Front Page Sunday 4/22/12

Apr 22, 2012

We’ll hear about contention on another one of our region’s rivers, the long-overdue Olmstead Dam Project on the Ohio.  Then we’ll sit down with a world-class runner who was in Murray this weekend, to talk about the sport’s finer points. Then, a look back at the past Paducah Symphony Orchestra season with their new executive director and their artistic director.

(1.) EGGNER’S FERRY HEARING UPDATE –- A Coast Guard fact finding hearing on the ship crash that collapsed a portion of the Eggners Ferry Bridge wrapped up Friday. Throughout the week we’ve heard from state highway officials, Coast Guard officials, employees of Foss Maritime, which own and operate the Delta Mariner and the ship’s pilot. Casey Northcutt has been covering these hearings for WKMS. She joins me to talk about today’s testimony and the overall outcomes of the hearing.

(2.) OLMSTEAD DAM SETBACKS –- Construction on the Olmsted Lock and Dam Project in Southern Illinois has been ongoing for 20 years, 13 years over schedule. Now a completion date is set for 2026. Shelly Baskin spoke with Project Engineer Richard Schipp on the problems plaguing the project and what lies ahead for the site. 

(3.) MARATHON RUNNER JEFF GALLOWAY -- Murray just hosted its second annual half marathon and 5K this weekend. And once again organizers again asked world class runner and former Olympian Jeff Galloway to come and host a free running clinic prior to the race. Galloway is regular contributor to Runners World, an author of more than 15 books on the subject, has coached more than 20,000 runners through his Galloway Marathon Training Program. WKMS’ Drew Adams spoke to Jeff prior to the race about his running, his teaching methods, and an injury which has slowed the marathoner’s pace, if only for a time. 

(4.) SISTER SPARROW ON LOVETT LIVE -- Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds play Murray State's Lovett Live Onstage Concert Series Tuesday night (tonight) at 7:30 in Lovett Auditorium. Beyond The Edge host Tracy Ross and Lovett Live host Matt Parker recently spoke with lead singer  Arleigh Kincheloe about growing up in the Catskills Mountains, creating music with nine musicians, and the band's very generous fanbase. 

(5.) COMMENTARY –- If you’ve ever driven down the highway and spotted a sign with a misplaced apostrophe or seen sytax so teeth-grindingly bad you almost ran off the road, then this next commentary will be music to your ears.  Darlene Mazzone tells us that, for her, writing is every bit the art form, one all the more beautiful when the grammar is good. 

(6.) PONTI/SENE –- It’s been about 8 months since the Paducah Symphony Orchestra has been under the watch of new executive Director Daniel Sene.  Not too long before Sene’s arrival came Artistic Director and Conductor Maestro Raffeale Ponti.  They are rounding out their first season together. This weekend. They’re here in the studio to talk about the PSO, and their history and the future of the orchestra. Gentlemen thanks for joining me.