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Snowtober in Wantagh October 30, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Internet, News, Personal, Photography, Politics, TV, Weather.
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What was billed as “Snowtober” was “Rain-and-snowtober” or “Wintry mix-tober” in Wantagh for much of yesterday and last night.  Just to the north and west (within Nassau County), more wet snow fell.  The precipitation changed to all wet snow after 11PM.

What fell at my house only stuck to the cars in the driveway and to parts of the grass.  Any cold surface accumulated snow.

Since it was the first snow we had in seven months, I took out my camera and took a few pictures.  The first three pics are from around noon:

The last two were taken at 11:30, nearly twelve hours later:

A bigger concern for me was the strong gusty winds.  The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for Nassau and Suffolk until 6:00 this morning.  This was, after all, a Nor’easter.  So between that and wet snow accumulating on tree limbs, I feared downed trees, limbs, and power lines.  I simultaneously flashed back to the Nor’easter of March 2010 and Irene of nine weeks ago.  But the worrying was for nothing.  The winds died down early this morning and the power never went out.  That’s not to say it didn’t go out elsewhere on Long Island, but it wasn’t on the scale of either storms I flashed back to.  I wish I could say the same for people north and west of the Island (2/11/13 UPDATE: The page I linked to in the previous sentence no longer exists).

11/3 UPDATE: Somehow, a link was made between this storm and climate change last night on NBC Nightly News:

BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Everybody out East said the same thing about this freak snowstorm, “This kind of thing didn’t used to happen. This never happened before.” And while that is true, it may also be true that we’ll all have to start getting used to this kind of thing over the long haul.

I didn’t hear that.  What I heard is what is noted later in Noel Sheppard’s NewsBusters post:

Yet October snows in the northeast though infrequent do occur. As AccuWeather reported Monday:

The last time that Central Park recorded measurable snow was on Oct. 21, 1952 when 0.5 of an inch fell. Prior to that, 0.8 of an inch fell on Oct. 30, 1925. […]

A record snowfall of 6.0 inches was set at Bangor, Maine, on Sunday. This broke the old record of 5.0 inches set back in 1963.

The point being that it does snow in this region in October.

One can only imagine what kind of storms hit this region during the Little Ice Age of the 16th through 19th centuries. But since Williams and Thompson weren’t alive, and snowfall records began in 1869, weather events earlier than that seem unimportant.

This of course is common for climate alarmists, so we shouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised.

In their view, whatever is happening today couldn’t possibly have happened before records starting being kept, and therefore all weather events outside “the norm” are considered extreme and therefore proof of climate change.

You think those still without power in Connecticut, New Jersey, and other affected areas care about that?  Of course not.  They just want their power back.

12/30 UPDATE: This storm was the #2 tri-state area news story in WCBS 880’s countdown of the top 11 stories of 2011:

Nineteen inches of snow in October? Even WCBS 880’s cautious chief meteorologist Craig Allen couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

“There’s no way you can play this down based upon these weather maps. Almost everything is in agreement,” Allen reported.

And these flakes were falling on full foliage. All it took was a couple of inches of snow to start bringing branches down.

Hundred-year-old trees snapped like twigs. Mother Nature’s mischief night was the Halloween snowstorm of 2011.

Three million people lost electricity. …

You can read and listen to the rest here.


CJazzPlus with Mike Chimeri on WCWP; WCWP 50th Anniversary Celebration October 22, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Airchecks, Comedy, Internet, Jazz, Media, Music, News, Personal, Radio, TV.
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3/27/13 UPDATE: Scroll down for pictures from the WCWP 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Other recaps: 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Early this morning at 1:00, CJazzPlus with Mike Chimeri aired on WCWP-FM.  It’s part of the 50th anniversary of Homecoming Weekend which started last night at 7:00 and ends late tomorrow night.

I recorded my show a few weeks ago.  And it’s a good thing I did because I’m coming off a cold and my voice isn’t quite at 100% yet.  (I took my last of five antibiotics a half hour before writing this post.)

Below are the audio and video version of the aircheck recorded from the board a few weeks ago.  The legal ID that played between hours of my show was recorded from the stream and added to the aircheck file.  The video was recorded from my camcorder and mixed with the aircheck audio in Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.0.
CJazzPlus with Mike Chimeri – 10/22/11 Aircheck

And this is the complete playlist with written notes (click to view larger):

The “separate page” was a scan of the liner notes for “Anything’s Possible” and “One for Shorty.”  I originally credited everyone on those tracks, but had to edit them out for time.

This evening, I’ll be at the Top of the Commons at C.W. Post for the WCWP 50th Anniversary Celebration.  I hope to have pictures for a later post.

10/23 UPDATE: Rather than upload pictures to the blog, I’ve made my Facebook album of pics from last night public.  Click here to see them.

3/27/13 UPDATE: With the 2013 WCWP Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony approaching, and with WordPress now letting users insert multiple pictures at once, I can now share pictures from the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  The pictures include captions that I originally wrote for the Facebook album, which is now only for friends or friends of friends, and some new captions.  Here is the photo recap:

My parents drove me up to the C.W. Post campus at about 6:20 (maybe 6:25) in the evening.  I arrived on campus at 6:50, just as a barricade was put up in the Hillwood Commons/WCWP parking lot and points west.  Apparently, there was a show at the Tilles Center.  So, I was let out one lot to the east, walked down the stairs, and walked inside Hillwood.  I took the elevator to the Top of the Commons (third floor) and in I went.




Pete Bellotti:








Hank Neimark:




After Pete’s welcomed fellow alumni, he invited Bill Mozer to the podium.







Then it was Dan Cox’s turn:



Next, Dr. Paul Forestell, Post’s provost:



Art Beltrone:

Nick Parker and Christina Kay:


Nick was Christina’s guest for “The Throwdown”:


The 50th anniversary cake:



The raffle table:






Jay Mirabile was Christina’s second interview of the night.  He made a crack about Alan Seltzer as I took this pic:




Pete told Dan that the WCWP Alumni Association had purchased for the station a new Panasonic 50″ LCD HDTV:






Another big announcement was the forming of the WCWP Hall of Fame.  Bernie Bernard listed the first class of inductees…


…the founders of WCWP: Art Beltrone, Hank Neimark, Prof. Virgil Jackson Lee, and Dr. Herb Coston.

I was fortunate enough to be in Dr. Coston’s presence at the WCWP Alumni Dinner in 2007.


Bernie then invited Art Beltrone and Hank Neimark to say a few words.

Art went first:


A toast to everyone involved with WCWP from the beginning to today:

“Cheers for WCWP”:

Hank Neimark:


Raffle time.  First up, the 50/50 raffle:

Scott Perschke announced the winner:

After that, two pairs of Islanders tickets, donated by John Mullen, and the winner of the silent auction for an iPad:



Craig Stern and Allie LaRue (née Roderick):


Christina’s last two “Throwdown” interviews were with Bernie Bernard…


…and Pete Bellotti:

Then, Christina turned things over to Jay Mirabile back at the station.

It was a great night.  My one regret is I didn’t have more time to mingle and catch up with my fellow alumni.

Here’s to 50 more years!

Matt Marshak with Oli Silk & Joey Sommerville recap October 2, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Personal, Photography, Travel, Weather.
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I was at the Houndstooth Pub last night to see Matt Marshak with Oli Silk and Joey Sommerville perform.  Thinking the show was at 7:00, I left for the Wantagh LIRR station at 5:00 for the 5:18 train to Penn Station.  Before I left the house, it still felt warm and barely humid outside, but on the platform at the train station, it felt cool and dry.  It’s a good thing I brought a jacket.  I also brought an umbrella, which came in handy for the four-block walk to Houndstooth.  For the second day in a row, small bands of rain developed and moved their way north-northwest.  The tri-state area was on the northeast side of an upper-level low pressure system centered over Pennsylvania.  That’s still the case as I type.  When I got to Houndstooth at 6:25, I was informed that the show was at 8:00 rather than 7:00.  So, I had to wait in the entrance for close to ten minutes until the lower level, where the show was, was opened up.

Once the doors opened, the seats at the tables and bar (where I sat) gradually filled up.  There were few empty seats left by show time.  After an introduction from Eulis Cathey of WBGO (whose show I put on for a few minutes while writing the early part of this post), it was time to begin.

Matt Marshak played guitar:

Oli Silk on the keyboard:

Joey Sommerville on trumpet:

Kenny Harris on bass:

And Carl “C-Man” Anderson on drums:

I was there for the first set before they took a break.  Here’s what they played:
(NOTE: Joey came to the stage after song 2, did not play on song 7.)
1. On the Rocks
2. S.O.S.O.S.! (Oli Silk)
3. Swag (Joey Sommerville)
4. Teddy P – Kenny Harris, vocals
5. A Silent Knowing
6. Moonshadows (Joey Sommerville)
7. Get Out Claws (Oli Silk)
8. Like You Mean It (Joey Sommerville) – Joey S., vocals
9. I Will Be With You – Kenny Harris, bass solo; Carl Anderson, drum solo/vocals

(singing): “Swing yo’ hips (4x) like you mean it!”

Joey took to the audience midway through “Like You Mean It”:

“I Will Be With You” had two major solos.  First from Kenny Harris…

…and then Carl Anderson:

The C-Man got a standing ovation:

The last note of the set:

You couldn’t ask for a better night: a packed house and outstanding music from outstanding players.

10/4 UPDATE: Check out Katherine Gilraine’s recap.

WCWP Homecoming Weekend Radio Show! October 1, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Airchecks, Internet, Jazz, Media, Music, Personal, Radio.
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I was back at WCWP (on the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) yesterday afternoon to record a radio show – CJazzPlus with Mike Chimeri – that will air during the station’s 50th Anniversary Edition of Homecoming Weekend.  You can hear it Saturday, October 22, from 1AM to 3AM Eastern; Friday, October 21, from 10PM to midnight Pacific.  If you’re outside the signal range, head to the WCWP website and click on “88.1 WCWP” to hear the stream.

16 hours later, I’ll be at the 50th Anniversary Celebration dinner at the Top of the Commons.  It should be an exciting event, as will the rest of the weekend.  WCWP has been on the air for 50 years, and I’m glad to have contributed to one-fifth of that.  Wednesday, October 5, marks the 10th anniversary of my first radio show – the maiden voyage (as I called it) of The Mike Chimeri Show.