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If you have never experienced the soothing effects of listening to 'Sleepytime with Grandpa D', connect with your 'inner child" tonight while my son Mickey and I read children's bedtime stories and poetry for the first half hour. Stick around from 8:30 to 9pm for some sweet music (tonight Livingston Taylor, Paul McCartney, Todd Rundgren, Randy Newman and Billy Joel) as you snuggle close to someone you love. "There is no sweeter time of the week than that last half hour of Sleepytime" said one listener... OK, it was me. But it's still true!) - Dick DeAngelis

Tuesday 8-9pm
Parents and their young children are invited to tune in and call in to the one year anniversary show of Sleepytime with Grandpa D, children’s story and music hour which is hosted by me,Dick DeAngelis, and my son Mickey. Sleepytime with Grandpa D is designed to put young Fairfield listeners to sleep and help all the “young at heart” to chill out.

Already a favorite with Fairfield listeners, Mickey will join me in reading selections from some of the best of the first year's bedtime stories. One of the highlights will be a reading of the Big Galoot, a wonderful story by celebrity Shadoe Stevens. The show usually finishes with a half hour of sweet music and this week we will have some of the best of the year. We are so happy that Sleepytime has become somewhat of a KRUU-FM classic in just one year! We want to thank our listeners for tuning in every week from all over the country and even some from other countries. See you tonight. - Grandpa (and Mickey) D.

Tonight from 8pm - 9pm, Sleepytime with Grandpa D will fill your hearts and young at heart.

We will read “A Great Time: Children’s Poems in English and Russion”, which is scheduled for publication October 2007. It is a collection of short children stories written by Masha Shurin and illustrated by Valentin Ginukov. The author will join us on the phone and read a few stories in Russian and we will read them in English. Join Yucky the bug, No-tail the elephant, a sailor frog and other characters for A Great Time. The fun-filled poems encourage courtesy, sharing, and friendship while upholding hope and joy.

 

 

Then, to top off our second half hour, we will present a special song which Rachel Ries recorded exclusively for Sleepytime. Let's see if you can guess which Fats Waller song she sang for us. Tonight at 8pm.

Frankie Manning

 

Dick DeAngelis had the great fortune of interviewing Frankie Manning recently. They spoke about his life during the great Swing Era and his innovative influence on the development of the Lindy Hop.

Manning, who is 93 years old, has toured with such jazz greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and others. He performed in several films, including EVERYBODY SINGS with Judy Garland and HELLZAPOPPIN'.

No one has contributed more to the Lindy Hop than Frankie Manning. As a dancer, innovator and choreographer, he has been an unofficial "Ambassador of Lindy Hop," spreading its popularity through three continents while touring with Whitey's Lindy Hoppers in the '30s and '40s, and again teaching, choreographing, and performing in the current Lindy Hop revival since the 1980s.

Frankie Manning started dancing in his early teens at a Sunday afternoon dance at the Alhambra and Rennaissance Ballrooms. Manning "graduated" to the Savoy Ballroom, which was known for its great dancers and bands. Manning, competitive as well as gifted, became a star in the informal jams in the "Kat's Korner" of the Savoy. Manning gave physical expression to the beat, the feel, and the excitement of the swing sound played by the great big bands. He is responsible for many innovations of Lindy Hop step and styles. In a famous competition, Manning astonished the crowd of 2000 with the first Lindy aerial step ever done.

Dick DeAngelis will be the special guest host this Saturday at 10:30
a.m. on Local Yokels. He will be interviewing BYU's International Champion nine-person acapella group Vocal Point.
BYU's Vocal Point live on the square at noon Saturday Vocal Point, 2006 International Collegiate A cappella Champions, thrills audiences with a creative show that combines harmony, and remarkable vocal percussion into an exciting and unique style, Maximum A Cappella. The nine voices of Vocal Point extend the musical possibilities far beyond the capabilities of a traditional four-part quartet. The ensemble does not use any musical instruments; instead, they adapt a song’s complex instrumentation into an original vocal reaction. Audience members have been known to mistake the complex sound s for musical instruments during a performance. After the show, Vocal Point will bring their “Maximum A Cappella" to the Fairfield Square at 12 noon for a special Live on the Square performance.

We have a wonderful show in store for you tonight, especially if you love vocal music like we do. From 8:30 til 9pm, we will be playing some amazing collegiate acapella vocal groups from around the world. Make sure to tune in. Also, don't miss BYU's Vocal Point Saturday at noon on the Square in Fairfield. Vocal Point is bringing their national champion repertoire of rock, pop, country, jazz and R&B to the Square for a special, must-see performance.

The nine voices of Vocal Point extend the musical possibilities far beyond the capabilities of a traditional four-part quartet. The ensemble does not use any musical instruments; instead, they adapt a song’s complex instrumentation into an original vocal reaction. Audience members have been known to mistake the complex sound s for musical instruments during a performance.

Grandpa D. and Mickey D

 

Whether you are a regular listener or tonight is your first night, don't miss Sleepytime with Grandpa D (and Mickey D).

We will feature two new books: "The Football Bully by Charles Hellman" (www.luckysports.net) and Joan Shaddox-Isom's "The First Starry Night" about a young fictional neighbor of Vincent Van Gogh.

Great music from Ritchie Valens, Stan Getz, Randy Newman, JT, Rachel Ries and many more.

 

We had some Italian stories (read in Italian and English) and great Italian music finshing with bocelli's"Nessum Dorma". Wow. Don't miss All Things Italian Festival this Friday night, June 1st , on the Fairfield Square.I'll see you there - Grandpa D

 

Tonight we'll read the wonderful book "Do You Know Why Butterflies Fly?" and interview the author, Tom McWhirter, a North Carolina man with a country boy heart and great imagination.

Come enjoy our time together tonight at 8pm.

 

 

 

What a fun show tonight. We interviewed Joan Buzick and played her audiobook What Went Right Today, available at www.wwrt.org. Wow! What fun to keep your attention on what went right - it cultivates an attitude of thankfulness. Cool. Thanks Joan.

Then we got to read the delightful book by Marc Freeman's mom, Lillian, called Why Willie Wouldn't. What a delightful book wonderfully illustrated by Elaine Arnold.

Then after a half hour of delightful music (Marley, Simon, McCartney, Methany,Rachel Ries and Sam Beam), the show was completed by Paul Fauerso singing Master of My Heart. Mickey and I feel so lucky to be able to bring you this show each Tuesday night at 8pm.

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