CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to filmmaker Renee McClellan and 49ers Tavern owner Tracy Kittinger in conversations with Dave Wielenga on the Nov. 15 edition of Greater Long Beach Radio. We’re calling this the Dream-Come-True edition of Greater Long Beach Radio, the latest in what has become a loose series of shows that explore what we’re pretty [...]
It wasn't fast or easy, but more than a year of relentless and painstaking investigative reporting by Los Cerritos Community News publisher Brian Hews and reporter Randy Economy finally resulted in last week's arrest of County Assessor John Noguez on charges of political corruption.
Greater Long Beach Radio’s Sept. 20 program about the Save Berth 55 campaign can now be heard anytime—in the show’s archives and as a podcast—by [FOLLOWING THIS LINK]. The program retraces and further explores the story of a small group of Westside Long Beach locals whose fast-and-loosely mustered crusade against the Port of Long Beach [...]
Today marks three weeks since the Save Berth 55 campaign debuted with an Aug. 30 public forum---and three days since the Harbor Commission halted the eviction of the businesses on the small landing and gave them a temporary reprieve. What the--?? Listen to Greater Long Beach Radio this morning at 11 a.m. to find out.
Martha Flores-Gibson swung through Greater Long Beach Radio for a how-dee-do Thursday, and the latest Republican challenger to never-been-beaten Democrat Bonnie Lowenthal let everybody know who she is by announcing that the Lowenthal Dynasty is ... "over."
Listen to Porter Gilberg, administrative director of The Center Long Beach, provide an insider's preview of the 2012 Long Beach QFilm Festival, which will present nearly 30 films at the Art Theatre and The Center this weekend---September 14, 15 and 16.
A link is finally available to Uduak Ntuk's recent appearance on Greater Long Beach Radio, wherein he is asked why somebody who grew up in the LBC only to find it in this condition when he reached adulthood, continues to live, currently works for and is engaged to be married in the City of Long Beach.
Uduak Ntuk was born, raised, educated, still lives, currently works for and is engaged to be married in the City of Long Beach, and though he loves his hometown … well … let’s just say he doesn’t need any help counting the ways it’s become a hot mess. At times like this—when Long Beach’s shorter-and-shortercomings [...]
Phillip Zonkel’s hour of interrogation by GreaterLongBeach.com publisher Dave Wielenga on the August 2 episode of Greater Long Beach Radio has been posted on KBEACH.org, where it can be accessed from the station archives as well as downloaded as a podcast. [CLICK HERE TO LISTEN] Zonkel’s appearance generated a discussion that ranged from the specifics of terminology to [...]
A link to Greater Long Beach Radio's delightful and moving interview with singer/songwriter Alicia Murphy and her older sister, Sé Reed, is available 24/7.
Days before he joins the Long Beach City Council, Al Austin answers every question thrown at him by GreaterLongBeach.com publisher Dave Wielenga during a July 5 appearance on Greater Long Beach Radio. Listen!
Alicia Murphy (right) continues her residency at the Blue Cafe tonight at 9 p.m., as always with her sister Se Reed supplying background vocals. But first, both women spend an hour on Greater Long Beach Radio. Tune it at 6 p.m. on KBEACH.org.
It's just a little eco-conscious flower shop, but Primal Flower's first anniversary is a celebration of authenticity in downtown Long Beeach. Read this story and listen to the interviews on Greater Long Beach Radio at KBEACH.org
What just shot to the top of Al Austin’s to-do list, only 11 days before he officially—and finally—sits down in the 8th district’s seat on the Long Beach City Council? An appearance on tonight’s edition of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga, which goes live at 6 o’clock on KBEACH.org, the on-line radio station [...]
Here's a link to the Greater Long Beach Radio episode on which "LOLPERA" creators Andrew Pedroza and Ellen Warkentine share their observations on the unlikely journey of their epic parable about cats, cheezburger and the search for meaning.
‘LOLPERA’ CREATORS ON GREATER LB RADIO THURSDAY TO EXPLAIN HOW THEY MADE A SERIOUS HIT FROM A SILLY MESS
Ellen Warkentine and Andrew Pedroza, creators of an opera with a premise so insufferably silly that GreaterLongBeach.com critic Greggory Moore finally saw it just to be nice, will be the guests on Thursday’s edition of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga beginning at 6 p.m. on KBEACH.org. Warkentine and Pedroza will answer questions about LOLPERA, which may or may not [...]
Pastry chef Justina Fenton and eco-florist Shelley Anders, tenants of a downtown brownstone that is a cornerstone of the burgeoning movement toward a more-authentic Long Beach, will be the featured guests in the opening segment of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga this evening to share the joys, stresses and strategies of this grass-roots [...]
Ben Baeder, who has brought old-school newspapering’s traditional principles and ethics to an online local publication he calls the Downey Beat, will be the featured guest on tonight’s edition of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. Also joining the discussion is Elizabeth Glazner, whose journalism career ranges from the Los Angeles Times to the [...]
Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga will kick off Long Beach’s celebration of National Bike Month on Wednesday night by spending an hour with a couple of its organizers kicking around what it is, exactly, that is being celebrated.
Daryl Supernaw, lifetime Long Beach resident and well-mannered Sustainability Commissioner, spent under $3,000 on his campaign for City Council---and emerged from last week's primary as the frontrunner. Hear his explanation tonight at 7 on Greater Long Beach Radio (www.kbeach.org).
As the alarmingly small fraction of eligible Long Beach voters that will actually go to the polls Tuesday assess their preferences in races for seats on the City Council and School Board, tonight’s edition of Greater Long Beach Radio will be devoted to its first-ever Greater Long Beach Voter’s Guy. Greater Long Beach Radio, hosted by [...]
Friends of Bixby Park, the grassroots outfit that’s slowly but steadily revitalizing one of the most-historic public spaces in Long Beach, holds its second annual fundraiser Thursday evening at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Tickets still available.
City Clerk Larry Herrera pulls the winners of Long Beach's lottery for medical marijuana permits from a blue recycling bin because the machine purchased for the event was useless when somebody bought ping-pong balls that were too big for the pneumatic tubes. The Long Beach City Council may vote to ban dispensaries tonight.
Janet Ballantyne explains why she is running for the Long Beach City Council seat currently occupied by Suja Lowenthal during a Feb. 15 appearance on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. Ballantyne works as a sponsor-relations manager for a financial services firm and serves as president of a large downtown Home Owner’s Association called 133 Promenade Walk. She expands on [...]
Award-winning reporter and author Nick Schou, whose current OC Weekly cover story about medpot dispensaries in Long Beach also serves as a disturbing case study of the institutional culture at City Hall, will be the featured guest Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. on KBEACH.org.Schou and Wielenga, [...]
Claudia Schou, whose movement to rehabilitate Bixby Park is either disproving the sad-but-truism that “You can’t fight city hall” or completely disregarding it (see, the woman doesn’t want to fight), will discuss the inspiration and effectiveness of tactful activism tactics at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. The second half [...]
It’s a tragedy-and-comedy edition of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga, the collaboration between GreaterLongBeach.com and the Cal State Long Beach internet radio station KBEACH.org that creates weekly hour of interviews and insight into our city’s most-important stories. The program, recorded at Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the studio of KBEACH.org, on the bottom floor of the [...]
As the first of thousands of former inmates of California state prisons arrive in Greater Long Beach—released early by order of the U.S. Supreme Court because of overcrowding—Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert and criminology/sociology professor Dr. LaTanya Skiffer of Cal State Dominguez Hills will discuss potential problems, opportunities and strategies on tonight’s edition of [...]
OccupyLongBeach deployed its first official occupation Saturday at Lincoln Park, where approximately 300 people convened, marched, demonstrated and dispersed without any of the conflict that seemed to have been foreshadowed in prickly press releases from the social-justice movement and the Long Beach Police Department.
Anyone who missed last Thursday’s special V.I.P. Records episode of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga can now listen to the program at any time of any day via computer or as a podcast downloaded to a personal device. Simply follow this link to the website of KBEACH.org, the Long Beach State online radio [...]
Kelvin Anderson of V.I.P. Records, who will soon close the neighborhood store that launched the worldwide phenomenon of West Coast hip-hop in the mid-1990s, will be the featured guest tonight on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. The weekly hour-long program begins at 7 p.m. on KBEACH.org, the online radio station at Cal State [...]
Ricky Harris, who may have epitomized the wave of show-business stars that rose out of Central Long Beach in the 1990s—and is second to none in acknowledging the debt they owe Kelvin Anderson of soon-to-close V.I.P. Records—is the featured guest on tonight’s episode of Greater Long Beach with Dave Wielenga. The hour-long show goes live [...]
A few years after Kelvin Anderson built a small recording studio V.I.P. Records to keep the neighborhood kids out of trouble, those kids became some of the biggest names---Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Daz---in the world of popular music.But business has gone bad, and Anderson says he is closing V.I.P. Records.
Fifth District City Council member Gerrie Schipske announced her candidacy for the newly drawn Long Beach seat in the California Assembly on Tuesday night, meaning that four of the 10 officials elected to steer the city’s course at council meetings are now running for higher office. In fact, Schipske’s entry into the race for the [...]
Kate Braid, a founder of the Long Beach Rage Against the Machine Working Group (LB RAM) that has endorsed the recall of 7th district Long Beach City Council member James Johnson, will be the featured guest this evening on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. The hour-long program goes live at 7 p.m. on [...]
Jenelle Hutcherson, the first openly gay contestant in the history of the Miss Long Beach Pageant,will be the featured guest today on this week’s edition of "Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga." She will be joined by Masa Zokaei, who wrote an account of Hutcherson's candidacy and its challenges to their relationship. The show is live at 10 a.m. online at KBEACH.org, repeating at 7 p.m. and available in the KBEACH.org archives and via podcast.
Sunday's Miss Long Beach Pageant is just the latest moment of truth for its first openly lesbian contestant, Jenelle Hutcherson---and her girlfriend, Masa Zokaei---whose relationship has faced and overcome a lot of them during the historic year-long campaign.
Attorney Mark Cabaniss, who has authored two piercingly clear pieces of analysis and perspective about the Kelly Thomas case—the fatal beating of a homeless schizophrenic man by six Fullerton Police Department officers on July 5—expands upon the themes of those articles in the Sept. 1 episode of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. • [...]
Jack Grisham has cannonballed into the pop-culture hot tub. The punk icon, breakthrough author and changed man is also the same person. With "An American Demon," as with his music-making, his art is alternately riveting and revolting. He is riding the momentum of a wave he created, which may again become more than he anticipated. Grisham will be interviewed by Elizabeth Glazner and Dave Wielenga on Greater Long Beach Radio on Thursday morning at 10.
After two years and two investigations, Long Beach citizens still haven't been told what happened the night a police officer answered a drunk-and-disorderly call in Belmont Shore's restaurant/bar-and-retail district and shot the unhappy customer five times. Will the victim's lawsuit finally reveal the truth?
Jonathan Cabrera and Elizabeth Bustamante were just back from church and preparing for bed just before midnight on May 14 when Long Beach Police Department officers opened fire on them in their central-city home, wounding Cabrera. On this week's Greater Long Beach Radio, the couple recounts the horrific details of that night and shares their hopes for transforming it into a positive experience.
Mike Kowal, who was eliminated as a candidate for the 8th district seat on the Long Beach City Council when district boundaries were redrawn to exclude his longtime residence by a half-block, explains his reaction and his plans on the new episode of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. The show is available 24/7 or as a downloadable podcast.
Brian Noonan reflects that an energetic set by the legendary 1960s garage band, The Sonics, highlighted a day of buzzing tattoo needles, Kustom Kars, classic cleavage, long lines, steep drink prices and a shortage of restrooms as Ink-N-Iron held its own as a distinctly Long Beach attraction.
On the 75th anniversary of the Queen Mary’s maiden voyage, expert and advocate Bill Cwiklo speaks to Greater Long Beach Radio---and blogs---about missteps since her 1967 arrival in Long Beach … and suggests how she can yet be transformed into a world-class tourist attraction.
The second printed edition of the Long Beach Post has hit the streets—for now, very specific streets—as publisher Shaun Lumachi continues a march toward what he predicts will be media dominance of Long Beach. What does that mean? “The Long Beach Post will be Long Beach’s most-read media publication by Jan. 1, 2015,” Lumachi asserts. OK, [...]
Tonight’s installment of Greater Long Beach Radio will consider a bill brainstormed by senior students in a Lakewood High civics class---from its educational value for them to its freedom-of-speech implications for all Californians---that is making its way through the state legislature. The show can be heard live tonight at 8 p.m. on KBEACH.org,