It was a tradition for years -- the playing of the national anthem at the end of television stations' broadcast day. Now Valley News Live and its Gray Television sister stations in 93 markets nationwide will reprise a tradition of playing the national anthem every day. The anthem will begin airing this week on Valley News Live every morning.
Up until television stations went to 24-hour operations in the 1980s and 90s, playing the anthem was traditionally how American television stations went off the air and returned back to the airwaves the following morning.
Gray Media Group's Executive Chairman and CEO, Hilton Howell, announced the initiative last week at the broadcast company's annual meeting of news directors. Valley News Live’s General Manager/News Director Ike Walker says the stations are proud to once again air the anthem. “We love this country and being able to work with our sister stations across the United States to bring this tradition back to the local airwaves is something we are extremely proud of.”
The singer, 9-year old Reina Özbay of South Florida has been inspiring crowds with her performances since she was four. Her angelic soprano voice is classically trained, and she studies opera and musical theater. Reina’s mother told us a story that “her birthday is July 3 and the evening she was born there was a massive fireworks display outside of the hospital window at the Milwaukee lakefront.” When not performing, Reina enjoys tennis, swimming, bike riding and drawing.
You can see the anthem just as it will air every day in the video box above this story.