The Grand Ole Opry, the longest-running live radio show in the world, is grand indeed for country music fans. Since it was founded in 1925, the country music variety show has hosted many of the legends of American music, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn. Today, the Opry continues to attract numerous country music stars. The company broadcasts its performances through a variety of outlets, including the Web (via opry.com), television (via the Great American Country cable network), and radio (via Nashville's WSM Radio, syndication, and SIRIUS XM). The Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties and has been in its current location, the 4,400 seat Grand Ole Opry House, since 1974.
The Opry features a live show every Friday and Saturday night, as well as a seasonal Tuesday Night Opry, at the Opryland complex in Nashville. The complex includes four entertainment venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Acuff Theatre, the Opry Museum, and the Opry Plaza.
Throughout its more than 80-year history, the Grand Ole Opry has had six Nashville homes. Venues have included the National Life and Accident Insurance Company, the Hillsboro Theatre, the Dixie Tabernacle, the War Memorial Auditorium, the Ryman Auditorium, and the current Opry House. – less