His replacement on the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show Zoe Ball maintained a listenership of about 9m.
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West Marine Quick Guide: Using VHF & SSB Radio By Robert J. Sweet. Find essential information you need fast! Convenient, laminated guides from expert authors like John Rousmaniere and Nigel Calder offer boaters a speedy, easy-to-read onboard reference to subjects ranging from VHF and GPS operation to boating etiquette and knot tying. Concise tutorials reduce time spent searching through exhaustive manuals. 16 color pages offer an easy format for instant answers to your questions at sea. Folds to just 4″ x 9″. Hinged, laminated construction for waterproofness and durability.
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Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign released a cringeworthy hip-hop song last week called “Freedom.” The radio spot is slated to air over the next two weeks in Detroit, Atlanta, Memphis, and in several other markets with large black populations. If you haven’t heard the actual ad, listen to it here for free (although it might cost you your appreciation of rap music forever).
The blame for this audible torture shouldn’t be assigned solely to Ben Carson, nor to its rapper, Aspiring Mogul. No, the real offender here is Carson’s campaign manager; whoever was behind the scenes making this nightmare a reality.
Unfortunately for music lovers, Carson’s campaign manager decided to drop a track of his own. This follow-up rap radio ad, titled “Panderdom,” is much less subtle in attempting to appeal to young, black voters. Listen to the parody below.
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Cobra Electronics HH500 Floating Handheld VHF Radio Make and receive phone calls using Bluetooth wireless technology and keep your cell phone safe and dry. Rewind-Say-Again lets you replay missed VHF calls. BURP vibrates water out of the speaker grill and improves speaker performance. Floating design and orange case makes retrieving radio easy if dropped overboard. The ergonomic and compact radio is easy to hold and intuitive to operate, and you can select between 1, 3 and 6 watts for short and long range communication. It also includes core features like noise-canceling microphone that blocks background noise for clear communication, NOAA weather radio, Weather Alert and IPX7 Submersiblility. Scanning Modes: Tri-Watch, All Scan, Memory Scan Weather Alert: Yes Transmit Power: 6/3/1 Watt Battery Type: 1000mAh Lithium polymer Battery Life: 8-16 hours Waterproof Rating: IPX7 Dimensions: 4 3/4″H x 2 11/16″W x 2 1/8″D Weight: 9.59oz. Included Accessories: Drop-in charger, AC and DC adapters, Belt clip, Wrist strap, Alkaline battery tray Warranty: Three years
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Wake up to your favorite CD, the radio or a buzzer with this Memorex Alarm Clock Radio (Factory Refurbished)that features snooze and sleep functions for versatile use.
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Cobra Electronics HH350 Handheld Floating 6-Watt VHF Radio Floating: Never lose your radio. Floating design and orange core makes retrieving radio easy if dropped overboard.Six-Watt VHF: Select between 1, 3 and 6 watts for short and long range communication.Ultra-Compact Design: Ergonomic and compact design is easy to hold and intuitive to operate.Accessories Included: AC & DC adapters, drop-in charger, LiON battery, belt clip, etc.External Speaker/Microphone Jack: Connect Cobra speaker Mic accessories for hip or body worn operation. This floating radio has an orange core for higher visibility and is easy to retrieve if dropped overboard. It features six watts of power for longer-range communication and full access to all NOAA weather channels and alarm tones for weather emergencies. BURP vibrates water out of the speaker grill and improves speaker performance. The ergonomic and compact radio is easy to hold and intuitive to operate, and you can select between 1, 3 and 6 watts for short and long range communication. It also includes key features like noise-canceling microphone that blocks background noise for clear communication, NOAA weather radio, Weather Alert and IPX7 Submersiblility. Specifications: Scanning Modes: Tri-Watch, All Scan, Memory Scan Weather Alert: Yes Transmit Power: 6, 3, 1 Watt Battery Type: Lithium Ion Battery Life: 8-14 hours Waterproof Rating: IPX7 Dimensions: 4 13/16″H x 2 3/8″W x 1 3/8″D Weight: 8oz. Included Accessories: AC and DC adapters, drop-in charger, belt clip Warranty: Three years
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Cobra Electronics 18WX ST II Mobile 40-Channel CB Radio Cobra’s 40-channel CB radio with 10 NOAA weather channels and a front-firing speaker is great for for under-dash mount. The SoundTracker System reduces noise on received signals and strengthens the transmitted signal for clear communication, and the unit’s compact design makes it ideal for recreational vehicles. Channels: CB: 40-channels; Weather: 10-channels Frequency: 26.965-27.405mHz Transmit Power: 4W Receiver Performance: Receiver sensitivity: less than 1AmicroV for 12dB SINAD; Rejection: over 60dB typical Antenna Connector: UHF; SO-239 Draw: Transmit: 1.4A (max.); Receive: 1.2A (full audio) Dimensions: 6 3/4″W x 1 7/8″H x 6 7/8″D Weight: 4.25lb. Waterproof Rating: Not rated waterproof Warranty: Two years
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This Kenwood KDC-BT362U Bluetooth Car Stereo Receiver is perfect for your car audio needs. You can select a preset color or create your own to match the dashboard lighting or your mood of the day. It includes an easy front panel connection for your compatible USB-enabled devices. These include iPhone, iPod devices as well as compatible Mass Storage Class devices like smartphones, USB thumb drives and portable hard drives. This USB input will allow you to charge and control the music playback on your connected device. You can also detach this front panel at any time to store for theft control. It is compatible with various internet radio apps such as PANDORA and iHeartRadio. You can also enjoy built-in optional SiriusXM broadcasts. Kenwood introduces the new line-up of car audio receivers that support AOA2 (Android Open Accessory Protocol version 2). Simply install the “Kenwood Music Play” application onto the Android smartphone, connect it to your Kenwood receiver via USB, and control your music directly from the car audio receiver. Easily stream music from your phone or other Bluetooth devices directly to the receiver. Functions such as track name display and track search are also available from the receiver. The receiver will allow the voice dialing feature found on most smartphones to work through Bluetooth. Access Phonebook, Last Calls, and Missed Calls from the receiver and make hands-free calls. – TDF(Theft Deterrent Faceplate) – Maximum Output Power: 50W x 4 (MOSFET Power IC) – Supreme sound reconstruction, restores musical to compressed music Road noise is the enemy of all audio systems found in vehicles. The inherent frequencies of road noise masks a wide range of the audio signal found in music, and this is the reason Kenwood engineers developed Drive EQ. Drive EQ boosts specific frequencies in the audio signal to compensate the negative impact of road noise.
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Cobra Electronics HH38 WXST Handheld CB Radio Whatever your outdoor activity, Cobra’s compact handheld CB radio is a great way to stay in touch with friends, or with the over 30 million other CB radio users across the country. Plus, the unit offers complete access to 10 NOAA National Weather Channels for the latest weather information. And there are no license or service fees! The HH 38 WX ST incorporates SoundTracker, a patent-pending technology that dramatically improves the sound quality of the transmission and reception of CB radio signals. Dual Watch and All-Channel scanning. One-touch access to Channel 9 (emergency) and 19 (information). Channels: CB: 40-channels; Weather: 10-channels Frequency: 26.965-27.405mHz Audio Output: 500mW Receiver Performance: Receiver sensitivity: less than 1AmicroV for 12dB SINAD; Rejection: over 60dB typical Battery Type: 9 AA alkaline batteries (sold separately) Battery Life: 20 hours Dimensions: 2″W x 6 3/4″H x 1 3/4″D Weight: 9oz. Included Accessories: Belt clip, wrist strap, 12V cigarette lighter plug Waterproof Rating: Not rated waterproof Warranty: Two years
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This book shows you how to make your own crystal radio using a beer can, toilet roll tube, cardboard, aluminium kitchen foil, wire and a few components. Full step by step instructions are given along with photographs to show you what to do. A crystal radio is a small simple radio receiver that enables you to listen to analogue AM radio using a crystal ear piece. The radio requires no batteries and is not plugged into the mains! Other books simply show you how to connect together purchased components; this book will show you how to make some of your own components (variable capacitor and coil). Please note that to build the radio you will need to purchase a diode, crystal earpiece, screw terminals and some wire form a suitable electronics component supplier or ebay: ) All other materials used are standard household items. Children should be supervised during construction due to the use of scissors and glue gun.
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. . – Pandora integration: thumbs up / down a song and add/delete stations & Pause Live Streams- Station list is searchable by station name / call sign, location, genre or add you own station- Store up to 110 stations for easy access. Save 10 one-button presets and 100 stations in your my stations folder- Add multiple my station sub-folders for specific genres, locations, or family members- Integrated Grace Digital website allows you to search, manage (delete and add) radio stations via your computer directly to your radio(s)- Supports Real Audio, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and AIFF formats- Stream your saved music from your PC or MAC- High performance class D Digital amplifier, 12 Watts- Built-in Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11N card connects directly to any 802.11b/g/n wireless router- WEP & WPA 1 / 2 compliant- Full feature remote control- Compatible with the Free Grace Remote control App made for the iPhone and iPod Touch- 3.5 color TFT screen- 5-alarms (once, daily, weekly, weekdays, or weekend)- 24-hour Sleep timer adjustable in 30 second increments- Built in USB drive to play local media files or add an optional USB to Ethernet adapter to connect directly to your wired Ethernet (RJ45)- 3.5mm Headphone Jack for a private listening experience- RCA L + R output to connect to optional stereo system- Aux Input to play music from an iPod, iPhone, or any other music sourceGDIIRC6000W. .
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INTRODUCTIONOVERVIEWThis study covers the world outlook for radio, television, and consumer electronics stores across more than 200 countries. For each year reported, estimates are given for the latent demand, or potential industry earnings (P.I.E.), for the country in question (in millions of U.S. dollars), the percent share the country is of the region and of the globe. These comparative benchmarks allow the reader to quickly gauge a country vis-à-vis others. Using econometric models which project fundamental economic dynamics within each country and across countries, latent demand estimates are created. This report does not discuss the specific players in the market serving the latent demand, nor specific details at the product level. The study also does not consider short-term cyclicalities that might affect realized sales. The study, therefore, is strategic in nature, taking an aggregate and long-run view, irrespective of the players or products involved. This study does not report actual sales data (which are simply unavailable, in a comparable or consistent manner in virtually all of the 230 countries of the world). This study gives, however, my estimates for the worldwide latent demand, or the P.I.E, for radio, television, and consumer electronics stores. It also shows how the P.I.E. is divided across the world’s regional and national markets. For each country, I also show my estimates of how the P.I.E. grows over time (positive or negative growth). In order to make these estimates, a multi-stage methodology was employed that is often taught in courses on international strategic planning at graduate schools of business.
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Podcast downloads are a wonderful new online way to share files. A podcast is a way to send files from a distributor’s online site directly to the subscriber’s computer, where they can view them whenever they wish. A podcast works by having a small file called an RSS file placed somewhere on the podcaster’s web page. This RSS file is updated regularly, usually automatically with text and links to new media files available for downloading. The RSS file is then accessed by the podcast client of the subscriber’s computer. A podcast client is a small program that goes online to look for the RSS files that the feed subscribers wish to view. There are many podcast clients available for every conceivable need, and most are free to download and use.
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New – INTRODUCTIONOVERVIEWThis study covers the world outlook for radio, television, and consumer electronics stores across more than 200 countries. For each year reported, estimates are given for the latent demand, or potential industry earnings (P.I.E.), for the country in question (in millions of U.S. dollars), the percent share the country is of the region and of the globe. These comparative benchmarks allow the reader to quickly gauge a country vis–vis others. Using econometric models whic
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Bottom line is, I’m the kind of guy who’s happy to go to the opera, but I should like to be allowed to wear steel-toed boots with my evening suit. I like to read Harper’s with a chaser of Varmint Hunter Magazine. Maybe that’s why I enjoy a good show under canvas. Here we sit, brain-deep in arts and culture, but we’re also just people hanging out in a tent, some of us wearing boots, a few of us wearing Birkenstocks, but best of all we’re breathing free fresh air filled with music.” From Scandihoovian Spanglish to snickering chickens, New York Times bestselling author and humorist Michael Perry navigates a wide range of topics in this collection of brief essays drawn from his weekly appearances on the nationally syndicated Tent Show Radio program. Fatherhood, dumpster therapy, dangerous wedding rings, Christmas trees, used cars, why you should have bacon in your stock portfolio, loggers in clogs-whatever the subject, Perry has a rare ability to touch both the funny bone and the heart.
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General features: CD receiver with AM/FM tuner with Radio Data System (RDS) built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming built-in MOSFET amplifier (22 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels) plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RW discs including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC music files automatic iPhone pairing with Siri Eyes Free control capability detachable face with selectable 2- or 3-line display, plus variable color display remote control Audio features: System Q with 3-band parametric equalizer Sound Reconstruction to enhance the sound of compressed audio files 3-level bass boost low- and high-pass filters; subwoofer level and phase control Expandability: built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control Pandora, iHeart Radio and Aha control with iPhone and Android compatible with Kenwood’s Music Control app for Android phones compatible with SiriusXM tuner inputs: front-panel auxiliary input; front and rear USB ports outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer) front and rear USB ports compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV audio files Drive Change lets you select audio from multiple flash drives or memory cards in a connected USB hub or memory card reader Other features and specs: compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required)
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General Information Manufacturer/Supplier: VOXX International Manufacturer Part Number: iHD-P01A Manufacturer Website Address: http://www. voxxintl.com Brand Name: VOXX Electronics Product Model: iHDP01A Product Name: Portable HD Radio FM Receiver Product Type: Radio Tuner Technical Information Frequency Band/Bandwidth: 87.50 MHz to 107.90 MHz FM Station Presets: 10 – FM Tuner: Digital Features: Rechargeable Battery Display & Graphics Display Screen Type: LCD Interfaces/PortsUSB: Yes Battery Information Battery Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Power Description Input Voltage: 5 V DC Power Source: USB Physical Characteristics Height: 3.2″ Width: 2.2″ Depth: 0.7″ Shipping Information Shipping Dimensions: 2.0″ Height x 4.95″ Width x 8.0″ Depth Case Pack Qty: 24 Shipping Weight: 0.64 lb Pallet Qty: 99984
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First introduced in 1959, the Fisher-Price TV Radio has delighted children for generations. Wind the knob to hear the endearing Farmer-in-the-Dell melody while whimsical scenes scroll across the window of the brightly lithographed case. This cute and engaging Fisher-Price toy can entertain children for hours as they wind the knob over and over, learning the songs. Sturdy and simple, this item is a smart choice for toddlers.
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The Grace Digital mini internet radio amplifier is a combination Internet radio and audio media streaming device that brings all the audio content of the Internet from your broadband connection to your home, office. With it users can listen to 30,000+ radio stations including NPR on-demand, FOX news, CNN, BBC, CBS to KROQ, over 35,000 podcast, 20,000+ On-Demand subscription streams or your personal Pandora radio stations – Free. In addition to the ability to play all the Free music in the world, music files from your PC or Mac, USB drive, the Grace Internet radio amplifier can also access SiriusXM Premium Internet radio services with a subscription directly from SiriusXM. The Internet Hi-fi comes with a full featured remote control, provides RCA outputs and inputs to connect additional music sources. Attach your favorite bookshelf speakers to the integrated 32 watt RMS Class D digital amplifier. Listen to all of your digital music anywhere in your home or office, with Grace. Technical Information Internet Streaming: Yes Features: Bluetooth Audio RMS Output Power: 32 W Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, AIFF, WMA, ASX, M3U, PLS Network & Communication Ethernet: Yes Ethernet Technology: Ethernet Wireless LAN: Yes Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE 802.11b/g/n Interfaces/Ports USB: Yes Management & Protocols Protocols: HTTP, HTTPS, RTSP, WSMP, WPA, WPA2, WEP Physical Characteristics Color: Black Height: 2.4″ Width: 6.7″ Depth: 4.9″ Weight (Approximate): 1.40 lb Miscellaneous Package Contents: Microsystem Internet Radio Receiver and Amplifier Remote control with Pandora buttons Power adapter High performance Bluetooth antenna Aux in cable 20′ of speaker wire Manual Country of Origin: China Warranty Limited Warranty: 1 Year
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The RM-IRD has access to 20,000 stations, broadcasts, and podcasts. The RM-IRD connects to a router via Ethernet cable or WiFi. From there, you have access to a seemingly unlimited number of local, national, and international stations. Set up and navigation are easy with the 2.7 inch display, which will display up to 6 lines of text. Through the menu screen, you have access to a selection of numerous modes; Equalizer, Network access, Time/Date, Language, etc. The RM-IRD features many convenient features, like FM w/RDS, Clock w/auto update, Sleep/Snooze, Alarm, permission password, among many others. The RM-CDU features easy to locate and read function buttons on the front panel. These buttons can be illuminated by pushing the LED button on the front panel. This makes for easy controlling in a dark room or when in a rack. The RM-IRD can share media with other devises on your server/network. The RM-IRD can access files and playlists from Windows Media Player. This allows you to set a playlist on your computer and then have it broadcast through a distributed audio system. Additionally, the RM-IRD can be linked with the Internet Radio Portal/Frontier Silicon Internet Radio Portal. This allows you access to set up favorites and browse through thousands to online stations. Features Internet Radio with Access to Over 20k Stations Wired or Wireless Ethernet FM with RDS (Radio Data System) 1/8″ Stereo AUX Input for External Player USB & SD Card Reader Media Sharing from PC Store Multiple Network Profiles IR Remote Control 1U Rack Specifications Connections: Ethernet: RJ-45 Antenna: 0.25″ Threaded FM Ant: 75 Ohm Outputs: Audio: 2xRCA Inputs: 13.2 DC Input: Screw Terminals 120VAC Input: IEC C14 Line In: 1/8″ Stereo Headphone: 1/4″ Stereo USB Type: A Accessories: FM Antenna Wire, 2.4G Antenna, sa Power Cord, Remote Control Dimensions: 19″ x 1.75″ x 9″ (483 x 44.5 x 229 mm) Weight: 6.40lbs (2.9kg)
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Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spring Spectacular has one goal and one goal alone: to create a new tradition in the spring to match their unparalleled success with the Christmas Spectacular. You’ll get lots of Rockettes and lots of NYC vignettes, less Santa and a whole lot more Easter Bunny. After a dramatic last minute cancellation in 2014 and an entirely revamped creative team, they have finally presented this long-gestating project…and they’ve succeeded in spades. This will pack ’em in for years to come.
It’s a spectacle of a very particular sort and — especially if you bring along a kid — it pretty much gets the job done, as hokey as it is. I did bring a kid and she had a blast (“I’ve never seen ceilings so tall!” she exclaimed after entering the lobby of Radio City for the very first time.) As we walked out at the end, she was gobsmacked to hear they do another, different show in the fall. “Really?” she said, wide-eyed. We’ll be coming back, apparently.
It’s a simple story, just like whatever plot they use each year to hang the various set pieces on the Christmas Spectacular. This time, it’s about a billionaire (Tony winner Laura Benanti) who wants to fire the lovable old coot named Bernie (Lenny Wolpe) who does her NYC tours and replace him with a virtual Bernie! Virtual Bernies rarely ask for overtime, of course. Meanwhile, an angel named Jack (Derek Hough of Dancing With The Stars) wants to earn his wings. His task? Convince billionaire Jenny to take Bernie’s tour, discover the magic of the real New York and real people and save Bernie’s job. If you’re wondering what happens…well, actually, no one wonders what happens in a show like this.
The show starts with an orchestra popping up and diving right into the classic “Rhapsody In Blue;” subtlety is not on tap here. Before you know it, we’ve got our set-up, some high kicking from the Rockettes, a Taylor Swift song and we’re off to the races. The show swings through landmarks like the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, the New York Public Library, a fashion show, every sports arena you can think of, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and more, all delivered with a dusting of magic thanks to the angel Jack and about a gazillion taped celebrity cameos.
It’s neatly done with a high-powered creative team including Mia Michaels of my preferred dance show So You Think You Can Dance doing the opener, Diane Paulus & Randy Weiner working as a creative team of overseers, a mild book by Joshua Harmon of the wildly acclaimed play Bad Jews, original songs by Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy and all of it helmed by choreographer and director Warren Carlyle. What’s remarkable is that despite all these disparate talents and what must have been heavy corporate oversight on a hugely important financial gamble, the show actually has a pulse and a little personality. A few laughs, lots of virtual highlights of the city, a moment of adult romance for the folks and then it’s over.
While they have a similar spirit, the difference between this and the Christmas Spectacular are many. One, that show is essentially an old fashioned revue; all the modern add-ons in recent years like 3-D and video feel like awkward fits meant to keep the show “current.” In contrast, the Spring Spectacular has been conceived from the start with all sorts of multi-media elements and they work together naturally and effectively. Two, it’s called the Christmas Spectacular so despite a generally secular air, the finale does bring out the Living Nativity and suddenly you get a quick blast of “Jesus is born!” This is not the Easter Spectacular, so while the Easter Bunny pops in and out, there’s absolutely no Easter message at the end. Yes, the story revolves around God (voiced by Whoopi Goldberg) giving an angel a task, but Easter it ain’t. Finally, this show has stars.
It must have been a much-debated idea to bring in a Tony-winning talent like Laura Benanti and give her top billing. Believe me, whatever they’re paying her, it’s not enough. The script is a smidge better than average but Benanti elevates the material tremendously. She strikes just the right note: wryly self-aware, but never undercutting the essential sincerity of the story. She makes bad jokes sort of work and makes the few good jokes funnier. She sings beautifully. She even manages to make the “surprise” of dancing with the Rockettes towards the end seem like it’s actually happening for the first time. They should beg her to come back next year. Derek Hough is an amiable presence as well, dancing nicely of course and handling his modest dramatic demands capably. He’s no singer but gets by easily enough, though I think he has one too many solos for a guy who is essentially a hoofer. Their presence pays off and is crucial to turning what could be an anonymous revue into something not bad.
While there’s a nominal storyline, the Spring Spectacular is really a string of set pieces, just like the fall edition. Many work, but some don’t.
The Rockettes — Golden. To my limited experience, they are used a lot more here than in the Christmas Spectacular and effectively so. The lone exception, oddly, is the big finale, a long, drawn-out and poorly choreographed affair that is underwhelming. Until Benanti comes out and they do those kicks, it’s surprisingly dull and should be reworked significantly for next season.
3-D and those glowing wristbands — Kids actually hate 3-D; just look at the dramatically falling numbers for 3-D movie attendance. (Studios make more and more of them and people go to them a lot less, primarily because kids hate the glasses.) Luckily, it’s a brief segment but since 3-D is not what a stage show is all about, this is one multi-media element that is worth dropping. No one would miss it. At least it’s brief. On the other hand, I thought the wristbands they handed out that glowed and changed colors whenever “magic” happened were a lot of bother for nothing. Yet the audience seemed to be continually amused by them. Still, surely they can do something more with them other than one brief, raise-your-hand segment.
Movie clips — A compilation of movie clips celebrating New York City was a savvy breather, proving entertaining and giving the stage a chance to reset for a new number. Hey, Radio City has a history of exhibiting movies so it makes sense. But The Godfather? Really?
Met Museum — The first stop on the tour set the tone. After a few mild jokes you realize a slightly more sophisticated air would prevail rather than just dancing elves (or in this case, bunnies).
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — They voiced the lions in front of the Public Library. It’s a good example of the show’s use of sophisticated technology in service of a simple effect — talking with the lions. The show is filled with celebrity cameos, most of them harmless but some of them effective, like this. Their jokes were pretty good and it revealed that this Spring Spectacular would focus heavily on using the entire space of Radio City Music Hall. At times, the roof was illuminated to look like the ceiling in Grand Central Station, the walls featured pictures of immigrants who came to America, t-shirts were shot out of cannons into the crowd, ushers tossed around free boxes of popcorn and in this segment the two lions quizzed audience members (including one effective plant) on New York trivia. The sense of a big party, that the show was spilling out into the audience was a smart move.
Don’t buy your umbrellas on the street — A solid “Singin’ In The Rain” segment featured Derek Hough. In the performance I saw, he was suddenly saddled with an umbrella that fell apart. Hough handled the snafu like a pro but it’s a good lesson for tourists: don’t buy umbrellas on the street; they last about five minutes. This was the peak chance for Jared Grimes to shine (he plays Benanti’s numbers guy) and he tapped well. Maybe I’m too sensitive — it does mimic the film, after all — but I’d tweak their interactions with the cop.
The romance — One didn’t really expect a moving storyline from this, so it’s hardly a disappointment. But the entire purpose of the tour we’re taking is to have the Laura Benanti character open up to the fun of a real tour guide and the pleasures of New York City, while falling in love with the angel Jack. Instead, time and again, something magical takes place involving Jack or the grandkids of Bernie the tour guide while Benanti and her right hand man Grimes would be off to the side, oblivious while chatting on their cell phones. Huh? It’s a missed opportunity not to see her won over as each stop reveals something more magical than the one before. The sense of her opening up is utterly lost simply from the staging. She should be a part of the fun right away, first reluctantly and then more and more willingly.
The original songs — Forgettable. They should lean even more on instantly recognizable classics and current tunes like Taylor Swift’s “Welcome To New York,” not originals. Since she’s practically a cheerleader, the Swift tune works particularly well here as backdrop for the Rockettes.
More dogs! — It’s astonishing how thrilled audiences are to see live dogs on stage in a theatrical setting. Any show — play, drama, musical, “happening” — if you bring on a dog, audiences will melt. This show has an almost constant parade of doggies, putting the corgis in The Audience to shame.
The sports cavalcade — One section has Bernie the tour guide trying to accomplish a feat of sportsmanship like scoring a goal in hockey or hitting a home run. Unlike say the museum section, which went to just the Met, here they decide to go to every single sporting event in the city, complete with a banal celebrity cameo. It’s like a parent who tries to overstuff your trip by going to seventeen stops in a day when five stops enjoyed at leisure would be far more memorable. This is a dutiful “checking off” segment and it falls flat. Choose one sporting venue — Yankee Stadium of course — and make it fun. Sure, they wanted to give sports fans (ie. little boys, or so they imagine) their due. But it’s a real bore. Yet it’s not as bad as….
The fashion show — This is the show’s number one clunker, an almost absurdly dull and out of place attempt to give fashion a moment to shine. We see faux fashion shows complete with models and photographers while videos of top fashion designers like Isaac Mizrahi describe what inspires them. They let the educational aspect of the show overwhelm them here. If they must, they can keep the futuristic fashion display complete with Rockettes in LED costumes. But they must drop the rest of the segment as a very bad idea, very poorly done. Because this is so female-oriented, they follow this with the laborious sports segment I mentioned above. (It’s not exactly a thrill to see video of a sports star chanting “Go Bernie!”) This back-to-back misfire is by far the show’s weakest area. It’s also easily fixed; shorten or remove both immediately. Take the kids on a bathroom break right here.
All in all, despite some dull passages, it was a trim and mildly amusing event. Not theater as such, but a decent spectacle. Mind you, there’s an hilarious disconnect between a show extolling the virtues of a live tour guide and seeing the sights of New York…all while giving you a virtual tour of New York. But pointing that out seems pointless in this silly context.
Benanti bears pointing out, though. She’s worth her weight in gold and you should knock off half a star or more when imagining the show without her. Hough was also good, though here’s one more tweak for them: under no circumstance should he be taking the final bow. It makes no sense in terms of star power in New York City and hey, their characters just fell in love! It seems awfully ungallant. She should go last or at most they should bow together. But the show itself can take a bow or at least heave a sigh of relief. After a very stormy process, they’ve got themselves a crowd-pleasing hit.
Oh dear. I was warily looking forward to seeing this revival of The Heidi Chronicles, though I feared the beloved Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play had been wildly overpraised in 1988 and would not date well. To be fair, this is a weak production. But I doubt even an ideal one would do more than bring back misty memories of when a female playwright seemed bold just for being present and commanding attention. Luckily, we have a lot more substantial female playwrights around, thanks in part to Wasserstein (though not nearly enough). So we can treat this simply as a play and not the pathbreaker it was.
The story depicts the chronicles of Heidi, though when a secondary character makes that reference it seems odd and out of place. She’s far from the most storied member of her circle and often seems like a bystander in life, at least as seen here. Nonetheless, we meet the esteemed art historian Heidi Holland giving a lecture on important but overlooked female painters throughout history in 1989.
Then we flash back to Heidi meeting the two major men in her life: best pal and future out gay man Peter Patrone (Bryce Pinkham, very appealing) and brash, masculine, confident and smart Scoop Rosenbaum (a fine Jason Biggs). Scoop is untrustworthy in love and Heidi proves the touchstone of his life as Scoop marries and cheats and makes loads of money. What might his life had been if he’d proven worthy of her? She would have married him, Scoop declares. Yes, but I wouldn’t have stayed married to you, Heidi replies in one of the better retorts in this retort-heavy affair.
We dance through decades, charting the progress of women and gays, successful careers, the launch of Scoop’s magazine for Baby Boomers, a pal’s TV producing career, the spectre of AIDS and so on. It’s a quick, superficial trip so you better not blink.
This production has many faults such as an ugly set design that combines sort-of period furniture with slapped-on visuals from each era, as well as atrocious costumes that look like the sort of thing you’d don for a very broad SNL sketch. Indeed, the entire evening feels like a series of strung-together SNL sketches, from the feminist consciousness raising segment to a local TV segment where the otherwise thoughtful Peter is suddenly cutting off Heidi in mid-sentence to score his moment in the sun. (We expect that from Scoop, not Peter.) And again Heidi remains passive, though when she later describes not scoring better on this eight minute segment on a local TV show as one of the major regrets in her life, I can only hope she’s joking.
But the major flaw is the play itself, which begins superficially and gets worse. Take Heidi’s friendship with Peter. He is the best and most enduring relationship she has. And yet, they barely seem on the periphery of each other’s lives. We see them meeting, we see him coming out, we see them re-connecting, we see them at weddings and so on. But they always seem to be catching up. Towards the end, Heidi hasn’t been able to reach him for a while and interrupts Peter to say she’s taken a teaching job far away and leaving the city, a massive change in her life that Peter knows nothing about even though they live in the same city. He breaks down because it’s the late 1980s and friends are the only family a gay man has. Why is he sad and angry? Because all his friends are dying; all he does is go to funeral after funeral and memorial service after memorial service. Doesn’t she understand?
But what the hell? This is news to her? Isn’t she attending at least some of these funerals? Her best friend is gay, works in medicine, indeed shields HIV positive children from bigots, he’s losing friends and lovers left and right and Heidi has to be told what’s going on? That would make sense if they hadn’t spoken in years. But as far as I can tell, they’re best friends.
Her female friends seem even more distant. The consciousness raising segment doesn’t feel like a scene where Heidi makes friends for life. It’s just a series of jokes. When Scoop’s wife and a friend of Heidi’s seem to know each other, I’m confused. How did their paths cross? When all these women seem to know Scoop is cheating yet again, I’m even more confused. They barely seem to know each other; when do they trade gossip?
Heidi’s best female friend (or at least longest, since by and large Heidi seems alone) swoops in from LA and pitches Heidi on coming up with ideas for a sitcom set in the art world. Has she met Heidi? Heidi is the least pop savvy, least sitcom-friendly person around. She is (presumably) immersed in the art of past centuries. What could conceivably make Heidi seem like a good idea for a consultant on a sitcom? And are they really friends? They keep saying so but it’s hard to believe.
Indeed, the entire show feels disconnected. Elizabeth Moss is a marvelous actor on film. I’m not sure her style will transmit to the stage but she certainly doesn’t have her legs yet. Wonderfully subtle and compelling on Mad Men, here she seems to have wandered into most scenes and barely draws your eye. Moss and everyone else seem to be speaking in italics, which is my phrase for when scripted dialogue sounds exactly like scripted dialogue. You almost start to look for the cue cards. Pinkham does this from the start and almost to a fault. At first I thought it was an adolescent tick for his character; but he continues throughout the show. And yet his performance is the most effective one here, somehow. Biggs is fine but all the rest feel like stock characters given stock characterizations. I was just thinking how I hate plays and movies that echo a line of dialogue from early in the work to remind us of the connection that these characters have…and then this show does it. Twice. Both men and Heidi recite so much dialogue from the first time they met some 20 years earlier I wondered why they didn’t just do a flashback.
Heidi is a very passive character and frankly uninteresting character. The only time she really shows any personality is when she’s alone on stage, delivering a speech or lecture. But even here Wasserstein undercuts her heroine. It would be nice to know Heidi is a pro at her career if a bit lost in her private life (a cliche, but still). Instead, even her lectures are undercut by some goofy attempts at humor when surely Heidi should be razor sharp. And her big monologue is a speech about the future of women where she breaks down weeping. That’s the peak for our strong, independent female who is forging her own path in life? When Heidi adopts a baby towards the end, it feels like an accessory, no more meaningful a step for her than the acclaimed scholarly work she published feels like a real career peak.
This is thin stuff un-enlivened by the star power on display. Perhaps a powerhouse actress with stage chops could bring something more to the character of Heidi, make her not seem a bystander in her own play. But that wouldn’t change the fact that The Heidi Chronicles is a dated time capsule — one of those time capsules lodged in cornerstones in small towns all over the country. It contains the usual items — events of the day, “timely” issues, pop songs, hair styles, political and social references and so on. It’s not particularly unique or revealing and when you get right down to it, not very interesting.
Actor and activist Paul Robeson is a fascinating, even tragic character. Once the most influential and well known black man in America, he fell under the wheel of the McCarthy Era and died a shadow of his former self in the 1970s. We’re still waiting for a great movie or miniseries or stage play that tackles this titanic figure. This one-man show written and performed by Daniel Beaty is a potent reminder of Robeson’s remarkable trajectory. But Beaty simply isn’t up to the demands of creating multiple characters on stage and delineating them one from the other on a dime. It’s cleanly directed by Moisés Kaufman with all the tech elements nicely judged. I’d happily hear Beaty give a lecture on Robeson. Unfortunately, a stage play that feels more like a lecture is not so satisfying.
The Tallest Tree In The Forest begins with Robeson being commanded to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in the 1950s. Then it jumps back to his childhood and the tragic loss of his brother out of Robeson’s life, his academic achievements and how he almost stumbled into performance. Actually, even here the play drops the ball: Robeson is an excellent student and then out of nowhere we’re told he gives concerts to raise money to pay his tuition. Really? When did he discover his voice? How did it flourish? Were these concerts the first time he performed in public beyond say the church choir? The arts would prove his calling but we miss how it all began.
The show moves on, with Robeson becoming a lawyer but quitting out of disgust for the virulent prejudice he faced. He’s cast in the London production of Show Boat, becomes a star and yet still finds prejudice wherever he turns. A chance encounter with a coal miners’ march lights an activist fire, illuminating here what Beaty failed to do with Robeson’s musical passion. Soon he is constantly balancing his performances with calls for social justice. Robeson is treated with honor and respect in the Soviet Union, a country where officially all races are treated equally in its governing document. That sparked a passionate appreciation for communism, one that would ultimately doom our hero in the eyes of the public.
His life is so complex and rich, a show about it can’t help but be interesting. Still the play Beaty has written is of the very blunt variety. Robeson’s father might walk up and say, “Son, I’m so proud of you. You’re the third black man to attend this university.” Or Robeson might say to a woman he’s just met, “I’ve heard of you. You’re the first black woman to achieve such a high position at this institution….” I’m paraphrasing but you get the idea; information is ladled out in chunks.
Worse, Beaty is not a master of multiple characters. His attempts at a Welsh coal miner and a Jewish dissident are unfortunate in the extreme, but many people come and go via awkward, unconvincing attempts at characterization.
Even Robeson himself has an accent that wanders here and there. Yes, sometimes Robeson is speaking one way in public and another in private, but by and large it’s a failing on the actor’s part. I was often unsure who was talking; in a one-man show, that’s death. Keeping each character specific and clear so we always know who is speaking is essential. Beaty is successful at creating two vivid characters, both women. Robeson’s wife Essie was always a distinct person and I knew immediately whenever she was speaking. Similarly, a brief monologue from a professor on why Robeson and indeed anyone who speaks up about class and labor is erased from US history also came alive for me.
Those are the exceptions, unfortunately. Along with the play’s didactic nature, it also fails to give Robeson his complicated due. Like many on the left that embraced the Soviet Union, he found it hard if not impossible to accept the brutal reality of that totalitarian state. Fair enough, but here Robeson is almost noble in refusing to listen to the pleas of Jewish friends and denounce their treatment and indeed execution in the USSR. And why? Because he’s worried about enabling a third world war and nuclear annihilation. It’s a little more complicated than that in the show, but not much. Robeson led a remarkable life and it’s easy to see why Beaty or anyone would burn to tell this story. But doing it well is another matter entirely.
THEATER OF 2015
Honeymoon In Vegas **
The Woodsman ***
Constellations ** 1/2
Taylor Mac’s A 24 Decade History Of Popular Music 1930s-1950s ** 1/2
Let The Right One In **
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A Month In The Country ** 1/2
Parade in Concert at Lincoln Center ** 1/2
Hamilton at the Public ***
The World Of Extreme Happiness ** 1/2
Broadway By The Year 1915-1940 **
Verite * 1/2
The Mystery Of Love & Sex **
An Octoroon at Polonsky Shakespeare Center *** 1/2
Fish In The Dark *
The Audience ***
Josephine And I ***
Posterity * 1/2
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame **
Lonesome Traveler **
On The Twentieth Century ***
New York Spring Spectacular ** 1/2
The Heidi Chronicles
The Tallest Tree In The Forest * 1/2
Note: Michael Giltz is provided with free tickets to shows with the understanding that he will be writing a review. All productions are in New York City unless otherwise indicated.
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If we know nothing else, we know Americans love lists. We love to rank football teams, rock albums, cars, pizzerias, movies, former girlfriends, and anything else of which there’s three or more.
Because we Americans understand — more so than any other culture — that some things have to be better than others. And once teased, we must know the better from the other. That’s why, every Memorial Day, we celebrate not just by hosting barbecues and honoring fallen soldiers, but by obsessively listening to radio countdowns.
Now I can rationalize a connection between between fallen soldiers and family barbecues… I think. Something about patriotism, and perhaps open fire.
But the connection between honoring soldiers and knowing if Iggy Azalea landed at No. 3 or No. 6? Not so much. We just love lists.
A few years back, one of my local radio stations naturally decided to count down “The Top 1001 Songs!” Their description provided no historical or genre limitations — just “as voted by you.” Without any other qualification, it simply existed as THE TOP 1001 SONGS OF ALL TIME. A high bar, to be sure.
This was their Top 5 (because, as an American, you now must know):
No: 5: “Get Down Tonight” by K.C. and the Sunshine Band
No: 4: “Hey Jude” by The Beatles
No: 3: “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones
No: 2: “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
No: 1: “Rag Doll” by the Four Seasons
“Rag Doll”? “RAG DOLL”?
Number 1,000 was REO Speedwagon’s “Keep on Loving You.” Why you voted to put 998 songs between REO Speedwagon’s greatest hit and Journey’s greatest hit is beyond me, but such is the mysterious allure of the radio countdown.
Of course, a real “Top 1001 of All Time” would be a very random list. But given it’s Memorial Day, I must do my patriotic duty. So below, I present my version of the Top 10 of all time (influenced heavily by my dislike of both country music and Elvis, my brother Paul’s fourth grade piano recital, and the fact that I’ve been tuning out most of this year).
No. 10: “Gangnam Style” by PSY
No. 9: “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
No. 8: (tie) “Hungarian Rhapsody” by both Queen & Franz Liszt
No. 7: “Fur Elise” by Beethoven (and played to small-fingered perfection by Paul)
No. 6: “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie
No. 5: “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”
No. 4: “Colored Lines” by Robin Thicke
No. 3: “Yesterday” by The Beatles
No. 2: Gregorian Chants (particularly 1-4903, 5542, and 5553)
No. 1: (tie) “Happy Birthday to You” and “Stairway to Heaven,” the latter by Led Zeppelin
See? Like a true American, you read all the way to the end, despite the fact that you don’t really give a crap.
But if you did stop before you got to No. 1, you’re a stronger person than me. Or maybe Canadian.
Joel Schwartzberg is a humorist and author of “The 40-Year-Old Version” and his newest collection, “Small Things Considered: Moments from Manliness to Manilow“.
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Inspired by the over 40,000 “likes” that Blake Morgan received last December on his Huffington Post article, “Art and Music Are Professions Worth Fighting For,” Morgan decided the time was right to launch a petition, I Respect Music, supporting a musician’s right to receive pay for radio airplay.
The idea for I Respect Music was born in an op-ed I wrote for The Huffington Post in mid-December. Once the article went viral and passed 40,000 ‘likes,’ it was clear that the idea — and those three words — had resonated far more deeply than anyone could have expected.
It turns out that United States is the only democratic country in the world that doesn’t pay artists for airplay and shares that distinction with a handful of other nations including Iran, China, North Korea, Vietnam and Rwanda.
So far, with little fanfare, the petition has received nearly 10,000 signatures and brought much-needed attention to one of many inequalities facing artists today.
On Tuesday, February 25, the newly formed NYC Chapter of the Content Creators Coalition will be staging a free concert and rally, Artists’ Pay for Radio Play, featuring David Byrne from Talking Heads, Marilyn Carino, Mike Mills from REM, John McCrea from Cake and other guests.
The timing couldn’t be better. Congress, for the first time since 1976, is reviewing and rewriting copyright law and doing so within the context of the Internet and the digital distribution of creative works. The stakes couldn’t be higher, as the creative community and Silicon Valley struggle to find a middle ground that will serve both sides.
To say the creative community is overmatched in power, money and influence would be a serious understatement. But the situation is not hopeless. After all, artists are gifted communicators. If they choose to step forward, unite and share their concerns about their survival in the digital economy, artists can move the needle of public opinion.
Fortunately for artists, after over a decade of standing in the shadows of the Internet, the darkness is finally lifting and musicians, filmmakers, authors, photographers and all artists are finally speaking out about their future. A future that is unravelling right before their very eyes.
The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers. — Scott Turow, president of The Authors Guild.
Because of artists reluctance to speak out in the past, the serious struggle that mid-level artists are experiencing is something only the artist community is really aware of. People who aren’t working artists have no idea how devastating ad-supported piracy has been; let alone how difficult it has become for artists to receive reasonable compensation for their work on the Internet through legal sites.
Fortunately, last year was a breakout year for musicians speaking out. In addition to Blake Morgan, Lou Reed, Don Henley, David Byrne, The Black Keys, Thom Yorke, Zoe Keating and others have stepped up, joining artists like David Lowery, who has been on the front line of this debate for years.
In a recent interview in the L.A. Times, Don Henley had this to say:
“….my musical brethren and I are no longer artists; we’re not creators — we are merely “content providers.” Copyright and intellectual property mean nothing to the technocracy. They’ve built multi-billion dollar global empires on the backs of creative, working people who are uncompensated.”
For many, music is simply the prize in a box of Cracker Jacks.
People, especially those who grew up with the Internet, don’t see art as work and believe that unlimited exposure is the best thing that ever happened to artists. Tragically, after being available for free for so long on thousands of ad-supported pirate sites, music is now perceived by many as valueless.
But if artists can’t earn a living from their work, how can they continue to focus and commit to creating? And as a society how much do we value music, film, literature and all art forms in our lives? These are important questions that need to be addressed before it is too late.
There is no question that those who represent technology will aggressively move their agenda forward in Congress on Copyright reform. Reform that will favor their business interests over the future of art in America.
Could I Respect Music be a beginning, where more artists join together and start a loud, public conversation about fair compensation and greater control over the distribution of their work?
Blake Morgan is opening the door with this petition; it’s a numbers game. If you’re a musician or a fan and you haven’t signed the petition you need to ask yourself, why not?
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The Radio Flyer Classic Red Wagon features: a full sized all-steel seamless body with no-scratch edges. It has an extra long handle for easy pulling and a no-pinch ball joint to keep fingers safe. The steel wheels with real rubber tires create a smooth ride and the controlled turning radius prevents tipping. For ages over 1 1 2 years.
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FM RDS/WiFi Internet Radio & Streaming Media PlayerFeatures:Listen to Radio Stations from around the world.Wired or Wireless connection.Large easy to read 4 line display.20 Station Presets.Search by Country, genre and my favorite radio folder.Fully Upgradeable Software through USB.Plug and Play.12 or 24 hour Clock Format.2 Alarm Timers (Radio or Buzzer).Play your music collection from your computer.High Quality Full Range 3″ Stereo Speakers in Acoustically Designed Wooden Cabinet.Large Clock Display.FM RDS.Stereo Headphone Jack.Aux In/Line Out.Remote Control.Sleep Timer.
List Price: $ 409.00
Price: $ 409.00
Airtronics SD-6G Crawler Version 2.4G 6-Ch Computer Radio w/RX DRY. This is an Airtronics SD-6G Crawler 6-Channel 2.4GHz FHSS-1 Surface Radio. The SD-6G Crawler system is electronically the same as the SD-6G aircraft system, however, this version has been modified to allow maximum flexibility for four wheel steering, as well as dig/independent motor control for crawlers with individual front and rear motors.
List Price: $ 169.99
Price: $ 169.99