SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- KSPR is joining with our sister Gray Television stations across the nation to air the "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the broadcast day. KSPR will air the national anthem at 4:28 a.m. each day beginning June 13.
Up until television stations went to 24-hour operations in the 1980s, playing the national anthem was traditionally how American television stations went off the air and returned back to the airwaves the following morning. Inspired by the American flag flying over Fort McHenry the morning after a bombardment, Francis Scott Key wrote the initial verse of the anthem on the back of a letter. He later completed the four verses, which a Baltimore newspaper first published, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
The singer Reina Özbay, 9, of 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.