Comments by Stephen L. Gilbreath

Comment for "SOTRU - Jacksonville: Bold New City of the South?"

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Motivating Revelation About Operation New Hope!

Personally, I liked being able to learn some ''inside things'' about the program's host, and I'll use that to overlook the fact that a show usually comes across best when the host puts the focus on the subject more than himself. Again, in this case, with Jacksonville being the hometown of the host, the host's in part self-focus helped me to get to know the heartbeat of the host just a little better.

The greatest revelation in this program was an outstanding one. I enjoyed learning about the revolutionary and successful Operation New Hope out of Jacksonville, Florida. I liked this especially since I personally have some involvement with prison ministries and to learn of a remarkable program that helps a former prisoner once he's out of prison to be helped to be able to secure and function well in a good job is more than a little commendable. What a great program!

What I hoped to hear and found missing in this program was something related to bassist Alfred Wesley ''Al'' Hall who was born in Jacksonville, Florida, almost a century ago -- in 1915. Among his achievements was not only being the first black to play in an orchestra on Broadway, but more importantly Al Hall founded the Wax Records label in 1946 and just three years later sold it to the big Atlantic Records for some big bucks in 1949. In recordings, besides leads on his own label, Al Hall led four numbers on Columbia Records Europe in 1959. He played with Benny Goodman in 1966 and then later after 1970 with the incredible Doc Cheatham. And, that's just the tip of the iceberg on the success of Jacksonville born Al Hall (sadly missing from this episode.) Al Hall -- legendary musician and musical entrepreneur -- who hails from Jacksonville.

Still, this piece on Jacksonville is informative and the country can benefit and learn something about the city that annexed almost the whole county of Duval into its ''city limits'' making it, since 1968, the largest city in America. Jacksonville may or may not be the ''Bold New City of the South'' (and in the show one interviewee would say it is while another would say it is not) but one thing for certain. Jacksonville is certainly the ''BIG City of the South.''

Did this episode fulfill the series' overall goals of how this area creates a community, of capturing the challenges and the culture that make it both unique and in unison with the national values and goals of our founding fathers, what about the cornerstone or resonating fragments of the community, and were the music, sounds and styles that the area gave birth to present in this episode? I provided the answers to some of those goal questions for you above, but for the rest, it will be worth your time in my opinion to listen and answer those for yourself.

The episode is missing a few things -- but still, it'll get a big five from yours truly! The program's public will I'm sure be looking for more in the future.

Comment for "The Birthday of The World Part I, Rosh Hashanah"

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Love Those Ram-Horns!

I listened to this again this year. The choir and the ram-horns bring back the mood of celebration for the Creation that you are saying here that Rash Hashanah -- Feast of Trumpets) represents -- as well as representing the time when Christ will return (maybe you're thinking come the first time -- either way the world at first is not going to recognize Him as Christ when He does come next), but I'll stop there and thank you for this program again this year!

Five ram-horns up on this one! I know that everyone will not necessarily like it or find it meaningful -- but those ram-horns played so very well and alarmingly should certainly rouse anyway's attention. Love those Ram-Horns! No sleeping in services while those are played!

Comment for "SOTRU - Detroit: Motor City Rebound"

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Great Revelation About Bakers of Detroit

I love Jazz -- so your interview at Bakers' Jazz Club of Detroit grabbed me good. Where clubs exist for Blacks to play any form of Jazz there is usually some outstanding history with it! And it's something that's very UPLIFTING -- so whenever you bring in a little Jazz, it's going to sweeten whatever else went before (the good, the bad or the ugly, if you get my drift, of whatever was in a story about this city or that) and it can make it come off with a thumbs up as this one did.

I'd like to hear this aired all across America -- coast-to-coast -- and although there were certain parts I would like to have seen edited down as being to negative or too one-sided, it's OK overall and I'll give it five stars here.

There are two full one-minute breaks at 19 and 35 plus full 5-minute newshole. I would recommend offering an optional 5-minute piece insert for stations that don't cutaway for news.

Comment for "Ten Cents a Dance"

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More! More!

Where is part two? This was pretty good! Whole thing just good -- entertaining and informative. There are some great American jocks from the era I would like to hear speaking -- jocks who featured the music you featured that male patrons would pay a dime to the gals to dance to. Bringing in the history with this makes this very relevant to just what this music was all about. And, since there are at least 50,000 or more tunes from this era, you've got some stuff to work with for future programs. You got my dime!

Comment for "Health Reform Part 1 -- How Massachusetts' health reform was passed"

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Good timing on the release of this piece -- just following President Obama's ''Conference'' for selling his take-over attempt of the health care / medical insurance industry. This one caught my attention especially because I am very interested right now in things related to the history of this subject -- and because this related well to a piece I just worked on entitled ''Health Care - Obama vs. Reality'' (piece number 38392, if you might care to listen to another piece on the same subject -- thought from another viewpoint).

Your subject and your timing on it is a big five to me!

Comment for "Benny Goodman: A Centennial Celebration"

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Very Special -- Information All Americans Should Know

I love big band swing so anything on this is going to spark my attention. What I like about what this program brought out in a picturesque way was how Benny Goodman interfaced with Fletcher Henderson making that relationship come alive.

This program revealed dynamically how Goodman had the edge on radio with his band while Henderson had a plethora of musical creations but no outlet of his own for it. Hearing the interaction of how their needs and willingness to work together worked to serve one another and the country as swing was coming to the fore in the nation was most interesting. This program presents information that all Americans should know as part of our history (a history that relates to music that is unique to the US).

Great material in this show!

Comment for "The Birthday of The World Part I, Rosh Hashanah"

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Review of The Birthday of The World Part I, Rosh Hashanah

I tend to like informative, informational programming and this piece was not only very informative but the content appealed to me because I celebrate the day which this hour presentation honors.

The presentation of this program was done in a way that I believe others who do not celebrate or worship on this day would also appreciate. I would like to hear aired each year on Rosh Hashanah or even some time during the week before.

And, I would say that it should be considered for airing in every public radio domain so that people of no or other religious beliefs can become cognizant with what God initially and originally instituted as days of annual worship. He gave this day and others to us through a people He called a peculiar and particular treasure to Himself. God does, nonetheless, explain how we have often fallen very short of the special calling, and yet Christ Himself still said while here on earth that ''Salvation IS of the Jews'' -- it being necessary as shown in Romans 11 that Gentiles, pictured as a wild olive tree, must be graffed into the Root and fatness of THE olive tree of CHRIST, called ''the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David'' in Revelation 5:5 -- the return of Whom and of His Kingdom being set up is pictured by this day -- in the depth of what this day means.


PS: In personal celebration of this day, I have to tell you that although I have never solely practiced the Jewish religion -- and did not know until very recently that my mother, who died in 2004, may have Jewish ancestry through a Duke of Kent going back to King David -- I have nonetheless celebrated and worshiped our Creator on this day for some thirty+plus years -- as (what some might call) a ''Jewish-Christian.''

Comment for "A Conversation with Shimon Peres"

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Review of A Conversation with Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres Discusses Israel's Recent Concerns for Peace in the Middle East. The Vice Premier and Former Prime Minister of Israel explains that he had a distinctly different purpose in each of his two speaking engagements during this three-day trip in November 2006 to the United States.

The bulk of this piece is a recording of Mr. Peres' talk (with Questions and Answers following) at Cornell University on 28-November-2006. His specific purpose statement (''SPS'') for this talk at Cornell explains why he would not be saying the same thing that he said earlier at the United Nations during this same US visit.

To understand what he is saying here at Cornell, it is important to note his SPS in which he said, among other things, that the United Nations belongs more to the past than the future; while Cornell University belongs more to the future than the past. In his talk that was limited to sixty minutes, it would be a no-brainer for any to suggest that Vice Premier Peres failed to share with us all he knows on this subject.

It spoke well of him that after speaking for a half-hour, the Former Prime Minister allowed an equal half-hour to the Cornell audience for questioning. There were some thoughtful questions yet none took the opportunity to explore or bring to the fore an understanding of the origin, ab initio, of the cause for the current animosity between the tribes of Israel and the offspring of Ishmael -- Isaac's half brother -- both stemming from the one father Abraham (Isaac by Sarah and Ishmael by Hagar).

Mr. Peres underscored that Israel cannot afford to lose even once -- or it's over for Israel. Apparently not understanding the ''causa sine qua non,'' Mr. Peres muses over why Ishmael continues the hate after Israel finally gave back land taken in the Six-Day War and he indicated that what he hopes for is an age [future] when Israel's enemy will no longer live in the past. More at:

Comment for "Vacation Homes: Are they really a dream?"

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Review of Vacation Homes: Are they really a dream?


This is a piece that would be good for every radio stations' listeners to hear more than once. It contains little-know help-your-neighbor kind of information that the producer did well for her listners to go out and dig up.

What more does this piece need? It should be part of a number of other little-known, need-to-know information pieces in a larger overall series. Opportunity knocking.

Comment for "European Jazz Stage, Program 1"

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Review of European Jazz Stage, Program 1

Great Listening Experience! 5-Star!

You've got a wonderful listening experience in this -- and the host for is a perfect fit. I have a private note for the producer only (attached) related to audio volumes that I don't want to make public -- in the form of a question for now.

Keep the great music and programming for jazz lovers coming. What do you think about perhaps naming a few programs, ''Classical Escape.'' (Classic lovers -- that's a joke! Ha! Here comes the love mail.) I'd better add that I love classic and I love jazz -- there's a time for each. Some like whiskey; some like tea; some like both whiskey and tea (but not necessarily at the same time). The jazz music here -- made me feel good -- and like jesting a little. But in sincerity, this is a very good program that I would enjoy hearing on the air in the evening an hour or so before bed time (with a small glass of Gerwertraminer).


Comment for "Jazz In June 2006 festival broadcast - Hr 6" (deleted)

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Review of Jazz In June 2006 festival broadcast - Hr 6 (deleted)

What You are Saying and Playing Makes Sense -- especially in our Current Mad and Senseless World!

I love classical musical when I want to peace out and relax -- and when I want to tap my foot or dance, I love some good jazz. What you are providing in music here is just plain upbeat and uplifting. Excellent!

And your introduction and information about the masters is very appealing to me because I want to understand more about the people who make this great music -- and you've not only got my attention from what you are saying, but the way you are saying it keeps me listening and wanting to hear more.

You guys are making the ''airwaves fresh'' -- the way public airwaves should be! The only problem I potentially see right now is that you might stop putting out this informative talk and great music! Keep it coming!

When and what should stations air this? As to when, I would say every weekday morning and early evenings, and Saturday and Sunday nights. And, what stations should carry this? To that I would say EVERY public station should carry these programs -- especially those stations that carry classical music. Play the classical during driving times and play this great music from sundown to bed time and then back to classical for the early sleep hours. That would be balanced programming that many of us would WELCOME! It's time for some changes in this direction!

Comment for "Remembering Jazz Sax Master Frank Morgan (27:14 / 7:20)"

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Review of Remembering Jazz Sax Master Frank Morgan (27:14 / 7:20)

A REVEALING TRIBUTE to an outstanding jazz sax master!

The mixing in of the saxophone especially helped to keep me listening to you reveal information about the life of Frank Morgan in the tribute to him and his music. I appreciate learning some of the background about a man who plays tunes that are very pleasing to the ears.

Your program helps me to see that the jazz music world is kind of a fishbowl of sorts. When you hear the history of musicians you often hear, as here, how many of them interfaced with one another as they learned skills and gained popularity. Fault me for saying this if you will, but the presentation in this piece was faultless. It moved along gracefully and kept me listening and wanting to hear more.

This would air well any time.

Comment for "Count Basie"

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Review of Count Basie

Outstanding ReCount of the Count Basie's Life!

I tend to like Big Band Swing so an account of the Count Basie's life and music really appeals to me.

The recorded voice of Band Leader Pucho Brown who played opposite the Count in the late 50's added credibility and icing to a piece where a full scan of the details of the Count's life were presented succinctly.

The music selection (well mixed in) complements the dialogue. The whole effect of this piece deserves more than five stars so the suggestions for potential improvements in future pieces I will post privately in the notes to producer area.

I would like to hear this great little ditty aired every time a Count Basie tune is played (which is great music that should be played often -- even mixed in on so-called ''classical stations'' to perk up and add spice to our short lives in the flesh on this earth).

Wonderful tribute to the Count! -- who deserves the kind of accolade this production presents on his behalf!

Comment for "Compact Discoveries 49: Opus 1"

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Review of Compact Discoveries 49: Opus 1

Another Outstanding Program! I appreciated the host's detailed explanation of the term opus as it relates to music.

I also appreciate what I have seen to be some very good improvement in terms of microphone selection or technique. I just received a private note telling me that the listener noticed great improvement in that with my programs over the past years which made me take notice of that with this host (to whom I have privately written in the past).

Why is this element of a program important -- and your improvement in this worthy of note? To me, it's similar to when a person writing uses a fine paper. It is saying that the person has quality -- and it says that he cares about his recipient. This improvement that you are showing says to me that you have quality and are exhibiting it well -- and by doing so that you care about your audience -- the ease and quality of their being able to hear what you are saying in your programs.

Five stars! Thank you for the improvements in your good programming.

Comment for "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow - Astronomy" (deleted)

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Review of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow - Astronomy (deleted)

The host of this program brings together two conversant experts from the field of astronomy. The disucssion in this program sparked this listener's interest in what's in the sky -- especially when the host asked questions related to the age of the earth and the universe as believed by religionists and scientists.

That later part really caught my attention. Both men stated they believe that the earth and its universe has been here for billions of years -- and the host's questioning also showed that at least one of the experts also believes it God -- but he said he doesn't take the Bible literally because he believes that the Bible says that the earth is less than 7,000 years old.

Dr. Segars cited only the Catholic Church as his source for that opine. Yes, Dr. Segars made some allowance for a possible different opinion to come in the future citing how Popes of the past erred with Galileo.

It was very intersting to hear religion brought into the subject but should a host allow a guest to present only one side of a religious argument especially when by doing so it paints religion in some people's mind as only having one source -- a source that some other religionists, though maybe smaller in number, would dispute.

What am I saying specifically on that? Thanks for asking. Just this.

There are experts who could be cited who can show that the Bible does not say that the earth and this universe were created less than 7,000 years ago -- as some who claim to be God's spokesmen misrepresent.

If one really looks into it, he can see that the Bible not only allows for billions of years to have passed between verses one and two of Genesis One, but Job 38:4-7, Isa. 45:18 and other places in the Bible provide evidence, in harmony with science, that the earth was created long before the recreation work that God had to do beginning at verse two of Genesis One. I appreciate the cerebration this programme promotes.

Comment for "Vinyl Cafe, Fall 2007 Fundraising Show"

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Review of Vinyl Cafe, Fall 2007 Fundraising Show

This is a great fundraising piece. The humor is very refreshing. Both stories were handled very well.

Listening to your piece was a welcome change of pace. It was just very good -- something that I believe listeners will appreciate especially if a local host is using it between requests for pledges or renewals -- and I'm going to stop on this one with that.

Comment for "Selling the Statehouse"

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Review of Selling the Statehouse

Brave Expose!

I appreciate this kind of revealing reporting! The conclusion has a great punch!

Now what I would like to see is a lot of stations carry and produce more of this kind of real public-radio reporting. Too much of today's politics is done behind closed doors against the public interests!

Probably only the more saavy will read between the lines of those interviewed in this report who said that a meal will not buy or influence a vote. I am very happy the producer of this report had the courage to run that man's comment in his own voice and words -- his publicly-shared deception gave me a good laugh and encouraged my hope in your conclusion that the closed-door voting and back-room dealings will eventually have to be reported -- along with all lobbying expenses, not just those under $250.

Thanks for this. Be careful you don't get yourself shot by some of these ''good folk'' from the lobbying and political arena.

Comment for "World War One Living History Project (with newshole)"

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Review of World War One Living History Project (with newshole)

I appreciate pieces that honor those who went before us and performed sacrifices that helped to perserve our national heritage.

This piece not only honors such individuals but presents information on the history of our involvement in the first major World War in a very easy-to-listen-to manner. The information presented here (with the kind of mental imagery that only radio can evoke) is essential, in my opinion -- information that every American should know.

What I perhaps like most about this piece is the fact that the direct comments of the few surviving men who fought in WW1 are featured throughout the program. Narration -- who can top the American legend Walter Cronkite. This piece deserves a ten-star rating. Not only should every station carry this, but every American should want to listen to it. I have an interest in history and recognize the importance of this kind of material. I would ask the producers to see my private notes and to confer with me if you disagree with a humble suggestion you will find there.

Comment for "An Evening of 75 Laughs with Jonathan Katz"

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Review of An Evening of 75 Laughs with Jonathan Katz

Several Rib-Splitting Moments! The Humor was Great! The voice carried a PRPD core value of being conversational -- and yet the humor came through very well. The pacing was perfecto!

There was one routine that I found not only to not be funny but offensive. I have recommended that the producer remove (and if he does I will remove this comment) the routine where the boy dreams of killing his father. I recommend to station managers or PRPDs that you edit out that disgraceful routine. It's short and could be replaced with a song or support message or other announcement for the duration of that poorly devised excuse for humor. Honoring one's parents is a PRPD core value under the fullest meaning of Civility and the Quality of Respect.

This kind of variety from the norm would probably be a welcome relief for a Saturday night or Sunday airing.

Comment for "Blues & Beyond 005" (deleted)

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Review of Blues & Beyond 005 (deleted)

A Program with Musical Substance! The blind musician is outstanding -- good find! The music is full of life -- good American-styled life! Very good sound elements. (Some of the music was amusing -- in a delightful kind of way -- refreshingly different! ha!)

Comment for "Singing Legend Margaret Whiting part 1"

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Review of Singing Legend Margaret Whiting part 1

A very precious piece of American culture is preserved by this interview. It's a first person interview with another American legend -- and that gives it top billing right off the bat.

There are several reasons I would rate this piece so highly, besides the fact that the particular special guest is like having an Ace of Spades in your hands from the get-go, but the host is doing a couple of things, no three things, very, very well.

One, the host has spent time with the guest prior to the interview building good rapport to make the guest feel very much at home during the interview. This can be heard in the guest's voice and the in the interaction between the guest and the host.

Two, the host apparently has some good questions planned ahead and at the ready -- but is in no rush to push the questions but to wait and use those that fit the context of the guest's delivery.

Three, picking up on a point in two, the host exhibits good patience and poise -- never interrupting or rushing the guest, listening attentively, and interacting in a way that shows great respect for a senior guest. This is a very good example, too, for kids who seem to not understand today the virtue of showing respect for one's elders.

There are probably some other good things about this interview that could be brought out, but I'll stop with those points and just say, this kind of guest finding and presentation is truly a service to the public. And, because of the age of some of the legendary guests being interviewed in this KUOW series, this is a thoughtful preservation of something that can only be acquired during the lifetime of the legend.

Your station should find a spot and run the few piece in this top-of-the-line series featuring first-choice, first-run, legendary American culture!

Comment for "Singing Legend Kay Starr"

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Review of Singing Legend Kay Starr

Wow! A Super Legend Interview!

That was great beyond words! I'll throw you an A+ for just being able to get Kay Starr to your studio for the interview . You captured her well and your special guest was very interesting thorughout.

The musical pieces, her gold record and the other tunes, were rolled in very smoothly during the talk with Kay Starr. I liked the questions that brought out how she adopted the show name of Starr with two r's and the other thoughful questions that made it seem that Miss Starr was right at home with you during the interview and with all of us listening to her.

The mix of the informtive talk and the excellent musical pieces left me feeling like I learned something valuable in an enjoyable and entertaining way. The humor in the program spun well with the down-home and charming style of Kay Starr.

I kind of feel like I know her now -- and it certainly makes me like her as a senior now who sang so well those spirit lifting tune such as "I'll Never Be Free -- No One Can Take Your Place," "Side by Side," "Rock & Roll Waltz," and others and the one you closed the show with "Wheel of Fortune."

The host was correct that this music is still so resonant with audiences today and new audiences re-discover this music for the first time and come to love it. I have often observed young people come into a dance hall for their first time to hear a big band orchestra playing swing -- and watch them catch on to it as if it were a new creation.

Your program is a good example of having the right kind of questions ready that not only seemed to make your guest feel at ease and responsive but well guided the direction of the program. Your questions lead the guest to make revelations that answered the curiosities that the questions provoked. Good example of hosting when you're fortunate enough to have the caliber of guest you had here.

Comment for "Music At Sea"

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Review of Music At Sea

Great April 15 Anniversary Piece! With the 94th anniversary of the sinking of the Titantic coming up in the days ahead, here's a short segment that very well fits the day with historical facts and voices.

I respectfully disagree with an earlier evaluation. I felt the transitions all worked fine for what this piece has to say about the history of the music and the musicians aboard the Titanic's fatal voyage. The interview with the Captain who obviously knew his history well really grabs ear. This one just whet my appetite to hear a little more on this subject. -- a good way to leave an audience (wanting more!). Come again, my dear!

Comment for "#1184 You Asked For It 80"

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Review of #1184 You Asked For It 80

Great Program for Building Mature Listener Loyalty. This special out of David Miller's long-running (since 1983) quality weekly program (Swinging Down the Lane) is one that I would suggest might be well-placed on Saturday nights or Sunday afternoons following Garrison Keeler's Praire Home Companion.

The host and the information and music he presents makes for an enlightening and entertaining program that the whole family can enjoin together and discuss during and after the program. The voice of Host David Miller has a fatherly warmth similar to that of Chuck Cecil which presents a good American image to listeners from all parts of the world. His attention to detail and careful and varied pacing is exemplary for public radio.

Comment for "Story Corps Fundrasier Piece 3"

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Review of Story Corps Fundrasier Piece 3


This senior's story not only sends several messages that are good for the public to hear. (And, the tie in of contritubutions at pledge time was done with great finesse.) Here are some of the messages I heard between the lines that are good for people to be inspired to think about.

One, that Hitler will be accountable for so many lives -- young and old, and even his own wonderful young people like the one that the senior American mentioned in your featured that he had to kill.

Two, there are senior Americans still living in this country who not only risked their lives in WW2 so that the rest of us might continue to have a free country in which to live. And, more. The price that some of these people paid did not end when the war ended in 1945. Some of them continue to be haunted even today, and night after night, by the real horrors of war.

I have to close this with a question or two in regard to the senior who spoke and provided such a rare and priceless contribution that helped to make this a most-distinguished promotional piece. My questions (rhetorical) are these.

How many of us are paying our contribution in the form of appreciation and thanks to these elder, senior citizens of our country who are sometimes suffering loneliness in their older years now -- who are rarely given a hug or a thank you for what they did so that we could have the freedom in our lives that we are so blessed to have today. Do we not owe them at least a showing of some real gratitude and great respect! -- not to mention some empathy and understanding of the costly sacrifices many of them made without complaint for us.

Comment for "Worlds of Difference: Finding a Voice"

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Review of Worlds of Difference: Finding a Voice

Bravo! The globe-hopping information presented in this thoroughly-researched feature is very well presented with sounds and voices that helped to not only hold the attention but more. The thought-provoking program revealed that many languages are dying -- reported as one every two weeks.

With 6800 languages in the world multiplied times two weeks, that would equal 13,600 weeks which would mean (if the present rate held its course), it would be a little more than 261 years before we are back to the Tower of Babel! Will fewer languages help man get along better and mean more peace between different nations and people -- or less?

Would one language help to make worldwide cosmocide less likely -- or more providential? This program revealed a reality and stimulated the kind of thinking that all people should undertake more often than most of us probably do. After giving it some thought, the facts presented in this program makes this writer very happy that everyone does not speak only English! [Producer -- please be sure to see my Private Notes to Producer for suggestions for a future serial on a theme you have presented well.]

Comment for "Vince Giordano"

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Review of Vince Giordano

HITS THE PULSE OF A GROWING YOUTH MARKET. This piece is in tune with a growing trend among the young toward the music being played live by more and more bands today that makes for great Lindy Hop and Swing dancing.

Stations that feature a weekly program in this genre should do very well. To check the pulse on what's currently happening -- kids looking for places to go for this music and dancing to it, look up the clubs dedicated to it on Yahoo.

This piece relates well to a current trend -- noting the fact that in YahooGroups there are over 2,000 Lindy Hop, Swing Dancing clubs -- covering every major city and then some -- with membership in the clubs ranging from highs of 5,000 in several clubs to many with 2,000-plus members and a few with membership above 500. And, there are other clubs on MSN and Excite, too.

This piece should help program directors and station managers to tune in to the pulse out there and to encourage good positioning in this to provide something each week (if only on weekends -- or nightly during evening drive-home from work time) along the lines of the interests to which this piece by Amber gives some good insight.

Very professionally done technically, too!

Comment for "Teen Marriage"

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Review of Teen Marriage

Balanced. Refreshing. Wholesome. Well Done. I liked this piece a lot.

Numerous surveys based on success in marriage report the best age for commencing marriage to be around 23 or 24. Some in your report suggested waiting few years after the teens that would get a person near that age.

One young lady in your report spoke with considerable dedication and showed a determination to the maturity required in marriage to stick out the rought parts and times of marriage (that certainly come for all as just a part of life -- and not bad for us really if we persevere and handle those times right). The husband to be was not heard, but from hearing the young lady, I believe she probably picked a young man with similar character to hers and I would think her chances of doing well and the two of them sticking with it are probably very good.

The example of my own parents gives some support to the young lady's persuasion that she and her husband -to-be will do well. My dad was 20 and my mom 19 when they married in 1946. In Alabama, we had a funny law then. A man had to be 21 but a lady only 18 to marry without parental consent. My mom qualified but my dad did not. However, my dad had spent over two years overseas fighting as a paratrooper (one who returned alive) in WW2 and then lived through being sniped at during the post war as part of the military-police occupation forces in Germany. When the judge asked my dad's age and my dad explained his military service, the judge pretended to be distracted and never made my dad answer about his age. But, here's the point.

The marriage worked very well. My folk were married for 58 years before my mom died in September 2004. The day before she died, she said some words that amazed me and made me very happy to hear them. Not only was I happy to hear her say she had three wonderful children, but the most beautiful part was to hear the way she said, "I love Daddy [meaning my dad, her husband]." And then she died -- again, after 58 years of good times, hard times but ending with a feeling of contentment and happiness and joy for my mom.

The teens I heard on your report from Alaska, from the sound in their voices, seem to have the same grit that my mom and dad had. I wish these kids well and I wouldn't stop their determination. I would just say stay willing to work through the hard times as my folk did and as my mom said, it's worth it all.

Very excellent piece! Best wishes to those teens getting married!

Comment for "The Wire Episode 1: Hallo, Hallo"

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Review of The Wire Episode 1: Hallo, Hallo

Good Look Back and Forward. Your mention of your 45 RPMs on the shelf makes me think of a few 78's I still have with nothing to play them on. Even one of the modern radio stations where I have been recently asked to do some work, no longer even has a turntable -- not to mention a reel-to-reel recorder (what's that? some may ask) but does have a couple of cart machines in Studio Z on the back lot.

I hope that a lot of stations in the United States will air your series. It seems to be not only good nostalgia for those who have been around for awhile, but good background, a good history for those born in the digital era to hear something of the progression of how audio was and is now captured.

You call your program, interestingly, "The Wire." I remember as a child actually seeing and hearing (faintly -- it wasn't that great but it did work) an old wire recorder. It was an analog recording device that actually recorded on, and played back from, a moving wire that wound from reel to reel much the way magnetic tape was later used moving past a recording/playback head. The wire was standard old thin-guage wire like you would see at many a farm (not the barbed kind -- the smooth, round single-strand steel wire). Very good job you're doing here!

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Review of Love & Radio: With a Bullet (clean and short)

A captivating piece! It was refreshing to hear people the open talk of things that sometimes as a kid you thought you were the only one thinking that way. The boldness of the kid rummaging through his father's dresser drawers -- how many of us wanted to do that -- or actually done it from time to time!

The voice of the main host is exceptional! I've listened to this twice now -- and I am looking forward to hearing some more in your LOVE & RADIO series. Please see my comment on the beeps in the Private Note to Producer.

Very good job on the music coordination and limited sound effects that I thought well acentuated this piece! I'm looking forward to hearing some more good work from you! Very, very enjoyable -- easy and pleasant to listen to. Wonderful change of pace.

We need more love and the idea you are on is very good! Keep it in that direction and work up some more along this line in this series, aye?! Very refreshing!