Stacy McCloud to Co-Host Great American Country's HEADLINE COUNTRY

Great American Country announced today the addition of Nashville-based entertainment journalist Stacy McCloud to the hosting and reporting team for Headline Country, the network's weekly news magazine now in its sixth season. McCloud debuts on the series beginning Thursday, Jan. 9.

"I am thrilled and honored to join both the Great American Country team and our show Headline Country," McCloud said. "What Storme and the team have built is an amazing, fun series. I hope that I can contribute to that fun going forward!"

"Our goal with Headline Country is to take viewers deeper into the world of country music than they've ever been - to go behind the curtain to bring our audience access to the music and artists they love," said SuzAnne Gordon, Vice president of programming for Great American Country. "With so much happening in country music and so much to cover, we're excited to welcome Stacy and to expand the Headline Country family."

As an entertainment journalist in Nashville for the past five years, McCloud has reported on film and TV premieres, the CMA Awards and American Country Awards, the Bonnaroo music festival and other live events. Her celebrity interviews with stars of film, television and music include Kevin Bacon, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Zooey Deschanel, and Jeremy Piven, plus country artists Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and others. McCloud conducted the final TV interview with country legend George Jones. Prior to reporting in Nashville, McCloud held a variety of newsroom positions, including photographer, producer, features reporter, general assignment reporter, health reporter and anchor.

"We have a lot of great things planned for 2014 and beyond," said Warren, who has hosted Headline Country since its launch in 2009. "In Stacy we've found the perfect addition to Headline Country. Her warmth, wit and spirit will elevate the show and help us continue bringing a personalized Touch to our reporting."

Headline Country premieres each Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET on Great American Country, with encore airings throughout the weekend. Popular segments include artist profiles, coverage of events, tour stops, music video news, number-one singles parties and more. In the January 9 episode, country star Jennifer Nettles visits with McCloud about her new solo album That Girl in the first of an intimate, two-part interview. Plus Headline Country visits music video sets of Rodney Atkins, Kip Moore and Thomas Rhett, and talks with stars including Florida Georgia Line, Cassadee Pope, Darius Rucker and others on their favorite 2013 moments.

Headline Country is produced for Great American Country by Surfing Moose Productions.

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