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Catching A Wave With Jammin' James Riley January 15, 2022 on WRWO 94.5 FM 

The Wheel of Fun, Fun, Fun returns this week with randomly selected covers of The Beach Boys including The Grip Weeds, The Hot Doggers and Dino, Desi & Billy.  Beth Riley has a deep track from The Beach Boys that you're sure to remember and we drop a coin in the Jammin' James Jukebox to hear our selection of the week!  Plus, we'll spin tunes from Underwater Bosses, The Bomboras, The Smithereens, The 5678's, The Super Stocks, 12AX7, Big Mick & The Curl, The Mighty Gordinis, Jan & Dean, Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks, Lo Moon, The Surf Dawgs, Frankie & The Poolboys and Surf Zombies!

Boppin' with Beth on WRWO 94.5 FM January 14, 2022 

The late, great American country music singer and songwriter Keith Whitley is the "focus beam" artist this week. You'll hear all about his way too brief career along with a couple of his amazing tunes. You also hear some songs from some of his influences including Hank Williams, The Stanley Brothers, Lefty Frizzell, George Jones and a tune from his son Jesse Keith Whitely and widow, Lorrie Morgan. Beth's Lightning Round returns with Wes Shipp along with one of his tunes. Jammin' James Riley has a track from Billy Lee Riley (no relation) and there's great tunes from Ricky Skaggs (with Sheandoah) and Jason Duggins rounding out the show!

Historic Theatre Needs a New Roof 

 

 

Help Save One of Our Most Historic Theater 

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Even a small donation could help Jane Rogers reach their fundraising goal. And if you can't donate, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word. 

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One of Our Most Historic Theater  

Help Save One of Our Most Historic Theater 

Hello Friends,

 I thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe, https://gofund.me/17dd9797. 

Even a small donation could help Jane Rogers reach their fundraising goal. And if you can't donate, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word. 

Thanks for taking a look! 

https://gofund.me/17dd9797

 

My Dad's Christmas during WWII in the Battle of the Bulge 

I have told this story before.  It was told to me every Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember.  I hesitated in telling it again this year.  Dad has been gone since 2001.  Since I lived with it every year of my life, so must you.  I carry the torch. 

The 82ND Airborne had hastily been sent into battle without winter clothing and without being resupplied.   Most had been on leave after Operation Market-Garden.  My Dad recounted riding into battle on the back of a truck filled with gas cans for Patton’s tanks covered with blankets.  They picked up ammunition from retreating troops on their way in. 

Whenever the weather turned cold and snowy here in Illinois, Dad would comment about how someone was suffering from the cold.  I knew he was remembering those he had lost during the war.  He once told me that while heading to the front with a message, he had come across a soldier dead frozen over a machine gun, and he wished that he were him.  He said “His troubles were over.  Mine were still ahead of me”. 

77 Years ago, on Christmas Eve, in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium, My Dad, Bob Dumke was serving with the 82Nd Airborne, 2Nd Battalion 505 Head Quarters Company.  Dad was a runner who went from Battalion Headquarters carrying messages to men, his friends, on the front line.  He was in the Ardennes  Forest near the three river bridges at Trois – Ponts in Belgium.  

My Parents business was Dumke’s greenhouse and flower shop in Ottawa, Illinois. Dad made grave blankets that he delivered to the cemetery (he made sure there were grave blankets on some young men from our community killed during Vietnam).  Mom would make the most beautiful wreaths and roping.   By Christmas, they were often tired and pretty worn out.  We didn’t have material things living in three rooms behind the greenhouse.  There was much love and many visitors.  Our door was always open to friends. We often added a plate for a visitor at the dinner table. 

Our family celebrated on Christmas Eve.  Dad would fondly talk about his Mother Emma, a Swedish immigrant to the USA. How, when he was a child, they would decorate the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve with candles.   How beautiful it would be.  He had a deep love for his mother, who was gentle and kind.  She had passed away when he was just 16 from Tuberculosis.  

We put up our tree on Christmas Eve.  Our tree had the big multi-color bulbs.  As we celebrated, Dad would get quiet.  You could tell, his thoughts would be someplace else.  He would pull me up on his lap and whisper in my ear.  His big rough hands would pat my legs, full of gentle kindness.  He would tell me how, during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, he along with Battalion Headquarters would be moving forward.   

They had to move a family out into the cold and snow on Christmas Eve.  There was a mother, father, and two small children.  82ND Battalion Headquarters would use their home.  The home would be near the front line of battle soon.  It would not be safe.  They had to leave their home with only what they could carry on Christmas Eve, out into the snow and bitter cold.  Dad’s voice would crack, with a lump in his throat.  His eyes would well up, and he could hardly get the words out. Tears would stream down his face.  I can still feel his pain.  Every Christmas Eve, for as long as I can remember, he mourned for that family who was displaced by war on Christmas Eve during the Battle of the Bulge in the deep cold Ardennes winter.  

Dad had gone to the front, sent guys out on patrol, crawled into a Fox hole to sleep while they were out. The guys threw their blankets and tree branches over him. A phosphorus grenade hit, and he threw the blanket and tree branches off (which he said saved his life) his arms and face were burned, and he was evacuated from the battle. 

He rejoined his unit and was with them when they liberated Wobblin Concentration Camp in Ludwigslust, Germany. He told me he saw men alive, and dead stacked like cord wood for as far as the eye could see. Never take freedom for granted. 

The past year (or two) have been difficult with Covid as our enemy and deep divisions among people and their political views. I remind you we have more in common then not.  If we take time to let compassion into our hearts and heads the world will be a better place.  Talking to each other and finding our common ground beats doing battle. 

I am grateful to be a “descendant of Airborne nobility” per remarks made to me by General John Vines a few years ago.  

We will soon gather as best we can with our loved ones. May we remember our soldiers who are away from home, some in harm’s way  

Please be safe and hold the memory of our Paratroopers close.  Let not what they fought for be in vain. 

Join me and pray that there be peace and love on earth and joy in all our hearts. 

Merry Christmas, 

Katie Dumke Troccoli, a Paratrooper’s Daughter

Boppin' with Beth on WRWO 94.5 FM December 18 2021 

English rock band The Clash are this week's "focus beam" band on Boppin' With Beth. We hear from influences and peers including The Who, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Supremes, Chuck Berry and Toots And The Maytals. You'll hear all about their story and a couple of tracks from their discography as well. Plus, Beth's Lightning Round returns with J.D. Larish from The Lucky Odds along with a tune from them as well. Jammin' James Riley has a classic Elvis Presley tune in Rockabilly Rewind and a song from Hillbilly Casino to close out the show!

Catching A Wave With Jammin' James Riley December 18 2021 on WRWO 94.5 FM 

It's the All Christmas Show this hour on Catching A Wave!  To make things even better, Beth Riley co-hosts with me!  We've got a 1 song "Wheel Of Fun, Fun, Fun" playing a randomly selected cover of one of The Beach Boys Christmas tunes.  Beth brings a fun Christmas tune from The Beach Boys in her Surf's Up: Beth's Beach Boys Break and we drop a coin in the Jammin' James Jukebox to hear a festive rocker from The Ventures!  Plus, we've got tunes from Southern Culture On The Skids, Los Straitjackets, The Monkees, Big Mick & The Curl, Mike Love (with 2 of his children- Ambha Love & Christian Love), Al Jardine, Supraphonics, JD McPherson, Goons!, Mark Malibu & The Wasagas, Urban Surf Kings, Joel Paterson, Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Tourmaliners, The Volcanics and Aqualads!!  We've also got some fun snippets of favorite Christmas movies and tv shows too!

Catching A Wave With Jammin' James Riley November 27 2021 on WRWO 94.5 FM 

 

We've got a trio of songs with artists named Paul...Paul Johnson, Paul Carrack and Paul Revere & The Raiders.  Beth Riley has a deep track of The Beach Boys in her Surf's Up: Beth's Beach Boys Break.  We've got a Two-Nami in the forecast with 2 in a row from Southern Culture On The Skids and we'll drop a coin in the Jammin' James Jukebox to hear our selection of the week!  We've got rockers from from Surfer Joe, The Fantastic Baggys, Sail On, Beware Of Blast, Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited, Bob Spalding, Jan & Dean, The Ventures, The Me-Gustas, Los Surfer Compadres plus some Christmas tunes hitting the playlist from The Hi-Risers, The Tremolo Beer Gut and The Neptunas!!

Boppin' with Beth on WRWO 94.5 FM November 26 2021 

 

English singer-songwriter and musician, Paul Carrack, is our "focus beam" artist this week. We hear from some of his influences including The Shadows, The Searchers, The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye. We'll hear about his amazing musical journey with bands (Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics) and his stellar solo career along with a few of his solo tunes! Beth's Lightning Round returns and Paul is the guest for that as well. Plus, Jammin' James Riley has a rockin' track from Jimmy Dell in Rockabilly Rewind!

Dead Air with Cory Daniels on WRWO 94,5 FM - November 26 2021 

 

Dave's Picks Volume 40 has made some noise on the Billboard Chart! 

1) Grateful Dead scores its 50th top 40-charting album on the Billboard 200. The band continues to have the most top 40 albums among groups since the chart began regularly publishing on a weekly basis in March of 1956. The only acts with more top 40 albums than Grateful Dead are Frank Sinatra (58), Elvis Presley (57), Barbra Streisand (54) and Bob Dylan (51). 

2) Also marks Grateful Dead’s highest charting album since 1987 on the Billboard 200! 

3) Finally, it's the largest sales week for Grateful Dead in over 25 years 

We get into the release and the new release from the GarciaLive series! 

The Set List. . . 

Cassidy 7:00 
1990-07/18 DEER CREEK MUSIC CENTER, Noblesville, Indiana 
Dave's Picks Vol. 40 

Deal 9:02 
1991-11/15 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, New York, New York 
GarciaLive Vol. 16 

Me And Bobby McGee 6:24 
1972-10/17 FOX THEATRE, St. Louis, Missouri 
Listen To The River: St. Louis '71 '72 '73 

I'll Take a Melody 15:03 
1976-11/07 KEYSTONE BERKELEY, Berkeley, California 
GarciaLive Vol. 17 

LOOKS LIKE RAIN 
Albany, NY, Knickerbocker Arena 
March 29, 1993 
30 Days of Dead 2021

Bring the Majestic back to life!

Proceeds from the sale of our product line go to support historic restoration efforts for the Majestic. The Majestic hosted performances by several well-known stars, such as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Ed Wynn, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker and Eva Tanguay. Your contribution will help us bring the Majestic lights back on.

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Water Color Painting of

Majestic Theatre

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(May 2020)

Prints, Posters, products are now available to support the restoration efforts of the Majestic Theatre.

Carol Halm was born, raised and still lives in a quaint town called Ottawa in Illinois.  She has worked in watercolors for over 45 years and has spent 25 years in colored pencil.  She has worked on many commissions as well as licensing. She attended at Illinois Valley Community College and has spent countless hours perfecting her craft.  She works in various styles such from realism to whimsical and had completed several projects for companies such as Current, Dayspring and PCCrafter.  Three dimensional works, murals, kitchen products and clothing have also been among her accomplishments. Besides spending time with her daughter and her family, she loves spending her time creating.   

Groucho played the Majestic as a vaudeville act.

You may remember Gonzales Gonzales from John Wayne movies.  He provided comedy in Rio Bravo, Hellfighters, and other John Wayne flicks.

Here is where he got his start as an actor when he appeared as a contestant on 'You Bet Your Life'. Groucho Marx takes advantage of the situation based upon the audience laughter.

John Wayne saw the show and put Gonzales in his movies. 

Please click the link below:

Gonzales Gonzales Marx

I own two historic theater The Majestic Theater in Streator IL and the Will Rogers Theater in Charleston IL.  Both are in dire need of restoration.  Estimated costs are a million dollars each.  The Majestic hosted performances by several well-known stars, such as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Ed Wynn, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker and Eva Tanguay.  The Will Rogers is on the National Historic Register.

I am seeking funding for both projects.

My business plan calls for working with the non profit organization Here and Again Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting the arts and entertainment industry as a way to educate and create employment in the entertainment industry. 

My Corporation, Summer House Entertainment Inc will operate the theater as a for profit.  We will attract clients from a 50 plus mile radius of each venue hosting live National Acts opened by local artists who perform in a Here and Again Inc program called Song + Story.   We will also be able to host film festivals and local events as well as first run movies.

The National acts that play the theaters are an economic boom to the communities.  Patrons who attend events will often spend the night (or two) at local hotels, buy gas, and eat in restaurants.  

Raising the quality of life with a vibrant theater attracts employers who want their employees to be happy in the communities in which they live.  This is classic economic development.

Mixing Song + Story participants with National Entertainers gives local up and coming talent the opportunity to network with entertainers who have been successful, giving them more opportunity for success in the entertainment industry.

I am hopeful you see the benefits that I am proposing and help me find a way to fund the projects.  

The Majestic is in an Opportunity Zone 17099964300, TIF and Enterprise Zone and the Will Rogers is also in an Opportunity zone track 17029000500, TIF and Enterprise Zone.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I will look forward to hearing any suggestions or opportunities you may have to offer.

I may be reached at

Katie Troccoli  katiet1@sbcglobal.net of call or text 815-228-2058

 

Wells Fargo Article Explaining Opportunity Zones

On December 19, 2018 I, with my development team, met with the City Manager of Streator Scot Wrighton.  I was told the City of Streator had no Tax Increment Funds to help re develop the Majestic Theatre.  

On November 13, 2019 I met with the new City Manager of Streator, IL David Plyman.  I was told by Mr. Plyman that the prior City Manager Scot Wrighton had entered into the re development Tax Increment Financing agreement with Beautiful City LLC (Eagle 6) and the Northpoint Development that has cash strapped the City of Streator.  The City of Streator is having a difficult time meeting their financial obligations.  That the downtown TIF (which the Majestic Theatre is in) is supporting the Northpoint TIF.  I was told the City of Streator borrowed money to develop the Northpoint TIF.  Once again, I was told the City has no Tax Increment Financing funds to help with the re development of the Majestic Theatre located in the Downtown Streator TIF. 

TIF Agreement for Eagle 6

Streator Business Development Agreement

 

 

The impact and importance of the performing arts on the cultural and economic life of American cities has been felt since the very first theater and vaudeville houses sprung up on Main Streets throughout the country." ”

Michael R. Schnoering

Starts Wednesday

Starts Wednesday: A Day in the Life of a Movie Palace recalls 1976, the year I spent with my husband and a group of similarly-misguided friends, trying to save the St. George Theater, a classic 2672-seat movie palace in New York City’s most neglected borough, Staten Island.

By Victoria Hallerman

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