Live radio fans across the country know Nashville, Tennessee as Music City, and a little less commonly as Broadcast Radio Capital of the world. This is because of Nashville's pivotal role in entertaining America and beyond throughout most of the 20th century and continuing into the 21st. Today you can enjoy a part of Nashville's rich musical history by attending one of the city's continuing live radio shows as a member of the live taping audience:
Grand Ole Opry – By far the most famous of the 3 live radio shows listed here, the Grand Ole Opry has had its finger in American music culture since its initiation in 1925, and it is without a doubt the reason that Nashville is known as Music City, USA. It is the longest-running live radio show that still continues to this day to act as a gateway for many, many music legends over the past 50 years.
Music City Connection: Heroes Behind the Hits – If you're an XM radio listener in the Nashville area then you're sure to know about the Heroes Behind the Hits live radio show. Much more recent than the Grand Ole Opry show, Music City Connection began in 2006, but since then has become a massive hit. You can sit in on a live recording and listen as the nation's best songwriters and musicians detail their personal stories, struggles and inspirations, topped off with some really incredible performances, of course.
Music City Roots – Taped at one of Nashville's most interesting eateries, the Loveless Café, this weekly radio show is like the pulse on Nashville's music culture. Come sample and celebrate the best that Nashville has to offer for oldies and newbies alike. This is also the easiest show to get into – just show up and buy a ticket or buy ahead online, but either way it is public access. Also, the biscuits are amazing!!!
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