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#TakeAKneeChallenge with Grand Agent and Cut Supreme

Philadelphia Hip-Hop Legend Grand Agent will be hanging out with Cut Supreme all day on Thursday Jan. 4, 2018. On both of Cut’s shows that day, The Training Session (1-3 pm) and The Trim Mix Party (Midnight-3am), GA will discuss how his group, Tribeca-Grand, is motivating social media to take a stand for a cause of their choice with the launch of their #TakeAKneeChallenge.

The contest, running January 1-31, 2018 asks participants to upload an Instagram video of themselves kneeling, explaining their cause and playing the group’s song “Take A Knee” in the background.

Click this link to learn more about the contest. 

Meghan Cary and Denny Laine on The Spin Zone

Tune into the Spin Zone on Tuesday, January 2, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM for a special featuring Meghan Cary and Denny Laine.

Long Island Music Legends, Vanilla Fudge, on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film

Thursday, December 28, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Legendary members of the rock group Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice and Vinny Martell, will be Tom Needham’s exclusive guests for the final ‘Sounds of Film’ of 2017 on Thursday at 6 PM on WUSB. They will be talking about Vanilla Fudge’s influential music career and their new DVD/CD, ‘Live At Sweden Rock – The 50th Anniversary.’

Originally formed in 1967, Long Island’s Vanilla Fudge members Carmine Appice, Mark Stein, Vinny Martell and Tim Bogart became famous for playing re-vamped rock versions of popular soul hits. They became one of the most successful psychedelic rock groups to emerge out of the 1960’s with sold out world tours, hit singles and albums, and a reputation for cutting-edge musicianship. At one point, they toured with Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zepplin was their opening act. Their hit single “You Keep Me Hanging On” landed them on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ ‘The Dick Cavett Show’ and ‘The Merv Griffin Show.’ On October 15, 2006, they were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame along with Billy Joel, Joan Jett and Twisted Sister.

For more information, visit https://www.longisland.com/news/12-27-17/long-island-music-legends-vanil...

It’s A Wonderful Life on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film


Tune into a special holiday edition of The Sounds of Film with Tom Needham featuring a special audio broadcast of Frank Capra’s beloved It’s A Wonderful Life and the children’s holiday classic, Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

In 1946, Capra’s holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey was actually considered communist propaganda by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1947, the House on Un-American Committee held a hearing on the matter. The FBI determined that the film intentionally maligned the upper class. They determined that there was a deliberate attempt by the filmmakers to discredit bankers by portraying Potter as the villain.

Similarly, the children’s claymation special, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, tells the radical story of an outlaw, Kris Kringle, who disobey’s the selfish Bugermeister‘s law forbidding the ownership of toys by delivering presents to children in the darkness of the night. The show stars Fred Astaire as the narrator and Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle.

The Sounds of Film will air an audio broadcast of the 1970 Christmas special, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life on Thursday at 6 PM.

Captain Phil's Planet Holiday Special

Celebrate the holidays with Captain Phil featuring music by Big Big Train, Spiraling, Pandafan. Jethro Tull (Of Course!) Mariah Carey (!?) and a live reading /performance of The Grinch who Stole Christmas starring Anne Marie Strauss, Captain Phil and Scarbucket as Cindy Lou Who (Formerly of Tatooine.)

Let us know you're listening, RSVP on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/310974216075037/

Airs Thursday, December 21, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 PM

Ken Burns’ Longtime Composer, David Cieri, on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film

Thursday, December 14
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Brooklyn composer, David Cieri, will be a guest on Tom Needham’s ‘The Sounds of Film’ this Thursday at 6 PM. He will be speaking about his latest CD, ‘Notes From The Underground: 10 Years With Florentine Films.’

David Cieri has a 10-year relationship scoring films for Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Through the years, he has contributed musical scores to many of Florentine Films’ documentaries including ‘The Vietnam War,’ ‘The Roosevelts,’ ‘Prohibition,’ ‘Baseball,’ and ‘The Address.’

For more information, visit https://www.longisland.com/news/12-13-17/ken-burns-longtime-composer-dav...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, on the Sounds of Film

Actress Grace Van Patten and The Rider composer, Nathan Halpern, are Tom Needham’s special guests this week on Thursday at 6 P.M. on WUSB’s The Sounds of Film.

Tom Needham met up with Grace Van Patten earlier this year at the Hamptons International Film Festival’s presentation of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch. She spoke about Noah Baumbauch’s Netflix film, The Meyerowitz Stories starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. The film, featuring an original score by Randy Newman, was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section and won the Palm Dog award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The movie is about a group of troubled siblings and their dysfunctional dad. Grace Van Patten plays Eliza who is a young experimental film student.

For more information, visit https://www.longisland.com/news/12-07-17/noah-baumbauchs-the-meyerowitz-...

Rocco DiSpirito on the Sounds of Film - TONIGHT at 6:05 PM.

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito will be calling into the Sounds of Film at 6:05 PM to discuss his book signing at Book Revue in Huntington, NY, which is tonight at 7:00 PM.

Brooklyn Academy of Music’s The Fountainhead Previewed on Tom Needham’s The Sounds of Film


Thursday, November 30, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

Ann Ciccolella, the Artistic Director of Austin Shakespeare, will be Tom Needham’s special guest this Thursday at 6 P.M. on WUSB’s The Sounds of Film. They will be discussing the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s presentation of Ivo van Hove’s The Fountainhead, based on the book by Ayn Rand.

For more information, visit https://www.longisland.com/news/11-29-17/brooklyn-academy-of-musics-the-...

Don Stratton on Global Rhythms

Thursday, November 30, 2017
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tune in this Thursday evening November 30th for a Special Edition of “Witness to History” when Chris LaPorta proudly welcomes USS Arizona survivor Donald Stratton to the Global Rhythms program. Of the 335 Sailors who survived the historical attack on and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Mr. Stratton is one of only five remaining to tell the story of that fateful day when the United States was drawn into World War II. His book “ALL THE GALLANT MEN – The First Memoir of a USS Arizona Survivor” was released in 2016.

The book will take you from the Dust Bowl fields of Nebraska where Don grew up to the deck of the USS Arizona on Sunday, December 7, 1941 and beyond to the 75th anniversary of the attack. Mr Stratton’s book will be released in paperback on December 7 th , the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tune in Thursday evening between 8:00 and 10:00 PM on WUSB 90.1 FM and www.wusb.fm, for a trip back into history through the eyes of Donald Stratton who survived this “Day of Days”!