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2/17/12: Klea Blackhurst and the Songs of Ethel Merman

Klea Blackhurst
Klea Blackhurst

Friday, a conversation with Broadway and cabaret singer Klea Blackhurst. Blackhurst was born and raised in Salt Lake City and she's best known for her tribute to the legendary Ethel Merman. They say Merman could make you hear it in the balcony and Blackhurst has her own back-row belt. She'll be in town next week to receive the University of Utah's Distinguished Alumna Award, so we're taking the opportunity to rebroadcast our conversation with her about Merman, music and home. (Rebroadcast)

  • Wednesday, February 22, theater alumna Klea Blackhurst will receive a University of Utah Founder's Day Distinguished Alumna Award. To learn more, click here
  • Purchase Blackhurst's album "Everything the Traffic Will Allow: The Songs and Sass of Ethel Merman" from her website kleablackhurst.com
  • Klea Blackhurst is currently starring in Gypsy! at the Drury Lane Theater in Chicago.

Ethel Merman sings "An Earful of Music" in Kid Millions, 1934.



Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.