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Podcast: A conversation with Doug Key, founder of Rogue Island Comedy Festival

“Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself – with a smile.” – J.B. Priestley There will be plenty of smiles later this week with the start of the annual Rogue Island Comedy Festival. Doug Key, the festival’s founder, and director joined me on AM 1540 WADK Newport on October 3rd to talk about the

Podcast: Discussion with Chris Maxwell, President of Rhode Island Trucking Association

Chris Maxwell, President of the Rhode Island Trucking Association, join me today on AM 1540 WADK to update us about the opposition to the truck only tolls that state officials believe will go into effect later this year. He continues to anticipate the national trucking association will eventually file suit that will either derail the

Podcast: A conversation with Javier Juarez – DACA program

Javier A. Juarez, like many college students, is a dreamer – but in a different sense. He is among those nearly 800,000 people protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, enacted by President Obama and now threatened by President Trump. If Congress doesn’t act within the next several months Javier and the

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Podcast: Discussion with Brenda Nienhouse, Executive Director of the Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center

Sparks fly as a welder works on the stage; construction workers dig where an elevator will take patrons to a second-floor lobby. As layers of facade are removed, treasures are found in what was and will be the Newport Opera House, a vibrant performing arts venue. Brenda Nienhouse is executive director of the Newport Opera House

RI Board of Elections likely to collect only small portion of $3.6 million owed in campaign fines

The likelihood of the Rhode Island Board of Elections collecting even a small portion of the $3.6 million owed in election fines is slim, according to a Board of Elections official. “Much of that is bad debt, not collectable,” said Richard Thornton, the board’s Director of Campaign Finance. As of July 31, according to Board

Campaign fundraising sluggish in race for Paiva Weed’s Senate Seat

With the special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by M. Theresa Paiva Weed just a few weeks away (August 22), the four remaining candidates have been slow to raise funds, according to reports their campaigns filed with the state Board of Elections at the end of July. Dawn Euer, the progressive Democrat

Podcast: A Conversation with Swati Bhise, Choreographer of Newport Bridgefest’s ‘A Bridge Together’

Bringing a blend of Indian, African and American dance and music, an exciting group of musicians and dancers will present a free concert this evening at Fort Adams, as part of Newport Bridgefest, the celebration that spans the week between Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Festivals. Swati Bhise, conductor and choreographer for the orchestra and

Podcast: A Conversation with George Burton Before His Newport Jazz Festival Debut

George Burton, who was brought up on classical violin and viola, who didn’t discover jazz until his high school years…and since then it has been an exciting journey. Piano because of his instrument, and for a decade he was a sideman to leading jazz musicians. Now, with his inaugural album as a leader receiving great

Democratic Candidates Spending Increases in the Days Before the Senate District 13 Primary Election

There were no surprises in the latest financial filings of the four candidates for the Democratic nomination for the Senate District 13 seat, with each candidate left with a reasonable cash balance for the last few days of the campaign, and each showing expenditures outpacing contributions. Candidates are required to file a financial report seven

Rhode Island’s signators to the Declaration of Independence

Rhode Island’s two signators to the Declaration of Independence, could not, in many ways, be more different. One, Stephen Hopkins, was brought up in the agricultural community of Scituate, son of a farmer. He was self-educated, became a farmer himself, was a slave owner, a businessman and later, a politician.   William Ellery was brought

Democrats in Senate Race Actively Fundraising; Lining up Support From Prominent Dems around RI

The latest financial disclosure forms filed by candidates vying for the Senate seat in Newport held until this Spring by M. Teresa Paiva Weed, has found all four Democrats in the race actively fundraising, indicating a wide range of support throughout the state’s Democratic party. Meanwhile, the Republican, Green Party and Independent candidates, in papers

A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival (Part 5 of 5)

The challenge of dwindling public funds to support the arts in school has inspired Christian McBride to join with his wife, Melissa Walker, founder of Jazz House Kids, to provide young musicians an opportunity to develop and grow as artists. And, with public funding for the arts in jeopardy, McBride believes musicians will not be

A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival (Part 4)

You could say about Christian McBride that the bass was in his blood – and it was. From a father and great uncle who played bass, to Julliard in New York City to study classical bass, to the stages of the most significant jazz clubs and festivals in the world – that’s Christian McBride. He

A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival (Part 3)

An amazing bass player, band leader and composer, Christian McBride, the Newport Jazz Festival’s new artistic director, brings profound respect for the festival, and a keen sense of those who should be playing at it. He’s also not afraid to showcase young talent. “Some of it you just get excited by something that you hear,

A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival (Part 2)

George Wein calls it artistry – that something special that sets musicians apart – that ingredient that Wein would look for when booking an act for the Newport Jazz Festival. Now it’s Christian McBride who is in search of that artistry, finding a balance, “the best of every branch of the tree of jazz.” Artistry,

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A Conversation with Christian McBride, Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival (Part 1)

It was more than 25 years ago that Christian McBride played his first Newport Jazz Festival. Now, five Grammys later and considered among the best jazz bass players on the planet, McBride is taking on a huge challenge, following in the footsteps of festival founder George Wein and assuming the mantle as the festival’s Artistic

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