OCTOBER 4, 2012


Iconic Radio Station to Celebrate with Month-long On-Air Party

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 4, 2012) ? Iconic Nashville-based radio station 650 AM WSM, now
also heard around the world at and via mobile app, is celebrating 87 years of
broadcasting with a celebration lasting more than a month. The station first went on the air on
Oct. 5, 1925. Planned events include: special on-air content, live shows, and listener winning
opportunities. The celebration will culminate with a community open house at the station's
famous Blaw-Knox tower site on Sat., Nov. 10.

Highlights of WSM's upcoming schedule include:

Happy Birthday – October 5

  • WSM morning man Bill Cody will kick off the day with his Coffee, Country, and Cody show live at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Guests include Country Music Hall of Famer Jimmy Fortune and award-winning country music artist Billy Dean. Both will debut new music live on the air. Listeners are invited to attend this free event 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Throughout the day, listeners will hear archived station content including historical commercials, jingles, and live Grand Ole Opry cuts. The special on-air content can also be heard online at

Birthday Celebration ALL Month – October

  • Listeners have multiple chances throughout the month to qualify to win Grand Ole Opry tickets for an entire year as part of WSM's Song of the Day promotion.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. Central throughout the month, listeners will hear live shows hosted by country music artist Billy Dean, Grand Ole Opry stars Riders In The Sky, award-winning singer/songwriter Shawn Camp, IBMA winner Rhonda Vincent, Grammy award-winning entertainer Lynn Anderson, and many more.
  • Eddie Stubbs sits down with the undisputed Queen of Rockabilly, Ms. Wanda Jackson, on Mon., Oct. 8 as part of his long-running Intimate Evening interview series live from the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater. Listeners can win tickets to be part of the live studio audience by tuning in at 650 AM or registering online at

Tower Open House – November 10

  • Listeners and fans are invited to attend a community open house at the station's famous Blaw-Knox tower site in Brentwood, Tenn. In 2011, WSM's diamond shaped tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. A plaque-placing ceremony for this honor will kick off the open house festivities. Further details surrounding the event will be released in the coming days at

"I couldn't be more excited for the future of WSM," said 650 AM WSM Program Director Joe
Limardi. "Just as the technology of 1925 brought Nashville coast to coast through 650 AM the
technology of today brings WSM all over the world and to the palm of a listener's hand, thus
ensuring that the legacy of WSM will carry on for the next generation of music fans."

650 AM WSM's first official broadcast day was October 5, 1925. The station is the radio home of
the Grand Ole Opry, which has been broadcast live over the airwaves since its inception. WSM
can be picked up in 38 states on 650 AM and worldwide at A weekly listing of all
650 AM WSM programming is available at