WSM (radio station)

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WSM mast, a Blaw-Knox and the transmitter building in Brentwood , Tennessee - picture 2002

WSM is an American radio station with a country program from Nashville in the US state of Tennessee . WSM has been broadcasting since 1925 and is one of the oldest radio stations in the United States. To this day, the legendary Grand Ole Opry has made the station famous, the longest-running radio show in US broadcasting history.

WSM transmits as a clear channel on medium wave 650 kHz and is licensed for 50 kW transmission power . Its branding is: America's Country Music Station .


On October 5, 1925, WSM started broadcasting from Nashville. Owns and operates the station was the insurance company National Life & Accident Insurance Company. One month after the broadcast began, George D. Hay joined WSM as program director. He was considered a patron of old-time music and founded the Barn Dance Show, the forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry . On November 28, 1925, 77-year-old Fiddler Uncle Jimmy Thompson appeared as the first artist on the show. Since then, the show has been broadcast every Saturday night.

Web links

WSM video channel with live sessions from the broadcaster


  1. WSM-AM 650 kHz Radio Station Information. In: Retrieved August 20, 2016 .