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Big-Band Show A Highlight Of Station’s Format

There’s a new nostalgia/easylistening station in the Spokane area: K-107 - The Music of Your Life.

It is actually KAZZ-FM, 107.1, out of Deer Park. Most people have known this station as Radio Aahs, the kids’ station. KAZZ-FM carried the syndicated Radio Aahs children’s network for three years, but it has now switched to a satellite-feed format specializing in the tunes of Sinatra, Streisand, Manilow, Lightfoot and other mellow masters, 24 hours a day.

“We just couldn’t get any support for Radio Aahs, any advertising support,” said station manager Ron McGuire. “This has done better in three months than Radio Aahs did in three years.”

The switch actually took place back in October, so you could say that Mr. Spotlight has not exactly been on top of this story. My only excuse is that it’s hard to pick up this station at my house in south Spokane, or even in my office downtown. The signal is about 10,000 watts, which makes it one of the weaker FM stations in the area. Most FM stations have five or even 10 times the power.

Still, many parts of Spokane can pick up the signal, and so can many areas of Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls. And, of course, it comes in loud and clear in north Spokane and the Deer Park area.

The station is worth searching out if only for its lone local show, “Big Band Classics,” hosted by local bigband expert Warren Durham every Saturday at 7 p.m.

Another local ‘Prefontaine’ connection

Not only does the Mead High School cross-country team appear in the Disney movie “Prefontaine,” but so does young Ryan Brewer, a sophomore at Central Valley High School.

Brewer has a speaking role in the movie. He plays James Buck, the star football player on Steve Prefontaine’s junior high football team. Brewer even gets to score a touchdown in the movie.

He won the part through an audition, and was paid $500 for four days of work on location in the Magnolia area of Seattle.

“Prefontaine” opened Friday at selected cities, including Seattle and Portland. No decision has been made on when it will open in Spokane, but if the movie does well at the box office, it should be soon.

Were you in ‘Dante’s Peak’?

Speaking of local actors, I want to hear from you if you had a significant role in “Dante’s Peak.”

If you had a speaking role or any substantial role in the movie (it has to be something more than just being an extra or being in the crowd scenes), call my voice-mail at 459-5493, e-mail me at jimk@spokesman.com or write me at the Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210.

Make sure you leave me your phone number. I’ll be doing a feature on local actors in the movie.

The ‘Star Wars’ schedule

The re-released and enhanced version of “Star Wars” will arrive on Friday at the East Sprague and Lyons Ave. cinemas.

It will stay at both theaters for three weeks, until Feb. 21, when it will be replaced by “The Empire Strikes Back” for a two-week run. “Empire” will be followed by “Return of the Jedi” on March 7 for a two-week run. Make the appropriate entries in your personal scheduler.

A Martha Graham connection

Greg Presley of Spokane will be one of the more interested parties in the audience for the Martha Graham Dance Company on Tuesday at the Spokane Opera House.

Presley, a pianist, once accompanied Graham’s troupe at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, among many other places.

Presley was the registrar and accompanist for the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York from 1979 until about 1984.

“I got to know her pretty well, for someone who met her at such a late stage in her life,” he said. “She was friendly with people she trusted and she was very respectful of musicians.”

Presley, a graduate of Gonzaga Prep, got the Graham job soon after he moved to New York. After about five years with Graham, he took a job teaching music for dance at Florida State University. He retired last year and came back to Spokane.

‘Are Journalists Playing Fair?’

A live panel discussion and call-in show titled “Are Journalists Playing Fair: Advocacy, Bias and the Media” will air Thursday at 7 p.m. on KSPS-7.

Hugh Imhof will moderate this show, which will feature reporters from the major Spokane news organizations. The topic: How do journalists cover controversial issues? The audience, which will also participate, will consist of representatives of groups that have been the subjects of controversial stories. Viewers can also call in questions.

The show is sponsored by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The CDA Summer Theatre lineup

The Carrousel Players of the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre have announced this summer’s lineup of shows:

“Annie Get Your Gun,” the classic Irving Berlin cowgirl musical, July 10-19.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s flamboyant biblical spectacle, July 24-Aug. 2.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” the bawdy romp through a house of ill-repute, Aug. 7-16.

“South Pacific,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece, Aug. 21-30.

The Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater is a professional summer-stock theater celebrating its 30th anniversary. For subscription information, call (208) 769-7780 or toll-free, 1-800-4-CDA-TIX.

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