By Craig Havighurst
Started by way of the nationwide existence and coincidence assurance corporation in 1925, WSM turned probably the most influential and unheard of radio stations within the historical past of broadcasting and kingdom tune. WSM gave Nashville the moniker “Music urban united states” in addition to a wealthy culture of song, information, and broad-based leisure. With the increase of nation track broadcasting and recording among the Twenties and ‘50s, WSM, Nashville, and nation tune turned inseparable, stemming from WSM’s release of the Grand Ole Opry, well known day-by-day exhibits like Noontime Neighbors, and early morning artist-driven exhibits corresponding to Hank Williams on Mother’s most sensible Flour.
Sparked via public outcry following a suggestion to tug nation tune and the Opry from WSM-AM in 2002, Craig Havighurst scoured new and current assets to rfile the station’s profound impression at the personality and self-image of Nashville. Introducing the reader to colourful artists and businessmen from the station’s heritage, together with Owen Bradley, Minnie Pearl, Jim Denny, Edwin Craig, and Dinah Shore, the quantity invitations the reader to mirror at the prestige of Nashville, radio, and kingdom track in American culture.
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Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City (Music in American Life) by Craig Havighurst