Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Grand Ole Opry On GAC?
I am sure many of you have noticed that since the 1st of the year, GAC has not run any new Opry live shows, but has been showing repeats of basically the same 5 or 6 shows. I was beginning to wonder if GAC was ever going to have any more "new" Opry live shows, so I contacted GAC and received the following response: "We had so many wonderful Opry Live performances last year that received great audience response that our programming department has decided to re-air them again indefinitely as "The Best of Opry Live." Please continue to check back with us for any updates!" We'll, in other words, this sounds like no more new Opry shows on GAC. I have a request into the Opry office regarding if they still have a contract with GAC or if it has expired. I know the contract that they were working with called for 26 new shows and 26 repeat shows per year. This could be an opportunity for a new network to step in, but, let's be honest, there are probably limited options for Opry management. They already have been on CMT and the TNN-Spike network, and the demographics of both of those networks do not fit the Opry. RFD would be a great home but RFD needs to get on more cable stations, especially those on the Time-Warner network. And, I am sure RFD would want to spotlight more traditional artists, while the Opry is trying to grow in other areas. Not much left after that unless they went to Public Television. Personally, RFD would be fine with me. How about a Saturday night line-up of Hee-Haw, The Marty Stuart Show and The Grand Ole Opry?