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UCM Alumnus and "American Idol" David Cook to Appear on SNL

Contact: Mike Greife

David Cook
David Cook

UCM alumnus David Cook, who captured the title of "American Idol" last spring, will be the featured musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" at 10:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, Nov. 1.

Cook was named the winner of the Fox Network competition in May with more than 54 million votes from fans across the nation, including a strong following from his alma mater. A native of Blue Springs, MO, Cook received a bachelor's degree in graphic arts technology management from UCM in 2006.

After being named the "American Idol," he returned to his hometown for a sellout appearance at Kansas City's Sprint Center. His newest CD, "David Cook" will be available in mid-November.

Cook also has acknowledged the influence that his elementary school music teacher, Fredalyn Gentry, had on his career as a musician. Gentry also is a UCM alumnus.

Actor and director Ben Affleck will be guest host for the Nov. 1 broadcast, which can be seen on NBC.