May 12, 2004

Grammy and Oscar winner Peabo Bryson to headline 51st annual WHAS Crusade for Children

Louisville, KY -- The schedule is set for the 51st annual WHAS Crusade for Children. Grammy and Oscar award winner Peabo Bryson headlines the Crusade at 8 p.m., June 5, at the Kentucky Center's Bomhard Theater. Admission is free.

In February, 1992, Peabo became the first artist in history to have separate records atop four different charts. "A Whole New World" (Aladdin's Theme), a duet with Regina Belle, topped the Pop and Adult Contemporary charts and garnered two Grammy Awards. The King and I featuring "We Kiss In A Shadow," a duet with Tony-winner Lea Salonga, became number one on the Classical Crossover charts; and Kenny G's multi-platinum "Breathless" album featuring "By The Time This Night Is Over," with Peabo on vocals, topped the Contemporary Jazz chart and enjoyed a three-month run as a hit single on the Hot 100.

Also in 1992, he added further momentum to an incredible two-year period being nominated for a total of five Grammy Awards including "Lost In The Night," a single taken from the "Can You Stop The Rain" album. He walked away with a Grammy for "Beauty And The Beast," Peabo's number one single with Celine Dion which won Best Pop Vocal Duo/Group. "Beauty And The Beast" and "A Whole New World" (Aladdin's Theme) won Oscars for Best Song in 1991 and 1992 respectively. In 1993, Peabo picked up his second Grammy for "A Whole New World" for Best Pop Vocal by a Duo/Group.

Other hit songs by Peabo Bryson include "Show And Tell," "If Ever You're In My Arms Again," "I'll Be Over You," "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" and "Can You Stop The Rain."

The 51st WHAS Crusade for Children Internet/radio/telethon officially kicks off at 1:30pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 5, 2004. Nearly 200 fire departments and organizations from Kentucky and Indiana will report how much money they've raised for Kentuckiana's special needs children.

The Crusade will conclude sometime late Sunday, June 6, 2004 as the last dollars are added making the tote board climb. In 2003, the Crusade raised more than $6.3 million for special needs children.

The annual Crusade Internet/radio/telethon is held each year on the first full weekend in June and is aired on flagship stations WHAS Radio (AM 840), WHAS-TV (Channel 11), WHAS-DT (Channel 55) and worldwide on Portions of the broadcast also air on a Kentucky statewide network:

WBKO-TV (ABC), Bowling Green
WQWQ-TV (UPN), Paducah & Murray
WKYT-TV (CBS), Lexington
WYMT-TV (CBS), Hazard
WBKI-TV (WB), Louisville

WTCO, Campbellsville
WLBN, Lebanon
WBRT, Bardstown
WIEL, Elizabethtown
WHHT, Glasgow-Bowling Green
WTTL, Madisonville
WPKY, Princeton

Donations to the WHAS Crusade for Children can be made securely online at or call (502) 582-7706.

About the WHAS Crusade for Children

The WHAS Crusade for Children, established by WHAS-TV in 1954, raises money for schools, agencies and hospitals that help special needs children. In 50 years, the Crusade has raised more than $100 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade returns 100% of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.

Approximately 3 million children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954. The WHAS Crusade for Children celebrated 50 years of changing children's lives in 2003. The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

About WHAS11 and

WHAS11 is the ABC network affiliate serving the Louisville, Kentucky, area, a subsidiary of Belo Corp. Belo Corp. is one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,900 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 16 markets) reaching 13.8 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates six cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo publishes four daily newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at

For more information, contact John Blim or Katina Whitlock at (502) 582-7706.