President Barack Obama is headed to Michigan State University today, where he'll sign the farm bill and talk about its importance to the nation's economy ... While it's not open to the public, you can watch his speech live in the video stream below. Local television stations -- including WLNS 6, ABC 53 and WILX 10 -- will interrupt regular programming to broadcast Obama's visit.
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Radio joins TV to celebrate 50th anniversary of The Beatles in America
Fifty years ago today, February 7th 1964, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, launching the British Invasion and Beatlemania into the stratosphere. Two nights later, the foursome took to the took to the stage of the Ed Sullivan Show where their performance was watched by 73 million across the country. Radio stations across North America are celebrating all weekend, including in Metro Detroit:
- Bell Media's Oldies CKWW AM 580 Windsor / Detroit will feature a Beatles Invasion Weekend, taking a look back and pour through AM 580's music library to feature tons of music from "The Fab Four" as well as historical clips from the era and much more.
The station will also air a special edition of the weekly "Breakfast with the Beatles" show. Host Dennis Mitchell will re-create the evening of the Beatles debut on American TV by airing all of the audio from the group's Ed Sullivan Show February 9 1964 appearance along with interviews with some of the people who were in the audience of screaming fans. He will even air vintage commercials that ran during the TV show along with many more surprises.
Also, "Shake, Rattle Showtime", which airs Saturday morning from 10 -Noon, will feature a special hour-long edition of Steve Mitchell's" Roots of Rock" from 11- Noon. It will re-visit the historic occasion of the Beatles landing in the USA, provide highlights of the group's evolution to this point, Beatles music and commentary from "the lads".
- CBS Radio's Classic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit will count down their top 104 Beatles songs at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The countdown list was compiled from airplay and requests on WOMC over the years.
WOMC program director Tim Roberts commented, "This truly is an amazing weekend and WOMC is excited to be part of a worldwide salute to the Beatles. We're highlighting their hits all weekend long and then we'll countdown the top 104 Fab Four songs that we all know and love on the weekend that changed America!"
- Greater Media's Classic Rock WCSX-FM will feature a Beatles-themed Triple Shot Weekend, highlighted with CD giveaways with one winner receiving a deluxe collectors edition Beatles U.S. Albums box set which includes a 64 page booklet and a pair of tickets to see Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at the Fox Theater on March 8th.
- Nationally, SiriusXM Radio kicks off "64 on 6" on it's Channel 6 starting at 3 p.m. today. The special programming will highlight the biggest British hits of 1964 along with a live broadcast from Cousin Brucie from The Fest For Beatles Fans 2014 in New York City on Saturday, February 8th, from 6 - 9 p.m. ET. The event will feature live performances as well as interviews with special guests and audience members as they reminisce on their favorite memories of 1964. Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman's Hermits, will host a show featuring British hits of 1964 and the channel's weekly Satellite Survey Show is featuring a 1964 special.
- On television, the biggest highlight will be the CBS Television special from the Ed Sullivan Theater "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be among the performers.