The pianist discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino talks with Arthur Hicks Jr., president and CEO of Cybex International, which is based in Medway. This interview aired originally on April 15, 2012.
“American businesses face an onslaught of obstacles,” Art Hicks wrote in a March 14, 2012 Fortune magazine article titled Restoring Sanity To the U.S. Tort System. “With Japan set to lower its corporate tax rate next month,” he continued, “the United States will have the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world – at 39.2 percent. Even worse, U.S. businesses confront a byzantine regulatory environment that adds hundreds of millions of dollars in compliance costs.”
Cybex produces premium commercial fitness equipment designed for exercisers from first-time users to professional athletes. The publicly traded company has two manufacturing facilities in U.S., a total of 550 employees and about $100 million in annual revenue.
Cybex recently settled a lawsuit with a New York State woman whose use of one of the company’s machines left her paralyzed. There was no dispute that the plaintiff had misused the machine and that the machine has operated without problem for more than 20 years. Yet the jury awarded her damages of $66 million. It was, at the time, the highest personal-injury reward amount in the history of Western New York, and 10 times the average for cases of this type.
Eventually, Cybex settled out of court, agreeing to pay to the plaintiff, net of insurance, about $1.5 million, of which about $18.5 million will be paid at the consummation of the settlement, with the balance paid over seven years. As part of the settlement, Cybex will be released of all further liability with respect to the litigation, which will be dismissed with prejudice. Cybex will satisfy its cash obligation through available cash, its existing line of credit and additional financing, which it is in the process of arranging with its principal bank.
Inquiry welcomes WILLIAM WALLACE Director of the Worcester Historical Museum. Bill talks about the exciting new “Worcester Talks” program in which the museum is recording people talking about their experiences and memories of Worcester in the 1960s. This was a time of real transition for the city, a period of cultural change, political protests and the “smiley face”. So tune in, turn on and hear about how you can be part of this project OR go to the museum’s website for contact details at: http://www.worcesterhistory.org.
Birding is an extremely popular outdoor activity. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling the world looking for ultra-rarities or checking out the common species at the feeders in your own backyard, enjoying birds is a great way to enjoy the natural world throughout the year. But most field guides don’t tell you how to go about birding, how to start or how to improve your field skills. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome DEREK LOVITCH, who has worked on avian research and education projects throughout the United States. His new book HOW TO BE A BETTER BIRDER is for birders of all skill levels, and will certainly help you look or birds in a new, more exciting and productive way.
For his uncompromising, serious music, the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival was eager to present Charles Lloyd. He could bring any group, they told him. Charles said he would bring Sangam (means "confluence"), his east-west trio with Zakir Hussain on tablas, Eric Harland on drums, and Lloyd on saxophone. Join three musical spirits, flowing together.
In this edition of "Folk Revival," host Nick Noble plays requests from listeners and fan favorites, as well as several new releases and recordings by local artists.
Kris Bowers began classical piano studies as a toddler in Los Angeles. In 2011, he walked away with the top honor at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition—a major career boost for the Juilliard student. He brings his award-winning chops to the Piano Jazz studios for this set of tunes.
Tonight on Inquiry we have a special discussion about the new documentary ALL AGES: THE BOSTON HARDCORE FILM. In the early 1980s a dynamic homegrown music scene evolved around local hardcore rock bands. This included bands like S.S. Decontrol, Gang Green and Jerry’s Kids. The fans were loyal, independent, and very supportive of the local musicians. This unique music scene became famous around the country for its fierce “do-it-yourself” ethic and chaotic audience participation. The film ALL AGES captures all the energy and youthful bravado of this era in Boston through footage from the era as well as contemporary interviews with an amazing variety of people who were there. Tune in as we talk with DREW STONE (Director), DUANE LUCIA (Executive Producer) and KATIE GOLDMAN (Producer). To see the film trailer go to:
We revisit Judy’s conversation with the late Skitch Henderson about his Hollywood years with Bing Crosby and Sinatra and his long career with the NBC Orchestra and the Tonight Show.
Soul music lost a true genius when Motown's Funk Brother Bob Babbitt passed away last week. Join host Tom Shaker as he welcomes Steve Moysey into the WICN studios for a one-of-a-kind tribute to one of pop music's greatest bass players. It starts at 7pm!!
Soul music lost a true genius when Motown's Funk Brother Bob Babbitt passed away last week. Join host Tom Shaker as he welcomes Steve Moysey into the WICN studios for a one- of-a-kind tribute to one of pop music's greatest bass players.
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