Archive for July, 2012

July 22, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, July 21 (8 p.m.) and Sunday, July 22 (2 p.m.), 2012, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews Rachel Bublitz, and Tracey Potter, the creators of the 31 Plays in 31 Days Project, and 60s Merced psychedelic band Crystal Syphon on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 8 pm, and Sunday, July 22 at 2pm.

To listen to Rachel Bublitz and Tracey Potter discuss 31 Plays in 31 days, click onto the link:31 plays

The 31 Plays in 31 Days Project is based on the idea that to become a better writer, you must write. You must write a lot. And you need to practice experimenting with your writing form constantly. The pressure of this goal will allow you to set aside preconceived notions of what you should be writing and how you should be doing it. You will not have time to overanalyze your work, you will just have to write, write, write and be surprised by what comes out of you. You may love your work some days and wonder what happened on others, but by the end of the month, you will have amassed 31 new plays. Instead of waiting for the breeze of inspiration to blow your way, you will see that writing is a craft that can be called on at any time.


August 1st at 12:00 am until August 31st at 11:59pm


Anywhere and everywhere!


Playwrights who are crazy enough to write 31 Plays in just 31 short days!

Finally…. How?

Register  at  They will list your information in the Participating Playwrights section.  If you wish to be eligible for the 31 Plays in 31 Days Internet Staged Reading (details to be announced in September) you must select the daily submission option.

Crystal Syphon, one of the greatest “lost” groups of the West Coast psych scene, came together in Merced, California in 1965. Originally a Beatles / Byrds-influenced unit called the Morlochs, they soon shed their original moniker and moved in a more psychedelic direction, becoming a fixture on the ballroom circuit from 1966-1970. Although their music may nod in the direction of the New Tweedy Brothers and Quicksilver Messenger Service at times, it’s imbued throughout with a distinctive sound that arose from practicing up to six nights a week. The band entertained offers from various labels during their existence, but as they insisted on complete artistic control and ownership of their music, no deals were struck. Now, some 44 years after its creation, Roaratorio is proud to make the music of Crystal Syphon available for the first time ever. Drawn from studio tracks, rehearsal tapes and a live recording from the Fillmore West, Family Evil is released in an edition of 500 copies, with cover art by Norman Orr and extensive historical liner notes on an old-style “tip-on” jacket. Digital download included. 
“Family Evil” is available for purchase on iTunes and as additional pressings of the records become available at

To listen to Crystal Syphon, click onto the link:crystal syphon

July 17, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, July 14 (8 p.m.) and Sunday, July 15, (2 p.m.) 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday July 14th (8 PM)  and Sunday July 14th (2 PM) to listen to author Joseph Sutton, and author and radio host Hazel Kahan speak on her life in the Middle East.

Click onto the link to listen to Hazel Kahan:hazel

After a Lahore birth, a Pakistan childhood, boarding schools in Kashmir, India and England, years in Australia and Israel, Helen Kahan came to the United States. Her two children were born in London and Canberra.  Helen has a Ph.D. In psychology, which led to a career in market research.

In 1999, she sold her loft in Manhattan and without much thought or planning, followed some innate sense to Mattituck on the North Fork of Long Island where she lives a bucolic life.  After decades in corporate corridors and cubicles, hundreds of focus groups and thousands of frequent flyer miles, she now watches the rise and fall of the trees instead of the ticker tape.  Helen interviews people not for clients but for her program, Tidings from Hazel Kahan on WPKN 89.5 Bridgeport, CT, an independent totally listener-sponsored radio station. Helen also creates leafages.

Leafages are made from real leaves, vines and tendrils interwoven with calligraphy, decorative pen and ink flourishes and imaginary Latin botanical names.

Leafages contain a philosophical or inspirational thought, quotation or verse from sages, poets or religious texts.  Some leafages have been specially created for an individual, a couple or a family with words or leaves reflecting their personal narrative.

 Click onto the link to listen to author Joseph Sutton:joe sutton-1

After playing two years of junior college football in Los Angeles, Joseph Sutton entered the University of Oregon in 1960 on a football scholarship. He didn’t become an All-American running back as he had wished. What happened was that a knee injury led to his getting on the bad side of his coach. Hence, he was a fourth string football player who saw sporadic action.

A fellow fourth stringer asked him one day, “What are you going to do in life?”

“I’m going to be a writer,” Sutton blurted out. “I’m going to let the whole world know what it feels like for a fourth stringer to be treated like cannon fodder.” It was the first time the thought of being a writer entered his mind.

Upon graduating Oregon with degrees in philosophy and history, Sutton joined the Coast Guard reserve. Late in the morning on November 22, 1963, their ship docked in Alameda, CA, the crew heard the news of President Kennedy’s assassination. That night, because the president’s death hit him so hard, he did something he had never done before: he picked up a pen and started writing his thoughts and feelings. Little did he know he’d be doing the same thing to this day.

After completing six months of active duty, Sutton started teaching social studies at Fremont High School in South Central Los Angeles. Five years later, in 1969, he quit the teaching profession to follow his dream of becoming a writer. His first project was a novel, A Class of Leaders, about a white history teacher in a predominately black high school who throws the book away and lets his students teach. Sutton’s next work, a novel called Highway Sailor, deals with a man hitting the highways of America in search of himself and his country .

Ever since his Coast Guard days in Alameda, Sutton had always wanted to live in San Francisco. In 1977 he made the move. Within a span of four years, he met Joan Bransten, married her and they had a son, Raymond. Before Raymond was born, Sutton would write, wait until his money ran low, substitute in the secondary schools of San Francisco and start writing again when he could afford it. After his son was born, writing took a backseat to supporting his family, so he returned to teaching full-time.

Sutton taught for three years until he contracted asthma in 1984. He took his doctor’s advice and quit the profession due to the stress it caused him. He quickly landed a job as a sales representative for a costume jewelry company, and within six months his asthma faded away. Although he was making twice the money he had made as a teacher, selling costume jewelry didn’t give much meaning to his life. The only thing that mattered to him was writing. But how was he going to support a family when all he had earned in fifteen years as a writer was $4000? In his fourth year of jewelry sales, Sutton got the idea to compile a book of quotations on all aspects of health. His idea caught a publisher’s eye and Words of Wellness: A Treasury of Quotations for Well-Being was released in 1991. Since then he’s published seven more books, the latest being The Year the Giants Won the Series.

Sutton never forgot what he told his Oregon teammate when asked what he wanted to do in life: “…to be a writer.” ”The Fourth Stringer” was published several years ago in his collection The Immortal Mouth and Other Stories.




July 6, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, July 7 (8 p.m.) and Sunday, July 8 (2 p.m.), 2012, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley as host Kim McMillon interviews Henry Tenenbaum, one of the Bay Area’s most popular and recognized TV personalities, serving as host and creator of KRON4’s popular Bay Area Bargains and Henry’s Garden; Australian journalist and author Stephanie Dale, the author of My Pilgrim’s Heart; and Amanda with Teen’s Scene.  Amanda will interview Phil King, a 23 year –old musician, singer and songwriter.

To listen to Henry Tenenbaum, click onto this link:tannenbaum

Henry Tenenbaum has decades of television experience as an award-winning Network and local station correspondent, interviewer, producer and news anchor. His is also a sought-after voiceover artist, known for the flexibility and resonance of his voice.

His radio and TV skills range from performing and producing to editing, sound recording and photography.

During the course of his career, Henry has interviewed  thousands of well-known (and obscure) figures ranging from the Dalai Lama to Bruce Springsteen.  In his feature reporting, he has gone wing walking, skydiving, scuba diving, and fire-fighting.  He has performed as an extra with the Bolshoi Opera, flown with the Blue Angels aerobatics team, and explored underground caves with spelunkers.

Henry has reported from many unique and exotic locations, including a pearl farm in Tahiti, the gaming tables of Monte Carlo, the temples of Angkor Watt and the deck of an aircraft carrier in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

As host of  The Discovery Channel’s signature program “Beyond 2000,” his work has been seen across North America and around the world.

Henry started his career as a classical music announcer (and later program director) at WBFO, a pioneering public radio station in Buffalo, New York.  His television career began as a reporter and cameraman for WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York. He later moved to Washington, D.C., where he traveled around the country and the world as a news reporter and then as host of number-one rated “PM/Evening Magazine.”  He went on the NBC network’s “Today Show,”  where he worked as a Nation Feature Correspondent.  His national exposure continued when he served as a syndicated entertainment critic for the Washington D.C.-based Post-Newsweek stations.

Henry’s other hard-news experience includes almost two decades as host and interviewer for the top-rated KRON4 News Weekend. He also worked as a news anchor and correspondent for NBC’s station in Washington, D.C., WRC-TV.  Working as a medical reporter, his series on the AIDS epidemic earned him the prestigious Ohio State University National Journalism Award.

Over the course of his career, Henry has won over a dozen Emmy Awards, an Excellence in Journalism Award for Feature Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, and an Associated Press documentary award.

To listen to Stephanie Dale, click onto the link:staphanie dale

In 2007, Award-winning Australian journalist and author Stephanie Dale walked across Italy, through the Balkans and into the Middle East with her adult son, Ben. Ben was on a pilgrimage, a 7000 km epic journey from Canterbury to Jerusalem. Stephanie flew to Rome to join him for the middle leg of his journey, with the intention of walking with him to Istanbul. My Pilgrim’s Heart is the story of that journey. Stephanie Dale has been awarded the Australian Journalist Association Prodi Award for best feature in 1990, the Sir Harry Budd Memorial Award in 1992, and a gold medal IPPY award for Hymn for the Wounded Man for best fiction in 2011. Stephanie will incorporate her “Song of the Soul” writing motivation workshop into her presentation. All participants will need is a paper and pen. To learn more about Stephanie’s journey, visit:

To listen to Amanda’s Teen Scene, click onto the link:amanda-3

Amanda with Teen Scene will interview musician Phil King.  Phil is a 23 year –old musician, singer/songwriter, who began his musical journey early on, when he penned his first tune at the age of nine. Since then he has honed his ever-sharpening songwriting skills and has written and co-written many songs with the likes of Jennie Lee Riddle (Revelation Song), Klaus Kuehn, and Tony Wood (Francesca Battistelli, Phillips, Craig and Dean, and Mandisa) to name a few.

At age sixteen, Phil began leading Praise & Worship where he attended church in central California and by the age of seventeen he had picked up the guitar and piano. Phil King’s passion for Praise & Worship and his love for the Lord and people are clearly evident in his music. His unashamed proclamation of the hope found in Christ, is a refreshing conversion in the industry today.

Some of Phil’s musical influences are greats such as: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jonny Lang, Stevie Wonder, and Eric Clapton. These various influences are definitely reflected in his guitar licks and his songs, which are contagiously catchy and infused with irresistible hook-driven melodies, sincere lyrical honesty, soulful riffs and bluesy overtones. In fact, Israel Houghton and many others compare him to the likes of Jonny Lang.

Deeply soulful, is the best way to describe Phil’s vocal styling. Whether crooning heartfelt ballads or belting powerful, up-tempo anthems, it’s his genuine heart for worship and music ministry that shines through and grabs your attention on a profoundly moving level.



July 2, 2012

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, June 30, (8 p.m.) and Sunday, July 1, (2 p.m.), 2012, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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Tune into Arts in the Valley on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, when host Kim McMillon interviews psychic and healer Mary Ellen Armstrong, and hynoptherapist, and healer Santosha Nobel.  Amanda with the teen scene will also talk about what’s happening in Merced this summer.

To listen to Psychic Mary Ellen Armstrong, click onto the link:mary ellen-1

Mary Ellen Armstrong is a Psychic/Medium, Intuitive Counselor, Certified Life Coach, Tarot Card Reader & Teacher, Animal Communicator, Ordained Interfaith Minister, Blog Radio Host, Animal Rights Activist, Writer, Boxer & Pit Bull Rescuer.

Gifted from birth, Mary Ellen began doing readings in grade school for the nuns and other girls. At 58 she is still going strong! Her clients include celebrities, athletes, political figures and everday people. They are each treated with honesty, respect, clarity and confidentiality!

Go to: for prices and FAQ etc.

To listen to hypnotherapist Santosha Nobel, click onto the link:santasha noble

Santosha Nobel, CHT, attended a Mental Health Tech Program in her twenties, and completed a Chemical Dependency Counseling Program in Phoenix, at Rio Salado College. She graduated as a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor. Continuing her education at Prescott College, she graduated in 1990, with a BA in Counseling with a minor in Creative Arts Therapies. Mastering self-hypnosis in the mid-seventies, she subsequently continued her training in hypnotherapy and biofeedback techniques. She began studying “brief therapy techniques” in the early 1980s. In 1988, after utilizing these techniques extensively in agencies and private practice, she began integrating multiple brief therapies with other therapies such as movement, dance and drama therapy. During her 25 years as a counselor, she has developed an aftercare program for victims of domestic violence and a sobriety tool kit program (an aftercare program for people in recovery). She created the Whole Life Weight Loss Program in 1988; a comprehensive multi-faceted approach to addictive overeating. In 1999, she combined her experience and knowledge of brief therapies, breath work and guided imagery to create Reimaging for clients and other healthcare professionals. Santosha is a natural researcher and developer of treatment regimens. Santosha is an alternative complementary health care provider, who has had the opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of people suffering from chronic mental illness, codependency, chemical dependency, dual diagnosis, and addictions. She has also worked with victims of domestic violence and clients with stress-related issues as well as those strictly seeking self-mastery. She has conducted numerous classes, groups, workshops on Reimaging and intuitive works. She continues train professionals and clients in the process of Reimaging. She is a Licensed Hypnotherapist, transpersonal counselor and alternative health care provider  You can find out more about her work at

To listen to Amanda with Teen Scene, click onto the link:teen scene-1


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