You are probably all sick of hearing about this pinball tournament from us by now. Well, it’s still going on, and will be until October 8th. Things are getting more intense, and now even News Channel 20 has caught on to our madness and has decided to cover the story. We appeared on the nightly news this past Sunday night. The article along with video clip online “Dumb Records Hosts Pinball Tournament” can be found online right here. From the article:
“It’s been a blast, it really had. It’s been a great way to just build community. We already have a great community downtown but it’s been a way to further that community,” said Tyler Smith, with the Public Market.
Brian Galecki, co-owner of Dumb Records says it’s a great way to have fun.
As you can see in the video, Dumb Records owner Brian Galecki’s mask has fallen down past his nose. Dumb Records the corporation acknowledges that this is not the appropriate wear to wear a facemask during this pandemic, and proper precautions are being made to notify owner Brian Galecki making sure this will never happen again.
This was definitely last week’s news, but did you know that our store was briefly on the news last week or so in a piece about WQNA and the newly formed Springfield Community Broadcasters? That’s right, and you can check out the clip online right here. Reporters talked with Ken Pacha at our space, Ken is host of Hiphophumpday airing Wednesday afternoons on WQNA 88.3 fm. From the piece:
Ken Pacha, a DJ at WQNA, said he feels the station is a big part of the community.
“It creates that connection not only between the people putting out the media and the people consuming it, but the artists themselves,” said Pacha. “It’s nice to hear about people that are right here next to you.”
If they’re successful, Pacha said they don’t know where they would set up shop because it can’t be in the Capital Career Center anymore.
There is an ongoing campaign to raise money for whatever is next for the programming on WQNA including The Dumb Records Radio Show which airs every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Our store is a drop off location for check and cash donations, and you can donate online as well right here.
As you know, last weekend was Record Store Day at Dumb Records (and also Recycled Records, the Elf Shelf, and millions of billions of other record stores around the globe). We got an unexpected visit from News Channel 20 in the store that day! The local news station interviewed corporate manager Brian Galecki (after he was finished playing with his giant orange ball head outside) about the importance of this special day. The segment aired all across the city of Springfield on the 10:00 news that magical night. Check that out right here online.
From the News Channel 20 website:
Dumb Records Owner, Brian Galecki, said records aren’t just about music but are a piece of art.
“It is about the music of course, a lot of people that have record players picking up albums,” said Galecki. “But it’s also a huge collectors aspect to it also, it also is a great way of highlight album art.
He says people of all ages came out to enjoy these classic vinyls.
The Black Sheep Research Team uncovered another great artifact. Paul from Channel 20 came out to Black Sheep Fest and shot some footage. It was meant to be some b-roll for that evenings news, but it didn’t make the cut. Luckily for you guys, the posted it to their website!
You can see some great footage of Lovecow before they went acoustic, Bo clapping, Brian smiling, and the Pound For Pound merch.
The link above is a News Channel 20 story featured on the news this past Wednesday. The City of Springfield has been rewarded a certain amount of money ($1.5 million a year for a few years) to go towards economic development in Springfield. Where the money will go is unknown right now, but the South Town Neighborhood Association is a candidate. The South Town Neighborhood Association currently includes Skank Skates, Artifacts, Clay’s Popeye’s Barbeque, and the Black Sheep. From News Channel 20:
The amount Springfield receives is based on a formula.
“Population, poverty, unemployment determines our annual funding,” Farmer said. “It’s been trending down the last few years. But we try to get the biggest bang for our administration’s dollars to help those in need.”
Farmer prioritizes the parts of the city that need the money the most.
“Typically those funds are used for emergency home repair, assistance for the disabled,” he said.
The money is awarded for a number of other uses, including demolition of boarded-up buildings and economic development.
The city also awards the funding for the creation of affordable housing.
People can come forward and apply for the money. The city will evaluate who’s eligible.
City council is scheduled to vote next week to officially accept the $1.5 million in grant money from the federal government.
We will keep you all updated on where the grant money is going and wether or not South Town is affected once we know more.