Route 650 Week on WSM is presented by Citrusafe 

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Route 650 Week on WSM is presented by Citrusafe 

Posted July 28, 2020

Check out what we have coming up for Route 650 Week on WSM!

Route 650 Week Schedule

Tuesday, July 28 at 7pm/c – Opry Replay featuring Emmylou Harris

Wednesday, July 29 at 9:30am/c – Vince Gill on Coffee, Country & Cody

Wednesday, July 29 at 3pm/c – Randy Travis Hour

Thursday, July 30 at 6pm/c  – I Played The Ryman with Rodney Crowell

Thursday, July 30 at 7pm/c  – Opry Country Classics featuring Lorrie Morgan

Friday, July 31 at 12pm/c – I Played the Ryman Marathon

  • 12pm/c – Rodney Crowell
  • 1pm/c – Margo Price
  • 2pm/c – Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch
  • 3pm/c – Elizabeth Cook

Friday, July 31 at 7pm/c – Opry Replay featuring Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell

Saturday, August 1 at 4pm/c – Route 650 Opry Warmup Show

Saturday, August 1 at 7pm/c – Grand Ole Opry Live featuring Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, and Emmylou Harris

Eddie Stubbs Announces His Retirement, Thank You for 25 Years!

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Legendary 650 AM WSM Radio Personality Eddie Stubbs Announces Retirement

Stubbs’ Signs off July 29

Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Posted July 22, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (July 22, 2020) – After nearly a life-long career in country music and more than two decades with the most famed country station in the world 650 AM WSM, iconic radio personality Eddie Stubbs has announced his retirement, effective July 29, 2020.

On July 8, 1996, Stubbs began hosting the evening shift on WSM and now holds the distinction of being the longest-serving broadcaster in the 7 p.m. to midnight slot in WSM’s 95 years of operation. With a different theme each night, ‘Hall Of Fame Monday,’ ‘Two For Tuesday,’ Way Back Wednesday,’ ‘Classic Opry Thursday’ and ‘WSM By Request’ on Fridays, Stubbs’ unique insight into the stories and the people behind the music always gave listeners a reason to tune in.

Stubbs said, “I have had an extremely blessed 25 years at WSM, and as the third-longest tenured announcer in the Grand Ole Opry’s history. The experiences and friendships have allowed me to live a lot of dreams. Needless to say, I will be forever grateful.”

WSM Director of Content and Programming J. Patrick Tinnell said, “Eddie’s talent, service, and dedication are the stuff of legends and are forever part of WSM and Grand Ole Opry history.”

Stubbs came to Nashville on March 21, 1995, to play fiddle with the Queen of Country Music Kitty Wells and her husband Johnnie Wright.  A week later he was hired part-time at WSM.  Just seventeen days after his arrival in Music City, Eddie auditioned for the announcer’s position on the Grand Ole Opry show.

Dan Rogers, Grand Ole Opry Vice President and Executive Producer, said, “Eddie has been a great friend to the Opry, to the Opry’s artists, and to listeners around the world. I have no doubt that students of the Opry and of country music will for years turn to his recorded conversations with legends including Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart and so many more to learn about their careers and the era in which Eddie has made such an impact at the Opry and on WSM.”

In addition to his roles at WSM and Opry, Stubbs served six seasons as the on-camera announcer for The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV.  He has served on committees with the Country Music Association, the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Stubbs earned the Country Music Association’s Large Market Broadcast Personality of the Year award in 2002. In 2012, he received country radio’s highest honor by becoming one of the youngest living inductees into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.

WSM will soon announce plans for the 7 p.m. – midnight shift. In the meantime, Jeff Hoag, who has worked with Eddie over the years, will serve as host.

Well wishes for Eddie!

About WSM:
650 AM WSM is the most famed country music station in the world. Each day, the station shares country, bluegrass and Americana as well as the excitement of Music City with friends in Middle Tennessee and listeners around the world. WSM debuted on Oct. 5, 1925, and less than two months later, the station would birth its most famous show (and the show that would make country music famous), the Grand Ole Opry. WSM has gone on to become a broadcasting giant and a friend to hundreds of thousands of fans. The station has won hundreds of broadcasting awards and was named Country Radio Station of the Century by “Radio & Records” in 2000. WSM’s personalities are nationally recognized figures in country music, and its listeners range from U.S. Presidents to Country Music Hall of Famers, to artists climbing the charts toward their first number one hit. You never know when a famous listener might drop in for a visit or to take the studio’s reigns for a while. For more information, visit wsmonline.com.

About Ryman Hospitality Properties:
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) is a leading lodging and hospitality real estate investment trust that specializes in upscale convention center resorts and country music entertainment experiences. The Company’s core holdings* include a network of five of the top 10 largest non-gaming convention center hotels in the United States based on total indoor meeting space. These convention center resorts operate under the Gaylord Hotels brand and are managed by Marriott International. The Company also owns two adjacent ancillary hotels and a small number of attractions managed by Marriott International for a combined total of 10,110 rooms and more than 2.7 million square feet of total indoor and outdoor meeting space in top convention and leisure destinations across the country. The Company’s Entertainment segment includes a growing collection of iconic and emerging country music brands, including the Grand Ole Opry; Ryman Auditorium; WSM 650 AM; Ole Red and Circle, a country lifestyle media network the Company owns in a joint venture with Gray Television. The Company operates its Entertainment segment as part of a taxable REIT subsidiary.

*The Company is the sole owner of Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center; Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center; Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center; and Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. It is the majority owner and managing member of the joint venture that owns Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center.

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Ryman Hospitality Properties
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615-316-6727

Opry Radio Block Party: Oklahoma Swing Week Edition

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Join WSM for an Opry Radio Block Party featuring music from Reba McEntire and Vince Gill!

posted July 15, 2020

Join us this Saturday, July 18 at 6pm/c on WSM Radio for a special Opry Radio Block Party to celebrate Oklahoma Swing Week on WSM brought to you by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum! We’ll be spinning our favorite songs from Oklahomans, Vince Gill and Reba McEntire, before they step inside the historic Opry circle at 7pm/c. Like always stick around with us after the Opry to keep the party going until 9pm/c!

Tune in to the Opry Radio Block Party on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app!

What’s your favorite song from Reba and Vince?

Request it below and you just might hear it during the Opry Radio Block Party on Saturday, July 18!

Oklahoma Swing Week on WSM, July 13 – July 18

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Oklahoma Swing Week on WSM Radio

Posted July 13, 2020

With native Oklahomans like Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and so many more, Oklahoma knows a thing or two about good country music! This week on WSM, we’re celebrating the music and artists from Oklahoma with Oklahoma Swing Week sponsored by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Will Rogers Memorial Museums.

Oklahoma Swing Week Schedule

  • Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm/c – Opry Replay of Vince Gill’s 25th Opry Anniversary featuring guests Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, Ashley Monroe, Bill Anderson, Andrea Zonn and the Time Jumpers.
  • Thursday, July 16 at 7pm/c – Opry Country Classics Replay with Spotlight Artist, Vince Gill
  • Friday, July 17 at 6pm/c – Vince Gill’s Okie Radio Special
  • Friday, July 17 at 7pm/c – Opry Replay of Reba McEntire’s 40th Opry Anniversary featuring Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, and more.
  • Saturday, July 18 at 3pm/c – Vince Gill’s Okie Radio Special
  • Saturday, July 18 at 6pm/c-9pm/c Oklahoma Swing Week Opry Radio Block Party
  • Saturday, July 18 at 7pm/c – Grand Ole Opry LIVE on WSM Radio and Circle TV featuring Reba McEntire and Vince Gill.

Oklahoma Swing Week is brought to you by:

WSM Remembers Charlie Daniels – Tribute Show airing Friday, July 10

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WSM Remembers Charlie Daniels

Posted July 7, 2020

Join us this week as we remember Country Music Hall of Fame member and Grand Ole Opry member, Charlie Daniels. Charlie was a great friend to WSM and we will miss him dearly.

Tune in this Friday, July 10, for an entire evening of programming remembering Charlie Daniels. A special WSM Remembers Charlie Daniels tribute show hosted by Jeff Hoag will start the evening off at 7pm/c. It will be followed by Charlie’s episode of Ryman Memories at 9pm/c.

Listen on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app.

Watch some of our favorite interviews with Charlie Daniels on WSM

WSM Radio Celebrates July 4th with an All-American Weekend

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WSM’s All-American Weekend

Posted July 2, 2020

Join us this July 4th for WSM’s All-American Weekend! We’ll be spinning your favorite patriotic hits all weekend long!

We also have a special episode of “That Summer” with Jeff Hoag coming up on Friday, July 3 at 12pm/c and Saturday, July 4th at 3pm/c. Jeff will be looking back at the music and moments from the bicentennial summer of 1976!

Of course, we can’t wait to celebrate Independence Day with a LIVE broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry this Saturday at 7pm with Sara Evans, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Mark Wills! Join us before and after the Opry for the Opry Radio Block Party!

Tune in to WSM’s All-American Weekend on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app!

What’s your favorite Patriotic country song?

Request it below and you just might hear it this week during the All-American Weekend on WSM!

Opry Radio Block Party: Sara Evans, Oak Ridge Boys, & Mark Wills

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Join WSM for an Opry Radio Block Party featuring music from Sara Evans, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Mark Wills!

posted July 1, 2020

Join us this Saturday, July 4 at 6pm/c on WSM Radio for another Opry Radio Block Party! We’ll be spinning our favorite songs from Sara Evans, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Mark Wills before they step inside the historic Opry circle at 7pm/c. Like always stick around with us after the Opry to keep the party going until 9pm/c!

Tune in to the Opry Radio Block Party on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app!

What’s your favorite song from Sara Evans, The Oak Ridge Boys, or Mark Wills?

Request it below and you just might hear it during the Opry Radio Block Party on Saturday, July 4!

The Air Castle Community Hour hosted by Charlie Worsham

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Introducing the Air Castle Community Hour!

posted June 30, 2020

We’re so excited to announce the newest show to our lineup… The Air Castle Community Hour hosted by Charlie Worsham. The Air Castle Community Hour is an hour of music that celebrates the vibrant and diverse community of creative spirits that reside in and around Nashville.

The first episode airs July 7 at 6pm/c, and new episodes will air the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm/c.

We hope you’ll join us by tuning in on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app!

Get to know our host, Charlie Worsham

Opry Radio Block Party: Brad Paisley & Keb’ Mo’ on WSM Radio

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Join WSM for an Opry Radio Block Party featuring music from Brad Paisley and Keb’ Mo’!

Join us this Saturday, June 27 at 6pm/c on WSM Radio for another Opry Radio Block Party! We’ll be spinning our favorite songs from Brad Paisley and Keb’ Mo’ before they step inside the historic Opry circle at 7pm/c. Like always stick around with us after the Opry to keep the party going until 9pm/c!

Tune in to the Opry Radio Block Party on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app!

What’s your favorite song from Brad Paisley and Keb’ Mo’?

Request it below and you just might hear it during the Opry Radio Block Party on Saturday, June 27!

Grand Ole Opry Celebrates Independence Day Weekend

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Grand Ole Opry Celebrates Independence Day Weekend With Performances by Sara Evans, the Oak Ridge Boys and Mark Wills Saturday, July 4

Opry Performance is Part of America’s Birthday Bash on Circle Network

Posted June 25, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 25, 2020) The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® will celebrate Independence Day as Sara Evans and Opry members the Oak Ridge Boys and Mark Wills step into the circle for the 4,931st consecutive Saturday night broadcast on July 4.

Circle will be celebrating an July 4th America’s Birthday Bash all weekend including Saturday’s Opry Live, as well as Circle Sessions with Craig Morgan at 7:30 PM ET/ 6:30 PM CT immediately prior to the live Opry and Authentic America hosted by Nan and Charlie Kelley at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT after the Opry. Opry Live on Circle will be hosted by Bobby Bones, and the livestream will be guest hosted by Natalie Stovall, a member of the country trio Runaway June and a host of Circle’s Southern Weekend. Opry announcer Mike Terry will be heard on 650 AM WSM and SiriusXM. America’s Birthday Bash Fourth of July Circle programming is in association with Wounded Warriors.

Shriners Hospitals for Children, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s will be part of the July 4th broadcast of Opry Live on Circle.

This Saturday, June 27, Opry member Brad Paisley and music great Keb’ Mo’ will step onto the Grand Ole Opry stage at 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT.  The show will be broadcast live on Circle, and Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV and other TV affiliates in addition to a companion live stream on Circle All Access Facebook and YouTube channels.

Those tuning into the Livestream on the Circle All Access YouTube and Facebook channels this Saturday can watch a Circle Sessions with country artist Tenille Townes hosted by Nan Kelley at 7:30 PM ET/ 6:30 PM CT immediately prior to the Opry. After the Opry livestream, an episode of The Best of Coffee, Country & Cody will air. The episode features Rhett Akins and Marty Stuart. who join Bill Cody, Jo Smith and Charlie Mattos.

During the current global pandemic, the Opry has overcome ongoing challenges and obstacles as health guidelines and local/state government restrictions have evolved weekly. The Opry, with the help of its membership and wider artist and industry community, has continued to bring millions of fans around the world together to keep the music playing without an Opry House audience in attendance.  Embracing today’s technology, the Opry is broadcast on Circle Television and radio and streamed with a very small production team as the show’s artists perform acoustically.

The Opry’s paused shows without an audience since March 14 have included Opry members Trace Adkins, Bill Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, Luke Combs, Dailey & Vincent, Vince Gill, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Craig Morgan, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Jeannie Seely, Blake Shelton, Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Keith Urban, Steve Wariner, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young along with special guests Lady A, Lauren Alaina, Mandy Barnett, Lee Brice, T. Graham Brown, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Jason Crabb, Amy Grant and daughters Jenny Gill and Corrina Grant Gill, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Kellie Pickler, Michael Ray, The Scott Family, Gwen Stefani, Sam Williams, Charlie Worsham and Brett Young.

About the Grand Ole Opry

To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  The Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com..

About Circle Media, LLC

Circle Media, LLC is a media network dedicated to celebrating the country lifestyle and putting fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray TV.

For more details and to find out if Circle is available in your market, please visit www.CirclePlus.com  For more information about Circle, please contact: info@circleplus.com

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