DIERKS BENTLEY LAUNCHES "THE THREAD" AND TAKES OVER 650 AM-WSM RADIO MONDAYS AT 2PM CT



NASHVILLE, TN - Mar 2, 2010 - Country music singer/songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Dierks Bentley will host and program his first-ever radio show named "The Thread" on Nashville's 650 AM WSM every Monday at 2:00P CT. The show will debut on March 15 and will also air online at wsmonline.com and be available through iTunes as a podcast.

"The Thread" will feature a selection of music hand-picked by Bentley, stringing together a variety of formats and styles that make up his diverse musical influences. From singer/songwriters to bluegrass pickers, country legends to his modern day peers, Bentley will craft each hour with his favorite stories and songs, take callers and have in-studio guests.

"Putting this radio show together is the most fun I've had in a long long time," says Bentley. "I named it 'The Thread' because its my chance to go back to all the music that influenced me... it's the artists and songs that tie us all together as a genre. I get to pick the music, tell stories and do just about whatever I want with that hour... it's anything goes. 650 AM is a country music institution... I'm proud they agreed to put me on the air!"

For a sneak peak of "The Thread," visit: www.thegreenroompr.com/dierksbentley.html

About WSM:
650 AM WSM's first official broadcast day was October 5, 1925. The station is the radio home for the Grand Ole Opry, which has been broadcast live over the airwaves since its inception. WSM can be picked up in 38 states on 650 AM and worldwide on www.wsmonline.com. 650 AM WSM is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that owns and operates Gaylord Hotels and the Grand Ole Opry. For more information, visit www.wsmonline.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com.

Contact:
Mary Hilliard Harrington
THE GREENROOM
615-242-7444
maryhilliard@thegreenroompr.com