WTOP's Bob Madigan
Bob Madigan has been with WTOP Radio for 20 years. For most of that time, he has been covering the "Good" "Positive" news of Washington. Here is a chance to listen to some of his most recent pieces and you may even download if you wish. You can email Bob at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter.
As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, it might be time to see how well we might to in a test of our own citizenship. Click here to take the Toast.net Independence Day Quiz Tell me how you did and I will tell you my score!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Among those of us still without power are thousands of lower ranking members of the military (as in the lowest paid). Because many have lost a lot of food to the power outage and heat Operation Homefront DC Metro Chapter stands ready to provide grocery gift cards and commissary food vouchers to any active duty military family, E6 and below to replace food lost due to power outages and high heat. In order to do this Operation Homefront needs our help. As an example A donation of $100 will replace a week's worth a groceries for a family of four. Click here if you wish to help Operation Homefront help our heroes.
An amazing lion has taken charge at Imagination Stage with the Washington Ballet performing in a world premiere of Septeme Weber and David Palmer's The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. It's an epic adventure with terrible betrayals, great battles, heroic deeds, and noble kings and queens! Libretto and Lyrics by Janet Stanford with additional lyrics by Bari Biern; Choreography by Septime Webre & David Palmer; Music composed by Matthew Pierce; Directed by Janet Stanford. Now thru August 12 at Imagination Stage 4908 Auburn Avenue in Bethesda 301.280.1660
One way is to head to The University of Maryland and the City of College Park. Where they are working together to once again break out the red, white and blue for a fabulous Independence Day celebration. Concessions open at 5pm. A free concert and fireworks spectacular are on tap for Wednesday, July 4 beginning at 7pm at the University of Maryland in Lot 1 adjacent to Campus Drive off Adelphi Road. With great rock n roll and fun from The Fabulous Hubcaps. Fireworks start at dusk - about 9pm with a 30 to 40 minute program. In case of rain, the fireworks show will be on Thursday, July 5th.
Today's 20 somethings seem intrigued by one of the last remaining icons of the 50's & 60's sex appeal stars. One reason they are finding their way to the Sofitel Hotel off Lafayette Square where Le Bar is the temporary home of "BB Forever: Brigitte Bardot, the Legend" featuring some of the best photos of the "Temptress of St. Tropez"
The explosive dancers of Step Afrika! bring to the stage a fresh look at contemporary culture, music and style with the world premiere of Nxt/Step Step Afrika: Remixing the Power and International Influence of Stepping with Hip Hop, Multimedia and Rhythm. Step Afrika! Presents Nxt/Step thru July 1st Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street, NE
They are local female radio/TV news anchors who several years ago created Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer. Their 4th annual bash was held at the Historic Howard Theatre to help the the GW Mammovan provide free screenings to women in need.
A new milestone was reached at Ford's with the 500th performance of the one-act, two actor, multiple character play "One Destiny. Despite the milestone the play will continue and continue to be only $5 dollars
The Washington Spa Alliance held it's 2nd Annual Symposium: "SPA and the NEW ECONOMY" at the National Press Club. Sheila Johnson founder of Founder & CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts and before that co-founder of B.E.T. was the keynote speaker.
and now we know who the winners are. They are people with blood cancers now and in the future because of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman of the Year campaign.
It's the Washington National's Dream Foundation. But what is it?? The answer is yours by clicking below and listening!
It is not easy to put on a party face after you and your team have lost a heart-breaker after 14 innings but the Washington National's DID just that for the 7th Annual National's Dream Foundation Gala at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor.
Witness what happened to an Evangelical Christian Mother who learned her adult daughter is gay. ‘Above All Things: The Journey of an Evangelical Christian Mother and Her Lesbian Daughter' by Shari Johnson whose world turned upside down the night her 37-year-old daughter called and told her that she was gay. As she wrote in the Washington Post recently, "I had been an evangelical Christian for more than 30 years and thought that this was the worst thing that could happen — to a parent, to a Christian, to me." This just couldn't be possible. Cholene had always been the hero-Air Force Academy graduate, second woman to fly the U-2 spy plane, captain for United Airlines - she cried, begged, pleaded with God to change Cholene, but he changed Shari instead. It seems that he was much more concerned about Shari's lack of love than he was about Cholene's homosexuality.
Jake McGuire, one of America's most accomplished photographers, is giving away a minimum of 500 free copies of his most popular photograph, "Marine One" so Washington families can give their fathers an eye-popping gift. The photo is a straight-on view of the Presidential Helicopter flying down the National Mall,it is McGuire's hottest selling image so he is making this signed, 11x14 gift-sized prints available for the next few days so families can thrill dad on June 17th. FREE!(The print is a $40 value.) Click here to see it. The photo is particularly dynamic because the heat from the turbine engines creates the mirage effect on the Capitol Dome. Free photos can't be shipped (proper packaging and shipping is too costly for a free photo offer.) He will have them for the next few days from 7-9 AM at Starbucks Lyon Village Lee Highway at Spout Run PKWY Arlington.
What is behind the significance of June 14th? Is it only observed in the U.S.? We learned some important lessons about the day at the annual Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF) Flag Day Picnic.
A pop-up restaurant is one that just pops up where ever it can. Often in interesting places. Sometimes you never know what will pop-up.
Nor is a Pop-Up restaurant a pop-off restaurant (that would be one run by Chef Gordon Ramsay). Join us as we head to a pop-up created by Aaron Silverman and his team for the Potomac Construction Services team.
How about you?? Also, a bunch of NewsMEN in Pink. The Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer began in 2009 when a group of good friends in the TV news industry decided to get together for one cause. The 4th annual Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer will raise money for The George Washington University Mammovan, the mobile healthcare unit that brings free mammography screenings to underserved women throughout the Washington area. Every $3500 raised will keep the Mammovan on the road for another day. Tuesday, June 19th, from 7:00-9:00pm at The Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW). Tickets $75 and $50 for breast cancer survivors click here
The headline has only a slight connection to Fathers' Day but it was/is a great play. However, this Sunday IS Fathers' Day and lots of people are wondering what to do for dear old Dad! Cheryl Najafi author of the brand new New York Times Best Selling book "YOU'RE SO INVITED - Panic Less, Play More, and Get Your Party On!" has some suggestions.
It was a glamorous gala in the Italian Embassy but the cause was not glamorous. The 19th Annual Metro TeenAids Auction raised needed money to continue fighting a constant battle to keep HIV/AIDs from spreading among our teens. Through education, support, and advocacy, Metro TeenAids provides HIV testing and counseling, promotes responsible decision-making as part of its in-school and after-school school programs, and improves the quality of life for young people who are HIV-positive, at risk of HIV infection, or in families with HIV/AIDS.