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New Partnership: Bristol Rhythm 2012 and ETSU Live Stream

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ETSU and BRRRBristol, TN/VA -- A new partnership between Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and East Tennessee State University will allow ETSU Online to provide live streaming during the annual event, held September 14-16 on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.

The East Tennessee State University campus houses the Center for Appalachian Studies and offers the world's only Bachelor of Arts degree in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies. Each year the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time Pride and Celtic Bands are staple performers at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, but this will be the first time the festival has partnered with the college on a technology-based venture.

"One of our main goals this year is to work closer with area colleges, particularly East Tennessee State University," says Charlene Baker, BCMA/BRRR Director of Marketing & PR. "We've always supported the music programs at ETSU, but this is an opportunity to bring them into the fold in a new way. The college will provide a valuable service for our event, and the partnership will showcase ETSU's Online capabilities in a way that's completely unexpected."

"East Tennessee State University is streaming ETSU ONLINE courses and degree programs across the country, and we are delighted that we can use this same technology to share the tunes, sights, and excitment of one of the region's signature events - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - with music lovers both near and far," says Karen King, ETSU Vice Provost for Academic Technology, eLearning, and Online Education.

A schedule of live stream music performances from The Reunion is expected to be posted online at and ETSU Online by late August.

Virginia Intermont College also works closely with Bristol Rhythm. VI's Photography Department, students and faculty, provide shutterbug services for the festival. The festival is also working to involve students at another area college in a social media-related project.

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