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FBN finally comes to Cablevision! November 19, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Media, Personal, TV.
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At long last, after two long years, the Fox Business Network is finally coming coming to Cablevision.

Talking Biz News writes (h/t Inside Cable News):

Fox Business Network is expected to announce Thursday morning that it has secured an agreement with Cablevision Systems Corp.

The deal will expand the business network’s distribution by nearly 3 million subscribers in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area.

Fox Business will be available to Cablevision subscribers on channel 106 thought the provider’s Optimum-branded communications system.

The last major expansion for the business news channel occurred in December 2008, when it struck a deal with Charter Communications to expand its presence in the Midwest and Northeast regions to nearly 200,000 homes.

It’s also in HD on channel 772, which I just put on as I write this post.  I thought this day would never come, but here we are.  It looks great so far.

11/26 UPDATE: FBN release (h/t The Imus Times):

Cablevision (CVC) and News Corp.’s (NWSA) FOX Business unveiled an agreement Thursday that will make the business news channel available to more than three million additional households in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The deal takes effect Thursday and lands FBN on Cablevision’s channel 106 and in HD on channel 772. Cablevision operates the largest U.S. cable cluster and is in more than 4.7 million households and 600,000 businesses in the New York metropolitan area.

FBN is now available in more than 50 million homes.

“We’re pleased to welcome Cablevision as our newest FOX Business affiliate and look forward to providing the essential and up-to-the-minute breaking business news to the greater New York area,” Tim Carry, FBN’s senior vice president of affiliate relations, said in a statement.

The new agreement will expand FBN’s reach into New York’s surrounding area, including Long Island, Westchester, Fairfield and Bergen counties.

“We are pleased to make FOX Business Network available to our iO TV digital cable customers in both standard definition and HD,” John Trierweiler, Cablevision’s senior vice president of product management, said in a statement.

The announcement comes just over a month after FBN, which launched in October 2007, began simulcasting radio personality Don Imus on the channel.

Jackie Mason: No Holds Barred November 7, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Comedy, Music, Personal.
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This Sunday, I’m going to see Jackie Mason perform at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

It might be a little late to write this, but the following was posted at his website:

The Tilles center in Long Island (Greenvale, NY) is offering a special, 2 for 1 discount code for the show on November 8, 2009.  To recieve this special discount, enter the code: MANIA when you purchase your tickets.  Order your tickets now.  This discount and tickets for the show won’t last long!  To order tickets on line, click here or call (516) 299-3100.

Also, there was this promotional video:

This is my first time back at Tilles since I saw John Tesh in July, and the second time I’ve seen Jackie perform.

I won’t be taking pictures, but I will update this post with a mini-review after I come back from “Jackie Mason: No Holds Barred.”  It should be a good one!

11/9 UPDATE: I had a great time.  It was hilarious, as usual.  And on the way out, I was able to buy a DVD of the show I went to last year (linked above).

Michael Rothbard passes away November 1, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, News, Pets, Theatre.

11/4 UPDATE: Michael’s dog Cleo passed away today.  IMAC’s statement is at the bottom of this post.

Early Friday evening, I had been alerted that Michael Rothbard, Executive Director of IMAC (Inter-Media Art Center) in Huntington, New York, had passed away in the morning.  It was a shocking, sudden, and sad loss.

The following was posted on the IMAC website:

Executive Director and guiding light Michael Rothbard passes away
Oct 30 2009

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of IMAC Theater’s Executive Director and guiding light Michael Rothbard.

*Service Information*
Please join us for a celebration of the life of Michael Rothbard on:
Monday November 2nd, 2009
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington (UUFH)
109 Browns Rd.
Huntington NY 11743

(631) 427-9547

Internment will follow immediately at Huntington Rural Cemetery
555 New York Ave
Huntington, NY 11743-4215

In lieu of flowers & gifts, Kathie [Bodily] wishes donations to be made:
The Michael Rothbard Young Musicians Scholarship
Checks  & money-orders made payable to:
32 Crescent Drive
Huntington, NY 11743

If you would like to pay your condolences to Kathie & the family, please feel free to stop by:
Tuesday November 3rd   2-4pm, 7-9pm
Wednesday November 4th  2-4pm, 7-9pm
Thursday November 5th  2-4pm, 7-9pm
32 Crescent Drive, Huntington, NY 11743

Michael Rothbard, co-founder of the Inter Media Art Center (IMAC) in 1974 with Kathie Bodily and a dynamic force in the cultural life of Long Island for the past 34 years, passed away suddenly this morning (Oct. 30th) at Huntington Hospital.

Born in Brooklyn in 1946, Michael was an independent video producer before pursuing his vision of establishing a space where artists in all media could create and showcase their work. This vision evolved from a small media access center in the basement of a home in Halesite to an abandoned movie theater on New York Avenue in Huntington Village that became the premiere concert venue on Long Island.

Before closing its doors this past June, IMAC had inspired many imitators, but none could reproduce the spirit that made IMAC so special. That spirit was Michael, whose enthusiasm, generosity, ingenuity and indomitable energy embraced IMAC’s crew, audience, performers and especially Kathie, his loving partner.

Michael is survived by his perfect mate, Kathie Bodily, Cleo, their Golden Retriever, his sister, Lynn Carr and his niece, Melody Carr.

I’ll miss Michael very much.  I know everyone else that knew him feels the same way.

11/4 UPDATE, also posted on IMAC website:

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
(Will Rogers)

On November 4th, 2009 beloved dog of Michael Rothbard and Kathie Bodily, Cleo, joined Michael in the loving embrace of the cosmos. She lived a full life, in her last days surrounded by family and friends- a joy to the end. She will rest in peace with Michael…faithful companions on a journey together.

1/26/11 UPDATE: If anyone reading this post knows where Kathie can be contacted, please pass that information along in the comment thread below.  Thank you.