Local TV Revives Bygone Tradition

Broadcasters bringing back The Star-Spangled Banner as a daily feature say they are encouraging unity, but the song can also be a dividing line. Above, scenes from the national anthem videos by Gray Television (top) and Nexstar (bottom).

Nexstar Bringing Back Airing National Anthem

Gray Stations To End Day With National Anthem

Television stations traditionally ended each day with the anthem until the switch to 24-hour broadcasts. Beginning June 18, all 93 Gray stations across the nation will begin to feature the national anthem shortly before 4 a.m. each day, which signifies the switch to a new broadcast day.