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SEATTLE SPACE NEEDLE: 'TIMES SQUARE OF THE WEST'

 SEATTLE, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Record breaking crowds are expected to gather at the base of the Space Needle for its ninth annual New Year's Eve extravaganza, "Times Square of the West," the Space Needle said today.
 At 94 seconds to midnight (for 1994) the specially lit north elevator rises on the darkened Needle, one of the Northwest's most prominent symbols, built for the 1962 World's Fair. Making its ascent, it leaves a streak of lights on the north elevator shaft as the thousands gathered at the Needle's base are led in a countdown to zero by local radio and television personalities.
 At precisely midnight, the elevator reaches the Space Needle's tophouse and thousands of multi-colored lights illuminate the sky. This triggers two sets of 12-ft. numerals to change from "1993" into "1994" on the underside of the Needle's spaceship-like halo on the north side of the Needle's tophouse. "The Amazing Blues Review," entertaining the crowd since 9 p.m., concludes the evening's festivities with "Auld Lang Syne."
 In its ninth year as a safe and sane, no alcohol family oriented event, more than 100,000 revelers have come to the Space Needle to celebrate the coming of the New Year since "Times Square of the West" began in 1985. Kim E. Kimmy, Space Needle director of marketing, who helped to develop the celebration, explained, "West coast residents needed their own extravaganza in their own time zone, because it's celebrating the very moment a year ends and the new one begins. To watch New York's show on TV defeats the purpose; it happened three hours ago for those of us living in the West."
 Four local radio stations will be broadcasting from the base of the Space Needle. "Danger Boy," KPLZ Radio's (101.5 FM) amazing and amusing stunt performer, complete in Superman-like attire, will "inspect" the spectacular lighting from the outside roof of the north elevator as it makes one of its test ascents during the day. KPLZ's morning personalities Kent and Alan will broadcast with a remote microphone throughout the crowd all evening and "Danger Boy" will be making appearances throughout the evening too. K-LITE (KLTX 95.7 FM) personalities Scott Ingram and Eric Dahlberg will broadcast with a roving microphone from the 100-ft. Skyline Level party and the K-LITE van at the base of the Needle from 3 p.m. to midnight. KOMO's (AM 1000) Steve Mills will broadcast his Weekend Oldies Show from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Needle's ticket booth. The ticket booth for the Observation Deck closes to the public at 4 p.m.
 KBSG's Danny Holiday begins a countdown of the top 97 oldies (as voted by their listeners) from the base of the Space Needle at 7 p.m. Segments of the evening's festivities and midnight light show will be a part of "New Year's Live" television show, broadcast in six time zones throughout the United States. The T.V. broadcast will be covered locally by the Fox affiliate, KCPQ TV (Channel 13) with local personality Art Pedersen from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
 There are also three separate parties, all non-smoking, inside the world famous attraction. The 520-ft. Observation Deck is host to an evening attire, stand-up reception style party beginning at 9 p.m., "Dancing in the Sky with K-L-S-Y" (92.5 FM). KLSY has been a part of the celebration for all nine years and its radio personalities emcee an evening of dancing to a DJ sound system and hors d'oeuvres are served throughout. There are prizes, photos with celebrity look-alikes, astrologers, tarot card readers and more entertainment with an inclusive price of $92.50 per couple ($46.25 per person).
 An evening of fine dining, dancing on a rotating floor, door prizes, and an opportunity to win a trip are the activities for the 500-ft. revolving restaurant level. "Swingin' Round the Sound," hosted by Classic KING FM (98.1), is back for its third straight year with morning personality Brad Eaton. Guests at this non-smoking black-tie recommended party enjoy an elegant five-course meal and Northwest wine service. After dinner, guests indulge in a Viennese dessert buffet and dance to the "Woody Woodhouse Quintet" playing dance music from the '40s to the '90s. During band breaks, the professional dance team of Bill and Sue Larson provide instruction on favorite dances through the decades.
 K-LITE Radio (KLTX 95.7 FM) also hosts its first ever "Times Square of the West" event with a "New Orleans New Year's" party beginning at 8 p.m. (this is the first party to start and the last to end -- 2 a.m.) on the 100-ft. Skyline Level. Entertainment includes a live jazz bank, "Tony Gable and 206," dancing to a DJ sound system and a special menu of Cajun and Creole foods. Guests will also have an opportunity to win a trip to New Orleans. The price is $95.70 per couple ($47.85 per person) for this semi-formal event.
 Reservations for all three indoor parties must be made in advance through Ticketmaster (206-628-0888) and are non-refundable. The festivities at the base of the Space Needle will, as in past years, be free and open to the public.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Photo showing 1994 numerals available upon request/
 /CONTACT: Kim E. Kimmy, media spokesperson of the Space Needle, 206- 443-2161, ext. 1430, or cellular, 206-954-7140/


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