Thursday, April 28, 2011

Online Story

Young Orchids Give Back

International rock-stars Young Orchids take a break from the road today to give back to their Atlanta community.

The young rock group, whose song “Twelve Feet Tall” gained them international fame, are the hosts of a charity event at The Fox Theatre tonight. Proceeds from the $500 per person tickets will be given as a grant to the Atlanta City School district for art programs. According to manager Luis Sandoval, the grant will provide supplies for art classes, fund after-school programs, and aide in the development of new at programs for children and teens.

In a statement on the band’s website, 23-year old Matthew DeBusschere says, “As a child, I enjoyed art classes in school and became concerned as an adult when I saw those programs being cut from curriculums due to budget cuts.” His concern led to the proposal of the event being held tonight.

Expected guests of the event include Atlanta mayor Kashim Reed and the hip-hop group Outkast, who also hail from Atlanta. Dinner will be served in the Egyptian Ballroom, followed by a two-hour performance by Young Orchids in the main theatre. A press conference about the band’s world tour will be held after the show.

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Atlanta Band Gives Back Through Charity Event

Last year, a local Atlanta band broke into mainstream music with an international hit song “Twelve Feet Tall”. Tonight, those young men return home to give back to the community that gave them their start.

Young Orchids will host a charity ball tonight at The Fox Theatre in order to raise money for art programs in inner-city schools. Doors open for the event at 7pm tonight, with a ticket price of $500. Dinner with the band will take place in the Egyptian Ballroom, followed by a two-hour performance. Afterwards, the band will answer questions from the press about their upcoming global tour.

“The guys have always had it in their hearts to give back to the community in a way that will touch children’s lives and inspire them to create more art in the world”, said manager and friend Luis Sandoval, “They are very excited to be able to host this event which will help so many people”.

23-year-old bassist Matthew DeBusschere said he developed the idea of the event. In a statement on the band’s website DeBusschere said, “As a child, I enjoyed art classes in school and became concerned as an adult when I saw those programs being cut from curriculums due to budget cuts. The money raised tonight will be given to art programs in Atlanta City Schools for supplies, after-school classes, and the development of new projects.”

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The charity event in Atlanta will mark the beginning of Young Orchids' second leg of their first world tour. The band will be on tour with English band Muse, who have just released their tenth full-length album "Starlight and Moon Rites". The following is a partial list of the cities and dates where the bands will be performing:

5/20 Miami, FL

5/22 Mexico City, Mexico

5/25 Tokyo, Japan

5/28 Hong Kong, China

6/1 Mumbai, India

Radio Story

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On this day, in 2010, a group of young Atlanta rockers called Young Orchids broke into mainstream radio with their hit “Twelve Feet Tall”.

(Soundbite of song, “Twelve Feet Tall”)

Mr. KYLE GORDON (Singer): (Singing) We set the fires… we die alone.

MORRISON: Tonight, the band celebrates the day their first single hit the airwaves by hosting a charity event at the Fox Theatre.

Joining us is their manager and long-time friend, Luis Sandoval, to tell us more about this event.

Welcome to the show.

Mr. LUIS SANDOVAL: Thank you.

MORRISON: What is the purpose of the event tonight?

Mr. SANDOVAL: Well, the boys aren’t just musicians; they are compassionate artists as well. Now that they have become famous, they want to give back to the children of Atlanta through raising money for art programs in inner-city schools.

MORRISON: That’s wonderful. Is it open to the public and how much are tickets to the event?

Mr. SANDOVAL: Tickets are $500 and yes; it is open to anyone who wants to pay that much money.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MORRISON: For more information about the event, you can visit the event page linked to the bands’ Facebook. Mr. Sandoval, thank you for joining us.

Mr. SANDOVAL: My pleasure.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Seatbelt Article

CDC Reports Decline in Vehicle Crash Injuries

The CDC's recently released report on Non-Fatal Motor Vehicle Occupant Injuries in 2009 indicates that increased seatbelt usage has lead to a steady decline in adult injuries resulting from car crashes.

“Seat belt use is the most effective method to reduce the risk of injury or death and it protects drivers and passengers, reducing the risk being killed by about half,” says CDC Director Thomas Frieden, “In 2008 for the first time overall seat belt use reached a high of 85%, really making it the social norm in this country.”

Frieden went on to say that, “Every 14 seconds an adult in the U.S. Is treated in an emergency department for a motor vehicle crash-related injury, and this is costing us not only lives, but also money.”

The leading cause of death in the U.S. between ages 5 and 34 continues to be motor vehicle crashes. Additionally, 34,000 people of all ages died from vehicle crash injuries in the past year.

Although the rates of death and injury from vehicle crashes remain high, the 2009 report brings hope by showing that states with mandatory seatbelt usage laws have been able to decrease these numbers.

According to Frieden, the states who have achieved a 90% or better rate of seatbelt usage are: Oregon, California, Washington, Hawaii, New Jersey, Texas and Puerto Rico.

Other factors that Frieden sites may contribute to the decline of deaths and injuries include the safety of vehicle builds increasing and the amount people drive decreasing due to gas prices.

Frieden suggests that graduated drivers licenses also contribute to reducing vehicular death rates in the states that have implemented them.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Speech Assignment

Kennedy Speech A Call for Global Freedom

Following his oath of office today, President Kennedy delivered an inaugural speech that focused on American commitment to global freedom and liberty.

Kennedy’s speech not only offered promises of continued support of international allies, but the establishment of new democracies in other countries.

The intent of the speech was clear: it was a call for Americans to stand behind an agenda that seeks to perpetuate America’s place as the world police.

The vast majority of the speech was a message to all nations of the world calling for cooperation in the global fight for freedom for all men. Support was pledged to old allies, new states, and to people in rural areas of the globe in need of help. A pledge of support was also recommitted to the United Nations, calling the assembly, “our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace”.

Following the pledges of support, the President went on to address the countries who may call themselves our enemies. To them, Kennedy requested reconsideration of peace in order to avoid the untold repercussions of nuclear war. In doing so, he addressed the fears of the American people of new, much more dangerous, forms of warfare by which we have been threatened.

Lastly the President made a request of the people to give individual support of the country and its service men and women.

Kennedy concluded his speech with a hopeful tone. He spoke of the ‘‘wonders of science,’’ which may be used for peace rather than war, and of our responsibility to one another to care for our brother.

It is now to be seen over the next four years what will come of these promises and of Kennedy’s hopes for the future of America and its people.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Writing Assignment #5 part 3

TV Story: Shot of reporter in studio: NASA Chairman Tomas Rivera announced today that there is no need for alarm over the discovery of an unidentified aircraft just outside Earth’s orbit. The Chairman’s words follow public panic over Monday’s report of a UFO just outside Earth’s atmosphere. Lets go to our reporter on Peachtree Street to see what you think. Man on the Street shot with off-camera voice asking “ Do you think there is a UFO come to Earth?” Man on the street shot: “I really don’t think we should make a big deal of something that no one is sure of yet” Man on the street shot: “I think the aliens have finally come!”

Writing Assignment #5 part 2

Internet Story: NASA Attempts to Calm Fears of Outer-Space Invasion (AP)- NASA Chairman Tomas Rivera told the public today that there is no cause to be concerned about the unidentified aircraft just outside Earth’s orbit. “There is no need for panic, but there indeed is an aircraft just outside our atmosphere that we have not been able to identify as of yet”, stated NASA Chairman Tomas Rivera at a press conference held early this morning. “We have informed the President and will contact other governments to try to identify its origin.” The Chairman’s comments follow a media frenzy that has broken out over the discovery of the unidentified aircraft on Monday. Speculations about the aircraft range from conspiracy theory to almost believable. The most widespread theory is that it is in fact a vessel carrying extra-terrestrial beings. United States Space Observation Center Scientist Hubert Scope disagrees with this theory, stating “In all my years of research, not one of these sightings has been anything of consequence”. The White House has not released an official statement about the event, but the President is scheduled to address the media tonight, which will be broadcasted live.

Writing Assignment #5 part 1

USSOC News Release [3/14/12] Contact Name: Verna Thornblat Phone number: 347-789-6789 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NASA tells public there is no need for concern over unidentified aircraft TEMPE, Arizona- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced today that there no need for immediate concern about the United States Space Observation Center’s sighting of an unidentified aircraft by satellites orbiting Earth on Monday. “There is no need for panic, but there indeed is an aircraft just outside our atmosphere that we have not been able to identify as of yet”, stated Secretary of State Tomas Rivera at a press conference held early this morning. “We have informed the President and will contact other governments to try to identify its origin.” During routine observation, a scientist at the USSOC noticed some unusual movement just outside the orbit of a US satellite. When investigated further, it was discovered that the aircraft was unable to receive any communication. Additionally, the aircraft was not a model recognizable to the American scientists. It carried no markings of identification, and did not attempt to make contact with anyone at the space center. Several attempts are being made to communicate with the aircraft, but none so far have shown to have been received. Experts all over the globe are now working to solve this. There have been at least a dozen encounters with unidentified aircrafts over the past five years, according to documentation made public by NASA. This number does not include civilian sightings, which often remain unreported or are disregarded as fabrications. The USSOC, which first reported the sighting in Tempe, Arizona, has to report any and all sightings to NASA that may be on public concern. Over ninety-per-cent of unidentified aircrafts, often referred to as unidentified flying objects or UFOs, have been reported from the state of Arizona. Although speculation is high about the aircraft being from another planet, scientist Hubert Scope said there is no reason to believe the aircraft is anything but a project commissioned by another country for space exploration. “In all my years of research, not one of these sightings has been anything of consequence”, said Scope, an Arizona resident and researcher at the USSOC. Several news sources have been accused by the USSOC of blowing this sighting out of proportion as a matter of public concern. There is no evidence to support claims of the aircraft coming from another planet. It has also been speculated that the aircraft has come into our atmosphere to bring us harm, which has been invalidated by NASA. The President of the United States is scheduled to hold a live press conference tomorrow to address any comments, concerns, or questions from several international and American news sources.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Press Release


Bluth Inc. Gains New Leadership with CEO

Los Angeles, CA – March 17, 2011 – Michael Bluth takes the helm of Bluth Inc. as CEO with a fresh vision for a new era for the company.

Bluth Inc. has faced many challenges over the past few months, however, stocks will soon be soaring again with the appointment of George Bulth’s son, Michael Bluth, to position of CEO. He sees a future for the company full of innovation, acquisition, and profits. Most importantly, he offers the moral and ethical leadership Bluth Inc. has lacked in the past.

“Michael has always been the brains of the family and definitely knows what he is doing”, says his sister Natalie, “he has always been well-liked and had no knowledge of his father’s unethical accounting techniques.”

Since Michael Bluth’s arrival, the company has gone through much needed change, such as the firing of top officials associated with his father’s schemes and hiring new young faces, bringing hope in a time it is much needed.

Bluth has higher pursuits than being CEO of a top 100 company. The new CEO is an elder at the First Methodist Church of Burbank, where he has been attending for over 30 years. You can find him front and center any given Sunday

Bluth Inc. will host a benefit for the hospitals of Los Angeles in partnership with the First Methodist Church of Burbank in the fall. This benefit will be the first of its kind, and offers Bluth Inc. a chance to reinvent the image of the company as one that cares about the well being of residents of Los Angeles.


Patricia Bluth

233 North Ave,
Los Angeles, CA

Ph: 622-896-7817

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

TV News Story

Shot of reporter in studio: Police are searching for a man last seen stealing a cat from an
apartment in Inman Park.

Shot of apartment complex with VO: At approximately 11pm o'clock last night... a man was seen crawling out of the top window of this complex with a cat-carrier in hand.

Shot of Witness: "I was out walking my dog last night when I saw a man jump out of that window and run down the stairs with a cat carrier ... and when I saw the broken glass ... I just had to call the cops."

VO drawn picture of suspect: If you have any information about this case ... or have seen this man ... please contact the Fulton County Police Department.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Interview Feature: Luis Sandoval

It’s a dark, cold night at the intersection of Moreland Ave. and Euclid Ave., which is called “Little Five Points” by Atlantans. Although the night is gray and dismal, dozens of people are pouring through the doors of a bar, above which hangs an illuminated star indicating there is a show happening onstage.

This local hot spot is The Star Community Bar, or Star Bar for short, and Thursday nights pack the best crowd a local musician can hope for on a weekday night. Thursday nights at Star Bar have no cover charge, and with $1 beer and great music, this place is always sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

On this particular Thursday night is a bi-monthly event presented by a promotion company called ‘Team Luis.’ The event packs a large crowd, as Team Luis is always books the best bands around the Southeast. The man behind the name is Luis Sandoval, and his large 6’3’’ stature often makes him the easiest person to pick out in the mass of people standing near the bar. His smiling, bearded face and loud, boisterous laugh puts me at ease almost immediately after meeting him. His friendly demeanor negates any apprehension one might have upon meeting such a prominent figure in the rapidly growing Atlanta music scene.

Today, Sandoval has agreed to sit down and tell me about where he comes from, how came to do all he does now, and where he is taking Atlanta music in the future.

Luis Sandoval is an immigrant from El Salvador. He was born at a time of civil unrest. In order to escape the dangers of a civil war, his family moved to Wisconsin, where they remained for the next 11 years. During that time, the civil war in his native country had finally ended and his parents had grown homesick, so they moved back to El Salvador. Sandoval says the move back to El Salvador really shaped who he is today, because he was “thrown into a new culture and a new way of thinking,” which has made him adaptable to new and changing environments and situations. There, Sandoval spent his teen years in a “macho and competitive culture,” which he says is the opposite of his “laid-back” personality.

Shortly after turning 18, Sandoval's family once again moved back to the states, this time to be with his grandmother who lived in Georgia. Here, he attended Kennesaw State University from 2000 to 2005, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations over the course of the next five years. In 2004, Sandoval landed an internship at Wicked West Public Relations, with a woman named Karen West. By the end of his year-long internship, Sandoval was doing all the entertainment research and writing for West’s weekly radio spots on the station 99x highlighting events and shows happening around Atlanta each weekend. Through the internship, Sandoval also met and worked with the production team of a summer concert series called “Downtown Rocks," and said of the experience, “I didn’t need to be onstage; I liked knowing how things worked from backstage behind-the-scenes.”

After graduation, West hired Sandoval to join her team at the newly founded Karen West Productions Co. In spring 2007, Sandoval was offered an opportunity to join two other guys who were starting a free monthly Thursday night show at Star Bar. It was called “Big Trouble in Little Five Points," which featured local Atlanta acts. When they would contact acts to come play a show, Sandoval said, “ we would tell the bands ‘we don’t know how much we can pay you, if anything, but we will pay for your gas money’!” This was enough to get bands to start coming out.

In 2009, Sandoval began managing acts, the first of which was a band called The Constellations, followed by Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics, Weapons of Audio, and Young Orchids.

That same year, the team behind “Big Trouble in Little Five Points” started to go their separate ways and the last show under that name took place in the spring of 2009.

The free Thursday nights had gained much popularity by that point, and Sandoval wanted to keep the momentum going. It was then he came up with the name ‘Team Luis,' and began booking and hosting the nights himself. The nights expanded to include acts from all over the Southeast and artists who are more broadly known such as Ponderosa and Dropsonic. Artists who perform on Team Luis nights can be certain they will gain exposure and increase their fan bases in Atlanta.

The Atlanta music scene is where Sandoval has invested his efforts and dreams for almost a decade now, and he continues to dream up bigger things. Right now, he is in talks with several sponsors such as Pabst Blue Ribbon and big-name acts such as Big Boi from Outcast and Cee-Lo from Gnarles Barkley to start an early summer concert event at the Starlight 6 Drive-In Theater located off Moreland Ave.

Two years ago, Sandoval’s bands were opening acts, whereas now they are headliners. Likewise, Sandoval’s promotions company continues to grow and thrive in Atlanta’s ever-changing music scene.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kennesaw State University Begins New Certificate Program

Kennesaw State University’s Music and Entertainment Business Certificate Program kicked off last week with an announcement that the class they will begin a student-run record label. 

Prof. Bruce Birch invited Shannon Houchins, CEO of Average Joes Entertainment, to lecture his class about how a record label is started and run. During the lecture, Houchins explained to the class that they will be acting as a record label over the course of three semesters.

The process will begin with each student finding one local artist who is in need of management. After presentations of the chosen artists’ work, the class will choose two artists to represent until spring 2012. The class will work in groups to put the artists on college radio, book a tour and promote concerts.

The creation of a student-run record label is only one of many course assignments designed to help students get experience with the music business. KSU senior Jameel Bembry, a participant in the certification program, said, “I'm the most excited about the externships that are required.” Bembry added that, “the MEBUS program brings the music and entertainment business to [students].”

Ryan Smoak, a junior in the program, echoed Bembry’s sentiments, saying that, “the experiences that come along with [the program], and the people I meet while completing it will help me reach my career goals.”

A press release from KSU first officially announced the start of the new program June 28. The release announced that Joel A Katz, an Atlanta-based attorney, donated a large sum of money to begin a music business program at KSU similar to one at the University of Georgia.

The donation succeeded in luring Bruce Burch of the UGA program to Kennesaw to direct the program, which was announced in a subsequent press release July 6. The release also announced that Keith Perissi, also from the UGA program, would follow Burch to KSU as the associate director of the program. Both men have extensive backgrounds in the music industry.