NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) —  News 2 is among 171 Nexstar stations across the country that is starting their daily broadcasts with the playing of the United States National Anthem.

The Star-Spangled Banner was once a staple on local television stations, signifying the beginning or end of the broadcast day and Nexstar is restoring this long-held tradition.

Starting Sept. 3, the national anthem began being played right before Good Morning Nashville starts, at 3:58 a.m., every day on WKRN.

The anthem is performed by emerging talented artists who recorded their own unique versions of the Star-Spangled Banner at Belmont University’s Ocean Way Studios.

This unique collaboration supports higher education in business for the music and entertainment industry while providing aspiring professional artists and songwriters a national distribution platform to showcase their respective talents.