Whistle Stop Depot http://whistlestopdepot.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:10:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://whistlestopdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png Whistle Stop Depot http://whistlestopdepot.com/ 32 32 The Gothic Theater Sells to AEG: A Look at the History of the Venue https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-gothic-theater-sells-to-aeg-a-look-at-the-history-of-the-venue/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:07:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-gothic-theater-sells-to-aeg-a-look-at-the-history-of-the-venue/

Another musical era in Denver is ending, but a new one begins where the last left off. The Gothic Theater on South Broadway was sold to Anschutz Entertainment Group, also known as AEG Worldwide, for more than $2 million. AEG’s motto is “Give the world a reason to cheer,” but whether Denver will cheer this transition from one of its most popular and important independent venues into yet another cog in the company’s music machinery is a song yet to be sung . The news also follows the announcement that another local venue, El Chapultepec, which has been closed since the pandemic, has been acquired by Monfort Companies, a Colorado real estate investment and development firm.

The move is significant, especially for a venue as historic as Gothic, which has been a Denver — or more specifically Englewood — landmark for nearly a century. It was built as a cinema sometime in the 1920s, and while no sources agree on an exact year, the era is clear from its remaining original design elements. The gothic was an art deco beauty, the sleek styling and geometric flourishes promising the lavish experience film was in the pre-television days when even radio was in its infancy.

The Gothic Theater was also a pioneer in the Denver area: it was the first movie theater in the area to show “talkies” – films that had soundtracks attached so that audiences could see the onscreen actors and the music as one Film accompanied, could hear not have to be played live. As charming as that sounds to modern audiences — the Silent Film Festival at the Botanical Gardens proves the value of live music and film every year — it was a giant technological leap forward, and Denver’s Gothic had it first.

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Crowds gather for the Easter egg hunt, 1930.

The theater back then was more than just a place to see movies; It was a major player in building the Denver culture and community. Just one example: in 1930 the Gothic held an Easter egg hunt in a park in Hampden and Broadway that is now Interstate 285; it also offered pony rides and Jack Davis’ popcorn cart. It was a center of community for Englewood, and during the Depression era, community was often vital to survival.

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The Gothic facade before renovation, 1940.

In the 1940s, the Gothic’s exterior was renovated to keep up with the times and to attract a modern audience to rival the many movie theaters that had sprung up in Denver over the decades. But fortunately the interior was largely left alone, waiting to be rediscovered by later generations, further removed from its origins and therefore more enthusiastic about its preservation.

Gothic, like many theaters of its day, slowly declined over the years as multiplexes began to outshine its modest offerings, both in terms of comfort, number of screens and more. It became a porn theater in its final days, eventually closing for good in the early 80’s and standing abandoned except for a few rock shows here and there, falling apart bit by bit.

But these scattered rock shows were remarkable. Among the acts the venue supported at launch was none other than Nirvana, who performed there with Dinosaur Jr. and The Jesus Lizard. Kurt Cobain had just written Smells Like Teen Spirit two weeks earlier.

During this isolated but important period in gothic life, it was unrenovated, dirty and dark – perfect for the alternative music scene that was just burgeoning. Bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Skinny Puppy, Sonic Youth and more also played there years before Denver had other options like the Bluebird, Ogden or Fillmore.

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The original Gothic interior has been preserved.

In 1997, two Denver businessmen bought the porn-clad gothic shell and planned to turn it into its complete opposite: a family-oriented space for Christian fundraisers, which they dubbed “Acts on Broadway,” with the “acts” in the title referring to the biblical A book. Those plans didn’t materialize, opening the door for Steve Schalk and his partner Todd Kinion to purchase the venue in 1998 for $175,000. They completed the renovations and turned it into a notable music venue in Denver, and the community was brought back to South Broadway. “I know we’re doing a good thing,” Schalk said Denver Post 1999, just before the venue was due to reopen with a performance by Leftover Salmon. And here’s a recap: Tickets for this show cost $15.

What will the new AEG era bring to Denver’s music scene? Some might worry that the venue could now take on a more corporate perspective. But for a venue like Gothic, and for its many fans and patrons over the years, the show fits the bill. Keep playing Gothic for another 100.

What is your fondest memory of the Gothic Theater?

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Justice rally held in LaDuke case – Winchester Sun https://whistlestopdepot.com/justice-rally-held-in-laduke-case-winchester-sun/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:02:31 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/justice-rally-held-in-laduke-case-winchester-sun/

Rally held for justice in LaDuke case

Published 9:46 am Wednesday 23 November 2022

People from Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati and Atlanta descended on Nicholasville last weekend to join friends and family of Desman LaDuke, the 22-year-old black man who was going through a mental health crisis and was shot by NPD officer Joseph Horton.

The Sunday, Nov. 20 rally marked the second time protesters have met at Clint-Hayden Park in Nicholasville. It started with people hugging and greeting each other to artist HER’s tune “I Can’t Breathe.”

Almost the entire group wore black hoodies with a photo of LaDuke on the front in formal wear, smiling and with the hashtag #Jusice4Desman.

Precious Taylor is a Lexington organizer and activist with Sister Sarah Williams — a primary organizer of this event and the Lexington Black Lives Matter marches in 2020. Taylor said that LaDuke had many tragedies in his life and had to deal with mental illness for a long time Time.

“Think of it as your own child struggling with mental illness. Your wife or mother will call you and ask for help. They asked for help, not help, in throwing another black man into the ground. It’s disgusting. It’s really disgusting.” Taylor said, “Police are people that we should go to for help. There is no help here. So now we want justice. We want answers. And we’ll be here until we get it.”

Before the group left the park to march, a sergeant and lieutenant from the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office pulled up in a black unmarked truck. They offered to escort the protesters through the streets and help block intersections.

Williams turned down the offer.

“And do you realize that if we protest, we’re not going to ask the police for help?” Williams said, “And you know, there are ways you could have reached out to us before you attacked us today. That wasn’t cool. I mean, I’m just saying there’s trauma and PTSD and all sorts of S— involved.”

She suggested officers report before coming to the event. They left the offer shortly after, stating that the offer stood.

But the group had their own vehicles lined up behind the protesters, and a member of Lexington’s NAACP walked a few feet in front of the group to stop oncoming traffic. The cars obeyed, often honking their horns at the demonstrators in what mostly seemed to be an act of solidarity.

Another event organizer and keynote speaker, Jay Calhoun, spoke to the protesters after the officers left.

“Alright, so what we’re not going to do, we’re not going to let that affect our energy. We know what we came for. We know what we’re standing for,” Calhoun said. “And with the combined energy that we will all bring here today, justice will be served. Desman Laduke’s voice will be heard and the family will experience justice, closure and peace.”

Calhoun urged protesters to surround the family before heading to the march, and wrapped the family in a tight circle of bandaged hands and arms.

“Everyone touches someone.” Calhoun said, “Don’t ever let this family be hurt like this ever again,” Calhoun said as he put his hand on the shoulder of LaDuke’s aunt and mother figure, Melissa Marks.

The march began towards LaDuke’s house. Walking through his neighborhood, neighbors stood in the yards and sat on their porches and watched the protesters march past while chanting:

“Say his name!”

“Desman LaDuke!”

“Say his name!”

“Desman LaDuke.”

“This is what democracy looks like!”

The group stopped at LaDuke’s house to put up posters at his house and those who did not kneel. Then everyone stood still for about 10 minutes while soft music blared from a portable speaker.

The final destination was the courthouse, where the music and chants continued as protesters began pasting placards on the courthouse windows and walls, on the statues in the grass and on the streetlights on the sidewalk. After the group walked back, a protester said the placards were already being removed.

LPD Accountability’s Liane and James Woodhead have called for justice for similar situations in the past.

“We want change by hopefully establishing mental health services. Like Lexington, they have New Vista, they have a response team, but [Nicholasville doesn’t] have that and we have seen before that the police are generally not trained to deal with mental health issues. said Liane Woodhead.

She hopes this pressure will push the Nicholasville Police Department to implement services like New Vista, a nonprofit that helps children, families and individuals with mental health issues — through therapy or crisis response.

We have seen progress as we move forward and demand justice and as we can help amplify the voices of families asking for help,” said James Woodhead.

He also mentioned a barricade made of bike racks in front of the police department parking lot.

“I feel like at this point this is literally and metaphorically a barricade to deny transparency, accountability and justice.”

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Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus co-host New Year’s Eve Party https://whistlestopdepot.com/dolly-parton-and-miley-cyrus-co-host-new-years-eve-party/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:10:09 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/dolly-parton-and-miley-cyrus-co-host-new-years-eve-party/

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Country music legend Dolly Parton will ring in 2023 with singer-songwriter — and goddaughter — Miley Cyrus.

Parton and Cyrus will be hosting “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party,” a two-hour special beginning at 10:30 p.m. EST. The special will air on NBC and on the company’s app, Peacock.

The East Tennessee icon tweeted the news on November 21 alongside a video of herself and Cyrus.

In which VideoParton and Cyrus invite viewers to join them on This Night Out in Miami, with Cyrus saying the party is “about getting glamorous and dressing up.”

“It’s going to be legendary,” Parton says in the video, to which Cyrus replies, “She would know.”

Cyrus too tweeted images of the two together, with a hashtag that reads “#NewYearNewCoHost.”

The show’s schedule promises performances and special guests, yet to be announced.

Last year’s “New Year’s Eve Party” was hosted by Cyrus and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson. The 2021 special was produced by SNL Creator and Executive Producer Lorne Michaels.

Cyrus and her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, will also appear in the film musical Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas, which airs December 1 on NBC and streams on Peacock the same day.

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Grammy nominee Amy Allen signs with Warner Chappell https://whistlestopdepot.com/grammy-nominee-amy-allen-signs-with-warner-chappell/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 22:51:06 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/grammy-nominee-amy-allen-signs-with-warner-chappell/

Warner Chappell Music has signed a global admin deal with Amy Allen, the singer-songwriter credited with writing hit singles for Harry Styles (“Adore You”, “Matilda”), Halsey (“Without Me”, “Graveyard ‘, ‘Be Kind’), Selena Gomez (‘Back to You’) and Lizzo (‘If You Love Me’).

Allen is one of five nominees in the newly created Songwriter of the Year category at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards on February 5, 2023. She also received a nomination for Album of the Year (Lizzo’s “Special” and Styles’ Harry’s House) . “).

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“I am very excited to join the Warner Chappell family in this next chapter of my songwriting career,” Allen said in a press release. “It’s an amazing feeling to work with creative people who push you to be better and who believe in you wholeheartedly. So I am especially grateful for the opportunity to work with the legendary Ryan Press and of course my accomplice Gabz Landman (pictured with Allen above, left and right respectively) who has been with me from the start.”

Allen, an earlier one diversity Hitmaker launched her own solo career in 2021 with the release of her debut solo EP AWW! Most recently, Allen helped write the song My Mind & Me for the documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me.

+ German gramophone – a division of Universal Music Group – launched level+a subscription service platform for classical music consisting of live streams, audio releases and a video archive.

Stage+ offers exclusive live premieres; long concert and opera programs; music videos; documentaries and behind-the-scenes interviews; new audio releases as well as albums from the Deutsche Grammophon and Decca catalogues, all available in Hi-Res and Dolby Atmos.

Users can search by title and access individual works, movements or opera scenes, with each search linking to all relevant audio and video content available for a specific artist, composer, work, venue or partner organisation. Partnering with international opera houses, orchestras, concert halls and festivals, STAGE+ will present new performances each week, with the first premiere on the platform featuring Víkingur Ólafsson, who will perform music from his latest album ‘From Afar’ entirely from Harpa, Iceland.

The platform will be available to STAGE+ subscribers as a TV, mobile and web app.

+ Kim Petras has signed with ASCAP after announcing her first Grammy nomination for “Unholy,” feat. Sam Smith; The TikTok favorite received an award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the upcoming 2023 Awards.

“The ASCAP team has been an incredible advocate for artists, so I’m thrilled to join their inclusive community as a songwriter. They’ve really supported me and I’m grateful to be able to continue my songwriting career with them,” said Petras.

Petras was independent until last year when she signed to Republic Records/Amigo Records. She’s since released a string of singles, including “Coconuts” and “Future Starts Now,” in addition to her sex-positive EP “Slut Pop,” which she followed with a Coachella debut. Petras also recently made her acting debut on the HBO series Los Espookys.

+ Cameo Carlson was appointed CEO of artist development and management services company, mtheory. With a roster of over 100 artists, mtheory currently works with over 25 managers to represent a wide range of musicians including Galantis, Jelly Roll, Masego, Twenty Øne Pilots, Tyler Childers, Zac Brown Band and many others.

Carlson first joined the company in 2017 to open the Nashville office. She was formerly head of digital business development at Borman Entertainment and former executive vice president of Universal Motown and Republic Records.

In addition, Carlson confirms the promotion of several team members and the hiring of an executive. Michael Korkoran joins the team as General Manager; Carmela Franella assumes the role of CFO; Amy Davidson is Executive Vice President; Vince Amoroso is senior vice president, director of marketing; Ed Rivadavia is Senior Vice President, Head of Digital; Jonah Berry is Vice President of Marketing and Kaitlyn Moore rounds out the list of additions as the new VP of Marketing.

+ Warner Chappell music signed the catalog of the pop-rock group scissor sisters.

Scissor Sisters have appointed Fascination Management as their legacy managers, and founder Peter Loraine commented, “It has been an honor to be asked by the band to nurture, nurture and develop their business. Their catalog of music and visuals is top notch and has so much potential. I worked with the band during my years at Polydor so the professional reunion is a dream come true.”

The group first appeared in the early 2000s with UK hits “Laura”, “Comfortably Numb” and “Take Your Mama”, taken from their self-titled debut album. In 2010, the group released their third album, Night Work. peaked at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and the band’s last album was 2012’s Magic Hour which peaked at number 4

+ Interscope Geffen A&M records promoted David Niemann to the position of Senior VP of Sports and Gaming at the label. Nieman will continue to be the label’s primary link with the sports and games industry.

Nieman has helped forge partnerships between the IGA and sports giants such as the NFL and ESPN, which have featured the label’s artists in broadcasts and commercials in 8 of the last 9 seasons. He also helped organize J. Cole’s 2019 NBA All-Star appearance and the first-ever college football championship halftime performance with Kendrick Lamar in 2018. The label provided ESPN with bespoke music for the NBA playoffs last year and – Finals (Paris Bryant, BAS & CMG the label).

In the gaming world, Nieman has secured soundtrack slots for Madden NFL and FIFA video games alongside the virtual reality game Beat Saber. Interscope struck a deal last year to release the soundtrack for NFL Maden22, featuring music by Swae Lee and Jack Harlow, Moneybagg Yo, Tierra Whack, JID and more.

+ unity has employed Follow Butters as VP of Sync for Concord Music Publishing. Based out of the company’s Los Angeles office, Butters will work on dubbing placements for songwriters and artists in Concord’s publishing catalog. He will report to Senior Vice President of Sync, Brooke Primont.

“I’m really excited to have Chase on the team. He has the knowledge and industry connections to significantly grow our business,” said Primont. “Our catalog continues to grow and it’s important that we have people like Chase who understand the complex mechanics but also have a deep appreciation for the music, our songwriters and their legacy.”

Butters previously worked on commercial dubbing and brand partnership projects at Warner Records, oversaw music licensing at advertising agency Deutsch LA, and also managed a boutique recording studio.

+ audio mack has a partnership with afrochella Host of the third edition of its climber challenge, which aims to provide a platform and exposure for emerging artists across Africa.

25 of the top entries will be included in a curated playlist for Afrochellois and Special Guest Judges to vote on. 5 contestants will be selected from the finalists to perform at Afrogella to showcase their skills and expand their fan base.

The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize, a studio session with a professional producer, a playlist feature on Audiomack and a single release deal. The two runners-up can still claim cash prizes, playlist features and networking opportunities with music industry professionals.

To enter the competition, aspiring artists can fill out an application form here and upload their songs to Audiomack.

+ side partthe dance duo consisting of the DJ producers NITTI (Ricky Mears) and guest gift (Dylan Ragland), have made their debut on Big Beat Records with her new single “Reborn”.

After signing to Big Beat, Warner Music Group’s dance music record label (which operates through Atlantic Records), Sidepiece have embarked on their international “Kiss and Tell: Second Base” tour, which headlines through February 2023.

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Ooni from Ife is absent from the video as Queen Naomi throws a huge party for Prince Tadenikawo’s 2nd birthday https://whistlestopdepot.com/ooni-from-ife-is-absent-from-the-video-as-queen-naomi-throws-a-huge-party-for-prince-tadenikawos-2nd-birthday/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 18:41:27 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/ooni-from-ife-is-absent-from-the-video-as-queen-naomi-throws-a-huge-party-for-prince-tadenikawos-2nd-birthday/
  • Queen Naomi’s son with Ooni of Ife, Prince Tadekinawo, recently turned 2 and was lovingly celebrated by friends and family members
  • The Queen’s sister, Similoluwa, took to Instagram with a video highlighting fun moments from the lavish birthday celebration
  • The Ife monarch was absent from the shared video, and social media users who responded wished the prince a happy birthday

Messages of congratulations were received for Prince Tadenikawo, son of Queen Naomi and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on the occasion of his second birthday.

The celebration got even higher when Queen Naomi made sure to throw a beautiful jungle party for her son.

Queen Naomi is throwing a huge birthday for her son. Photo: @simi_oluwaseyi
Source: Instagram

Queen Naomi’s younger sister Similoluwa shared a video compilation of the fun moments at the party, which was attended by friends and family.

Part of the video captured the moment when the mother and son were joined by other attendees to take photos with the birthday boy’s cake.

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It’s unclear if the Ooni was present at the birthday celebration as he was not featured in the video post shared by Queen Naomi’s sister.

Watch the clip below:

Social media users react

adams_aduke said:

“Beautiful. God bless this beautiful family in Jesus name.”

bebemo08 said:

“This family is a real pepper gang! Happy birthday to the prince of the source❤ … God bless your new age.”

taraoluwa22052014 said:

“Happy birthday, handsome Prince Tadenikawo. Live long and prosper darling❤.”

zora_ekendi8 said:

“Awwwwww…. Congratulations to Prince Tade, God bless him always, amen. By the way, you look super stunning as always❤. I love, love the bond of this family, it’s always a pleasure to watch them ❤.”

Kronruth said:

“Evangelist’Naomi, don’t wait. God bless you.”

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modupeolaoluwasimi said:

“Happy birthday to my people… Happy 2nd birthday Tadenikawo. God bless and protect you.”

KWAM1 buys his wife an expensive diamond ring

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that top musician King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall surprised his wife Emmanuella on their first wedding anniversary.

The Fuji maestro has spent millions on an expensive 7-piece illusion diamond ring for his wife.

On her Instagram page, a grateful Emmanuella showered her beloved husband with words of prayer.

Source: Legit.ng

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Private Lender Law and Jonathan L. Hornik, Esq. announce acquisition of the legendary Pitbull Conference and the National Private Lenders Association (NPLA). https://whistlestopdepot.com/private-lender-law-and-jonathan-l-hornik-esq-announce-acquisition-of-the-legendary-pitbull-conference-and-the-national-private-lenders-association-npla/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 19:03:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/private-lender-law-and-jonathan-l-hornik-esq-announce-acquisition-of-the-legendary-pitbull-conference-and-the-national-private-lenders-association-npla/

A new renamed conference series will start in March 2023.

MARLBORO, NJ, November 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Jonathan L. Hornik, Esq. and Private Lending Law (privatelenderlaw.com), the practice group of LaRocca Hornik Rosen & Greenberg (LHR&G) announced that they have acquired the Pitbull Conference and the National Private Lenders Association (NPLA).

Private Lender Law is with over 30 billion dollars in loan deals so far.

For nearly two decades, the Pitbull Conference has enjoyed a long-standing reputation as the largest private credit conference in the country. The Pitbull conference positions itself as the premier destination for personal credit executives and focuses on networking, education and the sharing of industry insights and views. Originally created to fill a gap in the personal lending industry, Pitbull facilitates commerce between lenders, lenders, investors, brokers and service providers. The must-attend 3-day event spares no expense when it comes to entertainment and attracting prominent industry leaders from the private lending industry – hosted at prime venues in Key Biscayne, Las Vegasand Miami.

A popular, high-profile industry spokesperson, Hornik developed his own signature brand at Pitbull with thought-provoking cutting-edge speeches, provocative dialogue and infectious leadership. His red-hot topics have become the catalyst for insightful discussions and debates.

“We want to include the best and brightest in the private lending space. Economists, forecasters, politicians – anyone with the ability to make the collective private credit industry smarter,” Hornik said. “We will deliver relevant, cutting-edge industry news and training not found elsewhere.

“Our goal is to rebrand the Pitbull Conference and transform it into a trading hub for brokers and borrowers to exchange ideas and create the industry’s best marketplace for doing business.”

In addition to the Pitbull Conference, Hornik also acquired the National Private Lenders Association (NPLA). Founded by Pitbull’s legendary leader and founder Leonard Rosenthe NPLA serves as a platform for members to collaborate, share ideas and keep up to date. It has become a driving force within the industry and is dedicated to educating state and federal lawmakers on how private lending plays a critical role in cultivating successful real estate opportunities The United States and the world.

“Both the Pitbull Conference and the NPLA give us an opportunity to do a lot of good in the area of ​​private lending,” said Hornik. “The goal of NPLA is to foster a diverse membership base, with a focus on spotlighting the women who make up a large part of our private lender community. It’s exciting to have a pivotal role in shaping the future of this.” industry to play.”

“We are grateful to Leonard and his esteemed wife, Kathleen, for doing such an amazing job of growing the conference over the past 20+ years,” continued Hornik. “We now look forward to acting as careful stewards and continuing to grow and develop the conference.”

The new conference is scheduled to be presented in March 2023.

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]]> 2022 Hyundai Venue Diesel, track test https://whistlestopdepot.com/2022-hyundai-venue-diesel-track-test/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 04:01:44 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/2022-hyundai-venue-diesel-track-test/


The Hyundai Venue just got a facelift that included a fresher face, redesigned taillights, a slightly updated cabin and that’s it. But the Venue didn’t make the cut because of its facelift, which gives it some much-needed kit, but because of the 1.5-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine. This replaces the older 1.4 liter engine and achieves higher performance – 99 hp and 240 Nm versus 89 hp and 220 Nm. Interestingly, this is still not the same engine as the Kia Sonet diesel car, which will receive even higher power and a variable geometry turbocharger to reduce lag. Back to the venue, because this diesel manual transmission is also a great powertrain. The performance is brisk and the venue picks up speed without too much hesitation. It’s no rocket ship and the turbocharged petrol still has more power, but the low-end grunt makes the diesel a very versatile engine. Then there’s the thrill of having a proper manual transmission – one with measured throws and a light clutch – which definitely adds to the appeal of the venue here at the track. Yes, the petrol-automatic combos will make more sense for the urban jungle, but for driving pleasure the manual is second to none. Hyundai makes refined diesel engines and this one is no different, offering respectable levels of refinement for a small-capacity diesel. The Venue also handles well, even when driven hard, and once you’re comfortable with it on a track day, you can actually have fun behind the wheel. The ride quality is absorbing enough to allow you to cruise the curbs fairly aggressively and smash through potholes in the real world.

The venue is a good package overall. The plastics are a little scratchy in places and it’s still missing things like ventilated seats and a high-end audio system, but the infotainment screen is responsive, the cabin is well-split and the space and practicality are on par with rivals. if not better.

  • Hyundai Venue Diesel (lap time – 01:16.7)
PARAMETER POINTS SCORE
QUALITY 5 3.5
COMFORT / SPACE 5 3.5
SOPHISTICATION 5 3.5
DESIGN 5 3.5
DRIVE 5 3.5
RIDE & HANDLING 5 4
PRACTICALLY 5 4
X FACTOR 20 12
LAP TIME fifteen 3.2
VALUE FOR MONEY 30 24
TOTAL 100 64.7

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Taylor Swift fans’ complaints about Ticketmaster’s website are prompting an investigation https://whistlestopdepot.com/taylor-swift-fans-complaints-about-ticketmasters-website-are-prompting-an-investigation/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 19:04:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/taylor-swift-fans-complaints-about-ticketmasters-website-are-prompting-an-investigation/

So great was the desire of Taylor Swift fans to see the singer live in concert next year that ticketing site Ticketmaster crashed during a pre-sale period.

Millions of “Swifties,” as the pop artist’s fans are known, flocked to the site to purchase tickets to see Swift on her upcoming “Eras” tour, causing the site to freeze or crash on Tuesday, angered fans and prompted Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan to open an investigation into how Ticketmaster handled the event.

“Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti is concerned about consumer complaints related to @Ticketmaster‘s presale of @taylorswift13 concert tickets. He and his consumer protection team will use all available means to ensure no consumer protection laws have been violated,” the AG’s office said in a tweet.

The investigation will also look at what some fans call subpar customer support during the snafu.

“There has been historically unprecedented demand with millions of visitors looking to purchase tickets for the TaylorSwiftTix presale,” Ticketmaster said in a statement Tuesday after legions of tickets failed to secure tickets.

Hundreds of thousands of fans have successfully purchased tickets, Ticketmaster added. Also, the presale window for Capital One ticket holders has been moved to Wednesday at 2 p.m

Tickets are publicly available from Friday, November 18th.

Aspiring concert-goers who were unable to secure tickets this week took to Twitter to vent their frustration, urging Ticketmaster to waive the fees associated with their purchases to compensate customers for the inconvenience at a later date having to return the site.

“At this point you’re seriously withdrawing the fees, you’ve let everyone down and wasted people’s days. People skipped work and school for it and you knew what kind of traffic to expect and once again you all failed,” one person tweeted.

“I have work at 3:30 today. I’ve already rescheduled my shift so I can do the presale and now I won’t be able to get tickets. I’m so incredibly angry right now that I can. I can’t even begin to explain it,” wrote Twitter user @lenoraajoy.

Others who secured tickets complained that they had to spend significantly more money to buy them from resellers like StubHub.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Ticketmaster of monopolizing ticket sales and called for the company to be dissolved.

In 2010, Ticketmaster merged with live event promoter Live Nation.

“Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly, its merger with LiveNation should never have been approved and they need to be governed [sic] in. Break ’em up,” the New York Democrat tweeted.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D.-Minnneosta, also accused Ticketmaster of hurting consumers through excessive dominance.

“What is happening with Ticketmaster is an example of why we need strong antitrust enforcement! Monopolies wreak havoc on consumers and our economy. When there is no competition to stimulate better service and fair prices, we all suffer the consequences,” she tweeted.

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Broadcasters pick up Trump campaign announcement https://whistlestopdepot.com/broadcasters-pick-up-trump-campaign-announcement/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 06:56:08 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/broadcasters-pick-up-trump-campaign-announcement/

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When Donald Trump announced on Tuesday night that he would run for the White House again — a rare occurrence for a former president to seek his old job — the country’s three major broadcasters opted not to broadcast his speech live.

ABC, NBC, and CBS all decided to stick with previously planned entertainment programs — reality show Bachelor in Paradise on ABC, sci-fi drama La Brea on NBC, and a fictional show about the FBI on CBS.

On cable television, Fox News Channel broadcast most of the speech live, while CNN broadcast the first 25 minutes before returning to a panel discussion after Trump formally announced his 2024 candidacy. However, MSNBC chose not to air the speech, choosing instead to stick with Alex Wagner’s 9 p.m. show.

Former President Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race on November 15 in Mar-a-Lago. (Video: The Washington Post)

Fox’s decision to deliver the speech is notable considering several network commentators last week expressed a clear preference for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the Republican flag-bearer for 2024 after the party lost in the midterm elections had done disappointingly. Two other objects in Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, also signaled a preference for DeSantis last week, with the Post calling him “DeFUTURE” on the tabloid’s cover and the Journal’s editorial board declaring “Trump Is the Republican Party’s biggest loser.”

During the 2016 presidential campaign, CNN was frequently criticized for giving Trump speeches a lot of airtime. The new head of the network, Chris Licht, told employees on Tuesday that reporting decisions about Trump as a candidate would be made on a case-by-case basis.

While ABC, NBC and CBS did not preempt the prime-time show to air the speech, all stations had correspondents based in Mar-a-Lago who covered the announcement earlier in the evening during the nightly newscasts hosted by David Muir, Lester Holt and Norah O’Donnell.

Liz Harrington, a spokeswoman for Trump, told conservative broadcaster Real America’s Voice earlier in the evening that such a decision would amount to censorship. “They don’t want the American people to hear directly from the greatest leader of the greatest political movement in our history, so I suspect they’re going to try to censor and cut off,” she said.

Fox host Sean Hannity, who informally advised the former president during his years in the White House, said on his prime-time show Tuesday that Trump was “making a mark” by announcing his 2024 campaign so early. “I’m watching this President at this hour and I see a guy who looks like he’s absolutely focused,” the host told viewers.

Fox News anchor Pete Hegseth declared during a break in live coverage that Trump was “in the best shape you’ve ever seen him,” while former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee described the speech as ” perfect” and described Trump as unbeatable “if he keeps it up tonight.”

On CNN, two former Trump aides sharply criticized the speech. Mick Mulvaney, former director of the Office of Management and Budget, called him “the only Republican who could lose” in 2024, while former communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin said Trump was “utterly incapable of ever being in office again.”

However, neither Fox nor CNN broadcast the entire speech. As Trump spoke about what he called the “huge problem” of transgender athletes, CNN host Anderson Cooper had focused on coverage of a missile that killed two people in Poland.

Fox also cut it, and when Trump’s speech ended after just over an hour, at 10 p.m. presenter Laura Ingraham instead received comment from Hoover Institution staffer Victor Davis Hanson.

]]> Montana State Bobcats Season Recap https://whistlestopdepot.com/montana-state-bobcats-season-recap/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 06:19:29 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/montana-state-bobcats-season-recap/

BOZEMAN — Following their trip to the national championship, there has been a lot of noise surrounding this year’s Bobcat soccer team, who wondered if losing multiple stars would hurt their future success.

That obviously wasn’t the case this fall, as Montana State is one win away from a Big Sky regular-season championship in a regular season culminating with the 121st edition of the Brawl of the Wild.

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The Bobcats started the season with Gold Rush and entered the season at No. 4 in the FCS as they opened action in 2022 against McNeese State 40-17. Montana State got out on the right in front of a sold-out crowd led to the floor by Lane Sumner’s 176-yard rushing performance.

The Bobcats followed with another convincing home win over Morehead State, but their real test came in Week 3 as they headed to Oregon State. The game of the game came after a 98-yard kickoff return from Marqui Johnson, but the Pac-12 opponent was a red-zone monster who rolled past the Bobcats to win by 40.

The following week, Montana State looked to hit back at the Red Inferno in east Washington to open the Big Sky game, but little did they know they would be without their starting quarterback Tommy Mellott after a scary hit in the first quarter. However, an offensive shootout capped by a 13-yard touchdown by Sean Chambers defeated the 15th-ranked Eagles 38-35.

Week 5 featured a Big Sky After Dark matchup on primetime television as the Bobcats hosted UC Davis, and without Mellott, it was Chambers who answered the call on his first start. The Wyoming transfer set a new program record, raking in more than 200 yards both on the ground and in the air in his 41-24 win.

The Montana State defense was the winner against Idaho State, who set a program record with six takeaways, while in Greely, Colorado it was Willie Patterson who delivered the show against the Golden Bears.

Week 8 saw some movement in the polls thanks to a loss at North Dakota State, leading to a top-five marquee match against Weber State in a rain-riddled game. That may have contributed to the Wildcats’ four safes, but coupled with a 273-yard rushing performance from touchdown Tommy, the Bobcats went undefeated in Big Sky, defeating the Wildcats by five.

After a much-needed reunion, the Bobcats headed south to Flagstaff, Arizona, to a venue known for giving them some trouble — and it did. Northern Arizona brought Montana State to the end with just over a minute left, but an unwritten 64-yard pass from Mellott to Taco Dowler set up a 24-yard gamewinner by Blake Glessner, 41-38.

Then, of course, the team traded freezing temperatures for sunny skies last weekend, and it was Marqui Johnson who shone, helping the Bobcats set a new one-game rushing record with 554 yards for both the program and Big Sky to set up.

Now Montana State faces the granddaddy of them all as they prepare to take on their neighbors across the divide, but a win in the 121st Brawl of the Wild also secures them their first Big Sky Championship since 2012.

Montana State vs. Montana begins at 12 p.m. and will air on the Montana Television Network.

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