First-Ever Opry Live USO Holiday Special Coming to Circle


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (December 6In celebration of the holiday season, Circle Network is partnering with the United Service Organizations (USO) for a night of festive celebration in the first-ever Opry Live: USO Holiday Special featuring heartfelt stories and performances from some of country music’s top talent including Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Jessie James Decker, Craig Morgan, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, and The War & Treaty.

Airing on Circle Network at 9 PM Eastern/8 PM Central on Saturday, December 18th, the one-hour broadcast will be hosted by Kellie Pickler, USO Global Ambassador, country music artist and former host of the Daytime Emmy-nominated talk show “Pickler and Ben,” The show will also be livestreamed on the USO and Circle All Access’ Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel

The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization that strengthens America’s service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the Nation.

“We are grateful to have the iconic Grand Ole Opry host this special and the talented artists bring a bit of home to our service members and military families,” said Christopher Plamp, USO senior vice president of operations, programs, and entertainment. “We hope this holiday special reminds each of us of the sacrifices made on our behalf every day by our brave men and women who serve our country.”

“The men and women of the United States military make selfless commitments that often separate them from their families during the holidays. We are honored to work with the USO and these artists to create a community-wide holiday experience that will hopefully bridge the distance through music, well-wishes and a sense of togetherness,” said Drew Reifenberger, Circle Network’s General Manager.

As part of its USO Holidays seasonal programming for service members and their families, the USO provided early, exclusive access to the special via the USO app. To learn how you can bring a little bit of home to America’s service members around the world, visit for more information.

“I’ve never worn the uniform, but I’m a proud supporter for those who do. As a Global Ambassador for the USO, I hope to share the importance of serving those who serve us all,” said Pickler. “I’m excited for the opportunity Circle Network has provided, as their support within the country community is unparalleled. They’re bringing together a community who supports one another and shedding light on matters that are often overlooked, making them the perfect home for this holiday special.”

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About the USO:

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the Nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort and support. The USO is a private nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission and learn more about the USO, please visit or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Circle Network: 

Circle is a media network dedicated to celebrating the country lifestyle and putting fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. The network offers ad-supported streaming distribution with DISH, Peacock, Roku, Inc., Samsung TV Plus, Redbox, VIZIO SmartCast®, XUMO and Frndly TV, bringing its country lifestyle programming to millions more through TVs, smart phones and tablets. Named Digiday’s 2021 Best Streaming TV Platform and Pollstar’s #1 Livestreamer across all genres for 2020, Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray Television.

About the Grand Ole Opry:

Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. The Opry can be heard at opry.comand, SiriusXM, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit

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