Opry's parent company, Gaylord Entertainment. A year later, he enters the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Feb 8, 1998
    The Tennessean runs a chart showing firms that have leased suites for Tennessee Titans games at Adelphia Coliseum. They include: Capitol Records, Gibson Guitar, Gaylord Entertainment, Warner Music and Reba McEntire's Starstruck Entertainment
    Sep 13, 2000
    Tim DuBois, the former head of Arista Records' country division, resigns from Gaylord Entertainment after seven months
    Jul 1, 2002
    Gaylord Entertainment sells Acuff-Rose Music, the first Nashville publishing company, to Sony/ATV/Tree for $157 million. The transfer involves three buildings on Music Row and 55,000 songs, including titles by Hank Williams, Don Gibson, Dallas Frazier and Roy Orbison, among others
    Jan 23, 2003
    Gaylord Entertainment announces the retirement of chairman emeritus Edward Gaylord. He presided over the company when it amassed TNN, CMT and the Grand Ole Opry as a central company in country music
    Apr 27, 2003
    Media executive Ed Gaylord dies of pancreatic cancer at his home in Oklahoma City. He established Gaylord Entertainment, which owned TNN, CMT and the Grand Ole Opry for much of the 1990s

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