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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

May 28, 2009

KXCV-KRNW microphones traveling to Glenn Miller Festival

Broadcasters for KXCV-KRNW, Northwest's 100,000-watt public radio station, will report live Friday, June 12, from this year's Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda Iowa.

The festival, a tribute to swing-era music legend and Clarinda native son, runs Thursday, June 11, through Sunday, June 14, and features distinguished jazz and swing performers from across the United States and around the world.

This year's celebration features Larry O'Brien and the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra; Bill Baker's Big Band from Rijswijk, the Netherlands; the Tom Daugherty Orchestra from Dayton, Ohio; "Glenn Miller Live at the Cafe Rouge"; The Little Cherries from Kagoshima, Japan, and the 312th United States Army Band from Lawrence, Kan.

Miller was one of the best-selling recording artists in the United States from 1939 to 1942 and led one of the country's most successful big bands. His signature recordings, many of which have become pop and jazz standards, include "In the Mood," "Tuxedo Junction," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "Moonlight Serenade," "Little Brown Jug" and "Pennsylvania 6-5000."

Miller is believed to have died in 1944 when his plane disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel while he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II.

For more information about the 2009 Glenn Miller Festival, go to www.glennmiller.org.

Heart of America Tractor Cruise

Also in June, KXCV-KRNW will co-sponsor the Heart of America Tractor Cruise, which will take place on the Northwest campus Friday, June 19, through Saturday, June 20.

Approximately 200 tractor drivers are expected to take part in the event, which centers around a 56-mile cruise through northeast Nodaway and northwest Worth counties on June 20 with stops scheduled in six area communities.

Social events include a tenderloin supper June 19 hosted by the Gentry County Cattlemen's Association, a pancake breakfast hosted by the Maryville Lion's Club on June 20 and a pork barbecue following Saturday's cruise.

All meals will be served at the College Park Pavilion on the Northwest campus. The public is invited, and free-will donations are encouraged.

Proceeds from the cruise will benefit the Abrielle Neff Foundation, Special Olympics of Northwest Missouri and the Tall Oaks Muscular Dystrophy Camp. For more information, call Jubal Smith at 660.582.1653 or e-mail jub.smith@live.com.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468