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June 7, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Broadcasters for KXCV-KRNW, Northwest's 100,000-watt public radio station, will report live on Friday, June 12, from the 35th Annual Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, Iowa.
The simulcast will run from 9 a.m. to noon and feature live interviews with festival organizers as well as some of the performers, said KXCV-KRNW General Manager Rodney Harris.
"It's important for us to be a part of the communities in which we serve and the Glenn Miller Festival is a huge event that takes place annually," Harris said. "We want to be involved and help draw as many people to Clarinda for that."
The Glenn Miller Festival, a tribute to the swing-era music legend and Clarinda native son, runs Thursday, June 10, through Sunday, June 13. The festival includes tours of Glenn Miller's birthplace home, picnics, dances, historical displays and stage shows featuring distinguished jazz and swing performers from around the world. Additionally, this year's festival will celebrate the grand opening of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum.
Performers will include Larry O'Brien and the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra, The United States Air Force Noteables, Hunter Fuerste and His American Vintage Orchestra, Japan's Shinichi Yoneda and the Tamana Girls High School Band and Switzerland's Dai Kimoto and the Swing Kids. Adam Swanson, the World Champion Ragtime Piano Player from Shenandoah, Iowa, also is scheduled to perform.
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 Glenn Miller Festival, go to www.glennmiller.org.
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