Get me rewrite! I will be a guest on WPRO’s “The Coalition: Radio for Independent Minds” this Saturday at 6. I will be discussing … well, let’s hear it straight from the horse’s mouth: “In our second segment,” reports the website, “David Brussat, former architectural writer for the Providence Journal, joins us to talk about the architectural integrity of the Providence skyline.”
The architectural integrity of the Providence skyline? Now there’s an issue facing the nation, nay, the world! Indeed, last weekend at the first annual Providence International Arts Festival the Industrial Trust National Bank (“Superman”) Building was lit up for the first time since its owner decided to douse the golden glow of the building’s iconic night illumination a couple of years ago. Now they’ve turned it on for the sake of art. Then the moment art goes its merry way, it’s lights out. Give us a break! Offing the Superman glow is like erecting a billboard to advertise the economic doldrums of the state of Rhode Island. Thanks, guys! Way to convince the public that your future is worth a public subsidy!
But I don’t want to telegraph my punches – indeed, I expect I’m more likely to discuss the new architecture being planned on the Route 195 land.
I haven’t been on radio since I did a series of shows for a fly-by-night radio/web operation back in the late 1990s. The studio was on Dorrance Street in the city’s second Masonic Temple building (just preceding the one that was never finished and became, 75 years later, a hotel). I hosted a show that had on air live such luminaries as Joe Paolino, Barnaby Evans, Dan Baudouin, Bob Burke. Buddy cancelled on me twice! … well, the show lasted 15 weeks. Half the time I was pre-empted by the Boston Red Sox. But at least the show was simulcast on the web. I’ve got tapes to prove it.
Now, on Saturday at 6 p.m., the torch will be lit again. Lit? Well, maybe. But no doubt a good time will be had by all. “Coalition Radio”! Dig it, Baby! Let’s rock ‘n’ roll! That’s AM 630 and FM 99.7. Tune in, turn on and opt out … oops, nah, I meant opt in. But tune in, that’s the ticket.
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