Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles guest Marty Appel author Casey Stengel Baseball’s Greatest Character 4/4/17

Don and Doug talk with former Yankees PR man and historian Marty Appel about his book “Casey Stengel, Baseball’s Greatest Character”.

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Sarasota Film Festival Review: Sarasota Half In Dream

(Sarasota, FL) When deciding which films I would like to review in this year’s Sarasota Film Festival, I was drawn immediately to the title in the festival’s catalog “Sarasota Half In Dream”. I’ve lived in Sarasota more than 20 years and seeing a film about my adopted hometown in our local festival appealed to my interest and curiosity. The blurb in the catalog described the film as an “experimental documentary”. That should have been a clue that what I thought the film was about was not exactly what I got to see.

The film begins with a montage of clips from old travel ads extolling the virtues of visiting Sarasota, many of which include Rick Defuria, a former circuit court judge who was also a part time actor and original anchor on Sarasota’s cable news channel SNN in the 1990’s. About two minutes in to that overly long montage segment, I knew this film was not going to be a love letter to Sarasota.

What follows is a series of segments on an abandoned golf course, factory, freight cars and highlighted (or lowlighted) by an exploration of the now defunct and decaying Colony Tennis Resort on Longboat Key. There is also an interview with someone named Elliot who spends about ten minutes criticizing Sarasota as a place filled with “the old, white and rich” that apparently don’t care about young people and that Sarasota will someday sink underwater. Elliott also complains there is nothing for young people to do in Sarasota and he and his school friends had to create their own “culture” in the woods near the school they attended.

Another long segment in the film explores a parking garage at night showing several high-schoolers using it for a skateboard park while the film’s dour narrator states Sarasota is becoming known for an abundance of garages.

In between all the decay, the film juxtaposes shots of insects, wasps, hornets and crabs on a Lido Key inlet bringing back memories of those science films shown in high school biology class.

The two filmmakers, who spoke to the audience after Sunday’s screening at the Hollywood 20 Theaters, grew up in Sarasota and said the film took more than 4 years to complete while both were going to school and working their regular jobs.

While the film is well crafted technically and uses music primarily written and performed by a local band called “Lung Cycles”, this documentary doesn’t shine Sarasota in a great light. True, all cities have sections of urban decay and run down buildings and Sarasota has its share of those, but if all you saw was this film and had never been here, you’d get the impression the whole town looked like the South Bronx in the 1970’s.

It is unclear if or how many of these films in the Sarasota Film Festival will get any kind of distribution nationally. Filmmakers hope a positive buzz from screenings will entice either distributors or television networks to buy their films. I would bet the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau would not be pleased if “Sarasota Half In Dream” was ever seen by anyone outside of our fair city.

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Book Talk Guest Siphiwe Baleka author 4-Minute Fit: The Metabolism Accelerator for the Time Crunched, Deskbound, and Stressed-Out

Doug Miles talks with author Siphiwe Baleka author “4-Minute Fit: The Metabolism Accelerator for the Time Crunched, Deskbound, and Stressed-Out” on “Talk Across America”.


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Book Talk Guest Hope Jahren, author of the NY Times Best Seller Lab Girl

Doug Miles talks with Hope Jahren, author “Lab Girl” on “Talk Across America”.


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Baltimore Orioles Sarasota Spring Training Attendance Ranks Second Highest in Club History

(Sarasota, FL) With Thursday’s crowd of 6,900 for this season’s Spring Training finale at Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles have drawn a total of 119,742 fans for 17 home games in Sarasota, the second-highest spring attendance in club history behind only the 120,455 total set in 2013. Since moving Major League operations to Sarasota, 885,055 fans have enjoyed Orioles Spring Training baseball at Ed Smith Stadium.

The Orioles had six consecutive sellouts from March 16 to March 27, helping the club to finish among the best in attendance in the Grapefruit League this spring. The Orioles ranked third highest in ballpark capacity percentage at 94% (as of data available on March 26). On average, the club welcomed 7,044 people per game.

“The Orioles are proud to continue performing among the top ballclubs in Grapefruit League attendance,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “Each spring we enjoy outstanding support from Sarasota area fans and from the tens of thousands of fans who travel to Spring Training. The support from our fans not only helps cheer on the team, but is also a vital factor driving tremendous economic impact in the Greater Sarasota area. We are proud that our facilities at Ed Smith Stadium and Twin Lakes Park continue to thrive as first-class destinations for baseball and entertainment – from Spring Training, Orioles Major and Minor League operations, and Gulf Coast League Baseball, to countless clinics, tournaments, and other baseball, arts, and community events each year.”

The Orioles begin the regular season on Monday, April 3rd at home against the Toronto Blue Jays at 3:05 PM EDT.
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Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles guest WCHR Sports Talk host Bill Werndl 3/28/17

Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles guest WCHR Sports Talk host Bill Werndl joins us to talk some Philly sports.

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Book Talk Guest David Enrich author The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History

Doug Miles talks with David Enrich author “The Spider Network: The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History” on “Talk Across America”.


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Book Talk Guest Nicholas Reynolds author Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961

Doug Miles talks with Nicholas Reynolds author “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961” on “Talk Across America”.


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Jazz Club of Sarasota presents Chuck Redd and La Lucha Trio in concert Saturday, April 8, at The Glenridge

(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents renowned drummer/vibraphonist Chuck Redd with the multi-award-winning La Lucha Trio in a special evening concert on Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota.

For this special concert Redd teams with the Tampa-based La Lucha Trio, which has performed in Spain and Italy and has been named the Creative Loafing top jazz ensemble in the Tampa Bay area for four consecutive years. The trio consists of three best friends from three parts of the world: Colombia, Mexico and the U.S., with Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O’Leary on piano, and Mark Feinman on drums.

Chuck Redd is a veteran of 25 European tours and six in Japan. He began touring at 21 as a member of the Charlie Byrd Trio, was a member of The Great Guitars (with Byrd, Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis) and played with the Barney Kessel Trio. He was artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Jazz Café from 2004-2008 and was a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for 15 years. Redd was also featured with the Milt Jackson Tribute Band and a who’s who of other acclaimed musicians including Ken Peplowski, the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli among others. He has made more than 80 recordings including “Happy All the Time,” a tribute to Barney Kessel.

Tickets at $25 for Jazz Club members and $30 for guests are available from The Glenridge at 941.552.5325 and www.gpactix.com.
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