Sunday, May 11, 2008

common bonds.........

we have a new student intern youth minister at our church, and she's GREAT......really relates to the kids and has alot of cool things planned for them. early this morning we were having general conversation with them before class started and movies came up and somehow i ended up mentioning that i never went to the theatre unless it was to see a movie that gerard butler was in. our new minister's eyes lit up like a christmas tree and she says: "oh! i LOVE him!!!! you like him, too??" lol!!!! now we'll be 'partners in crime on' more than one level!!!! woo hoo!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

you never really know.........

when someone you know....or used to know....turns out to be one of the most influential people on earth!!! lol!! this blows my mind!!

During the past 40 years, Lee has brought unparalleled ratings and economic success to radio stations in over 200 markets, including 97 of the top 100 winning 318 programming battles, while losing only 11. Since 1998 he has worked as the Chief Creative Officer for XM Satellite Radio. In 1993, Newsweek listed Lee as one of America's "100 Cultural Elite" for his influence on radio. Radio Ink listed Lee as one of the 75 most important radio figures of all time[1] and as one of the 40 most powerful people in radio.[2] Abrams' voice-over commentary appears on the album Vulture Culture from The Alan Parsons Project

Lee joined XM in the next generation of radio: satellite direct radio. With 101 stations to develop and program, Lee is once again challenged to reinvigorate the radio landscape. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., XM offers 70 music channels - more than any other satellite radio service. Plus 30 channels of news, talk, sports and entertainment including comedy and children's programming. The service is targeted to the nation's 200 million plus automobile and truck drivers as well as home radio users. The basic monthly subscription is $12.95. The radio subscription service recently celebrated its 9 millionth subscriber.

More than 35 of XM's music channels are commercial-free; the other music channels carry limited advertising and are limited to no more than six minutes of advertising per hour -- a fraction of the 18 minutes or more per hour that today's FM stations carry.

As a founding partner of Burkhart/Abrams, the Atlanta-based consulting giant, Lee invented and built album rock, the first successful FM format. He also designed numerous other highly successful radio formats including the first classic rock format at San Francisco's KFOG; the first FM urban/dance format at New York's WKTU, the first new age/jazz format at KLRS SANTA CRUZ. In addition, he created the original blueprint for the NBC Source Network. His corporate clients have included every major broadcast group.

In 1989, Lee joined ABC Radio Networks as an internal consultant and oversaw the revolutionary Z-Rock format, which was the first satellite delivered superstation, as well as being the first "active rock" format, and was instrumental in the launch of Radio Disney.
In the '80s, Lee produced the Grammy-winning CD "Ah Via Musicom" by Eric Johnson, has appeared on several Alan Parsons Project CDs and worked with major labels and recording artists as a consultant and label head. Among his clients have been The Moody Blues, Yes, Steve Winwood, Iron Maiden, Winger, Bob Seger, Chico DeBarge, Jermaine Stewart, Stryper, Circle Jerks, and EMI Records.

Lee's other media projects have included the redesign of Rolling Stone magazine in the mid-'80s, the launch of TNT Cable Network, MTV, American marketing consultant to Swatch and advisor to dozens of entertainment companies including Disney, Island and Sony. In addition, Lee has been the subject of feature articles in hundreds of consumer publications including Playboy, Esquire, New York, Times, People and The Wall Street Journal.

Abrams was "the most influential radio guru of his generation". He pioneered a form of audience measurement and psychographics and invented album-oriented rock.[3]

Abrams resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, Sandra and two dogs. He is a commercial and instrument rated pilot. He has two grown children.

On March 11, 2008, Abrams submitted his resignation to XM. He was annouced March 11, 2008 as the Chief Innovation Officer for the Tribune Company.[4]

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

50 more things i love!

1. vampires!
2. green eyes
3. castera roses
4. birds
5. scottish accents
6. blogging! :)
7. air conditioning (i live in atlanta, after all!)
8. health food stores
9. cheap used cds on
10. zen gardens
11. water fountains
12. lady bugs
13. stars
14. the night sky
15. butterflies
16. fragrant body lotion
17. cowboy hats
18. buffalos (fell in love with them at the animal safari last year!)
19. my cd collection
20. lava lamps
21. perfume
22. going to see live theatre
23. going to hear live music
24. hebrew writing
25. fires (in a fireplace)
26. sugar free cinnamon breath mints
27. kurt vonnegut
28. hippies
29. the fact that i am getting flexible again
30. good sleep!
31. dark colored pearls (especially copper colored ones!)
32. nuts
33. making someone's day!
34. british accents
35. feathers
36. winged hearts
37. hardwood floors
38. clothes from the 20s
39. fruit
40. hippy clothes
41. watching lightening
42. the aurora borealis (i MUST see this in person one day!)
43. comedy/tragedy masks
44. old houses
45. psychedelic posters
46. studying religions
47. harley davidsons/bikers
48. horse races
49. turtles
50. rocking chairs

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

because i *need* to.....

some days you just need a reminder of all the things you love....and all the things there are to make you smile.......

i did a short list of 50 things that i love in a blog long ago. i think it's time to do it again......

1. my family
2. my friends
3. music
4. dance
5. cheese
6. my topie boy!!
7. trees
8. the color orange
9. shakespeare
10. art by dali, mucha and maxfield parrish
11. funky shoes
12. sunsets
13. the beach
14. the mountains
15. taking long walks with a friend
16. dogs
17. email
18. gerard butler
19. my yahoo group for the above
20. the feeling i have after i do my exercises
21. working with the kids at my church
22. bazil
23. good coffee
24. lapsang souchong tea
25. cheezits
26. poetry
27. jewelry
28. making jewelry
29. my church
30. hedgehogs
31. british television
32. surprise gifts
33. pottery
34. candles
35. the smells of patchoulli, sandalwood, vetiver, musk, amber and cinammon
36. my bon jovi collection
37. the rare find of a person with integrity
38. a man with a great sense of humor
39. bells
40. king arthur tales
42. reading
43. solitude
44. painted toenails
45. incense
46. mystery stories
47. quilts
48. actually knowing a couple of my childhood idols
49. antiques
50. art nouveau