George Dewey Hay

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

George Dewey Hay was born in Attica, Indiana back in 1895.  I don’t have any information prior to WWI, but after the war was over he was in Memphis, Tennessee working a WMC-AM radio.  January of 1923, he was a late-night announcer at the station.  By 1924 his popularity increased and he for WLS-AM in Chicago, Illinois where he served as the announcer for the National Barn Dance program.

In 1925, he moved to WSM-AM in Nashville, Tennessee.  He retired and moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia where he died in 1968, he was 72.

What you may not know about George is that he was the founder of the original Grand Ole Opry in 1925.  I know this one is short, but that’s all I have.

Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a smile today.

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Come for a visit stay for a lifetime.  



Comments (19)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

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Jul 05, 2020 03:41 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

He made a lot of people happy!

Jul 05, 2020 04:15 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

this has been on my bucket list to make a visit there, won't happen in 2020.

Jul 05, 2020 04:56 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Remember, sometimes short is sweet!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 05, 2020 05:15 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - It is time I recognize Barbara Todaro for that extra added icing on the cake. I really appreciate her giving us additional context to all the good information you provide on the legacy of so many individuals. 

Jul 05, 2020 05:28 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I knew about the Grand Old Opry, but I did not who started it...What a legacy to have, thank you for letting us know, and thanks to Barbara Todaro who adds the photos.  A

Jul 05, 2020 07:01 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

James Dray I remember listening to WLS (conditions permitting) back in the late 60's and early 70's. The evening program had bands that our local (Fargo ND) didn't play. WLS is where I first heard Black Oak Arkansas.

Jul 05, 2020 07:17 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - short and sweet is sometimes the "right" choice and the "ideal" size.  Thanks for the information.  

Jul 05, 2020 07:43 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Lots of people go there to this day, I quess it has been around longer then I figure.


Jul 05, 2020 07:51 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - my daughter Ashley has gone many times to Nashville for Opry time.

Jul 05, 2020 09:52 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Hey, although I am not a country music fan, this is one of the great venues in the world!

Jul 05, 2020 10:15 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, Thanks for sharing the story of George Dewey Hay.  The joy of bringing music to so many appreciative audiences.

Jul 05, 2020 04:44 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I too am familiar with the Grand Ole Opry but did not know any of the background.

Jul 05, 2020 07:01 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I love the Grand Ole Opry but had no idea that he was involved with the creation of it, great trivia, now if  Wayne Martin  used this in one of his quizzes I would get it right:)Enere

Jul 05, 2020 11:56 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. No clue about George, but maybe on of these days my questions will be centered on your former posts to see if Endre Barath, Jr. gets them all right. Enjoy your day!

Jul 06, 2020 04:27 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

No worries on this blog post being short. You always perform at the highest levels and I appreciate your history lessons...

I hope you had a great Fourth of July James Dray 

Jul 06, 2020 09:30 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Even after his death, George Dewey Hay continues to entertain many folks across the nation and visitors to Nashville to see the Grand Ole Opry.


Jul 07, 2020 05:02 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I've certainly heard of the Grand Ole Opry but knew nothing about the history. Interestng story, even if on the shorter side!


Jul 08, 2020 08:27 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

He passed on his passion to others. I would say that is a life well-lived.

Aug 03, 2020 06:53 AM