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This Day in History - 12.27.2011

Radio City Turns 79

By Corey Brown

December 27, 2011, is the day that New York City’s most famous entertainment venue, Radio City Music Hall, celebrates its 79th year in business. In an industry where talents and careers survive or perish based on ever-shifting public interests, Radio City Music Hall stands strong as one of the entertainment industry’s favorite venues. Home of the Grammy’s, the Tony’s, the MTV Video Music Awards, and some of the best performers and speakers in the world, it is no wonder Radio City Music Hall is known internationally as “The Showplace of the Nation.” Since opening its doors in 1932, Radio City has hosted an all-star cast of pop-culture icons, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Cosby, John Denver, Ray Charles, and BB King. Radio City hosts concerts, stage-shows, special events, and movie premiers in what is the largest indoor theater in the world. The famous marquee stretches for an entire city block. The venue has provided over 300,000 individuals with the opportunity for musicians and public figures alike to communicate their arts and visions to adoring fans and audiences in America’s “Big Apple.”