Grand Ole Opry

Celebrity Q&A
on February 15, 2004

I would like to know what happened to the Grand Ole Opry that was on CMT every Saturday night.

—Elva U., Nebraska

In November, the Grand Ole Opry moved to the Great American Country (GAC) network. The Opry and CMT came to the end of its contract, and CMT did not want to continue broadcasting the show on a weekly basis. “The reason for the move was because we were given the opportunity to continue the Grand Ole Opry as a weekly series,” says Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager. “If you do not receive GAC, call your local cable or satellite provider and let them know you want to see your Grand Ole Opry. Ask them to add the network to their system.” The Opry can be heard in several other ways as well. “You can listen to the Opry on,” Fisher says. “It is also carried on Sirius satellite radio on a channel called WSM Entertainment. Also, over 210 stations carry a syndicated radio program called America’s Grand Ole Opry Weekend. There are more ways than ever to listen or see the Grand Ole Opry.” Since November, the Opry has been held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., while the Grand Ole Opry House is undergoing renovations that include a new sound and lights system. The Opry moves back to its permanent home next month.

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