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  • Oct 5, 1925
    WSM signs on the air in Nashville. The station becomes an important magnet for country music by developing the Grand Ole Opry. Eventually, the country industry is clustered in the Tennessee capital, known as Music City
    Oct 18, 1925
    Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters debut on Nashville's WSM Radio
    Nov 2, 1925
    George D. Hay, an announcer with "The National Barn Dance" on Chicago's WLS Radio, takes over as the station manager of Nashville's WSM. By the end of the month, he institutes a new show, which later becomes the Grand Ole Opry
    Nov 6, 1925
    Uncle Dave Macon, Sid Harkreader and Dr. Humphrey Bate perform at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in a benefit concert that airs on WSM Radio. It's the first country music show broadcast from the Ryman, the future home of the Grand Ole Opry
    Nov 9, 1925
    George D. Hay begins working at WSM Radio in Nashville, where 16 days later, he debuts a radio program that becomes the Grand Ole Opry
    Nov 28, 1925
    "The WSM Barn Dance" begins broadcasting in Nashville, with a one-hour performance by Uncle Jimmy Thompson. It's later renamed the Grand Ole Opry. Thompson's first-night songs include "When You And I Were Young Maggie"
    Dec 12, 1925
    Dr. Humphrey Bate makes his debut on a WSM-AM radio show in Nashville. It will soon be dubbed the Grand Ole Opry
    Dec 26, 1925
    One month after its inception, the Grand Ole Opry officially becomes a weekly program on Nashville's WSM Radio
    Dec 5, 1926
    WSM Radio, the home of the Grand Ole Opry, goes off the air through the end of the year to upgrade its signal, from 1,000 watts to 5,000
    Dec 10, 1927
    "The WSM Barn Dance" officially becomes The Grand Ole Opry

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