KSEE24 & CBS47 to air daily broadcast of national anthem performed by emerging artists

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FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – KSEE24 and CBS47 will be two of the 171 Nexstar stations across the country to begin daily broadcasts of the National Anthem, restoring a long-held broadcast tradition.

“The Star Spangled Banner” will be performed by a variety of artists and showcase different music genres, beginning on Monday.

The broadcasts are a partnership between Nexstar, BMI, and Belmont University. The national anthem will be performed by a variety of emerging artists, who will record their own unique versions of the song at Belmont’s Ocean Way Studios. All musical genres will be highlighted during the series.

The first group of performers includes Nashville-based Brian Sutherland, Texas native Kristen Kelly, and 2018 American Idol contestant Julia Cole.

“This unique collaboration supports higher education in business for the music and entertainment industry, while providing aspiring professional artists and songwriters a national distribution platform to showcase their respective talents,” Nexstar President Tim Busch said. “We look forward to returning the time-honored tradition of including the National Anthem in our stations’ broadcasts with this new partnership.”

The Star-Spangled Banner was once a staple on local television stations, signifying the beginning or end of the broadcast day.

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