Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:00am

Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium made an appearance on last night's episode of Jeopardy!” as the $1,200 clue in the “Name The Venue” category, and was highlighted on Wheel of Fortune as hosts Pat Sajack and Vanna White visited the historic building in a special Nashville edition of the show. Watch the Jeopardy! clip HERE and Wheel of Fortune HERE.
The Jeopardy clue read Johnny Cash's musical memorial service -- this Nashville auditorium & former home of the Grand Ole Opry, highlighting the National Historic Landmarks history of hosting diverse events and leading contestant Rachel to correctly guess the Ryman.

“Wheel of Fortune” also highlighted the building's storied past, with Sajack and White noting “Nashville is recognized as the birthplace of country music and the legendary Ryman Auditorium is where it all began. This historic building was originally used for religious sermons and lectures, eventually becoming a prestigious concert venue with the nickname 'Carnegie Hall of the South.' In 1943, radio station WSM began broadcasting the Saturday night 'Grand Ole Opry' show live from the Ryman. Country music made its debut with classic performances from Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and more.”

Known as the “Mother Church of Country Music,” Ryman Auditorium is holy ground for a number of music’s greats. A bucket list venue for many, her stage has seen the likes of Brandi Carlile, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Garth Brooks, Harry Styles, Jason Isbell, Johnny Cash, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town and Patsy Cline, to name a few. The Ryman is known around the globe equally for its world-class acoustics and history-making contributions to the live music industry. Named Pollstar Theatre of the Year for the ninth consecutive year last week (the venue’s 11th time receiving the honor), the Ryman consistently receives accolades from respected organizations including the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association and the International Entertainment Buyers Association. In 2018, Rolling Stone magazine named the Ryman one of the “10 Best Live Music Venues in America.”
About Ryman Auditorium  
A National Historic Landmark, Ryman Auditorium was built as a tabernacle by Captain Thomas G. Ryman in 1892, served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-74 and was completely renovated in 1994. The Ryman is open for tours during the day and at night offers a wide variety of entertainment performances, just as it has for over 125 years. The venue was voted the 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Pollstar Theatre of the Year and recently took home its sixth consecutive CMA Venue of the Year Award. Ryman Auditorium is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP), a Nashville-based REIT that also owns and operates the Grand Ole Opry, Ole Red and 650 AM WSM. For more information, visit ryman.com.
Press Contacts for Ryman Auditorium:
Ebie McFarland
Essential Broadcast Media, LLC

(615) 327-3259
Lisaann Dupont
Opry Entertainment Group

(615) 319-3638