November 28, 1925 – The Grand Ole Opry Begins Broadcasting

The mother church of country music. The oldest, continuing radio show broadcast in the United States. It wasn’t the first. But it has outlasted most if not all to become the most recognized live weekly radio broadcast show.

The beginning of the show traces its roots back to the Solemn Old Judge, George D. Hay. He was no stranger to the live barn dance type radio shows. He was hired away from WLS in Chicago where he had started what became known as the WLS National Barn Dance show which became one of the longest-running shows itself. Mr. Hay came to Nashville on October 5, 1925, for the dedication of the inauguration of radio station WSM. One month later, he had joined the station itself.

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