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  • Tue, 21 Sep 2021 20:16:36 +0000

    Arizona Renaissance Festival to Return February 2022

    The Arizona Renaissance Festival will return on February 5 for its 34th season of merrymaking.

    The festival held in Gold Canyon is a 16th century European style park with its “Village of Fairhaven” where attendees are immersed in a whimsical and historical setting featuring artisans, 16 stages featuring live entertainment, rides, games, jousting knights, music, comedy and ample food and drink.

    The festival offers an opportunity to enjoy and explore the outdoor 50-acre village for nine consecutive weekends, Saturdays, Sundays, and Presidents’ Day Monday, February 5 through April 3, from 10 am to 6pm each event date.


    WHAT: Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace: a 16-stage theater, an outdoor whimsical village, a 50-acre circus, an arts & crafts fair, a jousting tournament, and a feast – all rolled into one nonstop, daylong adventure.

    WHERE: Festival site is located east of Apache Junction on U.S. Highway 60, just past Gold Canyon Golf Resort. (12601 East US Hwy 60)

    WHEN: Nine consecutive weekends, Saturdays, Sundays, and Presidents’ Day Monday, from February 5 through April 3. The Festival runs from 10AM until 6PM, open rain or shine.


    • Adults (ages 13 and over): $30
    • Children (ages 12 and under) $20; children 4 and under are always FREE
    • Military adult and Seniors (60 and older): $27 (available only at the Festival Box Office)
    • Tickets can be purchased at Bashas’ & Food City for $1 less

    PARKING: FREE Parking courtesy of Bashas’ & Food City.

    For more information contact the festival at 520-463-2600 or go to arizona.renfestinfo.com.


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  • Thu, 16 Sep 2021 19:21:11 +0000

    EVIT Radio/Audio Production Alum Pursues Baseball Passion with His EVIT Training

    Joey Liberatore describes himself as “a storyteller to my core,” an apt description for someone who took charge of his own story when an injury derailed his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. At the East Valley Institute of Technology, he discovered he could still have a career in baseball – through broadcasting.

    Today, Liberatore is the broadcasting and media content coordinator for the Oakland A’s.

    “When I arrived in Oakland three years ago, we launched a first-of-its-kind 24/7 streaming audio station, A’s Cast. My job with the A’s is to ensure the technical and production success of A’s Cast and our on-air radio broadcast,” he said. “I work with our broadcast talent and producers to tell the story of the Oakland A’s and their players.”

    Liberatore’s own story got its start in the studios of 88.7FM The Pulse, the student-operated radio station that is the heart of EVIT’s Radio/Audio Production program. The Pulse serves as a working lab for students who are learning to be on-air talent as well as those learning the mechanics and engineering of running a radio station.

    The Pulse is an example of the hands-on training provided by EVIT, which offers career training in over 40 different programs for East Valley high school students and adults at two central campuses in Mesa and a branch campus at Apache Junction High School. EVIT is tuition-free for high school students. Adults pay tuition, with financial aid available in some programs for students who qualify.

    At EVIT, Liberatore became the program director for The Pulse and had the opportunity to broadcast sports through AZ Preps 365, operated by the Arizona Interscholastic Association. While still in high school, he engineered broadcasts for the Chicago Cubs spring training games and spent a summer hosting the pre-game show for the Tennessee Smokies Minor League Baseball team. After graduating from Perry High School and completing his EVIT training in 2016, he went on to work for the Johnson City, Tenn., Cardinals, an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and spent a year as a broadcast intern with the Arizona Diamondbacks before moving on to his current position with the Oakland A’s.

    Liberatore’s accomplishments are a credit to his own drive and ambition, but he also credits EVIT with giving him a foundation in his skills and a push to pursue his goals. “The instructor’s expertise, freedom to pursue my interests, and hands-on experience were all major factors in ensuring my post-program career goals. The radio program has state-of-the-art equipment and instructors that allowed me to feel like I was entering the workplace each day I was at school,” he said.

    He recommends that other students give EVIT a try and use their training to write their own path to a career they will love.

    “EVIT will allow you to create your own story at such a young age. Whether you’re unsure of your future career goals or you’re certain of what you’d like to do, EVIT can provide the tools to assist you on your journey for success prior to or while in college,” he said. “EVIT was an absolute game-changer for me.”

    This year, EVIT is celebrating its 30th anniversary of changing lives. EVIT students have a 98% high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college, and 94% are in jobs related to their training, college or the military within a year of completing their training. More information: www.evit.com.

    Joey’s Career Path:

    • Graduated from Perry High & completed EVIT’s Radio/Audio Production program in 2016
    • Media relations director, Johnson City, Tenn., Cardinals, an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals
    • Play-by-play broadcaster & media relations assistant, Myrtle Beach Pelicans
    • Bachelors’ degree in communication & media studies from ASU
    • Broadcasting internship with the Arizona Diamondbacks
    • Today: Broadcasting & media content coordinator for the Oakland A’s

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  • Wed, 01 Sep 2021 13:31:11 +0000

    Arizona will be one of the first US states to adopt digital Apple Wallet IDs

    After first announcing that iOS 15 would bring support for digital IDs via Apple Wallet, the first US states have been announced that will lead the adoption of the new standard. There are 8 states announced for now that are working on adoption.

    Apple today announced that it is working with several states across the country, which will roll out the ability for their residents to seamlessly and securely add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet on their iPhone and Apple Watch. Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to introduce this new innovation to their residents, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah to follow. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will enable select airport security checkpoints and lanes in participating airports as the first locations customers can use their driver’s license or state ID in Wallet. Built with privacy at the forefront, Wallet provides a more secure and convenient way for customers to present their driver’s licenses and state IDs on iPhone or Apple Watch.

    “Arizona is at the leading edge of states making mobile IDs available to the public, and we are pleased to work with Apple and give Arizonans the choice, convenience, and security of adding their driver’s license to their Apple Wallet,” said Eric Jorgensen, director of the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division. “Beyond being innovative and exciting, a digital version of a driver’s license offers increased security and privacy for our residents, making it something everyone should consider.”

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  • Thu, 26 Aug 2021 01:34:21 +0000

    A Look Ahead to the NFL Season

    The NFL regular season kicks off Thursday, September 9th as America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys take on the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady looks to start his 21st year out strong, and after bringing back every starter from last year’s squad, it shouldn’t be too difficult. The Cowboy’s are still trying to deal with Dak Prescott’s season ending ankle injury leaving his status for week one questionable.

    The Arizona Cardinals start their season off with a tough matchup against the Tennessee Titans. It’ll be key for the Cardinals to get off to a hot start this season if they wanna make a deep run like all their offseason pickups suggest.

    My must-watch game of the week goes to the Saints and Packers who face off on Sunday, September 12th at 1:25 MST. This game will be a good one as we get to see how Aaron Rodgers comes back from all of the offseason drama, and the Saints get to show what they can do without legendary QB, Drew Brees.

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  • Tue, 24 Aug 2021 21:05:49 +0000

    Goldrush Music Festival Announces Phase 02 Lineup AND Artist-By-Day

    Phoenix, AZ (August 24, 2021) – Relentless Beats continues to fuel prospector’s excitement for the return of Goldrush as it announces additions to the already massive and expanded three-day festival lineup. Returning to Rawhide Western Town for the fourth time, September 24, 25, and 26, lineup additions include Black V Neck; Cosmic Gate; EDX; Inzo; Mize; Monxx; Moore Kismet; Seth Troxler b2b Tiga; Sohmi; Technasia; Walker & Royce, and Westend. Artists by day, including local artist additions, are as follows:

    ATLiens; Brando; Camelphat; Cosmic Gate; Devault; Ekonovah; Illenium; James Hype; Jauz; Jessica Audiffred; Kayzo; PhaseOne; Seth Troxler b2b Tiga; Sleeper Cell; Sohmi; Svdden Death; Technasia; Tynan, and Virtual Riot

    Above & Beyond; Ace Aura; Chris Lorenzo brb Wax Motif; Cray; Decimate; District13; Dombresky; EDX; Getter; Gorgon City; Kill the Noise; Kyle Walker; Medicine Mike; Monxx; NGHTMRE; Noizu; Omnon; Trampa; Troyboi, Zedd

    Autograf; Avitas; Black V Neck; Cloonee; Close; Diplo; Grackle Beats; Green Velvet; Inzo; LSDream; Mize; Moore Kismet; Player Dave; Sidepiece; Vintage Culture; Walker & Royce; Westend, and Zeds Dead b2b GRiZ

    After an incredibly successful Summer Concert Series, which saw 75,000 fans, over ten events- including closing out the series with a sold-out Louis the Child show, Relentless Beats is excited to announce that the megastructure stage will be returning for Goldrush. Boasting unique stage production design not previously seen during the summer series, the Golden Gorge Megastructure will host acts like Illenimu, Above & Beyond, Zedd, Zeds Dead b2b GRiZ, and many more. Artists-by-Stage, along with some to-be-announced surprises, will be released in the coming weeks.

    New to Goldrush this year, Relentless Beats has introduced Goldrush Travel Packages for both those in-town fans looking to stay closer to the site and those traveling in from other parts of the country. Reserved for as little as $100 down, each package includes a three-night hotel stay, a three-day festival ticket, expedited entry into the festival, a Goldrush Festival t-shirt, three well drink tickets (21+), and access to the Travel Saloon. New to Goldrush, the Travel Saloon includes cooling stations, dedicated bars with drink specials, charging stations, and private bathrooms. Additional travel package tiers include Bonanza VIP Package, which includes everything from the Gold Digger GA Package, and pre-festival, one-hour early-access with one hour well-level open bar each day, and access to the official after-parties. The Wild West Platinum Package includes everything from the GA and VIP packages and five drink tickets per day, side stage viewing at the main stage, access to the artist hospitality lounge, and a steakhouse quality dinner. The Wild West Package is only available to 21+.

    Goldrush Table Experiences will include three options this year with various premium amenities- Prospector Package, Silver Strike Package, and Gold Miner Package. Full details are available online at www.goldrushfestaz.com/tables.

    Three-Day General Admission passes for Goldrush Music Festival are on sale now, starting at $259, before fees. Three-Day VIP passes are available starting at $499 before fees, and three-day Platinum passes are available at $999 before fees. You must be 21+ to purchase Platinum VIP passes. All details and ticket types are available online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Goldrush is an all-ages event. Fans under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Single-day passes are available now, starting at $99, before fees. All ticket types are available online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Goldrush is an 18+ event.

    Goldrush is produced by Relentless Beats, Universatile Music and Global Dance. Visit www.goldrushfestaz.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @GoldrushFestAZ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldrushFestAZ.

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  • Wed, 18 Aug 2021 16:03:11 +0000

    COVID-19 Booster Shots Will Roll Out In September In The U.S.

    U.S. health officials announced plans on Wednesday to dispense Covid-19 booster shots to all Americans.

    The plan calls for an extra dose eight months after people get their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The doses could begin the week of Sept. 20.

    “Our plan is to protect the American people, to stay ahead of this virus,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  • Mon, 16 Aug 2021 17:00:09 +0000

    UPDATE: EVIT Radio/Audio Production Students Nominated as Finalists for John Drury National High School Radio Awards

    Mesa, AZ (August 16, 2021) – The Pulse Radio students in EVIT’s Radio/Audio Production program were nominated as finalists 20 times in 11 different categories at the 2020-2021 John Drury High School Radio Awards. The nominations were announced this morning, with the winners to be unveiled during a virtual ceremony on October 9, 2021.

    EVIT ’21 graduate Donoven Ong was nominated five times, for Best Promo, Best Sportscast, Best Radio Drama, Best PSA & Broadcaster of the Year. Joining Ong in the Best Radio Drama category were ’21 classmates Karina Vargas & Matthew Estrada. Meanwhile, ’21 grad Essie Bianco was nominated three times, twice in the Best Public Affairs Show category, as well as for Best PSA.

    Current EVIT students Finn Taylor & Amber Solomon were nominated as finalists for Best Newscast & Best Sportscast. Class of ’21 grad Sandro Becirbegovic & current student Justin Brooks were also nominated in the Best Promo category. The ’21 duo of Ryann Stanage & Eliza Gustafson were named as finalists for Best DJ. Current senior Anthony Fazio got a nod in the Best Specialty Music Show category. The Pulse was also nominated in the Best Website & Best Use of Social Media categories. Lastly, three EVIT students – Ong, Solomon & Taylor – are finalists in the new Broadcaster of the Year category. To be eligible for the award, students had to have submitted an entry in each of the news, sports & DJ/specialty music show categories.

    This is the third year that EVIT students have competed in the John Drury High School Radio Awards, a national competition, presented by North Central College in Naperville, IL and WONC-FM. In the previous two competitions, EVIT’s Radio/Audio Production program has won five awards, including three in 2019-2020.

    Update – August 23rd, 2021

    We’ve been informed that the “Best Podcast” category was missing from the initial Drury Award Nominations announcement. With that being said, 2 more of our students were named a finalist in that category – Kelli Anderson (’21) & current senior Monika Villanueva! So 21 total finalists in 12 different categories!

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  • Thu, 05 Aug 2021 17:11:31 +0000

    DUSK Music Festival Returns with a Sunsetting Lineup for Fifth Annual Festival, November 13 & 14, 2021

    Tucson, AZ (August 5, 2021) – Keeping its eye on the horizon in 2020, DUSK is excited to announce that it will be returning to Downtown Tucson, November 13th and 14th, 2021. Known for its eclectic lineup, as well as Tucson’s best food, beverage, and art- this year features DiploJimmy Eat WorldPorter RobinsonGrouploveBlu DeTigerJohn SummitJustin MartinMob RichPauline HerrSTRFKRTank and the BangasVNSSA; Yolanda Be Cool, and many more to be announced. Additionally, DUSK is partnering with Relentless Beats for a second year as the two-day festival moves to a new venue, Jácome Plaza in Downtown Tucson, less than a mile from its previous site.

    Since 2016, DUSK has worked feverishly to create an unforgettable experience combining various music genres, the best food and beverage Arizona offers, and an interactive art experience on the grandest scale for its fans. While plans for this year’s event are still underway, DUSK is excited to be partnering with Tucson Foodie to curate an incredible lineup of restaurants, food trucks, and chefs. Current confirmed participants include Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT)Dante’s FireCulinary Dropout, and Zinburger to local favorites like Empire PizzaRollies Mexican Patio, and Jake’s Donuts & Treat Trolley. In addition, Tucson ARTS, will include live art, larger-than-life sculptures, digital art, video projection, and lighting displays throughout downtown Tucson and the Jácome Plaza festival grounds. Additional activations include Tucson PLAYS featuring a variety of backyard games and classic arcade games from partner, Cobra Arcade Tucson, and the Tucson SHOPS market for all your shipping needs. Finally, the GREENROOM returns, providing a professional, positive, fun, and interactive space for festival attendees to learn about the Arizona medical and adult-use cannabis programs.

    Additionally, DUSK Charities 501(c)(3) will be renewing its efforts to develop educational training and career programming to introduce high school and college-aged students to the wide variety of careers and vocations in the music festival industry. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Children’s Museum Tucson, the Armory Park Neighborhood AssociationThe Rialto Theatre, and several other local foundations and organizations yet to be named.

    General Admission tickets will go on sale for $119, before fees on Friday, August 6, at 10 a.m. PT. VIP passes, complete with express entry lanes, comfortable lounge seating, air-conditioned premium bathrooms, premium food experiences, complimentary coat and bag check service, complimentary massages from Woven Ivy Massage, and Alameda Stage private viewing area are available starting at $229, before fees. Returning this year, the Platinum VIP Experience presented by Iridius Capital includes everything that the Standard VIP pass has, plus: access to an all-inclusive, elevated stage-height viewing platform, unlimited exit/re-entry privileges, complimentary wine, beer, craft cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages, a buffet of snacks, starting at $449. All ticket types are available online at www.DUSKmusicfestival.com. DUSK is an all-ages event.

    Visit www.DUSKmusicfestival.com for the most up-to-date information on DUSK Music Festival. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DUSKmusicfest, on Instagram at @DUSKmusicfestival, and Twitter at @DUSKtucson.

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  • Wed, 04 Aug 2021 17:00:13 +0000

    EVIT Radio to Broadcast East Valley High School Football Games

    88.7 FM/The Pulse, the student radio station at East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), will broadcast 11 East Valley high school football games during the 11-week regular season, from September 3rd through November 12th. The broadcast schedule features schools throughout the East Valley, including Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Tempe, Ahwatukee and Queen Creek. It also includes the defending Open division champion (Chandler), Open division qualifiers (Centennial, Corona Del Sol & Salpointe Catholic), 6A state champ (Chaparral), 6A runner-up (Highland), 5A semifinalist (Campo Verde) and 4A champion (Mesquite).

    The Pulse is a centerpiece of EVIT’s Radio/Audio Production program, located at the Main Campus of EVIT. It is a public radio station that showcases the talents of the students enrolled in the program. The broadcasts provide current EVIT Radio students the opportunity to gain valuable experience contributing as play-by-play announcers, analysts & on-site engineers. EVIT students will also handle all pre and post-production of the broadcasts.

    The Pulse has established itself as the go-to place for live radio coverage of high school athletics. Pulse Sports is entering its seventh year of broadcasting high school football, boys and girls high school basketball and high school baseball and softball games.

    Current high school sophomores & juniors who are interested in sports broadcasting and learning more about The Pulse and the opportunities within the Radio/Audio Production programs at EVIT, please contact Dave Juday at dave@pulseradio.fm.

    2021 High School Football Broadcasts on The Pulse

    September 3 Centennial @ Chandler

    September 10 Brophy @ Mountain Pointe

    September 17 Chaparral @ Higley

    September 24 Desert Ridge @ Highland

    October 1 Salpointe Catholic @ Saguaro

    October 8 Basha @ Desert Vista

    October 15 Seton Catholic @ Mesquite

    October 22 Corona del Sol @ Williams Field

    October 29 Queen Creek @ Red Mountain

    November 5 Horizon @ Campo Verde

    November 12 Mesa @ Westwood

    ***All games kickoff at 7pm with coverage beginning at approximately 6:55pm.

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  • Wed, 28 Jul 2021 20:51:57 +0000

    Nelly to Headline Lil Bit of Music Series

    Nelly, the multi-platinum, three-time Grammy-winning artist and four-time AMA award-winning entertainer, announces his Fall Concert Series, a first-of-its-kind experience showcasing the on-stage fusion of country, hip hop, rap, and R&B with a distinctly “rock n’ roll” presentation. Nelly will be traveling with a full live band as well as a multi-million-dollar production package along with some of country music’s biggest rising stars supporting this incredible show. Leading dance music promoter, Relentless Beats has partnered with RNC Entertainment to bring Nelly’s Lil Bit of Music Series to Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, AZ, on October 15th.

    This unique production stems from the celebration of Nelly’s 20-year anniversary of the RIAA certified Diamond record “Country Grammar” earlier this year when fans were gifted with the digital release of a LIVE, full band production of the complete album, not to mention his continued commercial success in country music. So whether fans are attending to party with the classics or bask in his most recent hits like Cool Again with Kane Brown, Good Times Roll with Jimmie Allen, and Lil Bit with Florida Georgia Line; Nelly is ready to shake up the live music scene with this show that is sure to have a little something for everybody.

    Nelly will hit the road just in time to celebrate the release of “Heartland,” his country-inspired EP that he likes to call a collection of “country club-bangers.” His lead single “Lil Bit” from the project continues to make significant waves in the country space as it is his 3rd collaboration with the multi-platinum duo Florida Georgia Line. Nelly describes the EP as his “appreciation for country music.”… “It’s my thanks for country music, the whole world of country music, for allowing [me] to be a part of it.”] – Music Mayhem Magazine

    The first of three of these Lil Bit of Music Series will feature Nelly and Blanco Brown, which fans can expect to see more than a dozen dates throughout October. Blanco is a fellow pioneer of hip hop and country fusion. The Atlanta-born, platinum-selling artist and creative visionary known for his #1 hit singles “The Git Up” and “Just the way” with the band Parmalee has coined his unique sound as “Trailer Trap.” Brown brings soul and sincere and playful energy to the stage, along with an underlying message (as titled in his most recent single ) – “Nobody’s More Country” than anyone else.

    This collection of shows will continue to harness and uplift an ever-growing community of music lovers from all walks of life who did not grow up on only country or only rap and find their identity and inspiration at the intersection of urban and rural cultures. From Nelly’s initial success in 2004 with Tim McGraw in “Over and Over’ to the remix of Kane Brown’s “Cool Again” just last year, he continues to prove that music transcends all boundaries and genres, insisting, “No matter what you listen to, everyone likes to party, and to celebrate the same way.”

    Artist Presale and VIP tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 27th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. MST Thursday, July 29th, password LILBITNELLY21. Local Pre-Sale begins Thursday, July 29th, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. MST, password RELENTLESSBEATS. Public on-sale begins Friday, July 30th, at 10 a.m. MST. Once live, tickets can be purchased at www.relentlessbeats.com. This show will begin at 7 p.m. PT. Nelly’s Lil Bit of Music Series is all-ages.

    Visit http://www.relentlessbeats.com/ for the most up-to-date information on the Arizona date of Nelly’s Lil Bit of Music Series and all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Instagram and Twitter at @RelentlessBeats and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/relentlessbeats.

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