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Monthly Archives: March 2014

In Spring a young man’s fancy turns to romance and, in the good old days, baseball. Sadly, baseball is no longer the national phenomenon it once was. Americans like their sports a little faster and more violent these days, i.e., football. Nevertheless, baseball will always be “the American game.” It’s history is undeniably intertwined with […]

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I was doing some research today on Harry Caray for a potential article and I found and heard some hilarious videos on youtube that led me to about 40 minutes of immersing myself in that distinctive Harry Caray voice, whether it was really his or one of his many imitators. If you’re old enough to […]

A little over four years ago, I lost my job. It happened in January just a few days after my birthday. They had a party for me on Friday, tossed me on the trash pile on Monday. A real company with a heart. Anyway, it was one of the best things that ever happened to […]

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Our good friend Sal Viscuso is currently starring alongside Thomas Vincent Kelly in “A Steady Rain” at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles. The play, written by Keith Huff and directed by Jeff Perry (Cyrus on ABC’s Scandal) has been receiving rave reviews and I do mean RAVE! One of the reviews described Viscuso by […]

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Well the Oscars have come and gone for another year, thank goodness. At the outset last night, I almost thought it might be a decent show. Unfortunately, if you saw the first ten minutes of the program, then you pretty much saw the highlight of the entire program. Ellen Degeneres’ opening monologue was very funny, […]

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Today on The Sunday Music Festa, my weekly radio program, we’ll celebrate the Oscars with some great old Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning songs. If you’re interested in hearing some terrific tunes from the days when Oscar-nominated songs tended to become standards of American music, tune in today at 12:00 p.m. noon Eastern time on Jazz 90.1 […]