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  • Mar 7, 1983
    The Nashville Network debuts on cable TV. Vince Gill and Rosanne Cash perform on TNN's very first show
    Mar 17, 1983
    Randy Travis auditions for the TNN talent contest, "You Can Be A Star," hosted by Jim Ed Brown. The producers pass
    Apr 18, 1983
    Jim Ed Brown begins work on TNN's "You Can Be A Star"
    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
    Sep 20, 1983
    Reba McEntire makes her acting debut in the TNN series "I-40 Paradise"
    Jan 18, 1984
    Randy Travis makes his national TV debut as a guest on "Nashville Now," promoting his album "Randy Ray Live At The Nashville Palace." At the end of the show, he sings "I'll Fly Away" with host Ralph Emery and fellow guest Barbara Mandrell
    Jul 16, 1984
    Randy Travis sings one of his future hits on national TV for the first time, performing "I Told You So" on TNN's "Nashville Now"
    Sep 28, 1984
    Waylon Jennings makes a surprise appearance on TNN's talk show "Nashville Now," performing "Are You Ready For The Country" with scheduled guest Neil Young, who wrote the song
    Dec 19, 1984
    Johnny Cash sits in for Ralph Emery as the host of TNN's "Nashville Now." Guests include Grandpa Jones and Riders In The Sky

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