Music educator Ivan Trevino (right) leads band practice for M5 Networks employees in Rochester, N.Y., who will play against other branches in a battle of the bands. The telecom company says it wants its employees to learn new things (and stay happy).
It's 4 o'clock on a Thursday, and instead of sitting in front of computer screens, a group of software engineers and customer service reps from M5 Networks is in the middle of band practice.
M5 is a telecom company based in New York City that offers Internet phone services. But it offers something else for its employees: At the Rochester, N.Y., office of M5, workers are gearing up for a companywide battle of the bands against other branches.
The U.S. Department of Interior has moved forward with a plan to ban new mining claims on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon. Congressional Republicans tried to block efforts to limit mining operations in an area known for high-grade uranium ore. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar finalized the 20-year ban on new mining claims on public land surrounding the Grand Canyon on Monday.
This week Radio Cosmopolis celebrates its second anniversary with an eclectic mix of new and vintage music, including a tribute to the recently deceased Cesaria Evora and tunes by Fool's Gold, Omar Souleyman, Sola Rosa, and many others.
On the show this week, I feature the 14th stellar album from Alison Krauss and Union Station, as well as the latest album from the one-and-only Dr. Ralph Stanley. I’ll also play songs from new releases by Donna Ulisse, James Reams, and John Reischmann, to name just a few. Tune in and listen this Saturday at 8pm for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.