Thursday December 12, 2013
Sirius XM Satellite Radio is offering subscribers a special two-day programming event in honor of Nelson Mandela's life. Mandela will be remembered through the music of various artists including "Sting, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon and Hugh Masekela," says a news release. The Nelson Mandela Music Tribute Channel "will also celebrate South Africa, the anti-apartheid movement and empowerment. In addition, the channel will play music that reflects the late leader's history of fighting for civil rights, redemption and change from such artists as Carlos Santana, Bob Marley and R. Kelly." (Graphic: Sirius XM Satellite Radio)
This channel will be available from Noon ET December 13 through December 15 on Channel 111. For more information, visit this link.
Wednesday December 11, 2013
I have been writing for About.com for over 10 years as the Radio Guide and what I like most about being associated with About.com is the flexibility they give their contributors when it comes to subject matter. That kind of latitude and trust makes this job a lot more fun. Usually my articles are reporting, comment, analyasis, or informational. I occasionally write some humor and satire as well. I'm not sure I've ever written a poem in all this time. Well, until now. I can't help it: I love radio and if you're reading this you probably do as well . That's why I wrote this tongue-in-cheek poem
. (Radio City Music Hall at Christmas,
Photo: Creative Commons via flickR)
Monday December 9, 2013
Here are a few highlights from this week in radio history. Click links for more from each particular date.
12/08 - On this day in 1940, the first NFL championship was broadcast on national radio. The Bears beat the Redskins, 73-0.
12/09 - On this day in 1940, The Longines Watch Company became the first FM radio advertiser when it signed a contract with W2XOR in New York City, an experimental station.
12/10 - On this Day in 1927, the The Grand Old Opry originated its first radio broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee.
12/11 - On this day in 1992, WNEW AM/New York, located at 1130 AM, ended broadcasting after 58 years.
12/12 - On this day in 1896, Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public demonstration of radio at Toynbee Hall, London.
12/13 - On this day in 1924, KOA-AM, Denver, Colorado, began broadcasting.
12/14 - On this day in 1975, WCPR (a Brooklyn, New York Pirate Radio station) began broadcasting on 1620 AM.
Thursday December 5, 2013
The Ron and Fez Show
on Sirius XM is in crisis mode. Half of the show's namesake performers, Fez, is suffering from personal issues and it has triggered an increasing amount of strained performances where Ron Bennington is doing most of the show himself while his partner takes more of a backseat role, often silent. It's a tough way to do a two-man show. But, there's so much more to this - and it's being played out in public. Read more
. (Ron and Fez, Photo: Creative Commons)