March 16th, 2010
12:33 PM ET
Ron Lundy, one of the most influential DJs from the golden age of Top 40 AM radio, has died, according to the trade publication Radio Business Report.
Lundy was one of the jocks at WABC-AM New York during that station's long reign as the No. 1 radio station in the country.
Along with WABC colleagues Dan Ingram, Bruce Morrow and Harry Harrison, Lundy helped shape the sound of Top 40 radio around the country - partly thanks to WABC's 50,000-watt clear channel signal, which could be heard for hundreds of miles on a clear night.
February 26th, 2010
03:59 PM ET
Today would have been Johnny Cash's 78th birthday, and as we noted in a previous post, there's been a push by the Cash family, producer Rick Rubin and Cash's record label to get people to wear black in honor of the singer known as the Man in Black.
Yes, there's a promotional side to it - Cash's last Rubin-produced album was just released - but there's nothing wrong with paying tribute to Johnny Cash. As many of you indicated in your comments, he had quite an impact on American culture.
Some of the messages we received were quite moving, about parents who instilled their love of Cash's music in their children, or people who wrote about what songs such as "Man in Black" or "What Is Truth" meant to them.
So, are you wearing black? Let us know - and feel free to send images or videos to iReport.
February 24th, 2010
06:11 PM ET
On Monday, the headquarters of Philadelphia International Records in the City of Brotherly Love was hit by a fire.
Philadelphia International - founded by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and responsible for hits by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Delfonics and the Three Degrees - lost some of its memorabilia to fire and water damage, including gold and platinum records.
A 27-year-old man was charged with arson today, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He had to be rescued from the blaze when it happened. (An iReporter took pictures of the blaze, including a man being led down a ladder.)
The founders were undaunted.
“He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Arson is terrible. But in the meantime, we’re thinking about the next step. And the beat goes on,” Gamble and Huff said in a statement.
February 24th, 2010
01:27 PM ET
Johnny Cash would have been 78 on Friday.
The Man in Black died in 2003. To the end, he was a voice of truth and humility, a connector of generations, a legend. (You can still hear that voice: His last album with producer Rick Rubin, the bare-bones "American VI: Ain't No Grave," came out on Tuesday.)
In honor of the great man's birthday, the Cash family, Rubin and his American Recordings and Lost Highway Records are asking for a tribute: Wear Black for Cash.
February 23rd, 2010
03:32 PM ET
Now it's Tony Kornheiser who has put his foot in his mouth.
The co-host of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" - known as much for his sarcastic jokes as his sports talk - turned his commentary to ESPN colleague Hannah Storm's outfit on his radio show last week.
According to The Sporting News, Kornheiser called a Storm outfit "horrifying" and described its fit on her as "like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body."
February 19th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
John Mellencamp has yet to respond to requests that he leave his "Small Town" for Washington.
Though 1,700 people have joined a Facebook group called "Draft John Mellencamp for Senate," the hitmaking Hoosier's representative told CNN that he had no comment on the movement.
The Facebook supporters are responding to the announcement by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) that the two-term senator and former Indiana governor won't seek re-election this fall.
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