Gaither’s country-music programming is now available on country network Circle.
Gaither Music Group, one of the largest independent Christian music companies in the world, announced that its programming is now available on Circle, a fast-emerging network dedicated to everything country.
Gaither programming became available on Circle Network on October 6 with the Gaither Gospel Hour airing weekly — Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern and again at midnight, as well as at 2:30 Eastern each Sunday. The fall lineup will include gospel music specials featuring Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, Joey+Rory, Fortune/Walker/Rogers/Isaacs, Alabama, and more.
Circle Network — a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group and Gray Television — is a media network “dedicated to celebrating the country lifestyle and putting fans inside the circle of everything country,” including entertainment news; documentaries; movies; archival, new, and licensed programming; Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. Gaither Music Group, home to some of the finest performers in gospel and country music, has been developing TV specials since the early ’90s, making for a natural partnership.
“Gaither Music Group has been developing artists and creating recordings within the gospel and country music landscape for decades. After years of cross-promotions with [Grand Ole Opry] through retail and events, it feels like we are ‘coming home’ as we forge this exciting path together with Circle,” said Paul Sizelove, president of Gaither Music Group.
The partnership comes during a big year for Gaither Music Group. This spring saw the launch of the Bill Gaither More Than the Music podcast, hosted by Gaither Music Group founder and gospel music legend Bill Gaither, which coincided with a strategic partnership with Sony Pictures Television’s Game Show Network. In June, the company announced the expansion of the popular GaitherTV network into a platform offering subscription-based, on-demand programming to its audience across a variety of digital devices.
“I’ve been listening to the Grand Ole Opry since 1948, when our family would gather every Saturday night in Alexandria, Indiana, and listen to WSM,” Bill Gaither said. “I attended my first show at the Ryman in 1950 for an all-night Gospel Sing and have always been thrilled that gospel music has been a part of the Opry tradition. I have had the opportunity over the years to join that family of performers in that revered circle on that historic stage, and Gloria and our family of artists have been able to record in those halls. Every time I walk through the alley to the stage door, I am in awe of all the great artists that have come through the same passageway — incredible artists like Red Foley, Hank Williams, George Jones, and countless others. To look back at that history and to now be a part of the Circle platform is an honor — and for that little 12-year-old boy from Alexandria, it is a dream come true.”
Find out how you can watch Circle Network here.