Music City Tales from the 1980s: Growing Up Opryland

Opryland USA was around for most of the 70s, it opened in `72 after three years of concepting and construction. It was around for most of the 90s — it shut its doors for good on December 31, 1997. Opryland was, though, around for the whole of the 1980s.

If you were a kid in Nashville in that decade, there’s a strong chance you knew the park intimately. And like any kid who did, you will forever have THE ultimate insider Nashville conversation starter in your back pocket—why do you think they REALLY shut Opryland down? And from here, you’d start to exchange memories.

This episode is dedicated to Stephen W. Phillips, who literally wrote the book on Opryland USA and then, while under 40, passed way, way, way to young. Thanks for helping to make this story easier to tell. I hope you’re listening wherever you are.

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