May 12, 2000
BY ROBERT FEDER SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST
Although Bill Kurtis and Steve Dahl would seem to have little in common, they're teaming up to offer a glimpse into the future.
The two Chicago broadcast veterans--one a serious television journalist, the other an irreverent radio personality--are joining with record producer Joe Thomas to present an unusual demonstration of state-of-the-art video technology.
They're collaborating on "HDPlanet," two evenings of high definition video accompanied by an original score performed by such artists as Joe Walsh, Christopher Cross and Jimmy Webb.
With ticket prices ranging from $55 to $75, the event will be June 2 and 3 at Norris Center in west suburban St. Charles.
The show is a travelogue of sorts, with footage of the Grand Canyon at dawn, the Las Vegas strip, a tropical island, a trip down Route 66 and a journey to the moon.
"I'm very excited to be participating in this project," said Kurtis, who wrote the script and will serve as narrator. "High definition video cameras allow our audiences to view spectacular images with astonishing clarity."
Dahl, who predicted that viewers will be "blown away" by the video, will be a musical performer.
"It is difficult to explain the vast superiority that high definition offers," he said. "Imagine having heard music broadcast only on AM frequency through a cheap transistor radio . . . and then suddenly hearing music on an FM station in stereophonic sound."
For ticket information, call (630) 584-7200, ext. 10. A benefit for Seguin Services, an agency supporting adults and children with disabilities, will precede the event on June 3.