Made in WNY: Kazoos!

May 29, 2014|

Hear the extended interview with the Kazoo Factory and Museum's Kathy Rice, that talks about the history of the Kazoo in Eden and the instrument's global appeal.

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Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)

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