By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 28, 2023) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps places us on stage in the most historic Opera House in Country Music.


Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry show premiered on November 28, 1925 on WSM Radio station.

Originally called the WSM Barn Dance, it is the longest running radio program in the US.

The weekly show runs about two hours weekly on Saturdays and is aired live.  Since 1974, the show has been housed at the Grand Ole Opry House, a 4400-seat theater.

This theater is country music’s Mecca and performing on the Grand Ole Opry show is an honor.

Speaking of honors, Loveland High School’s Show Choir performed three times on the famed stage, as part of Show Choir National Competition.  The second time, in April 2013, By Request, the mixed group, was the Grand Champion.  This writer was there, as well as four years earlier when By Request performed there the first time.  Magical!

Cram’s map of a smallish Nashville is shown here from 1890.  

Nahville, TN -circa 1890 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.