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Powerhouse Radio Newsletter
Live 8 Around The World
June 29, 2005

This issue includes...

1) FM wireless transmitter Contest Winner
2) Stevie Wonder's "A Time 2 Love..." I Wish!
3) The Soul of Your Heart Contest
4) Drive-By Downloads
5) Music News: Live 8 Around The World
6) Concert Dates: Who's on Tour?
7) Brother Ray: Ray Charles’ Own Story
8) Motown A-Z on Powerhouse Radio, Friday, July 1, 2005
9) Your Feedback via email to King at Powerhouse Radio

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1) FM wireless transmitter Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tim Sullivan of Boise, Idaho, Powerhouse Radio Newsletter subscriber, and winner of a C. Crane wireless FM stereo transmitter.

A wireless FM transmitter is a great way to send online music via the Internet to a home stereo system (with an FM receiver), without using wires.

2) Stevie Wonder's "A Time 2 Love..." I Wish!

After three missed street release dates, Motown is Wondering what's up with Stevie's "A Time 2 Love" CD.

According to Johnnie L. Roberts in a conversation with Wonder published in Newsweek, Stevie has added several late additions recently: several extra songs, and one new child.

"Now that I have seven children, there are different things that take the time.
The good thing about having the family and more children is there's cause for even more to write about and sing about.

However long it will take, I'm giving the very best I can."

"Probably the most important thing is if I've been working on songs for 10 years, what's a couple more months?"

Look for another "Isn't She Lovely" in "A Time 2 Love," maybe.

3) The Soul of Your Heart Contest

Powerhouse Radio has obtained a wonderful 4 CD set re-issue of some marvelous music courtesy of the legendary Malaco & Savoy labels. These CD's are offered in stores separately, but we are bundling them together for 5 lucky winners. Each winner gets all four CD's!

To enter our random drawing, go to: (editor's note: contest ended July 15, 2005)

Denise LaSalle, Bobby Bland, Latimore, Johnnie Taylor, Shirley Brown, Dorothy Moore, Z.Z. Hill and G. C. Cameron are just a few of the star performers featured in 40 tracks across 4 CD's.

On vacation around the 4th of July and just getting back? No problem. You have until Friday, July 15, 2005, to enter, and to be eligible to win.

This contest is for Powerhouse Radio Newletter subscribers only. Good luck!

4) Drive-By Downloads

Have you surfed by one of those Windows Wallpaper sites where an image of your favorite music artist is offered as a courtesy download?

Didn't read the barely legible fine print when you clicked?

Watch out for shaky deals that appear too good to be true, because the next thing you know, your PC may fill up with all kinds of pop-up advertising.

The practice of bundling spyware applications, (utilities that track your web surfing, or serve unwanted ads on your machine), has gotten out of control.

Of course, if this is clearly and fully disclosed before you grab your download, then all is well, but there's a trend towards non-disclosure (of this seedy practice) at many websites.

These sites bundle secret 3rd party applications with their own branded items, often with a significant financial incentive from the pirate publishers to do so. 3rd parties will pay anywhere from between 25 to 50 cents per installation to website owners - so the temptation is often too great for some owners to resist.

You know you've been hit by a drive-by download if your browser home page has been changed, unwanted bookmarks have suddenly appeared in your favorites folder, or when the pop-ups just keep on comin'.

What can you do to protect yourself? Deal with websites you can trust. Folks who offer readily available contact information, street addresses, and who have a documented track record of good customer service.

There's a good chance that an anti-spyware law will be enacted by Congress in the U.S.A. by the end of 2005.

written by King for the Powerhouse Radio Newsletter

5) Music News: Live 8 Around The World

Live 8

Philadelphia will host the American portion of Bob Geldof's charity awareness concert for African famine relief, Live 8, Saturday, July 2, 2005.

Stevie Wonder, Destiny's Child, Jay-Z, P. Diddy, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, and The Dave Matthews Band are just a few of the scheduled performers.

Philadelphia is the only U.S. city participating in Live 8.

One million people are expected (no tickets are needed to attend) on The Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of The Philadelphia Art Museum to enjoy the music.

Master of ceremonies: host Will Smith.

There is a younger generation of socially conscious performers. It would be great if The Roots, or Kanye West had a slot in Philly at Live 8. However, they're at the Essence Festival in New Orleans the same weekend.

(Editor's note: Kanye West was eventually added to the Philly show)

The London line-up includes...Paul McCartney U2, Pink Floyd, and the Who. Where are the African artists? Live 8 ultimately will draw attention to...Africa.

African star Yousou N' Dour will appear in three cities: Paris, London, and Cornwall, England. (This feat mimics Phil Collins' trans Atlantic Concord shuttle between London & Philadelphia in the 1985 concert.

The original 1985 Live Aid Concerts, (Philadelphia and London) raised well over 100 million dollars in aid for African famine relief.

I attended the 1985 Philadelphia Live Aid Concert. Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin performing with Hall & Oates was one of my favorite highlights.

MTV and VH1 will telecast large portions of Live 8. MTV broadcast the original Live Aid in 1985.

XM Satellite radio will have the most Live 8 coverage stateside, with 55 hours of coverage from London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Philadelphia on 7 different XM channels.


written by King for the Powerhouse Radio Newsletter

6) Concert Dates: Who's on Tour?

Essence Music Festival
Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Teena Marie, Jeffery Osborne
Lionel Richie, Black Eyed Peas, and more
Friday, July 1 - Sunday, July 3, 2005
New Orleans, LA

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Saturday, July 2, 2005
Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Atlanta, GA

Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago
Thursday, July 7 - Saturday, July 9
Atlantic City, NJ

Ja Rule
Friday, July 15, 2005
House of Blues
West Hollywood, CA

Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON, Canada

Destiny's Child, Mario, Amerie & Tyra
Friday, July 29, 2005
Madison Square Garden Rotunda
New York, NY

Donna Summer
Sunday, July 31, 2005
Jerome Duncan Ford Theatre
Sterling Heights, MI

Angie Stone
Friday, August 19, 2005
Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati, OH


We're putting the finishing touches on an expanded concert section in an exciting new separate publication.

Concert listing highlights will still be a part of the Powerhouse Radio Newsletter.

7) Brother Ray: Ray Charles’ Own Story

Brother Ray: Ray Charles’ Own Story
Ray Charles and David Ritz, DaCapo Press

If you’re one of the many people who saw “Ray” the movie and liked it, you’ll like Brother Ray: Ray Charles’ Own Story, even more.

While, the movie sanitized some parts of Charles’ life and sensationalized other parts, his autobiography reveals his musical genius, as well as his triumph over blindness in a world of people with sight.

In his own words, Ray Charles brings his childhood; youth and adult years to life in an unapologetic and uncompromised fashion.

This is no pity party for the blind musician. From the time he lost his sight at seven years old until his death, he continued to live his life like he could see.

His rule of life was “no dog, no cane, no guitar.” Charles describes riding bikes and a motorcycle through Tallahassee, Florida to the extent that his eligibility for attendance at the state school for the blind came under scrutiny. He often refers to “looking,” “seeing,” and “watching,” when recalling situations and experiences.

Race was not an issue that escaped Charles because he couldn’t see. He didn’t use skin color to differentiate between people, but he was not blind to the nuances of race and racism in the South and other places.

He often took a position of not playing to segregated audiences. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t, but his position was always crystal clear.

In the movie “Ray” a fair amount of time was devoted to his off-stage relationship with Raelette’s singer Margie Hendricks, to the exclusion of his other extra-marital affairs.

Charles was sued for paternity many times and took financial responsibility for all nine of his children. In his own words, Charles admits to his sexual addictions as well as a drug addiction.

According to Charles, he was never a dope “fiend.” He had a habit that he could pay for, that never got in the way of his music. He quit heroin because he didn’t want to embarrass his children by going to jail for possession and use, not because he was a junkie.

This book reveals the real man behind the glasses. Ray Charles was a man who lived his own life and nobody else’s. His story is remarkable, inspirational and downright entertaining.


Review written by Dorothy Ferebee for the Powerhouse Radio Newsletter.

Dorothy is the author of the book "How To Create Your Own African American Library."

Read her other reviews and visit her website at:


8) Motown A-Z on Powerhouse Radio, Friday, July 1, 2005

We're kicking off Independence Day weekend with an encore of our very popular Motown from A-Z special, Friday, July 1, 2005 from 9am - 5pm Eastern.

All of the original Motown hits (and more) played in alphabetical order (by song title) from the original artists. No cover versions!

Tell your friends, and enjoy!

9) Your Feedback via email to King at Powerhouse Radio

Deborah writes:

"I've been trying to figure out the title of a Gladys Knight and the Pips or a Gladys Knight song for years. I don't know the title, just some of the words. They are as follows:"

"Promises at night are so easily made that they can disappear at the light of day, so I ask you over and over.... "Is there a place in your heart for me".

King replies: I'm stumped on that one Deborah.

Does anybody know what song this is? If you do, reply here...


(Editor's note...we received the answer to this question one day after publishing this newsletter from one of our very smart readers. The answer - in our next edition).


Simone says:

"You played a version of "With You I'm Born Again" Who sang it"?

The version you refer to is on the new Vanessa Williams CD, "Everlasting Love." She sings the duet with George Benson.

You can always search through our playlist here:



Alan has this comment:

"Oh my GOD, Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager. I am done. Hearing that song again makes the entire year of 2005 a big success. Thank you."


Corrine calmly says:

"Your station is awesome! Keep the memories coming..."


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