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  • The early bird gets the Diz ...

    January 9, 2008

    I am not, by any stretch, a morning person. Working Doug Doyle's morning shift means a 3:30 a.m. wake-up for me. I feel much better getting to bed at 3:30 a.m. than I do getting up at 3:30 a.m., but, hey, I ain't complaining. (That's not why you read this blog, right?)

    But one of the great reasons for getting up so early is that I get to listen to Gary Walker in the morning. He mentioned on the air today that it was on this date (January 9) in 1945 that John Birks Gillespie first recorded "Salt Peanuts," one of the greatest jazz tunes ever written, in my opinion. (Composed by Diz and Kenny Clarke, whose birthday is today, by the way.) Jazz heads have heard Diz and Miles and many, many others play "Salt Peanuts," but a young friend, not a Jazz head, reminded me that "Salt Peanuts" was also the tune you hear in the bathroom fight scene from Jim Carrey's movie "Cable Guy." That is Owen Wilson on the receiving end. "You know, from this angle, you look just like Dizzy Gillespie." - David Cruz

  • IAJE: T-minus 20 hours...

    January 8, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    The WBGO broadcast team is now up in Toronto, where we'll be hanging for the next few days and bringing you some of the highlights. After a few hours work, our broadcast booth is now up and has been tested. The Metro Toronto Convention Center is well-appointed and professionally staffed - it makes our job rather easy. We hope you'll keep tuning in right here at the WBGO blog, and keep listening to WBGO!

    WBGO IAJE 2008

  • Newark Arena -- Kid's Report

    January 8, 2008. Posted by Grey Johnson.

    WBGO staff were invited to attend a game at the new Newark Arena as guests of the NJ Ironmen. Membership Manager Grey Johnson brought his ten year old daughter and avid soccer player, Georgie. This is her report.

    I went to the Newark Arena last night to see a professional soccer game. Let me tell you something, it was the best night of my life! The teams were the New Jersey Ironmen against the Detroit Ignition. Unfortunately, the NJ Ironmen lost. But the competition was still great! The soccer field was huge but the teams were very good at the passing, goalkeeping and kicking, [they could kick the ball across the whole field with one kick!] I loved this building, everything is so modern! They do concerts, hockey, soccer, and more in this building. When I heard this news, I wondered how they changed the arena from a stage into a soccer field into an ice rink in only two hours! Luckily, I came across a woman who worked at the arena that could tell me the answer. She said that the soccer field was a rug that people roll up after the game is over. Under that soccer field, is a coat of ice, and under the ice is wood. If they want to make it into a stage, they melt the ice and put in a stage. Everyone was very nice to me too.