The Walking Dead Plans Opelika Shoot in Spring

AMC Televisions “The Walking Dead” plans Alabama Film locations. Reportedly, Steven Yuen who plays the character Glenn Rhee in the show was spotted in Tiger Town last weekend, on his way from the Florida panhandle to the shows Georgia film studio in Senoia. Apparently, several walkers (aka Zombies) cast for the show have been from this side of the Chattahoochee River and the Opelika area which has captured the attention of Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd and Creator Robert Kirkman.  Work will stop of the demolition of the Old Mill on 1st Avenue as scouts have determined its empty open areas, not used for Hollywood since Norma Rae will work well for one of the early spring shootings.  Production of the new season is to begin within weeks. Talking Dead host and Stand Up comedian Chris Hardwick will do several cast interviews during the Opelika Filming.  AMC’s Walking Dead ended season five on Sunday with its highest-rated finale in history, with 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million among A18-49, ending its season with all 16 episodes ranking among the top 20 telecasts in the demo this season. After-show Talking Dead had its highest-rated episode ever, with 7.5 million viewers and 4.9 million in the demo.  More details as they become available!

Larry Mitchell at Eighth & Rail Friday Night (April 3rd)

Grammy winning producer/musician Larry Mitchell is back at Eighth & Rail with his band of Austin Solomon and Russ Garner playing some of his great original songs. We'll also have Carlos Gonzalez opening up the night with some of his original songs as well as covers everyone knows. If you are new to Larry, here's some information from his website.

Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.  As an artist, he has released 6 solo records and won a San Diego Music Award for best pop jazz artist.  As a producer-engineer, Larry has won 26 New Mexico Music Awards in various categories from pop, adult contemporary, rap, rock, country and Native American. He won a Grammy Award for producing, engineering and performing on "Totemic Flute Chants" by artist Johnny Whitehorse, who is better known as Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo.

Larry is currently touring with his own trio as well as with Native artists Shelley Morningsong, Dawn Avery, Joy Harjo and Robert Mirabal.

He has many long-standing endorsements and relationships with companies such as Ibanez Guitars, D'Adarrio Strings, D'Marzio Pickups and Fractal Audio.

 

Crave More - It's All About The Drones

This year, more than ever a lot of the Buzz at the National Association of Broadcast Show (NAB Show) in Las Vegas will be the Buzz of those tiny helicopter like devices buzzing around the show.  In fact, this year the place to be will be the Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilon will be the place for the latest. From the NAB website: When it comes to creating killer content, the sky is the limit — literally! One of the hottest topics from the 2014 Show is here, live. The new Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion includes a fully enclosed “flying cage” that gives you an up-close and personal look at this technology in action. This is no mere fly by. A panel of industry experts — inclusive of broadcasters and Exhibitors — will take you through all aspects of employing aerial technology. Now, I only hope I can find some sneak away time from our company booth to take a look! (Photo Credit: NAB)  Read more about Drones at NAB 2015 here!

On The Tracks Almost Here

From the On The Tracks website, some history of the event...

On The Tracks draws hundreds to Historic Downtown Opelika to enjoy a fun night on the town enjoying all that Opelika has to offer. Food vendors line the streets as live music is performed from a stage in the middle of Railroad Avenue. There are also musicians on 8th and 9th streets, playing for all to enjoy.

A tasting trail takes participants through quaint shops and galleries throughout the square. There are also private group tables which allow friends and co-workers to mingle together for an unforgettable night. Prices for entering along with food and beverages vary depending on each vendor. Trail tickets are available through this website or on the night of the event.

On the Tracks was created by Pam Powers-Smith and Richard Patton as a way to get attendees exposed to all of the stores in downtown Opelika - even the shops attendees are less frequently exposed to. The event hasn't changed much over the years - mostly because people enjoy it the way it is! Each year, the same great atmosphere and social fun emerges in the spring and fall! (Photo Credit: On The Tracks Website) More information here! 

Media News: "Fear The Walking Dead"

From CNN and The Hollywood Reporter today: It's official: AMC's "The Walking Dead" companion series has a title.  Executive producer Robert Kirkman announced Friday that the companion series, which starts as a prequel to the original, will be titled "Fear The Walking Dead."

The news comes as the companion went through development season -- and was picked up to series and preemptively renewed for a second season — under code names including "Cobalt" and "Fear The Walking Dead."

On March 9, AMC announced the series pickup and renewal for the then-untitled series.

Kirkman, who created "The Walking Dead" comic series, co-wrote the pilot with Dave Erickson of "Sons of Anarchy." Kirkman and Erickson will executive produce alongside "Walking Dead's" Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert. Erickson will serve as showrunner, and Adam Davidson will direct the pilot. "Walking Dead" visual effects guru Greg Nicotero will also executive produce the series. Read the original article here from CNN.

(Photo Credit: CNN) 

Dallas Dorsey & The Rails at Eighth & Rail Friday Night

I just got Dallas's CD the other day and haven't had time to give it a listen, but I've already had several people talking about several tracks that I need to really listen too. The words of the song are from the pen of Dallas Dorsey. So, this weekend for sure, it's a listening room at my house. 

In the meantime, Friday Night, why not some live Dallas? Dallas Dorsey & The Rails are back at The Rail for a night of fun where it all started. Come out and hear some of Dallas' originals that are currently playing on Clear Channel radio stations all around the country. You'll also enjoy some new material he and Gini have been working on. Get here early, because Dallas always packs the house.  (Source: Facebook Of Course)

MusicTown Records Open in Opelika

Kendyl Hollingsworth recently wrote a great article about a new downtown Opelika Record store. Here's a snipit of it, or click the link at the end of the post to read it at the Auburn Plainsman. Vinyl collectors can now peruse a new record store in downtown Opelika thanks to one Auburn woman.

Allie Fox, owner of MusicTown Records and a vinyl lover herself, is a Birmingham native who has been living in Auburn for nine years.

“I grew up listening to vinyl,” Fox said. “My dad, when I was 5 or 6, gave me money and took me to Charlemagne Records in Birmingham, and he told me I could buy whatever I wanted so I bought ‘The Muppet Movie’ soundtrack, and I still have it.”

Fox said she has been dreaming of owning a record store since she was 12 years old. At that time Fox and a friend were “obsessed” with the 1995 movie “Empire Records,” which first interested them in the record store business.

“It was [about] a day in a record store, so it was always this thing that I either wanted to work in a record store or own a record store, and then records went away and CDs went away,” Fox said. “Then vinyl made a comeback, and I was like, ‘All right, this is it. It’s time.’” Read the entire story at The Auburn Plainsman

Media News: X-Files Returns

Fox is reviving The X-Files as a six-episode event series. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their roles as FBI agents Mulder and Scully, and Chris Carter, creator of the 1993-2002 supernatural drama, returns as exec producer. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.” Production starts this summer. (Source: Cynopsis Media)   (Photo Credit: HitFix.com) Read More about it Here!

Sunday Night - Not My Best Night of Sleep - How About You

I never seem to get a good nights sleep on Sunday. Toss and Turn, or wake up at 3:30 AM. Gosh, i haven't had to do that since the late 90's, when doing morning radio. But apparently, I'm not the only one. Huffington Post had this to say...

When Monday morning rolls around are you ready to hit the ground running or would you rather turn over in bed and fall back asleep?

Yep, we thought so. But turns out it's less a uniquely torturous aspect of Mondays causing that fatigue and more likely because we have the most difficulty falling asleep on Sundays.

According to a new survey conducted by online panel provider Toluna Omnibus, 39 percent of more than 3,000 respondents say they have the most trouble drifting off on Sundays. That's more than double the percentage who had the hardest time on Saturdays, the runner up, at only 19 percent. (It's worth noting Americans are not alone here: Brits are in the same sleepless boat. A 2008 survey of 3,500 workers found that 60 percent said falling asleep was toughest on Sundays, the BBC reported.) (Photo Credit: Daniel Villeneuve) Read more of the original article here!

Where Did the #2 Car Come From?

Caught the race from California today on TV and although I'm a Fan of Miller Lite, I'm not a fan of the #2 car, but it pulled a big win today! From NASCAR...

After Sunday's Auto Club 400, there may be a warrant issued for Brad Keselowski.
 
After all, the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford committed his own version of "Grand Theft Auto" at Auto Club Speedway -- he stole an entire race.

Benefiting from a four-tire call on the last lap of regulation and two opportune cautions that extended the event nine laps beyond its scheduled distance, Keselowski passed polesitter Kurt Busch on the final lap (209) and pulled away to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season.
 
Trying to make one last desperation run at Keselowski, Busch scraped the wall in the final corner at the two-mile track, allowing Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick to pass him for the runner-up spot. Read the full story from NASCAR!  (Photo: NASCAR.com)

Spring and a New Look for Opelika Daily News

I have officially made the move to Squarespace Hosting for the website. I have been a fan of the Word Press platform for years, but with some changes at the Mothership in Toronto, I needed to learn Squarespace. I'll be playing with several new features in coming days. For example, this post was made via email. Now, I think I'll go outside, because spring has arrived in Opelika!

Red Clay Opening in Opelika's Downtown

Red Clay Brewing Company is an up-and-coming brewery and taproom located in downtown Opelika. The building is approximately 6,000 square feet and was previously an old cotton warehouse. The Company was co-founded by three good friends: Kerry McGinnis, Stephen Harle and John Corbin. After years of planning and preparation, Red Clay Brewing Company has officially set its opening for March 28 at noon with a preview March 27 at 9 p.m.

For the past eight years, Kerry McGinnis and John Corbin have been home brewers, who loved the art of creating craft beer. It only took a joke and an exchange of a few words between McGinnis and Corbin for them to realize that their conversations were the beginnings of their future in the beer industry.

“I have to give credit to my Dad for getting me involved in home brewing,” McGinnis said. “When I was approximately 24-years-old, he approached me on the topic and I have been hooked in ever since. The first batch of beer I ever made was the best beer I ever made.” Read more of the original story from The Corner News Olivia Bucklin.

March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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It was just over 7 years ago I finally got my first Colonoscopy, 8 years after the age recommended by doctors. As it turned out, my results were fine and will get another in 3 years. My friend and doctor, George Purves urged (bugged) me to get this done. I grabbed the following information from a government website as a reminder. If it's your time, Get it Done!

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. But this disease is highly preventable, by getting screened beginning at age 50.

What You Can Do

  • If you’re aged 50 to 75, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. Screening tests help prevent colorectal cancer by finding precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed. Screening also finds this cancer early, when treatment can be most effective.
  • Be physically active.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol.
  • Don’t smoke.

Fast Facts

  • Risk increases with age. More than 90% of colorectal cancers occur in people aged 50 and older.
  • Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. If you have symptoms, they may include—
    • Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).
    • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
    • Losing weight and you don’t know why.
    These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you have any of them, see your doctor.
  • Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. If you think you may be at high risk, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested.
  • There are several screening test options. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.
    • Colonoscopy (every 10 years).
    • High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), stool test, or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) (every year).
    • Sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years, with FOBT every three years).

Jerry Katz Finds New Home on the Web

As I have noted from time to time I tend to be a nerd. And in keeping up with the times, I’m restarting my Opelika Daily News blog here under jerrykatz.com. As part of the process, I’m learning how to use Squarespace which is the platform of the new project.  Some of you may find me, before I finally direct visitors to this new location of “My Life on the Web” 

TALKING DEAD AIRS THIS SUNDAY 10/9C WITH GUESTS CHANDLER RIGGS, GALE ANNE HURD AND YVETTE NICOLE BROWN

This Sunday at 10/9c, AMC’s live The Walking Dead after show Talking Dead airs at 10/9c — immediately following The Walking Dead Episode 515, “Try.” Joining host Chris Hardwick this week will be Chandler Riggs (Carl), Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd and comedienne Yvette Nicole Brown. They’ll be taking questions live during the broadcast, so go to TalkingDead.com and submit your questions. Then, during the episode, go to talkingdead.com/playdead on your phone, tablet or computer to answer questions posed during the show. The results will be broadcast and discussed on the show in real time! You can also submit video questions for the Season Finale.


Come back to TalkingDead.com the next day to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode.


Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following a brand new episode of The Walking Dead at 9/8c on AMC