Grand Ole Opry Will Air Longest-Running Radio Show (94 Years), In Spite Of Coronavirus

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Long-time readers well know my deep regard and affection for the Grand Ole Opry.  As a boy on many a Saturday night in Hancock, Wisconsin the radio would be turned ‘just so’ in order to get the best reception from Nashville. My love of the fiddle, the banjo, and the magic of those airwaves carried by radio has never abated.  With the national crisis underway, and like every other place where music is made, and thousands gather, the Opry had to make some tough decisions.

The Grand Ole Opry released this statement.

The Grand Ole Opry stands by the motto of the Circle can’t be broken. Throughout the Opry’s history, various events have led Opry management to make difficult decisions about how to alter the show’s format. In an effort to maintain health and safety amid current COVID-19 concerns, the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest-running radio show, will pause performances that include a live audience through April 4.

During this time, the Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry Show will return to its original format as a live radio broadcast without a live audience. Fans around the world can still tune in to the Saturday night broadcasts at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM.

It is widely believed that the Opry has cancelled its live Saturday night performance only once before, as on April 6, 1968 a curfew imposed by the city of Nashville following the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination in Memphis two days earlier forced such a cancellation. For the only time in its history, that night’s Opry broadcast consisted of a previously taped performance. Opry patriarch Roy Acuff and other performers staged a makeshift show at a nearby square-dance hall for Opry fans that afternoon.

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Day One From Madison Isthmus: Staying Away From Others Due To Virus

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James says if we are self-isolating we should spruce up and vacuum. He has taken a written inventory of the annex.  (Friends will grasp the Anne Frank reference, given who previously owned this space.). This either proves we use time efficiently or that being nerdish has taken on a new meaning.

Meanwhile I am working on making the perfect cup of coffee. By far the French Press is the winner. And for reading, I am learning more about the would-be coup by Wall Street men in 1933 to remove FDR and take over nation with fascism.

 

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Campaign Season Buttons Add To My Collection

I thought it was time to get buttons in my collection of our next president.  James secured these for me, and I love them.  Him, too.

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Doty Land Interviews Suspended On Madison Isthmus Due To Virus

Due to the coronavirus Doty Land is suspending interviews, since the studio is in our home on the third floor.  It is no longer wise to have people come and participate in interviews.

We came to the conclusion this was a sound way to proceed a number of weeks back, as we could see where the projection of the virus was headed.  And we wanted to limit our exposure to the virus.  Especially since James works with an elderly clientele through his guardianship business.

At this time I am learning the process for conducting interviews digitally over the computer, with sound quality as if the one being interviewed were sipping coffee and talking ‘at the round table’.

Upcoming shows will include two filmmakers and a local man who is using AI to work with people impacted by memory loss.  And a Nashville friend touring as a roadie for the Oak Ridge Boys.

Curtailing the Doty Land podcast has been a real difficult one for me as this project has lifted my sails, and made me feel so alive over the past months. I know the virus will pass, the studio will be active in a few weeks, and more podcasts will be available to my listeners.

Thanks for hanging in there with me and stay safe.

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