WPAQ’s Merry-Go-Round is the nation’s second longest-running live radio show. The Grand Ole Opry is the longest-running live radio broadcast in the nation. Radio station WPAQ, 740 AM, produces this weekly live broadcast of local, regional and national performers from inside the Downtown Mount Airy Earle Theatre. Beginning on February 2, 1948, owner Ralph Epperson began broadcasting. The show has hosted regional and national music legends including Tommy Jarrell, Benton Flippen, the Carter family, Mac Wiseman, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and Bill and Charlie Monroe. In 1997, WPAQ’s Merry-Go-Round moved to the Earle Theatre where the live broadcast, getting ready to celebrate its 50th birthday, returned to its origin in Downtown Mount Airy. The Merry-Go-Round begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. every Saturday. The Surry Arts Council sells concessions in the theatre lobby. Admission is $6 or free with a Surry Arts Council season pass or a $20 Merry-Go-Round annual pass.