Published: October 19, 2008
BRIGHTER PERSPECTIVE: This view of the DeYor marquee and downtown Youngstown’s landmark Home Savings’ clock tower are sure to be part of what TV viewers all over the world will see Christmas Day when Smucker’s broadcasts tonight’s Hot Ice, Cool Sounds ice skating performance from the Chevrolet Centre. Local show sponsors had asked downtown businesses to keep their lights on from dusk Friday so the Smucker’s production crew could film areas of downtown as well as parts of the Youngstown State University campus to show the city’s positive aspects and beauty during the Christmas broadcast, rather than what outsiders usually see and perceive Youngstown to be. Saturday’s show will feature Olympic and world skating champions Sasha Cohen, Brian Boitano, Todd Eldredge, Jamie Sale, David Pelletier, Michael Weiss, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Marie-France Dubrevil, Patrice Lauzon and Yuka Sato skating to the live music of The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and Peter Cetera, former lead singer of Chicago. The broadcast will premiere at 3 p.m. Christmas Day on NBC. Tickets for Saturday’s performance are still available and can be purchased by calling the Chevrolet Centre box office at (330) 746-5600 or by visiting www.ChevroletCentre.com or ticketmaster.com.