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Halftime At 2015 Circle City Classic

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Another Angle of Crowd At Halftime At Circle City Classic

The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Monday, September 28, 2015.  (Community’s Evaluation of Circle City Classic Is Most Of PODCAST And Starts At 24:36 On PODCAST Media Player). Since Afternoons with Amos began in 2004, at the end of each year’s Circle City Classic, the audience and community is invited to call, e-mail or text and share their evaluation of the Classic Game, Parade and other events.  The focus is on what was Good, Not So Good and What Can Be Improved Upon for the Classic.  As always listeners shared their feedback – positive and not so positive.  Lots of kudos went to both the Parade and the Game experience.

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Classic Parade Crowd On Pennsylvania At North Streets

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More Parade Crowd

On the Classic Parade, which had its largest crowd lining the downtown parade route in at least four years, people were mainly pleased.  However, listeners felt that there were fewer bands.  Some thought the parade dragged on a bit.  Others wanted to see more floats and other parade units, though they enjoyed the dance groups and other groups of young people.  Few few listeners remarked about the Classic Cabaret, and what feedback was received was positive.  Regarding the game, those that attended were pleased with what they saw.  Some thought the post game concert was a bit long and wondered why so long between each act.  Others wanted to see more of a “Battle of the Bands” between the Kentucky State and Central State bands.

 

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Virtually No One In Seats At Classic’s Start

At the time of the Monday broadcast, there was no information on attendance.  But a REVISED Official Box Score of the Game, posted by the two school’s on their Athletics websites, reports attendance for this year’s Classic at 22,523.  That’s a strong increase over last year’s disastrous attendance of 15, 328; but slightly less than 2013’s attendance of 22,537.

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The Classic Was Seen On ESPN3. Black Expo CEO Tanya Bell Interviewed By ESPN

Despite the gains, attendance at the 2015’s Circle City Classic is the third lowest in the 32 year history of the event. Listeners also wondered why the Classic changed the date of the event from the traditional first weekend in October.  And expressed surprise that Kentucky State and Central Sate are committed as the Circle City Classic’s teams for the next couple of years.  Listeners were displeased with the lack of vendors and lack of ar variety of vendors outside Lucas Oil Stadium on South Street. Still other listeners expressed concern whether the nature of the Black College Football Classic have changed. (Interview On Two Upcoming Community Events Starts At 2:51 Mark On Media Player). Also on the program, in the wake of a sense of rising violence in Indianapolis, two local ministers, former IPS Scho0l Board Member Rev. Michael Brown and Pastor Eli Johnson stopped by to talk about a community call for a community meeting this Saturday at 3pm at The People’s Church, 4360 West 38th Street, the old Kroger grocery store at Lafayette Square.  And the Indianapolis Chapter of Black Psychologists talked about an event Friday, October 2nd that featured an expert in exploring mental health through African centered Spirituality. Baba Ashra Kwesi will speak at the October 2nd event.  The Afternoons with Amos interview also talked about the role of mental health in the Black community and whether mental health issues with Blacks is caused by the lack of knowledge of Black history and Blacks true place in history.  (Interview With Playwright and Director Willie Jenkins Starts At 31:10 Mark On Media Player). Finally Jimmy Jenkins, who began his media career as a twenty-something filmmaker in California, has taken an old sernom of Eastern Star Church’s Pastor Jeffrey Johnson and turned it into the play Creeps and Silly Women. Jenkins, who works for Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, talked about the play and how it was transformed from a sermon in an Afternoons with Amos Interview. The play can be seen October 3rd at Eastern Star Church on 5805 Cooper Road. The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Monday, September 28, 2015 Runs 92 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Message.