- Twenty-five years later, the Class of 1989 still looms large
- Jim Lauderdale and the "Birth of Brograss"
- Billy Joe Shaver may be 'Long in the Tooth,' but he’s still a scrapper
- Ryman Auditorium set for multimillion-dollar expansion
- Kris Kristofferson Embraced His Own Mortality at Bass Performance Hall
- Premiere: Music from Cowboy Jack Clement's final album
- The Water Works Get Going in This Miranda Lambert Pedigree Dog Spot
- New Video For Nickel Creek's "Hayloft"
- After the Flood: An Interview with Courtney Patton
- Seattle Weekly Profiles Hayes Carll
- Farce The Music Has Top Albums of 2014 So Far
- Hellbound Glory / Whitey Morgan on LA Weekly's List of Artists You Should Know
- Fretboard Journal Live Interviews Rodney Crowell
- If You Missed It: Hurray For The Riff Raff on Letterman
- Music and Riots Interviews Scott H. Biram
- New William Clark Green Song "Sympathy"
- Sony Music Nashville Seeking to Leave Music Row?
- Funny: Organizers Call Second Annual "Get Drunk and Wreck Pittsburgh" Concert a Success
- Hard Working Americans New Video "Blackland Farmer"
- Alejandro Escovedo Has A New Band
- Monterey Americana Festival: Dwight Yoakam's rise from cowpunk to star
The fight to preserve classic country and present it to a new generation of fans may just have become a lot easier. After 12 years off the air, the original TNN, “The Nashville Network” has just announced it is coming back this summer, and is committed to “true country music.”
TNN has just announced through press release that they will be officially returning November 1st, and their flagship will be WSMV-TV, Nashvilleâ€™s NBC affiliate. It will be available over-the-air on channel 4.2 as well as on Charter channel 91. TNN will also be added to Comcast in November.
Matt Winn, Vice President of TNN said in a press release, â€śFinding the right partner to be the flagship station of The Nashville Network has been our top priority. Our decision to name WSMV the networkâ€™s hometown affiliate was based on the stationâ€™s award winning news team and the stationâ€™s leadership in the Nashville market. We are pleased to have WSMV be the home of The Nashville Network.â€ť
TNN has also announced an affiliation with ABC 33/40 stations WCFT/WJSU/WBMA in Birmingham, AL (DMA 42). WCFT/WJSU/WBMA. They will begin broadcasting TNN on Nov. 1st as well.
TNN ran for 17 years from 1983 to 2000 until Viacom, which owns CMT, MTV, CBS, and many other networks, morphed the country music, outdoor lifestyle, and family entertainment channel into Spike, leaving many traditional and classic country fans underserved. The new TNN will be a sister network to My Family TV, TUFF TV, PBJ, MyCarTV and Frost Great Outdoors, and Luken Communicationsâ€™ Retro Television (RTV).
This time, instead of a cable network, TNN will be a digital broadcast station, meaning it would be picked up by affiliates. The programming will be a mix of digitally-restored classic content from the TNN archive, with contemporary shows mixed in. Shows already scheduled to be a part of the TNN lineup include: Memories of the Grand Ole Opry, Crook & Chase, Celebrity Kitchen, The Country Vibe, Music City Tonight and Larryâ€™s Country Diner.
The original announcement about TNN’s return was made at the 2012 NAB show in Las Vegas. Television and radio personalities Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase teamed with Luken Communications and Jim Owens Entertainment to acquire the rights to the TNN brand.