Broadcasting – The Free Music Directory Thu, 19 May 2022 14:09:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Broadcasting – The Free Music Directory 32 32 UPDATE: Major fire in downtown Hannover Thu, 19 May 2022 14:03:45 +0000

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Emergency services are at the scene of a major fire in Hanover city center this morning.

Hanover police said in a statement that officers on patrol located a structure fire at the former rooming house of the Forum Hotel at 315 10th Street in Hanover just before 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The fire also affected the building at 309 10th Street, which houses Fabulous Fashions.

“Hanover officers summoned the Hanover Fire Department to respond and entered the building to alert residents and assist in the evacuation,” a Hanover police statement said. “When officers entered the building, it was filled with thick smoke, which made rescue and evacuation efforts difficult.”

Firefighters from the Hanover, Walkerton, West Grey, Elmwood and Inter-Township Fire Departments are on the scene and have been working to prevent the blaze from spreading further to nearby buildings. Police and firefighters also evacuated residents from surrounding buildings.

Footage from the scene earlier this morning showed huge clouds of smoke billowing from buildings, as bright orange flames lit up the multi-storey interior.

A witness at the scene told us firefighters appeared to have the blaze under control by 7:30 a.m. Crews continued to blast buildings on 10th Street in Hanover with water cannons from the street, but the large flames were no longer visible.

Hannover Police Chief Christopher Knoll said on social media: “We believe all residents escaped the fire, however, officers are trying to confirm this information.”

“Due to the transient nature of many residents, officers continue to confirm that the fire did not result in any loss of life. Some pets belonging to the residents may have perished in the fire,” a Hannover police statement said.

10th Street in Hannover is closed from 9th to 11th Avenue. The police advise that the closure is expected to continue until the end of the day.

“We’re asking everyone to avoid downtown,” Knoll says.

Two Hanover police officers were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by Gray County paramedics.

Displaced residents are encouraged to come to Grace United Church on 12th Street in Hanover, where social service agencies have organized to provide assistance related to their basic needs and the necessities of life.

The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.

The Hannover Police Department continues to investigate in partnership with the Hannover Fire Department and the Office of the Fire Marshal.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated from an earlier version to include new information.

Patrick Beverley has announced himself as the next star of sports broadcasting Tue, 17 May 2022 10:06:26 +0000

After 22 years in radio, Adam “The Bull” Gerstenhaber was ready for a new adventure. Indeed, the former co-host of bull and fox on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland had no new job scheduled when he left his radio home of 11 years last month.

“I was already leaving without having a new project,” Gerstenhaber admitted in a recent phone interview with BSM. “I left before I knew for sure that I had a ‘next project’.”

Gerstenhaber was preparing for his final show with co-host Dustin Fox on April 1st when he was contacted by an executive producer at TEGNA, a company that was developing a Cleveland sports TV show on YouTube. The executive producer, who had just found out that Bull was a free agent, made it clear that he wanted Bull to be part of the new project.

Everything happened very quickly.

“Let’s talk Monday,” Gerstenhaber told the executive producer. “And within a week they signed me up.”

Cleveland’s ultimate sports spectacle on YouTube featuring Gerstenhaber, former ESPN personality Jay Crawford, 92.3 The Fan’s Garrett Bush and rotating hosts to make up a four-person panel, debuted last Monday. The show, which airs weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., features heated discussions about Cleveland sports, guests live, in the studio or via Zoom, as well as audience interactions via social media.

“I’m very excited,” Gerstenhaber said. “It’s a definite adjustment for me after 22 years in radio and television. For the past 11 years I’ve done a radio show with only one other host and I was the main guy who talked the most and now I’m on a show with three other people and it’s such a fit. So far I’m having fun.

And so far, the reaction to the show has been overwhelmingly positive.

A big reason for that is that it’s something that Cleveland didn’t have and really never had, unlike a city like New York, where there are local radio shows that are simulcast on the sports channels regional.

“There’s nothing like it in Cleveland,” Gerstenhaber said. “And there was certainly nothing like it with a sign. Cleveland is such a massive sports town and now people who don’t live in Cleveland and maybe retired to Florida or Arizona now have a show television they can watch centered on Cleveland.

The new venture certainly represents a big change from what Bull has been accustomed to in his radio career. He enjoys the freedom of not having to follow a hard clock for this show. In fact, there have already been occasions when the show was able to last a little longer than expected because they have the option to do so on YouTube.

Doing a YouTube show gives the panel a great opportunity to dig deeper into topics and spend quality time with guests. And while there’s no curse in the show at the moment, there could be potential for it later.

Don’t expect the show to become X-rated or anything like that, but the goal is to be able to capture the spirit and emotion of being a sports fan and host.

“That’s something we could do in the future,” Gerstenhaber said. “Not cursing just to curse, but it gives us the possibility if we get fired up. It is allowed because there are no restrictions there. The company does not want us to do this at this time.

There was also the change for Gerstenhaber from being the “ringleader” on his old radio show, leading the conversation and doing most of the talking, to now stepping back and having Crawford handing out the ball on the TV show. .

For a guy called “The Bull”, it will take some getting used to.

“Jay is a pro of the pros,” Gerstenhaber said. “He’s the ringleader for that, but he’s also part of the conversation. I’m not used to not being the leader so I have to adapt to that. I think it went pretty well and the chemistry is pretty good and over time we’ll get used to the rhythm.

Gerstenhaber’s move from sports radio to an Internet TV show is a perfect example of the evolution of the industry. A good portion of listeners and viewers these days, especially younger ones, do not necessarily watch traditional television or listen to terrestrial radio. For many sports fans, watching and listening on a mobile device or computer has become a very important way of life.

The desire to adapt, as well as a shorter working day, appealed to him very much.

“It’s only more recently that I thought to myself why do I only have to be a radio guy?” Gerstenhaber wondered. “There were things about my job that made me unhappy. I was doing a five hour radio show. It is too long. It’s crazy. No one should do a five hour radio show at this point.

Internet streaming has arrived, and it’s no longer just a few sports fans making a show from their garage. The company has evolved to the point where technology has provided more opportunities for those who have already found success in the industry and are looking for new challenges.

A bit like Adam The Bull!

“I think years ago, probably like a lot of people in the radio business, we looked at the internet and podcasts as rubbish…these guys aren’t professionals…they’re amateurs” , said Gerstenhaber. “But the game has changed.”

Gerstenhaber, Crawford and everyone associated with the “Ultimate Cleveland Sports Show” shouldn’t have much trouble attracting young audiences. This demographic is already used to watching shows on YouTube and other streaming platforms. The challenge now is to get the more mature audience on board. There are definitely obstacles there.

I know this from experience trying to explain to my mother in Florida how she can hear me on the radio and watch me on TV just by using her tablet.

Bull can certainly understand that.

“My mom is still trying to figure out how to watch the show live,” Gerstenhaber said with a chuckle. “Older fans struggle with that. A lot of my older fans here in Cleveland are wondering how do I watch it? For people under 40 and certainly those under 30, watching a YouTube show is like watching everything on my phone or device. It’s such a big gap and obviously over the years that group will grow.

With the ongoing TV show, Gerstenhaber still has a passion for his roots and that’s the radio side of the business. In the coming weeks, “The Bull” is expected to announce the launch of two podcasts, a daily and a weekly, which will debut next month. But he also didn’t rule out the possibility of returning to terrestrial radio at some point.

“I didn’t close the door on the radio,” Gerstenhaber said. “I still love radio. I would always consider, under the right circumstances, going back to radio, but it really would have to be the perfect situation. I’m excited about (the TV show) and at the moment , I don’t want to do anything else, but I will definitely stay open to radio if a great opportunity arises.

The landscape of the broadcasting industry, particularly as it relates to sports, has certainly changed over the years and continues to evolve. Adam Gerstenhaber has certainly had huge success on the radio side, in New York and Cleveland, but now he’s transitioned into something new with the YouTube TV show and he’s committed to making it a hit.

Mired in crisis, Lebanese start voting for new parliament Sun, 15 May 2022 09:34:00 +0000

BEIRUT — Lebanese voted for a new parliament on Sunday amid a country-shaping economic meltdown and low expectations that the vote would significantly alter the political landscape.

A new generation of candidates from the 2019 protest movement are running against the country’s entrenched ruling class that is blamed for the collapse, hoping to topple them. But they are divided and lack the money, experience and other advantages held by traditional political leaders.

Voters began voting soon after polling stations opened under the watchful eye of security forces deployed across the country. Sunday’s vote is the first since Lebanon’s implosion began in October 2019, triggering widespread anti-government protests.

It is also the first election since the August 2020 massive explosion in the port of Beirut that killed more than 200 people, injured thousands and destroyed parts of the Lebanese capital. The explosion, widely blamed on negligence, was triggered by hundreds of tons of improperly stored ammonium nitrate igniting in a port warehouse after a fire broke out at the facility.

The vote is seen as a last chance to turn the tide and punish the current crop of politicians, most of whom derive their power from Lebanon’s sectarian political system and the spoils taken at the end of its 15-year civil war in 1990 But expectations for real change were low amid widespread skepticism and resignation that the vote was sure to bring back the same political parties.

“I did what I could and I know the situation will not change 180 degrees,” Rabah Abbas, 74, said after casting his ballot in Beirut. He fears Sunday’s election will only be symbolic and that Lebanon will once again be locked in post-election political wrangling over the formation of a new government and the election of a new president in October.

“We are going to hit a wall again. Lebanon is a hopeless case,” he said.

The extent of Lebanon’s collapse was unveiled on Sunday. In the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon’s poorest city, several polling stations were without electricity and voters had to climb several flights of stairs to vote. Voters were seen using her cell phone light to check her list before putting it in the box.

Political parties and mainstream politicians remained strong ahead of the vote, while opposition figures and civil society activists hoping to overthrow them are fractured. Lebanese parties have long relied on a system that encourages voters to vote in exchange for individual favors and benefits.

Money poured in, with political parties offering cash bribes, sandwiches, transportation and other favors to voters.

Since the collapse began, tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs, the Lebanese pound has lost more than 90% of its value, and many have left the country in search of opportunities abroad. Three quarters of the country’s six million inhabitants, including 1 million Syrian refugees, now live in poverty.

The World Bank has described Lebanon’s collapse as one of the world’s worst in the past 150 years.

Some 718 candidates on 103 lists are vying for seats in the 128-member parliament. Voting takes place once every four years. In 2018, voters gave the mighty Hezbollah and its allies a majority with 71 seats.

Lebanon has more than 3.5 million eligible voters, many of whom will vote in its 15 electoral districts. Earlier this month, Lebanese living abroad voted in the countries where they live.

Major Western-backed parties hope to remove Hezbollah’s parliamentary majority, while many independents hope to crack party lists and traditional candidates.

This year’s vote comes as a powerful Sunni leader, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, has suspended political work. Some have warned that this could help Hezbollah’s Sunni allies win more seats.

After the election results are released, Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government will become an interim cabinet until the president calls for consultations with new members of parliament, who choose the next prime minister.

The new parliament will also elect a new head of state after President Michel Aoun’s six-year term expires at the end of October.

Lebanon’s Parliament and Cabinet seats are evenly split between Muslims and Christians under the constitution that was drafted shortly before the end of the civil war.

From Saturday afternoon, the Lebanese army began to deploy in areas where tensions could be expected, mainly in the vicinity of Beirut and neighboring Mount Lebanon.

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“Conversations with Friends”: Sally Rooney on screen, take two Fri, 13 May 2022 17:34:00 +0000

It’s tempting to say that if you’ve seen Sally Rooney’s 2020 Hulu adaptation normal peopleyou know a lot about how you’ll feel about Sally Rooney’s 2022 Hulu adaptation Conversations with friends. Even if I didn’t tell you that a good part of the creative team had returned, you would find out for yourself. The two shows feel like creative siblings, beyond the fact that they’re adapted from books by the same author.

But these are very different stories. normal people is more conventional, built around a couple, around their coming together and their separation over the years. Conversations with friends, while primarily the story of a shy poet named Frances (Alison Oliver), is built around four people and all the relationships between and among them, over a shorter time frame but with a dynamic complex and multidirectional. Its potential results are multiplied; its narrative paths are more curved, more entangled.

Frances’ primary relationship is with the charismatic and outgoing Bobbi (Sasha Lane), who was her high school sweetheart and remained her best friend after their breakup. They perform spoken word together, they spend all their time together, and most importantly, they both assume from the start that they share everything, that they have no secrets. At one of their performances, they meet a best-selling writer named Melissa (Jemima Kirke), and befriending her leads them to husband Nick (Joe Alwyn), a gorgeous actor who Frances is instantly and powerfully attracted to. attracted.

Eventually, this connection becomes an affair, and while Nick hiding it from his wife might seem like the biggest secret in the relationship, it’s just as important to Frances that she hide it from Bobbi. Something so big and important, something that affects one of Bobbi’s other friends, something that changes Frances’s life so much – none of these women would have ever imagined that this could happen without Bobbi know, until it happens. Is Frances, in her own way, also unfaithful, if we’re assuming she and Bobbi have an agreement that she’s breaking?

Although it’s a story of infidelity, Conversations with friends does not position itself as a cautionary tale in regards to infidelity itself. He resists making Frances and Nick’s relationship less real, or less deeply felt, than his marriage. One of the things that connects Conversations with friends for normal people is a way of filming love scenes in no uncertain terms, so that they feel like extensions of the rest of the story, so that the physical relationship and the emotional relationship are always intertwined. Frances and Nick’s sex scenes are a bit more glamorous, for lack of a better word, than the sex in normal people, but they still feel more honest than most. The affair between Frances and Nick is built on dishonesty or at least concealment, but the show films their scenes with a sensitivity that makes it clear that while in some ways this relationship can be very messy and fraught with danger for everyone. world, it’s really happy and fulfilling in others.

One of the challenges of this series is that while Frances is clearly defined, Bobbi is a little less so, and she’s just as central to the story as Nick. Because what troubles Frances, what confuses her, is not only that she has a secret relationship with Nick. It’s that she has this relationship with Bobbi which is no longer physical or romantic, but which requires the same intimacy and the same secrets – and really has the same intensity – as when they were a couple. The story takes for granted that Bobbi is electric, charismatic, someone everyone wants to be around, someone in whose shadow Frances always felt she moved. But that doesn’t always quite shine through in this depiction, where Bobbi’s emotional landscape sometimes seems a little blurrier than you’d like.

It’s admirable that the relationships in this story are so complicated and interconnected. It pushes back the notion of close relationships moving rather than existing side by side, or at least exploring what it would be like to reject that idea. It’s hard to make every element of the contemplative ending feel deserved, because it’s multiple endings in one, multiple conflicts closing together. But as was the case with normal peoplethe strength of this series is that it is quiet and reflective and pretty.

The four main performances are successful; Oliver has beautiful moments in which the normally reserved Frances is suddenly lit from within by the attention of one of the people she loves. And Kirke probably has the fewest featured scenes, but puts a lot of work into it to make Melissa neither an unselfish wife that Nick is no longer attached to, nor a sentimental, betrayed victim. Because we’re inside Frances’ head, we don’t get any time alone with Nick and Melissa’s wedding, but some of its delicate edges still stand out.

The series features great performances and is beautifully directed to find the solitude of an empty house and the privacy of sitting near someone you care about. Yet there is something about Conversations with friends it’s not as emotionally alive as normal people. The challenge of serving all of these relationships is a bit too much for the script, and Frances’ point of view, as depicted on screen, isn’t quite enough to enlighten all of these other characters and make them feel fully realised. It’s the less successful of these two related projects, but if you like your low-key dramas, you won’t be disappointed.

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Disney gears up for ad-supported Disney Plus launch Wed, 11 May 2022 23:33:20 +0000

Disney is “in good shape” to be able to launch an ad-supported version of Disney Plus this year, CEO Bob Chapek said.

Speaking on Disney’s earnings call on Wednesday, Chapek noted that Disney was already selling ads on its Hulu and ESPN Plus streaming services.