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“Friends of RSL” from Four Stations to Evaluate Hopefuls at Third Annual “Star-Spangled Banner” and “O Canada” Tryouts Feb. 9 & 10

SANDY, Utah (Saturday, February 4, 2012)Real Salt Lake has secured the help of a handful of local radio personalities to assist in the judging at next weekend’sauditions for “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “O Canada” performers. The third annual tryout for national anthem singers will take place next Friday, February 10 (3:00-6:00 p.m. MT) and Saturday, February 11 (10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) in the Rio Tinto Stadium Budweiser Club Real restaurant (2nd floor).

“Friends of RSL” from four of Utah’s most popular music stations will share judging duties during next weekend’s evaluations, including:

  • Erin Collard – co-host of B98.7’s “Todd & Erin in the Morning”
  • DJ Jared – morning drive host at Mix 107.9
  • Mick & Allen – co-hosts of “The Freak Show,” afternoons on KBER 101
  • DJ Jimmy Chunga – co-host of 101.9 The End’s “Chunga & Tysen”

The anthem tryouts are open to all area singers and musicians, allowing Real Salt Lake fans the unique chance to be a valuable part of the best gameday atmosphere in Utah sports. Real Salt Lake is looking to fill performance spots for all 17 of its MLS regular season contests plus potential Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup contests and international exhibitions to be hosted at Rio Tinto Stadium, where RSL has collected a dominating 40-6-15 record in official competitions since opening the doors in October 2008. Click here to see the full 2012 Real Salt Lake regular season schedule.

Participants will be judged on a cappella and acoustic instrumental renditions only, as no electric or amplified instruments can be utilized for gameday performances. In addition, any tryout participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the audition.

Those interested in auditioning will be asked to complete a registration form, which is available online at To secure an audition time for RSL’s 2012 National Anthem tryouts, or to acquire more information on the event, please contact Brandon Tholen at or 801-727-2848. Please note that, unlike in past years, participants will not be able to “walk-in” to the audition; individuals and groups must be registered with a verified tryout time in order to participate.

Media interested in attending next weekend’s National Anthem auditions at Rio Tinto Stadium are asked to RSVP with John Koluder in the RSL Media Services Department at

Real Salt Lake will begin its 2012 slate at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, March 17, when the Utah side welcomes the New York Red Bulls – featuring legendary striker Thierry Henry – to Sandy for a 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff. Visit the "TICKETS" section of or call 801-727-2701 to see how you can secure your spot at not just the March 17 home opener, but every exciting game at Rio Tinto Stadium during the club’s 2012 campaign. / /