Rockland County’s Office of Tourism & Local Development debuts its newly-revamped “Talk Tourism” radio show this Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. on WRCR AM radio 1300. The first program features rock vocalist and 2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Darlene Love, who will talk about her career, connections to the county and upcoming concert.
“We’re delighted to have Rockland Tourism back on the air and in such a big way, with our first very special guest, Darlene Love,” CJ Miller, Rockland’s Tourism & Local Development coordinator and Tourism Talks hostess said. “We’re honored to host such a great contributor to music and to our county itself.”
Love will discuss her music including the 1960s hit, “He’s a Rebel,” and her recurring role in the “Lethal Weapon” movie series. The 1960s musical icon is also known for the holiday favorite, “Nobody Ought to be alone on Christmas,” from the 1992 movie “Home Alone 2” and performing backup on U2’s cover of the holiday single, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” in 1987.
Love makes a rare concert appearance on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, at Suffern’s Lafayette Theatre at 8 p.m. ArtsRock is sponsoring the performance, “Sounds Of Love” and tickets are available at www.artsrock.org.
The radio station caters to Rockland’s residents and businesses and Miller views it as an effective tool to promote the county’s events, attractions, historical sites and restaurants. The program scheduled Wednesday mornings for a 12 to 15 minute segment airs live.
“The mission of Rockland Tourism & Local Development is to provide cost effective marketing and promotion of the county’s many attractions and make visitors aware of all the great things happening right here in Rockland,” said Miller. “We believe this radio program will effectively increase that outreach and give tourists even more reasons to visit us.”
According to Miller, “Talk Tourism” will focus on interviews with event makers; Rockland celebrity chefs and business owners who help drive tourism revenue and bring in visitors. At the onset, Miller expects to contact potential guests directly but hopes to receive recommendation from the community. Those interested in appearing on the program can contact her at 845-708-7300 or firstname.lastname@example.org and check the web site for further details.
A grant from the I Love NY State Matching Funds program covers the approximate $5,000 cost of the radio show.