WSM-FM (defunct)

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City Nashville, Tennessee
First air date March 1, 1941[1]
Last air date 1951
Language(s) English
Power 20,000 watts (W47NV)
66,000 watts (on 103.3 in 1950)[2]
HAAT 878 feet
Callsign meaning Sister F.M. station of WSM
Former callsigns W47NV
Former frequencies 44.7 Megacycles[3]
100.1 Megacycles (1946)[4]
103.3 Megacycles (1948–1950)
Affiliations NBC
Owner National Life & Accident Insurance Company
Sister stations WSM, WSM-TV

WSM-FM was a radio station in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, from 1941 to 1951.

The National Life and Accident Insurance Company (NL&AI), owners of WSM, became the first commercial broadcaster in the U.S. to receive an FM license from the Federal Communications Commission in 1941. Originally known as W47NV (on 44.7 Megacycles, before becoming WSM-FM & switching to 100.1 & later 103.3 Megacycles by 1948[5]), the station operated for about 10 years, until NL&AI realized that few area households had FM radio receivers and thus commercial potential was lacking, unlike the company's television station, WSM-TV (now WSMV-TV). NL&AI shut down WSM-FM in 1951 and returned the license to the FCC.