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2012 WCWP Hall of Fame Ceremony April 29, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Media, Music, Photography, Radio.
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Later Hall of Fame ceremony recaps: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020-21

Thursday night, I was at the Tilles Center Atrium at LIU Post for the first ever WCWP Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  The inaugural inductees were Art Beltrone, Hank Neimark, Dr. Herb Coston, and Prof. Virgil Jackson Lee.  The latter two were inducted posthumously.

You can see the rest of my pictures from this fantastic night in my public Facebook photo album.  Enjoy!

10/17 UPDATE: On Saturday, at Homecoming, the WCWP’s 2013 Hall of Fame class will be announced.  That has inspired me to post pictures from the 2012 induction ceremony to this post rather than refer you to Facebook.

Desserts, coffee, milk, and tea were served:


Pete Bellotti, Mike Phillips, Jeff Kroll, Phil Lebowitz:

The view from where I placed my camcorder:

(Too bad I had an incompatible memory card.)

Pete Bellotti and Tracy Burgess:

The plaques:

Roger Luce was the host:

Dr. Paul Forestell, LIU Post Provost:

Noel Zahler, Dean of Post’s School of Visual and Performing Arts:

Dan Cox, the WCWP Station Manager, read a statement from a relative of the late Prof. Virgil Jackson Lee:

Twice during the ceremony, Tracy Burgess interviewed a WCWP alum.  First up was Bernie Bernard:

Bernie got a round of applause:

Hank Neimark was introduced by two friends.  First, Jay Elzweig…

And then Jon Korkes:

Bill Mozer introduced Art Beltrone:

Then, Roger concluded the ceremony:

I didn’t want to create photo confusion between the professional photographer and myself.  So, after this one, the remaining pictures are candid shots:

It was quite a night at Tilles.  Congratulations to the inaugural inductees to the WCWP Hall of Fame.


Four years old April 15, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Internet, Personal.
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It was four years ago today that I launched The Mike Chimeri Blog.  It’s been a fun ride, even though laborious while crafting some posts.  Next year is the big five-year anniversary.  Until then, there are more posts ahead.  Keep checking back to see them.

Irene retired April 13, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Animation, Media, News, Personal, TV, Weather.
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Irene was just below hurricane status when it made landfall on Long Island and points north last August 28, but that name has been retired from the Atlantic storm name cycle for 2017 and on.  From NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration) (edited):

Irene has been retired from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical storm names by the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) hurricane committee because of the fatalities and damage it caused in August 2011 and will be replaced by Irma.

[Irene made] landfall in North Carolina on Aug. 27 as a Category 1 hurricane … [and] made another landfall the next day as a tropical storm very near Atlantic City, New Jersey. The center moved over Coney Island and Manhattan, New York, the same day.

Irene caused widespread damage across a large portion of the eastern United States as it moved north-northeastward, bringing significant effects from the mid-Atlantic through New England. The most severe impact of Irene was catastrophic inland flooding in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Including flood losses, damage in the United States [from Irene] is estimated to be $15.8 billion.

You can read about my Irene experience here.  There are still marks on windows where I put masking tape up as a precaution.  Until the end of December, I was convinced it was a category 1 hurricane rather than a tropical storm when it made landfall.  With less than two months to go until the 2012 hurricane season begins, I hope that any tropical systems that hit Long Island are merely depressions or extratropical remnants.

A side note: When I read that Irma would be the “I” replacement in 2017, I immediately thought of a character from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series.  Irma Langinstein (portrayed vocally by Jennifer Darling) was a secretary at Channel 6 and a friend of reporter April O’Neil (Renae Jacobs).

Briar Park April 3, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Internet, Jazz, Music, Personal, Travel.
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Early in my recap of saxophonist Jessy J’s show at the Iridium in February, I said this:

The site I bought [my ticket] through, TicketWeb, listed my hometown, with the 11793 zip code, as Briar Park rather than Wantagh.  I had never heard of that alternate name and a Google search was inconclusive.  I reached out to my Facebook friends from Wantagh or North Wantagh through a status update, but none of them commented.

In the recap comment thread, Zach Pollack had an answer:

The area between the [Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway; NY 135] and Jerusalem [Avenue] up to the Southern State [Parkway] used to be called Briar Park.  So, basically the “T” section and a little bit more.  [I] hope this helps.

I told him it helped a lot.  Via a screencap of Google Maps, this is North Wantagh’s “T” section: