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Sept. 30, 2010

Broadcaster of the year to emcee DWU Blue & White Bash with the Village People


Don Jorgensen

MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University will celebrate its 125th anniversary this weekend with the Blue & White Bash at the Corn Palace with the one and only Village People and KELO TV broadcaster Don Jorgensen as emcee.

KELO story: Village People Cowboy Returns Home

Jorgensen, who was recently named Broadcaster of the Year, is a Parker native and 1987 Dakota Wesleyan graduate, joined the KELO TV news team in April 1990 after a successful radio career in Winner and Sioux Falls. After joining KELO, he anchored Good Morning KELOLAND, helped initiate After Nine, and then began anchoring Midday in KELOLAND. He was named the 1999 winner of the DWU Young Alumnus of the Year award.

Jorgensen won’t be the only alumnus on stage. He will join the 1960s Highlanders and Jeff Olson, class of 1975, who has been the Village People’s “cowboy” since 1980.

The Village People have been going strong for 33 years, having first formed in 1977. Some of their most famous songs include, “Y.M.C.A,” “Macho Man,” “Can’t Stop the Music,” “In the Navy,” “Go West” and “Village People.” They still travel internationally doing concerts and festivals and have appeared on the cover of multiple magazines, including Rolling Stone and GQ, and have appeared on several TV shows including 20/20, American Bandstand and Soul Train.

The DWU alumni quartet from the ’60s, The Highlanders, will open for the Village People at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, with the main event beginning at 8:30 p.m. Floor tickets are sold out, but there are still general admission tickets available for $30. They are available at the Corn Palace or online at www.cornpalace.com.

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