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Myke Johns

Producer

Myke Johns was hired in 2006 to edit for a few hours a week. Since then, he has run through traffic on Marietta Streetridden shotgun in a speeding racecar, and spent many late nights with actors and athletes alike.

His work has won awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Georgia APME.

In addition to his reckless behavior here, he also serves as co-producer of WRITE CLUB Atlanta, a competitive philanthropic literary event.

Ways to Connect

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” –personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans. This is storytelling at its most intimate, delivered without scripts or notes of any kind.

Shannon McNeal grew up listening to her grandfather telling tales about their family. She inherited his talent for spinning tragedy into comedy and loves to share her stories about growing up in Alabama and her adventures after moving to Atlanta. Here she is in our studios with her story about her “Torch for the Lord.”

Darling! City Café Meets Auntie Mame

Apr 11, 2012
Photo by Tom Gillespie

Since the release of the 1955 novel Auntie Mame, the title character of author Patrick Dennis’ book has been portrayed in stage and screen versions of the story by the likes of Rosalind Russell, Angela Lansbury and Lucille Ball.  As of this week, you can add to that list, Topher Payne

Grown Up Red Riding Hood

Apr 10, 2012

The story of Little Red Riding Hood exists safely in the realm of fairy tales, with a ravenous talking wolf, a heroic Huntsman, and a basket full of goodies. The arts organization SAÏAH decided that there was more to the story than just a children’s story and have created Rua | Wülf, a new take on the tale that combines theater and performance art on the grounds of the Goat Farm outside of midtown.

Every two years, the Townsend Prize is given to the best work of fiction written by a Georgia author. This bi-annum’s winner is set to be announced in a ceremony on April 26th. But right now, the nominees have been carefully pared down to a list of ten books. With a thirty year history and a list of past winners which includes Celestine Sibley, Alice Walker and Ferrol Sams.

photo by Bolis Cooper

David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow premiered on Broadway back in 1988 and quickly garnered several Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Play.

This week, Atlanta’s Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theater opens their production of the show, which pulls back the curtain on the ballet of ego and politics that is the Hollywood movie industry.

Atlanta Gets Rebuilt at Phipps Plaza

Apr 2, 2012
Photo by: Sonny Abesamis | Flickr.com

Building things out of Lego bricks is a nearly universal childhood experience. The interlocking plastic blocks came out of Denmark in 1949 and have spread to toy boxes and living room floors the world over ever since.  One way the company has been banking on the toy’s popularity is by opening a number of Lego-themed attractions around the world.

Atlanta musician Jeffrey Bützer has been playing solo around town since 2005. He’s one of the guys behind the popular Charlie Brown Christmas shows that have taken place at the EARL for the past four years. This weekend, Bützer—a pianist, accordionist, drummer, guitarist…et cetera, is putting out his first 7 inch record.

Marta Bus Driver

Mar 25, 2012

The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority operates a fleet of 554 buses running 120 routes which serve Fulton & DeKalb counties.

Jane Little

Mar 25, 2012

Jane Little has been a double-bassist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for sixty three years--making her the only musician who has been with the ASO since the beginning.

The East Atlanta Farmers Market was started in 2006 and operates about seven months out of the year. 

The market offers a mix of locally-grown produce and other readymade products like bread, cheese and soaps.

Braves Organist

Mar 25, 2012
Matt Kaminski, organist for the Atlanta Braves
Myke Johns / WABE

The Atlanta Braves' home of Turner Field may be a state-of-the-art park, with giant LED screens and an enormous sound system, but as you're watching a game--even though you may not be aware of it--the sound of the traditional organ can still be heard pumping up the crowd as players make their way to the batter's box. We paid a visit to Matthew Kaminski, the man behind the keys. Follow Matt on Twitter (and send him requests) here!

Kendo

Mar 25, 2012

Kendo--"The way of the sword"--is the art of Japanese fencing. The Georgia Kendo Alliance, founded in 1977, holds beginner, intermediate and advanced classes throughout the week.

Amtrak

Mar 25, 2012

Built in 1908, this train station in Atlanta was really only designed to be a commuter stop. The Atlanta Amtrak Station, still referred to as Brookwood Station, was designed by Neel Reid, a prominent architect in Atlanta in the early 20th century.

Handel's Messiah is one of the Christian world's most popular musical works ever. Containing hummable tunes, rousing choruses, virtuoso arias, and deeply spiritual texts, the full piece clocks in at around two hours.

In 2008, an Irish accordionist by the name of Liam O’Connor set the Guinness Record for the “fastest fingers in the world.”  Liam played an amazing 11.64 notes per second.

It's an election year and for some families, this week's Super Tuesday vote has been part of dinner conversations around Atlanta. As the election season continues, Youth Radio's Rebecca Gittelson wondered what kind of intergenerational conversations might be happening about politics and how young voters are shaped by their parents.

While the High Museum continues its celebration of the modern masters and contemporary upstarts up on the second and third floors, there is a much more subdued—but no less impressive—exhibit in the lower level of the Weiland Pavilion. It’s the work of folk artist Bill Traylor, a homeless man who spent most of his days on the streets of Montgomery, Alabama, drawing the people, animals and landmarks around him.

Roald Dahl’s 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been adapted numerous times—perhaps most memorably in the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder as the gleefully enigmatic chocolatier Willy Wonka.  That story of one fateful trip to a candy factory is now coming to the opera stage—the Atlanta Opera has mounted a production of The Golden Ticket, and WABE's John Lemley spoke with their cast and crew about the show.

Spivey Organ

Mar 2, 2012

Clayton State University's Spivey Hall is home to the Albert Schweitzer Memorial Pipe Organ, a 79-rank, 3-manual, 4,413-pipe organ, built and installed by the firm of Fratelli Ruffatti, based in Padua, Italy.

Richard Morris served as a consultant during the organ's installation and has served as Spivey's organist-in-residence since 1994.

Fire Dancer

Mar 2, 2012

The Imperial OPA Circus is comprised of acrobats, contortionists, comedians, puppeteers, musicians and several fire dancers. CLICK HERE to see a video of the fire dancer in action.

Sunday, March 4 at 8:00 pm

The Alliance Theater's Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition awards student playwrights with professional productions of their work. This year the honor went to Yale School of Drama graduate Megan Miroshnik. Her play, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls,  opens this week. WABE's Myke Johns has the story.

We make our own bluegrass ruckus with a man who makes cigar box guitars.

Atlanta, GA – Homemade instruments have been a longtime staple for poor musicians throughout history. Starting sometime in the 1840s, the cigar box became a favorite raw material for folks who wanted to play banjo, fiddle or guitar but couldn't afford one.

Literary Death Match

Sep 9, 2009
Michael Muhammad Knight
Michael Muhammad Knight

The Decatur Book Festival this past weekend saw some interesting events that you wouldn't normally associate with literature and books?none were more far out there than the Literary Death Match

Listen to an extended Atlanta Sounds as we go behind the projector at the Starlight Six Drive-In Theater

Atlanta, GA – Starlight Six Drive-in was built in 1950. Its the last drive-in theater in Atlanta. They show double-feature first run movies. Unlike years ago, where movie goers heard films through parking meter like speakers, today people tune into the onscreen image with their car radio.

Listen to an extended Atlanta Sounds with a MARTA train operator

Atlanta, GA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority was created in 1965 and now the 9th largest transit system in the US with a service population of over 1.5 million.

You can submit your ideas for Atlanta Sounds, here.

Listen to an extended Atlanta Sounds about a a visit to a local square dance.

Atlanta, GA – There are fifteen clubs included in the Metro Atlanta Square Dancers Association, Atlanta Sounds visited the Peachtree Squares. The caller heard here is Dan Mitchell.

MASDA teaches and participates in Modern Western square dancing, which was established in the 1930s and '40s by Colorado teacher Lloyd Shaw, though traditional square dancing has roots in 17th century European folk dance.

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