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-JULY 24 Charlie Moss, Magazine, Newspaper Writer
On today’s program we will be joined by Charlie Moss whose Saturday Evening Post article “The Rise and Fall of Saturday Morning Cartoons” focuses on how for almost four decades watching Saturday morning cartoons was a beloved ritual for millions of American kids.
But today? it is a ritual that no longer applies to the current generation of kids
Charlie Moss comes to the program with extensive experience writing about all aspects of pop culture, whether they be comic books, music, literature and movies. He started off in the pop culture journalism field initially as a writer for the Chattanooga-based alternative newsweekly The Pulse, writing album reviews and pieces on local music history.
He worked as Editor for CUEpoint, while his resume includes work as a freelance writer for the well-known news website Slate.com, as a contributing writer at the New York Times, a columnist for Chattanooga-based news site, NOOGA Today as well as a writer for PopMatters, The Atlantic, Paste, Tablet, The Washington Post, and more.
-JULY 17 George MacDonald, Actor, Writer, Stand-up Comedian
Boston native George Macdonald, accomplished writer, actor, playwright and a stand-up comedian who was part of a distinguished group of comics who headed the early Boston scene of comedians that sprang up and put Boston on the map for many who went on to national prominence but paid their dues and performed at the famous Ding Ho in Cambridge as well the Comedy connection in Boston.
George has performed with such stars as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Dane Cook, Dennis Miller and Sam Kinison. And he transformed from standup comedian to TV appearances on Mad TV, A & E Comedy Tour, the Michael Richards show and HBO, while his list of movie appearances saw him in Monument Ave., Celtic Pride, and When Stand-up Stood Out.
Today, he has concentrated on writing, and is currently about 100 or so pages deep in a rewrite of his play Waiting for Whitey
George is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America, Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
-JULY 1 PEG HOLZMER Actress, Producer, Director Theatre One Productions
If you live in the Cranberry Country Journal chances are very good that you have seen our guest in local theatre productions, or have taken in one of her directorial productions or readings via her Theatre One Productions company.
Theatre veteran Peg Holzemer is the producer and artistic director for Theatre One Productions in Middleboro, whose list of work in movies, area theatre, TV includes her resident actress and director positions at the famous Priscilla Beach Theatre in Plymouth
Oh, and we’ll be sure to ask her about her audition with director Martin Scorsese for the movie The Departed.
JULY 3 KATE ”The Ace” FINEGAN Professional Pinball Competitor
A life-long New Englander, Kate Finegan has been playing competitive pinball for four years and says that she stumbled into the hobby after a friend suggested visiting The Sanctum, a pinball co-op in Meriden, CT. where you can catch her among the 53 pinball machines all set up with the oldest being a 1936 machine!
Kate has competed in three seasons of the New England Pinball League, that includes two seasons of the Connecticut Rhode Island Area Pinball League (CRAP) and occasional ladies tournaments with the Boston Belles.
Her last "big pinball score" before the pandemic was a 2nd place in the CRAP League's Fall 2019 Division C season.
She is also a member of the world’s largest pinball league, the New England Pinball League – through which Kate and its members play at over 18 locations spread throughout New England.
A dedicated player and fan of the game, she says she hopes to fix her pinball machine at home by the end of the year (A Gottlieb machine called The Raven).
-JUNE 19 KERRY MICHEL Middleboro Travel Agent
You know, with the pandemic – and now with almost all of its restrictions just about lifted and behind us, and especially with summer travel season here, many folks are feeling the need to get away, go on vacation or head out on a cruise– and just head out on an adventure.
And if you are a wise person looking for adventure, you too will join those folks who will turn to a travel agent who can guide you to the best locations, come up with travel plans and the best prices- whether you are looking for a journey on Cape Cod, the excitement of Vegas or Orlando with the kids or Europe and wherever the road takes you.
Today, joining us is Kerry Michel, a native Cranberry Country travel agent was we discuss post pandemic travel.
As she notes in her travel bio, she loves to travel. In fact, adventure, she says is her passion. Even if it's just a long drive to someplace she may have never been to, or a journey that calls for an airplane flight or packing for a cruise, she loves going on – and especially helping others plan and enjoy their adventure.
As a youngster, she got the travel bug, jumping in her boat during the summer months and spent large portions of her time traveling over coastal Cape Cod as well as the islands. While during the winter months, it was the adventure of taking in mountain country or snowmobiling in the Northern Maine, NH, Vermont & New York terrains.
And now as an empty nester – and a proud grandma to four beautiful little ones - she and her husband will travel whenever they find the time and the urge. And that included spending 2 months in an RV adventuring across the United States.
- JUNE 12 Kat Jones – Executive Director, Onset Bay Association
Gonna be a great, fun show about something you, your friends and family will enjoy hearing about as we talk about what’s going on in Onset and the Onset Bay Village Association this summer.
And if it’s summer, that means it's time for their summer of Love Music Fest. They have got a great line-up and you must stay tuned to hear about its new location and the list of great bands scheduled for this summer as we speak with Kat Jones – the Executive Director of the Onset Bay Association,
She’s a pretty cool woman and if it’s happening in Onset – Kat Jones knows about it!
- JUNE 5 Andrew Hoag, Moonrise Cinema Drive In Cinema
Andrew Hoag the General Manager of a brand-new Drive In Movie venue opening in North Plymouth will be joining us this Saturday.
But lest you think this is your grandparents idea of a Drive In – you have GOT to pack everyone in the car and head over to Moonrise Cinemas for what they describe as an Elevated experience!
In addition to showing movies on their big screen they have games, craft beers, awesome foods you would never expect to see at a drive in snack bar, while after the show activities continue with Car-aoke Night. You can perform your favorite hits LIVE on their 52′ screen and FM radio channel. Bring props, costumes, and choreography for your own epic performance as one of the students at Rydell High!
And if you if you are thinking that they’ll only be serving hot dogs and pizza, check out their menu
Charcuterie & Cheese Platter
Moonrise Ahi Tuna Pizza
Foot Long Grilled Cheese
Wagyu Siracha Dog
Moonrise Lobster Roll
Fried Chicken Drummies
Baby Back Ribs
-MAY 29 Amy and Jim Kirkcalsy. South Shore Family Adventures
And another great show is in store for you as I am delighted to have with us sister and brother educators, Amy and Jim Kirkcalsy. They are the co-founders of the South Shore Family Adventures that you and your family must check out if you are looking for free and fun outdoor activities occurring in the South Shore area.
Their videos of hiking trails and interesting trips are sure to please you and your family members.
- MAY 22 Amanda Filman
Our guest on today's CCJ is Amanda Gilman of Pembroke. Amanda is the founder and owner of AMG Snacks who will inform us of her line of healthy snacks. Amanda notes that her energy bites snacks are for those wanting to keep up with a healthy lifestyle and especially for those looking to simply break away from the usual cookies, donuts and pretzel snacks to help keep them going throughout their day.
-MAY 15 Peter Czymbor, Boston Boxing Promotions
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed Sunday, May 23 as Marvelous Marvin Hagler Day – a day of celebration and remembrances of Brockton's undisputed world middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987.
The high school Stadium will be the site for a day of celebration in memory of one of the world’s greatest boxer – and home town hero - Marvelous Marvin Hagler who passed away at the young age of 67 this past March.
To learn more about the event we are fortunate to have with us the Master of Ceremonies and the President of the Boston Boxing Promotions who is also a family friend of the Haglers, Peter Czymbor
Peter, talk about Marvelous Marvin Hagler and this wonderful celebration that is free and open to the public.
-MAY 8 Kenny Garcia, Kenny’s Karate School
We are going to speak with a young man who faced some difficult decisions in his early years growing up in the South End neighborhood of Boston. But nothing was a terrifying when he was face-first, staring down the barrel of a gun, held by a confused and dazed man who took part in a home invasion of our guest’s apartment.
That person is Kenny Garcia who was recently featured in a newspaper article about the home invasion where the man who had invaded his home didn’t realize that Kenny’s siblings were there with him. And who shot Kenny – striking him in the temple. Where the bullet still remains today.
Life has changed for the better for Kenny. He found Karate as a way to escape his lifestyle and today he is the sensei and owner of a very successful Karate studio in Brockton - Kenny’s Karate School is were you now find Kenny teaching Karate and other valuable life lessons to area kids and adult.
-MAY 1 Matt Hacunda, Disney Corporation
Today on the Journal we will be visited by a Cranberry Country native who has journeyed to the West coast in pursuit of his long-time dream and aspirations to work in the film industry – as a director and writer. You will meet Matt Hacunda, Apponequet High School and Emerson College grad who took on a position with not just any movie and television company, but today works for Disney!
Matt and I will discuss his work and particularly his films and especially his Community Chaos TV series in which yours truly had a small – but nevertheless inspirational, at least to me – role as The Bog Father!
- APRIL 3 Abby Burke, CAKE ART BY ABBY
In this morning’s edition of Cranberry Country Journal we are going to meet a delightful East Bridgewater young woman who left the business and finance world and – initially as a hobby - started baking cakes just a few months before the Coronavirus quarantine .
Now keep in mind this was just a little over a year ago because very quickly - via social media - her Cake Art By Abby became a successful business due to its popularity on the video, social media app TikTok – that soon exploded with – listen to this - over 3 million likes and 350,000 followers on the video app.
That’s 3 million likes and over 350,000 followers! Incredible.
That person that I am delighted to share her story with you today, is Abby Burke. Abby only quit her full-time finance job in November to pursue her passion and love for designing and making cakes - showing and selling them through her CakeArtByAbby site.
Abby Burke’s tale is a remarkable one of someone who only created her on line business CakeArtByAbbyin January 2020 and with her first video received over 169,000 views, with the most-watched video of hers having over 16.4 million views.
And If you visit her website www.cakeartbyabby.com you will be blown away by her beautiful, creative - and sometimes sky-high cakes - with colors and designs you probably have never seen the likes of before!
APRIL 10 Katie Cooke, Music Loft
Talented musician and performer is the owner and founder of the Music Loft, located at 50 Central Square in Bridgewater. Katie's Music Loft opened in October 2018 with a mission to “not just provide lessons” but to provide creative opportunities for people to learn, share and perform music, regardless of their age and abilities.
Katie Cooke who says “I can be myself here' as she describes her Bridgewater music studio as a place where she lets students march to their own beat as they undertake the study of
various instruments taught tin their 30, 45 or 60-minute lessons.
-APRIL 17 DIRECTOR AARON CAMIEUX
Perhaps you have viewed his documentaries, including the one now playing for free on PRIME for you to watch as a PRIME member.
But I may have to warn you. His documentary just may frighten you a bit. It deals with such things as UFOs and big foot type creatures, mysterious sounds and occurrences, even the occult and murder!
The documentary is The Bridgewater Triangle and our guest this morning is Aaron Camieux the award-winning producer and Dartmouth Mass native.
Let’s find about some of the mysteries featured in his documentary, and we will also touch upon another one of his locally sourced documentaries. It’s called The Highway Murders and it deals with the murders of women that took place in the Southcoast area during which bodies were found along the area highways along the Southcoast
That’s Aaron Camieux our special guest today.
-APRIL 24 SUSAN ROOK - "THE GRAMMAR GODDESS"
Hey, got a super show for you this morning. But you got to promise to listen to the todays show in its entirety because when I mention the topic, well, many folks just may turn off the program. But here it is. It's - ready? You Still there?
Today's topic will be. Get ready. Grammar.
And I assure you that I didn’t place a call back to your high school to speak with your old English teacher who drilled grammar learning into you as part of your English classes. Having you memorize prepositions, rules for the use of the semicolon, and what the heck split infinitives are.
We are going to speak with a woman and a Cranberry Country resident who makes grammar – dare I say it? Fun. That’s FUN!.
And that is Susan Rook who runs her training and seminar organization called The Grammar Goddess.
I must admit that I have never, ever had a chance to interview and speak with - a real life Goddess. But for today’s Cranberry Country Journal I will speak with and provide you with the pleasure to hear from a real-life goddess - The Grammar Goddess that is. Susan Rook.
-MARCH 13 Michael Collins “The Sugar Free Man”
Do you have an addiction. Are you an addict? Dealing with an addiction- to SUGAR! And regardless of what you tell yourself – you just can’t quit it?
If this sounds like you then you should tune in as we are joined by Michael Collins. Known as The Sugar Free Man with over 31 years of happily living without sugar, flour, and caffeine, and as a successful trainer and author of the Amazon best-selling book “The Last Resort Sugar Detox,” we will learn how to break the sugar addiction.at includes what they do, how long they’ve been at it, and what got them to where they are.
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Check out our list of previous Cranberry Country Journal guests and topics
And joining us as guests on Cranberry Country Journal will be the fabulous Driscoll boys. You will have a chance to get to know Joey and Don Driscoll, co-hosts of Sunday morning’s Middleboro in Review radio show on WVBF. And we are going to have some fun with the pair.
Keeping in mind Halloween that rolls in on Sunday, on today’s Cranberry Country Journal we’ll be meeting with folks from the scariest house in Massachusetts. The site of a double murder whose story has been told in stories, films and folklore since it occurred back on August 4, 1892. Have you guessed? It is the story of Lizzie Borden who allegedly murdered her parents with an axe in a double murder mystery that has never been solved.
Ah. What a great way to welcome tomorrow’s Halloween celebration!
So as we celebrate and discuss Boston Cream Pie today - the pie that really looks like a cake - we will also be joined by Glen Hannington, Sr. Vice President, member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Wareham Gatemen
We will talk a little baseball and about the most prestigious collegiate summer league in the nation, as well as the opportunities for those looking for major-league style internships and volunteer opportunities with the Gatemen as they prepare for the 2022 season at Spillane Field in Wareham.
Today’s we will be joined by Lorri Devlin a local author living on Cape Cod who has written and illustrated two delightful children’s’ books: Cape Cod Critters - A Fun Look at Cape Cod Wildlife and More Cape Cod Critters.
Lorri grew up spending summers playing outside in the abundant natural beauty of Cape Cod and today calls Cotuit home. She attributes her creativity to growing up barefoot and largely unsupervised in the wild natural beauty of Cape Cod, MA.
Today’ guests and topic? Well we will be joined by Cheryl Johnson and Gina Fernandes of New Bedford. The sisters are the founders and owners of Lux Picnix by C & G, a company that sets up and put on some very interesting picnics - but not just any old picnics that you may remember from days past.
As Cheryl describes what they do, “We just come in and create everything, the décor, the theme … “And then we come back and pack everything away.”
So if you still think a picnic is just a blanket and some beach chairs, we will learn about their trendy "Glam Picnic" set ups that have gone far beyond sitting on that cold hard blanket.
Today in North America, the Masonic Fraternity gives almost $2 million each day to causes that range from operating children’s hospitals, providing treatment for childhood language disorders, treating eye diseases, funding medical research, contributing to local community service, and providing care to Masons and their families at Masonic Homes.
Joining us - and I am elighted to have him here in our plush but not overly ostentatious WVBF studios down by the bog - is the Past Worshipful Master of the Middleboro Mayflower Lodge. A gentleman whose face is well known in the Middleboro area along with his wife Diane - and that is Mr. Ken Madigan.
Glenn Montapert of the Middleborough Tourism Committee will inform us of the 8th annual Crantoberfest to be held Saturday, October 9, at Middleborough Town Hall from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Now in its 8th year – and certainly no one hit wonder!
There will be free admission and free parking at the fest that will include the great Cranberry Bakeoff, food and merchandise vendors, games, the crowning of Ms. Crantoberfest and more. It’s fall alright!
Our guest, Alex Citrone, a native Bostonian, who is a Traditional Tattoo Artist currently tattooing at Resurrection Tattoo in Austin, TX, will inform our Cranberry Country Journal listeners of the American Traditional and Japanese styles of tattoos he designs, having won multiple awards including 1st Place at the Star of Texas for Traditional event in 2019.
For today – I want your calls!
Got two questions I am throwing out there today, and I MUST hear from you at 508 822-1106. For today YOU are the guests! Love to hear your input: Here are today's questions: #1 “What are your plans on Labor Day Weekend? And do you lament the end of summer – as much as I do?
And for question number 2? “What else is so special about this day of September 4? “
Well we’ve celebrated national mutt day, cousins day and previously brought you info about the “Put a pillow on your refrigerator day celebration. But today? Well for question #2 - you'll just have to tune in!
I am truly excited to tell you about this mornnig’s guest and topic. Yup, for all you fall lovers, the OFFICIAL New England Rennaiasance Festival opens in Carver, MA next week - and we ill be joined by royalty as The King himself - King Richard - will be joining us!
What better way to kick off the fall than attending the King Richard's Faire.
The start of fall will begin Labor Day weekend when the annual Faire will bedazzale patrons with acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, fire-eaters, minstrels, dancers and those delicious giant turkey legs. Yum!
This year as they elebrate their 40th Anniversary – wow 40 years - hundreds of talented performers will perform non-stop on eight vibrant stages, and they will welcome back the King’s handsome knights as they battle on horseback and once again take on and battle as bawdy beggars compete in mud.
Let me ask- - Do you remember Saturday morning cartoons as a kid?
Were you like me as a kid where Saturday mornings meant pouring yourself a bowl of cereal and parking yourself in your pajamas right in front of the TV set – watching a marathon of cartoons that filled the screen all morning long?
For me it was a heaping bowl of the politically incorrect named cereal of Sugar Frosted Flakes (Today Tony the Tiger calls them - ahem – Frosted Flakes, and whole milk.
Did your selection of cartoons include Johnny Quest? How about Mighty Mouse, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, Super Friends, Spider-Man, Caper the Ghost or Huckleberry Hound - the cartoons that took over our televisions from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
I am delighted to introduce you to Charlie Moss. He is a freelance writer with extensive experience writing about all things relating to pop culture – whether that be about comic books, music or movies. And we will learn why those mornings of cartoon madness have disappeared.
Joining us this morning is Jen Fusco Hoye, an amazing Taunton woman who began walking after facing the shock - along with her family – of the sudden suicide death of her brother Teddy back in 2017. It’s an amazing story of how she began walking in honor of her brother and today also walks in honor of others across the world lost to suicide.
From April 19 to just this past May, Jen walked over 300 miles and raised over $11,000 to support a cause that is dear to her heart – and that is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and their national mission to prevent and educate others about this topic. Join us in our visit with Jen.
On today’s Cranberry Country Journal we will be visited by a local actor, playwright, producer – who began his talented career as a stand-up comedian. George MacDonald.
George was a charter member of the Boston influx of comics that played the many comedy clubs in the Boston area, many of whom went onto national acting and comedic roles and staples of late night talk shows such as Lenny Clarke, Steven Wright and the late Kevin Meaney
The South Boston native’s credits included movies such as Monument Avenue, appearances on Mad TV, as well as his successful play Waiting for Whitey.
This morning we are going to speak with Dr. Maria Gray. She is the founder and president of the American Academy of Canine Water Rescue, and also the owner of Angel, her amazing Newfoundland dog.
I recently became aware of her organization and their trainings and services to help reduce or eliminate occurrences of unintentional deaths by drowning – via the use of trained rescue dogs via her Wareham-based organization that trains dogs and handler teams to rescue troubled swimmers.
Do you like the blues? Are you interested in attending a blues festival held to promote blues music in Southern New England and to benefit worthy area community groups?
We are going to be visited by Karen Blair, well-known in Cranberry Country as the editor and publisher of the newspaper that I had the honor and pleasure to write for, The Free Bird Times.
Karen is also the founder and organizer of the 16th Annual New England Blues Festival, scheduled for September 11, at the Middleboro Lodge of Elks on High Street.
I want to bring her on this last Saturday in July before tickets are all sold out to the event which will include a spaghetti and meatball dinner with proceeds going to worthy causes.
I'll be there!
SATURDAY, JULY 4
In our opening segment: Meet a successful ,young entrepreneur, a social media marketing professional, and an influencer who began her career when she started her own fashion and lifestyle blog – at the age of 15!
Today, Ashley Mason continues with her success as president and owner of two successful web resources – Dash of Social, and her latest – Student to CEO!
Let’s find out from Ashley how she got started, who are some of her clients, and what it takes to run her websites and organization!
SATURDAY, JUNE 27
Want to find out what’s going on in Middleboro? Need to know who may need some assistance or wants to know the best restaurants in town or when classes begin for the public school system? Then you will have to listen to Ree Donnelly the co-founder of the very popular Middleboro Helping Middleboro website that has grown to over 18,000 susbcribers – keeping Middleboro area folks abreast of activities and more - - all for free.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
In our first segment we'll be joined by Tom Whalen, the Executive Chef of the Pawtucket Red Sox to hear about the Paw Sox "Dinning on the Diamond" event that will have you and your family and friends taking part in a delightful meal - and more - right on the field at McCoy Stadium!
And in segment number two, Matt and Christanie Channel tell us about "Urban Farming" - and the wonderful items for sale along with the animals that inhabit their Hanson, MA , Channel Homestead!
SATURDAY JUNE 13
Join us as Karen Foye of Foye Photography talks about her successful business as well as provide some tips and insights in getting the right shots for your photos
In our second segment let's head back in time with the legendary Pufferbellies DJ during the heyday of John Morgan 's Cape Cod Happy Hours - Gary Titus - relive some happy hour memories and find out what the popular Canton, MA DJ is up to today!
SATURDAY, JUNE 6
We are going to talk with a Bridgewater State University graduate faculty member – completing her Doctorate degree - who learned of a family that could use some assistance.
So she took part in a fundraiser in an unusual way.
But instead of the usual car wash fundraiser or a weekend 5K fundraising road race, she hiked over 29,000 vertical feet – all to help a local Abington family.
But – and it’s a big but with an exclamation point – she did it in ONE WEEK! And without any preparation!
Join us as we meet with the amazing Chrissy Semler of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
SATURDAY, MAY 30
In Our First Segment
We will be visited by James Boudreau – a talented and all-around guy who remembers growing up in the old neighborhood, and today on Facebook is noted for his delicious recipes on his new website. "Up to the table".
SATURDAY, MAY 23
In Our First Segment
From the American Ninja Warrior television series, Allyssa Beird joins us as we talk about her national TV appearances and her athletic background that led her to rise through the programs ranks.
In Our Second Segment
Rachel Letourneau Borus, proprietor of Rachel's Hair Expression will be discussing the new rules as part of the Governor's latest Phase I requirements and what her clients could expect as they head back to getting hair cuts!
SATURDAY, MAY 16
In Our First Segment
Local author David Whitemyer joins us on Cranberry Country Journal to discuss his book, "Abandoned Massachusetts - Lost Treasures of the Bay State," which contains brief stories and his over ten-years of vivid images of long forgotten and abandoned facilities including area churches, factories, theatres and hospitals.
We'll delve into the author and amateur photographer's decision to explore these abandoned local and once thriving, people-gathering, working facilities. Many of which are still standing and found in the South Shore area.
In Our Second Segement:
It's no longer a secret! We are going to talk with A Middleboro native currently living out west and - we'll just say - who won't be "slinging the bull" when we talk about a sport organization that she works in. Described as the fastest growing sport in the US and a sport that I reckon we folks don't rightly see much of here in these parts of Cranberry Country!
You'll just have to join us for the May 16th edition of Cranberry Country Journal, heard from 10 to 11 AM on WVBF 1530 AM & FM 99.7 - And throughout the world on the Internet at https://radiostationusa.fm/online/wvbf-1530-am
MARCH TO MAY 16 2020- STORED IN ARCHIVES