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  • Sep 13, 1925
    WDAD becomes the first radio station in Nashville, airing some country music before WSM, the future home of the Grand Ole Opry, signs on more than three weeks later
    Sep 18, 1925
    Dr. Humphrey Bate makes his radio debut on Nashville's WDAD. One month later, he similarly appears on WSM, where he eventually becomes an early mainstay of the Grand Ole Opry
    Dec 6, 1925
    Harmonica player DeFord Bailey--destined to be a Grand Ole Opry star--makes what's believed to be his first appearance on the radio, playing "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'" in a talent contest on Nashville's WDAD. Bailey takes second prize

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