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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Entertainment: Culture

Re: “Tapping back in

Another special would be great for people like myself, who are not able to see him live. I hope it really happens!

Posted by Purple1 on 10/22/2014 at 4:22 AM

Re: “CITY's 2014 Festival Preview Guide

Don't forget about the 18th Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival, held this November 15th. For more details, see

Posted by Christopher Mead on 09/10/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “New waves

Anyone with conservative/libertarian views is welcome to do a show on Rochester Free Radio(WRFZ 106.3). Liberals/Progressives are also welcome. Just no hate speech.

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Posted by Chuck McCoy on 08/31/2014 at 8:54 PM

Re: “New waves

For anyone who would like an update on this article, Radio MuCCC (now known as WAYO 104.3 FM) recently launched an Indiegogo campaign and is taking donations at !

Additionally, WAYO is taking applications from anyone who would like to host a show. Aspiring DJs can apply online at .

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Posted by Arthur Bond on 08/26/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

Though she's not a performer, former Rochesterian and Bishop Kearney grad Bernie Caulfield is Executive Producer of the HBO series "Game of Thrones."

Posted by Sarah J on 03/22/2014 at 5:35 PM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

And then there's East Bloomfield's gift to the gay porn world, the legendary Casey Donovan…

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Posted by Fireball Junior on 03/22/2014 at 1:52 PM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

I'm not sure these individuals performed before leaving Rochester, but these names quickly came to my mind:

Peter Breck - Big Valley TV show
Foster Brooks - comedian
Louise Brooks - silent film star
Renee Flemming - does opera count as theater?
Robert Forester -Medium Cool (acad. award nomination for supporting actor)
John Lithgow - 2 x supporting actor nominee; 3rd Rock From the Sun
Hugh O'Brien - Wyatt Earp tv series

Posted by Katherine Lubitow on 03/22/2014 at 12:29 PM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

Wayne Barker, a Bloomfield High School graduate (1980 maybe?) was nominated for a TONY award for composing Peter & the Starcatcher.

Posted by Sarah Hudson Williams on 03/22/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

Actress Hudson Leick (then known as Heidi Leick) wasn't born in Rochester but did attended high school at Brighton High (Class of '87). She went on to substantial success, mostly in television, as Callisto on Xena. As well as roles on Melrose Place, other popular series, and some tv movies . She also has a handful of film credits.

Posted by kc on 03/19/2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

J Michael Zygo. Williamson grad, SUNY Geneseo grad. Original concept of Once, NY MT ONCE, Original BROADWAY cast of ONCE...still going strong. Look him up. (I have given this information on more than one occasion)

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Posted by Teeple Bunch on 03/19/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “More local boys (and girls) done good

Cass Morgan, Brighton High grad class of 1963 ( Sandy Balch)
Grew up in Rochester, has also preformed at GEVA many times. She is currently in the Broadway show BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY.

Cass Morgan Theatre Credits

The Bridges of Madison County [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Memphis: A New Musical [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Mary Poppins [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Bird Woman
Ring of Fire [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Ring of Fire [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 2005
The Immigrant [Off-Broadway]
The Immigrant [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2004
Ima Perry
Tarzan [New York]
Workshop, 2004
The Capeman [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1998
Mrs. Young
Violet [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1997
Old Lady 1/Hotel Singer1/Old Lady 2
Floyd Collins [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1996
Miss Jane
Inside Out [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1994
Inside Out [Off-Broadway]
Merrily We Roll Along [Off-Broadway]
York Theatre Company Production, 1994

Beauty and the Beast [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Mrs. Potts [Replacement]

The Knife [Off-Broadway]
The Knife [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1987
Another Paradise [Off-Broadway]
Hang on to the Good Times [Off-Broadway]
La Boheme [Off-Broadway]
The Human Comedy [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1984
Mrs. Kate Macauley (Standby)
Pump Boys and Dinettes [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1982
Rhetta Cupp
Pump Boys and Dinettes [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1981
Rhetta Cupp
Pump Boys and Dinettes [Off-Broadway]
Rhetta Cupp
Gold Dust [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1979

Posted by LHS on 03/19/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “New waves

Reading “Radio Waves (City, 3/12),” reminded me of how the game of “community radio” is played. As a former call-in show host on a "community" radio station (WITR, 12/91-1/92), I know how it will be played by these new "powers that be (Chuck McCoy, Mike Yates and Dave Sutliff-Atias)."

I was canned after only four shows, because management at WITR did not agree with my views.

Yates claimed that Radio MuCCC will "have a space for relevant and interesting talk, and a place for experimentation --- a place for voices that are underrepresented in the Rochester media."

He then said he will have no place for people who "aren't broadcasting hate speech."

In other words, whatever he may say to the contrary, he won't allow conservative views on his station.

If he does, either he or one of his hosts will control the dialogue so as to make one's opponent look like a fool, or there will be more than one person from the left who will gang up on that person.

McCoy argued "if you don't like someone, you can give your opinion, but no attacks."

Let's see how long it will take for a left-winger to attack a conservative and be chastised for it on McCoy's or Yates’ station.

It will be a longer wait than what would happen if the shoe goes on the other foot.

Effective talk-radio hosts (no names need be mentioned) entertain, inform, educate, promote an emotionally and intellectually honest discussion of the issues and events of the day, and provide a catharsis for listeners and callers.

How many “liberal hosts can do that?

Air America, which was carried years ago on WROC-950 AM, crashed in the ratings, because its hosts talked down to, and insulted audiences with the same bromides that their friends in mainstream media (Gannett, NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, New York Times, etc.) pushed, despite their claims that their reporters were objective.

More importantly, the views expressed by conservative hosts have validated, and continue to validate, the concerns and fears of their listeners who have been long put off by establishment media organizations.

Complain all you want about signal strength.

Content matters, especially in talk-radio.

Apparently, McCoy, Sutliff-Atias and Yates are really not really interested in facilitating entertaining and informative talk programming, but are more interested in acting as shills for left-wing special interest groups (Hispanics, Blacks, LGBT, etc.) and, maybe, a mayor and a few of her cronies.

They should know enough people in town with like minds and enough money to buy and run a commercial station, on which they could promote their left-wing agenda.

However, they have sided with the government-controlled WXXI-1370 AM, in refusing to compete in the marketplace of ideas.

With that in mind, I would be more than glad to offer my services to managers at any station in town, and show them that the formula I mentioned in this essay can work on the local level.

I doubt there will be any takers.

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Posted by Bill Franklin on 03/15/2014 at 8:37 PM

Re: “The Rochester 10

A couple of names to add to your list of Rochester A-listers:

Danielle Raymo - Rochester Brainery, Slow Food Rochester
Shawn Dunwoody - FOURWALLS Gallery, From the Ground Fashion Show
Agathi Georgiou - From the Ground Fashion, Festival coordinator
Mike Governale - Rochester Subway, Reconnect Rochester
Benjamin Woelk - Slow Road, GardenAerial
Chris Hartman - Good Food Collective
Ken Braley - The Snowball Effect
Jonathan Mervine - Roc Brewing Company
Kathy Turiano - Joe Bean Coffee Roasters
Caitlin Meives - Landmark Society

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Posted by rochesterwatch on 01/03/2014 at 5:04 PM

Re: “The Rochester 10

Ryan Acuff and Take Back The Land should have to pay for the damage done to "vacant" foreclosures when homeless people "move" into them.

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Posted by Neighbor to a "vacant" foreclosure on 01/02/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “The Rochester 10

I had the privilege of working with Mike Keefer when I was at URMC not long ago. You could not have chosen a finer scientist or human being for this distinction. What a great profile Tim Macaluso! Thank you.

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Posted by Carole D on 01/02/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “The Rochester 10

Gerry Hunt has a tremendous Rochester asset and is underutilizing it and under engaging the African American community as well as the community at large. The facility needs set hours of operation even if limited and/or seasonal. The resource center should be rentable for private events as a revenue source. He and his board also DO need to form development and fundraising strategies as all other not for profits do in ROC and all need to be held accountable by those who donate funds, recourses of any kind including time and talents, etc. If hours to review the collections and/or do a site visit are set appointments should be made in advance and kept! The Center needs to join and be active in VisitRochester, RBA and Rotary to facilitate relationships and approach people who can and will help bring this venue to its fullest potential! M. Hardy,

Posted by M Hardy on 01/02/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “The Rochester 10

Seth Mason writes a blog called "The Magic Spider" . He covers an amazing variety of subjects. You have to read his stuff a few times to go where he is going. This is an intense intelligent person. His thoughts get a person thinking.

Posted by Debbie on 01/01/2014 at 8:12 PM

Re: “The Rochester 10

Excellent list! Proud to be a Rochesterian.

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Posted by Ed Wiltse on 01/01/2014 at 12:56 PM

Re: “The Rochester 10

Dear Ray,

That's a great point, and something we should absolutely consider if we do a second version of the Rochester 10. Are there people in the faith community you would recommend in particular?

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Posted by Eric Rezsnyak on 12/31/2013 at 3:51 PM

Re: “The Rochester 10

I really appreciate this piece and the folks highlighted who represent the broader depths of talented folks in Rochester. I just wonder if a faith community was not included because there are none who have made as critical differences in the city - or if communities of faith are seen as less than relevant compared to the other categories. Again, thank you for lifting these folks up to our community, Ray Bagnuolo, Rochester, NY

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Posted by RBagnuolo on 12/31/2013 at 3:08 PM

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