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A Drunk Stuntman: From Busted to Blogging A Drunk Stuntman: From Busted to Blogging
When Local Hero Guitar player from the Drunk Stuntmen F. Alex Johnson got busted for DUI, he turned to the blogoshpere to chronicle his day to day journey from Drunk Stuntman to Sober Stuntman.

Why blog?

Has he fallen off the wagon?

The Stuntmen on the Tonight Show.

What does the Young@Heart chorus think of his blog?


Read The F. Alex Johnson blog

Check out The Drunk Stuntmen's new album

The Drunk Stuntmen and The Young@Heart Chorus on Ellen:




Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature risin'
Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature risin'
Lord Russ is Elvis. And in his new one man musical comedy,"Queen Elvis," Elvis is a transvestite.

Why does Elvis want to dress in drag?

Does Elvis live?

Check out the Lord at Northampton Pride.






The Town of Greenfield says...
The Town of Greenfield says...
..."If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say Don't Say Anything at all."

My mother taught me that and it seems that Greenfield politicians must never have anything nice to say about anyone. They wouldn't even acknowledge Jessia's interest in an open seat on the Town Council.

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YOUNG@HEART
YOUNG@HEART
It's ironic, I have never gone to see this old people chorus without crying like a baby. It is truly one of the most powerful musical experiences you will ever...experience? I'm actually starting to well up just thinking about them now. Reel it it, Monte. There. Listen in on a Young@Heart rehersal.

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Watch the movie trailer:


The Apostle Andrea Chasen
The Apostle Andrea Chasen
She Chasens and hastens Al Gore's will to make known. Alright, it's not "Al Gore's" will so much, but he certainly has gotten the message out. And he's trained a thousand disciples in the Inconvienient Gospel. Longmeadow's Andrea Chasen is one of those disciples.

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The Northamptonist
The Northamptonist
Paolo Mastrangelo. He has created a Community Audio Recording project and is mapping the City of Northampton with your phone calls.

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Check out The Northamptonist and The Map (in the Upper Left Hand Corner of the Screen)



<big>Al as Art<big>
Al as Art
Take enough walks through downtown Northampton and you're sure to see the infamous street person Al. And now you are as like to see Al transformed into an icon on newspaper boxes and lamp posts. Find out what the artist behind these stickers and his icon, Al, have to say about these stickers.

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Bad Ass: (n) Emily Brewster
Bad Ass: (n) Emily Brewster
She owns a laundromat. She owns the Rendezvous. And she makes sure that you've got the right definition for "Spaghetti Strap".

A new definition for the word "a".

New Slang: not just a Shins song anymore

<big><b>THE GODFATHER OF HOLE IN THE BUCKET...<b><big>
THE GODFATHER OF HOLE IN THE BUCKET...

...Dear, Liza. The Motown Bucket Man of Downtown Northampton.

Check out the Daily Collegian for more on the Bucketman


<big>WALLY<big>
WALLY

A MAN WHO'S PROOF THAT WORKING HARD CAN KEEP YOU YOUNG.


<big>ROB WEIR</big>
ROB WEIR

HE'S NOT THE "BOB WEIR" BUT HE DOES TEACH A CLASS ON THE DEAD.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE DEAD DOINGS AT UMASS


<big>FIGHTING HUNGER FEEDING HOPE<big> FIGHTING HUNGER FEEDING HOPE

Take an audio walking tour of the Food Bank of Western Mass with Jo Cummerford.

THE BANK OF FOOD

COLD TURKEY

TARGET HUNGER

WHO HUNGER IS


<big>THE FAMOUS JOHN FREY<big>
THE FAMOUS JOHN FREY
If you've ever gotten gas in Northampton, you've seen his autograph.

Now you'll know why:

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<big>COWBOY UP!</big>
COWBOY UP!
Opening Gaits Theraputic Riding Center in Gill helps people with disabilities learn to ride and connect with horses. They even let me ride.

Getting to know Trixie

My bum hurts.

They need to raise a bunch of money to continue to work that they do. Find out how you can help here:
OpeningGaitsTRC.org

Bonus material:

Watch a clip of me trotting on Youtube



One good way to raise money

Learning the in's and out's of a saddle

<big>NOT JUST AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS BROTHER<big> NOT JUST AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS BROTHER
John Elder Robison, the New York Times Best Selling Author Brother of New York Times Best Selling Author Augusten Burroughs. He's not a member of the KISS Army, but he created Ace's guitar.

<big>BRINGING NEW MEANING TO GOOD COFFEE</big> BRINGING NEW MEANING TO GOOD COFFEE
Dean Cycon who runs Dean's Beans brings the notion of "doing good, while doing well" to a whole new level, and he does it even though he isn't suffering from a ridiculous and obsessive coffe addiction, like some radio disc jockeys that I know.

Javatrekker

About the girl in the picture

Who is the real Juan Valdez?

Bonus stuff:
Learn about coffee's "Lord of the Rings"

Why Dean does what Dean does

Check out video from the Javatrekker on Youtube

<big>PEACE LOVE AND BEER<big> PEACE LOVE AND BEER
Who could ask for anything more. I guess food wouldn't hurt, but they've got that too. I got the inside scoop on the Northampton Brewery.

How a great beer is made.

How a great beer is drunk (that sounds funny but I think is proper grammar)

Beer makes people fall in love.

<big>AN OXFAM-ILY VACATION<big>
AN OXFAM-ILY VACATION
Nick Anderson is now a senior at Northfield Mount Hermon. Rather than staying at his school this summer and going to American Idol Camp, he became an American Youth Ambassador for Oxfam in Darfur.

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Learn more about Darfur, Oxfam and Nick's trip at
oxfamamerica.org

<big>WELCOME TO GUANTANAMO BAY<big>
WELCOME TO GUANTANAMO BAY
Buzz Eisenberg is an Ashfield, MA lawyer who is fighting for prisoners rights down to Guantanamo Bay. His accounts of what our goverment is doing might just scare the Habeus Crapus out of you.

Will Bush's wife and Mother get Gitmo gone?

The U.S. Department of Beffudling Obfuscation

Are there any actual terrorists in Guantanamo?


And check out my first conversation with Buzz from April, 2007

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Post Constitution USA

What can you do?

John W. Olver (Amherst)
Washington Address: Holyoke Address:
1027 Longworth 57 Suffolk Street, Suite 310
House Office Building Holyoke, MA 01040
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 413-532-7010
Phone: 202-225-5335 FAX: 413-532-6543
FAX: 202-226-1224
http://www.house.gov/olver


Massachusetts Senators in U.S. Congress
Edward M. Kennedy
Washington Address: Boston Address:
315 Russell Building Suite 2400
Senate Office Building JFK Federal Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 Boston, MA 02203
Phone: 202-224-4543 Phone: 617-565-3170
http://kennedy.senate.gov

John F. Kerry
Washington Address: Springfield Address:
304 Russell Building One Financial Plaza
Third Floor Springfield, MA 01103
Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 413-785-4610 or 4619
Phone: 202-224-2742 Boston Phone: 617-565-8519
FAX: 101-224-8525 FAX: 413-736-1049
http://kerry.senate.gov



<big>ARE YOU OUT THERE? CAN YOU HEAR THIS?<big>
ARE YOU OUT THERE? CAN YOU HEAR THIS?
Johnny Memphis. Homegrown, Pick-your-own, Birdsongs, "What did you have for Breakfast this morning?", The Riversound Cafe. For members of our Riverlution the name Johnny Memphis means a lot of different things. And after 21 years, he's leaving our airwaves. But who is the man behind the Memphis?

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<big>Sisyphys...<big>
Sisyphys...
...a rock that seemed too much to bear which he was never able to push up and over the mountain.
Many factors might lead people to believe that the "disabilities" and "differences" of these kids would keep them from ever graduating high school. But their teachers believed in them and they believed in themselves.
Now that they have graduated they have helped push their own seemingly unbearable stone over their first ridge.

<big>SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PAMPLONA AND CALCUTTA...</big> SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PAMPLONA AND CALCUTTA...
...is Brattleboro, VT. Where the cows don't try and run you down, nor do they just stand around and wander aimlessly. They stroll. Hence, The Strolling of The Heifers.

<big>WHAT A CARD<big>
WHAT A CARD
Andrew Card will receive an honorary degree from UMASS Amherst even though it seems that no one wants him to have it. Find out what two UMASS Professors have to say.

<big>2 BEE, OR NOT 2 BEE?<big>
2 BEE, OR NOT 2 BEE?
God, that headline is cheesy. Dan Conlon from Warm Colors Apiary gives us some local insight into the bee plague: Colony Collapse Disorder. Plus he lets me play with the bees.

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<big>JOIN THE CIRCUS<big>
JOIN THE CIRCUS
The Happy Pill Circus: featuring The Primate Fiasco and YOU!

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<big>CHERNOBYL VS  HER NIPPLE<big>
CHERNOBYL VS HER NIPPLE
Isabel Vinson sheds her clothes to shed light on the Pioneer Valley's nuclear issues in a project photographed by Remy Chevalier. The photo caused quite a stire when it appeard on the front page of the Brattleboro Reformer (story by Robert Audette). Listen to Isabel bare her soul.

<big>WIND</big>
WIND
Bill Henson moved to the Valley becasue UMASS is the place to go to study renewable energy. Can we make renewable energy work here in the Valley, where the technology is being developed?

How does wind work?

Would it work here?

The Thermo Police and what Ted Kennedy thinks

Bonus Material:

What got Bill into windmills?

What makes you an environmentalist?

Learn more about wind power here:
www.windpower.org Click the British flag for English

www.awea.org American Wind Energy website

Want to learn about some opposing views? www.saveoursound.org

<big>GREENFIELD ART TSAR WITH RUSSIAN MOVIE STAR<big>
GREENFIELD ART TSAR WITH RUSSIAN MOVIE STAR
Meet Ed. He runs the Pushkin on Main Street in Greenfield. He's turned an old bank into an art mecca with visual, performance art and music. Plus, he's a Russian Television executive!

Take a tour of the Pushkin

Check out what's on Russian TV

Miss Pioneer Valley Miss Pioneer Valley
THIS JUST IN!!!!!!!!

Miss Pioneer Valley achieves VICTORY in her quest to save the ESL program at the Jones Library

I didn't even know there was a "Miss Pioneer Valley," but turns out that there is. This real life Little Miss Sunshine is equal parts brains to beauty and she's got a cause.

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Bonus Material: The Pivot

If you are interested in the Miss Pioneer Valley Pageant, arranging an appearance by Amanda or Amanda's platform please contact Nicole Pajer at nicolepajer@hotmail.com

Helene Powers and Adam de le Barre Helene Powers and Adam de le Barre
I don't know anyone who doesn't know someone who has been touched by cancer. But here in the Valley we are lucky enough to have the Cancer Connection. Helene Powers show us how lucky.

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Bonus material: The Hawk

Visit the Cancer Connection

Tori, Tori, Tori Tori, Tori, Tori
Tori is a piano player, a singer, a friend, a student, an aspiring "American Idol", a lover of Italian food and she just happens to have a "disability" called Williams Syndrome. I don't think she let's the last descriptor define her. Listen for yourself:

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Bonus Material: Hear Tori's entire song for her grandfather.

p.s. That's not me singing in the picture, but it sure looks like me. Maybe I should work out.

Rollergirl
Rollergirl
I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates. You've got a brand new bruised tailbone.

Pink Panzer is one of the ladies in the Pioneer Valley Roller Derby find out how to booty block and if she feels bad when she needs to roll over her opponents.

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Is Turners Falls the next Northampton?
Is Turners Falls the next Northampton?
This Turners Falls Renaissance Woman thinks so.

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Photo: Emily Brewster

Profile of a Greenfield Wedding
Profile of a Greenfield Wedding
Trouble and Gouch, two die hard Riverlutionaries, invited me to their wedding. And they invited me to let you in on their love story.

The Wedding

The Reception

Bonus feature: Poem from the Ceremony


Photo by Dani Fine Photography

Locked Out!!!!
Locked Out!!!!
But luckily there was an anonymous Greenfield Good Samaritan on the scene.

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The Western Mass Circus of Sass
The Western Mass Circus of Sass
Meet Megan LaBonte. She's started her own circus. And she was nearly busted for having a hula hoop-a-thon. Who knew you needed a permit to hula hoop?

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Catch her Feb. 25th at the Really Big Show at the Academy in Northampton.

Salman Hameed
Salman Hameed
The very first "Profile from the Riverlution" a Pakistani transplate to our happy valley. An astronomy professor who lets us in on whether or not there is a God and which coffee shops to avoid.
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Part 2

And check out Salman's Blog



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