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CNN Sends Cooper to Times Square

12/29/2005 4:37 AM Eastern

Anderson Cooper will host Cable News Network’s live coverage of the New Year’s Eve celebration from New York’s Times Square from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. (EST).

The network said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a surprise guest will help to ring in the New Year at midnight at its Times Square location.

CNN will also air live feeds of concerts including the John Mayer Trio from San Francisco; Barenaked Ladies from Tampa, Fla.; American Idol winner Fantasia from Aladdin Resort & Casino in Las Vegas; “Godfather of Soul” James Brown from New York; country duo Brooks & Dunn from Nashville, Tenn.; and funk legends Kool & the Gang from Atlantic City, N.J.

And the network will present live uplinks to parties around the country, including New Orleans and Key West, Fla.