THE STARS OF NBC DAYTIME RETURN TO CMA’S FAN FAIR
FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
“World’s Biggest Country Music Festival” To Be The Largest East Coast Fan Event for NBC Daytime Stars in 2003
NASHVILLE - NBC Daytime and the Country Music Association are continuing their successful partnership for the third consecutive year at CMA’s Fan Fairâ 2003. For the first time, Fan Fair will serve as NBC Daytime’s largest East Coast fan event for the year. Stars from NBC’s hit daytime dramas “Days of our Lives” and “Passions” will travel from Los Angeles to Nashville to participate in the “World’s Biggest Country Music Festival™,” held June 5-8 in Downtown Nashville.
A dozen of NBC Daytime’s hottest stars are scheduled to appear including fan favorites Kristian Alfonso (“Hope”), Peter Reckell (“Bo”), Kyle Lowder (“Brady”), Alison Sweeney (“Sami”), Bryan Dattilo (“Lucas”) and Arianne Zuker (“Nicole”) from “Days of Our Lives” and Galen Gering (“Luis”), Lindsay Korman (“Theresa”), McKenzie Westmore (“Sheridan”), Eric Martsolf (“Ethan”), Jesse Metcalfe (“Jesse”), Justin Hartley (“Fox”) and Deanna Wright (“Kay”) from “Passions.” Each of the stars will take part in the numerous activities surrounding Fan Fair. They will sign autographs in the Wrangler® Exhibit Hall at the Nashville Convention Center and make selected appearances at the concerts held at both the Greased Lightning™ Riverfront Park Stages and The Coliseum. The stars will top off the weekend with special musical performances at the highly-anticipated third annual “NBC Daytime Fan Fair After Hours Party” at the Wildhorse Saloon Saturday, June 7 (separate ticket required).
“For the past two years, we’ve received such an overwhelmingly warm welcome from the Country Music fans and the artists that we couldn’t wait to return to Fan Fair again,” said Sheraton Kalouria, Senior Vice President, NBC Daytime. “We look forward to a long-term successful partnership with the CMA and increasing our involvement in this wonderful event.”
“The NBC Daytime stars really add a lot to this unique event and we are very happy to have them back,” said CMA Executive Director Ed Benson. (QUOTE COULD CHANGE)
“The union of Fan Fair with NBC Daytime is a perfect fit for everyone,” said CMA Senior Director of Strategic Marketing Rick Murray. “The fans love having access to their favorite soap stars and the Country artists love hosting the actors. Over the years, several friendships between artists and actors have developed; and in fact, several of the daytime stars have made return visits to Nashville or visited artists backstage at concerts in Los Angeles. The team effort put forth by NBC Daytime has been seamless with Fan Fair event organizers and we are looking forward to more advance promotions and new elements to introduce on site at Fan Fair.”
NBC's two-hour soap block consists of perennial powerhouse “Days of Our Lives” and the daytime phenomenon “Passions.” NBC is No. 1 for the season in daytime's key demographic of women 18-49 and is the only network to show growth vs. year-ago results. "Days of Our Lives" is the season's No. 3 daytime series among women 18-49 and is No. 1 among women 18-34. "Passions" is No. 3 among women 18-34 and No. 1 among females 12-17. “Days of Our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Columbia Pictures Television. “Passions” is produced by NBC Studios in association with Outpost Farms Productions, Inc.
Artists who have been previously announced as appearing at CMA’s Fan Fair include: 4 Runner, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Bill Anderson, Steve Azar, Lane Brody, Brooks & Dunn, Chris Cagle, Deana Carter, Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark, Tammy Cochran, Kellie Coffey, Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Diamond Rio, Emerson Drive, Ty England, Bill Engvall, Sara Evans, Vince Gill, Billy Gilman, Jennifer Hanson, Eric Heatherly, Alan Jackson, Cledus T. Judd, Jim Lauderdale, Tracy Lawrence, Little Big Town, Lonestar, Patty Loveless, MARCEL, Brad Martin, Mila Mason, Lila McCann, Neal McCoy, Jo Dee Messina, Martina McBride, John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, Pinmonkey, Rushlow, Sawyer Brown, Blake Shelton, Sixwire, Anthony Smith, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, Trick Pony, Trini Triggs, Travis Tritt, Keith Urban, Phil Vassar, Mark Wills and Darryl Worley with more to be announced. Artist lists are subject to change.
CMA’s Fan Fair four-day tickets packages are still available. The packages include the Nightly Concerts at The Coliseum; Daily Concerts at Greased Lightningä Riverfront Park Stages; activities for the whole family at the Kellogg’sä Rice Krispiesä Family Zone; access to the popular exhibits and autograph sessions at the Wranglerâ Exhibit Hall at the Nashville Convention Center; Fan Fair After Hoursâ with late-night music and specials at Downtown clubs; free in-town shuttles to Fan Fair event sites; collectible program book; discounts to area restaurants and attractions and more. Four-day ticket packages range from $125-$145. There are special prices for fans 18 and younger with children 3 and under admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased by called Ticketmaster or (866) FAN-FAIR. To purchase the separate tickets for the official “NBC Fan Fair After Hours Party,” call the Wildhorse Saloon Box Office at (615) 902-8200.
For the complete Fan Fair schedule and up-to-the-minute list of participating artists, visit www.FanFair.com. Fan Fair is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Country Weekly and Country Music Magazine are official media partners. MJI Programming, a division of Premiere Radio Networks, is the official radio packager. Promotional partners include NBC Daytime, CMT and Southwest Airlines. Fan Fair is a registered trademark of CMA. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from Fan Fair are given to charities designated by participating artists.
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