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By Craig Havighurst

Started through the nationwide existence and coincidence coverage corporation in 1925, WSM grew to become some of the most influential and extraordinary radio stations within the heritage of broadcasting and kingdom track. WSM gave Nashville the moniker “Music urban united states” in addition to a wealthy culture of tune, information, and broad-based leisure. With the increase of nation song broadcasting and recording among the Nineteen Twenties and ‘50s, WSM, Nashville, and nation track grew to become 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 by means of public outcry following an offer to tug state song and the Opry from WSM-AM in 2002, Craig Havighurst scoured new and present assets to record 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 nation track in American culture.

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Before and after the move, de Luca’s pupils streamed through WSM, offering swooning art songs and gentle classics. Still, with no records allowed and no network to draw from, filling the hours could be a challenge. indd 21 7/17/07 10:27:37 AM Hoffman, her piano instructor and a WSM prime-time regular, taking her up to the fifth floor of National Life’s headquarters at Seventh and Union. “When they couldn’t fill it up any other way, they would call my piano teacher,” she said. “She always insisted that I go.

We don’t want it. But it won’t do any harm. ’ So Grandfather heaved a sigh maybe of relief, and said, ‘All right. ’” Craig seems to have won his permission by February 1923, the date of an official announcement that National Life was about to lay the cornerstone of a new headquarters building. Vice President W. R. Wills described the planned new office to the sales force as “the South’s most beautiful insurance home”—60,000 square feet rising five elegant stories above the corner of Seventh Avenue North and Union Street.

The Hermitage had opened in 1910 to great acclaim as the city’s jewel. Craig’s band played lunch and dinner in a warmly lit downstairs restaurant, where white-jacketed waiters served the city’s business and political elite. Though the band included reeds, piano, drums, banjo, and tuba, it swung lightly without getting too hot. The job earned Francis legitimacy in his own heart, in Elizabeth’s eyes, and even in his father’s estimation. And when Robert heard his son’s music coming over the remarkable new radio, he began to understand the choices his son had made.

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