Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City by Craig Havighurst

By Craig Havighurst

Started through the nationwide lifestyles and coincidence assurance corporation in 1925, WSM grew to become probably the most influential and unheard of radio stations within the background of broadcasting and kingdom tune. WSM gave Nashville the moniker “Music urban united states” in addition to a wealthy culture of track, information, and broad-based leisure. With the increase of kingdom tune broadcasting and recording among the Twenties and ‘50s, WSM, Nashville, and kingdom song turned inseparable, stemming from WSM’s release of the Grand Ole Opry, renowned day-by-day indicates like Noontime Neighbors, and early morning artist-driven exhibits similar to Hank Williams on Mother’s top Flour.

Sparked via public outcry following an offer to tug nation tune and the Opry from WSM-AM in 2002, Craig Havighurst scoured new and present resources to record the station’s profound impact at the personality and self-image of Nashville. Introducing the reader to colourful artists and businessmen from the station’s historical past, 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 state song in American culture.

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