By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) Once upon a time, before cable TV brought us hundreds of new networks airing programming 24/7/365, there were less than a half-dozen networks and they all ended their broadcast days around midnight.

At the end of their broadcast day, most networks would run a “test pattern” and play a version of “The Star Spangled Banner.” It was a TV tradition, you could say.

But with the advent of the 24-hour broadcast cycle, there no longer was an ‘end of the broadcast day,’ and the playing of the National Anthem just faded away.

That change came during roughly the same period that other American traditions, constantly under assault by the Left, began disappearing. In fact, the New York Post reported in July, patriotism in general has been gradually decreasing, especially in recent years:

Americans are about to celebrate Independence Day — but their extreme pride in the country is at an 18-year low, according to a new Gallup poll.

Only 45 percent of US adults identified as being “extremely proud” to be Americans, though 70 percent said they were proud, according to the poll.

The “extreme” pride number is the lowest since Gallup began asking the question in 2001 — and also the second consecutive year the number has dipped below 50 percent.

“Record-low American patriotism is the latest casualty of the sharply polarized political climate in the U.S. today,” Gallup said. “The decline reflects plummeting pride among Democrats since Trump took office, even as Republican pride has edged higher.”

Nexstar Media Group wants to reverse this trend, so the network will begin broadcasting the National Anthem again on all 171 of its TV stations beginning Sept. 2, at the beginning of the broadcast day. (Related: Constant trashing of America by the Left building a Millennial generation that has NO allegiance to their country)

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The company will feature a unique version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” each morning, some versions performed by up-and-coming musicians, according to KSN News in Oklahoma.

“Nexstar’s core mission is to provide exceptional service to the local communities where we operate across America through our organization-wide commitment to localism, unbiased local broadcast journalism and telling the local stories that matter to our viewers and their families,” Tim Busch, president of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., said in a news release, according to The Hill.

“Nexstar’s local teams take great pride in their ability to bring the local communities they serve together and that is why we are excited to partner with BMI and Belmont University to broadcast this new daily series featuring the Star-Spangled Banner that will air 365 days of each year,” Busch said.

“This unique collaboration supports higher education in business for the music and entertainment industry, while providing aspiring professional artists and songwriters a national distribution platform to showcase their respective talents.”

Notes The Western Journal:

As globalism and attacks on America’s history and founding (like The New York Times’ “1619 Project”) increase, patriotism will decrease even faster than it has been.

One remedy for that, however, is to bring patriotism back to the forefront of the entertainment industry. Showing pride in this country and our traditions will help reinvigorate that lost patriotic spirit.

Returning the national anthem to TV daily can help make that happen.

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