Radio and TV Personality Bobby Bones To Host Opry on Circle
CIRCLE BRINGS THE GRAND OLE OPRY BACK TO TELEVISION WITH OPRY DEBUTING FEB. 26
NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 11, 2020 – The Grand Ole Opry and Circle Media announced today that award-winning 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 performances, backstage conversations with Opry performers, comedy and more.
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.
About Bobby Bones
Radio and TV personality Bobby Bones who “has carved out a place for himself in nearly every corner of the entertainment world,” (American Profile) is host of iHeartMedia’s nationally syndicated radio show, The Bobby Bones Show, which broadcasts to over 150 stations and is the #1 Country morning show with millions of weekly listeners. The show recently garnered its second Country Music Association Award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year and third ACM Award for National On-Air Personality of the Year and earned Bones the title of youngest ever inductee into the prestigious National Radio Hall of Fame.
The “media multitasker” (Billboard) also launched his own podcast, BobbyCast, on the iHeartPodcast Network, which features candid long-form interviews with top artists and industry figures and has been downloaded nearly 13 million times. The podcast’s overwhelming success has paved the way for Bones to launch the Nashville Podcast Network, an eclectic collection of podcasts from a variety of Nashville-savvy hosts, giving listeners an inside look at the lifestyle and pop culture in Nashville. Bones won Season 27 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and is the official in-house mentor on ABC’s American Idol. Additionally, Bones’ chart-topping musical comedy band Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots recently wrapped It’s Just The Two Of Us…(Sorry) tour following their most recent EP, LIVE IN BOSTON. Bones is also a two-time New York Times #1 bestselling author, touring stand-up comedian, and philanthropist – a true “jack of all trades” (ESPN).
About Circle Media, LLC
Circle Media, LLC 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.
Based in Nashville, Circle includes a linear network as well as a coming companion over-the-top (OTT) premium entertainment service. Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray TV.
For more details and to find out if Circle is available in your market, please visit www.CircleAllAccess.com or follow us on all socials @CircleAllAccess.
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About The Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday night shows February 4 through December, plus seasonal Wednesday shows and Thursday Opry Country Classics performances. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com.
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