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Grand Ole Opry Announces Partnership With 'America Supports You'

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2005 – The Grand Ole Opry has announced its partnership with the Defense Department's "America Supports You" program, an ongoing nationwide program to showcase and communicate America's support to the men and women of the armed forces.

The partnership launches March 26 when the "Grand Ole Opry Live" program will be made available to U.S. armed services around the world through the American Forces Radio and Television Service. A live feed to American troops will allow servicemen and women to see the March 26 show from the Opry stage in Nashville, Tenn., and a return feed from Iraq will make the troops a part of that night's inaugural Grand Ole Opry Live broadcast on the military's worldwide network.

Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan, the Oak Ridge Boys and Ricky Skaggs are among the performers scheduled to appear. The program also airs nationally in the United States and Canada.

"We're especially excited that our U.S. armed forces around the world will now be able to experience America's music from the Opry stage each week via the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service as part of our constantly growing audience," said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. "The Opry has always had a very special way of connecting country music's artists with its fans. Our America Supports You partnership further connects us with some of our most treasured fans - America's servicemen and servicewomen."

"We are thrilled that the Grand Ole Opry is joining the America Supports You team," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense. "We look forward to working together to ensure the message that America Supports You reaches all our troops and their families. The millions of fans and friends, as well as the stars of the Grand Ole Opry, will be important in this effort."

The Opry will provide post cards to be mailed to troops to all guests attending the March 26 show, and in continued support of America Supports You, the Opry will provide public-service announcement opportunities for performers and spotlight America Supports You in upcoming broadcasts of "Grand Ole Opry Live" and on the syndicated radio program "America's Grand Ole Opry Weekend," which already is carried on the American Forces Radio and Television Service.

The partnership was a natural fit, Fisher said.

"The Grand Ole Opry is as American as apple pie and baseball," Fisher said. "One thing Americans value is freedom. It's because of the efforts of those who defend those freedoms that we have the opportunity to perform country music on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

(Based on a Grand Ole Opry news release.)

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