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Goodbye Pretty City (I love you)

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

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It’s not easy to tell you this, but after 16 years of being on the radio every week, the final Hello Pretty City radio show will be in early November.

It’s not WEXT…they are deeply kind and would gladly keep Hello Pretty City on the air.

Rather, it’s me.

Even though I love the thrill of finding and playing kickass, toe-tapping songs, I’m feeling pulled to work on other projects. Mostly photography and visual art projects, like one about a forgotten poet from the 1920s. (She wrote about her pretty city!)

But stay tuned! I’ll keep in touch through the newsletter, the blog, and the Facebook page. Maybe I’ll even share the occasional Spotify playlist!

I can never fully express how grateful I am to you for listening for so long, for feeling the sounds, for tuning in, and for being such great company.

Thank you x 1,000. Forever and ever.

“…I’m in love with the radio on
It helps me from being alone late at night
It helps me from being lonely late at night…”

Another group of people that I’ll never be able to thank enough is the WEXT team. Without their support, Hello Pretty City wouldn’t have a home nor sound as good as it does. Thank you Chris, Dave, Joyce, Eva, and KTG!

 

Schedule change for Hello Pretty City

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

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Me and WEXT decided to tweak the Hello Pretty City schedule a little bit. Now the show is on once a week: Sunday nights at 8pm. (It won’t be on in the mornings anymore.)

BIG NEWS! Hello Pretty City voted a Best Radio Show!

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

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So humbled and thrilled that readers of The Alt voted Hello Pretty City as one of the best radio shows! And we’re in good company: WEXT was voted as on the best radio stations and one of the best radio (music).

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

When I moved to Albany I remember being so excited to have a crazy goal…I wanted to be in the weekly paper, Metroland. At first I thought it would be for doing really nice window displays at the Book House. I never thought it would be for something I just simply love: playing music on radios. Thank you to everyone who listens to Hello Pretty City on Exit 97.7 WEXT, it couldn’t be the best without you. (Soak up all of the Readers Poll picks here.)

This dude!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Langhorne Slim comes to Albany on Wednesday, 2/29, 8pm, at Valentines. Babe City opens!

He sounds like this. (See previous post for info on Babe City.)

Thrilling news! Hello Pretty City concert on 8/22!

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

The third ever Hello Pretty City concert is going to be so sweet! Why? Because Olivia Quillio and Viking Moses are playing their amazing songs with their amazing voices and stage presence. Also playing are Joey Demarco and Mother McKenzie. I’ve never seen them live but I’m loving the music that they have on their Bandcamp sites. (Links to everyone are below.)

Monday, 8/22
Downstairs at Valentines
Doors open at 7, music starts at 8 (probably ends around 10:30…plenty of time to get good sleep and still be perky for work in the morning!)
Ages 18+, $5
Co-sponsored by WEXT
Facebook event page here

Olivia Quillio here
Viking Moses here
Joey Demarco here
Mother McKenzie here

Next week’s Hello Pretty City show

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

A little bit of the Local 518, a little bit rock, a lot of hand clapping, and a lot of songs that I’d like to keep on repeat forever.

Holy no way! Awesome concert! Phantogram!

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

It’s not easy to write this post because in reality I’d really like to run up to you, hug you, and exclaim “Phantogram and The Charlie Watts Riots are playing the Exit Dome 4 concert!” The show is Saturday, January 29, 2011 and it happens in WMHT’s TV studio.

Last year’s Exit Dome has a special place in my heart and now I’m even more excited about this year’s show. Also playing are Local 518 bands Que Caro,  The Rodeo Barons, Nancy Walker, and Slender Shoulders. The doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Snag your tickets now at www.exit977.org. (The tickets are listed in the “Thank you gifts” section.)

Reading out loud to you

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Do you think you’ll be hanging around Stuyvesant Plaza next Saturday, November 6? If so, stop by the Book House and sign my autograph book.

I’ll definitely be there around/at 11:20 because that’s when I’ll be reading part of “To Kill A Mockingbird” in the “Mockingbird Marathon: To Kill A Saturday.” A bunch of people are going to take turns reading the whole book starting at 9am and finishing up around 9pm. It’s a little 50th anniversary party for the book!

I’m pretty psyched to meet David Guistina from WAMC since I listen to him on the radio every morning. My reading time slot is at 11:20 just before his. (I hope he’ll sign my autograph book.)

Have fun on the Mockingbird Marathon Face Book page here and read mockingbird tweets here.

Restoration Funstival in Albany soon

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

The folks at WEXT are getting pretty psyched to be a big part of the Restoration Funstival that’s happening at the end of August. A two day music festival in Albany! It’s happening from noon to 10pm at St. Joseph’s Church on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29.

The poster for the event is pretty cool looking and the musical lineup is gigantic. Here are a random few: Matthew Carefully, Aficionado, the Mathematicians, Railbird, RESTYS, The Red Lions, Grainbelt, Scientific Maps, Beware! The Other Head of Science and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned.

There are lots of great things about this Funstival but this is my favorite:  25% of all proceeds will go to the St. Joseph’s Restoration fund to support their $300,000 matched grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. I hear that the inside of St. Joseph’s is very cool, a good place to let a mind wander during a music set.

Right now, tickets are on sale online for the early bird price of $10.00 per day and $15.00 for the whole weekend at www.restfest.net. (I love that there’s an early bird feature.)

Poseter for Restoration Funstival

WEXT, All Over Albany, B3nson Recording Company, and Historic Albany Foundation are the sponsors of the Restoration Funstival.