38 minutes | Thursday, June 1, 2023
Frank Murphy is joined by his friend Kathryn Frady of Marble City Opera. Kathryn will sing the title role in Marble City Opera’s production of Susannah on June 8, 9, and 10, 2023.
Frank thinks he smells cigarettes from the work crew across the street because the whole-house fan is drawing in air through the open windows.
A work crew has been building a swimming pool across the street since March. Frank’s neighbor rented a port-a-potty for the workers. The neighbor’s children have been playing with their pool toys in the front yard while they wait for the pool to be finished.
Frank was in his pajamas working on his 104.9 LakeFM radio show when he got an email asking him to appear on Living East Tennessee on WATE-TV that afternoon. He got himself camera-ready and made it to WATE by 3:15. When he walked in, he blew an air kiss to Tala Shatara but new co-host Kerjan Donovan saw it and was surprised. Right before they began Frank’s interview, Kerjan noticed that Tala was still wearing earrings from an earlier segment with Kendra Scott jewelry.
This episode is sponsored by BoneZones.com (don’t forget the S). Buy books and other merchandise autographed by Body Farm founder Dr. Bill Bass at https://bonezones.com/ including Body Farm t-shirts. You can also get several of Sam Venable’s books, signed by the author and the new book by former UT counsel Ron Leadbetter.
Frank has already started editing new current events questions for the 2024 season of Tennessee Scholars’ Bowl. One of the producers at East Tennessee PBS has asked Frank to find funny segments from the 2023 season so they can use them in social media posts over the summer.
CBS Mornings recently had a segment about high school quiz shows. The reporter had been a quiz show contestant when he was in high school. The report featured some academic quiz shows that air on CBS affiliates in their markets. You can watch the report here: https://youtu.be/PRdCxMkTXyg
Kathryn attended the Opera America conference and spoke up about singers who want to work in management but still continue singing. It’s common among conductors but rare among singers. The industry mistakenly assumes singers going into management will give up singing.
Frank and his wife Jere went out to dinner for her birthday. The restaurant would not seat them without a reservation. Frank asked if he could make a reservation and got a reservation for twenty minutes later.
Kathryn will sing in a concert called Stalactites, Sopranos, & Stilettos at Cherokee Caverns on August 19, 2023. Season tickets are available at https://www.marblecityopera.com/events/seasonticket
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