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Local Bands To Play National Anthem on New TV Station

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

WIYE-TV, the valley's new home for CBS, is getting ready to go on the air with programming.

And for the first two weeks, the station will be stepping into the past when it "signs on" each day.

"We'll show various high school bands performing 'The Star Spangled Banner' each day," says station manager Roger Sheppard.

"In the earlier days of television, when stations signed on for each day's broadcast, most did so by playing a recorded video of the National Anthem," Sheppard continued. "Now that most stations are on 24 hours a day, that tradition has disappeared."

On the morning of Sept. 3, right before 5 a.m., WIYE will go on the air for the first time, with the sights and sounds of a local band playing that song.

"We think it's a great way to showcase the various schools and their bands," Sheppard said. "And it's a way to celebrate our nation and our heritage, as well."

Since WIYE will be a 24-hour-a-day station, it will simply insert the National Anthem into its broadcast day at 4:58am on the following few mornings.

And since not everyone is up at 5 a.m., WIYE will play those National Anthems at various times during each broadcast day during its first couple of weeks on the air.

The times will vary, but each school will be heard several times throughout that day in addition to 4:58 a.m.

The schedule for the bands is as follows:

Parkersburg High School Mon., Sept. 3
Parkersburg South High School Tues., Sept. 4
Marietta High School, Wed., Sept. 5
St. Marys High School, Thur., Sept. 6
Williamstown High School, Fri., Sept. 7

Belpre Pep Band Mon., Sept. 10
Warren High School Tues., Sept. 11
Frontier High School Wed., Sept. 12
Fort Frye High School Thur., Sept. 13
Waterford High School Fri., Sept. 14

The videos of each band will also be available for viewing at www.TheNewsCenter.tv after they have aired on TV.


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