CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Dec. 31, 2019) – Chattanooga’s vibrant downtown and scenic views will be on full display to television viewers across the United States through a new original show airing tomorrow on Circle. A country music and lifestyle television network, Circle launches on New Year’s Day, broadcasting to more than half of U.S. TV households.

Hosts and producers of the new original show, Authentic America, visited Chattanooga earlier this year to explore the city and Lookout Mountain by motorcycle.

“I loved Chattanooga! How many times have I been through there and didn’t take time to stop and visit?” said Nan Kelley, co-host of Authentic America. “Chattanooga has a beautiful downtown area, lovely people, and lots of interesting things to see and do that I never knew were there. That’s kind of the point of our show—to highlight places and attractions that you may not know you're missing out on.”  

“Chattanooga has all the small-town charm with major city attractions-that coupled with the obvious love of the outdoors that the city promotes has me rethinking where I live!” added Charlie Kelley, Nan’s husband, co-host and a Grammy-nominated artist.

Authentic America will take viewers on a two-wheeled version of the classic American road trip by way of backroads and rural routes exploring some of the country’s best kept secrets. In the Chattanooga episode, Nan and Charlie ride through downtown, stopping at the MoonPie General Store and Songbirds Guitar Museum before riding up Lookout Mountain to check out the scenic views.

“We’re excited for this new network coming out of Tennessee that will show Chattanooga’s authentic experiences to people across the United States,” said Dave Santucci, chief marketing officer of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re honored Authentic America chose Chattanooga for its debut, and we look forward to the show’s success in introducing viewers to Tennessee, its places and its people.”

Authentic America is one of 16 original shows airing on Circle, which will be available on Gray Television stations across 56 markets and on CBS stations in five major cities. Circle will also feature weekly, live broadcasts from the Grand Ole Opry, entertainment news, documentaries, movies and Hee Haw reruns.

Authentic America premiers with the Chattanooga episode when the network launches tomorrow, January 1. The Chattanooga episode will air multiple times through January 5.

While Circle is currently unavailable in the Chattanooga market, new locations are under evaluation as coverage grows. For more details, please visit


About the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau promotes and develops visitor experiences for our community’s economic and social prosperity. Chattanooga has been named one of 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler, a 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability and one of 7 Rising U.S. Cities that Should be on Your 2019 Bucket List by TripAdvisor. For more information, visit

About Circle Media, LLC

Circle Media, LLC is a media network dedicated to celebrating the country lifestyle and putting fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more.

Based in Nashville, Circle includes a linear network as well as a companion over-the-top (OTT) premium entertainment service which will be coming in spring 2020. Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray TV.

For more details and to find out if Circle is available in your market, please visit


Marissa Bell, Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau or 865-765-9652

Jessie Schmidt, Schmidt Relations or 615-491-7988

Dixie Owen, Schmidt Relations or 615-440-6171

NOTE TO MEDIA: To download a video preview of the shows airing on the Circle Network, CLICK HERE .