Filed under: Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Comedy, Sidewalk, The Birmingham News, The Ticker, Traffic, Transportation
While we’ve been happy with the recent increase in visitors to the Ramblings due to the radio station carousel, there are some other things going on in Birmingham, Alabama midway through this first week of December 2006. We’ll see if we can’t do our best to update you on those stories.
The latest word from Sidewalk
Wade Kwon has interviewed Sidewalk board president Alan Hunter (posting the interview on his blog) and has information on the open forum that will now take place at the next Sidewalk Salon (this coming Monday, December 11, beginning at 7 p.m. @ Rojo).
Perhaps this will calm most of those that are concerned with the future of the independent film festival and the departure of two very active and passionate members of the workforce that makes the annual event possible including the resignation of Erik Jambor last week. Here’s my take on some of the early comments made about the recent string of events.
It could also raise additional questions, some of which may need to be asked so that all are on the same page.
There’s no WiFi access at Rojo, but I’m sure that someone in the metro blogosphere will be prepared to provide notes on this event after it’s all over.
And we’ll hear more about the Progress 280 proposal…in January
Today’s Birmingham News has an update on the Progress 280 proposal for an elevated highway solution for the congested-at-rush hour stretch of the U.S. highway.
Public hearings on elevated 280 lanes delayed, The Birmingham News, 12.6.2006
According to the report, the road’s future has met with some of the same traffic that its users meet up with on a daily basis. Additional public opinion on the issue will have to wait until after the holidays, during which time the pent up frustrations from holiday shopping traffic combined with rush hour will probably lead to comments no one counted on about future remedies for it. We have posted on this topic before, with a few comments resulting, though not nearly to the degree of those posted recently. We’ll see what people say on January 22 & 23, the scheduled dates for the next round of hearings.
Local comedy takes the stage at the Bottletree
I got this e-mail from my friend Christopher Davis on Monday, just before I posted about the radio station. For those that know, it’s Chris’ fault that I’m writing this thing and in this town in the first place. I mentioned his t-shirt design for City Stages back in mid-June. The traffic has kept me from posting about the upcoming show that he mentioned in the note happening at Bottletree tomorrow evening. I’m going to trust that the image I stick in here will explain enough about it.
There’s more, but we’ll save it for tomorrow.
BTW – I’ve noticed that Cox Communications has been looking at posts around here recently. Probably doesn’t mean a thing, but you never know…
Enjoy the day.
Filed under: AL, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Catalyst, city stages, Clear Channel, clearchannel, Commentary, Erik Jambor, Facebook, gospel, Hallelujah FM, music, music venues, radio, Sidewalk, Taylor Hicks, The Radio Carousel, The Rambles, The Vulcan, The X at 100.5, WENN-FM, WRAX
Thanks to all that have stumbled across this blog as a result of this story. I hope that you’re all enjoying it and that maybe you’ll nose around a bit and find some other stuff that you might like.
UPDATE: There is also a MySpace page for the new station. And FYI, the e-mails to the Vulcan are not currently active.
I’ve been interested in the fact that the entry that I posted on Monday morning is on pace to becoming my most visited ever by the end of today (actually before lunch). This would mean more than any of the Taylor Hicks posts (here’s the former #1 ), more than posts about civic engagement and community involvement. It is more than just looking at the images on the site and their downloadable links.
Here’s the Birmingham News’ take on the story from yesterday’s paper:
Gospel station turns to rock, The Birmingham News, 12.5.2006
It has solidified some of my beliefs and led me to make some interesting observations. Here are a few of them:
People may disagree on Alabama vs. Auburn, but they are willing to come together on the issue of music. (Really a no-brainer, but it is still interesting).
I probably stand by this post I typed about race in Birmingham more than ever before after seeing some of the comments at the end of the post.
The people of metro Birmingham, AL are seeking some answers on all sides of this conversation. Those that are members of Facebook should click here (if you’re not a member, you’re not going to be able to see this, sorry). A group of young adults felt compelled enough to start a group about the demise of their favorite station. They’ve even started a petition to bring back The X.
I have also seen a groundswell of concern via comments on the post from loyal listeners of Hallelujah FM asking some of the questions that were not necessarily asked by The X at 100.5 when the plug was pulled on it. It will be interesting to see how those who listened to Hallelujah FM decide to organize their thoughts and concerns.
I’ve seen the issue of religion be brought up in ways that quite frankly worry me. Now I am a damn Yankee, but I’m a God-fearing damn Yankee. I would still not say that the Lord will strike a station down for no longer carrying a certain message. I’m not sure what to think about those comments but a discussion of faith is best saved for another day and time.
That the ability to choose what one can listen to on the radio, even in the age of iPods and digital downloads, is extremely important to many people. More important than two other issues currently taking place in our community that one would think people would be focusing on just as much, a fight to save City Stages by young professionals and questions surrounding the future of one of our most unique experiences here in the Magic City, Sidewalk. But when you look at these in comparison, the issue becomes which of these do you interact with on a daily basis?
Not everyone’s musical tastes are represented in our current selection of stations. Here’s something of consider: Where the fast growing Latino population in our metropolitan area can they listen to music on the FM dial? I grew up listening to calypso and reggae as a child of West Indians and there are plenty of natives and first generation Americans in that situation here in Birmingham. We don’t even get the AM dial for options.
With all of my observations and the comments and visits to my site, I believe that what people want more than anything else are answers. I’m about to send an e-mail to the program manager at the new 105.5 (they do have a web site now – thanks to Grumpy Old Man for that info) linking to this post and the post from Sunday. I’m hoping that they will be willing to answer some of the questions that have been asked. Maybe you want to ask them yourselves. If so, click here and send one to the program manager. As to contacting Citadel Communications (The former X at 100.5), your options are to contact their corporate offices in Las Vegas or maybe even WJOX itself.
While an online petition has been set up for one, I think it’s safe to say that the X and Hallelujah are both no more. What happens next will be heavily influenced by the way that both of these new stations start out the New Year.
Any more comments, let’s hear about it.
Enjoy the day.