The Japanese FUJI Television Network, Inc. (FUJI TV)  recently aired clips from the "Ms. Sr. Sweetheart Pageant of America"  The pageant was recorded by Wings Television, Inc. (WINGS TV) at the BMC Durfee High School Auditorium in Fall River, Massachusetts on November 7, 2004.  Clips from the video aired on a Japanese national broadcast network in Japan during the week of March 6th 2005.  

Frank Wing said the 2004 National Ms. Senior Sweetheart, Shirley Vaughan of Roanoke, VA  knew someone at Todd Kawana Productions in Acworth, GA that had an interest in sending  a copy of the show to Japan.   He then mailed a copy of the of the "2004 Ms. Sr. Sweetheart Pageant of America" to them and they in turn forwarded it to FUJI TV in Japan in February 2005.   Wing said that he was told that clips from the show were broadcast in Japan soon after that during the week of March 6th, 2005.  Wing said that he had been unsuccessful in getting a copy of the show since that time.  However, last week, Wing attended the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las VegasWing said that he knew FUJI TV had a booth at the convention so, he went to them the first thing on Monday morning when the convention opened and spoke to them about getting a copy of the show.  When he returned home that weekend the video had just arrived. 

FUJI TV is one of Japan's largest terrestrial broadcasters, serving the entire nation in cooperation with 27 affiliates.  The Company also operates an HDTV and six SDTV satellites broadcast channels.

This year's pageant was "The Tenth National Ms. Sr. Sweetheart Pageant of America"   This show, as in past years, has been seen on Fall River Cable Access on Comcast Cable Channel 95 and on New Bedford and Somerset Cable Access on Comcast Cable Channel 95.  

The promoter of the pageant is Leonard Kaplan and it is held in cooperation with Fall River Lion's Club, Inc.   The pageant is a full week event for the contestants with the talent part being held on a Thursday at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford and the show held that Sunday at the BMC Durfee High School in Fall River.   Both Mayor Edward M. Lambert, Jr. of Fall River and Mayor Frederick M. Kalisz, Jr. of New Bedford take an active part in the pageant. 

In addition to being successful in attaining  the pageant video at the NAB Convention last week,  Frank Wing also won the first place show prize in a contest sponsored be Adobe Products.  The prize was the complete Adobe Video Suite Pro Package valued at $1,495.00.
There were 104,427 attendees at the NAB's Las Vegas Convention this year with 23,401of them being  international attendees. 


Below are some of the pictures taken from this television show that aired in Japan.










Chuck Gregory, a Board Member and Usher escorting contestant
Yvette Mancini (87).  Both are from
Fall River, Massachusetts.  

Len Kaplan, the Producer of the show escorting the 2004 Queen, Shirley Vaughan (69)
Roanoke, Virginia 

This last picture should probably be first because it is of the FUJI TV Show Host as he opens the show.  He is just very, very  entertaining even if you don't understand a word he is saying.

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