Craig Havighurst's Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City PDF

By Craig Havighurst

Started by way of the nationwide existence and coincidence coverage corporation in 1925, WSM turned essentially the most influential and unparalleled radio stations within the historical past of broadcasting and kingdom tune. WSM gave Nashville the moniker “Music urban united states” in addition to a wealthy culture of track, information, and broad-based leisure. With the increase of state tune broadcasting and recording among the Nineteen Twenties and ‘50s, WSM, Nashville, and state tune turned inseparable, stemming from WSM’s release of the Grand Ole Opry, renowned day-by-day exhibits like Noontime Neighbors, and early morning artist-driven indicates similar to Hank Williams on Mother’s most sensible Flour.

Sparked through public outcry following a suggestion to tug kingdom song and the Opry from WSM-AM in 2002, Craig Havighurst scoured new and latest resources to record the station’s profound impression at the personality and self-image of Nashville. Introducing the reader to colourful artists and businessmen from the station’s heritage, together with Owen Bradley, Minnie Pearl, Jim Denny, Edwin Craig, and Dinah Shore, the amount invitations the reader to mirror at the prestige of Nashville, radio, and kingdom song in American culture.

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