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Country music's festival to be televised

March 17, 2004 at 11:03 AM

NASHVILLE, March 17 (UPI) -- CBS-TV will broadcast the Country Music Association's Music Festival as a two-hour special this summer.

"What a terrific platform for reaching music enthusiasts with a front-row seat for 'country music's biggest party,'" said Ed Benson, the association's executive director. It would be the first telecast of the 33-year-old Music Festival.

CBS already carries the association's awards ceremony in November.

"Hopefully this television special will show people across America how much fun is going on here and the unique stories that are happening at CMA Music Festival," said Kix Brooks, of the duo Brooks & Dunn and president of the association's board of directors.

The four-day 2004 Music Festival will be held June 10-13 in Nashville.

Scheduled performers include Brooks & Dunn, Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes, Glen Campbell, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill and Billy Ray Cyrus.

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