GRAND OLE OPRY
Far and away the most venerated institution in all of country music, the WSM Grand Ole Opry is not only a cultural treasure, but a vital part of America's rich musical tapestry. In fact, recounting the story of the Grand Ole Opry is almost like telling the history of country music itself.
While the Opry may not have been the first show to bring live country music to the radio, it soon established itself as the standard against which all other such shows were compared. Indeed, were it not for WSM Radio's Opry staff and performers, Nashville might never have become "Music City USA" and the center of what is now a multi-million dollar industry. Today, after more than eighty years, the Opry stands as the longest-running, continuously aired radio program in America, and membership in the Opry remains one of country music's crowning achievements.
Visit the Grand Ole Opry Web site for more information about the legendary institution.