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From WSM Radio, this is Building Nashville. These are the stories of the people, places, and events that helped make a Music City. Hosted by Chuck Mead and produced from the studios of 650 AM WSM.

Building Nashville 650 AM WSM

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From WSM Radio, this is Building Nashville. These are the stories of the people, places, and events that helped make a Music City. Hosted by Chuck Mead and produced from the studios of 650 AM WSM.

    The Opry Finds A Home

    The Opry Finds A Home

    After stints at several Nashville venues, including three decades at Ryman Auditorium; the Grand Ole Opry finds a permanent home at the Opry House in 1974. 

    In this episode, we chronicle the last days the show lives at The Ryman, the first night at the Opry House, and the 2010 disaster that nearly destroyed it all. 

    • 35分
    The Opry Needs A Home

    The Opry Needs A Home

    In the late 1920's the Grand Ole Opry radio show on WSM had become appointment listening for much of North America. In this episode, follow the Opry as it outgrows the WSM studios in downtown Nashville and goes trekking across town, looking for a home.

    Building Nashville is made possible by Delta Dental of Tennessee. 

    • 38分
    E.W. "Bud" Wendell

    E.W. "Bud" Wendell

    In this episode, Chuck Mead takes you to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry for a very special Tuesday show. Then, you will meet a man who spent many years behind the famous red curtain; "Bud" Wendell. Bud arrived in the Music City in the 1960's and spent the next four decades helping to shape the Nashville we know today.

    Building Nashville is made possible by Delta Dental of Tennessee. Learn more about Building Nashville at wsmonline.com Follow WSM on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @wsmradio

    • 34分
    The Air Castle: Part 2

    The Air Castle: Part 2

    As WSM becomes one of the most dominate stations in the US, station staff and engineers strive to develop programming and technology to reach an even bigger audience. When the country is plunged into WWII; WSM provides the news Americans want and the escapism they need. 

    Building Nashville is made possible by Delta Dental of Tennessee. Learn more about Building Nashville at wsmonline.com Follow WSM on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @wsmradio

    • 32分
    The Air Castle: Part 1

    The Air Castle: Part 1

    When National Life and Accident Insurance Company decided to create a radio station to increase insurance sales, they created a legend. In this episode, learn how WSM broke new ground in broadcasting, from the famous Air Castle tower to connecting North America like no station had done before. 

    Building Nashville is brought to you by Delta Dental of Tennessee.

    • 24分
    Minnie Is Just So Proud To Be Here

    Minnie Is Just So Proud To Be Here

    Minnie Pearl becomes and Opry star and Sarh Ophelia Colley becomes Sarah Cannon. While Minnie Pearl blazes a trail to comedy stardom, Sarah Cannon gains may friends and inspires more. 

    Building Nashville is made possible by Delta Dental of Tennessee. Learn more about Building Nashville at wsmonline.com Follow WSM on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @wsmradio

    • 42分

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