Randy Krbechek's Metronews
June 11, 1997
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Let's start with a review of a kids' CD ROM game, courtesy
of the ever-lovely Gail:
The Adventures of
Batman and Robin Activity Center
- Ages 5 & up) -- Are you up for the challenge? Can you contain
the chaos that is unleashed on Gotham City? Then this
interactive CD ROM will meet and exceed your expectations.
The game begins as the world's most notorious criminals have
escaped from Arkham Asylum. To capture these villains, you must
find clues by completing activities from three skill levels.
Catch all 11 criminals by playing a set of logic and memory games
(one for each criminal) in Wayne Manor, the Batcave, Gotham City,
and the Batcomputer.
Batman, Robin, and Alfred offer help along the way; plus,
Batman's Utility Belt holds the necessary clues until the
Batcomputer can discover the criminals' hideouts.
The choice is yours; do you want to be a scientist and mix
up the right chemical combination for a laughing venom antidote?
The Joker challenges you to a duel of concentration skills; or
how about unscrambling the pictures of Batman, Robin and your
Can you see in the dark? Then try to find your way through
Gotham City's underground maze. Are you able to tell the
difference between real and fake jewelry? Two-Face is up to the
challenge. And put the pedal to the metal and drive the
Batmobile through Gotham City to catch Mr. Freeze!
These and other engaging activities will keep your interest
peaked for hours. The entertainment never ceases with the
continual interaction and exchange between the superhereos and
"Don't strain your brain," says Two-Face. Get this
entertaining CD for the Batman fans in your family.
Arbitron Radio Ratings --
According to the Spring 1997
Arbitron survey, the top ten radio stations in Fresno for January
2 through March 26, 1997 are as follows:
While the Big Three remain unchanged, the Spring book
(released just last week) shows hope for pop and rock.
| 1. ||KMJ (AM 580) ||11.6%
| 2. ||KBOS (FM 94.9) ||8.2%
| 3. ||KJWL (FM 99.3) ||6.1%
| 4. ||KVSR (FM 101.1) ||5.6%
| 5. ||KRZR (FM 103.7) ||5.2% (tie)
| 5. ||KLBN (FM 105.1) ||5.2% (tie)
| 7. ||KSKS (FM 93.7) ||4.9%
| 8. ||KTHT (FM 102.7) ||4.5%
| 9. ||KFSO (FM 92.9) ||3.9% (tie)
| 9. ||KJOI (FM 98.9) ||3.9% (tie)
Not surprisingly, KMJ (talk & news) holds at number one
(while its market share tumbles from 13.3), KBOS (CHR --
"contemporary hit radio") remains at number two (with a decrease
from its winter 8.9 share), and KJWL (easy listening stars of the
40s and 50s) stands at number three (as its market share rises
slightly from 5.7).
The next spots bring encouragement for fans of new music, as
fresh face KVSR ("Star 101" -- modern adult contemporary) edges
out KLBN (Spanish) and KRZR (AOR -- "album oriented rock").
KVSR (the old "Outlaw Country") has only been around from
two quarters, yet it shows broad pop appeal. And rocker KRZR has
finally ended last year's ratings decline, which found them
falling from fourth to ninth position. Meanwhile, KFRR (modern
rock) still can't get its act together, with an anemic 2.9 share.
KSKS ("the new KISS country") holds at number seven
(although its share is up nicely from the winter book 4.0), and
number eight KTHT (adult contemporary) continues its yo-yo
performance; it was number five last summer, yet fell completely
out of the top ten in the fall quarter.
Rounding out the top ten are KFSO (oldies) (another uneven
performer, dropping big from number five last quarter) and KJOI
(adult contemporary), down one place from the fall book.
Two stations were displaced from the hot list: KOQO
(Spanish) and KNAX ("Kickin' Country"), which were tied for tenth
Required Legend -- These ratings are copyrighted by Arbitron,
and are based on the percentage of listening audience ages 12 and over
tuned in during any 15-minute period from 6 A.M. to midnight on Monday
Jimmy LaFave, Road Novel (Bohemia Beat/Rounder 1997) - The
list of Texas singer songwriters never seems to end. Add Jimmy
LaFave to the roster with Road Novel. The 15 songs on the album
cover the vagaries and majesty of life on the road, from "Vast
Stretches of Broken Heart" to "Long Ago With Miles Between" to
"The Open Space."
Also included is "Home Sweet Oklahoma" by Leon Russell and
Bob Dylan's "Buckets of Rain." LaFave's vocal technique is
reminiscent of Steve Forbert, another folk-based tunesmith.
However, Forbert's material is generally stronger and more
introspective, as LaFave too often deals with cliched sentiments.
Nonetheless, fans of the great wide open will enjoy Road Novel.
-- Randy Krbechek
Copyright (c) Randy
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