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Radio City Rockettes teaching 'Christmas Spectacular' dances on Instagram

FOX News

Ainsley, Janice and Jillian get a lesson from the Radio City Rockettes on how to perform their famous kick-line. Tell someone you know that while the "Radio City Christmas" show may be canceled this holiday season during the pandemic, there's still a chance to be a part of it outside of the Big Apple. The iconic Radio City Rockettes are offering free, live dance lessons on their Instagram page to make seasons bright this holiday season during the coronavirus. The classes will be held each Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET on Instagram Live through Dec. 23, Shape Magazine first reported. "With everything going on in the world right now, it became apparent that we needed to throw a little holiday spirit into the social media world," Radio City Rockette Danelle Morgan told the magazine.

2020 iHeartRadio Awards Canceled, Winners To Be Announced On Social Media

International Business Times

The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards have become the latest high-class cultural event to get canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The awards ceremony was set to take place on Aug. 24 in Los Angeles. Despite the cancellation, the organization will still be announcing winners in an innovative and unique way. The winners will be announced on iHeartRadio's social media platforms and radio stations over the Labor Day weekend, Billboard reported. Apart from announcing the winners, the broadcast will also feature acceptance speeches from the artists.

Maura Healey calls for mandatory coronavirus vaccines for public employees

Boston Herald

Attorney General Maura Healey is calling for mandatory coronavirus vaccines for all public employees, as the rumored soon-to-be Democratic candidate for governor ups her rhetoric around pandemic public safety. "Look, you're there, you're getting paid by the taxpayer -- you have an obligation, whether it's delivering public health or public safety," Healey said Tuesday during an appearance on Boston Public Radio. Her comments on the radio built on her earlier statements that COVID-19 vaccines should be mandatory for police and correctional officers, among which incomplete data appears to show lower vaccination rates than among the general public. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker -- by contrast -- has repeatedly rebuffed questions about mandatory vaccines for anyone. "Still a free country the last time I checked," Baker told reporters at a Tuesday press conference after outlining a plan to phase out pandemic-era restrictions on face coverings and businesses.

In Point Reyes, all ears stay glued to local radio, a beacon amid the fog of fire

Los Angeles Times

With evacuation warnings still in place, smoke from back burn fires drifted out of the oaks and pines above the tiny town of Point Reyes Station in Marin County on Friday, mixing with thick, coastal fog until the two were indistinguishable to most people. But Amanda Eichstaedt, general manager of KWMR, the local public radio station, easily saw the difference. Like most topics related to this quixotic town of about 400 that abuts the West Coast's only National Seashore, she was happy to share her knowledge -- with everyone in about a 20-mile radius. "We know that people totally rely on the radio," she said of this Arcadian territory, where cellphones are spotty on a good day. Since fire broke out here after an afternoon lightening strike on Aug. 18, Eichstaedt has turned the one-studio station into a vital source of information for the remote outpost and the rural towns that surround it.

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy on the ISS receives a call from Canadian students using a ham radio

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A group of Canadian students used ham radio technology to have a once-in-a-lifetime conversation with a crew member aboard the International Space Station. Young members of the Airdrie Space Science Club in Alberta connected with NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, who was conducting experiments aboard the ISS some 240 miles above Earth's surface. The students, who ranged in age from 10 to 13, peppered Cassidy with a variety of questions, from what liftoff feels like to what happens if an astronaut vomits in space. Though the ongoing coronavirus pandemic meant schools were closed, a special relay signal allowed the children to dial in from home. Taking turns, they asked Cassidy about everything from the impact of COVID-19 on the International Space Station (ISS) to what the station smells like to what his first meal would be back on Earth. Cassidy said the crew is more worried about their loved ones on the ground during the pandemic.