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Monday, Oct 29, 2012 - Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife

Blackout Party pays tribute to Michael Turko

'I love the song,' KUSI reporter says

By Peter Holslin
Roots-rockers Blackout Party have recorded a paean to KUSI reporter Michael Turko, the guy behind the well-known investigative segment Turko Files.

The 30-second jam and accompanying video—which the band posted to its Facebook page last night (watch below)—pays tribute to Turko's newshound instincts and no-nonsense facial hair. It also adds to his legend: "He swims with crocodiles," the band sings.

So, what does Turko think?

"I love the song," Turko tells CityBeat. "I think you will see that on KUSI at least once."

Blackout Party singer-guitarist Brian Holwerda says the band recorded the song after meeting Turko when they went on KUSI last week.

"We joked with him about how fun it would be to do his theme song," Holwerda writes in an email. "We recorded it and sent it over to him and KUSI last week."

Turko says he's been a fan of the band for a while and was thrilled to meet them. Though he says Turko Files doesn't have a proper theme song—just a quick rock riff that opens the segment—he'd like to use Blackout Party's song as a promo spot that the station can play throughout the day.

But first, he has to work out the details with the station's higher-ups first. Also, he might need to edit the video a little to take out the pictures from when he was younger.

"I'm in my 50s," Turko says. "I have grey hair."




This isn't the first time Turko's been lauded in song. Back in 1998, when he was doing Turko Files as a reporter for WKRN in Nashville, the station released a promo spot featuring a 30-second country-pop tune. Watch it below, and check out our 2004 cover story on Turko here.

 
 
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