Can the Philanthropic initiative “Show Your Stripes” Survive I Heart Media’s Dark Days?

                  In 2013, I Heart Media proposed an initiative of using their radio, digital, and out-of-house (Public Service Announcements) resources to advocate the hiring of veterans to companies across the United States. They brought a number of famous musicians and celebrities including Elton John, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Ryan Seacrest, Mario Lopez, Trace Adkins and LL Cool J to tell the stories of veterans thriving after transitioning from the military. I Heart Media lived up to their promise with spending over 100 million dollars over the years on the “Hire Smart-Hire Vets” campaign. I would certainly say that this initiative has been pretty successful as the veterans’ unemployment rate has dropped from 6.6% in 2013 to a record low of 3.5% as of February 2018. Continue reading “Can the Philanthropic initiative “Show Your Stripes” Survive I Heart Media’s Dark Days?”

Sailor Jerri’s “Hallelujah” cover gains over 100 million views

In April of 2017, Navy Veteran Sailor Jerri released a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. She revised the lyrics from the original to pay tribute to military personnel currently deployed all around the world. Additionally, she used pictures for the video that fellow service members submitted. Her cover quickly went viral and gained over a 100 million views between Facebook and Youtube. Sailor Jerri is releasing her debut album “No Rules in Sight”, which will be available on iTunes April 14th. You can find a video of her cover below…

Glenn Miller at a Glance

Glenn Miller

 

Glenn Miller was an American big band leader, trombone player, and veteran. He was born in Clarinda, Iowa on March 1st, 1904. After early childhood the family moved to a small farm in Missouri. Miller used the money he saved up working on the farm to buy his first trombone around age 14, which he used to play in a local orchestra. Eventually, the family moved again to Colorado, where Miller would attend high school and eventually go on to attend the University of Colorado. Continue reading “Glenn Miller at a Glance”

Mike Lombardo and Oblivion Her Majesty

 

Mike Lombardo is currently a national guardsman and student at Rowan University in southern New Jersey. Lombardo is the drummer for the the progressive rock band “Oblivion Her Majesty” in Philadelphia. The band is an experimentation of “progressive/alternative rock with a futuristic, electronic edge” which they label in their upcoming album “space rock”. They record solely at Philly’s legendary Milkboy studio and played at the affiliate venue recently. The band performs throughout the region and has an EP release show at World Café Live later this month. Oblivion also has an anticipated festival performance later this year (more details to be released). They plan to release singles throughout the year and release their debut album in early 2019. Continue reading “Mike Lombardo and Oblivion Her Majesty”

Marine on a Mission

Former Marine John Preston has made it a mission to bring awareness to the alarming veteran suicide rate. He promises let mainstream media suppress his message to vets nationwide. After struggles with alcoholism and his brother unfortunately taking his own life, Preston has put his focus in the music industry to achieve his goal. Preston hopes to one day speak directly with Congress to force discussion of this epidemic. Continue reading “Marine on a Mission”