WSM at 95 | Artist Hosted Hours on WSM Radio

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WSM at 95, Artist Guest DJ Hours Kick-Off This Week!

posted September 22, 2020

We’re coming up on WSM’s 95th Birthday on October 5th, and to celebrate we’ve invited some of our artist friends to host special guest DJ hours on our legendary airwaves. 

Join us each week for WSM at 95, a series of hour-long guest DJ shows where artists hop on the air, pick the music, and share stories and memories about the impact of WSM on their musical careers. You’ll hear from some longtime friends of the station and some new ones we’ve made along the way!

Coming up on WSM at 95

  • Cassadee Pope | Tuesday, October 27 at 5pm/c
  • Riders in the Sky | Wednesday, October 28 at 5pm/c
  • Craig Morgan | Thursday, October 29 at 5pm/c
  • Noah Schnacky | Friday, October 30 at 5pm/c
  • Travis Denning | Monday, November 2 at 5pm/c
  • Walker Hayes | Wednesday, November 4 at 5pm/c
  • Parmalee | Thursday, November 5 at 5pm/c
  • Diamond Rio | Friday, November 6 at 5pm/c

We’re announcing new hosts right here each week, so be sure to come back later to see who’s coming up on WSM at 95.

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

WSM at 95 is made possible by:

Josh Turner’s Country State of Mind Special on WSM

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Two Chances to hear Josh Turner’s Country State of Mind Radio Special!

posted August 27, 2020

We are loving the new album Country State of Mind from Josh Turner! Coming up this week on WSM, we have two chances for you to hear the Country State of Mind Radio Special. Tune in Thursday, August 27 at 6pm/c or Saturday, August 29 at 3pm/c as we go track-by-track through the new music with Josh.

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

Tim McGraw’s Here On Earth Album Radio Special on WSM

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Two Chances to hear Tim McGraw’s Here On Earth Album Radio Special!

posted August 25, 2020

To celebrate the release of Tim Mcgraw’s new album, we’re bringing you the Here On Earth Album Radio Special on WSM! Tune in this Wednesday, August 26 at 3pm/c or Friday, August 28 at 4pm/c to hear the new music track-by-track with Tim McGraw.

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

Opry Radio Block Party: Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker

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Join WSM for an Opry Radio Block Party featuring music from Luke Bryan and  Darius Rucker!

posted August 13, 2020

Join us this Saturday, August 15 at 6pm/c on WSM Radio for an Opry Radio Block Party! We’ll be spinning our favorite songs from Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker, 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 Luke or Darius?

Request it below and you just might hear it during the Opry Radio Block Party on Saturday, August 15!

Luke Bryan’s Born Here Live Here Die Here Album Special

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Two Chances to hear Luke Bryan’s Born Here Live Here Die Here Album Release Special!

posted August 10, 2020

We’re bringing you Luke Bryan’s Born Here Live Here Die Here Album Release Special on WSM Radio! Tune in this Tuesday, August 11 at 6pm/c or Saturday, August 15 at 3pm/c to hear the new music track-by-track with Luke Bryan. Listen on 650 AM, WSMonline.com, or the WSM app.

New Show Alert! WSM at Night with Jeff Hoag launches tonight!

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Jeff Hoag Signs On To 650 AM WSM As Host Of ‘WSM At Night With Jeff Hoag’

From Music Row | Written by | Posted August 3, 2020

Jeff Hoag, who has been a regular fill-in and friend of legendary radio personality Eddie Stubbs, will officially take over the night show at WSM Radio following Stubbs’ retirement. Hoag will host WSM At Night with Jeff Hoag from 7 p.m. until midnight, beginning tonight (Monday, Aug. 3).

Hoag said, “My dream in life was to work for WSM Radio and keep the tradition of classic country music alive. The fact that I get to live my dream and carry out this mission is gratifying beyond words. Thank you for the opportunity to do what I love and to spread the glorious gospel of country music across the world.”

WSM Director of Content and Programming J. Patrick Tinnell said, “WSM at Night is exactly where Jeff belongs. I along with the rest of his radio family, can’t wait to see how he develops his own live nightly show, while keeping a long-standing tradition of classic country at night on WSM. I know our audience will be as proud of Jeff as I am.”

Hoag was born in upstate New York and made his way to Nashville in 2003. His mission has always been to share his love of traditional country music with those who already appreciate it, but especially those who may have never given it a chance. An avid collector and historian of music, Hoag is also a songwriter, musician, scriptwriter, food enthusiast and baseball fan.

Monday – Friday, 5:30am – 10am

Nothing gets a morning started better than “Coffee, Country and Cody.” The show’s namesake is Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Famer and affable television personality Bill Cody. Bill’s producer/sidekick/sports guy/fellow brilliant conversationalist is Charlie Mattos. Bill and Charlie are joined by Jo Smith who brings all things entertainment to the table. Together, Bill, Charlie, and Jo start every weekday off with great music—country, bluegrass, Americana, Opry cuts, and live studio guests—, the latest news, entertaining features, and lively talk about everything from A (award shows) to Z (zoology). A cup of joe has never been this much fun! Now you can watch all the fun on Circle Television! Visit CirclePlus.com to check your local listings.

Upcoming In-Studio Guests

LIVE television broadcast each morning on CIRCLE!

Check back later for an updated guest list!

Bill Cody


Bill Cody’s nationally & internationally known voice has been heard over the air waves for 45 years.  A 2008 inductee into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. Bill is in his 22nd year as morning show host of WSM’s “Coffee, Country & Cody” & is a Grand Ole Opry announcer/host.

He has multiple nominations for CMA, ACM & Billboard awards. Bill’s radio syndication, television, voice over  & movie credits include: “American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry”, GAC TV’s “Master Series” & the network’s specials, “Tennessee’s Wildside” on PBS, Ray Stevens’ Nashville (RFD), The Nashville Network (TNN), Bill Cody’s Classic Country Weekend, Nashville Record Review, Country’s Most Wanted, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Music City Walk of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, United Airlines In-Flight country programming also heard aboard Air Force 1 & 2.  

Married to his high school sweetheart, Rebecca, for 35 years. They have 3 children and live near Cross Plains, TN.

CONNECT WITH BILL

Charlie Mattos


Born just outside Providence, RI in October of 1963, Charlie is not only the “Resident Yankee” on the WSM staff; shockingly he’s the only “Portuguese” staff member as well!  A proud member of “Coffee, Country & Cody” since 2004, Charlie and his wife Renee’ live near Nolensville and are the proud parents of 2 year old Jackson and a 14 year old Pug named “Allie.”  

Charlie’s a 30 year radio veteran with stints at WNWS radio in Miami and WLAC radio in Nashville and is a 1985 alum of the University of Miami. He’s also the longtime voice of Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball.

Charlie loves the Boston Red Sox, English Premier League Soccer, the music of Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Bill Clinton, the writing of John Steinbeck & Apple Computers.

CONNECT WITH CHARLIE

Megan Alexander


Megan Alexander is an Emmy nominated national news correspondent. She wears a variety of hats, including host, reporter, author, actress and speaker. Megan works as a correspondent on the longest-running syndicated national news magazine television show Inside Edition, covering all the major awards shows, 9 Super Bowls, interviewing Presidents and breaking national news stories. For the 2015/2016 seasons, Megan was a Special Correspondent for CBS Television covering “Thursday Night Football”.  As an actress, she has appeared in the ABC primetime drama “Nashville”, CMT’s “Still the King”, the BET network’s “Back to the Goode Life” and the feature films “God’s Not Dead 3”, “Redeemed” “Heartbeats” and “Space Warriors”. One of her first acting gigs was appearing in Josh Turner’s music video for “What it Ain’t”.

CONNECT WITH MEGAN

Welcome to Coffee, Country & Cody, Megan Alexander!

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Megan Alexander Join WSM Radio as Newest Member of “Coffee, Country & Cody”

National News Correspondent Signs on to Famed Morning Show as Entertainment Reporter

Posted August 3, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 650 AM WSM announced today Megan Alexander is coming on board as the newest cast member on its radio and television show “Coffee, Country & Cody” alongside Bill Cody and Charlie Mattos. Alexander is set to join the team as the show’s Entertainment Reporter beginning this morning from 7 to 10 a.m.

An Emmy-nominated national news correspondent, Alexander brings with her years of experience on the longest-running syndicated national news magazine television show Inside Edition, covering major award shows, 9 Super Bowls, interviewing presidents and breaking national news stories. She has taken on a variety of roles throughout her career including host, reporter, author, actress and speaker.

Alexander said, “I am beyond thrilled to join the legendary WSM’s ‘Coffee, Country & Cody’ and I look forward to waking up viewers everyday with the show and chat about all things country music! Don’t be surprised if you see my favorite Starbucks drink – an iced coconut milk latte – frequently by my side.”

WSM Director of Content and Programming J. Patrick Tinnell said, “What a win for WSM to add Megan Alexander to ‘Coffee, Country & Cody!’ Megan will be such a treat for our radio and Circle TV audience. Everyone will want to start their day with Bill, Charlie and Megan.”

As a popular keynote speaker on the topics of faith and work, Alexander hosts the Inspirational Country Music Awards each year. Fans may also recognize her from her previous role in the ABC primetime drama “NASHVILLE.” Alexander serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation. She shares her favorite interviews of all time are Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

Alexander can be reached at meganalexander@wsmonline.com.

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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Media Contacts: 
Shannon Sullivan | Alyson Stokes
Ryman Hospitality Properties
Ssullivan@rymanhp.com | Astokes@rymanhp.com
615-316-6727

Monday – Friday, 5:30am – 10am

Nothing gets a morning started better than “Coffee, Country and Cody.” The show’s namesake is Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Famer and affable television personality Bill Cody. Bill’s producer/sidekick/sports guy/fellow brilliant conversationalist is Charlie Mattos. Bill and Charlie are joined by Jo Smith who brings all things entertainment to the table. Together, Bill, Charlie, and Jo start every weekday off with great music—country, bluegrass, Americana, Opry cuts, and live studio guests—, the latest news, entertaining features, and lively talk about everything from A (award shows) to Z (zoology). A cup of joe has never been this much fun! Now you can watch all the fun on Circle Television! Visit CirclePlus.com to check your local listings.

Upcoming In-Studio Guests

LIVE television broadcast each morning on CIRCLE!

Check back later for an updated guest list!

Bill Cody


Bill Cody’s nationally & internationally known voice has been heard over the air waves for 45 years.  A 2008 inductee into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. Bill is in his 22nd year as morning show host of WSM’s “Coffee, Country & Cody” & is a Grand Ole Opry announcer/host.

He has multiple nominations for CMA, ACM & Billboard awards. Bill’s radio syndication, television, voice over  & movie credits include: “American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry”, GAC TV’s “Master Series” & the network’s specials, “Tennessee’s Wildside” on PBS, Ray Stevens’ Nashville (RFD), The Nashville Network (TNN), Bill Cody’s Classic Country Weekend, Nashville Record Review, Country’s Most Wanted, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Music City Walk of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, United Airlines In-Flight country programming also heard aboard Air Force 1 & 2.  

Married to his high school sweetheart, Rebecca, for 35 years. They have 3 children and live near Cross Plains, TN.

CONNECT WITH BILL

Charlie Mattos


Born just outside Providence, RI in October of 1963, Charlie is not only the “Resident Yankee” on the WSM staff; shockingly he’s the only “Portuguese” staff member as well!  A proud member of “Coffee, Country & Cody” since 2004, Charlie and his wife Renee’ live near Nolensville and are the proud parents of 2 year old Jackson and a 14 year old Pug named “Allie.”  

Charlie’s a 30 year radio veteran with stints at WNWS radio in Miami and WLAC radio in Nashville and is a 1985 alum of the University of Miami. He’s also the longtime voice of Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball.

Charlie loves the Boston Red Sox, English Premier League Soccer, the music of Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Bill Clinton, the writing of John Steinbeck & Apple Computers.

CONNECT WITH CHARLIE

Megan Alexander


Megan Alexander is an Emmy nominated national news correspondent. She wears a variety of hats, including host, reporter, author, actress and speaker. Megan works as a correspondent on the longest-running syndicated national news magazine television show Inside Edition, covering all the major awards shows, 9 Super Bowls, interviewing Presidents and breaking national news stories. For the 2015/2016 seasons, Megan was a Special Correspondent for CBS Television covering “Thursday Night Football”.  As an actress, she has appeared in the ABC primetime drama “Nashville”, CMT’s “Still the King”, the BET network’s “Back to the Goode Life” and the feature films “God’s Not Dead 3”, “Redeemed” “Heartbeats” and “Space Warriors”. One of her first acting gigs was appearing in Josh Turner’s music video for “What it Ain’t”.

CONNECT WITH MEGAN

Route 650 Week on WSM is presented by Citrusafe (extended to 8/8!)

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Route 650 Week on WSM is presented by Citrusafe (extended until 8/8!)

Posted July 28, 2020

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

Route 650 Week Schedule

Tuesday, August 4 at 6pm/c – Air Castle Community Hour with Charlie Worsham

Tuesday, August 4 at 7pm/c – Opry Replay featuring Billy Strings

Wednesday, August 5 at 6pm/c – Whiskey Wednesday

Thursday, August 6 at 6pm/c  – I Played The Ryman with Ketch Secor

Thursday, August 6 at 7pm/c  – Opry Country Classics Replay

Friday, August 7 at 12pm/c – I Played The Ryman Marathon on Route 650

  • 12P – Ketch Secor
  • 1P – Todd Snider
  • 2P – Lori McKenna
  • 3P – Derek Trucks

Friday, August 7 at 7pm/c – Opry Replay featuring Old Crow Medicine Show

Saturday, August 8 at 4pm/c – Route 650 Opry Warmup Show

Saturday, August 6 at 7pm/c – Grand Ole Opry Live featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Dom Flemons, Billy Strings, and Molly Tuttle

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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Media Contacts
Shannon Sullivan | Alyson Stokes
Ryman Hospitality Properties
ssullivan@rymanhp.com | AStokes@rymanhp.com
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!