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How to be a hero
Yesterday, I wanted to sit down and write a blog post about the connected human experience of dealing with natural disaster. I wanted to appeal to readers in the region to help Q95 FM with the relief effort that Josh has put together, because we are freshly familiar with the feelings that followed the spate of storms that spawned tornadoes across Salyersville and West Liberty.
But that was before I heard about the firefighters in West Liberty who are taking action themselves. It was bound to happen: after such a tragedy, after pulling itself up by its bootstraps like it did, and after the experience left it understanding the value of a helping hand, of course the good people of a community like West Liberty are going to reach out to Oklahoma.
Taking action is how we transcend empathy. Please, if you haven't already, visit our relief effort page for the details about what we're doing and the role you have to play to make it happen. Check back there and on our Facebook for more info about when and where you can donate.
If you find the actions of these West Liberty firefighters to be heroic and admirable, remember that you can do the same.
Even if you can't make it out to any of our coming locations, remember you can always text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross to support their efforts.
-- Aaron Nelson // May 24, 2013
Worth Watching: Stand Up Guys
Hello all and thanks for reading the second edition of Worth Watching. This week I chose 2012 crime “dramedy” (comedy-drama) Stand Up Guys.
Now, at first glance, this looks like a movie about old gangsters seeing as the two leads are Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, it is very easy to make that claim. Now I will not dispute that fact but it is so much more than that.
Pacino being my favorite actor, it could be said that I am biased, but I must say it is one of his best performances in years. Walken hasn’t been this funny since Joe Dirt and he wasn’t even trying this time. The movie is tagged as a crime comedy but there is far too much soul for it to be just a funny picture. It is hard to identify where I went from average observer to totally enamored with the film, but once I did, the world could have set ablaze and I would have still been watching.
Find your copy how you choose, the one I watched was from Redbox.
-- Justin Cook // May 24, 2013
Worth Watching: Cloud Atlas
Justin Cook here and as it is pretty easy to tell from the On Air Reel to Reel Challenge, I am an avid lover of movies. This is my blog series where each Friday I bring you a movie that is worth watching, most of the time expect it to be something that just hit theaters or DVD but every once in a while, I will bring a cult classic into the mix.
This week I finally got to treat myself on something I have been waiting for since last summer, Cloud Atlas.
It stars Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry and many other terrific actors in a trek across time to tell the story of how we are all connected by more than just where we were born, how we were raised or even what we believe to be the true true (watch the movie and that will be hilarious). The original book was a book of the year in 2004 in the UK and has been on my needs-a-movie list for a very long time.
The movie itself is a bit on the long side but if you have the time (just shy of 2 1/2 hours) then I highly recommend turning the lights off, putting your phone on silent and grabbing some popcorn because it is definitely worth the watch.
So get your copy however you choose, I know for a fact that Warner on demand has it available on YouTube for a small fee.
I'll see everyone next week for the next installment Worth Watching...
-- Justin Cook // May 17, 2013
Down the rabbit hole of network news...
File this (alongside Josh's post about the A.J. Clemente saga) under "things news anchors do to make you shake your head." Except these two are cable news pros, and their actions are less reprehensible and more... strange.
In the flurry of coverage following the Cleveland kidnapping escape, both HLN's Nancy Grace--no stranger to stories of brutal crime--and CNN's Ashleigh Banfield held what was, ostensibly, a satellite remote interview, replete with split screen shots and earpieces.
But they were both reporting from Phoenix. No big deal, they're there to report about the Jodi Arias case, and Phoenix is a big city... but video evidence of the vehicles passing behind them shows very clearly they're reporting from the same parking lot, just a few feet apart.
Why two reporters from cousin networks covering the same story in the same time and place required two completely different mobile sets right next to each other, and opted to fake a satellite interview instead of just sit down beside each other, is one of those brain-teasers that those who value their sanity shouldn't spend too much time thinking about. Leave it at this: network news can be treacherously stupid.
The Atlantic Wire has all the details, GIFs, and even a convenient map estimating their locations in the parking lot.
-- Aaron Nelson // May 9, 2013
Artist of the Month page for May
This time a year ago, we would pick a featured artist almost at random and give you a music video.
But, like almost everything on this all-new Q95FM.net, we took a step back and tried to take that idea up a level... or two. At the end of the day, this is your website, really, so first and foremost, the choice is now up to you. You'll notice at the bottom of the AotM page that there's a poll running, where you can tell us any time who your favorite artist is. There are a few choices, but you're free to pick "other" and write in anybody.
We'll also run a poll on Facebook every month, where, again, we'll get the ball rolling with a few ideas, but you'll be free to write in any choice you have. This month, though voter turnout was less-than-optimal, we had a clear winner through the Facebook poll, and so the next Artist of the Month page has been written.
And now, that means a slightly more in-depth look at the act's roots and rise to fame. They're fun for me to write, so I hope they're fun for you to read.
The writeup for May is waiting in the wings over at the Artist of the Month page. If I'm not terrible at my job, it should switch over from Macklemore to the new artist at midnight tonight.
And just who is featured for May? Well, if you saw the poll on our Facebook, that should be pretty clear.
And, as always, if you have any recommendations for how we can make the AotM voting system or feature page better, just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to me through our contact page.
-- Aaron Nelson // April 30, 2013
Watch Out Viewers/listeners
Ok... so today let's talk about this guy who has been making his rounds on the national news circuit.
Incase you have been under a rock and have missed his back story.... it goes a little something like this "idiot didn't have an IFB" (that's the ear piece news anchors wear) there was also no floor director or anyone to cue him.... and his co anchor didn't have an IFB in either. Point being they had no clue what was going on..... I'll compare this to driving a car while blindfolded.. it's doable, just not recommended. lol
This guy should have known better... the first rule of broadcasting that you learn is that you always pretend like the microphone is live.... never say anything you don't want your momma to hear!
This guy broke that rule... as a result he lost his job..... instead of him spending the next week begging people to hire him. This guy is making his rounds on shows like "The Today Show" "The Late Show" "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" and so on.
Instead of this guy being punished for what his former employer will probably have to pay thousands of dollars in fines for. This guy is in a way is being rewarded with all of this national attention.... and I'm sure an awesome job offer will come up in the coming days.
My point.... yes I do have one lol.... Newsrooms and broadcasting outlets all across the country need to keep a close eye on employees..... and listeners/viewers need to keep a close eye on their favorite station and hold them responsible.
This could have given some employees the wrong idea of "how to get famous in this business"
Just a thought.....
-- Josh Good // April 25, 2013
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-- Josh Good // April 24, 2013