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NASHVILLE RADIO STATION TO CONTINUE COUNTRY FORMAT

WSM-AM in Nashville has announced that it will continue broadcasting country music, instead of switching to an all-talk sports format.

This comes as a great relief for fans all over the world who were involved in a massive phone call and email campaign to keep the station that has broadcast the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night since 1925 -- the longest continuously run radio show in the country.

Colin Reed, president and chief executive of Gaylord Entertainment Co., made an announcement this week confirming the report. He was joined by country stars and Opry members Vince Gill, Marty Stuart and Billy Walker, who supported the decision as well.

"There has been an outpouring of support from country music fans and performers," Reed stated. "They were telling us what we knew all along, that the audience is there for country music; that the listeners of the Grand Ole Opry and WSM-AM are loyal and feel strongly. We do not plan to convert WSM-AM into an all-talk, all-sports station. The theme will stay country.''

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