For all those who haven't heard, we have moved studios!!! I know, we have only been talking about moving for the past...uh.. forever; but, just so you know our new office is located at 50 W Broadway(300 S). So, I know what you're thinking and no, you can't pick up your prizes and concert tickets at the old Trolley Corners stations. We won't be there, so don't try. It is a giant building with "Broadway Media" on the side. You can't miss it.
It looks like this!
Broadway street(or 300 S, whatever you want to call it) is full of history. This new building/home to X96 is about to join this historic part of town. Let's take a look at what else is on Broadway!
Pictured above is the old Zephyr club, located on 301 S, West Temple. This club, closed since October 2003, used to be home many great live acts such as Morrisey, 311, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and many more. Now it just sits there and takes up space. There has been talk of turning it into a parking lot, but so far nothing has been done.
This old Deli was established in the 1960s by a german couple, the Linners. Since the death of founder, Erich Linner in 1993, Linner's hasn't had much business and is now closed.
Squatter's Pub(147 W Broadway) has become a hub for local brews in Salt Lake City and has been a longtime advocate of local business for the community and is powered by BlueSky wind power
Broadway Hotel was built shortly after the completion of two major rail depots in the city. Built circa 1905, this is on eof the earliest hotels in Salt Lake City.
Okay, enough with the history lessons. Now let's show you our office and our shiny new toys!!!
(Since when did we get an Atari in the new office?! Oh wait, it's just editing equipment. Maybe I can still get it to play some old pitfall games..)
You've seen them worn at the Twilight Concert Series, Motley Crue concerts, folks who hang out at piano bars or on middle-aged dudes who drive Corvettes. Now it's mainstream. X96 is proud to sponsor the first ever Yarn-Butt Con.
"It's a whole culture and way of life." - Susan Dazzle
As Salt Lake continues to grow we also continue to bring in larger conventions. Organizers for events that were once held in bigger, more cosmopolitan cities have discovered Utah. Times are changing along the Wasatch Front to the point where more and more people are saying things like, "Wow, Salt Lake is really growing up" or "Ya know, Salt Lake City really is coming into its own. Perhaps I'll open up a hotpot restaurant" or "What's Uber?"
There is no denying it. In a few years we won't even remember there once was an abandoned building standing where people over 30 told us the Zephyr Club used to be.
That is why X96 is proud to sponsor of the first annual Yarn-Butt Con.
Yarn-Butt aficionados will pack the 3rd hall on the West side of the Salt Palace Convention Center in late September to show off the latest in large-stitch technology. "It's not always the size of the stitch but the placement, curvature and even spacing that really make that yarn pop" said convention spokesperson, Susan Dazzle. "It's more than just pants though. It's a whole culture and way of life. Being this is the first year the con is in Salt Lake we really want to show not just the attendees, but the world, what yarn-butt is really all about."
For those of you who don't know, Yarn-Butt is when extra large stitching is used in jeans and the occasional shirt for a fashionable effect. It is sometimes accompanied by fake jewels either glued or fastened on to the denim for added eye-catching showiness. Yarn-Butt is often fashioned into dragons, Fleur de Lys, random dates that signify nothing or letters, which also signify nothing.
Nikki Peedles, yarn-butt consultant and former Pinterest expert.
Dazzle was proud to announce Nikki Peedles, yarn-butt consultant of the stars, will be making an appearance as the Grand Marshall of this year's con. She has worked for Bogart McConaughey, brother of Matthew, that guy you always see at the bar wearing guyliner and really shiny hair gel and that dude who cut you off in his illegally jacked-up F150 and the guy who can tell you which bronzer is the best for your particular skin tone.
"This is about expression through the stitching on your jeans. There's not a better way stand out and tell people who you really are in such a person way." exclaims Nikki. "Embroidery is radical, like throwing tea into a harbor, being a birther or being a Supreme Court Judge."
Accessory booths for wallet chains, spiked belts and bedazzled shirts will round out the convention.
Find more information about the movement and the First Annual Salt lake City Yarn-Butt Con by watching the official Yarn-Butt Con video here.
Kerry's Log 07/26/14:
Kerry finds himself in the midst of a Walking Dead apocalypse. Will Kerry and the Geek Show Podcast make it out alive? You should really just watch the video and see for yourself.
Kerry's Log 07/26/14:
Kerry and the Geek Show guys take a leap from the Assassin's Creed tower. Were ankles rolled? Did anyone chicken out? Can one of the Geek Show fellows actually fly? Watch the video to find out.
Kerry's Log 07/21/14:
Kerry is on his way with the Geek Show Podcast to the San Diego Comic Con International. Check out the sweet wheels Stockton 12 Honda set Kerry and the guys up with so they can roll down in comfort and style. Check out the video so you can see what name Kerry has bestowed their Odyssey with and keep coming back for more updates from THE Comic Con.
Kerry Jackson is heading to the San Diego Comic Con July 24th through the 27th. He's hitting the road in a new Honday Odyssey with his Geekshow Podcast cohorts and will be updating this page with news, video, pictures, interviews and all the geek you can get on you. Also, listen to Radio From Hell for updates during the con. Kerry's Odyssey to San Diego Comic Con is superpowered by Stockton 12 Honda.
Hey, Organized Intern here. Just wanted to remind you all, in case we haven't discussed it enough, that we're moving today! Which means that for the next week or two, things might go wrong... so it should be exactly what you're used to!!
But seriously, folks, the podcasts might not be up in a timely manner; if you call in - the interns might accidentally hang up on you; the live video feed may go in and out; the possibilities of what could go wrong are endless. So, please, be patient with us as we transition to the new (and hopefully MUCH MUCH BETTER) studio located at:
50 W Broadway (300 South) Salt Lake City, UT 84101
If you have any thoughts on how our magical new station can make your ear holes happy, you be sure to email Richie T firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know how.
And thanks for listening!
X Organized Intern
Fantasy Con took place last week July 3-5 at the Salt Palace and Radio From Hell sent their intern Hollywood Tim to experience the fantasy! Take it away, Tim!
Fantasy Con was packed with excitement from the start. The long line of fans dressed as various fantasy characters eagerly waited to get in and live out their fantasies. Packed with fantastic celebrity guests and a plethora of exhibits and interactive events, Fantasy Con had something for everybody.
The Fantasy Con Dragon
Welcome to Fantasy Con!
I started my day by checking out all of the booths in the Hall of Heroes. One of the best booths for kids was the “Fairy Tailored” booth where kids could get dressed up like their favorite princess. Every member of their staff was dressed as a Princess or Fairy Godmother making every kid excited to see their favorite princess.
For the adults there were so many great booths with collectibles, DVD’s, large walking monsters and more. One stop that everybody loved was our BFOP’s at Creature Encounters. Lucky visitors got to hold the snakes, bearded dragons, spiders and many other crawly creatures they had to see.
BFOP's from Creature Encounters
Fear Factory brought some of their creatures to wander arounds Fantasy Con that gave the unsuspecting fan quite the scare when they turned the corner to find the monster waiting for them.
The Free Archery Range was a very popular attraction with a continual line all weekend long for fans wanting to channel their inner Legolas and Katniss.
Throughout the main hall, there were plenty of props for fan photo ops. The most popular seemed to be the Jabba and Ewok props. Fans were able to take pictures with the beloved Star Wars characters while waiting to get in line for autographs with celebrity guests.
The panels during Fantasy Con were excellent. The cast of the hit SyFy show, ‘Lost Girl’ kicked things off Thursday morning with a hilarious and entertaining panel.
The cast of 'Lost Girl'
Sean Astin’s panel was definitely one to remember. The actor recounted many great stories from The Goonies, Rudy, The Lord of the Rings, and even the locally filmed movie, The Freemason. Two of the highlights of his panel were hearing Sean recite the speech his gave to Froto as Sam Wise in Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, as well as shouting “Goonies never say die!”
Following Sean Astin’s panel was The Hobbit Whose Line Is It Anyway, featuring members of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings cast. Graham McTavish, Jed Brophy, Ken Stott, John Callen, William Kircher, and Adam Brown entertained the crowd with stories on and off the set of both of the herald films, and insight about a special calendar that they had made for Director Peter Jackson.
The Hobbit Whose Line Is It Anyway
The much-anticipated arrival of the hilarious filmmaker Simon Pegg left everybody in attendance more than satisfied. Simon Pegg’s panel was hilarious as fans asked questions about his classic films from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. Simon gave the crowd an in depth discussion into the psyche of his well-written and beloved characters. For the film geeks in the audience, this was a great opportunity to learn from a great filmmaker about the lengths he goes to for great character development.
The last panel I attended was Mark Sheppard from Supernatural, Doctor Who, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. Mark’s main discussion was geared towards playing the character of Crowley in Supernatural. I must say, for being known as the King of Hell, Mark Sheppard was an incredibly nice guy. Mark didn’t have a moderator for his panel and spent the entire panel at the front of the stage with the crowd, where he would continually climb off the stage and hug members of the crowd and even talk to a little girl waiting for her mom to ask as question.
Overall, my entire Fantasy Con experience was excellent. If you weren’t able to make it out this year you truly missed out on a great party. I couldn’t have asked for a better time and can’t wait for next year’s event.
The Fantasy Con Rock Montster
The amazing Fantasy Con fountain
Thanks for having us Fantasy Con!
Follow Tim on Twitter @timdrake
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