Iconic Nashville-based radio station 650 AM WSM will celebrate 87 years of broadcasting with a celebration lasting more than a month. The station first went on air October 5, 1925. Events planned include special on-air content, live shows and giveaways. The celebration will culminate with a community open house at the station’s famous Blaw-Knox tower site on Saturday, November 10.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the future of WSM,” 650 AM WSM Program Director Joe Limardi said. “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.”
On October 5, WSM morning man and GAC personality Bill Cody kicked off WSM’s birthday with his Coffee, Country, and Cody show live at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Guests included Jimmy Fortune and Billy Dean, who both debuted new music live on the air. Throughout the day, the station aired archived station content including historical commercials, jingles, and live Grand Ole Opry cuts.
Throughout October, fans will have multiple chances to qualify to win Grand Ole Opry tickets for an entire year as part of WSM’s Song of the Day promotion. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. CT, listeners will hear live shows hosted by country music artist Billy Dean, Riders In The Sky, Shawn Camp, Rhonda Vincent, Lynn Anderson, and many more.
Eddie Stubbs will sit down with Ms. Wanda Jackson on Monday, October 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 www.wsmonline.com.
On 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.