Circle Opens January 1

 (Photo source: Circle/Gray Television)

Since first announced last April, over-the-air country music lifestyle channel Circle has promised that it would debut early in 2020. Well, you can’t get much earlier in the year than January 1, now set as Circle’s launch date!

As anticipated, this joint venture between Gray Television and Opry Entertainment will be available in the 56 markets served by Gray-owned TV stations. But, in a surprise, Circle said it will also launch via CBS-owned  stations, including in New York and Los Angeles.

Circle will have 16 original shows, including the weekly Opry Live announced in October and debuting in February. The channel will also, as we anticipated back in April, bring back reruns of Hee Haw from Opry’s library.

Other new music series have titles like Fandom, Bluebird Café Sessions, Backstage at the Opry, Opry Debut, Opry Docs and Phil Vassar’s Songs from the Cellar. Lifestyle shows will cover such areas as fishing, travel and stand-up comedy.

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5 thoughts on “Circle Opens January 1”

  1. Ya, I have a comment . . . Been looking forward to this station since I saw it pop up in my Titan TV listings app 2 weeks ago. Program listings were blank just said Circle TV until Jan 1st, program listings were shown, so I was like cool another channel to look forward to. I am in the Boston metro area and currently get 52 channels, Circle is advertised to broadcast as channel 38.5 in this area, I currently get the other 4 channels 38.1 – 38.4. Needless to say, January 1st has come and gone, and still no Circle TV.

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  2. FYI, the 2 links you provided are dead and go nowhere. The one in the article after for more info go to . . . and the one telling people where to go for station info. Both lead to this site can not be reached error. Noticed this earlier this week and have checked several times, still can not reach, apparently, the links are wrong?

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    • John, thanks for bringing this to our attention. We believe http://www.inthecircle.com is the correct website, but it’s apparently not been working for a while, so we’ve removed the links. As to your other comment, we checked at rabbitears.info and Circle on channel 38.5 in Boston is listed as “soon.” Let us know when it arrives.

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