American Heart Association

Country Music Artists and Circle Network to Support the American Heart Association’s Mission to Raise Awareness of Heart Disease in Women, Stroke, CPR and the Need For Ongoing Medical Research

Circle Network’s multi-week series that supports the American Heart Association will consist of several ‘Opry Live’ episodes featuring special tips and messages from Susan Lucci, Randy and Mary Travis, Big Kenny, Bobby Bones, Sara Evans, Lorrie Morgan and more to draw attention to the American Heart Association’s mission to create a world of longer, healthier lives.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (May 10, 2023) – Award-winning Circle Network, country music and lifestyle network and the official TV home of the Grand Ole Opry, is supporting the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, through a new initiative designed to raise awareness of the leading cause of death and drive charitable support for the Association’s lifesaving scientific research and public health education via four Opry Live shows spotlighting key health and wellness topics — women’s health, stroke awareness, CPR and scientific research. The Opry Live shows, airing on Saturdays nationwide on Circle Network, will feature supporting messages from Bobby Bones, Randy and Mary Travis, Sara Evans, Lorrie Morgan, the Oak Ridge Boys, Mandy Barnett, the Gatlin Brothers, Big Kenny, Susan Lucci and more.

The multi-week series kicks off on Saturday, May 13 at 9/8c with a special Opry Live hosted by Natalie Stovall with an appearance from Susan Lucci, Emmy-award winning actress, New York Times best-selling author and a national ambassador for the American Heart AssociationThe evening will feature the Association’s efforts and mission around women’s health

“I’m thrilled to host an evening at the iconic Grand Ole Opry and draw attention to the important work the American Heart Association is doing,” said guest host Susan Lucci. “I’ve been a huge advocate for women’s heart health ever since my own cardiovascular episode, and it feels great to collaborate with the American Heart Association and Circle Network to spread their mission from the Grand Ole Opry stage.”

The series will continue for three additional Saturdays through May and June, featuring campaign PSAs from other country musicians, TV personalities and actors sharing health facts and information from the American Heart Association about what viewers can do to help save lives and support the cause – from learning CPR to becoming a donor or volunteer. 

“It’s very important to us at Circle to bring attention to philanthropic missions through our media platforms and the stage at the Grand Ole Opry,” said Circle Network’s General Manager, Drew Reifenberger. “The American Heart Association does amazing work for people of all ages, and it’s a mission we’re proud to share with our viewers.”

Circle’s daily morning show program, Coffee, Country & Cody, will also feature interviews throughout the coming weeks to spotlight lifesaving health information viewers need to know. Interviews with Lucci, along with heart disease and stroke survivors and world-class health and medical experts will air the same weeks as the Opry Live episodes.

“We’re excited to bring attention to the work we do at the American Heart Association through Circle Network’s iconic Opry Live program on country music’s biggest stage,” said Suzie Upton, chief operating officer at the American Heart Association. “It’s important for us to inform and educate Americans nationwide about heart and brain health and how they can support the cause in a meaningful way.”

Tune in to Circle Network starting on Saturday, May 13 at 9/8c to learn more about the American Heart Association’s relentless work to improve women’s heart health and see Natalie Stovall host Opry Live with special guest, Susan Lucci. Tune in again on Saturday, May 20 (featuring stroke and blood pressure information), June 3 (CPR focus) and June 17 (lifesaving scientific research) to learn more about the American Heart Association’s progress from your favorite country artists. Additionally, tune in to Coffee, Country & Cody weekday mornings throughout May and June for additional information about the American Heart Association’s relentless mission to create a world where everyone everywhere can live a longer, healthier life free from heart disease and stroke.