Don’t be alarmed over the fact that Elton John slipped from our grasp as the new arena’s opening act (as explained in Thursday’s Spokesman-Review).
This does not mean the Spokane Arena won’t be getting big names. In fact, arena manager Kevin Twohig said that “we probably will get Elton John” when he books his next tour.
Also, another top-tier act is all but set for the arena during its opening month. We can’t tell you who it is yet, but here’s a hint: It’s a pop-soul quartet famous for its four-part harmonies and a recent string of No. 1 songs.
A big alternative rock act also will be announced soon.
The key, say the people at the arena, is to think of the grand opening as an entire “Opening Month,” from Sept. 16 through mid-October. In addition to those to-be-announced concerts, the arena will have:
A major country concert, John Michael Montgomery, Sept. 16.
An NHL exhibition game, San Jose vs. Vancouver, Sept. 17.
The world’s biggest circus, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey, Sept. 20-24.
A slate of Spokane Chiefs games, including the opener on Sept. 30.
An NBA exhibition game, Seattle vs. Utah, on Oct. 17.
It’s a real circus
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, by the way, hasn’t played Spokane since 1990, largely because the old coliseum was inadequate.
Circus tickets, which range from $10.50 to $14.50, go on sale Monday through G&B; Select-a-Seat outlets.
Kids under 12 get a $2 discount on the Sept. 21 show at 7:30 p.m. and the Sept. 23 show at 11:30 a.m. Also, look for discount coupons at Rosauers to get $3.50 off the price of the Sept. 20 show at 7:30 p.m.
Moon Zappa’s coming
A film crew for Cinewest productions will be in Spokane Aug. 17-20 to film scenes for a theatrical movie called “All Points Between.”
Stars include Marisa Ryan (the teenage daughter in “Major Dad”), Moon Zappa (Frank Zappa’s daughter and a VH-1 personality) and Mike Riley Burke.
This is the first major movie project for writer-director Jude Aberhard, according to Martha Lou Wheatley who coordinates film projects for the Spokane Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Spokane was chosen for the shooting for the simple reason that Spokane is featured prominently in the script. The main character falls in love while living in Spokane. It’s a romantic comedy.
“All Points Between” is scheduled to be in theaters at the end of this year or early next year, assuming that the gods of movie-distribution smile upon it.
The season of the Cat
The spring Arbitron ratings are out for radio, and this time, KDRK-FM came out on top of KZZU-FM.
Those two stations wage a tug-of-war every quarter for the No. 1 spot. The rest of the top five contains the usual suspects.
Since radio ratings can fluctuate significantly every quarter, it might be more enlightening to look at long-term trends. Here’s what they show:
KISC-FM has been steadily dropping over the last four years, from a high of 13.2 in 1991 to a low of 6.7 this quarter.
KXLY-FM, its competitor in the adult contemporary market, has gone slowly and surely up since 1993, when it had a 4.2. This quarter, it has almost caught up with KISC with a 6.4.
KKZX-FM, home of the Radio Men and lots of Led Zeppelin, has made big gains in recent years. In 1991, it scored a 4.8, and in 1993, a 6.3. This quarter, it scored a 9.3.
KAQQ-FM, haven for Como and Sinatra, has gone from a 2.2 in 1991 to a 6.1 this quarter.
Here are the rankings, for all listeners 12 and over, average quarter-hour share (copyright 1995, The Arbitron Co., all rights reserved):
1. KDRK-FM, country, 10.5.
2. KZZU-FM, contemporary hits, 9.9.
3. KKZX-FM, classic rock, 9.3.
4. KEYF-FM/AM, oldies, 7.4.
5. KISC-FM, adult contemporary, 6.7.
6. KXLY-FM, soft hits, 6.4.
7. KAQQ-AM, oldies, 6.1.
8. KEZE-FM, rock, 4.7.
9. KCDA-FM, country, 4.4.
10. (tie) KNFR-FM, country, 4.3.
11. (tie) KGA-AM, talk, 4.3.
12. KXLY-AM, news-talk, 4.1.
13. KNJY-FM, alternative rock, 3.0.
14. KTSL-FM, Christian contemporary, 2.7.
15. KKCH-FM, hot adult contemporary, 2.1.
16. KJRB-AM, talk, 1.7.
The Worst 40
Speaking of great radio, I was glued to KZZU-FM for its hilarious countdown of the Worst 40 songs of all time. Here are the Bottom Three:
3. “Seasons In the Sun,” a nauseating sing-song ditty from 1974 by Terry Jacks.
2. “(You’re) Havin’ My Baby,” in which Paul Anka trivializes one of the most profound of human experiences (also 1974).
1. “I’ve Never Been To Me,” the psychobabbling 1982 hit by Charlene, richly deserving of its No. 1 rank.
Other highlights from the broadcast: “Billy Don’t Be a Hero,” by Bo Donaldson, No. 23; “Ben,” Michael Jackson’s ode to a rat, No. 16; “Candy Man,” by Sammy Davis, Jr., No. 11; “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo,” by Lobo, No. 36; and, of course, “Feelings,” by Morris Albert, No. 12.
Spokane, world audio center
Those soundboard-tweaking audio experts at The Production Group, a Spokane audio design company, had contracts from all four major networks in one busy week.
The biggest contract was the sound for a new batch of NBC’s “Must See TV” promo spots.
They also did music for a “Murphy Brown” promo on CBS; the music for an ABC pilot called “Midtown North”; and music for FOX’s fall promos.
The FOX promos feature a jingle called “Cool Like Us,” sung by Peter Rivera, formerly of Rare Earth and now living in North Idaho. , DataTimes
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