July 24, 2011 |
MINNEAPOLIS - On a late Saturday afternoon in May, when people in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul were beginning to feel the first flush of spring in the air - which, to a Philly boy, meant real chilly - they took to the streets without coats and headed into a new season. In downtown Minneapolis, people rode bikes or breezed along streets with buildings both modern and not, forgoing the enclosed second-floor skyways that connect to just about everything so that no one need go outside.
January 25, 2007 |
It was a disquieting week in New York as 2006 prepared to cede the stage to a spry, smooth-cheeked new year. The weather was mild for late December. Some folks - the kind who read bleak nonfiction hardcovers by former vice presidents - weren't happy about the balmy evening. They worried about polar bears scrambling for ice-cap chips, and cataclysmic floods swallowing small third-world nations. And, almost as disturbing, they worried that global warming might result in diminishing grist for stories about stoic Lutheran bachelors shoveling snow off pitched roofs in Minnesota.
August 13, 2004 |
Life is different in Medford Lakes from a month ago, no question about it. Just take a look at what used to be Upper and Lower Lake Aetna, the crown jewels among the 22 man-made lakes that helped give birth to the town when they were dug in the 1920s and now form its identity. Just ask Judy and John Ferry, who had the sale of their lakefront home on Comanche Trail washed away by the flood. Or Jim and Christine Fretz, who will have to take out a loan to pay for repairs to their Chippewa Trail home.
September 15, 2001 |
"Everybody Loves Garrison Keillor," read the mass e-mail from Joseph Fox Books, announcing a forthcoming event. Well, no, they don't. Keillor's reading on Tuesday at the Free Library of Philadelphia was canceled after the day's tragic events. The program will be rescheduled for the fall, followed by a $250 meet-and-greet benefit. Fans will be thrilled, but public-radio listeners can be squarely divided into two factions: those gaga over the grand pooh-bah of Lake Wobegon, and those who find his small-town ramblings as grating as . . . Garrison Keillor.
July 10, 1990 |
Writing about storyteller/singer Garrison Keillor is rather like making love with gloves on. A lot of sensitivity and personality is invariably masked in the translation. Going over my notes of a recent chat with Keillor, I missed the laid-back yet expressive intonation in his Minnesota-bred voice - his dry, soft-spoken gentility, his ironic comic accents, his folksy earnestness that seems so rare and rewarding to an Easterner's ears. We schmoozed some about the comedy and music show this raconteur is doing here in Philadelphia at the Mann Music Center tonight, with support from Leo Kottke and Richard and Linda Williams and Kate McKenzie.
November 27, 1989 |
After three earlier deals fell through, WEAZ-AM (560), formerly the famous WFIL, has finally been sold, and indications are that it will eventually become the area's seventh religious- or inspirational-oriented radio station. "They haven't told us officially what they're going to do with it," owner Jerry Lee said last week. But, he noted, the buyer is California-based Salem Communications Corp., which owns 13 other religious or inspirational stations in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston.
November 25, 1989
Look who's coming through that door. I think we've met somewhere before. Hello, Garrison. Again. Two years ago, public radio's Garrison Keillor abruptly left the bright lights of St. Paul and his long-running "A Prairie Home Companion" to move to Denmark with his wife and complain about how all the Danes spoke Danish. Only the naive believed his exile from our Saturday nights was permanent. There are, after all, few opportunities for performers who tell softly funny stories about mythical Minnesota towns . . . and few opportunities to schedule a Bulgarian men's chorus, a Klezmer band and bluegrass whistler all in one evening.
November 24, 1989 |
Tomorrow's the big night, Garrison Keillor fans. American Radio Company of the Air, the new weekly variety show by the erstwhile sage of Lake Wobegon, will hit the PBS airwaves, premiering on WHYY-FM (90.9) from 6 to 8 p.m. The new show, with a 20-week season, will be broadcast live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, just across the East River from Keillor's adopted home of Manhattan. Only Keillor knows exactly how the show will differ from his old A Prairie Home Companion, but the word is that American Radio will be more New Yorkish, more urbane, with big-band standards from the '30s and '40s.
May 22, 1989 |
Some people live charmed lives and WMMR-FM (93.3) Morning Zooman John DeBella seems to be one of them. Not only does the station pay him about $600,000 a year, now it's gone and named him operations manager. With last Tuesday's departure of OM Ted Utz to run New York's WNEW-FM, DeBella's the No. 2 man at 'MMR, possessing the authority to boss people around. His partner in management crime will be 2-to-6 p.m. jock Joe Bonadonna, who was just named program director. "Yeah, it's like the inmates are running the asylum," DeBella chuckled fiendishly on Friday, noting that both jocks will keep their on-air shifts.
May 13, 1989 |
Jailed soul singer James Brown would be transferred from South Carolina to Georgia if a prisoner swap that lawyer George Hill is trying to arrange goes through. "There are more people here who are willing to support him," Hill said in Augusta, Ga. "I think his chances (of a pardon) are extremely good here. " Hill wants Brown to be pardoned rather than paroled because parole could bring restrictions that would hinder his entertainment career. Although South Carolina Department of Corrections spokesman Francis Archibald said South Carolina authorities would be agreeable to the swap if Georgia agreed, the exchange seems unlikely at this point because Georgia opposes it. "We don't do it. We've never done it," said Georgia corrections spokesman John Siler.