Radio Station Profit – 937 The Wave http://937thewave.com/ Tue, 20 Jul 2021 12:01:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://937thewave.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Radio Station Profit – 937 The Wave http://937thewave.com/ 32 32 From a Brookside kiss to ‘sadistic’ foreign films: Channel 4’s 20 most groundbreaking – and controversial – shows | Television https://937thewave.com/from-a-brookside-kiss-to-sadistic-foreign-films-channel-4s-20-most-groundbreaking-and-controversial-shows-television/ https://937thewave.com/from-a-brookside-kiss-to-sadistic-foreign-films-channel-4s-20-most-groundbreaking-and-controversial-shows-television/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2021 11:58:14 +0000 https://937thewave.com/?p=167 From a Brookside kiss to ‘sadistic’ foreign films: Channel 4’s 20 most groundbreaking – and controversial – shows | TelevisionWhen Channel 4 launched at 4.45pm on Tuesday 2 November 1982, Nancy Banks-Smith in the Guardian worried that some of the programmes were “trendy enough to make the teeth peel”. Yet Channel 4 wasn’t designed to be trendy. It was established by Margaret Thatcher to shake up telly and, in particular, nobble the BBC. She […]]]> From a Brookside kiss to ‘sadistic’ foreign films: Channel 4’s 20 most groundbreaking – and controversial – shows | Television

When Channel 4 launched at 4.45pm on Tuesday 2 November 1982, Nancy Banks-Smith in the Guardian worried that some of the programmes were “trendy enough to make the teeth peel”. Yet Channel 4 wasn’t designed to be trendy. It was established by Margaret Thatcher to shake up telly and, in particular, nobble the BBC. She even contemplated TV sets that could only broadcast ITV and Channel 4. “If she hadn’t hated the BBC so much,” said the TV producer Stewart Mackinnon, “she would not have created Channel 4. But she did.”

Like many a Thatcher’s child, Channel 4 went rogue. After a sedate debut in the form of the gameshow Countdown – still going strong 7,500 episodes later, with a new host, Anne Robinson – it was soon effing and jeffing, going cold turkey and staying up late watching mucky foreign films. In the light of all this, the only surprising thing about the culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, dangling the possibility of Channel 4 being privatised is that it has taken the Tories so long to get round to taking it down.

Anna Friel and Nicola Stephenson in Brookside. Photograph: Picture Library

Brookside

The Liverpool-set soap launched on Channel 4’s opening night, but it was in 1994 that it really gripped the nation, when Anna Friel as Beth Jordache embraced Nicola Stephenson as Margaret Clemence. Britain’s first lesbian TV kiss was a chaste peck, certainly compared with, say, Mae Martin and Charlotte Ritchie’s romance in Netflix’s current Feel Good. But it was a beautiful retort to the institutionalised bigotry of the previous decade, when tabloids called Aids a gay plague and Thatcher’s government prohibited the “promotion of homosexuality” by local authorities.

The romance was one of several storylines that dared to go where previous soaps feared to tread. Mandy Jordache buried her abusive husband under the patio; Nat and Georgia Simpson had an incestuous affair. Brookside Close even had its own version of Covid, with neighbours divided over social distancing rules to protect themselves from an Ebola-like virus that killed off George (Brian Murphy) and Audrey Manners (Judith Barker).

Queer As Folk

Beth and Margaret paved the way for the unapologetic good times in and around Manchester’s Canal Street celebrated in Russell T Davies’s Queer As Folk, which Channel 4 broadcast in 1999. Davies told me once that after his dad went blind, his mum got so habituated to describing what was on telly, she would carry on even when her sighted son visited. “I’d have to say to her: ‘I know, Mum. I can see what’s happening.’ She said: ‘This is porn’ and I said: ‘Well, no, it isn’t.’” Rather, Queer As Folk was both Channel 4 at its socially subversive best and a redemption song for boys and girls who, like Davies, were closeted at school. As one Guardian critic put it: “It brought the hedonistic joys of a pre-Grindr world to mainstream viewing.”

Red Triangle

In 1986 Channel 4 launched Red Triangle, a late-night strand featuring transgressive films such as Themroc, in which a working-class Frenchman opts out of modern society to live as an urban caveman, indulging in scenes of incest and cannibalism, and Héctor Babenco’s film Pixote, telling the story of street children in São Paulo including scenes of torture and sexual assault. It was one of many examples of Channel 4’s output condemned by Mary Whitehouse’s National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association. Broadcasts were preceded by a warning that said: “Special discretion required” with a logo of a red triangle. “It’s not good enough to slap on a warning symbol and then indulge in sadistic madness of this kind,” wrote Whitehouse of Themroc.

‘Sadistic madness’ ... Themroc.
‘Sadistic madness’ … Themroc. Photograph: Filmanthrope/Fdl/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

Channel 4’s founding chief executive, Jeremy Isaacs, wore the criticism as a badge of honour. “I am glad to see the home secretary’s unexceptional reply to your unnecessary letter,” he wrote to Whitehouse in 1984. Still, Red Triangle lasted only a year before being cancelled.

The People’s Account

In 1985, Menelik Shabazz and the Ceddo Film and Video Workshop – a film co-op – made a documentary about police behaviour towards the black community in Tottenham, north London, and that year’s riots in Broadwater Farm. It was called The People’s Account, and many of those who worked on it lived on the estate.

Then the regulatory Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) stepped in, ruling that The People’s Account should not be broadcast. According to Shabazz – who died this week – the sticking point was the film’s argument about the police shooting of Dorothy “Cherry” Groce. Groce was shot and paralysed during a police raid on her home in Brixton, south London, in September 1985, by officers looking for her son. The People’s Account argued that Groce’s shooting triggered the Brixton riots – and that the raid was evidence of police racism. “We stuck with our guns,” Shabazz explained. “There was no legal reason why that cannot be said.” The documentary was not aired.

Club X

In 1989, Channel 4’s new chief executive, Michael Grade, sought to make the channel’s cultural programming more accessible. High art and low entertainment were brought together in a shotgun marriage in a weekly 90-minute arts and culture magazine aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds.

Each week was themed around an avant garde art movement. Hence, for instance, at the show’s futurist dinner party, a waiter poured water over the music journalist Paul Morley, who, not unreasonably, punched him and walked out. Another week, naked women writhed in blue paint in homage to Yves Klein’s 1960 performance art Anthropometry. “Under-rehearsed, badly lit and with faulty sound, it might have caused more of a stir if anybody had been able to tell what was going on,” wrote one critic. Halfway through the show’s run of 23 episodes, presenter Fou Fou L Hunter died.

In the end, the show’s creator, Charlie Parsons, and Channel 4’s commissioning editor for youth programmes, Stephen Garrett, ditched the art. The result was The Word, a show that featured bands, interviews and wannabe celebrities bathing in maggots.

Quentin Crisp’s alternative Christmas message in 1993.
Quentin Crisp’s alternative Christmas message in 1993. Photograph: Channel 4

Alternative Christmas Message

At 3pm on 25 December 1993, the Queen gave her traditionally yawnsome Christmas message on BBC One, while on Channel 4 another self-styled queen, Quentin Crisp, offered his. He told viewers why he had left England 10 years earlier. “So far, I have only once been threatened in the streets of Manhattan, whereas in England I never felt safe for a moment. Indeed, it is my impression that everybody in the United States is a friend. In England, nobody is a friend … My advice to the British is pack tonight, set out tomorrow like the Portuguese explorers of old for the land of the blessed. We are waiting for you.”

Crisp started a yuletide tradition. Doreen and Neville Lawrence, whose son Stephen was murdered by racists; Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; WikiLeaks stalwart Edward Snowden; and Brendan Cox, the widower of the murdered MP Jo Cox, are among those who have offered their seasonal greetings courtesy of Channel 4. Last Christmas, it gave us a deep-fake queen, dealing with themes the real HRH dare not address on the other channel – Meghan and Harry, Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein among them.

Brass Eye

Each episode of Chris Morris’s scabrous 1997 satire revolved around a series of stunts that prefigured our era of fake news, and suckered bonehead celebrities and virtue-signalling politicians to join in confected moral panics. Paul Daniels and Britt Ekland condemned the abuse of an elephant in a German zoo they were told had been left with its trunk stuck in its fundament; the MP David Amess was duped into denouncing an epidemic addiction to a made-up drug called cake, memorably calling it a “big yellow death bullet”.

A 2001 Brass Eye special about paedophilia duped celebrities including Gary Lineker and Phil Collins to endorse a spoof charity, called Nonce Sense, while the Capital Radio DJ Neil “Dr” Fox told viewers that “paedophiles have more genes in common with crabs than they do with you and me … Now that is scientific fact. There’s no real evidence for it – but it is scientific fact.”

Arguably, Brass Eye, for all its genius, was futile. Morris admitted as much a few years ago to Jon Snow on Channel 4 News. “You do a nice dissection of the way things are in the orthodox elite and the orthodox elite slaps you on the back and says: ‘Jolly good. Can we have some more?’”

Derren Brown’s Russian roulette

As time wore on, Channel 4’s radical reputation curdled. It seemed to be seeking controversy for its own sake. In October 2003, for instance, the self-styled mentalist Derren Brown did a Russian roulette stunt that drew 3 million viewers. The Broadcasting Standards Council rejected complaints that the show promoted gun culture. Police in Jersey, where the stunt was filmed, exposed the stunt as a hoax; he had used blanks rather than live ammunition.

Gunther von Hagens’ live autopsy

In November 2002, Gunther von Hagens performed the first public autopsy in the UK for 170 years before a 500-strong audience at a London theatre. Soon after it was broadcast on Channel 4, there were 130 complaints, at the time a record for the regulator, Ofcom. The German professor was in London generating publicity for his Body Worlds exhibition, which featured plastinated corpses of human beings, such as a skinned male body crouched over a chessboard with his cranium split open to show his brain, seemingly contemplating a move that he will never make.

Von Hagens was warned beforehand that performing a public autopsy would be a criminal act under the 1984 Anatomy Act; however, police officers attending the event did not intervene. The Independent Television Commission later ruled that the programme had not broken broadcasting rules

My Foetus

Julia Black’s 2004 documentary My Foetus was, arguably, even more difficult to watch. It showed footage of a woman having an abortion when she is four weeks pregnant, along with images of aborted foetuses. “I decided to include images of 10-, 11- and 21-week-old aborted foetuses in my film because, however shocking, repulsive and confrontational they are, they represent the reality,” Black wrote in the Observer at the time. Black, who’d had an abortion aged 21, argued that both pro-choice and anti-abortion campaigners needed to expose themselves to the reality of what abortion involved. At the end of the film, she said: “There are the facts. No more secrets. Every woman who finds herself in a situation similar to mine can make up her own mind which path she takes. The battle for and against abortion can now begin. Which side of the fence you fall is up to you.”

Going Cold Turkey

In February 2006, Channel 4 courted more controversy with a week of programmes following three heroin users detoxing in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. There were many vomiting shots, and former heroin users were sceptical that anyone could kick the drug in five days. “It’s when the five days are up and you leave the clinic that the rattling really starts, and the viewers won’t see that bit,” said one. The growing worry was that Channel 4 had moved from subversion to sensationalism, broadcasting not a public service but a disservice, unreality rather than reality TV.

Jade Goody (left) and Shilpa Shetty in the Big Brother diary room in 2007.
Jade Goody (left) and Shilpa Shetty in the Big Brother diary room in 2007. Photograph: Rex Features

Big Brother

The long-running reality show had started in 2000 as a sociological-experiment-cum-game-show in which strangers turned housemates courted popularity among viewers to avoid eviction. But as ratings rocketed and Channel 4 became dependent on it for advertising revenue, it became more questionable. Viewers and critics worried that the programme was edited to maximise apparent conflict. In one notorious incident in 2007, the Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty was subjected to racist abuse by rival housemate Jade Goody. Channel 4 bosses defended the incident, arguing it was “a good thing” it had provoked a debate. But, after questions were raised in the Commons and effigies of Goody were burned in India, Ofcom ruled the station had breached its code of conduct and ordered it to apologise.

Embarrassing Bodies

The Guardian’s Sam Wollaston clearly thought Channel 4 was exploiting vulnerable people when reviewing a 2011 episode of Embarrassing Bodies about a man with an aggravated anus. “There is an alternative for David, Brenda etc,” wrote Wollaston. “It’s called the GP. But – and this is the really brilliant bit – they won’t then go and put your anus or your vagina on television. That has to be better, doesn’t it, for everyone?” Everybody, that is, apart from Channel 4.

Father Ted.
Father Ted. Photograph: Channel 4

Father Ted

But there is a narrative to tell other than Channel 4’s increasing reliance on exploitation. It cheered the telly up no end and made us celebrate the simpler things in life, such as Father Dougal. One December, for instance, Father Dougal opened the final door on the Advent calendar, saying: “Aah! Brilliant. A load of people in a stable! It’s the one thing I didn’t expect!” How lovely to be delighted by everyday things. Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews’ Father Ted was perhaps the leading example of Channel 4’s skill at commissioning great sitcoms. Others included Black Books, created by Dylan Moran and Linehan; Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain’s Peep Show; and the same writers’ Fresh Meat. Who can forget the channel also brought us huge American hits such as Friends and Frasier.

The Big Breakfast

Think too of The Big Breakfast, which started a decade-long run in September 1992, taking on BBC One’s Breakfast Show and ITV’s GMTV. It succeeded by being sillier than either. Typical was the segment in which Richard Bacon invited a member of the public to streak along their street wearing nothing but bacon-covered underwear in order to win their weight in bacon from their local butcher. Other segments included Show Us Your Behind, Court With Your Pants Down, Get Your Nobbly Nuts Out, and the late Paula Yates interviewing guests (including her future partner Michael Hutchence) in bed.

Sandy and Sandra in Gogglebox.
Sandy and Sandra in Gogglebox. Photograph: Channel 4

Gogglebox

If Channel 4’s commissioning editors used to have a commitment to subversion, nowadays they are more likely to have a postmodern genius that in its own perverted terms deserves applauding. Consider Gogglebox, launched in 2013. The genius is to make a hit programme predicated on us watching viewers watching TV and commenting on what they, and probably we, see.

Location, Location, Location

Nobody has done a proper statistical analysis of the impact of Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp’s Location, Location, Location – not to mention Sarah Beaney’s Property Ladder or Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs – on Britain’s hideously overheated housing market. My hunch, though, is that if Channel 4 had never broadcast these and the other property shows on which its schedules have come to depend, there might be a few more under-30s who could afford to move out of their childhood bedrooms. Thanks for ruining a generation’s life prospects, Channel 4.

“To be honest, we never thought it would last beyond the pilot, but it’s now been running for 20 years and 221 episodes,” Kirstie told me last year.

The Great British Bake Off

In 2016 Channel 4 bought the BBC franchise, and stunned both bakers and broadcasters by replacing Mary Berry with Prue Leith, and ditching Mel and Sue as comedy foils in favour of cuddly if out-there goth Noel Fielding and pint-sized feminist funnywoman Sandi Toksvig. Ratings rose like a thrice-baked soufflé. Channel 4 had clearly got its finger on the nation’s pulse, even if that pulse – I’m no doctor, but work with me – indicates a population physically enfeebled by overconsumption of baked goods and intellectually dulled by watching programmes about preparing them. Chris Morris was wrong: there is a drug called cake and, thanks to The Great British Bake Off, we are all addicted to it.

Channel 4 News

Besides Countdown, the only show to survive from that opening night in November 1982 is Channel 4 News. If there is good defence against privatisation, Channel 4 News is a leading part of it. It seems more necessary than ever now to ringfence quality TV news from catastrophic blowhards such as Piers Morgan or the rightwing bruisers of GB News.

Omari Douglas as Roscoe in It’s a Sin.
Omari Douglas as Roscoe in It’s a Sin. Photograph: Ben Blackall/Channel 4

It’s a Sin

Sometimes, it’s true, the 39-year-old Channel 4 resembles nothing so much as that elephant with its trunk stuck where the sun don’t shine. You hardly know what it’s for, nor whether it would benefit from corrective surgery or be better put down. We live in a different world from the one into which Channel 4 was born in 1982. We are more liberal and less shockable, and TV culture is more fragmented than the nationally cohesive, socially conservative one that Jeremy Isaacs sought to revolutionise. And yet Channel 4’s current programme director (and former Guardian deputy editor), Ian Katz, maintains it is still too valuable to warrant privatisation.

Katz points out that Russell T Davies’s hit 2021 drama It’s a Sin, about gay men romping in Thatcher’s Britain in the time of Aids, was turned down by every other broadcaster and would not have been made if Channel 4 had been sold off. The same, he maintains, is true of the recent, sweet sitcom We Are Lady Parts, about a Muslim punk band. It’s hard to imagine, too, something of the incisive satirical cleverness of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror (which was nurtured on Channel 4 only to be snapped up by Netflix) being greenlit by owners who prize profit above public service.

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The GB news moment in France? Fury on the left as media takeover threatens Macron https://937thewave.com/the-gb-news-moment-in-france-fury-on-the-left-as-media-takeover-threatens-macron/ https://937thewave.com/the-gb-news-moment-in-france-fury-on-the-left-as-media-takeover-threatens-macron/#respond Sat, 03 Jul 2021 12:08:00 +0000 https://937thewave.com/the-gb-news-moment-in-france-fury-on-the-left-as-media-takeover-threatens-macron/ “We’ve seen changes happening in the US and England – I’ve seen the stories on GB News (the new TV channel created by Andrew Neil) – with stations that tend to replace news and facts. by something that is primarily opinion, commentary, and ideology. This substitution is what worries us collectively as journalists. “ “The […]]]>

“We’ve seen changes happening in the US and England – I’ve seen the stories on GB News (the new TV channel created by Andrew Neil) – with stations that tend to replace news and facts. by something that is primarily opinion, commentary, and ideology. This substitution is what worries us collectively as journalists. “

“The main criticism, as with Fox News, is to distort the truth to adapt it to an alternate reality, or to an ideology, a speech or a political agenda,” he added.

But the channel vehemently denies it.

“CNews has absolutely nothing to do with (Fox News). We are not a campaign channel,” said chief executive Serge Nedjar. Sunday Newspaper newspaper in a rare interview last January.

His success has come from tackling issues that others ignore, he said.

“From the start and without changing, we were the only ones to cover certain sensitive, even explosive, societal subjects, such as security, immigration, the environment and urban violence, issues that our rivals were reluctant to cover,” said he declared.

Right-wing traditionalist politicians and experts argue that it is time for France to give them a voice.

Mr. Zemmour was “a tiny media counter-power in the face of a thick wall of left-wing thoughts and comments in the French media landscape,” wrote Jean Messiha in Current values, a hard right-wing news magazine.

But eight months before the French presidential elections, the controversy has not gone unnoticed in political circles.

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Morning schedule: Friday July 2 https://937thewave.com/morning-schedule-friday-july-2/ https://937thewave.com/morning-schedule-friday-july-2/#respond Fri, 02 Jul 2021 16:13:54 +0000 https://937thewave.com/morning-schedule-friday-july-2/ It’s Friday July 2. Along with the rain, fires caused by lightning remain a concern Crews responded to three lightning-triggered fires in northern Arizona on Wednesday, according to Prescott National Forest. Grief Fire was confirmed at 1/4 acre about six miles east of Cherry; the yellow light is burning 113 acres northeast of Dugas. The […]]]>

It’s Friday July 2.

Along with the rain, fires caused by lightning remain a concern

Crews responded to three lightning-triggered fires in northern Arizona on Wednesday, according to Prescott National Forest.

Grief Fire was confirmed at 1/4 acre about six miles east of Cherry; the yellow light is burning 113 acres northeast of Dugas. The Tiger Fire has reached 1,700 acres about 11 miles east of Crown King without containment, PNF estimates released this morning.

Staff have been assigned to watch and work to contain hot spots according to firefighters. National forests in the area remain closed until there is sufficient rainfall to reduce the fire danger.

Updates slow Rafael fire as containment improves

Rafael’s fire has so far burned 78,709 acres and is 89% contained, according to an update from the incident management team released Thursday. All communities in the region have been demoted to “ready” status for possible evacuation.

ITM says archaeologists scanned the Sycamore Canyon area to analyze the safety of Indigenous cultural sites amid the fire conditions. Updates are expected to slow down on the fire as crews gain containment. Coconino County has turned off its information line on the fire, although members of the public may continue to contact a Rafael Fire Public Information Line affiliated with the incident management team.

Northern AZ Communities Mull Holiday Plans, Fire Hazards

Communities in northern Arizona are grappling with increased fire risk as July 4 approaches.

The Town of Prescott and Prescott Valley will be holding public fireworks this weekend. The city of Tusayan, meanwhile, will host a drone light show on Sunday to comply with fire restrictions and reduce chemical pollution near the Grand Canyon.

The City of Flagstaff has canceled a scheduled fireworks display as Stage Four fire restrictions remain in place. Drive-up fireworks ceremonies are being held in Shiprock, Chinle, Tuba City and Window Rock for residents of the Navajo Nation, as COVID-19 warrants remain in effect on the reserve.

Delta confirmed in Mohave County, where vaccination rates are lagging the state

The delta variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Mohave County, according to health director Denise Burley. The variant was considered a threat by public health experts, although research shows the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are effective.

State data shows 36.9% of residents of Mohave County have received a COVID-19 vaccine, which is lower than the state average of 49.5%.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said the variant has been confirmed in the northern region of the reservation.

Coconino County enters new re-entry phase

More pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics are scheduled this weekend in Coconino County; the county is offering doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine tomorrow at Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff.

A clinic is also planned at the Ponderosa Fire Department, ext. 81 tomorrow afternoon in the parks. The county has officially entered a fourth phase of its re-entry plan, opening the county buildings to the public. The new phase requires unvaccinated people to wear masks in county buildings, while fully vaccinated people are not asked to wear masks, with the exception of some buildings.

More than 51% of the county’s population has received a vaccine, according to data from Coconino County.

Flagstaff City Council deliberates on mental health funding after crash

Flagstaff City Council expressed support this week for allocating funds to both the Flagstaff Trails initiative and possible mental health services. The city would use a communal initiative fund.

Mental health support funding was originally offered for those affected by a collision in downtown Flagstaff that killed a cyclist and seriously injured several others.

Mayor Paul Deasy eventually came up with an allocation of $ 7,500 for the trails initiative and $ 17,500 to fund individual mental health services through a nonprofit in the area.

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PREMIERES OF THE HELIOFEST MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL IN ALASKA IN BENEFIT OF “JUST US GIRLS SUPPORT” (JUGS) https://937thewave.com/premieres-of-the-heliofest-music-and-arts-festival-in-alaska-in-benefit-of-just-us-girls-support-jugs/ https://937thewave.com/premieres-of-the-heliofest-music-and-arts-festival-in-alaska-in-benefit-of-just-us-girls-support-jugs/#respond Mon, 28 Jun 2021 19:10:00 +0000 https://937thewave.com/premieres-of-the-heliofest-music-and-arts-festival-in-alaska-in-benefit-of-just-us-girls-support-jugs/ Heliofest July 10 Alaska Fairgrounds HELIOFEST MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CRUCHES Alaska State Fairgrounds, AK – July 10, 2021, HELIOFEST Music and Arts Festival, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. PALMER, ALASKA, USA, June 28, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Firsts in Alaska, HELIOFEST, Valley of the Midnight Sun Music and Arts Festival […]]]>

Heliofest July 10 Alaska Fairgrounds

HELIOFEST MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CRUCHES Alaska State Fairgrounds, AK – July 10, 2021, HELIOFEST Music and Arts Festival, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

PALMER, ALASKA, USA, June 28, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Firsts in Alaska, HELIOFEST, Valley of the Midnight Sun Music and Arts Festival at the Alaska State Fairgrounds on July 10, 2021, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. to benefit JUGS (Just Us Girls Support), an Alaskan cancer support organization. Tickets available for purchase on Eventbrite.com HELIOFEST.

HELIOFEST will host more than 20 national and local groups and artists, multi-genre, on 3 stages. There is something for everyone at this family event. With 12 hours of music, vendor stands for shopping and local food trucks. It is not only a sunrise to sunset music festival, but also music for the benefit of the JUGS
Performers at HELIOFEST on stage Borealis Theater, COLOR ME BADD, Darryl Worley, Bryan White, Jamie O’Neil, Wade Hayes, Ken Peltier, Elvis Monroe, Casey Daniel, Amber Patino and Braelyn. Live bands on stage Purple Gate Matt Hopper and The Roman Candles, Daddy Issues, Alaskan Agent of Karma, Zen Trembles, Unknowns, Primrose Patina. On the Acoustic Stage in the Circle, the artists are Scott Foster, Clayton Arnold, Heidi Peterson, John Cook, Mack, Ellie Cullison, Tim and Natalie Tucker.

The concert series features an impressive multi-genre lineup for its inaugural launch, with some who themselves have had their own personal battles with cancer. Talented musician Alaskan Ken Peltier has assembled a group of artists who have come together on this mission. Darryl Worley, who saw a need in his own community and opened a cancer treatment center to help this cause and country singer Wade Hayes has beaten colon cancer twice, but has since led the war against cancer and can’t wait to sing at Heliofest. The youngest artist Amber Patino who is passionate about many charities and supporting JUGS, she travels from Texas to her former home state of Alaska to sing at Heliofest. All of these artists and our community came together for HELIOFEST to celebrate the joy of music and to raise awareness and support the non-profit association for cancer patients.

JUGS is a non-profit cancer support organization founded by Lynn Nordland. During her own battle with cancer, Lynn came up with the idea to start JUGS when she saw a lack of support and resources for other cancer patients in Alaska. The mission of JUGS (Just Us Girls Support) is to provide hope, activity and resources to women (and soon to men) in Alaska who have been diagnosed with cancer.

The funding we receive is used to directly support cancer patients and survivors and their families in Alaska. Our goals are to grow in the surrounding communities, to create a resource guide that can be accessed on a large database website and to be able to offer telehealth counseling. Thieve resources will help guide physicians, cancer patients, survivors and families.

JUGS event coordinator Christian Mulkey aka Ms. Alaska America 2020 holds monthly meetings throughout the year in a supportive environment to engage with women who have been diagnosed with cancer. At these meetings, women participate in various activities with other women who know why they are confronted or have been confronted. These events encourage a positive and healing environment that brings women with cancer together. Refreshments and take-home crafts or souvenirs are included in these monthly activities.

This non-profit organization was founded in 2018 and HELIOFEST is honored to support Lynn Nordland and JUGS in their efforts to raise funds to help those in need in our own community. Our goal is to provide patients and their families with monthly support meetings, a resource guide with telehealth tips and care packages.

This unique storefront also supports the local economy by providing space for vendors and food trucks to businesses in Alaska. We are honored to be sponsored by our local community and the Hollywood entertainment community. Sponsors include Wee B’s, Seven North, Wasilla RAM, Barrett Insurance, Mat-Su Valley Cancer Center, Cleaning’s a Breeze, Mat-Su Resort, Everett’s, Show Boss, Midnight Sun Oncology, Anchorage Radiation Therapy and of the Valley, Tanning in the Midnight Sun, 94/7 Anchorage Alternative Radio Station and Kimball Entertainment.

Heliofest is proud to have garnered the attention and support of local and national artists who all come together for this noble cause and create this event in Alaska, HELIOFEST. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.com Heliofest.

A “special thank you” to the following people for their support of HELIOFEST: MTA, MEA, South Central Foundation, Alaska Tax Lady, Everett’s, Mat-Su resort, K&L, Odem, 947 Alternative, Mike Divine State Farm, Allie Hewitt Stage Farm, Tammy Fuller and Hannah Bailey Remax Dynamic of the Valley, Jermy J Burke Remax Frontier, Showboss, Hooked Entertainment. King St., Glacier Brewhouse, Matansuka Brewing Company, Double Shovel, and Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Concerns over city cruises prompt investigation https://937thewave.com/concerns-over-city-cruises-prompt-investigation/ https://937thewave.com/concerns-over-city-cruises-prompt-investigation/#respond Sun, 27 Jun 2021 17:19:00 +0000 https://937thewave.com/concerns-over-city-cruises-prompt-investigation/ Downtown Business Association president Phil Marsh is pictured at work on a Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods cruise in the Mount Airy central business district. Another cruise season has started at Mount Airy, but not everyone is excited about their first installment last weekend – which led to the launch of a poll to gauge […]]]>

Downtown Business Association president Phil Marsh is pictured at work on a Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods cruise in the Mount Airy central business district.

Another cruise season has started at Mount Airy, but not everyone is excited about their first installment last weekend – which led to the launch of a poll to gauge the opinions of commercial operators downtown on the event.

The latest dual-exhaust emissions had barely purged the air when the Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-In ended on June 19, capping a 20-month delay fueled by COVID-19, before complaints emerged of an affected person about its functioning.

Sherry Kearns of Mount Airy, who is associated with the Grand Pup Resort Hotel and Spa in the heart of the central business district, made her views known in a letter to the editor published last Sunday (“Reader Concerned About Center Events -ville “, Mount Airy News, June 20).

This included allegations about the chief organizer of the monthly cruise series, the president of the Downtown Business Association, Phil Marsh, which Marsh said were unfounded.

Kearns spoke of reducing downtown traffic to one lane to accommodate muscle cars and vintage vehicles along North Main Street and others to travel around the area. This requires using the parking spaces in front of the shops.

“The event doesn’t start until 4pm, but they block the parking lot from at least 6am,” Kearns wrote in part. “Event runner Phil Marsh was asking people to come around and reserve seats for his friends in their cars.”

Marsh denied this Thursday afternoon.

“No one has reserved seats,” he said of the allegation that favoritism is shown in the parking lot of vehicles participating in cruise events held during the warmer months.

“None of these cones we have on the sidewalk are named after anyone,” added Marsh, who said parking for cruise vehicles needs to start early in the day to avoid logistical issues and is happening. on a first come, first served basis. based.

While he acknowledges that the cruises do not officially start until 4 p.m., that’s when the music from a DJ begins downtown and attendees register to judge the lounge from there. automobile. “That doesn’t mean we have to start parking at 4 am,” Marsh said.

“We have to start parking early – if we don’t, we can’t get everyone in,” the Downtown Business Association president stressed, noting that this is covered by official regulations for coordinated cruises. by this group. “My permit allows me to park earlier.

The large volume of vehicles makes this obligatory in Marsh’s eyes, requiring not only the use of spaces along the North Main Street, but also side streets and the parking lot at the Mount Airy Post Office which has been filled. occasionally.

“I would say it must have been 400 or 500,” he estimated. “They were everywhere.”

When asked to summarize his reaction to Kearns’ complaints as a whole, Marsh had a concise response: “It was totally inappropriate.”

Kearns explained the issues she raised in the letter on Friday, including expressing her dissatisfaction with situations such as the inability of people to park on the street early in the morning and the operation of cruises in general.

“My concern is that whoever manages it is allowed to do whatever they want,” she said of the preparation for events. “I just think it needs to be done a little differently.”

Kearns also said trash was left at the DJ Station, a kiosk on the corner of North Main and West Oak streets near the Grand Pup Resort Hotel and Spa.

Kearns’ complaint would be the first to be raised about cruises so publicly.

Survey launched

The short online cruise-in survey was announced last Tuesday, aimed at downtown businesses.

“It was caused by this letter that was sent that was really unwarranted,” Marsh said of the investigation.

Mount Airy Downtown Inc. has partnered with the Downtown Business Association to launch it with the goal of empowering stakeholders to help improve events.

“So far we’ve received 42 responses from downtown businesses,” Main Street coordinator Lizzie Morrison of Mount Airy Downtown reported on Friday.

“Our downtown business owners are creative people who shared great ideas on how the event could be improved,” said Morrison. “For example, a company suggested having tents on the street to provide people with shade in the sun.”

Other ideas include the parade of vehicles through the city center from the Veterans Memorial Park, which occurs with busy Christmas parades, and assistance with traffic control at intersections to reduce congestion and allow safer access.

Early survey results seem to suggest basic support for the entry cruise series.

Of the 42 people who have responded so far, 87% believe the events should take place on North Main Street, according to Morrison.

Some commercial operators responded that the cruises-in had no impact on their sales or could decrease slightly, but are still open to holding events downtown.

“Likewise, some companies have reported that cruise events are increasing their sales,” the Main Street coordinator said.

Yvette Allen of downtown Talley’s Custom Frame and Gallery seems to fit in with the happy medium of the cruise’s effects on customer traffic.

“I think they’re doing a good job,” Allen said Friday of the event’s organizers.

“We had a lot of traffic in the store,” she continued. “It brought a lot of people downtown. “

On the flip side, the June 19 cruise was a bit detrimental to the business, Allen said.

“We had a lot of people calling and wanting to come here, but there was no parking on the streets. “

Allen also believes downtown businesses should be notified more in advance of cruise arrivals so operators know what to expect regarding traffic.

A good “problem”

“The cruise events have become very important and it is a testament to the hard work of Phil Marsh and others,” said Morrison, the Main Street coordinator.

“I’m grateful to have ‘issues’ like this and I think it’s always a good idea to assess how to handle growth like what we’ve seen with cruise events.”

Morrison said the plan was to leave the survey in place for a few more weeks to give all downtown entities a chance to respond.

“We tried to give businesses the opportunity to give constructive feedback that would help understand the economic impact of the event,” she said. “I hope that some solutions will emerge that will make things easier and more beneficial for everyone involved.”

For his part, Marsh, the president of the Downtown Business Association, urges everyone to take a long-term view on cruises and other activities that could cause parking and traffic problems but are generally beneficial.

“What people need to understand is that these events that we have downtown are what keep Mount Airy alive,” he said, noting that cruises in particular attract people from a wide range of states, including New York.

“We had people from all over.

Tom Joyce can be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

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How KiwiGambler Uses the Effectiveness of Radio Advertising | Technology https://937thewave.com/how-kiwigambler-uses-the-effectiveness-of-radio-advertising-technology/ https://937thewave.com/how-kiwigambler-uses-the-effectiveness-of-radio-advertising-technology/#respond Sat, 26 Jun 2021 12:50:26 +0000 https://937thewave.com/how-kiwigambler-uses-the-effectiveness-of-radio-advertising-technology/ Author: Mark PetersPosted 1 hour ago There are many forms of advertising, but radio advertising is among the cheapest and most effective. It is perfect for transmitting emotions quickly to a large number of people. It’s no surprise that even large companies rely on radio advertising. However, the number of small businesses using radio marketing […]]]>

Author: Mark PetersPosted 1 hour ago

There are many forms of advertising, but radio advertising is among the cheapest and most effective. It is perfect for transmitting emotions quickly to a large number of people. It’s no surprise that even large companies rely on radio advertising. However, the number of small businesses using radio marketing as an effective marketing tool is increasing. Not only local businesses, but many online businesses are using this method of advertising to attract more and more customers. One of the best examples is KiwiGambler in New Zealand.

KiwGambler is an online casino affiliate business accessible at kiwigambler.co.nz. Readers can find real reviews on the best online casinos and exclusive bonuses available on its platform. The goal of this business is to promote safe gambling. New players can learn a lot about how to choose a safe casino platform, how to pick the right bonus and a lot more. The owner uses multiple marketing mix tools including SEO, digital marketing, and radio advertising.

Why does KiwiGambler use radio advertising?

It may seem strange to some people that an online business is using an old-fashioned marketing tool. Here, it must be understood that the number of people who listen to the radio is enormous. Most New Zealanders prefer to listen to radio stations while driving rather than playing music on their phones. According to a research by RNZ National, a New Zealand radio station, has a weekly cumulative audience of over 720,800. This represents over 14% of the total population.

There are nearly 30 radio networks and groups of stations in the country. Thus, the marketing strategy of adopting radio advertising has proved successful for KiwiGambler. We don’t claim that every radio listener has to be a casino enthusiast, but KiwiGambler can invite new players to the world of online casinos with such publicity. Here are some advantages of using radio advertising:

• This is a rapid expansion of reach by targeting a potential group

• Easy to convey a message through emotions

• Strong acceptance of advertising

• Profitable for businesses

• Optimal complementary support

Several studies have also indicated that radio advertising is five times more effective than television advertising.

How KiwiGambler Uses Radio Advertising: What We Can Learn

Global spending on radio advertising is gradually increasing. It has declined over the past two years, but experts predict it will increase over the next four years.

Every business spends a decent amount of money on this form of marketing. Let’s see how KiwiGambler effectively uses the radio marketing tool.

It has a defined campaign

While using any form of marketing, the business must have its campaign in a defined manner. This is what KiwiGambler does. It aims to invite more players to digital casinos while ensuring safety and security. In addition, he wants to strengthen his image with online casino players in the country. All of these goals form the basis of the radio campaign. So, considering what your campaign should achieve is what this online platform teaches us.

He has potential customers in mind

Another important thing when using radio advertising is who the listeners are. Since this online business is aimed at attracting new people to online casinos, it targets people who want to add fun to their daily life. For example, people who drive to the office will surely try out a few casino games in their spare time. And they are the ones who listen to the radio the most.

Attractively defined basic message

In digital marketing, companies use different basic messages to attract customers. However, in radio advertising it is advisable to limit yourself to a single central message. The message should make an impression and should be easy to remember. KiwiGambler influences the emotional state of listeners with the crafting of exciting casino bonuses and how amazing the online gambling world is. In addition, this message is supported by a unique piece of music that sticks to listeners. It is therefore important to learn that the main message must be unique and that it must be unique for listeners to get used to. In addition, it is important to broadcast the ad with appropriate radio broadcasts.

Contests and everyday stories

No matter what form of marketing collateral you use, free perks and winning stories always draw people in. So, in order to attract more people, this digital platform describes some lucrative offers available at popular online casinos in their radio advertising. This prompts people to grab the bonuses immediately. Moreover, it also encompasses the real stories of the players making a decent profit at online slots or other jackpots. It surely attracts people. Other companies can learn how to offer interesting sweepstakes and tell the real story everyday to listeners. This has proven to be successful for Kiwigambler, and other companies can use it as well.

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Democracy Digest: V4 dragged into EU gay rights crackdown in Hungary https://937thewave.com/democracy-digest-v4-dragged-into-eu-gay-rights-crackdown-in-hungary/ https://937thewave.com/democracy-digest-v4-dragged-into-eu-gay-rights-crackdown-in-hungary/#respond Fri, 25 Jun 2021 06:42:06 +0000 https://937thewave.com/democracy-digest-v4-dragged-into-eu-gay-rights-crackdown-in-hungary/ For his part, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says that the law “does not contain any discriminatory element” because it is only designed to protect children’s rights, guarantee parents’ rights and does not apply to guidance rights. sexual of these. over 18 years old. He Mark von der Leyen’s statement as “shameful because it is […]]]>

For his part, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says that the law “does not contain any discriminatory element” because it is only designed to protect children’s rights, guarantee parents’ rights and does not apply to guidance rights. sexual of these. over 18 years old. He Mark von der Leyen’s statement as “shameful because it is based on false allegations”.

On Thursday, European Commissioners Thierry Breton and Didier Reynders said the bill would violate the bloc’s media and technology laws because it “unjustifiably” restricts TV and online content currently regulated in the EU by under the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the Electronic Commerce Directive. .

By raising the stake, more than half of the EU Member States have signed a joint statement expressing “serious concerns” about the law and calling on the Commission to act against this “blatant form of discrimination”. Belgium, the main driver of the letter, approached the 27 Member States asking them to put their name on the letter. Notably, all the most important members – such as Germany, France, Italy and Spain – were among the 17 signatories, although Hungary’s central European neighbors – the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia – all refused to sign it.

The reason for the Czech refusal to sign is not clear – even, it seems, to the government itself. Local media reported that Czech officials in Brussels told them that the Belgian initiative had gone through the Prague government. The Czech government office said, frankly, they didn’t know why there was no Czech signature.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Thursday morning, as he arrived in Brussels ahead of the summit, that he wanted to discuss the issue with Orban. The leaders were to meet at a pre-summit coordination meeting of the Visegrad Four (V4) group. “It needs to be explained in detail… I can’t judge it, we agreed we would have explained it in V4 to make sure the interpretations are correct,” Babis told reporters.

The Prime Minister added that the Czech Republic is a liberal country supporting the rights of sexual minorities and that he discussed the issue with Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, the only openly gay leader of an EU country. He said he also plans to consult with Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek.

Poland, of course, did not sign the letter which pledged to “continue to fight against discrimination against the LGBTI community”. This was no surprise given the campaign the government in Warsaw has waged against sexual minorities in recent years. Meanwhile, a third of Polish municipalities have passed resolutions against “LGBT ideology”, while Education Minister Przemyslaw Czarnek announced a series of reforms, including restricting access to sex education and replace it by promoting the “traditional family” in schools.

Speaking earlier this week on German radio RND, Polish Ambassador to Germany Andrzej Przylebski expressed sympathy for Hungary. Referring to the Munich municipality’s request (rejected by UEFA) to light its stadium in rainbow colors to protest against new Hungarian legislation, the ambassador said he believed that this genre pressure on Budapest was “inappropriate and offensive”.

The ambassador added that the Hungarian parliament had “the unquestionable right to provide legal protection to children in schools, to protect them from homosexual themes”.

Slovak officials have also remained silent on the issue and refused to protest the controversial law. Although no official statement has been released at the time of publication, news of Slovakia’s reluctance was received with disdain after a popular parody account’s take on the matter went viral.

“Guess which side Slovakia joined – the Middle Ages or the 21stst century? “asked the administrators of the account in a Facebook Publish, which received over 4,000 interactions and many aggrieved comments in less than a day.

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Eustis, 9, runs the Not Enough Cups custom mug business https://937thewave.com/eustis-9-runs-the-not-enough-cups-custom-mug-business/ https://937thewave.com/eustis-9-runs-the-not-enough-cups-custom-mug-business/#respond Fri, 25 Jun 2021 02:11:59 +0000 https://937thewave.com/eustis-9-runs-the-not-enough-cups-custom-mug-business/ EUSTIS – Business is booming for one of Eustis’ youngest entrepreneurs. Bailey Carmean, who just celebrated her 9th birthday, owns “Not Enough Cups”. With the help of his grandfather, Bailey decorates and sells personalized tumblers, wine glasses and coffee mugs. “It’s fun,” she said. “I still have my firsts where I messed up a bit […]]]>

EUSTIS – Business is booming for one of Eustis’ youngest entrepreneurs.

Bailey Carmean, who just celebrated her 9th birthday, owns “Not Enough Cups”. With the help of his grandfather, Bailey decorates and sells personalized tumblers, wine glasses and coffee mugs.

“It’s fun,” she said. “I still have my firsts where I messed up a bit but I continued to train.”

To date, Bailey has sold 320 cups – and orders keep coming in.

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9-year-old Bailey Carmean has started her own cup decorating business called 'Not Enough Cups'.  To date, she has sold over 320 cups. [Cindy Peterson/Correspondent]

How it started

It all started three months ago when she and her grandfather, Jimmy Carmean, were looking for a project to work on together. They’ve seen videos online on how to decorate mugs, and like any good grandfather, he hand-built the machines for Bailey to work on his mug decorating project. He didn’t know it would turn out to be a little side affair.

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Elevation Burger in Augusta permanently closed https://937thewave.com/elevation-burger-in-augusta-permanently-closed/ https://937thewave.com/elevation-burger-in-augusta-permanently-closed/#respond Thu, 24 Jun 2021 22:20:20 +0000 https://937thewave.com/elevation-burger-in-augusta-permanently-closed/ It’s safe to say that in any mall, or in our case here in Augusta, linear malls and The Marketplace at Augusta, things change. Lately, it feels like there are a lot more stores coming rather than coming. Our last observation is in the Augusta market where it was passed down that Elevation Burger is […]]]>

It’s safe to say that in any mall, or in our case here in Augusta, linear malls and The Marketplace at Augusta, things change. Lately, it feels like there are a lot more stores coming rather than coming.

Our last observation is in the Augusta market where it was passed down that Elevation Burger is no longer.

If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, Elevation Burger tries to make sure that anyone with a penchant for burgers, fries and chicken can get it with “high standards” according to their Facebook page. Organic beef, fries cooked in olive oil, and chicken without a cage will hopefully help you indulge yourself with less guilt.

However, now, thanks to Covid-19, understaffing, or premium prices that weren’t attracting enough customers, this experience is no longer available in Augusta.

According to the sign on the door, the closure is temporary. However, all indications, including company Facebook page state that Elevation Burger in Augusta is now permanently closed.

There is always Red Robin if you can handle the guilt.



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Father’s Day II – TulsaKids Magazine https://937thewave.com/fathers-day-ii-tulsakids-magazine/ https://937thewave.com/fathers-day-ii-tulsakids-magazine/#respond Thu, 24 Jun 2021 20:37:30 +0000 https://937thewave.com/fathers-day-ii-tulsakids-magazine/ Led Zeppelin gave his name to his first album: “Led Zeppelin”. It was released in January 1969. Immediately it was considered one of the greatest rock records and a model for the next generation of hard rock artists. Immediately considered as “gods of rock”. Only nine months later they released their follow-up and they followed […]]]>

Led Zeppelin gave his name to his first album: “Led Zeppelin”. It was released in January 1969. Immediately it was considered one of the greatest rock records and a model for the next generation of hard rock artists. Immediately considered as “gods of rock”. Only nine months later they released their follow-up and they followed the same path to the title level, “Led Zeppelin II”.

I am going to do the same thing. I’ll follow the title of last week’s blog with a similar name: Father’s Day II.

More information about my dad and what it’s like to be a “rockstar daddy” in Tulsa, as well as information about the association I chose this week, Saint Francis, including the “Salon de la health and wellness market ”takes place this Saturday.

DAD

Last week I spoke about how my siblings and I found out our parents were divorced. It’s probably not what you think, check out last week’s blog to find out. This week I’ll be talking more about the past few years, as well as my last 11 years as a father.

It’s strange to think back to those years. I say strange because it’s sad, crazy, happy, surprising and a sigh of relief all at the same time. Much like your life if your parents (and chances are) are divorced. At the time, I guess I didn’t think much about the situation, especially since more and more of my friends’ households were also divided. It’s only after going through so much heartache and up / down relationships as an adult that I can look back and think, “Wow, I did well.”

I probably describe it all wrong. Hope you can tell how much I loved my dad and my childhood. Things were very sad when they divorced, and I hated it, but it’s because I was 11 and few kids that young people want their parents to divorce and have to leave their friends every other weekend. . My dad loved us kids a lot and he frequently drove that 4 hour trip (round trip) just to watch me play a hockey game. But you know what? I made the most of it and found new friends and new life experiences in “the big city” (Dayton is much bigger than Findlay) where my dad moved to. The radio station from my hometown that I liked was FM 104 WIOT in Toledo. Dayton had a kind of “sister station” that I liked too: 104.7 WTUE radio. These are two reasons why I wanted to get into radio as a DJ !!

I moved to Dayton for a summer until I decided if I should go back to the state of Ohio or elsewhere. I ended up at home with mum and graduated from the University of Findlay in 1992.

Living with my dad we had so much fun. He taught me a lot about being a man. Just watching it, I learned so much. I get my extrovert mind from my father. He can talk to anyone, and often does, whether he wants to or not. Just like you, I was so embarrassed about certain things my dad would do in public. And I hope that, like you, I treasure these memories so much.

My dad taught me how to work hard and cherish times that seemed a little overwhelming at first but ended up going well. As a little kid in church, I tried to stay the course and not let the fact that I NEVER wear the clothes that I wore, except when I went to church, take hold of me. I tried to listen and focus on what the preacher was saying, but it was still over my head. I knew playing with my twin who was the sister sitting next to me would get me in trouble, so I just tried to smile and put up with it and end the looooooooong sermon by sitting down and standing still. I don’t get parents who let their kids crawl around, make a lot of noise, and disturb others.

Dad always realized I was having a hard time and he would write or draw a funny message on an offering envelope and slip it to me. I looked at him and almost burst out laughing. Then he would just write, “Pancakes or waffles? It reminded me that in no time at all we would be at “The Golden Nugget” creperie. We always had fun there, and of course dad knew all the waitresses, the bus boys and the owners. And they all knew him. And he always met someone he knew or who knew him.

I treasure Father’s Day very much and can’t wait to visit my dad for his birthday in Dayton, Ohio in August.

When these progressives “Become your parents” the ads came out for the first time, I was a little confused and I was like, “You know what? If I were half of who my parents were, I would be proud of myself! But then I watched more and I can’t stop laughing!

“Remember, the waiter doesn’t need to know your name. “

ANDY AND ANGIE

I was sorry to see my parents go their separate ways, but blessed God gave me a half-brother and a half-sister, Andy and Angie. They were just toddlers when I first met them. Took Andy to his first gig: Rush, Moving Pictures tour, March 10the, 1981 at the Hara Arena in Dayton.

They grew up to be good adults with wonderful children. I called them several times for advice on how to deal with my own difficulties and my children.

ATTICUS AND ANGEL

My life has turned out to be very different in the sense that I have two children of two different women, and I am no longer married to either of them… anymore. I’ve never dealt with anything like this, so I’m (as are you) doing my best and so far everything seems to be going well. Children are so resilient, aren’t they? One of these days I’ll be writing a blog about how bad I think the family law system is. And I suspect in every state, but I won’t talk about it now. DM me if you feel the same. Follow me on social media at the links above, and you’ll see lots of pictures of my kids and some of the fun things we do. Please join us !! We’re always on the lookout for new people to meet and friends to make.

This Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Health Zone in Saint François, 68e and Yale, there will be a “Health Fair and Wellness Market.” Lots of information on the amenities Health Zone offers, plus healthy eating from The Bachelors Table, amazing gyros from Pita Palace and Josh’s Sno Shack for the kids. You can also get screenings for: Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, OH! And massage chairs!

In the immortal words of Robert Plant:

In the days of my youth
I was told what it meant to be a man

And now I have reached this age
I tried to do all of these things the best that I can

No matter how I try
I find my way to the same old jam

The good times, the bad times, you know I had my share
When my wife left home for a man with brown eyes
But I still don’t seem to care … ”

Led Zeppelin, 1969


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