WTOP's Bob Madigan
Bob Madigan has been with WTOP Radio for 18 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter.
** PHOTO: Bob Madigan, left, shaved his head for childhood cancer.
Some people need hope, some people have hope, some people share hope and sharing is what the Hope Life Centre in Upper Marlboro is all about. The organization just held it's first benefit charging only $10 for an evening of gospel music, comedy, magic, and dance performances.
and so are the Washington Kastles. Superstar Venus Williams gave the WTT Champions just what they needed to win their 23rd consecutive match.
Tuesday night (5/17) was The Washington Kastles Charity Classic 2012 Stars and one the Stripes -- composed of leaders from both parties, Congress, the Administration, Ambassadors, national media and sports personalities, and the players on the WTT Champion Washington Kastles. 100% of the ticket proceeds going to charity. Including D.C. Public Education Fund, Share Our Strength and TAPS Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors left behind by a military death.
And now 15 years later there are 11 farmers markets which are part of FRESHFARM Markets -- a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the locally grown food movement in the Chesapeake Bay region through the 11 producer-only farmers markets.
Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour blew thru town and entertained more than 50 thousand Washington area fans of both Cirque and MJ!
The Hair Chronicles - or "Hair Takes Us To Our Roots" a new play examining the role hair plays in both the cultural and self identity of women of color - has a five performance run at the DC Capital Fringe Festival. July 14th, 8:30pm; July 15th, 1:30pm; July 18th, 6:30pm; July 20th, 9:15pm; July 22nd, 7:15pm. Goethe Institut, 812 7th Street, NW.
As does Uncle Fester and several other members of The Addams Family, the Broadway musical playing at the Kennedy Center. Audiences of all ages are having their funny bones tickled by "Things" that go bump in the night. Thru July 29th in the Kennedy Center Opera House.
You may be more compatible than you think. The tranquil sounds of tiny strings will return to the Lake Anne waterfront for the 3rd Annual Ukulele Festival this Saturday, July 14th from 11:00 am-5:30 pm in the heart of historic Reston. The free music festival will feature performances by several internationally known and local ukulele musicians, music demonstrations, open to the public jam session, beer garden, festival vendors, and other family friendly activities.Returning to headline the festival this year will be popular Baltimore-based ukulele aficionado Victoria Vox, who performed at the festival in 2010. Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront) - 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, FREE!
Because I ate my way thru more than 60 of Washingtonian Magazine's 100 Very Best Restaurants at the AT&T Best of Washington party in the National Building Museum Wednesday night.
This is for people who keep trying to beat the line at the Nats Park Shake Shack concession. And we have a taste of the Miller Lite Scoreboard Friday Night Party night!"
during the early 1980's when "The Normal Heart" is set. This powerful play by Larry Kramer is about the early days of the AIDS crisis before it even had a name. And it was before AIDS had any official recognition as being the medical executioner of thousands of young gay men that it was. The Tony Award winning play "The Normal Heart" runs thru July 29 at the Mead Center for American Theater, Arena Stage 1101 Sixth Street, SW
The NSO & Wolf Trap are bringing the Wizard of Oz back to life on the Filene Stage this Saturday night at 8:30 pm with Emil de Cou, conducting the National Symphony Orchestra playing the score and audience members watching the film on GIANT screens in-house & on the lawn!
The World Team Tennis Washington Kastles clinched their 17th consecutive victory Monday night. It was a 22-18 win on the road against the Orange County Breakers. Earlier that same evening it was the season Kastles Kick Off party in downtown DC! The WTT season is only a couple of weeks thru July 29th. This Thursday night is the home opener at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf on the South West Waterfront.
They are known as the 88's. The 88th DC Central Kitchen Culinary Jobs Training Class. As they say on the DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) Website: "Solving the immediate problem of hunger is only fighting half of the battle. That's why, in addition to the food recovery and distribution program, DCCK addresses the root causes of hunger with its Culinary Job Training program. The goal of the program is to prepare unemployed, underemployed, previously incarcerated persons, and homeless adults for careers in the foodservice industry." Click below to hear part of 88's graduation!
Washington National's star slugger & 3rd baseman Ryan Zimmerman has a spot reserved in the Baseball Hall of Fame! Congratulations to Zim and his ziMS Foundation to battle MS.
Every degree jump on the thermometer takes it's toll in many homes as people strike out at each over with domestic abuse, physical and verbal abuse. That's why the annual partnership between Becky's Fund and the Washington Nationals Strike Out Domestic Violence Awareness Day was so on target the other night. Fans heard and saw public service announcements about the painful problem and how Becky's Fund can help those who are being abused.
The 19 year old Washington Nationals' phenom Bryce Harper did not get voted in to the All Stars Game by the fans. But he is going because he has been added to the All Star National League team to replace Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Before that WTOP's Man About Town Bob Madigan learned Nats Fans were mostly philosophical.
It definitely is NOT FREE! And the sad cost can been seen in a photo essay put together by WTOP's National Security Correspondent J.J. Green. Click here to see it
Heading down to the National Mall for the fireworks? Beforehand, The Hamilton Live is offering a FREE concert featuring Jonny Grave & The Tombstones
Doors at 4:00pm; show from 5:00pm to 8:30pm. 600 14th Street, N.W. 14th & F. near Metro Center.
NOT free but for a worthy cause, The Save Historic Arlington House 4th of July Celebration For $250 a ticket you get to enjoy a Virginia barbeque and a rare offering to celebrate the founding of our nation and view the Fourth of July fireworks on the National Mall from this unique and unparalleled historical vista, overlooking the nation's capital.
As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, it might be time to see how well we might to in a test of our own citizenship. Click here to take the Toast.net Independence Day Quiz Tell me how you did and I will tell you my score!! email@example.com
Among those of us still without power are thousands of lower ranking members of the military (as in the lowest paid). Because many have lost a lot of food to the power outage and heat Operation Homefront DC Metro Chapter stands ready to provide grocery gift cards and commissary food vouchers to any active duty military family, E6 and below to replace food lost due to power outages and high heat. In order to do this Operation Homefront needs our help. As an example A donation of $100 will replace a week's worth a groceries for a family of four. Click here if you wish to help Operation Homefront help our heroes.