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‘Grand Ole Opry Live’ getting new home on cable

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The world's longest-running country music radio show is getting a new home on cable television.

The "Grand Ole Opry Live" show is moving from TNN to Country Music Television, effective Aug. 18, Opry officials announced Thursday. The televised broadcast also will expand from 30 minutes to an hour.

Both TNN and CMT are owned and operated by MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc., which is fashioning CMT as its flagship station for country music programming.

"This will attract new viewers to CMT while exposing the Opry's legends to CMT's younger demographic mix," said Carl Kornmeyer, president of the Music, Media & Entertainment Group of Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment Co., which owns the Opry. "It also allows rising artists on the Opry another avenue to attract new fans."

Grand Ole Opry has been broadcasting on WSM-AM every Saturday night since 1925. It became part of TNN's lineup in 1985. The new broadcast will include portions of the Opry shows and behind-stage interviews.

"The Opry is about relationships between artists, fans and the great legacy of the show itself," said Steve Buchanan, president of Gaylord's Grand Ole Opry Group. "We are very pleased with the new relationship with CMT and the opportunity that provides us to work with a partner that shares our passion for the music and the magic of the Opry."

The Opry cast has about 70 members, including Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Bill Anderson and Little Jimmy Dickens.

"Grand Ole Opry Live" will show portions of the Opry shows and behind-stage interviews. The actual show is more than two hours long, and most Saturdays there are two performances at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.