A blog by Opry staffers, Opry members, friends, and others about the flooding of the Opry House, subsequent clean up and refurbishment, and an eventual return home for the show that made country music famous.
And now for the 650 WSM Weather Report: It’s 80 degress… in the studio!
By Mike Terry
Mike Terry is a 650 WSM air personality, a Grand Ole Opry announcer, and the host of the syndicated show America’s Opry Weekend
Since the May floods, Nashville has been in “reconstruction mode.” If you’ve followed the progress of those repairs at the Opry and The Opryland Hotel, you know we’re well on our way to returning to normal daily operations. And while those of us who spend our days and nights at WSM are looking forward to that return to normalcy, these days we’re working hard to “sound” as normal as possible.
While most listeners can understand the loss of our studios and offices, there are other hurdles that we’re working to overcome. For example, our “studio” here at our transmitter building south of downtown Nashville is still in the process of being constructed in what would normally be an engineering office. –No sound proofing, no double-pained sound proof glass, no fancy studio monitors. In fact, one of our biggest issues right now is the heat. Since our new studio/office was never intended to house all of this equipment we have installed we are generating a good deal of addition heat; the cooling system that was designed to serve one person at a desk is working hard to keep up. It’s a cozy 80+ degrees in here these days.
Bill [Cody] no longer has the three computer monitors he has become accustomed to while working in the morning. And Charlie [Mattos], if you haven’t noticed, isn’t Googling as much as he was before the flood.
The good news is this is all temporary and we’re looking forward to our return to renovated studios at some point this fall.
The better news has been that when I’ve spoken with listeners and told them what we’re dealing with, most have responded by saying they had no idea. “It still sounds like it did when you were back in the Opryland Hotel.”
We’ll take that as compliment, thanks!