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June 20, 2007

Opening Night Of Iowa City Jazz Fest To Be Broadcast In Iowa And Nebraska

This year for the first time public radio stations in Iowa and Nebraska will join forces to air the opening night main stage performances from the 2007 Toyota-Scion Iowa City Jazz Festival.

The free outdoor festival begins on Friday, June 29 in downtown Iowa City and live performances continue through Sunday, July 1. Performances take place on the Pentacrest of the University of Iowa, just in front of the historic Old Capitol Building.

KCCK in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Omaha Public Radio KIOS-FM in Omaha, and Iowa Public Radio KSUI in Iowa City, Iowa will simulcast the opening night performances of the United Jazz Ensemble, Ray Anderson and the UI Jazz Faculty Ensemble, and Airto Moreira/Eyedentity on Friday, June 29 starting at 5 p.m. and running until around 10 p.m.

"The idea behind the common broadcast seemed to hit us all at the same time," says Iowa Public Radio Deputy Director and KSUI station manager Joan Kjaer. "The more we talked, the more it began to look like an opportunity that was just too good to miss. Dennis Green of KCCK, Keith Neisler of KIOS and I took a casual conversation about what a great festival the Iowa City event is into a 'what if' scenario and ended up creating a plan to broadcast the event on all three of our signals, using hosts from the three organizations and covering a good deal of Iowa and Nebraska with the simulcast."

Cedar Rapids' jazz station KCCK (88.3 FM) and Iowa Public Radio's classical station KSUI (91.7 FM) had both broadcast from past jazz festivals, with KSUI doing a live broadcast from opening night as part of the continuing series "Know the Score LIVE!" and KCCK broadcasting the main stage performances live. KIOS (91.5 FM) is the NPR news and jazz station in Omaha that has long been interested in bringing music from the renowned Iowa festival to its listeners in Omaha, but until now it hadn't happened.

KCCK's Green says the Iowa City Jazz Festival is the perfect event to bring to a wider broadcast audience in the Cultural Corridor and the region.

"For these three days, Iowa City is truly the jazz capital of the nation. Some of the most important players in the field today will be on our stage, attracting music fans from all over the country," Green said. "Not only is this a chance to showcase the quality of the festival and the music in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa, but it's a way to emphasize to our own local residents the gem they have here in their backyard."

"This is what public radio is all about," says KIOS's Neisler. "Providing your audience with the best in cultural and musical programming, both regionally and nationally, is a mission we are constantly pursuing. When asked to be a part of this, we were quick to say yes. Partnering with Iowa Public Radio and KCCK for this well-known jazz festival broadcast demonstrates the best in public radio. Our listeners will be delighted with what they hear."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: Joan Kjaer, Iowa Public Radio, 319-335-5746; George McCrory, University of Iowa News Services 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu