Bobby Bones To Host and Executive Produce Weekly ‘Opry’ Show on Circle
The premiere episode of Opry debuts Wednesday, February 26.
Bobby Bones; Photo by Taylor Kelly
Multi-media personality Bobby Bones has been tapped to host and executive produce Opry, a weekly, one-hour TV program coming soon to Circle, a newly launched network celebrating country music and the lifestyle that surrounds it. Each week, Opry will showcase highlights from the Grand Ole Opry stage as well as backstage interviews with Opry performers, comedy and more.
“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,” Scott Bailey, president of Opry Entertainment, shared in a statement. “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.”
Bones, who has previously appeared as a performer and guest host on the hallowed stage, is thrilled to join the Grand Ole Opry in bringing Opry to fans nationwide.
“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,” Bones said. “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.”
Bobby Bones is the leading on-air country music personality. The National Radio Hall of Famer hosts The Bobby Bones Show, which is syndicated to over 150 radio stations around the U.S. and the Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones, a weekly show heard on over 200 stations. The Arkansas native also hosts the BobbyCast, his very own podcast on iHeartRadio, and is the in-house mentor on ABC’s American Idol. Additionally, Bones is a best-selling author, a musician and stand-up comedian.
The premiere episode of Opry debuts Wednesday, February 26 at 9 pm ET. A new one-hour episode will premiere each Wednesday at the same time, and Opry will re-air each Wednesday night at Midnight ET.
Fans can visit the official Circle website for details on how to access the network.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.