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  • Sep 13, 1925
    WDAD becomes the first radio station in Nashville, airing some country music before WSM, the future home of the Grand Ole Opry, signs on more than three weeks later
    Sep 18, 1925
    Dr. Humphrey Bate makes his radio debut on Nashville's WDAD. One month later, he similarly appears on WSM, where he eventually becomes an early mainstay of the Grand Ole Opry
    Oct 5, 1925
    WSM signs on the air in Nashville. The station becomes an important magnet for country music by developing the Grand Ole Opry. Eventually, the country industry is clustered in the Tennessee capital, known as Music City
    Oct 17, 1925
    Songwriter Ted Jarrett is born in Nashville. Primarily an R&B composer, he also pens Webb Pierce's 1955 country hit "Love, Love, Love"
    Oct 18, 1925
    Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters debut on Nashville's WSM Radio
    Oct 25, 1925
    Fiddler Oscar Stone joins Dr. Humphrey Bate's group, The Possum Hunters, which soon becomes one of the first star acts of the Grand Ole Opry
    Nov 6, 1925
    Uncle Dave Macon, Sid Harkreader and Dr. Humphrey Bate perform at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in a benefit concert that airs on WSM Radio. It's the first country music show broadcast from the Ryman, the future home of the Grand Ole Opry
    Nov 9, 1925
    George D. Hay begins working at WSM Radio in Nashville, where 16 days later, he debuts a radio program that becomes the Grand Ole Opry
    Nov 28, 1925
    "The WSM Barn Dance" begins broadcasting in Nashville, with a one-hour performance by Uncle Jimmy Thompson. It's later renamed the Grand Ole Opry. Thompson's first-night songs include "When You And I Were Young Maggie"
    Dec 6, 1925
    Harmonica player DeFord Bailey--destined to be a Grand Ole Opry star--makes what's believed to be his first appearance on the radio, playing "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'" in a talent contest on Nashville's WDAD. Bailey takes second prize

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