Monday, September 21, 2009

Breast Cancer and Diabetes Fundraisers, and a Record Deal Note

As the week begins, we're basically stuck talking about WKRQ-FM 101.9/Cincinnati (not because they're not a good station - they are...) only because we're holding off on writing about the other big story of the day...We do have two other, slightly off-topic notes however...

Bosom Ball: Sunday night, while perusing the WKRQ website at, we noticed an announcement we hadn't yet seen. The station announced the annual Bosom Ball for Breast Cancer, to be held 10/15 at Madison Theater in Covington, KY. The show will feature three national acts (quoting from the announcement page here):

THE SCRIPT is an Irish trio that has opened for the legendary Paul McCartney and for U2 in their hometown of Dublin. The Script is 8 times platinum in the United Kingdom and has sold over 1.5 million albums worldwide!

PARACHUTE is a pop rock band from Charlottesville, Virginia. The members graduated from college in May 2008 and since then have been touring and promoting their debut album, Losing Sleep, full-time.

KRIS ALLEN is this year’s winner of American Idol! Kris’ path to victory included memorable performances of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and Kanye West’s “Heartless.”

Yes, this year's AI winner will be in town to perform. We're not sure Allen hasn't been touring yet.

Tickets are $25 apiece, and the event is a 21+ event... but, there will be a special soundcheck party for those under 21...with details still to be announced. The ticket price goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society.

Bras Across The Purple Bridge: Well, that's not exactly what they're calling it - but you will soon see why.

Q102's Jeff and Jenn Morning Show will be broadcasting live on Friday morning from Newport on the Levee, in an effort to string hundreds of bras...yes, bras...across the bridge known affectionately in Cincinnati as the Purple People Bridge, but which carries the official name of the L&N bridge.

In order to string Bras Across The Bridge, the morning duo needs...well, bras. And lots of them.

They're taking $5 donations, and your bras, at these locations this week:

-- Q102 Studios, 2060 Reading Road, Mount Auburn (known to TSMW readers as Bonneville Mountain)
-- 9/21 Daymar College in Bellevue (above Urban Active) 5-6 p.m.
-- 9/22 Newport on the Levee noon-1 p.m.
-- 9/23 Daymar College in Bellevue (above Urban Active) noon-1 p.m.
-- 9/24 Newport on the Levee noon-1 p.m.

Then, at the 6-10 AM broadcast, they'll put the bras together and raise them up on the Purple People Bridge beginning sometime after 7 AM.

Volunteers are needed for the effort, and you can help by meeting at the south end of the main span of the bridge at 7 AM.

As with the Bosom Ball, the donations will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and will also help other local breast cancer-related efforts.

Fashion Rules on Air: Finally, another announcement, coming both from WKRQ's facebook and station website as well.

This time, it's a contest. Yes, a contest. Or a couple of them.

First, the station's Facebook fan page announced this earlier tonight:

We're going contest crazy this week on Q -- and our Facebook fans will have the inside track to winning. Suggest this page to your friends and leave a comment saying you did. Everyone who does will be entered to win a $50 gas card. Contest ends Wednesday.

Then, from the station website:

If you think Vogue is a text book And runways are for walking summon your inner-fashionista and play Q102’s Fashion Rules. Liststen each weekday at 7:40 am, 9:40 am, 11:40 am, 1:40 pm and 3:30 pm. Correctly answer a question about fashion-ology and you’ll win a $100 gift card to the new Nordstrom in Kenwood, the hottest store to open in years!

We do have one correction...apparently, someone mis-typed up there at Bonneville Mountain.

The page linked above says "Fashion Rukes". Oops...

WKRC-TV Feel Good Moment: We do have one TV note, not related to the day's other big story (we'll write that one later today, we promise...).

As you may or may not be aware, Saturday morning Your Tri-State Media Watcher had the privilege and pleasure to attend, and walk in, the 2009 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. The effort to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Cincinnati Chapter had WKRC-TV 12 "Local12"/Cincinnati and WKRC-AM 550 "55KRC"/Cincinnati as presenting sponsors.

The "Feel Good Moment" we reference has to do with someone we recently wrote about for her work doing sports for the news station.

Cammy Dierking was, what do we call her...the emcee for the morning's festivities.

Yours truly was walking as part of Lindsay Lou's Walking Crew, which is captained by a personal friend of mine, Lindsay Zeis.

We first saw Dierking as she arrived at the walk site. After briefly explaining why we were there, Dierking said she wanted to meet Zeis. Which we were happy to help facilitate.

The reason we call this a feel good moment? It reminded us of something we said when we wrote of Dierking's fill in stint as sports anchor (the job she was originally hired to do wayyyyy back when yours truly was 4 years old).

From our post of that day:

And an aside: We're glad to see local anchor people who have not lost touch with the people they are giving information to every day. Sometimes, people can become thick-headed and/or arrogant when they reach a position such as that Dierking holds. Not Dierking, and not several others for that matter. We don't want to name any specific examples, but we've heard of a few people who were just the opposite.

That was written 3 months ago. And the above moment from Saturday morning, was really proof of what we wrote above.

Don't get us wrong: We're sure people with similar attitudes as Dierking work at every TV and radio station in town. This is just one observation that we saw of someone going the extra mile to make a person feel like their story was important.

Fantom Records Looking To Get Word Out: We've gotten this one through a friend of ours, Christopher Tolbert of the Fantom Records Street Team.

Fantom is looking to get the word out about a big time party, featuring their artists - possibly to include another friend of yours truly.

There will be a Fantom Halloween Bash (we're not yet sure of the name) on October 24 starting at 5 PM, featuring several of the label's artists. It will be at 106 Conroy Street in Falmouth, KY. Tickets will be $5, and it includes a haunted farm and hayride along with music. It is for all ages, according to our friend Christopher.

For details, log onto their myspace, at

As a general rule, we haven't really promoted record labels or records, or even artists, on this blog.

But, we're posting this in hopes that maybe the local radio stations who read us, will go down to Falmouth on 10/24 to check the talent out... it sounds like it is going to be a decent evening of fun and some great music...

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