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Thursday, June 9, 2011

This American Life Host Ira Glass @ Kingsbury Hall (SLC: June 25)

Press Release
This American Life Host Ira Glass Comes to Kingsbury Hall

June 8, 2011: Ira Glass, host and producer of NPR’s popular This American Life, brings his unique combination of journalism and storytelling to Kingsbury Hall on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. Ira Glass, on stage with his sound board, will tell the often hilarious stories of his adventures in public radio and the back-stories of some of his well-known broadcasts in this one-night-only appearance. Tickets are $20.50, $27.50 and $34.50, and are available by calling 801-581-7100 or visiting www.kingtix.com.

This American Life show had its premiere on Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ in late 1995 and is now heard on more than 500 public radio stations each week by over 1.7 million listeners. Most weeks, the podcast of the program is the most popular podcast in America.

Under Glass’s editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including the Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards, as well as the Edward R. Murrow and the Overseas Press Club awards. The American Journalism Review declared that the show is “at the vanguard of a journalistic revolution.” It has won critical acclaim and attracted continuous national media attention over the years. In 2001, Time magazine named Glass “Best Radio Host in America.”

A television adaptation of This American Life ran on the Showtime network for two seasons, in 2007 and 2008, winning three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Nonfiction Series. The show has put out its own comic book, three greatest hits compilations, DVDs of live shows and other events, a "radio decoder" toy, temporary tattoos and a paint-by-numbers set. Half a dozen stories are in development to become feature films.

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Sheri Jardine
Communications Manager
Kingsbury Hall

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