Thursday, December 10, 2009

A &E ILLI and MO NEWZ BITZ of 2009

From the St. Louis Rams choosing Steve Spagnuolo as its new coach to the home invasion at Nelly's Wildwood mansion, there were many of arts and entertainment newz stories in 2009 that happened in the Illinois and Missouri area that had local, regional and national attention on the social scene.

Before we get to the Top 10 Newz Eventz, here are some newz eventz that made the Top 20.

11. Two Midwestern artists STL’s Todd Sarvies and Chitown's Melody Angel compete in P Diddy's Starmaker show. Aug-Oct. 2009.

12 Club Society closes down after shootings from Yo Gotti b-day party. May 2009

13.Hip Hop station 100.3 FM The Beat ends; fires staff. Nov 2009

14. St. Louis comic Joe Torry allegedly gets in fight with Chi-town comic Vanessa Fraction in Japan. March 2009

15.ESL Mayor Alvin Parks temporarily bans E Boogie taverns liquor licenses Oct 2009

16.New radio station 1490 WESL-AM Urban Sports and Talk debuts June 2009

17.Karma Nightclub has false opening after license hold up Sept 2009

18.Singer Denise Thimes gets arrested by police after Culpepper's food incident, Nov. 2009

19. R&B singer Ron Isley gets released from half way house in St. Louis Nov, 2009

20.Nelly and the St. Lunatcis reunite at Derrty DJ ;'s Summit at Pageant. Mar 2009


10.The Analog to Digital TV Transition Setback. Feb-June 2009

St. Louis as well as the country had to change from analog to digital TV when The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 was mandated on February 17 that all full-power broadcast television stations stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting digitally. Problems arose when the mass public didnt purchase their converter boxes with the vouchers mailed by the government to receive them. Viewers who didnt have digital cable, satellite or a digital TV would receive no TV signal. Thus, the government pushed the deadline to June .

9.NBA's Shaquille ONeal comes to St. Louis to film reality show, " Shaq Vs." Aug 2009.

Shaq made news for coming to St. Louis to tape his summer reality show, "Shaq Vs" and compete with St. Louis Cards superstar Albert Pujols in a homerun derby challenge in RT Ballpark. Before the taping, he held a press conference at Busch Stadium and attended a Cardinals game where he threw the first pitch. On that Sunday, hundreds of fans packed RT Ballpark in Ofallon, Mo. to check out Pujols and ONeal's challenge. The show aired on ABC on Sept. 1

8.Bret Hull makes NHL's Hall of Fame, Nov 2009

Former St. Louis Blues player Brett Hull was inducted into the NHL's Hall of Fame. With this feat, he made history when Hull became the first player in hockey history to make the Hall of Fame along with a family member (his father, Bobby Hull). In December, St. Louis Blues organization honored Hull by retiring his jersey at the Scott Trade Center.

Albert Pujols

Mark McGwire and Tony LaRussa

7. The St. Louis Cardinals Season

The St. Louis Cardinals made news this year from Albert Pujols' injuries, his controversial comments about continuing with the Cards to his many awards ( MVP and ESPN's Athelte of the Decade )to clinching the NL Central Division and going to the playoffs. Later in the year, manager Tony La Russa resigned a one year contract to return along with bringing in former Cards homerun slugger Mark McGwire as next years' hitting coach. Plus, there was negotiations whether to sign left fielder Matt Holliday to another deal.

6."Up in the Air" the movie/George Clooney in STL

From the auditions at Crestwood Center in January to the final wrapping scenes in April, this film was monumental for it being a Hollywood budgeted movie to be filmed mostly in St. Louis at and its biggest star George Clooney who resided briefly in Ladue and his public appearances at SubZero Bar after filming. The film, which tells the story of a man on a mission to rack up a million frequent flier miles, debuted in St Louis at the St. Louis International Film festival in November and is scheduled to air nationwide Dec. 25. The film was recently nominated for six Golden Globe Awards.

Chris Draft

Rush Limbaugh

5.The St. Louis Rams Season

The St. Louis Rams made news once again over their losing streak. (currently 1 win and 12 losses). Plus, the organization hired a new coach (Steve Spagnolio) and cut or traded many players from its roster (Torrie Holt, Pina Tinoisamoa, Chris Draft, Will Witherspoon, Chris Draft Hollis Thomas and recently Richie Incognito). Its star player Steven Jackson made news first for holding off until the last minute to sign with the Rams, his nagging injuries and his history making season becoming the first wide receiver in Rams history to rush 1,000 yards for five straight seasons. But one story that most people talked about was the speculation that controversial talk show host Rush Limbaugh, had an interest in part-owning the team after joining the investment team of ST. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts. After a public outcry from fans, Al Sharpton the NFL and some Rams players, the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said no go to Limbaugh being considered as part of the Checketts team.

4.Oprah events (KFC/co-producer of "Precious"/Summer Olympics lobby/retiring from talk show)

Chi-town talk show queen made headlines this year. The main newz story was the KFC free chicken coupon fiasco. To help make awareness on healthy food choices, the Oprah camp had a promo for the 2 piece grilled chicken deal with free coupons people could get on her website. Well, nationwide, folk went crazy in lines waiting for hours to cop free dinners causing a chicken and coupon shortage. Mid year, she was involved with film becoming a co-producer for the award winning film festival film, "Precious" (along with Tyler Perry) and voiced up for the hit animated film, "Princess and the Frog," joined President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Jackie Joyner Kersee to lobby in Coppanhagen to lobby to get the 2012 Summer Olympics (but Rio De Janero was selected). And later this year, she announced that she will retire from her Emmy Award winning daytime talk show in 2011 and focus on her own cable network.

3.The MLB All Star Game in STL July 2009

St. Louis got nationwide coverage in the sporting world when the city hosted the 2009 MLB All Star game that was played at Busch Stadium on July 14. Leading up to the game was a series of preview-game activities that week leading up to the event including a CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME with former major-leaguers and celebrities and a RED-CARPET SHOW on Market Street where Cards stars of the past and present (including Albert Pujols) participated where hundreds stood before a long red carpet that stretched two blocks and a HOME RUN DERBY. Before the game, Missouri native Sheryl Crow sang the National Anthem and President Barack Obama threw out the ceremonial first pitch. There were several star studded after parties as well, one which was thrown by St. Louis native Phillies star Ryan Howard's bash at Lumen. This was also the TOP STL A&E STORY OF THE YEAR.

2.Kanye West's interrupting Taylor Swift'
s acceptance speech at the VMAs, Sept. 2009

Chi-town rapper Kanye West made a big splash on the music scene this year with his fourth CD, "808s and Heartbreak," but all that was overshadowed when West made international headlines at the MTV Music Awards with his infamous mic upstaging during country teen superstar Taylor Swift’s win of best female Video, saying Beyonce should have won the award. Soon after the episode, West was nearly blackballed by fans and fans of Swift (even had President Obama's heavily tweeted, off the record comment "he is a jackass" making headlines) and to save face he administered an apology on his website and the Jay Leno Show and saying that he needed to take some time off. As a result of the "mic-nab" he was pulled from pop sensation Lady Gaga's Fame Tour after poor sales and Swift got revenge by spoofing the incident on her recent appearance on "Saturday Night Live." All was not negative for West--he got nominated for six Grammy Awards.



President Barack Obama gets sworn in as the 44th President after the Constitution in the Capitol Mall accompanied with First Lady Michelle Obama and children.

The first dance of President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama at the Inauguration Ball.

Former Chicago Senator Barack Obama, was sworn in as the 44th President (after the Constitution) of the United States on January 20, 2009 (during Martin Luther King B-day Weekend) in Washington DC. The event was historical with the Obamas becoming the first African Americans to live in the White House as well as Obama being touted as the first black President of the country. It was reported that well over 1.8 million people witnessed in the bitter cold the swearing in of Obama. As far as the arts of the event, Nielsen Media Research says 37.8 million TV viewers watched Tuesday's coverage -- the largest inaugural audience in decades. Obama's viewership is bigger than any Presidential Inauguration in 28 years. There also was a concert at the Lincoln Memorial performed by many popular singers including Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Mary j Blige celebrating the occasion.

The Inaugural Ball

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended 10 official inaugural balls during the evening. The Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, one of six balls held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, was the first stop of the evening for the President and First Lady. The Obamas danced their first song as Beyoncé Knowles serenaded them with her rendition of the Etta James classic, "At Last." According to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball was the first ball ever with free or affordable tickets, a contrast to recent history in which "inaugural balls generally have been closed to everyday Americans, populated instead by an exclusive circle of dignitaries and donors."

It was televised on ABC.

On a local level, there were many ST. Louis area politicians that were in DC for the festivities and after parties including the Impact Film Fund party, hosted by STL rapper Nelly and DJed by the Father of STL hip hop, Charlie Chan. The party was co-produced by Synergy.

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