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JBTV's 25th Annual 'Don't Drink and Drive' Music Marathon

JBTV -- Chicago's longest-running independent television program dedicated to new, local, independent and alternative music and artists -- will be holding its annual music marathon programming this coming holiday weekend, to help discourage drunk and distracted driving.

JBTV's 25th annual "Don't Drink and Drive" Music Marathon will first air on Saturday, December 29th on the local cable access channel, CAN 19. It will begin Saturday at Noon and continue on non-stop for 10 hours.

Host & show founder Jerry Bryant has always been passionate about trying to curb drinking and driving, especially around the holidays. For the first time this year, Bryant will also address the dangers of texting while driving, stressing awareness and common sense there.

The marathon show will air live and un-cut Saturday. Jerry Bryant's guests during this special program will include Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, and Traffic Safety Consultant Marti Belluschi.

Of course, above all else, JBTV is a television show about music. Over 50 bands will perform on the JBTV stage during this broadcast. Among the acts scheduled to be seen on this weekend's show include: AWOLNATION, The Fixx, James Iha, Plain White T's, Matisyahu, Fitz and the Tantrums, JC Brooks, Toadies, Maps & Atlases, Ezra Furman, Flatliners, Brighton MA, I:Scintilla, New Cassettes, Young Jesus, Suns, Fake Problems, Anti-Flag, Frank Turner, California Wives, Bayside, and many more. Many of the artists have also recorded messages asking viewers to be more cautious when it comes to drinking/texting while driving, which will air throughout the show.

A seven-hour version of JBTV's 25th annual "Don't Drink and Drive" Music Marathon will re-air on Monday, December 31st (New Years Eve) at 11:30pm and will include a countdown before Midnight.

Jerry Bryant began JBTV in 1984, which has gone on to win multiple Emmy Awards. The television program has been a showcase for local Chicago and national music talent for well over 27 years, reaching iconic status in local music circles. Bryant himself hosted and funded the program for 24 straight years. In early 2010, the show underwent a major revamp, adding additional hosts, interviewers, and sponsors. In the revamped version, Jerry Bryant continued to host "classic" music segments on each week's show and supervised all content. More recently, Bryant has returned to taking a more active role on camera, doing most of the hosting and interviewing again.

All of the shows are produced from the state-of-the-art JBTV studios here in Chicago. In addition to attracting some of modern rocks top acts to appear on the show, JBTV's studios offer audio and video production capabilities for artists, bringing JBTV to the attention of artists from well beyond just the Chicago market. SiriusXM's "The Abe Kanan Show" records all of its programs from a room within the JBTV studios.

Up until just a couple of weeks ago, the show aired locally on WMAQ-TV's digital sub-channel Chicago Nonstop on channel 5.2. JBTV also aired nationwide each weekend via the NBC Nonstop network. Unfortunately, with NBC cancelling the Nonstop network to make way for their new Cozi network, JBTV was one of the many shows taken off the air this December. JBTV still currently airs locally at varying times each week on television on WJYS-TV, as well as via its website, JBTVonline.com.

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