The Grand Ole Opry and Circle Media announced that radio and TV personality Bobby Bones will host and be an executive producer of Opry, a new weekly, one-hour TV program featuring exclusive highlights from the Grand Ole Opry stage each week. Beginning Wednesday, February 26, Opry will bring the Grand Ole Opry experience to viewers nationwide with the week’s live-recorded
Scott Bailey, president of Opry Entertainment, said, “Bobby is a terrific entertainer and music enthusiast who has been a friend of the Grand Ole Opry for many years, and a fan for much longer. As both an executive producer and host, Bobby will have the opportunity to collaborate with our Grand Ole Opry team and present the Opry in a way that will complement the live radio broadcast by providing an insider’s unique perspective into what goes on behind the curtain of country’s most famous stage.”
An avid country music fan and the leading country on-air personality, iHeartMedia’s Bobby Bones is the host of country music radio shows The Bobby Bones Show and Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones. The Bobby Bones Show is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks on more than 150 radio stations, in addition to airing on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free, all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service. Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones is heard nationwide on more than 200 stations. Bones, who serves as Vice President and Creative Director of iHeartCountry, the largest Country broadcast radio group in America, will also continue hosting his popular podcast BobbyCast on iHeartRadio.
Bones is also a best-selling author, musician, touring stand-up comedian and the official in-house mentor of ABC’s American Idol. In addition, he has performed on the Grand Ole Opry and also served as a guest-announcer.
“As a kid from Mountain Pine, AR who grew up listening and loving The Opry with my grandma… I’m very honored by this opportunity. The rich history and tradition is second to none, and I’m thankful the Opry has not only trusted me to play music and tell jokes on its famed stage so many times, but to also invite me into this next chapter along with so many great country artists,” said Bobby Bones, host of Circle’s Opry.
“The Opry is a storied institution, and Circle is honored to present what are certain to be memorable performances and storytelling. We believe Bobby’s love of the Opry and his genuine friendships with its members and guest artists make him an ideal host of these broadcasts,” said Drew Reifenberger, Circle General Manager.
The premiere episode of Opry, hosted by Bobby Bones, will debut Wednesday, February 26 at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT/6 PM PT. A new one-hour episode will premiere each Wednesday at the same time, and Opry will re-air each Wednesday night at Midnight ET/11 PM CT/9 PM PT.
Opry joins a growing slate of Circle original programming centered around artists and their music; hobbies; outdoor and offstage adventures; food; family; and friends. Circle also offers entertainment news, documentaries, and movies along with licensed programming and archival content.
Circle is now available in Nashville on WSMV Channel 4.5 via antenna. Viewers can go to www.CircleAllAccess.com for shows, schedules and a simple guide to getting the channel.
Circle is also newly launched on other Meredith Corporations stations including Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix, St. Louis, Kansas City and Mobile.