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More views than MikeChimeri.com! January 27, 2010

Posted by Mike C. in Uncategorized.
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Today, The Mike Chimeri Blog surpassed MikeChimeri.com in views/visits.  As I type, MikeChimeri.com has 13,212 visits.  The Mike Chimeri Blog has 13,307 views and counting.  It took only 21 months to get as many views as my website has in 4 1/2 years.

Thank you to all for visiting this blog.

11:04 PM UPDATE: There were 278 views today, a new one day record.

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Bold & Fresh Tour at Westbury! January 22, 2010

Posted by Mike C. in Commentary, Media, News, Personal, Radio, TV.
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Tomorrow night, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck’s Bold & Fresh Tour kicks off at the Capital One Theatre at Westbury.  The show sold out only days after tickets went on sale.  The same can be said for all other venues on the tour:

  • Tampa, FL (two shows)
  • N. Charleston, SC
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Pasadena, CA (two shows)

Actually, as I type, the early Pasadena show still has tickets available, but I doubt that will be true much longer.

The Norfolk show will be simulcast live in movie theaters across the United States.  For more information, check the Bold Fresh Tour website.

On the website, the tour is billed this way:

It’s time for the truth — straight up, whether you like it or not. Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck are teaming up and going on tour.
Your town may never be the same.

I will be at the Westbury show tomorrow night.  It’ll be the first time I’ve seen either O’Reilly or Beck in person.  It should be great.

I’ll update this post after the show.

1/23, 10:55 PM UPDATE: The show was excellent.

The start of it was delayed about 15 minutes because some radical protesters wouldn’t allow cars into the parking lot.  Traffic was held up during that time, resulting in a long stationary line of cars, including me and my dad, from the parking lot entrance to the Northern State Pkwy. exit ramps in both directions.  After the delay, the parking lot was full and attendants made us park in a neighboring lot.

Just as we got to our seats inside, the show began.  We were four rows from the stage and four seats from the aisle where Glenn and Bill walked to and from the stage.

Glenn came out first, dressed casually with a mic attached to his ear.  He spoke for 20 minutes.  After that, it was Bill’s turn.  I knew he was 6’4″, but I had no idea how tall that looked up close until tonight.  Bill was in a suit and tie and held a wireless mic.

Then, there was a 20-minute intermission, during which, I tried in vain to get to the concession stand because the lobby was packed.

Following the intermission, both Bill and Glenn sat in chairs and interviewed each other while the stage revolved.

There seemed to be more Glenn fans than Bill fans, but that’s okay.

I’m happy to report there weren’t any hecklers during the show.

1/25 UPDATE: Dave Marcus had his own recap yesterday in Newsday.  Bill replied to the recap tonight on “The O’Reilly Factor” in the Talking Points Memo:
FOXNews.com Video
FOXNews.com Transcript
BillOReilly.com Summary

The tour website links here for info on the movie theater simulcast.  It’s live this Saturday at 8PM Eastern with an encore replay next Tuesday at the same time.  Three Long Island theaters will carry the simulcast live: Port Washington Cinemas, Farmingdale Multiplex, and Island 16: Cinema de Lux in Holtsville.  Farmingdale Multiplex and Island 16 will also carry the encore along with Westbury Stadium 12.

1/26 UPDATE: The following viewer e-mails were read on “The Factor” tonight:

Bob DeFliese, Garden City, NY:
“Bill, my wife and I attended the Bold Fresh tour show at Westbury and your talking points was spot on.  Newsday distorted what happened.  Neither you nor Beck made any political play for the Republican Party.  You were fair, entertaining, and informative.”

Bridget O’Shea Burns, West Springfield, MA: “Bill, my husband and I drove down to see the Bold Fresh show.  You and Beck have great on-stage chemistry and I was quite surprised how funny you guys were.”
Bill’s response: “Well, I appreciate the good review, Bridget.  Glad it was worth the trip.  By the way, the Bold Fresh show [in Norfolk, VA] is playing at nearly 500 movie theaters this coming Saturday night.  Check the theaters out on the website BoldFreshTour.com.  BoldFreshTour.com.”

Marissa Singer, Farmingville, NY: “O’Reilly, I know Beck teased you about wearing a suit during the show, but I thought you looked dashing.”
Bill’s response: (grinning): “Well, Beck is just jealous, Marissa.  We all know that.  Thanks for coming to see us.”

Thank you, Bill and Glenn, for such a great show.  Thanks also to those that have checked out this post after I linked to it in the comment thread for this post at Olbermann Watch.

1/27 UPDATE: Thanks further to those that were referred from Johnny Dollar’s Place.

1/29 UPDATE: Tonight’s Talking Points Memo and At Your Beck & Call segment flashed back to last Saturday’s show at Westbury.

The Bold Fresh site has news regarding the Norfolk show tomorrow:

Our January 30 show has been postponed to Friday, May 21 due to inclement weather. January tickets will be honored in May with refunds available through February 6. Call 888-3-COXTIX for help.

As a result, the movie simulcast site said this:

On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Bold & Fresh Tour Fathom in-theater event will now be a delayed broadcast of the O’Reilly and Beck tour recorded in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Jan.  29.  Due to the weather-related state of emergency declared by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the original Bold & Fresh tour date in Norfolk, Va., has been rescheduled, making a simulcast from Norfolk tomorrow evening impossible.  Not wanting to disappoint fans who purchased tickets to the Jan. 30 movie theater event, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Fathom and participating theater circuits worked together to ensure Saturday’s theater event will still be held, using the production taking place in Tampa on Friday.

2/3 UPDATE: Excerpts from the simulcast Tampa show were shown Monday night on “The Factor”:

I’m hoping the simulcast is released on DVD or Blu-ray.

8/2 UPDATE: Bill and Glenn returned to Westbury on Saturday night.  I was not there, but plenty of people were.  It was another sold out event.  Mediaite’s Steve Krakauer and Glynnis MacNicol were among the crowd and have their take on the show here and here.

The following e-mails were read tonight on “The O’Reilly Factor”:
Marilyn Fulton, Kings Park, NY: “O’Reilly, attended the Bold Fresh tour at the Westbury Theatre.  Loved it.  You and Beck are a great team.”
Bill’s response: “Well, I appreciate that, Marilyn.”

Gail Fischler, Bellmore, NY: “Saw the show at Westbury.  You were hysterical, O’Reilly.”
Bill’s response: “In a humorous vein, right, Gail?  I wasn’t literally hysterical, was I?  I don’t think I was, but…never know what that word means.”
I’ll answer that: it was indeed a humorous vein.  Bill was joking, of course.

1/22/11 UPDATE: The simulcast of last year’s Bold Fresh Tour event in Tampa is now available on DVD!

Evening Jazz on Tuesdays and Thursdays! January 5, 2010

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Personal, Radio.
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Starting tonight, you can hear me host “Evening Jazz” on 88.1 FM WCWP.  I’m hosting Tuesdays and, for now, Thursdays from 7PM to 9PM Eastern.

The show runs Monday through Thursday.  Mondays and Wednesdays are hosted by Fred Camin.

Listen and enjoy!

1/24 AM UPDATE: I promoted my “Evening Jazz” involvement in a thread at The Magic Island BBS.

Happy 2010! January 1, 2010

Posted by Mike C. in Uncategorized.
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Here’s hoping you all have a happy, healthy, and maybe even wealthy 2010.

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