Local artist’s ‘sun’ featured on CBS Sunday Morning today

“When that producer sent me the green light for that, I was blown away. I was crying.”

The suns that greeted you today on CBS Sunday Morning were created by a local man.

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Artist Darrell McKinney of Yellow Springs had sun artwork he submitted  selected for the show.

“I can’t believe it,” said McKinney, who studied commercial arts at The Patterson Cooperative High School in Dayton. “When that producer sent me the green light for that, I was blown away. I was crying.”

McKinney has been watching "Sunday Morning" since it was hosted by Charles Kuralt, who co-founded it in 1979.

The show is now hosted by Jane Pauley.

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Sunday Morning airs each week on WHIO-TV 7.

Like this news organization, WHIO is a Cox Media Group Ohio company.

The show uses multiple suns, most submitted by viewers, between stories.

The show is a Sunday morning tradition in McKinney’s home and one he has shared with his son.

He almost never misses an episode.

“To be able to be part of a show I’ve absolutely loved for 35 years is incredible,” McKinney said.

He likes everything from the arts and cultures to the political stories the show presents.

“When I hear the trumpet blare, I know it is 9 a.m.,” McKinney said of the show’s theme. “It is always uplifting. It is positive from block one all the way to the end. It is my religion.”

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McKinney — a product demonstrator at Costco, a salesman at SVG Motors

and the previous co- owner of the design company McKinney and Martha — said many of his friends do not know that he is an artist.

“To have a piece of my art being used that way is like being called down for the ‘Price is Right’,”  McKinney, who has a background in

culinary, said. “To have someone from a national news show say you work is good enough to be on her show; it is just flattering.”

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