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Jon Pousette-Dart Comes To Talking Hendrix

Jon Pousette-Dart Comes To Talking HendrixFriday Night on www.activatemedia.org 7-8 p.m.

By Ed Wrobleski

Our guest this week is singer/songwriter Jon Pousette-Dart:

Active as a performer/recording artist for over 40 years and counting, Jon founded The Pousette-Dart Band and carved a place in the landscape of American music in the 1970s. The band went on to record a series of albums for their label Capitol Records, two of which (Amnesia and Pousette-Dart Band 3) made the Billboard album chart. Their single “For Love” reached #83 on the Billboard singles chart in 1979.

They were a mainstay of album radio, a favorite on the college circuit, and became one of the busiest touring groups in the US working with such acts as The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, The Eagles, James Taylor, The J. Geils Band, Eddie Money, Manfred Mann, Jonathan Edwards, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Emmylou Harris, Gary Wright, Robert Palmer, Randy Newman, Journey, Billy Joel, NRBQ, and many more including the now famous Frampton Comes Alive tour and the progressive Yes Fragile tour – playing arenas from coast to coast.

While the original group disbanded in the early 80s, Jon kept performing with original drummer Eric Parker and continued writing and producing into the 90s, when he returned to Nashville to begin recording again on his own. He’s turned out five solo albums including 2015s “TALK”, a cohesive selection of his best songs to date.

Jon is currently touring solo, duo and with his highly entertaining band featuring newest member Malcom Gold (Sheryl Crow, Indie.Arie) on bass and harmony vocals, Eric Parker (Joe Cocker, Mick Taylor) on drums, and Jim Chapdelaine (Al Anderson, Phoebe Snow) on guitar/vocals, who co-produced several of Jon’s records.

You can catch John this upcoming saturday night April 27th at Center for the Arts natick massachusetts for more ticket information you can go to:


If you are unable to make this particular performance please go to John’s website and check out where he might be coming to a city or twon near you, it’s a show you definitely don’t want to miss.

Jon Pousette-Dart Official Website:


Jon Pousette-Dart Facebook Page:


Pousette-Dart Band – For Love video link:


So don’t forget to join us this friday night from 7-8 p.m. on:

and don’t forget to stay tuned in right after our show for Joe Vig’s non visual radio from 8-9 p.m. and joe always has some great guests.
This week’s guest is Alan Merill from the seventies rock band The Arrows, Alan also wrote the song and performed with the Arrows “I Love Rock and Roll”, which would later become a number one hit and career launcher for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. So please stay tuned-In right after our show for Non Visual Radio on:


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Source: Jon Pousette-Dart Comes To Talking Hendrix | Massapequa, NY Patch

‘So Overboard It Should Be Illegal’: Use of Facial Recognition in Airports Draws Anger

‘So Overboard It Should Be Illegal’: Use of Facial Recognition in Airports Draws Anger

It’s actually the U.S. government that’s implementing the biometric matching system that does all the hard analysis and crunching of the data.”

By: Eoin Higgins

A boarding technology for travelers using JetBlue is causing controversy due to a social media thread on the airline’s use of facial recognition. 

Last week, traveler MacKenzie Fegan described her experience with the biometric technology in a social media post that got the attention of JetBlue’s official Twitter account. 

In the exchange, which went viral, Fegan expressed her concern over the lack of communication from the airline about the technology and the lack of consent. 

“Instead of scanning my boarding pass or handing over my passport, I looked into a camera before being allowed down the jet bridge,” said Fegan. “Did facial recognition replace boarding passes, unbeknownst to me? Did I consent to this?”

“You’re able to opt out of this procedure, MacKenzie,” said JetBlue’s account. “Sorry if this made you feel uncomfortable.”

The airline rolled out the new technology at airports in Boston, Atlanta, New York, and Washington, D.C. in April 2017 and officially implemented facial recognition boarding in November at New York’s JFK Airport in November 2018.

JetBlue is relying on help from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as Sean Farrell, the portfolio director for government solutions at SITA, the company running the technology, explained in 2017.

“We’re basically capturing that picture at the boarding gate, providing it to U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” said Farrell. “They’re identifying the traveler.”

“It’s actually the U.S. government that’s implementing the biometric matching system that does all the hard analysis and crunching of the data,” Farrell added.

Biometric data functioning as a boarding pass is a technology being rolled out around the world as well—at airports in Europe, Asia, and expanding in America. 

“The improvement to security and the passenger experience are tremendously positive,” said SITA’s Sergio Colella, the company’s president for Europe. “It explains the growing interest in this solution from both airlines and airports in Europe and around the world.”

Kade Crockford, director of the ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Program, said that the use of biometric data technology for boarding planes was a misuse of a very powerful tool. 

“Honestly, using face surveillance in place of tickets in the boarding process is like flooding your entire block to water your garden,” said Crockford. “It might accomplish the goal, but it hurts you and everyone else in the process.”

“It’s so overboard it should be illegal,” they added. “Literally.”

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Source: ‘So Overboard It Should Be Illegal’: Use of Facial Recognition in Airports Draws Anger

Jodie Foster, Harvey Warfield, & Gary Private Talk On Non Visual

Jodie Foster, Harvey Warfield, & Gary Private Talk On Non VisualFriday Night on www.activatemedia.org

By Ed Wrobleski

This week actress, producer, and director Jodie Foster talks with host Joe Viglione about her 2011 film directed by her “The Beaver”, along with her career as well.

Joe’s second guest is one of Boston, Massachusetts well known radio djs Harvey Warfield, who will be talking about Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” along with other artists like the Music Machine known for their hit “Talk Talk”, and the group The Leaves who also had a hit with the song “Hey Joe”.

Joe’s third guest is singer/songwriter/actor/producer Gary Private:

Feb. 7th 1964 …….THE BEATLES LAND AT JFK
Born in Sheepshead Bay~ Brooklyn, New York 2nd gen Italian/American Gary Private started out as a drummer playing the N.Y. club circuit (Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s, The Coventry, Great Gildersleeves, The Peppermint Lounge, The Red Parrot, Studio 54, Le Twinkie Zone) etc; with many NYC bands (Legs Latreau, Dancer, Arrival) continuing on to front his own band. Signing a recording contract as singer/songwriter, G.Pvt. went on to record with Select Records.

Soon after a requested performance at Studio 54 (NYC) by and for Calvin Klein’s birthday party, he was signed by Atlantic Records which then released a remake of the Four Tops song “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.” The next record on Atlantic was “Secret Love” (now available on ITUNES, RHAPSODY etc…) which featured original songs written by Private. Following this, (4 albums and 7 singles) Private was featured on “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand” twice, “Playboy’s Girls of Rock-N-Roll”, Disney’s “Flight of the Navigator”, daytime soap “One Life To Live”, “Teen Beat magazine”, and “Billboard Magazine’s Top Album and Single picks”…….

Private’s worked with some of the greatest musicians in the world: My close friend & legend Frank Stallone, “The O’Jays T.M.Stevens” on bass, David Bowie’s “Stan Harrison” on sax, Uptown Horn’s Arno Hecht, Steely Dan’s “Elliott Randall” on guitar, Meatloaf’s “Bob Kulick”, & Steve Ress on guitar, John Gitano, Gus Sasso on drums, Frank Diorio on drums, and the greatest all time Rock-N-Roll bass player Kenny “Double A” Aaronson.

Through the years he collaborated many times off and on with the greatest all-round musician .. the brilliant Elliott Glenn.
Produced by Himself, E. Glenn, Steve Tyrell w/Barry Mann, David Kitay, Fred Munao and Rick Knowles…………….

In 2017-2018 Warner Brothers released 9 compilation albums, all with a Gary Private song on them, with artists:
Foreigner, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Duran Duran, INXS, Yes,
A-Ha, Pilot, Bad Company, Twisted Sister, Alice Cooper, Todd Rundgren,
Aretha Franklin, Vanilla Fudge, Jesus & Mary Chain, Foghat, The Monkees, The Ramones,
Grand Funk Railroad, Frankie Valli, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Jimmy Webb, George Benson, Echo & The Bunnymen, J. Geils, Al Jarreau and more….

Now acting, Appearing in films with talents such as: James Spader,Tom Berenger, Tom Sizemore, William Forsythe, Michael Biehn, David Proval, Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio, Michael Madsen, D.B Sweeney, Tony Lip, Carlo Rota, Nick Vallelonga, Frank Stallone, Francesco Quinn, Timothy Murphy, Stana Katic, Diane Verona, James Russo, Kelly Hu, Jim Belushi, Ron Gilbert, Tommy Tiny Lister, Eric Roberts, Robert Miano, James Cromwell, Tony Denison, Cory Feldman…etc & has done numerous sound tracks and voice overs, commercials (ex: Orbit Gum, Betty Crocker, Toyota. etc) music videos with Andrea Bocelli & GooGoosh! Also a supporting role in a theatre performance of “BROOKLN USA” directed by T.J.Castronovo…………

Appeared on Playboy’s “Fiction In Bed”! Directed by Bill Roe on The Blacklist scene with James Spader & worked many times with director and close pal Nick Vallelonga and much more.

Tune in this friday night from 8-9 p.m. for non visual radio with Joe Viglione on:


Source: Jodie Foster, Harvey Warfield, & Gary Private Talk On Non Visual | Massapequa, NY Patch