40TH BASS FESTIVAL ON NATIONAL TELEVISION
Mancelona celebrated the 40th Bass Festival in 1995. At the time, CBS This Morning had organizations from around America perform their theme song, "Beautiful Morning." Bass Festival board members contacted CBS This Morning and made arrangements for the High School band, under the direction of Edward Sayre, perform the theme song. Local CBS affiliate 9&10 News was at the school to record the band's performance for later use on national television. Traverse City Record-Eagle photographer John L. Russell was there to capture the excitement for print media. The performance aired on national television the weekend of the Bass Festival. Then-meteorologist Mark McEwen "woke up" Mancelona and gave our local weather. Mancelona had two national spots.