Today is the day that the Opry Entertainment Group and Gray Television launch their new over-the-air TV network called Circle. This new network covers the world of country music and will include weekly broadcasts from the Grand Ole Opry. Originally Circle was set to launch in the Spring of 2020, but it has gone live today January 1, 2020.
“Circle is all about fun, discovery and accessibility for country music fans,” said Drew Reifenberger, general manager of Circle Media. “Circle will align fans and artists by creating intimate experiences and camaraderie of a close-knit circle of friends.”
“Circle Media is a key piece of that strategy that will create a window into all of the best moments that happen in Nashville and throughout the South, so fans can connect with up-and-coming artists and the superstars they love from anywhere they are,” Bailey from Gary Television said.
Circle will be added to Gray-owned TV stations around the United States in early 2020. Gray Television says additional TV stations will be announced soon. You can find out if your local TV station is owned by Gray Television at their website HERE.
At this time there is no word on if Circle will be added to any live TV streaming service.
Here is some of the programming you will find on Circle when it launches:
- “Opry Live”: Beginning in February, “Opry Live” is a compilation of new live-recorded Grand Ole Opry performances that will be released each week. In the Opry tradition, this show will be a mix of today’s top stars, up-and-comers, and all-time greats.
- “Fandom”: The artist-fan relationship is unlike any other. “Fandom” is a series that explores the impact and intimacy of the artist-fan relationship from the perspective of fans and some of country music’s biggest stars like Eric Church and Zac Brown.
- “Bluebird Café Sessions”: Each year, thousands of fans flock to see artists and songwriters at the world-famous Bluebird Café. “Bluebird Café Sessions” is a viewer’s ticket in—without the line! In this series, viewers will enjoy performances and storytelling from one of Nashville’s most iconic venues.
- “Southern Weekend”: Hosted by singer and musician Natalie Stovall, each episode will highlight the best in southern living by visiting all the great attractions of the South including restaurants, museums, unique stores, and music venues. Country music artists will join in along the journey and share some of their favorite places.
- “Backstage at the Opry”: Peek behind the scenes of the Grand Ole Opry, alongside artists as they go from rehearsals to the stage—and everything in between!
- “Craig’s World”: Follow Opry member and Army Veteran Craig Morgan at home and on the road as he and his tight-knit family navigate triumphs and challenges while developing businesses, writing hit songs, and balancing a country music career.
- “Authentic America”: Hosted by veteran TV host Nan Kelley and her Grammy-nominated husband Charlie Kelley, “Authentic America” takes viewers on a two-wheeled version of the classic American road trip by way of backroads and rural routes exploring some of the country’s best kept secrets including lesser known attractions, off-the-beaten path eateries and, most interesting of all, the people who make America one of the most colorful and eclectic nations in the world. Guests include Blake Shelton and Alabama.
- “Upstream”: Join Elizabeth Cook as she invites artist guests to a new fishing location each episode. While the fishing may be good, the real catch is the conversation. Early guests include Cam and Shooter Jennings.
- “Opry Debut”: Enjoy mini follow-documentaries that chronicle the moments and emotions that artists experience leading up to the memorable career milestone every country music artist dreams of achieving—their Grand Ole Opry debut. Debut’s include Opry NextStage 2019 picks Tennille Townes, Travis Denning, and Riley Green as well as the Opry debut of Ashley McBryde.
- “The Write Stuff”: Viewers get a peek inside the inspiration and creation of some of country music’s greatest songs. Join country music hit makers as they walk step-by-step—from the initial concept to the final chord—and share the key licks and lyrics that brought their stories to life. Episodes feature Little Big Town, Old Crow Medicine Show and Travis Tritt.
- “Opry Docs”: Hosted by contemporary artists like Brad Paisley, Charlie Daniels and Amy Grant, Opry Docs is a series of documentaries on country greats like Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, George Jones and Minnie Pearl.
- “Better Half”: Meet the larger-than-life spouses of some of today’s brightest stars and find out what gives them their own star power. Featured spouses include Samantha Busch (wife of NASCAR driver Kyle Busch), Kate Moore (wife of Justin Moore) and Christine Ballard (wife of Frankie Ballard).
- “Dailey & Vincent”: Join Dailey & Vincent—the world-renowned bluegrass duo—as they host and perform in front of a live audience along with some notable friends like Vince Gill and the Oak Ridge Boys.
- “Stand Up Nashville!”: Shot before a live audience at Nashville’s Zanies Comedy Club, each episode of Stand Up Nashville! features a well-known comedian host as well as four up-and-coming comedians. Laugh along with a packed Zanies house and the most brilliant comics the South has to offer.
- “Family Traditions”: Follow the next generation of country’s legendary families as they honor their roots while forging their own path. Episodes include Sam Williams (grandson of Hank Williams and son of Hank Williams Jr.) and Ashley Campbell (daughter of Glen Campbell).
- “Phil Vassar’s Songs from the Cellar”: Join country music hit-maker Phil Vassar as he welcomes artists, songwriters, entertainers, athletes, and wine enthusiasts into his favorite place to write songs—his wine cellar! Each episode will feature conversation and collaboration along with a shared drink. Simple in concept yet rich in content, Phil’s laid-back style and quick-witted personality brings out the best in his guests as they share entertaining stories about their lives. Guests include Kelsea Ballerini, Charles Esten, Mike Tyson, and Hunter Hayes.
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