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Underwood kicks off After MidNite tonight

Thursday, August 1, 2013 – Carrie Underwood kicks off the 20-week take over of After MidNite's 20th anniversary celebration tonight.

Underwood is the first of 20 country music artists who will sit behind the mic and give fans their take as host of the program. The takeover, which runs through the end of 2013, will also feature special performances and interviews.

The schedule is:

Aug. 1-2 - Carrie Underwood

Week of Aug. 5 - Jason Aldean

Week of Aug. 12 - Luke Bryan

Week of Aug. 19 - Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood

Week of Aug. 26 - Jake Owen

Additional hosts will be announced in the near future.

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