Grand Ole Opry celebrates 5,000 Saturday night broadcasts
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – It was an evening to celebrate country music and its iconic scene.
“The people that walk in those doors – I’m an emotional man – the people on stage, it’s going to be a great night,” said Dan Rogers, vice president and executive producer of The Grand Ole Opry.
Opry fans from near and far packed the Grand Ole Opry House for this historic milestone.
“So you will hear something that you might have heard on the radio today, you can hear something that you enjoyed in the 90s, you will hear a little touch of blue grass, a little bit of gospel” Rogers said.
For some it was artists like Garth Brooks and Darius Rucker. While for others it was history.
“There are very few places you can go and see a show that your great-grandparents saw, that your grandparents saw, where your parents took you,” said Jeremy Martin, who has drove from Mississippi for the show. “He’s one of the last.
To commemorate the anniversary, a free Plaza Party was held for the public throughout the month, every Friday and Saturday. It all culminated with the 5,000th Saturday night broadcast.
“I think everyone’s wondering about that, you know, would we really be able to do that?” Would we be able to have a show with an audience? “Rogers said.” Because, as you know, we’ve been through over 30 weeks with these empty benches. ”
In its 95-year history, the show has only been canceled once in 1968 due to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Now, after another historic night, despite the ups and downs of its 95-year history, the heart of the Opry and its famous circle remain intact.