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Datebook: October 20 – Johnny Bright Incident 60 Years Ago

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The “Johnny Bright Incident” was a violent on-field assault against African-American college football player Johnny Bright by White American player Wilbanks Smith during a game held on October 20, 1951 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The game was significant in itself as it marked the first time that an African American athlete with a national profile and of critical importance to the success of his Drake University team had played against Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) on their home field. Bright’s injury also highlighted the racial tensions of the times and assumed notoriety when it was captured in what was later to become both a widely disseminated and eventually Pulitzer Prize winning photo sequence. The incident eventually provoked changes in NCAA football rules regarding illegal blocking, and mandated the use of more protective helmets with face guards.

It’s Thursday, October 20

Paducah’s Markethouse Theatre hosts Downtown Walking Ghost Tours tomorrow. Tours start at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm. $15 adults and $5 children ages 6 to 12 tickets are available at the door, online at or by calling the Box Office at 270-444-6828.

A Civil War Remembrance program of music, narration, and dramatization starts at 7:30 tonight in Performing Arts Hall of Price Doyle Fine Arts at Murray State. Music, theatre, and history faculty perform and student guest artist Gracie Wallace, fiddle, presents the striking tune, a SHOW kan Farewell.

There’s a Doggie Day Spa Saturday from 9 to 2 at Carmen Pavilion on College Farm Road across from Calloway County High School. Microchipping is $10. It costs $10 for bathing, ear cleaning and nail trimming for your pooch, who must be on a leash. The Humane Society staffs the free Lost Pet Photo Registry and make custom pet ID tags for $3.

Enjoy Brian Clardy’s all piano Café Jazz tonight at 9. Support programming like this at Thanks!

Good Read – I Am Not The Same Girl: Renewed

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I Am Not The Same Girl: Renewed
by Stacy Lattisaw Jackson

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“I Am Not The Same Girl: Renewed” is the life story of Stacy Lattisaw. As a young Rhythm and Blues (R&B) singer, she completed a total of 12 albums and toured with Michael Jackson and the Jacksons. She traveled the world as a singer and shared the stage with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Johnny Gill, and a host of others. As she began to mature in age and mind, her desires began to change and she cried out to God and asked him to fill the void in her life. Soon after Stacy walked away from the secular music world and dedicated her life to the Lord. Today she is renewed and walking in the destiny that God has set for her life.

Brian Clardy says:

West Tennessee did not have the type of cosmopolitan glamor of its more urban counterparts, but young people were still able to stay current on the latest music by innovative artists. Whether it was Prince, the Rolling Stones, or the Charlie Daniels Band, area listeners bought records by artists that appealed to their imagination and sense of having good clean fun. One of those artists was Stacy Lattisaw.

Brian Clardy spoke over the phone with the author about her book.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

July 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

President Obama Responds to WKMS Commentator

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WKMS Commentator and “Cafe Jazz” host Dr. Brian Clardy produced an open letter to the President regarding Nuclear Proliferation. You might have heard it on WKMS during the “Front Page” listen to it or read it here.

We received an email from Dr. Clardy this afternoon with this response from President Obama.

Dear Friend:

Thank you for your views on issues related to nuclear
arms control and energy.  I appreciate your perspective.

Nuclear weapons and their proliferation pose one of the
gravest threats to America and the world, from North Korea’s
nuclear and long-range missile tests, to Iran’s expanding
nuclear program, to the potential of terrorists obtaining these
weapons.  Since the end of the Cold War, the threat of a global
nuclear war has decreased, but the risk of nuclear attack has
increased.  However, even as we seek to end this threat, we
must also use nuclear energy as one option to help the world
confront the effects of climate change.  Building on my
previous work in the United States Senate, my Administration
will partner with the international community to limit the
danger of nuclear weapons, while encouraging the peaceful use
of nuclear energy.

As Commander-in-Chief, I am committed to stopping
nuclear proliferation and seeking a world free of nuclear
weapons.  To achieve this goal, we will lead efforts to reduce
nuclear arsenals and bring into force the Comprehensive Test
Ban Treaty and a verifiable Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty.  My
Administration is working with Russia on a new treaty to
reduce our warheads and delivery systems, consistent with our
commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  We
will also increase cooperation to secure all vulnerable nuclear
materials, work with others to enhance the international
inspection system, and take decisive action when countries
break the rules.

Please join me online to learn more about issues related
to nuclear arms control and energy at:

Thank you again for writing on this important issue.


Barack Obama

Written by Chad Lampe

April 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Brian Clardy’s good read: Game Change

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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

By John Heilemann & Mark Halperin

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In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country’s leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character-driven and dialogue-rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, it’s an intimate portrait of some of the most powerful and fascinating figures in American life—the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

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“This book is a very insightful and innovative coverage of the 2008 Presidential election cycle that has caused excitement and controversy in the political world. Moreover, this book keeps the reader riveted as new revelations are made regarding recent events and popular personalities. It is a must read for students of current events, politics, and the complexities of human personalities.” – Brian Clardy

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Written by Matt Markgraf

February 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm