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  • 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
    Dec 12, 1925
    Dr. Humphrey Bate makes his debut on a WSM-AM radio show in Nashville. It will soon be dubbed the Grand Ole Opry
    Dec 19, 1925
    Uncle Dave Macon makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
    Dec 20, 1925
    A photo of Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters appears in Nashville's morning paper, The Tennessean. It marks the first time a Grand Ole Opry act has its photo printed in any medium
    Dec 26, 1925
    One month after its inception, the Grand Ole Opry officially becomes a weekly program on Nashville's WSM Radio

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