508 #116: I’m going to have a great summer

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel is Brendan Melican, Gabe Rollins, and Cha-Cha Connor.


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[1:08] Worcester police officer Mark Rojas’s personnel records and poetry were finally released to the T&G.

[3:03] Gabe has looked at the population densities of various cities and their metro areas to figure out 1) why he’s not excited about Austin 2) why Worcester has had such trouble developing its dense urban core.

[15:27] We flip through Worcester Magazine (new look for the website!) and the InCity Times.

[17:35] A cop car gets towed.

[17:48] Mike finds the T&G and WoMag calendars too general to be helpful.

[19:10] City Park Grille: “Why???? WHY!?!?!?!?!?”

[20:17] Gabe to new WoMag editor Danny Cross: “Who is your target demographic?”

[21:19] Ailing Worcester blogger Jeff Barnard was profiled in Dianne Williamson’s column this week.

[22:40] Brendan notices a missing security camera.

[23:50] Cha-Cha’s band is playing the Hotel Vernon Saturday night.

[24:24] Somebody is hammering something.

[25:19] Mike speaks to “general negativity on the internet.” Everyone becomes unaccountably positive.

[27:26] Mike is going to see the opera. (Update: He loved it. You too can see Worcester Opera Works’ production of Die Fledermaus Saturday or Sunday.)

Screw you, Worcester. I’m gonna have a great summer.

8 thoughts on “508 #116: I’m going to have a great summer”

  1. Worcester is okay-she a freak, that’s all. I’m me, get over it and Worcester is Worcester. She’s the kind you don’t take home to mother.Worcester’s the kinda girl you read about in Worcester Magazine-cept more freaky with me, not in a limousine. She’s a freak, but not always a supafreak. Whenever I make a move to her room it’s the right time, she’s never hard to please, she’s a very special girl from her head down to her feet. Worcester can be a very naughty girl, but she won’t let your spirits down once you get her off the street. She’s alright, that Worcester is alright, she’s alright with me…yeaaaaah. Worcester kinna freaky yoooow, always a freak to me. When I came here she had incense wine and candlllles, a very freaky scene, cause the electric was overdue. WoooooOOOOOOOooooOOOO. She likes the boys in the band, Worcester even likes me, cause she’a freak, she can be a supafreak.

    Please don’t chain my freak down, I like Worcester just the way she is-A FREAK BABY! She like a city but not, and all kinda womens up in her buildings-OOOOH THE WOMEN IN WORCESTER….all kinds of nationalities, you have no clue, that girl gets kinda wild now-THAT GIRL A SUPAFREAK! WORCESTER’S ALRIGHT WITH MEEEEEEYYAAAAH!

  2. McFaddens was once the home of Buck a Book, Bank of New England, and IIRC, Worcester Five Cents Savings Bank

  3. Goodness, Die Fledermaus was excellent. I meant to go on Saturday, but had to work, so I went on Sunday afternoon, and it was tremendous.

    Of course, I can’t just live a life of Strauss-filled ecstacy, so diagonally in back of me were two opera snobs.

    The wife: “They’re doing it in TRANSLATION?!? You don’t get the same sense as the German.”

    After the second intermission, she was confused about why the lawyer was stuttering.

    The husband: “Strauss wrote the part of the lawyer as a stutterer.”

    So, potential opera snobs: if you’re going to graduate to real snobbitude, please know a bit about the opera for which you will be snobby.

    I was cheered, however, that the audience had a good deal of people from a local nursing home; it warms my heart to think that I might be ninety and have someone wheel me into a three hour opera.

    I was looking forward to Gabe appearing on 508 & he (and you all) did not disappoint. As always, great listening.

  4. I think this is THE best Worcester, Massachusetts I’ve ever been to. Not even a question.

    Mike, I think the type of calendar you’re talking about is absolutely doable — especially online. Look what Pandora did with the Music Genome Project. I can punch up Ray Lamontagne and then spend the next hour listening to a slew of artists both familiar and unfamiliar to me and think, “hey, I like all of this.” It seems technologically possible to create a local online calendar where I can tell it I like jazz music, fresh produce and Romanticism art and get a calendar that shows me an upcoming performance at Nick’s, the farmer’s market on Main Street and a new exhibition at WAM along with a bunch of other stuff that people who like these things generally like as well.

    To Gabe’s comment about target demographics for WoMag: I have a study in a box somewhere in my garage (yeah, OK, I took a few pens while walking out the door, too) that took a look at WoMag’s audience. There was a large following of people in their 20s, a big valley and then another large contingent of people in their 40s and 50s. One of the unique things about that publication/website is that it has these two very distinct target audiences. It really goes back to your discussion about Worcester — it’s just kind of unique unto itself. And if Danny Cross is reading, congrats and best of luck to you.

  5. Noah — I think even something more low-tech, print-wise could happen.

    What I’m thinking of is something along the lines of those ridiculous charts they have in Vanity Fair…less like this, and more like one of those charts that has people’s cut-out heads, and categories like “best friend” and “favorite place to buy handbags.”

    So, you could have column headings that are by, say, literary character or movie/TV character (though not the same every week), and categories like, “What to Watch”, “Where to Shop”, “Where to Eat”, etc. (Though I think that’s a bit twee.)

    Or — perhaps — instead of the “people on the street” questions about who their favorite Red Sox player is, you have a list of ten questions (“What are you going to do this weekend?”, “Whose pizza do you recommend?”) that you ask people on the street (or, better yet, have a diverse panel with excellent taste) and put it in a column. (But it can’t be all “from the Clark Campus” or “on Main Street”; I want to hear what the 60-somethings are doing and liking as well as the 20-somethings.)

    I’d also like Mike to expand a bit on exactly what he wants, though.

  6. the library’s open on Saturday, why can’t they lock/unlock the tables? Union Station is open as well

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