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A Christmas tradition for a Little Rock network news affiliate has turned into what could be a lucrative opportunity for local nonprofits.

Allbritton Communications Corp.'s KATV-TV, Channel 7, has finally created a compact disc featuring meteorologist Ned Perme playing traditional Christmas music. The CD, "Songs for the Season: A Collection for Christmas," includes "Christmas Time in Arkansas Again," an original song by Perme with vocals by the late Terry Rose. Perme also is accompanied by the Quapaw Quartet of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

The CDs are available at USA Drug stores throughout the state and cost $7.77. All proceeds from the sale are split equally between the National Kidney Foundation of Arkansas and the American Heart Association, said Randy Dixon, KATV news director.

Perme, of course, has made a tradition of playing Christmas music on the piano to close Channel 7 newscasts during the "holiday season. Perme has provided the mini-concerts for viewers for 18 years. Dixon said the station has constantly received requests for copies of "Christmas Time in Arkansas Again" but weren't able to offer them until this year.

The CDs hit the shelves about two weeks ago, Dixon said, with some stores already reporting a sellout. The station made an original order of 5,000 CDs and is considering a reorder.

As it stands now, Dixon said, each nonprofit could pull in about $15,000 from CD sales.

But that's not all KATV is hawking for the holidays. The station is selling motorized toy replicas of its Chopper 7 helicopter. The toys are available at Harvest Foods stores--again for $7.77--with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots.

Dixon said Toys for Tots could receive about $20,000 from sales of the 5,000 toy helicopters.
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Author:Turner, Lance
Publication:Arkansas Business
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Date:Nov 18, 2002
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