12 Facts About Grand Ole Opry

1. Grand Ole Opry is a weekly American country music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, founded on November 28, 1925, by George D Hay as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM.

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2. The Grand Ole Opry moved to a permanent home, the Ryman Auditorium, in 1943.

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3. Phrase "Grand Ole Opry" was first uttered on radio on December 10, 1927.

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4. In October 1934, the Grand Ole Opry moved into then-suburban Hillsboro Theatre before moving to the Dixie Tabernacle in East Nashville on June 13, 1936.

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5. One hour of the Grand Ole Opry was nationally broadcast by the NBC Red Network from 1939 to 1956, and for much of its run, it aired one hour after the program that had inspired it, National Barn Dance.

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6. Gannaway's Stars of the Grand Ole Opry was the first television show shot in color.

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7. Already 51 years old at the time the Grand Ole Opry moved there, the Ryman was beginning to suffer from disrepair as the downtown neighborhood around it fell victim to increasing urban decay.

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8. Grand Ole Opry continues to be performed every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and occasionally Wednesday at the Grand Ole Opry House from February through October each year, and the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 27, 2015.

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9. On Sunday, October 18, 1998, the Grand Ole Opry held a benefit show at Ryman Auditorium, marking its return to the venue for the first time since its final show on March 15, 1974.

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10. Grand Ole Opry is broadcast live on WSM-AM at 7 pm CT on Saturday nights, changed from a previous time start of 6:30.

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11. Grand Ole Opry provides a fourteen-piece house band for performers should they not have a band of their own.

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12. In 2004, the Grand Ole Opry sold naming rights to its first "presenting sponsor," Cracker Barrel.

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