These companies will play for the cause: Welch Allyn, C&S Companies, Carrier Corporation, Constellation Energy, CX Tech, King and King Architects, Lockheed Martin, Onondaga Community College, The Post-Standard, Sensis Corporation, The Syracuse New Times, University Hospital, Visual Technologies and Wynitt.
Paint it red: Guitarist John McGloon (left) and
keyboardist Paul Liberatore (right) of Welch Allyn’s band, the
Arrhythmics, will try to retain their champion’s title during this
year’s Rockin’ the Red Cross.
Hosting the event will be WNTQ-FM 93.1 (93Q) morning-drive jocks Ted Long and Amy Robbins, while local musicians Todd Hobin and Joe Whiting, Le Moyne College artist-in-residence Andrew Russo and The Post-Standard music editor Mark Bialczak will judge the competition. Considering that Marky Mark’s own company band is among the competitors, however, it’ll be up to the reconstituted New Times Banned to kick some ass, take some names and inform those other corporate acts, “You got served!” For information, call 475-7979.
. . . Be prepared to stretch your mouse-clicking finger, because the Syracuse New Times Syracuse Area Music Awards’ 2008 People’s Choice vote has begun. Awards to be given to a band and a venue based on popular whim will be decided through the Sammys’ Web site, www.syracuseareamusic.com. Votes will be held in three phases: voters first write in or select any nominees they wish; then, options will be trimmed to the top 128 bands, and winnowed down by half each week prior to the show. The four winning candidates will be featured on the Sammys Web site in the final phase, which will take place the week prior to the June 6 award show at the downtown Taste of Syracuse. Visit the Sammys’ site for more information about the rules.
. . . Veteran disc jockey Nick Caplan parted ways with WOLF-FM 100.3/96.5 (Movin’ 100) following his Feb. 25 morning broadcast. As a dawn-patrol deejay and program director, Caplan hit the local airwaves in late 2006 as part of Movin’s dance-and-disco format, and his return represented a cyclical homecoming: He was one of the last on-air jocks to bid farewell to WOLF-AM’s rock’n’roll format in 1981.
. . . The New York State Fair has retained Live Nation, a 3-year-old, Web-based spur of the Clear Channel empire, to book concerts for 2008. Jim Koplik, a chairman for the national promotion company, explained in a press blurb, “Historically, concert promoters have competed with local fairs in securing talent. This year we sat down with the New York State Fair, put the competition aside and created a win for both sides.” The Live Nation collaboration was presumably triggered by last summer’s departure of longtime fair marketing director Joe LaGuardia, a hard act to follow.