Wright Brothers First Powered Controlled Flight (1903.12.17)

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On December 17, 1903, two brothers of Dayton, Ohio, with an absence of prescribed engineering teaching challenged gravity in their odd flying craft above the dunes of North Carolina’s distant Outer Banks.

We take flight for “Walking The Blues Away” on KRNN Juneau fm 102.7 Saturday 12/16 at 5 pm on the eve of the Kitty Hawk triumph.  Find out how blues music can celebrate the wonderful flight.

 

 

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Fiorello La Guardia (1882.12.11)

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LAGUARDIA ON CROSSCURRENTS, 12/11:  Crusader all his life in the interests of the underprivileged and the oppressed, the three-time mayor of New York, Fiorello La Guardia was born on this date in 1882.  The mayor is hosting Gavin and Wyatt in his office.  John will be hosting a La Guardia celebration to which you are invited on Crosscurrents, 12/11 at 8 am.

International Animal Rights Day (2017.12.10)

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International Animal Rights Day (IARD) aims to serve the same purpose as it does every year – reminding human beings that every creature on the planet deserves to be treated with equal kindness and respect.

ANIMAL RIGHTS ON WTBA 12/09 KRNN JUNEAU FM 102.7:  You are invited to join us for blues music to mark Animal Rights Day on the eve thereof.

“Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others.”
― César Chávez

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”
― Abraham Lincoln

A sentient animal is one for whom feelings matter
Professor John Webster
, University of Bristol.

 

Southside Johnny (1948.12.04)

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SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 12/4:  A singer and songwriter who leads his band “The Asbury Jukes” from the New Jersey shore, “Southside” Johnny Lyons was born on this date in 1948.  You are invited to celebrate the birthday of Southside Johnny with some quintessential “New Jersey sound” musicians on Crosscurrents, 12/4 at 8 am.

Dogs and Pilots in the Cockpit for the Holidays (2017.12.01)

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per CNBC (and Doggedly Yours) news staff ……

American Airlines: ‘Only a few hundred’ flights during the holidays lack pilots (or dogs) after a scheduling glitch

  • American Airlines says pilots (and dogs) are stepping up to the plate (or dog food bowl) to take unstaffed flights  (or obedience competitions).

    A scheduling glitch (nearly an event disqualification) gave too many American Airlines pilots vacation (or nap time) over the holidays.

    The airline offered the pilots 150 percent of their hourly pay (or extra biscuit treats).

 

Berry Gordy Jr. (1929.11.28)

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BERRY GORDY Jr. ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/27:  Record entrepreneur, music producer, and founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy was born in Detroit on the 28th of November 1929.  Gavin and Wyatt are in the Motown recording studio for an audition.  We explore some of the rare gems in the Motown archives in advance of Berry Gordy’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 11/27 at 8 aMotown was founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., who was once a professional boxer before the U.S. Army draft for the Korean War.

Facts and Trivia:

  1. Gordy borrowed $800 dollars from his father in 1959 to start Motown. He then released Marv Johnson’s song, “Come to Me.”

  2. Motown’s founder, Berry Gordy, is a producer and songwriter. His first group and first million-selling act was The Miracles.

  3. Gordy wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs for Motown’s music catalog, consisting of approximately 15,000 songs.

  4. Motown was the first record label to run its own “charm school” to teach artists how to perform.

  5. The backing band on almost all of the Motown recordings are a group of highly dedicated and tight-knit group of musicians called The Funk Brothers. The surviving members received The Grammy Legend Award in 2004 and were induced into The Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2007.

  6. Between 1961 and 1971, Motown produced 110 US top 10 hits.

  7. “Motown” derives its name from “Motor City”, the nickname for Detroit where the label was founded. At the time the biggest car factory, Ford was based here. Berry Gordy Jr, the label’s founder once worked for Ford.

Awards and accolades

Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Gordy was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1998.

Gordy received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Pioneer Award on June 13, 2013. He is the first living individual to receive the honor.[8]

In 2016, Gordy received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama for “helping to create a trailblazing new sound in American music. As a record producer and songwriter, he helped build Motown, launching the music careers of countless legendary artists. His unique sound helped shape our Nation’s story.”