WTOP's Bob Madigan
Bob Madigan has been with WTOP Radio for 20 years. For most of that time, he has been covering the "Good" "Positive" news of Washington. Here is a chance to listen to some of his most recent pieces and you may even download if you wish. You can email Bob at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter.
This weekend tens of thousands of motorcycles converged on DC for Rolling Thunder XXVI "Ride For Freedom" 'which pays homage to the Nation's Veterans, particularly those still Prisoners of War/Missing in Action from all Wars' The main event was Sunday but the kick start was a moving and solemn ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Because of the horrific scenes coming out of Oklahoma after the tornado, the members of the Havre de Grace Seventh-day Adventist Church, Rockville and the Pray at the Pump Movement (PAPM) are sponsoring a community musical fundraiser to secure funds for the victims of the Oklahoma tragedy. Outstanding Montgomery County artists such as trumpeter Dr. Rodney Charitable and other musical and dance artists from around the Washington metropolitan area will be on hand. PAPM is suggesting that the community stop by the event in between their shopping and running weekend errands and enjoy the music and leave a donation for the victims. The contributions will be sent to ADRA, Adventist Development Relief Agency. Saturday, May 25, 2013, 11 am to 1 pm Havre de Grace Seventh-day Adventist Church, 112 West Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, Maryland. For more information call 301-768-1076 or E-MAIL RLT5401@YAHOO.COM.
This is National Police Week. It pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is centered in the 400 block of E Street, NW. Monday evening was the 25th annual Candle Light Vigil and the Roll Call of Fallen Law Enforcement Heroes added to the Memorial this year.
The Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) "has taken its place among the finest children's choral ensembles in the country, and is recognized for its education program and artistic excellence. CCW represents over 100 public and private schools in the greater Washington, DC area." They also continue to practice cultural diplomacy with a trip to China! We have a taste with these two pieces below.
But that was OK at the Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Life Center's 10th annual Mother's Day Caribbean Connection Brunch/Vigil. Listen to the two reports..
The Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Life Center held its 10th annual Mother's Day Caribbean Connection Brunch/Vigil. It was a day for DC Metro Area Women and beyond who have endured and overcome tragedies. Please listen to these two reports.
It's the name of the Food & Friend's shuttle bus that ferried nearly a dozen drag queens around DC to some of the restaurants taking part in Food & Friend's Dining Out for Life. More than 100 restaurants throughout DC, Virginia and Maryland donated 25% -110% of their proceeds from lunch and/or dinner to Food & Friends helping to get daily nutritious meals to thousands of your neighbors facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. BTW, the thumb nail picture is of "all dolled up" Craig Shniderman, executive director of Food & Friends standing with NBC News National Correspondent Steve Handelsman (who just happened to be at La Tomate in DuPont Circle when Queen Force One landed.)
One of the main stays of Food & Friends Dining Out for Life "Queen Force One" brigade is Bambi. We spoke on the shuttle bus with her photo on the banner!
TheatreWashington's Helen Hayes Awards were handed out at the Warner Theatre. It was a terrific celebration of not just theatre in Washington but of audiences, too. Click here for the winners of the "Helens"! We have three clips below, one an indepth piece that includes parts of the other two and then some. Please enjoy them and as they say "Go See A Show"!
Ever played golf in the dark? Maybe it is time to see how a blind golfer does it. On Friday, May 10th, The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind is holding their first-ever "Shot in the Dark" Golf and Dinner Classic. Listen to the two clips below to find out how it will be done. Individual tickets ( golf & dinner) are $350, dinner only (with entertainment) $150.
Woodmont Country Club, 1201 Rockville, Pike Rockville, MD
This weekend is the 'VEEP'season premier. So, HBO and the Motion Picture Association of America hosted a reception and special screening of Episodes 1 and 2, Season 2 of the HBO series, starring Julia-Louis Dreyfus. Hear what she had to say in the two clips below.
It is more than just a saying as we learned watching HBO's documentary "50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus" . Check the HBO listings and if you have "On Demand". We have local reaction in the two clips below from people who watched a preview at the the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
After a 7 year hiatus from recording Alice Smith is out with a new CD "She" . It was a long 7 year stretch for her fans to take any new tunes with them but she's been performing in the interim. We caught up with stunningly talented, locally raised, and independent singing sensation at at DC's 9:30 Club.
Possibly! Thanks to the non-profit Young Playwrights Theater. Thousands of DC area students who have gone through the playwrighting program have experienced a pretty dramatic turnaround in academic achievement. Now there is a book "Write to Dream" ‘30 of the best plays written by YPT students from 1995-2012.'
Feds facing furlough have a friend in Silver Spring. The Daily Dish A Restaurant & Catering Company which is offering 20% off Lunch Monday to Friday with government ID and furlough document (email etc) on your furlough "day off." (food only, once per week, other restrictions may apply.)
Seventh through 12th graders at South County Middle School and High School have helped raise lots of money and awareness about breast cancer for the past 7 years. It's all to support Team Heather and the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure." May 11th this year. You can hear about the talent show by clicking on the two clips below.
That's the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) which has helped fund research that saves lives. The Leukemia Ball is the huge fund raiser for the LLS National Capital Chapter and it has once again been a HUGE success. That's measured in both money raised and people honored such as Tammy Darvish Vice President of DARCARS Automotive Group, and longtime volunteer. To find out more check out the two clips below.
As proven at NOVA Idol 2013. Contestants had to be enrolled in at least one NOVA course. High school NOVA Idol contestants had be enrolled in one of the area high schools. It started out with many auditions on multiple campuses, whittled down to 65 semi finalists and ten finalist who all performed At Norther Virgina Community College, Alexandria on the Schlesinger stage. We have two clips below and you can view a video of the college winner by clicking here.
Even if that is the original name for the interPLAYcompany Band. It is a band that is made up of adults with cognitive disabilities such as Down Syndrome and other differances. Their latest concert with amateurs and professionals, high school seniors and university musicians as 'bandaides' (mentors), all performing together was totally sold out in the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. We have two clips below for you to listen to.
A new and incredibly moving ballet premiered over the weekend "Colin" about a 19 year old killed in action in Iraq. It was created and choreographed by Colin's mother Amy Grant Wolfe of Manassas Ballet Theatre, the ONLY professional Ballet Company in Northern Virginia! Below you will find three clips. The 3rd is a long form version.