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  • 00:56

    Literary Viewpoints with Fran Lewis

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    Author Katherine Hall Page will take center stage as I interview her and talk about her best selling mystery novel: Body in the Birches. Katherine is the author and creator of the Faith Fairchild mysteries and will be talking about how she created this character and how she adds a touch of her own special flavor or recipes to each book. So join me in the chat room for the discussion. Fran Lewis: Host and editor of MJ Magazine.

  • 00:14

    Lewis Hamilton, Vettel, Rosberg Lineup After F1 Qualifying Bahrain

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    It was a fascinating day in Bahrain during Formula One Qualifying. Mercedes champion and current master of the universe in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton did not disappoint as he easily cruised into pole position.  In four races, Hamilton has been on pole four times for a total of 42, which places him 4th on all times list of pole sitters.


    Following Hamilton was Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, and Valtteri Bottas. Two top drivers will dominate the front row on race day and fans will be in for a blockbuster.  Bottas Williams-Martini teammate Felipe Massa qualified 6th and Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo 7th.  Carlos Sainz Jr. with Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean with Lotus were, 9th and 10th respectively.


    As we last reported, the thorn in the side of the powerful Mercedes team will be, and is, the new and improved Ferrari team with former Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.


    Sahara Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg qualified 8th and Sergio Perez 11th.  Unfortunately for the McLaren-Honda team, Fernando Alonso made a gallant effort but was held at 14th, and Jenson Button’s car appeared to have some electrical issues preventing him from making it into Q3.  Red Bull Daniil Kvyat rolled into a sand trap at P3 and failed to make it past Q1.   


    Stay tuned to Xiro Xone News and F1 Sports

  • 00:16

    Formula One Rock Star Lewis Hamilton Wins Grand Prix Du Canada

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    Two-time record setting champion Lewis Hamilton won his fourth Formula One Grand Prix since the start of the season. Seven races in, Hamilton has turned in nothing short of excellent drives for the Mercedes AMG team giving them a comfortable lead towards their second, Team Constructors Championship.


    Crossing the finish line second was Nico Rosberg, to complete a Mercedes one-two, Valtteri Bottas with Williams-Martini third, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel both with Ferrari fourth and fifth, respectively.  Vettel started in 18th because he received a red flag infraction grid penalty, but skillfully worked his way up to, fifth. Rounding out the action on the track and in the points were, sixth place Felipe Massa who started 15th, Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado in his best showing in the last two years coming in seventh, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Red Bull Daniil Kvyat, and Frenchman Romain Grosjean who qualified fifth, finished tenth.


    Pole sitter, Lewis Hamilton, got off to a great start in the Formula One Grand Prix in Canada at, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a street circuit on the city's Ile Notre-Dame.  His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg had to fight for second at the starting line with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen trying to squeeze him out. Rosberg held his position and Raikkonen fell in behind Rosberg at third.


    It was a bad day for the McLaren team when exhaust problems ended the race for Fernando Alonso, and shortly thereafter, a drive thru penalty on Jenson Button lead to his early retirement.  Sauber’s Marcus Ericcson had a challenge for fourteenth with Max Verstappen finishing 15th and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, was 16th.


    Stay tuned to Xiro Xone News and Sports.  Next Race, Austria.

  • 00:15

    Lewis Hamilton Wins the Big Bad Battle in Bahrain at the Formula One Grand Prix

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    There was plenty of drama when the lights went down at the Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain.  The night race started with Mercedes pole sitter and champion, Lewis Hamilton out front.  Hamilton was followed by Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, who worked together to block Mercedes second driver, Nico Rosberg, from advancing from third to second, by pushing him back to fourth.  A determined Rosberg was not going to settle for third or fourth, so, in lap nine, Rosberg overtook Raikkonen and Vettel to claim second, while Hamilton remained the leader of the pack.


    In lap 35 when Rosberg emerged from a pit stop, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel leap frogged and got out in front, but could not stay there. Meanwhile, both Toro Rosso drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. were retired.


    By lap 47, it was Hamilton, Rosberg, Raikkonen, Bottas and Vettel in the top five.  Going into the final 7 laps, there was a fierce battle between Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen for second. Moving into lap 56 Raikkonen overtook Rosberg and claimed second, pushing Rosberg into third.  On the podium after the race, Raikkonen was disappointed that he had to settle for second, while fans wondered out loud if he was deluding himself into thinking he could have caught up with, and overtaken Hamilton, in the unstoppable Mercedes power unit.


    Crossing the finish line after the top three was Valtteri Bottas in fourth, Sebastian Vettel fifth, and Daniel Ricciardo who, barely made it across the finish line amidst a huge cloud of smoke bellowing from the back of his car. 


    Late Breaking News: The F1 race in Monza may be hanging in the wings. Like Germany, Monza has money problems.  The German automotive industry VW-Audi, did a study that showed tremendous support for an Audi F1 team, but, they dislike Bernie Egglestone so much, they refused to enter F1 as long as he is in control.

  • 00:52

    literay viewpoints with fran lewis

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    Author Mark Rubenstein takes the spotlight and will be joining me to discuss his latest release: Lover's Tango. What happens when a best selling author is accused of overdosing his wife with a blood thinner? What happens is the unthinkable as author Mark Rubenstein provides much food for thought and gives readers a fast paced, suspense filled novel that will keep you tangoing until you reach the very last page and the surprise ending. I am your host Fran Lewis: Welcome to Literary Viewpoints with Fran Lewis.


     

  • 00:15

    Lewis Hamilton Wins Singapore Grand Prix

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    A re-broadcast of Xiro Xone News and F1 Sport.


    Lewis Hamilton has fought tooth and nail all season for every point he has earned, and Sunday was no different. Lewis Hamilton is one of the most intelligent and skillful drivers that ever hit a Formula One track.  Hamilton drove 192 miles in a 61-lap race, under pressure from two Red Bulls, a Ferrari, and an 18-minute safety car.


    Hamilton's experience on the track and understanding of the car, along with smart tire strategy and better pit stops, kept him in the lead while tackling tight turns at top speed. Of course it can be said, his toughest fight was in Hungary when he went from pit lane to a third place podium finish, in spite of car trouble, and slow pit stops.


    Fighting back and in desperate need of a podium was Sebastian Vettel, with Red Bull. Four-time champion Vettel was not satisfied with third or fourth, so he ramped up his competitive nature and overtook team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to secure himself, a second place finish. Two impressive finishers gaining points for their teams were Fernando Alonso for Ferrari and Felipe Massa for Williams-Martini. Jean-Eric Vergne with Toro Rosso and Sergio Perez with Sahara Force India, came in sixth and seventh respectively.


    Next race, Suzuka, in Japan


    After Race Entertainment- Nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend will bring his blend of R&B and soul to the Formula One night race on Sunday. Also headlining, Jennifer Lopez at the Padang Stage and Six-time Grammy winner and Emmy winner Ziggy Marley will perform in Zones 1 and 4 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

  • 00:11

    "Focused Like A Jedi Knight" Lewis Hamilton Won The USGP in Austin Texas

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    Formula One champion race leader Lewis Hamilton drove a spectacular race Sunday at the USGP in Austin, Texas, at the Circuit of the Americas. He may not have started on pole but he crossed the finish line first, while his teammate and pole sitter Nico Rosberg sauntered in second, as if he were saving his best drive for the final race in Abu Dhabi, and the award of double points.


    This is the 32nd career victory for Hamilton who a Journalist with Xiro Xone News referred to as being “focused like a Jedi Knight.”


    The day started with a bevy of celebrities from stage and screen, and former racing champions from NASCAR, Indy Car and Formula One.  As the day moved on and the cars lined up in formation, fans were holding onto their seats to see if pole sitter Nico Rosberg was going to make a mistake and give Hamilton an opening, and Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo a chance to finish higher than third, and keep his championship hopes alive.


    Crossing the finish line after the two Mercedes drivers were, Daniel Ricciardo, Felipe Massa and his teammate, Valtteri Bottas.


    In other action on the track, Vijay Mallya, team principal for Force India works hard and spends a lot of money to keep and develop a Formula One team that can be the pride of India. He was understandably upset, when both of his drivers suffered a DNF during the race.  Sergio Perez made contact with Sauber driver, Adrian Sutil.  Nico Hulkemberg cruised to a self-imposed stop, due to drive shaft problems. Perez was given a seven-place grid penalty for his actions that will be served in Brazil, and has apologized to Sutil.


    Circuit of the Americas, the race promoters and staff did Texas proud and gave the more than 200K fans of Formula One a fun and exciting event.


     

  • 00:16

    44th Pole For Champion Lewis Hamilton During Qualifying at F1 Grand Prix Canada

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    Despite a bit of rain, it was a great day in Canada for two-time world champion Lewis Hamilton on Saturday during the Formula One Grand Prix Du Canada, qualifying session.  It was Hamilton’s 44th career pole position, which is the number he wears on his helmet and displays on his car.  Since the start of the 2015 season, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has been on pole for 6 out of seven races.  He won four races, came in second for two, and came in third, for the heart breaking Monaco race where he was set to win until, his team strategist called him in to pit for what some say, was an un-needed tire change in the last few laps. The move allowed his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, to win the race. Hamilton was disappointed but later said, “He prefers to look forward.”


    Qualifying second was Nico Rosberg, and third was Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. The man, who put Williams-Martini back on the map, Valtteri Bottas, qualified fourth.  Both Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean, and Pastor Maldonado, qualified fifth and sixth.  Force India drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez 7th and 10th.  Although Red Bull continues to struggle with the car, both drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat made the top ten.


    For the first time since the start of the season, Ferrari’s other driver and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel failed to get past Q1.  McLaren-Honda had celebrity actor Michael Douglas in their camp, but they did not have Jenson Button out on the track for qualifying due to, an ERS-related failure in the last practice session on Friday. Because he will be using his fifth engine for the year, the young rookie Dutchman, Max Verstappen, driver for Toro Rosso, will suffer a 10-place grid penalty, making him start 15th.   


    Stay tuned to Xiro Xone News and Sports.

  • 00:15

    World Champion Lewis Hamilton on Pole at the Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai

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    World Champion Lewis Hamilton is in pole position for the third time, since the start of the season. Racing in the beautiful city of Shanghai, Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton, will lead the pack on Sunday, at the Formula One Grand Prix China.  Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg pushed his way into second, leaving the Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, third and fourth.  Formula One teams, Mercedes AMG, Scuderia Ferrari, and Williams-Martini have started making moves on the track to build Championship Constructors points. Ferrari and Williams are poised to fight it out on the track, against the superiority of Mercedes.  Not to be ignored are the Red Bulls Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciard, or Sauber, whose drivers Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericcson made it into the top ten at qualifying.


    The Sahara Force India team is at the bottom of the heap, and may remain there until their upgraded packages arrive, mid season. Dropping off the pace at qualifying was McLaren.  When Fernando Alonso was asked about the performance of the McLaren Honda, he relied, “I enjoyed the session. All the updates we brought here seem to be working as we’d expected, and they’ve put us closer to the mid-pack. It’s very encouraging to see that we’re moving firmly in the right direction – it’s a question of time as to when we’ll become competitive.  “Obviously, we began the season from a lower starting point than some of the other teams, so it’s been easier for us to make quick improvements, but the team is so focused and determined to improve – that’s very impressive."


    Keep it tuned to Xiro Xone F1 Sports

  • 00:30

    Inside MLB - Remembering Darryl Hamilton

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    Tonight on Inside MLB your hosts Benson Fechter and Will McElhattan will be remembering Darry Hamilton on this very sad day where he was found dead in Pearland, Texas in an apparent murder-suicide. Fans remember you too can be a part of the show if you call in at (516) 666-9990 or enter our chatroom at www.blogtalkradio.com/insidemlb

  • 00:16

    Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton on Pole for 2015 Australian Grand Prix

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    Opening season for Formula One got off to an exciting start in Melbourne, Australia.  Two-time world champion kicked off the start of the weekend by grabbing the pole position. His teammate and closest rival, Nico Rosberg locked out the second position for a one-two Mercedes front row, for Sunday’s race. Teenage rookie, Max Verstappen was impressive on the track and made the top ten. However, the much anticipated McLaren-Honda debut was disappointing to fans and drivers, who had high expectations for the return of Honda in Formula One. Jenson Button did his best, and Fernando Alonso was still out for medical reasons.


    Red Bull lead driver Daniel Ricciardo will start in seventh position, while his former teammate, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, will start fourth. Ferrari seems poised; to give Williams and Red Bull a fight this season


    In more drama and woes on and off the track for Manor, formally Marussia, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi never made it onto the track for qualifying. While Sauber has been embroiled with a lawsuit over, which driver has a right to a seat, for the 2015 season? We will have additional details on the drama of both teams in the Xiro Xone F1 Report, on Sunday.