A Sportingly Brief History of “The Star Spangled Banner”

The Early and Not-So-Early Years Birth of a Song: In 1812, Francis Scott Key wrote new lyrics for a popular song. World War I: Patriotic ceremonies were common at baseball games. Official, Take 1: In 1916, Woodrow Wilson decreed a presidential order that made the song the official anthem of the United States. The First:… Continue reading A Sportingly Brief History of “The Star Spangled Banner”

Churchill Downs: Taking a Gamble on a Song

The Kentucky Derby has invited LeAnn Rimes to sing the national anthem, marking the first time it’s had a national recording artist sing the song at the event. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports on why the Derby had begun what it is calling “a new tradition” and what it means. Singing “The Star Spangled Banner” is… Continue reading Churchill Downs: Taking a Gamble on a Song