In Brit series on Thorpe scandal, you may not recognize Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant photo by Kurt Kulac [CC BY-SA]
Hugh Grant photo by Kurt Kulac [CC BY-SA]
My husband and I try to find programs we can enjoy together, and we often fail unless it’s college football. I usually end up reading or writing after we eat and spend time together each evening. Last week I was scrolling around on Amazon Prime and saw a series that looked interesting—A Very English Scandal.

I didn’t pay attention to who was in the BBC production. I remembered the sizzling reportage about the Jeremy Thorpe scandal from the 1970s when I was young and blessedly oblivious to most politics.

We began to stream the show, and after a few seconds, I said, “Wow! That’s Hugh Grant.” Continue reading “In Brit series on Thorpe scandal, you may not recognize Hugh Grant”

Is iHeart Radio’s slash and burn an opportunity for indies?

radio image Indie Art South
Image/Indie Art South

If you haven’t read the sad tale of iHeart Media’s latest strategy and the impact on its stations and listeners, listen up. The nation’s largest owner of radio stations has resorted to a slash and burn policy affecting markets across the country, including in my home city. More than 850 stations are in the conglomerate, and a number of  top hosts have been laid off.

Did the hosts see this coming? Maybe.  Continue reading “Is iHeart Radio’s slash and burn an opportunity for indies?”

Bandwagon Network Radio faces challenges of surviving big biz control of Web

Bandwagon Network Radio logo; used with permission
BWNR logo used with permission

Before the Web came of age, a publisher or broadcaster could usually keep things going without spending a small fortune.

As large corporations began to control the Web, things changed. A big change came in 2015 when a little known entity named the Copyright Royalty Board let the Small Webcasters Act of 2008 expire. Why does this matter to indie musicians and to broadcasters like Bandwagon Network Radio? Continue reading “Bandwagon Network Radio faces challenges of surviving big biz control of Web”

Back from ‘Legends’ in Branson, unsung hero Billy Buchanan heats up Florida

image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page
Image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page @billybmusic.

Before you read another word, I’ll admit I love Billy Buchanan’s voice and style, and I think the music he performs is probably the greatest this country produced in my lifetime. So if you expect me to be objective, ditch that expectation. Buchanan is currently based in Jacksonville, Florida, and besides being an awesome musician, he’s an unsung hero with a story media appeared to overlook. Continue reading “Back from ‘Legends’ in Branson, unsung hero Billy Buchanan heats up Florida”

As Season 2 of ‘Blue Book’ nears, a look back at famous band named for UFOs

415 night fighter squadron Northrop P61 Black Widow used during World War II. (US Government image)
415 night fighter squadron Northrop P61 Black Widow used during World War II. (US Government image)

Season 2 of Project Blue Book will premiere on The History channel on January 21, and if it’s as entertaining as Season 1, fans will be pleased. The series is based on true events, but as I pointed out in an earlier article, there’s also lots of fiction interwoven because this is a series for entertainment. It’s not a documentary and doesn’t profess to be. There are some quirky notes within this series, many of them related to hard truth. One of those quirks relates to a famous band and how it got its name. Continue reading “As Season 2 of ‘Blue Book’ nears, a look back at famous band named for UFOs”