November 29, 2007...
Sixteen years ago Fred Osuna opened Laser's Edge Compact Discs in Homewood. He hoped to fill out his own music collection, but he also wanted to provide other people a place to buy music that wasn't readily available in at "big box" retailers. But changes in the music industry - specifically, changes with technology - are forcing Osuna to close Laser's Edge by the end of the year. He spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall....
You might have heard a story or two about how 20-something's expect a lot out of this big bad world of ours. Commentator Les Lovoy has put a lot of thought into it, and believes he's discovered where and how it begins, where it goes, and where it ends...
The plan was hatched by the CIA in the waning days of the Eisenhower Administration and handed off to a reluctant Kennedy Administration to execute: An invasion of Communist Cuba led by a brigade of Cuban exiles trained and bank-rolled by the American government. The air cover for the Bay of Pigs attack was plotted right here in Birmingham with aircraft and personnel from the Alabama Air National Guard. Warren Trest is a retired Air Force historian and the author of Wings of Denial, which details the story of Alabama's involvement in those events of April 1961 which left four Guardsmen dead. I asked Warren Trest to explain how the Alabama Air National Guard became involved in this operation.
Warren Trest is co-author with Donald Dodd, of Wings of Denial, The Alabama Air National Guard's Covert Role at the Bay of Pigs published by New South Books.
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Birmingham guitarist Larry Allen Brown is a self-professed "melody freak" ... and Celtic music it what really inspires him. He says the tunes are among the most beautiful and melodic ever written. Brown's fingerstyle music has attracted a wide fan base as well - even being declared the official music of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. His music is featured in a documentary film about Blowing Rock, and Brown recently signed an exclusive publishing contract Global Graffiti Music to market his music to the film and TV industry. From his CD "Music for the High Country - the Soundtrack of Blowing Rock" this is "A Song For Kathryn". It's followed by a Brown's rendition of the classic Greensleeves. (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall with production help this week from Islara Vazquez and commentary by Les Lovoy. Next week on the program, The Alabama Symphony Orchestra's "Messiah" and Davis Sedaris' "Santaland Diaries". I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.