This marked the 95th year of the Ripley County Boys Basketball Tournament. This was the 44th Girls Basketball Tournament. The original boys tournament did not include Batesville. There were 8 other schools in the county, and the logistics of 8 teams was much more favorable for a tournament than a 9th team. Batesville was not added to the tournament until the early 1960’s. When I graduated in 1958, Batesville was still not a part of this tournament. By 1962 consolidation had reduced the number of county schools, so Batesville was added first, and then East Central and South Dearborn.When East Central and South Dearborn were added, an outcry erupted because it was no longer a Ripley County Tourney–although East Central has some Ripley County students. It was decided then to go back to the 4 schools who were the basic Ripley County Schools.There was not a boys tournament in 1927, 28, & 29. Historians tell me there was a disagreement in the county over the 1926 tournament. Evidently, it was so heated that they took 3 years off before resuming in 1930. That gives you some idea of the history of the longest-running basketball tournament in the state of Indiana.
Versailles, IN—Sgt. Stephen Wheeles is at it again saving the day, but this time he saved the life of a four-legged creature. Wheeles posted on Facebook that he was called to I-65 near Seymour for a report of a can wandering in and out of traffic. When he got there he found the black cat hunched at the side of the interstate with its head stuck inside a can. It took some wrangling and a bit of a fight, but Wheeles was eventually able to get the can off of its head so the cat could run to safety and away from traffic. His hand, however, took a few scratches in the rescue.
LED by an attacking century from opener Ramo Malone, Floodlights emerged to a seven-wicket win over 4R when the two teams battled in a 20-over softball game last Friday evening, under lights at the Demerara Cricket Club ground.Malone innings was the backbone in Floodlights’ successful run chase of 268. They eventually reached 269-3 in 19.3 overs, with Malone contributing 105 to the winning total.Malone smashed four fours and ten sixes, and shared 120 runs with Patrick Khan for the first wicket. Khan made 72, inclusive of five fours and seven sixes. Imtiaz Baksh made an unbeaten 22 not out at the back end of the innings, while Richard Persaud scored 13.Earlier, after winning the toss, 4R skipper Ricky Deonarain stroked an even century, after they were reduced to 25-3.Deonarain and Yunnis Yusuf (57) put together 110 for the sixth-wicket. Deonarain struck seven fours and nine maximums before he retired, while other useful contributions came from Richie Deonarain 21, William Plummer 17 and Khalid Baksh 16. Petamber Persaud had 3-29 and Jailall Deodass 2-26.Malone was named man-of-the-match.
With their second weekend at home in the books, the No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team victoriously slid past the Bemidji State University Beavers, sweeping them 5-0 and 6-0.This weekend’s sweep was predominately due to the efforts of Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens. Desbiens not only earned two more shutouts this weekend, but with her 44th shutout Sunday, officially clinched the NCAA career shutout record of 43.Desbiens blocked 36 attempts at goal this weekend, helping her team remain scoreless through six intense periods of play. She also managed to hold down the net while the Badgers killed nine penalties between the two games.Women’s hockey: Desbiens, Cogan earn awards as Badgers climb to No. 1Although the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is off this weekend, the Badgers are still making noise in the rankings, on Read…This accolade for Desbiens will complete a phenomenal series of accomplishments that the Badger goaltender has made since coming to Wisconsin. It is not something that Desbiens had planned from the beginning, and it is still something that shocks her when she looks back at it.“It’s kind of impressive,” Desbiens said. “It not something I would have thought about when I got here four years ago.”Desbiens’ team couldn’t be more proud of her at this moment, especially her head coach Mark Johnson. Johnson took a few minutes to compliment his star goaltender on her efforts.“Last year was a real special year for [Desbiens] as an individual,” Johnson said. “She did things that I’ve never seen in the game of hockey from a goaltending standpoint. Again, I credit her for not living on her laurels this past summer and continuing to work. She’s got bigger things ahead of her, and so she continues to work and continues to stay focused, she’s got a bright future.”Of course, Desbiens had a tough road to get to this accomplishment. Just this weekend alone, Desbiens defended nine penalty kills, which isn’t the usual number that she is used to facing on a weekend, and made it tough to secure two more shutouts.To help secure her net, Desbiens relied on both the Wisconsin penalty kill unit and on her defensive unit to help her out during these intense times. With penalties becoming more common in women’s hockey this season, senior defensemen Jenny Ryan knows that penalty kills are one of the most important things the Badgers need to work on.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers take on Bemidji State without Pankowski in WCHA conference matchupFor the first time in a month, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will be skating on their home Read…“We take pride in our penalty kill, and we’ve worked really hard on it,” Ryan said. “We try to play off each other, and we know where the other’s going to be. Ann takes charge back there, and we can count on her to do more things than a normal goalie would do.”The No. 1 ranked team gets to take a break from playing for a week. Their next series against the University of Minnesota-Duluth is Nov. 18 in Duluth. Until then, the Badgers have a lot to celebrate.
Brazdeikis is drawing comparisons to last year’s Wolverines star, Mo Wagner, because of Wagner’s propensity for stirring up the crowd and being demonstrative on the floor, which Brazdeikis showed he was willing to do in that trip to Maryland.”Yeah, I think that that’s a fair comparison,” Beilein said. “He is emotional. He loves to celebrate on the court, right, it’s almost like you’re watching a European soccer game and somebody scores a goal. There’s usually something going on there, and he loves that part. You’ve got to embrace that.”Both of those guys, if they were soccer players, they’d have a heck of a celebration every time they scored.” It is not important to get into the specifics of the chant here, nor does it merit reiteration. It’s enough to say it was vulgar without being profane, and that it was doubly so given its target was a 20-year-old freshman playing only the 10th road game of his college career. Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis heard what was being shouted from the Maryland student section. Of that, let there be no doubt.We know this because after the noise reached its peak, rolling down from the end-zone wall at Xfinity Center during a tightly contested second half just a few weeks ago, Brazdeikis — Iggy, as he is known to those who aren’t calling him terrible things — busted a 3-pointer from the right side that doubled the Wolverines’ lead. He blew a kiss to the crowd.MORE: Watch March Madness games live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)”I loved it. I absolutely loved every second of it,” Brazdeikis told Sporting News. “When an entire stadium — whether they’re cheering bad for you or cheering good for you — when an entire stadium is on you like that, it’s a good feeling for me. I embrace every second of it. I love that kind of … people trying to get on you. I knew I had to shut them up and let them know I’m not the one to be played around with.”A native of Lithuania who grew up in Oakville, Ontario, Brazdeikis scored six more essential points in a 69-62 victory that kept alive the Wolverines’ contention for a Big Ten championship. He finished the game with a game-high 21. It was one of the many superb performances that led to him being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He hit the 20-point mark in each of his final three regular-season games, which gave him seven on the year.Entering Michigan’s first-round NCAA Tournament game Thursday night against Big Sky champion Montana in Des Moines, Iowa (9:20 p.m. ET, TNT), he is averaging 15.1 points and 5.2 rebounds and is shooting 46.9 percent from the field.”I’m just really grateful for the year I’ve had and the year the team’s had,” Brazdeikis said. “We still have a lot more to prove. We’ve got the March Madness tournament, and that’s going to be the biggest event in my life.”SN’s BRACKET GUIDES: SOUTH | EAST | WEST | MIDWESTNone of this really was expected when the 6-7 Brazdeikis arrived on campus last summer in advance of the team’s playing trip to Spain. (Except by Brazdeikis).Those who had seen him as a prospect — on the summer circuit, with the Canada junior national team, in the Nike Hoop Summit and during his playing career at Ontario’s Orangeville Prep — knew he was a competitor and had considerable promise. But he was ranked only the No. 40 player in the 2018 freshman class. Michigan had Charles Matthews back from last season’s Final Four team, and Isaiah Livers appeared set for the starting lineup after contributing as a freshman to the Wolverines’ 2018 Big Ten Tournament championship and March Madness run.Then Brazdeikis began to play. He excelled on the trip to Spain. He was maybe the Wolverines’ best player, and definitely the biggest revelation. He wasn’t surprised. “Not even a little bit . . . My mentality stays true throughout,” he said. “I try to be that player who makes plays and stays aggressive throughout.”When the real games began, Brazdeikis was in the lineup and Livers became a reserve.”I honestly didn’t think about that. I didn’t come in here thinking I need to start. I just knew I came in, and I know what every time I step on the court I feel like I’m the best player,” Brazdeikis said. “I just trusted the coaches. I just came with the expectation I have to be the best player on the court every time I step on it, be competitive, be hungry and always make the right plays. I always visualized myself playing.”It’s actually been really fine with Isaiah. He’s been great on our team. He taught me so much this year. He had an injury early on in the year, and I guess I kind of stuck then. I feel like the way our team’s been playing this whole entire year, it’s worked really well.”SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsBrazdeikis is aware what he was rated in high school. And there have been other terrific freshmen this season, including Duke’s Zion Williamson, his three top classmates (RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones) and Indiana’s Romeo Langford, from right there in the Big Ten.But Iggy made sure to show he was better than his high school ranking.”There’s certainly not 39 freshmen better than me,” Brazdeikis told SN. “It definitely did motivate me. I knew I was better than that. I needed to have the platform and the opportunity to show the world. I knew in high school a lot of players can hide their weaknesses. And at the college level, you’re going to get exposed if you have a lot of weaknesses. I was prepared for that. I knew some of these high school players weren’t going to be as prepared.”Michigan entered the year aware its primary strength would be its defense. After advancing from the 69th-ranked team in defensive efficiency in 2017 to No. 3 last year — largely because of assistant coach Luke Yaklich taking advantage of the extraordinary abilities of Matthews and point guard Zavier Simpson — the return of Simpson for his junior year made it clear scoring against UM would remain a chore.That Brazdeikis was able to fit into this operation as a freshman has been remarkable. He certainly is long enough and dynamic enough to belong, but teams have not been able to isolate him and punish his inexperience.”I was ready. I came in with no ego and was ready to listen to all the coaches and everything they had to say to me,” Brazdeikis said. “I trusted in Coach Yak and he told me he was going to get me ready. He told me that I was going to be a defender. I want to be an elite two-way player, and he pushed me toward that, and he continues to push me toward that.”Brazdeikis promised before his freshman year began that the Wolverines never before had a player like him. “What I meant by that was just everything, including my personality, the way I play,” he said. “I feel like I’m a little bit different.”SN’s 2018-19 AWARDS: Player of the Year | Coach of the Year | All-American teamsHe admits there was at least once when coach John Beilein advised him to tone down his boldness: “He once told me he loves how tough-minded I am, but he said I don’t need to tell the entire world all the time. I feel like he wants me to stay humble.”It’d be a stretch to say he has. When Brazdeikis makes a 3-pointer, as he did four times in the Big Ten Tournament championship loss to Michigan State, he rubs his thumb and first two fingers together in what has become the universal gesture for, well, cash.”First of all, I love money. That’s a big part of it,” Brazdeikis said. “But I’ve never really seen too many people do that. A lot of the other players’ celebrations are kind of similar to one another. So I figured I’d embrace that. And once I started doing that, the fans gave a great response to it. People loved it. So it’s kind of my thing now.”
Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Wednesday, January 29th the South Central Border League Bands will be performing at Udall High School at 2:15 PM.Â The performance will include band students from grades 7 through 12.Â The clinicians this year will include Daniel Baldwin and Maranda Wilson.Unique to this yearâ€™s event is that commissioning of an original composition for the HS band.Â Through a matching grant from the Legacy Regional Community Foundation and contributions from all 12 schools, the SCBL was able to have Daniel Baldwin write â€œAvariceâ€ in dedication to E. Marie Burdette an the Winfield Music Club.Â Â Schools involved include: Argonia, Caldwell, Cedar Vale, Central of Burden, Dexter, Elk Valley, Flinthills, Oxford, Sedan, South Haven, Udall, and West Elk.The matching funds from the Legacy Regional Community Foundation were donated in memory of Dr. E. Marie Burdette.Â E. Marie Burdette earned a bachelorâ€™s degree from the Winfield College of Music and two more bachelorâ€™s degrees in organ and history from Southwestern College. She gave piano lessons in Winfield for more than 80 years, teaching four generations of some families.Â For 45 of those years, she taught piano and organ at Southwestern College, retiring in 1970. Over her long career, she received many awards and recognitions, including an honorary doctorate from Southwestern in 1981.When she passed away in 2006 at the age of 104, she was the last living member of the original Winfield Music Club.Â Daniel Baldwin is currently pursuing a DMA in Composition with an emphasis in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He is currently the Director of Bands and Orchestra and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music and Composition at Tabor College.Maranda Wilson is in her second year as Director of Bands at Wichita East High School, and her twelfth year teaching in the Wichita Public Schools. She has also served as the district Instrumental Music Curriculum Coach for Band for six years. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
He said FIFA proposals to share the Qatar World Cup with Kuwait and Oman would reinforce the feeling that the Gulf has split into two competing blocs of three countries, with Saudi, UAE and Bahrain on the other side.“From a political point of view, it [expansion] doesn’t make sense.”Even if Qatar is forced to share its World Cup, the first in the Middle East, it is unlikely to please Riyadh or Abu Dhabi, adds Krieg.“I don’t see how Saudi and the UAE get anything out of that,” he says.– Football won’t solve crisis –Yet FIFA’s plans to expand the 2022 World Cup appear to be gaining support among some football administrators.The results of a much-vaunted FIFA “feasibility study”, announced at a meeting of football’s governing body last week in Miami, backed expansion in Qatar.“We came to the conclusion, yes it’s feasible to move from 32 to 48 teams at the World Cup provided certain conditions are met,” Infantino said, declaring himself “happy” with the finding.A final decision will be announced in Paris in June, and while the expansion plan has been gaining a seemingly irresistible momentum, some remain unconvinced.Europe’s governing body, UEFA, said expansion would create “many problems” and was “not realistic”.Campaigners warned FIFA not to neglect its own newly imposed standards on human rights when awarding World Cup host status.Any expansion would see an extra 16 matches played over the duration of the 28-day tournament and there are concerns over whether stadiums and infrastructure in Kuwait and Oman would meet exacting FIFA tournament standards.With so many issues, it is difficult to see any diplomatic dividend from the World Cup, said James Dorsey, a researcher at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and author of “The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer”.“I think there’s zero chance,” he said.“The Gulf crisis is not going to be solved by playing football.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO; FIFA President Gianni InfantinoDoha, Qatar | AFP | FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and increase the number of host countries risks worsening existing Gulf diplomatic tensions, claim analysts.The ambitious expansion proposal — which Infantino has optimistically stated might help Middle East peace — could see the extra matches hosted in Kuwait and Oman in 2022.But far from making a politically turbulent region more harmonious, analysts say FIFA’s proposal could deepen regional fissures and leave Kuwait and Oman, as well as Qatar, open to further political arm-twisting from the regional power bloc of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.“There is a very real risk that expanding the World Cup to include Kuwait and Oman would make these two countries vulnerable to the same sort of regional pressure Qatar has faced since 2017,” said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at Rice University.“Particularly since Kuwait and Oman also have followed their own approaches to regional affairs.”It could also foster resentment in those countries missing out on games, notably Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Ulrichsen added.“The idea of a regional World Cup that includes Kuwait and Oman but not Saudi Arabia or the UAE would likely be a cause of considerable bitterness in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.”– ‘Makes no sense’ –Since June 2017, World Cup host Qatar has been blockaded by the Saudi-led countries in a bitter political spat, one of the worst Gulf diplomatic conflicts for years.Saudi Arabia and its allies, which also include Egypt, accuse Qatar of promoting terrorism and being too close to Riyadh’s great political and religious rival, Tehran.Qatar denies its rivals’ allegations and accuses them of seeking regime change in Doha.For 21 months — and counting — Saudi Arabia and it allies have imposed a political, economic and travel boycott around Qatar which shows few signs of easing.Notably though, the blockading countries do not include the traditionally neutral Gulf states of Kuwait and Oman, which have been left to tread a politically precarious line.Andreas Krieg of King’s College London, who has worked as an adviser to the Qatari government, said Kuwait and Oman “both have issues with Saudi and the UAE”.Tensions have flared between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over the management of jointly owned oil fields, while Oman has faced allegations that it has allowed Iranian arms shipments through its territory to Huthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.At the same time, Kuwait has been the regional negotiator in the crisis, while Oman is an economic winner from the conflict, its trade with Qatar jumping 240 per cent since 2016, according to Doha.“The Gulf dispute as it exists would be further exacerbated by having a World Cup over three countries,” added Krieg.
After winning the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, Williams was gunning for the US Open and four Grand Slam titles in a calendar year and she was a cinch to win it, especially with Maria Sharapova of Russia pulling out before hitting a ball and with Victoria Azarenka of Belarus falling by the wayside. All the talk was about Williams becoming the first to do so since Steffi Graf in 1988, especially as the two players who stood in her way were Vinci and Flavia Pennetta, two Italians, two childhood playmates who had never ever contested a Grand Slam final. One was 32 years old, the other was 33, one ranked number 43, the other ranked number 26. With Pennetta winning her semi-final by upsetting the tournament’s number two seed, Simona Halep, in straight sets in the first semi-final and awaiting the winner of the second semi-final, Serena, coming in with a record of 33 successive Grand Slam victories, took on Vinci, who had never even won a set against her and whose season record was 20 wins and 20 losses. Winning the first set 6-2, and easily at that, it seemed as if Vinci was doomed to lose one more time. Williams appeared way above her class. And when Williams raced to a 2-0 lead in the third set, it was, or so it seemed, all over for Vinci. Out of the blue, however, Vinci made her move. Using a mixture of different speeds on her shots, slices, pushes at the net and delicate drop shots, Vinci outfoxed Serena, destroyed her rhythm and won the set at four. tactics working gunning for US Open The 2015 US Open tennis tournament which ended at Flushing Meadows in New York last Sunday was an occasion to remember, especially for those who love or enjoy the excitement of an upset. First off, Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland, probably the finest player of them all, who also boasts a record of 17 Grand Slam titles – to win the men’s singles and his 10th Grand Slam title; and second, the surprise, or the upset, of Serena Williams in the women’s singles. Federer played well, especially for a 34-year-old, but in the battle of the number one-ranked player versus number two-ranked player, Djokovic, the number one, played a little better and deserved his victory in four sets and the US$3.3 million winner’s prize, although Federer looked threatening for a while. The match of the tournament, however, was the women’s semi-final match between Williams of the USA, the world’s number one, the defending champion, and the favourite by far for the title, and Roberta Vinci of Italy. With the emotions of Serena coming to the fore in that set, however, screaming, stomping and pointing, Vinci remained cool until, at 3-3, at 40-40, she smiled at Serena’s antics, obviously feeling satisfied that her tactics were working. She then won a point after a long rally and then gestured dramatically to the fans to cheer for her also. It was interesting. One player behaving as if she should not be in such a fight, as if she was ordained; and the other player fighting and enjoying every moment of the duel for the US Open title and the winner’s prize money. Vinci broke Williams by winning the next point, held serve at 5-3 and then held serve at love to create one of the biggest upsets in the history of the game. “I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me,” said Williams afterwards, the Grand Slam finalist on 25 occasions and winner 21 times, only one short of Graf. “If you have any other questions, I’m open for that.” Vinci, however, who later lost to Pennetta in the final, was head over heels at her performance and had the 20,000-plus fans cracking up with laughter during post-match interview. “How do you feel after such a historic performance?” she was asked before the fans, minutes after the Serena match. “This is an amazing moment for me,” said the 300-1 underdog. “I am in a dream, I beat Serena. I am in the final of the US Open.” “Did you have a plan for the match?” “No. Just play. Don’t think about Serena. Just enjoy yourself. Get the ball in court, and run, and run.” The next day, Vinci lost in the final in straight sets to Pennetta. She was not as tricky and not as good as she was against Williams. Probably she was not as motivated, or not as intoxicated as she was for the match of her life. She lost easily. She was, however, still smiling and still laughing. She had defeated Williams, a champion, the champion and arguably the best of all time. Vinci had her day in the sun. The day she defeated Serena Williams at the US Open, the day she will forever remember. Sports fans, tennis fans especially, will never forget her, or her celebration as the miracle unfolded, both for her play, her tactics and for her wonderful words which followed her amazing upset.
Locker Room Sports has engineered a ‘special’ partnership for youth football in the Corporate Area to provide teams in the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) junior competitions with match outfits from Admiral Sports, the second oldest sporting brand in the world. The deal is an extension of Locker Room Sports’ long-time relationship with KSAFA, one of the leading confederations in the country. David Shirley, CEO of the gear and equipment company, has expressed satisfaction that the initial benefactors are the city’s youth. Those immediately benefiting are clubs in the Alliance Moneygram-McKay Security KSAFA Under-20 League, which got underway recently. “This year is a very special year because we’re starting off with the youth programmes, where we’ve formed a partnership with Admiral Sports and they will be supplying all the gear for the youth programmes in KSAFA,” outlined Shirley. “Locker Room has been a partner with KSAFA for the past eight years throughout the presidency of Rudolph Speid, Stewart Stephenson, and now, Wayne Shaw. So we’ve served under all three presidents in terms of partnering and supplying them with sportswear and helping them with marrying sponsorship opportunities with equipment for the leagues and clubs,” he pointed out. A big part of assisting the clubs is more than just supplying the gear, Shirley noted, as Locker Room Sports actually seeks the opportunity through merged links with sponsors, the parent body and clubs. “What we do is try to show companies the opportunities that KSAFA brings to the table in terms of the different communities that they touch and we also, based on experience of being in the business for over 20 years, have an idea of which product would go well with the type of sport,” explained Shirley. “So once we’re able to link those corporate relationships with KSAFA, we then deal with the printing and placement and branding of the gear.” He added: “Part of the thing that makes this whole process possible is the negotiations with the sports brands. We negotiate with them so that we get better pricing to allow the whole deal to go through because, under normal conditions, the prices that we’d be offering sponsors to come on board at would be almost doubled if we were paying the retail price on the uniforms. “So essentially, we’re providing the gear at a subsidised cost to be able to allow sponsors to come on board and partake in supporting the programme,” said Shirley.
I don’t know where you were when Liberian music started pushing its way through all of the foreign music that were compulsively being played on all radio stations. But there came a time when only Liberian music made in Liberia was more popular to play, leaving out Liberian artists in the Diaspora.HottFm and its team fought a good fight trying to break in and blend the local and international artists. There were challenges: foreign artists felt like other radio stations were charging too much money to air their songs, while DJs at those radio stations defended their rates by saying when an artist is unknown to the public, that artist needs to be promoted.Promotion is different from radio play. It’s the DJ’s job to bring in ratings, to build up the artist’s fan base.So HottFm and team did just that, and started engaging Liberian artists in the Diaspora who had not only joined heads with some of Liberia’s greatest home based artists, but had come together to support artists and promote their songs. The station has been playing their songs and giving them the promotion they desperately need to break into the Liberian industry.Now, with the coming of Christmas, the season to be jolly, HottFm will be in a collaboration to deliver the biggest concert ever by bringing Liberian artists from around the world to Liberia on December 26.The news is the talk of the town and so far venues have been sold out for after parties and shows throughout the week the international artists will be here.Artist like Skylet White of the “Balance” hit, Young Muse, BE100’s favorite and “Danze” hit maker, and many more. But here’s the thing, the list of artists keeps growing, as more and more artists based out of Liberia are making reservations for their acts.“This will be so dope getting to meet our artists, whose music we always listen to, on stage here,” stated Rahim, a fan of Disturbing the Peace.If you’re an artist in the Diaspora, the Liberian Entertainment Awards and Liberian Music Awards are coming again, and artists need those votes. At the end of the day, majority rules; and that majority is home based. So come on home and earn those votes.Hottfm is encouraging Liberian artists in the Diaspora to contact HottFm and team for further information.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)