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Harriet Rose joins Jordan and Perri on KISS Breakfast

Harriet Rose is joining Jordan and Perri on KISS Breakfast as a regular contributor from Monday. Former MTV presenter Harriet will provide entertainment news and music features during the show. Commenting on her new role, Harriet Rose said: “It’s an absolute dream come true for me to be joining the KISS team alongside Jordan and Perri who already feel like family. Never thought I would be this excited to get up so early.” Rebecca Frank, content Director for KISS Network added: “Jordan and Per...
Tags: People, Radio, Mtv, Kiss, Jordan, Harriet, Bauer, Perri, Rebecca Frank, Harriet Rose


Steve Carter, Playwright Of Black Arts Movement, Dead At 90

“An award-winning playwright who explored the African-American and Caribbean-American experiences with incisiveness, humor and a willingness to wrestle with difficult themes, … Mr. Carter was one of many playwrights to emerge from the renowned Negro Ensemble Company in New York City in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York City, People, Carter, Steve Carter, Negro Ensemble Company, 09.17.20


Martin and Su Celebrate 20th radio anniversary

Essex radio duo Martin Day and Su Harrison have celebrated 20 years since going on-air together in the county. They were first drafted together on Essex FM on September 11th 2000, before the station was rebranded to Heart in 2009. Due to networking at local radio stations and cuts, Martin and Su were then left without a home in May 2019 before Radio Essex signed them up. Speaking about their time on-air together, Su observed: “I can’t believe I’ve managed to put up with him for this long. Oth...
Tags: Top, SU, People, Radio, Essex, Martin, Radio Essex, Essex FM, Martin Day, Su Harrison, Su Celebrate, Radio Essex Martin


Anna Netrebko Hospitalized With COVID

The soprano was admitted to a Moscow hospital with pneumonia on Sept. 12, just days after she sang in two performances of Verdi’s Don Carlo, the Bolshoi’s first production since the pandemic shutdown. A third performance, scheduled for Sept. 10, was cancelled after another cast member, bass Ildar Abdrazakov, fell ill and tested positive for the coronavirus. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Moscow, Verdi, Anna Netrebko, Don Carlo, Ildar Abdrazakov, 09.17.20


Critic Stanley Crouch, 74

Mr. Crouch was an actor, playwright, jazz drummer and college professor — without benefit of a college degree — before he emerged in the late 1970s as one of the country’s most original, contentious and (sometimes literally) combative writers. He was a bare-knuckled literary provocateur — erudite and fearless (some would say reckless) — while reveling in his often truculent takedowns, often of works by other African American artists and intellectuals. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Crouch, Stanley Crouch, 09.16.20


Randall Kenan, Magical Realist Writer Of The American South. Dead At 57

“[He was] an award-winning gay Black writer whose fiction, set largely in a North Carolina hamlet similar to the one where he grew up, artfully blended myth, magic, mysticism and realism.” That village, a sort of Macondo, N.C., was called Tims Creek and, in Kenan’s fictional world, had been founded by a runaway slave named Pharaoh. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, North Carolina, Macondo, Kenan, Randall Kenan, 09.15.20, Tims Creek


Terence Conran, Whose Stores Brought Contemporary Design To The General Public, Dead At 88

“Before Martha Stewart and Marie Kondo were giving advice on household design, before Julia Child was teaching the art of French cooking on television, there was Terence Conran. … He took his ideas around the world and once owned an empire of 90 stores with annual revenue of more than $2 billion. Calling himself a ‘hard-working hedonist,’ he opened more than 50 restaurants, wrote more than 40 books, ran a design studio and later an architecture and urban planning firm. All of it was built on th...
Tags: Art, Martha Stewart, People, Terence Conran, Julia Child, Marie Kondo, 09.13.20


Fun Kids presenters sign book publishing deal

Fun Kids breakfast presenter Sean Thorne and former breakfast show host Luke Franks are publishing two books for children. They’ve signed a two-book middle-grade series deal with Hachette Children’s Group. The first book, Jamie McFlair Vs The Boyband Generator, will be published on 4th March 2021. Franks and Thorne told TheBookSeller: “We are ridiculously excited to be working with Tig and the whole team at Hachette Children’s Group. From day one, we felt like they understood our brains and t...
Tags: People, Radio, Sony, Jamie, TIG, Franks, Thorne, CITV, Luke Franks, Sean Thorne, Hachette Children s Group, Jamie McFlair, Hachette Children 's Group From


Keir Starmer self-isolates after appearing on LBC

Sir Keir Starmer has announced he’s going into self-isolation shortly after broadcasting with Nick Ferrari on LBC this morning. They were both hosting the new Call Keir phone-in, which is broadcast from LBC’s new studio in Westminster. He’s self-isolating after being told a member of his household started showing symptoms of Covid. It’s not known which member of his household has come down with the symptoms, but a Labour spokesperson says they have had a test for the virus. Sir Keir is self-i...
Tags: Top, Global, People, Radio, NHS, Labour, Ferrari, LBC, Keir Starmer, Labour Party, NICK, Nick Ferrari, Keir, LBC Global, RadioToday


Florence Howe, 92, An Architect Of Women’s Studies Movement

When Ms. Howe began teaching in colleges and universities in the 1950s, women’s studies was not an established academic discipline. In fact, it was rare to find a course catalog or syllabus that mentioned scholarship by women at all. With the Feminist Press, founded in 1970, she sought to diversify the materials used in schools around the United States and beyond. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, United States, Howe, Feminist Press, 09.13.20, Florence Howe


Toots Hibbert, A Father Of Reggae, 77

Mr. Hibbert holds a firm spot in Jamaica’s musical pantheon as the first artist to use the word reggae on a record, on the rollicking 1968 single “Do the Reggay” by his group, which was originally billed simply as the Maytals. By some accounts, it was an accidental coinage — Mr. Hibbert has said he was thinking of “streggae,” local slang for a “raggedy” woman — but it stuck, branding the new sound that would become Jamaica’s greatest cultural export. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Jamaica, Hibbert, Toots Hibbert, 09.12.20


Jazz Bassist Gary Peacock, 85

Peacock’s personal philosophy enabled him to work with a wide variety of musicians and facilitate great depth in those sessions. In a 2017 interview, he told Ken Bader of the Arts Fuse,“I’m not after my statement or my identity as a bass player or improviser. It’s not about me. It’s about the music. It’s about my responsibility to be in a particular place that other people can share, enjoy and feel something.” – NPR
Tags: Art, People, Peacock, Gary Peacock, 09.08.20, Ken Bader


Christiane Eda-Pierre, France’s First Black Opera Star, Dead At 88

Born in Martinique to an accomplished family (an aunt was the first black female student at the Sorbonne), she first made her mark in coloratura roles such as Leïla in The Pearl Fishers and the title role in Lakmé. She went on to have a stellar career in Paris and abroad, noted especially for Mozart, Rameau (she sang in the first modern revivals of several of his operas), and contemporary works (she created the role of the Angel in Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise). – Barron’s (AFP)
Tags: Art, People, Paris, Martinique, Messiaen, Leila, Sorbonne, Francois, Mozart Rameau, 09.07.20, Christiane Eda Pierre France, First Black Opera Star Dead, Assise Barron


Diana Rigg, 82

Three or four generations loved her for television roles from Emma Peel in The Avengers to Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca to Olenna Tyrell (the “Queen of Thorns”) in Game of Thrones; film roles from Tracy (the only Bond girl to get James to put a ring on it) in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service to Vincent Price’s daughter in Theatre of Blood to Miss Piggy’s employer in The Great Muppet Caper; and stage roles from Euripedes’s Medea to Shakespeare’s Cordelia, Regan, and Hermia to Edward Albee’s Martha to ...
Tags: Art, People, Rebecca, Edward Albee, Secret Service, Shakespeare, James, Diana Rigg, Martha, Loewe, Lerner, Henry Higgins, Hermia, Olenna Tyrell, Emma Peel, 09.10.20


A New Yorker Writer Watches Herself And Her Mother Get Turned Into Chinese Propaganda Grotesques

Jiayang Fan: “I find a story about my mother and me in the Global Times, a state-controlled Chinese newspaper with twenty-eight million followers on Weibo. It has been picked up by the country’s most popular news aggregator and then energetically disseminated on various platforms. The more I read, the more fascinated I become by the creation of this alter ego. I am watching a portrait of myself being painted, minute by minute, anonymous hands contributing daubs and strokes, the more lurid the b...
Tags: Art, People, Global Times, Jiayang Fan, 09.14.20


Dorothy Parker’s Ashes: An Odyssey From A File Cabinet To Baltimore To The Bronx

The tale of the author’s cremains, which would likely have amused her as much as irked her, includes appearances by Martin Luther King and the NAACP (to whom she left her estate), Lillian Hellman (more than living down to Mary McCarthy’s opinion of her), activist lawyer and one-time New York City Council President Paul O’Dwyer, and (the hero of the story) a professional tour guide named Kevin Fitzpatrick. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, People, Bronx, Naacp, Martin Luther King, Baltimore, New York City Council, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, Paul O Dwyer, Mary McCarthy, Kevin Fitzpatrick, 09.04.20


Pioneering Tuba Virtuoso Constance Weldon Dead At 88

Believed to be the first woman to play tuba in a fully professional orchestra in the U.S., she was hired by the Boston Pops in 1955, after her second time at Tanglewood, and went on to hold positions in the North Carolina Symphony, the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, and the Kansas City Philharmonic. (For a time, she was acting principal tuba for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.) A Florida native, she spent most of her career, more than 30 years, at the University of Miami and the ...
Tags: Art, Florida, People, Amsterdam, Kansas City, University Of Miami, Tanglewood, Boston Pops, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, 09.07.20, Constance Weldon


Failing Forward

Senior U.S. Air Force leaders are embracing and promoting the concept that if their Airmen are not failing, then they are, more than likely, not moving forward. They believe pushing the envelope is necessary to keep the U.S. Air Force dominant and the occasional failure should be viewed by supervisors not as a negative, but as part of a greater positive. In this series, we hear senior Air Force leaders give examples of how taking calculated risks and failing throughout their careers taught...
Tags: Space, Leadership, Training, Risk, Research, History, People, Military, United States, Testing, Air Force, Procurement, Manhattan New York, Roper, U S Air Force, Agile


Myles Galloway provides inspiration for radio job seekers

Former Heart breakfast show presenter Myles Galloway has published a video about how he landed a job at Virgin Radio Toronto. The story starts after leaving Heart Gloucestershire last year, and setting himself a challenge to work in Canada. The video is about Myles’ journey to Toronto, but if you are looking for a new opportunity after recent cuts in the industry, and need some inspiration – these seven minutes could help. View this post on Instagram ...
Tags: Top, Toronto, People, Radio, Canada, Myles, Myles Galloway, Virgin Radio Toronto, Heart Gloucestershire


Emma Barnett to host BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Emma Barnett will be the main host of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour from January 2021, replacing Jane Garvey. Emma will present the programme from Monday to Thursday each week, leaving her mid-morning 5 Live show at the end of the year. she’ll also continue in her role at Newsnight. Jane continues to present Woman’s Hour until the end of the year. Between October and December a number of other presenters will guest host in place of Jenni Murray whose last programme is ...
Tags: Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Britain, Jeremy Corbyn, Bbc Radio 4, Alerts, Emma, BBC Radio, Jane, Jenni Murray, Jane Garvey, James Naughtie, Emma Barnett, Jo Swinson


Presenter Kate Garraway returns to Smooth Radio

Smooth Radio’s mid-morning presenter Kate Garraway is returning to the schedule from 14th September after a few months off. Kate took time off the 10am till 1pm show after her husband Derek was hospitalised with coronavirus, but she says the time is right to get back on the radio. Myleene Klass has been covering the 10am till 1pm show and will now return to her weekend show each Saturday afternoon show from 4pm to 7pm. Newspaper reports today say Derek remains in a minimally conscious state i...
Tags: Top, Global, People, Radio, Myleene Klass, Myleene, Kate, Derek, Kate Garraway, Smooth Radio, On The Radio, PDT Sally Ardis, Kate Derek


John Lambert Sommer, M.D.

John Lambert Sommer John L. Sommer died of a stroke on September 1, 2020 (age 93) at home in Palo Alto, California. Born on a farm in Illinois to a Mennonite family, he received his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Chicago. His wife Donna, whom many in the rug and textile world also knew, preceded him in death in 2017. John’s passion for travel coincided with collecting rugs and textiles. During his extensive world travels, he became particularly fascinated by the textil...
Tags: San Francisco, People, Washington Dc, Kyrgyzstan, University Of Chicago, John, Illinois, San Francisco Bay Area, Donna, John Sommer, John Lambert Sommer, John Lambert Sommer John L Sommer, Palo Alto California Born, Klavdiya Antipina Ethnographer, The Textile Museum


How A Speech Coach Saved Janet Malcolm’s Bacon In Her Libel Trial

The first time that Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s lawsuit against Malcolm and The New Yorker went to court, she writes, the personal manner she and her colleagues at the magazine had cultivated turned out to be disastrous: the jury ruled against her, and it was amazing luck that they deadlocked on how much to award Masson and the judge declared a mistrial. So she went to see speech coach Sam Chwat, and she recounts here how the things he taught her changed everything the second time around. – The...
Tags: Art, People, Malcolm, Masson, Janet Malcolm, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, 09.24.20, Sam Chwat


Evening show host Gordon Smart has left Radio X

Radio X presenter Gordon Smart is leaving Radio X after taking a break earlier this year due to ill health. Gordon first joined Xfm in 2011 to host a weekly show on Sunday afternoons across the Manchester and London FM services. In more recent years he returned and been host of the weekday evening and Sunday afternoon shows. Before radio, Gordon joined Bizarre at The Sun in 2004 and went on to become deputy editor of the newspaper in London for a short time before leaving in 2016. He posted t...
Tags: London, Instagram, Top, Global, People, Radio, Manchester, Ricky Gervais, Don, Gordon, Radio X, Johnny Vaughan, Ian Brown, Gordon Smart, Matt Deverson, Gerry Cinnamon


David Graeber, Author Of ‘Bullshit Jobs’ And Co-Organizer Of Occupy Wall Street, Dead At 59

“His 2011 book Debt: The First 5,000 Years was an anti-capitalist analysis that struck a chord with many readers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Graeber’s rigorous, readable radicalism was showcased again in the 2018 book Bullshit Jobs: A Theory.” A longtime activist, he was with the Occupy movement from its very earliest stages; calling themselves, and most of the rest of us, “the 99%” was his idea. – AP
Tags: Art, People, Graeber, David Graeber, 09.03.20


How A Young Unknown Redefined Fame In The 1800s

In May 1884, long before the likes of Kim Kardashian achieved celebrity through the careful curation and promotion of self, a young unknown named Marie Bashkirtseff staked her desire for fame on the publication of her personal diary. – Public Domain Review
Tags: Art, Kim Kardashian, People, Marie Bashkirtseff, 09.02.20


The Guy Who Put Those Damn CNN TVs All Over Every Damn Airport Is Dead At 84

W. Russell Barry worked as president of 20th Century Fox Television, overseeing production and syndication, and spent two years at Playboy, where he launched the Playboy Channel, before heading to Turner Program Services as president and then chairman. There he was responsible for all TBS programming, including distribution of old MGM films and TV shows, original National Geographic programs, and CNN (yes, he’s the one who did the CNN-in-airports deal). – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Cnn, People, Playboy, Tbs, MGM, Fox Television, Playboy Channel, 09.02.20, Russell Barry, Turner Program Services


Singer-Conductor Claudio Cavina, Major Force In Monteverdi Revival, Dead At 58

He first came to prominence on recordings by Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano, especially their landmark series of Monteverdi’s madrigals. He then broke off to found his own consort of singers and instrumentalists, called La Venexiana, with whom he performed and recorded all of Monteverdi’s operas, madrigals, and major sacred works as well as music of other 16th- and 17th-century Italian composers, winning a pack of awards along the way. – Presto Classical
Tags: Art, People, Monteverdi, Rinaldo Alessandrini, La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina, 09.01.20, Major Force In Monteverdi Revival Dead


A Visit With Oracle Jaron Lanier

Lanier finds many things fundamental to living in a society hard, like adhering to concepts relating to time, or receiving or sending mail; one ride in his amusement park brain is “a hamster wheel of pain,” as he mentally repeats to himself whatever menial tasks he needs to do until he does them. He is a voluminous talker prone to distraction; interrupt him mid-thought and prepare to find yourself hundreds of years forward or backward in time, talking about factories or Thomas Pynchon or the or...
Tags: Art, People, Thomas Pynchon, Jaron Lanier, Lanier, 08.24.20


Mark Twain, Skeptic Though He Was, Believed In Telepathy

“He believed, he once wrote, that a mind ‘still inhabiting the flesh’ could reach another mind at great remove. There was an inciting incident in the spring of 1875 (before Twain’s red hair went gray), which he recollected as ‘the oddest thing that ever happened to me.'” – The Paris Review
Tags: Art, People, Twain, 08.25.20