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" And now, from Nashville, Tennessee -- this is WSM presenting the 3,950th consecutive edition of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry!"
With those familiar words, Opry announcer Hairl Hensley let the world know that in the face of terrorist attacks on America, the longest-running radio program in the world -- which has only been canceled once, following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King -- would go on.
On the weekend following the incidents, Opry performers from Diamond Rio and Jeannie Seely to Porter Wagoner and Bill Anderson dedicated special songs to the victims and their loved ones. "How bittersweet it is to be singing tonight after this," said Wynonna backstage before her first-ever Opry performance. "But I'll be standing in the Mother Church singing 'How Great Thou Art.' So I think God's timing is good."