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Why aren't Buck Owens, Merle Haggard Opry members?

Why aren't Buck Owens, Merle Haggard Opry members?

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., (KBAK/KBFX) — It could be considered the heart of country music - The Grand Ole Opry.

Deep in the heart of Nashville, Tenn., is what's been called "Country's Most Famous Stage."

Membership is exclusive, but missing are two country music legends and Bakersfield favorite sons - Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

Dan Rogers and Brenda Colladay, both with the Grand Ole Opry, were on Eyewitness News Mornings on Thursday to talk about the new book "Backstage at the Opry."

But, on the minds of many in Kern County was why Buck Owens and Merle Haggard aren't members of the Grand Ole Opry, despite long-standing tenures at the Nashville venue.

Forecaster Aaron Perlman gets the giggles and can't stop