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History THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, February 7, 2013 - A5 (:/4 [ The Grand Ole Opry was started November 28, 1925 and broadcast over radio station WSM from Nashville, Tennessee. The region around Nashville had many amateur country musi- cians from which to recruit performers and had even more people who listened to country music. The radio show originated in Studio B. After a few months of broadcasting, crowds of people filled the halls to hear the show live. The management then built Studio C, which held 500 people. The reactions of the audience were added to the program. The crowds soon outgrew Studio C, and through those early years, the Grand Ole Opry had to keep finding larger auditoriums. The moves were to Hill- sboro Theatre in 1934, the Dixie Revival Tabernacle in 1936, and the War Memo- rial Auditorium in 1939. An entrance fee of 25 was charged in an effect to curb the crowd. Still the atten- dance exceeded 3,000. In 1943, the Opry moved to the Ryman Auditorium where it played regularly for the next 31 years. The Ryman Auditorium was built by a riverboat captain, Tom Ryman, in 1891. Tom attended a tent revival meeting to heckle the preacher, but ended up being converted and became a Christian. Instead of heck- ling, he decided to help. He built the auditorium for evangelist, Sam Jones. A balcony was added in 1897, because the Confeder- ate Veterans reunion was to meet there. Ryman Audito- rium could then seat more than 3,000 people. In 1974, the Opry was moved to the Grand Ole Opry House which seated 4,400 persons. President and Mrs. Richard Nixon attended opening night, March 16, 1974. He played a few songs on the piano for the audience. A six-foot circle of oak flooring was cut from the original stage of the previ- ous Ryman Auditorium and was inlaid in the center of the stage floor on the new Opry House. Every winter there are a few weeks when the Grand Ole Opry goes back and plays at the old Ryman Auditorium. In May 2010, the new Opry House was flooded by the Cumberland River, and the Grand Ole Opry made sev- eral shows that summer at the old Ryman Auditorium as well as other auditoriums in Nashville. The Grand Ole Opry and radio station WSM put Nashville on the map and into the music business. Nashville is called Music City, U. S. A. There are other types of businesses and offices in Nashville, but the music industry had a part in the city's economic and physi- cal growth. People of Nashville are employed in the recording studios, media process- ing, talent agencies, trade papers, recording compa- nies, and performing fights organizations. The Grand Ole Opry is one of the longest running radio shows in history. It started in 1925 and is still going. What Bill Munrow said about Bluegrass music would apply to country music as well: "It's played from my heart to your heart, and it will touch you." The first announcer and director of the Opry, George D. Hay, reassured young comedian Minnie Pearl before her first audience appearance. He said, "Just love 'em honey, and they'll love you fight back!" Mr. Hay also said about the Opry: "The principal appeal of the Opry is a homey one." It's "Down to earth" for those who are country at heart. I tried last Saturday night, and I can still get radio sta- tion WSN 650 AM from Nashville just like I got it 60 years ago. The Grand Ole Opry was on. Back is Digital mammography now available in Stillwater. This state-of-the-art technology provides faster and more accurate images than ever before. On Feb. 14, 278 A.D Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, is executed. Claudius the Cruel had banned all marriages and engage- ments. Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. York City for lecturing and distributing materi- als about birth control. She was accused of vio- lating the Comstock Act of 1873, which made it a federal offense to dis- seminate contraceptive devices and information through the mail or across state lines. On Feb. 17, 1904, Gia- como Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly" premieres at the La Scala theater in Milan, Italy. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, "Madame Butterfly" told the story of an American sailor, B.F. Pinkerton, who marries and then abandons a young Japa- nese geisha, Cio-Cio-San, or Madame Butterfly. On Feb. 11, 1916, Emma Goldman, a crusader for women's rights and social justice, is arrested in New On Feb. 13, 1920, The League of Nations, the international organiza- tion formed at the peace conference at Versailles in the wake of World War I, recognizes the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland. The League also established its head- quarters in the Swiss city of Geneva. On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro is sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that forced right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile. The United States initially recognized the new Cuban dictator but withdrew its support after Castro nationalized U.S. assets on the island. On Feb. 15, 1965, in accordance with a formal proclamation by Queen Elizabeth II of England, a new Canadian national flag is raised abow Par- liament Hill in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Canada's national flag was to be red and white with a stylized l!-point, red maple leaf in its center On Feb. 12, 1973, the release of American, POWs from the Vietnam War begins in Hanoi as part of the Paris peace, settlement. Operation, Homecoming was cona- pleted on March 1973, when the last of 591 U.S. prisoners were, released and returned to, the United States. (c) 2012 King Features Synd Inc. Perkins Chamber of Commerce Sponsored 2nd Annual Chocolate Walk Friday, February 15, 2013 from 4:00-6:00pro Saturday, February 16, 2013 from lOam-noon Get your card punched at participating vendors and turn in for a chance to win prizes donated from local businesses. Watch the Perkins Journal, Thursday, February 1 4 for a listing of participating businesses. , :i~ 15-30 Year Fixed, Competitive Rates Serviced In-House Make your payments . Stop by. today For more in our lobby or drive-thru . informatiOnan app]ication. r to complete www.paynecountybank.com Main Bank. 202 S. Main Convenience Branch. 417 E. Hwy 33. Perkins, OK Find What You're Looking For Online Anytime In The Classifieds Thedournal0K.e0m I ] IL ~e .-- / In print Online Anytime 24, 7 I I