During the 70s and 80s, Stiff Records was the small British recording label that broke all the rules and turned the heat up on the majors. Artists that at one time or another were associated with Stiff Records included Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe, The Damned, The Go-Gos, Devo, Madness, The Pogues, Tracey Ullman and many more. What was the secret of Stiff’s incredible success? Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with journalist RICHARD BALLS about his new musical history BE STIFF: THE STIFF RECORDS STORY.
VIV ALBERTINE is an artist, filmmaker, musician and former guitarist for the legendary band The Slits. Her latest solo album is titled The Vermillion Border. Viv returns to Inquiry tonight to continue her discussion of her autobiography; CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC BOYS BOYS BOYS. After she left the Slits, Viv Albertine had to redefine her life, to discover what she really wanted to become. She became a filmmaker, got married, had a daughter and had a long brutal battle with cancer and pneumonia. After all of that, she decided to make music again, but it was a long and tough slog getting back up on stage and performing in front of a live audience alone. Tune in and find out the rest of her amazing story, so far.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back HONEE HESS, Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. Joining us in the studio are two artists from the new exhibition HARMONY. MIHOKO WAKABAYASHI is a fabric artist who is a SAORI weaver. TOMO SAKAI is a glass artist who casts her glass work. Tune in and learn how these very different artists create works that are both traditional and contemporary. For more information on Harmony, please go to the website at: http://www2.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx
The late Roy Scheider was inspired to be an actor by the collaborative creativity he saw with the jazz groups he heard as a young man. Roy discusses how jazz continued to inspire him throughout his stage and screen career.
Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the musical legacy of one of soul music's most talented producers, songwriters and performers. While mostly known for his "Hi Records" sound, Mitchell's Royal Studios in Memphis recorded everyone from Al Green to Tom Jones. It all starts at 7pm!
Regina Carter and Rodney Whitaker take special delight performing in their hometown of Detroit, MI. Jazz Night in America features their sets and explores the Motor City jazz-scene through their eyes and ears
Did you know the you can file a “whistleblower” case under the "False Claims Act" which allows an insider to file a sealed lawsuit on behalf of the People of the United States against any company or organization that defrauds the government or public at large? If you've never heard of this before then be sure to tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by one of the few attorneys in America to win such a case, Brian Mahany. It was Mahnay and his firm who took on the Country Wide Financial organization and his whistleblower client reaped millions in reward.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Tim Fallon (shown, right) and Peter Racicot (left) of Fallon Ambulance Service. They talk about what drives and motivates this third-generation family business. This episode aired originally on July 20, 2014.
Fallon Ambulance was founded in 1923 by James Fallon Sr. His son, James “Ray” Fallon, Jr., served as president and owner from 1974 until his death in 2000. During Ray Fallon Jr.’s tenure, a number of his children and stepchildren stepped into leadership roles in the company as part of the third generation. One of his stepsons is Peter Racicot, who today serves as senior vice president. Peter is an avid participant in the annual Pan Mass Challenge, the 192-mile bicycle trek from Sturbridge to Provincetown. He began the race in support of Ray and to raise money for cancer research. Peter began as an emergency medical technician.
The transition to the third generation now includes Timothy Fallon, Ray’s son and the grandson of the founder, James Fallon Sr. Tim serves as president and CEO. His sister, Kathleen Mackie, and his step-brothers Peter and Normand Racicot, who is vice president, have key leadership roles in the organization. Peter began as an emergency medical technician. Under their watch, Fallon Ambulance left its longtime home in Milton and built a new facility in Quincy. And there is the presence of a fourth generation at the company, represented by seven great grandchildren of the founder.
Fallon Ambulance is one of the largest privately owned and operated ambulance services in the Northeast. It employs more than 600 people, operates more than 150 vehicles and responds to more than 160,000 emergency and non-emergency calls per year. Fallon Ambulance additionally provides medical transportation for a number of area medical facilities, including nursing homes, hospitals, and HMOs throughout Greater Boston, the South Shore and MetroWest region.
Last April, Fallon Ambulance expanded west to a new location in Ashland after it was selected as the emergency-medical services-provider for MetroWest Medical Center. The company will move into a 7,500-square-foot location in Ledgemere Park in Ashland, where it will garage six to eight vehicles. The firm had reached a deal in December 2013 to lease the site. Fallon Ambulance has hired 30 employees to assist with the expansion and named three additional supervisors for the region, which also includes a location in Waltham. The company expects about 6,000 annual transports from the expansion.
Click here for Steve’s feature article on Fallon Ambulance in the Summer 2014 issue of Massachusetts Family Business.
Artist Matt Freedman returns to Inquiry tonight. Matt is the author and illustrator of Relatively Indolent But Relentless: his revealing journal of his painful months being treated for cancer. But tonight we talk about Matt’s other artwork. Matt Freedman is a sculptor, performance artist, and writer among other things. His work is complex and fascinating. Tune in tonight and learn about his Srendi Vashtar performance, the wild “More Than Super” piece that was performed during a broadcast of the 2010 Super Bowl and all about the almost forgotten art movement called “Clumpism”. For look at some of Matt Freedman’s work, go to his website: http://mattfreedman.org/
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Martin Windrow, author and military editor of Osprey Publishing. His latest book is quite unique and unexpected. The Owl Who Liked Sitting On Caesar: Living With A Tawny Owl is a fascinating account of Martin’s 14 year close bond with a captive Tawny Owl. This owl lived in his house and became an intimate part of his life. But this is not your typical nature lover’s tale, not by a long shot. Tune in and find out why.
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