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From the Desk of the Jovial Impresario

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Cranky with the Heat

By "Broadway Bill" Schmalfeldt

 

I hate this time of year. 

 

I hate hot, muggy weather.  It makes me want to throw things at the television when I see the idiot newscasters talking about "what a nice 4th of July weekend it was" when it fact it was 95 degrees and 100 percent humidity.  That is not "nice."  It is hell.  Hot, stinky, sweaty hell!

 

Also, it's "the off season."  I find myself looking at the calendar waiting for two things to happen.

 

1.     Football.  And not that "pretend football" played in arenas and broadcast on NBC.  REAL football.  NFL Football.  And it can't come soon enough.

 

2.     The new Broadway season.  "Avenue Q" opens at the end of the month.  And then we in the Broadway Punditry will have something to talk about again.

 

So what do we do in the meantime?  Well, we can write columns like this one in which we pontificate on random subjects.  For instance…

 

Is this a horrible time to be a celebrity or WHAT?  In the last month… Buddy Hackett, Buddy Ebsen, Barry White, Gregory Peck, Kate Hepburn.  Makes you wonder who's gonna be next.  And what kind of sick person takes part in those office pools where you guess which celebrity is going to be the third in a group of three to kick the bucket?  And why do I keep saying it's gonna be Bob Hope even though he keeps going strong at the age of 100?

 

When will it STOP?  Oh boy!  Word that the Bee Gees are discussing a multi-million dollar musical featuring their music.  Didn't we learn anything from Saturday Night Fever?  (To which producers answer… "No, we learned from Mamma Mia!")  Once again, "familiarity breeds content."

 

It's Almost 2004!  Got an e-mail the other day from Larry O'Keefe ("Batboy," "The Mice from 3hree" and "Sarah Plain and Tall") supporting the candidacy of Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean.  Just a reminder that there's a presidential election next year.  Maybe THIS one will COUNT?

 

And on that happy note…

 

 

 

For more information about XM Satellite Radio, go to www.xmradio.com.

 

For more information about "On Broadway, XM-28" click http://onbroadway.xmradio.com.

 

Listen to Your Jovial Impresario, Broadway Bill Schmalfeldt, weekdays from 10a-2p Eastern on America's only LIVE, nationwide satellite radio show tune request show – "Demand Performance".

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"Broadway Bill" Schmalfeldt is the program director of XM Satellite Radio's On Broadway channel. A native of Clinton, Iowa, Bill began his broadcasting career in 1977. Since then, his career has taken him three-quarters of the way around the world, including a tour as a Navy broadcaster in Yokosuka, Japan and aboard the USS Midway.

Before coming to XM Satellite Radio, "The Jovial Impresario" was program director and morning talk show host at WGUF, Naples, FL. When not employed as a broadcaster, Bill also worked as a newspaper columnist and editor and as a long-haul truck driver. His hobbies include acting and singing in local theater venues. Visit onbroadway.xmradio.com for more info.


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