When you get to the Nashville city limits sign coming from any direction it says “Music City Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County, Home of the Grand Ole Opry”. See Nashville is proud of its country music heritage these days but that hasn’t always been the case. Back in 1925 when Edwin Craig first started WSM radio, Nashville’s “old money” didn’t want anything here that portrayed the city as back ward or hickish. The early years brought endless battles with Nashville’s conservative establishment who were very protective of Nashville’s image as the “Athens of the South”. They told Craig “you should be educating those hillbillys, not pandering to them”.
At its very beginning WSM had it studios on the top floor of the National Life and Causality building. They chose the moniker “Air Castle of the South” because they were on the top floor of the building, all 5 stories of it. … Read More