Posted by: yechristian | August 24, 2015

WZLX’s John Laurenti Now a PD at 2 NH Radio Stations

John Laurenti, a veteran DJ at Boston’s WZLX FM, is now working as a Program Director at two New Hampshire radio stations. He officially started last Monday, August 17. The 2 radio stations are iHeart radio stations: WGIR/Manchester and WHEB/Portsmouth.

John Laurenti Named PD at WGIR and WHEB

This is the second time Laurenti has left WZLX. Back in 2005, he left WZLX for WBOS FM in Boston to do the afternoon shift for a couple of years until WBOS has another format change firing most of their air staff including Laurenti. For several weeks in 2012, he was doing the morning show with Karen Blake at WODS-FM in Boston (Oldies 103) just before it changed it’s format to AMP 103 and fired all its air staff. That’s radio biz!

Good luck in NH, John!

Posted by: yechristian | August 4, 2015

More Shootings & A Lion Named Cecil Has Been Murdered

I wonder if the United States has become the home for killers. There were two mass shootings in July: One at a recruitment office in Tennessee that killed five people and another at a movie theater in Louisiana that killed two people. Then, I hear on the news that an American dentist paid more than $50K to two poachers to lure and kill Cecil the lion who was on a wildlife preserve in Africa.

Poor Cecil was shot by an arrow, suffered for 40 hours before being shot by a gun, and then was skinned and beheaded. Very cruel thing to do! Trophy hunting is an obsolete sport in the 21st Century.

Video games are a better substitute for shooting actual people and animals, and no one gets killed. How about that?

Posted by: yechristian | August 4, 2015

July was a Busy Month For Me

I haven’t had much of a chance to post things until now on this blog. I’ve been busy with my cousin Chloe visiting me up here in Boston last month. We saw U2 at the Boston Garden. Chloe got the chance to be onstage with the band and dance with Bono, the lead singer. After Chloe flew back to Houston, I drove up to Old Orchard Beach, Maine, for some R & R.

Still, even though I spent a few days up in Maine. I did write a little bit, but not much. After all, it is summertime in New England. I did have to say something about that flag being put away in South Carolina. That’s why it’s posted just below this post.

Posted by: yechristian | August 4, 2015

Confederate Flag Has Gone Down

Last month, the Confederate flag was removed from Columbia’s state building grounds on July 10. That date was the birthday of late actor Nick Adams who played an ex-Confederate soldier who regretted fighting on the wrong side on the old TV show “The Rebel.”

Was that a coincidence?

The show only last two years from 1959 to 1961. Nick Adams passed away in February 1968 of an accidental drug overdose. MeTV has shown reruns of this show in the last few years on Saturday mornings. That’s how I became aware of this show. I wasn’t born yet when it originally aired on TV.

Once again, a young disturbed white man entered a gathering of people and gunned them down. This time, it happened in a Black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The killer has been arrested and said that he wanted to kill Black people.

Why do these sick young men want to kill anybody (children, moviegoers, black people, etc.)? They didn’t do anything bad to these sick young men, or maybe, the sick young men thought they did? How come no one is watching them turn into killers? Something must be done. Will better gun control laws help? Why is it so easy for them to get their hands on guns?

Not everyone should own a gun because guns are a danger to society when the wrong people have them.

Another question is: Why do these men get so mentally unhinged that they feel compelled to kill a large group of people? Where are their families and friends? How do they become loners all of the sudden? What caused them to be this way? Bullying? Child abuse (Sexual, Physical, Psychological, Verbal)?

How are we going to stop these mass killings? Are we all human targets for the next disturbed young man out there?

Posted by: yechristian | June 8, 2015

Good Luck with Retirement, WBZ’s Anthony Silva!

Back May 28, WBZ’s afternoon co-host Anthony Silva signed off for the final time. He had been at WBZ radio for nearly 36 years.

I once met Anthony at a Chamber of Commerce Breakfast that featured Mayor Thomas Menino as a guest speaker. We briefly chatted and told him that I had enjoyed his work on WBZ TV when he was doing the money reports for WBZ-TV’s 5 O’Clock news at that time. I even said to him that I had some radio experience because I had worked at Emerson College’s two radio stations, WERS-FM and WECB-AM. Anothny then informed me that he was also an alumni of Emerson College.

When I asked what class year he was part of, he told me, “It was way before your time, Dear.”

Good Luck with Retirement, Anthony!

Sadly, floods and tornadoes have been hitting parts of Oklahoma and Texas lately. I have seen the damages to both states via the TV news. Horrifying scenes.

At least 5 have been killed and 12 are missing in total from the severe weather that has hit the two states over the weekend. An AP report says that the flood waters peaked at 40 feet over the weekend.

Are we finally blizzard free at last?

I heard the news reports on the television and radio in the last few days saying that Boston is going to get hot weather this week. That means it’s time to use the air conditioners once again.

I guess I can put away the sweaters and blankets I have at home.

No more snow!!!!

Posted by: yechristian | April 28, 2015

Baltimore: A Battleground

While I was waiting to fly back to Boston from BWI Airport in Baltimore yesterday evening (April 27), I saw on the CNN news monitor at the gate the riot that was happening in the city of Baltimore. This was a sad result after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young black man who was badly injured and later died while in police custody a couple of weeks back.

Obviously, tensions in Baltimore that had been building up for years erupted into a war on the streets between rioters and police men. Cars were vandalized and set on fire. Even a CVS store was set on fire after it was looted. A baseball game had to be postponed. Everyone who was waiting for the Boston plane was looking at the CNN news report.

The people in charge that includes a black female mayor didn’t know how to handle the situation at all as it quickly escalated out of control. The Maryland National Guard had to come into the city during the night. The mayor ordered a curfew for the rest of the week.

This is going to be a sad time for Baltimore.

Posted by: yechristian | April 6, 2015

Sad News for Me: My Daddy Has Passed Away

Sad news to report: My daddy has passed away. I had been visiting him this past weekend in the Washington DC area for Easter. He had been in a nursing home since December. He has had health problems in recent years. My Mommie past away last year, January 2014. Now, Daddy has died this morning. He was 90 years old.

Not certain how often this month I will be blogging, but you regular readers know that I blog here at an irregular basis as it is.

Rest in peace, Reginald Sydney Christian!

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