March 6, 2007

Kentucky Headhunters Headline 54th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Bringing their unique blend of country rock, the Kentucky Headhunters top the 54th annual WHAS Crusade for Children Saturday, June 2, 2007.

Show time is 8:00 p.m. (EDT) to watch and hear the Headhunters kickoff the Crusade in the Kentucky Center's Bomhard Theater in Louisville. Admission is FREE! Seating is limited.

"We're so happy to have a Kentucky original kickoff and help us celebrate our 54th Crusade, said Rebecca Jackson, CEO of the WHAS Crusade for Children. "The people make this annual love affair so special and our wonderful network partners bring our message to so many more."

For the fifth straight year, media outlets across Kentucky will join the Crusade Network in spreading the Crusade for Children's good news across the Bluegrass State. Most will carry the Headhunters' performance and much more.

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Get to know the Headhunters
The Kentucky Headhunters are an influential country rock group whose early albums were embraced by both country and rock fans, and maintain a cult following among alt-country fans to this day. One early review described their sound as "Bill Monroe meets Cream." They received a Grammy award nomination for Best New Artist in 1991 but lost to Mariah Carey.

They are essentially a southern rock and blues group that adapted their sound to country music. Their music has crossed a number of genre boundaries, at various times ranging from country and bluegrass to blues to hard rock that borders on traditional metal.

Their latest work
The Kentucky Headhunters latest album, Flying Under the Radar, was released on June 13, 2006. It is a compilation of greatest hits, a remix and other music from the band's career. The description of the album says that Flying Under the Radar "reflects the broad musical landscape the Heads have developed over the years with plenty of Dixie-fried boogie."

2006 also saw the release of Greg Martin's long awaited self-titled Gospel blues album with Jimmy Hall, The Mighty Jeremiahs. The album features Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie and Jeff Beck fame, plus cameos by members of The Kentucky HeadHunters, Taildragger, Phil Keaggy and others.

The Crusade is a 30+ hour love-a-thon
The 54th annual WHAS Crusade for Children officially kicks off at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, June 2, 2007. Nearly 200 fire departments along with hundreds of organizations from Kentucky and Indiana will report how much money they've raised for Kentuckiana's special needs children.

The Crusade will conclude before 10:00 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, June 3, 2007 as the last dollars are added to make the tote board climb. In 2006, the Crusade raised more than $5 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 In addition, The CW Louisville (WBKI-TV Insight Cable 7) will air live broadcasts Noon to 6:00 p.m. (EDT) Sunday from Elizabethtown, Shelbyville and Bardstown in Kentucky.

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 make life better for children with special needs. In its first 53 years, the Crusade has raised more than $118 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade returns 100% of all donations to organizations 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, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

About WHAS11 and
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