• 00:15

    A Sparkling New Year

    in Wine

    Wonder what the difference between Cava, Prosecco, Champagne and Sparkling wines are? Jennifer explains and takes the guesswork out of which bottle of bubbly to serve this New Year! Listen in and delight your guests with these wonderful suggestions.

  • 01:07

    Asti & Turin Italy with Marcella Serpa on Cruise with Bruce

    in Travel

    For more information on traveling to the Piedmont Region of Italy with Marcella Serpa and Bruce Oliver please visit http://www.CruiseWithBruce.com/
    Listen to Bruce Oliver and his guest, Marcella Serpa, talk about traveling to see the Shroud of Turin in Torino Italy and hear how Asti Spumante Sparkeling Wine is produced in Asti Italy. The Northwestern part of Italy is filled with vineyards, medevil castles and fortresses that still stand today. Learn more about staying overnight when you visit the Piedmont Region and it's capital Turin. Find out why you should look at traveling to the Piedmont Region the next time you visit Italy. In addition to seeing the Shroud of Turin and sampling some Asti Spumante you will enjoy the truffles that grow in the area and why they are considered a delicacy around the world.
    Marcella Serpa is an author from Asti, Italy who wrote a book about Connecticut Gov Ella Tambussi Grasso. Ella's family emigrated to the United States from Italy in 1903 and Ella was the first woman governor in the United States that didn't follow the footsteps of her husband. Ella grew up in Windsor Locks Connecticut just around the corner from my great grandparents who also came from the Piedmont Region of Italy. I worked on her first campaign as a college student for the office of the US House of Representatives from my district many years ago. In September of 2010, Marcella came with a group from Asti, Italy to Windsor Locks to deliver the English version of Marcella Serpa's book at a dedication of a chamber to Ella Grasso in the Windsor Locks Town Hall.

  • 01:00

    Artist Listening Party ~ The Smooth Voice of Lainie Cooke

    in Music

    About the Artist

    ” This lady can sing the blues. And ballads, and…well just about anything.”
    Jazz Improv, June 2008

    "Lainie can cook on the kind of quality standards she prefers-the Porter-Gershwin-Rodgers & Hart classics that challenge her dramatic bent for story-telling. She has an unerring ear for melodic invention and an instinctive feel for time that allows her to take unusual rhythmic liberties. And her intonation is 'right on.'" Jazz journalist, Harvey Siders, The Los Angeles Daily News, circa 1985

    Lainie’s career began at age three when she saw her first microphone. Love at first sight.

    Then came her first radio show at 6, first TV show at 11, and band singer at age 14. Recording artist took a little longer.

    When a real jazz singer comes along one can’t help but take notice. And when at the age of 60 Lainie released her first CD “Here’s to Life” (Harlemwood 0101) everyone took notice. Now, with the release of her second CD, “It’s Always You,” (Harlemwood 0108), Lainie lays claim to
    what she’s been working on her whole life.

    At thirteen Lainie won a city-wide talent contest in her hometown of Minneapolis: First prize - a trip to New York. On the corner of 47th & Broadway with traffic streaming by and bright lights dazzling her young eyes, she heard a voice - "Well, you're home now." It was prophetic.

    After two years at the University of Minnesota, as a Theatre Arts major, she left for Broadway and nightclubs, but her greatest successes came from commercials. Lots of them. For over 30 years she has been a successful voiceover artist. Credits include Jean Nate, Cremora, Asti Spumante, Ford, McDonald's, The Daily News, Mortons, Gillette, Massengil, Saveur, Ideal Toys,
    Boars Head, etc. to name but a very few, as well as dozens of nfommercials, Industrials, radio and TV promos to numerous to mention.
    (See show page for full bio)