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August 17, 2012

‘The 413’

I know its been over two weeks since my last posting. Soon I will have more content up. Meanwhile, my friend Noelle sent me the video above from Agawam native and rapper Dr. Westercheston, singing about that four county area in the western most part of Massachusetts  south of New Hampshire and Vermont, north of Connecticut, east of New York, and west of everything else in the Commonwealth.

Westercheston, according to an April article in the Springfield Republican; was actually tapped by the Warren campaign and the Democratic state Convention which was held in Springfield, MA the largest city in Western Massachusetts, to perform this song. The songs title 413 refers to the area code. Those of you who are from any of the 102 cities or towns in the four counties that make up this culture rich and college heavy section of the Bay state will laugh, while the rest of you will learn something.

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May 15, 2012

The Valley Advocate’s ‘Best of the valley readers poll 2012’ results

   It might be a little late but due to the unexpectedly high number of views that I saw the ‘Valley Advocate’s Best of    readers poll 2011’  get when I posted it on here last year, I thought it would be appropriate to make my first post after several weeks of reluctant exile from the blogosphere this years winners in what has become a tradition of sorts in Western Massachusetts.

For all those outside the region who don’t know, the Valley Advocate is an immensely popular weekly publication of news, commentary, and events listings in Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont that is about as ubiquitous as a Bible is in Vatican city.

Every year between January and mid April readers are encouraged to go online and cast a ballot in one of  nine broad categories for 177 businesses, services, places, or products unique to the region with superlatives range from the best Bakery, to the best auto repair shop, the place serving the best margaritas, the best Financial services and just about everything else you can envision.

Eventually voting is then stopped and  all results can be tabulated and later published in an April issue of the advocate , and locations dubbed ‘the best’ then often display their badge as a seal of local pride in their establishment windows and in their advertising. So this years winners are…

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March 11, 2012

Berkshire radio station pulls Rush Limbaugh from its lineup

 

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A Pittsfield radio station became the second to drop the ‘Rush Limbaugh Show’ from its weekday programming, a week after he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a ‘slut’ and ‘a prostitute’ on his show.

Management at 1420AM WBEC announced on Monday March    5 that the conservative nationally syndicated talk show will no longer fill its noon to 3pm time slot, due to Limbaugh’s remarks which the station says go beyond ‘the bounds of civility’.

“Rush’s defamatory and disparaging remarks about Ms. Fluke clearly violated the standards we have set for our stations and left us with no choice but to remove him from our airwaves,” said WBEC Marketing Manager Peter Barry in a written statement posted on the station’s website.

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November 21, 2011

‘Wolf Man Conspiracy’ live at the Iron Horse in Northampton Massachusetts

The quality of the video might not be that good, but this is the Western Massachusetts band ‘Wolf Man Conspiracy’, performing live at the Iron Horse in Northampton MA on the night of Saturday Nov 12.  

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September 28, 2011

The Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam

The logo for the Valley Advocate's 2011 'Grand Band Slam' (Pic courtesy of Valley Advocate)

 

The Valley Advocate  released the names of the winners of this year’s annual ‘Grand Band Slam’, in last week’s issue.

I actually wasn’t going to do a post on this, but I remembered how my post of the results of  the Advocate’s  ‘Best of the Valley 2011 Readers Poll’  was one of my most viewed posts. Besides, I thought those who reside outside the valley and view my blog, those local music fans who don’t regularly read the Advocate ( a rare breed), or those who don’t read the Advocate and read my blog (hey, it could happen); could hear the rooster of names who have been crowned  winners in this local contest.

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