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Dream Job: Woman becomes Turner Field organist
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Dream Job: Woman becomes Turner Field organist

ATLANTA -- There is no logo, brand or T-shirt that shows as much excitement as a big ol' smile.

"It's like Christmas Day, only it's hot!" Debbie Rader-Clanton said.

She's smiling not just because she's at a Braves game, but of what she's about to do there.

"It's my lifetime dream to play the organ at a Major League Baseball game," Rader-Clanton said.

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This Fayetteville resident and native of the Midwest has played music nearly everywhere. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and spent her early adult years traveling the South with the family band.

"Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas," Rader-Clanton said. "My mom and dad, my two brothers and sisters, we each played instruments, we each sang -- then we each started having children, and the show grew."

During those travels, Rader-Clanton developed an interest in a certain sports team from Atlanta.

"When TBS started presenting the Braves daily in your home, that became our team," she said. "We were avid Braves fans, and they lost every game … once we moved to the Atlanta area, it was once a week, we were there."

The days of touring are long gone, and Rader-Clanton's other dream job -- to play the organ at a ballpark -- seemed like just a dream ... until she was put in touch with 11Alive chief meteorologist Chris Holcomb.

"I always said, 'Five minutes of a dream is better than never having it at all,'" Rader-Clanton said.

She and Holcomb traveled to Turner Field to meet current Braves' organist Matthew Kaminski.

"We're coming up to invade your territory!" Rader-Clanton joked.

And then, at the 7th inning stretch, she got to play "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." And within second, a big ol' dream led to that big ol' wonderful, smile.

"They were all singing!" Rader-Clanton said. "Oh, thank you!"

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