A Timeline of Film & Television Benchmarks


  • 1950 - WSMV first signed on the air as WSM-TV on September 30, 1950 at 1:10 p.m. It was Nashville's first television station and the second in Tennessee, behind WMCT (now WMC-TV, also an NBC affiliate) in Memphis. It was owned by the WSM, Inc. division of the locally based National Life and Accident Insurance Company, along with WSM radio (650 AMand 95.5 FM). The television station has been an NBC affiliate from its sign-on, although it also carried some programming from CBS, DuMont, and ABC.


  • 1966 - Ron and June Ormond - collectively "The Ormond Organization" produce "Forty Acre Fued" at Bradley's Barn. This feature film showcases most of the country stars of the era, singing and/or acting. Minnie Pearl makes her feature film debut.