WTVM to to air the National Anthem daily

Updated: Jun. 10, 2019 at 1:02 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - WTVM-TV will soon join with our sister Gray Television stations across the nation by playing the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” daily.

It’s a return to tradition for WTVM and Gray TV.

For decades the anthem was how American television stations went off the air and returned back to the airwaves the following morning.

About the singer featured in the daily airing:

Reina Özbay, nine, 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. A gifted film and theatre actress with uncanny comedic timing, she made her professional stage debut at the age of seven at South Florida’s Stage Door Theatre. She landed her first guest starring role at the age of nine as Abigail in “The Chosen,” the number one crowdfunded film/TV project in history. When not performing, Reina enjoys tennis, swimming, bike riding and drawing.

Also, her 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 because they always did the big one on the 3rd - so it’s fun that she’s singing this song :)”

We hope you will enjoy this daily tribute to America.

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