It feels as if summer just started and, before you know it, here we are at Labor Day weekend. Although it’s now an excuse for super big blowout sales, Labor Day was first officially observed in 1887 on the first Monday in September to celebrate the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.
It was kind of fitting that, as we get ready to leave on this three-day-weekend in honor of America’s workers, the August jobs numbers were released.. and they were better than expected, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.1, the lowest in over seven years!
Today was a busy day on the show. Julianna Forlano joined me to help put the week’s news into context with a few laughs.
Perhaps you’re planning on seeing a movie over the weekend? They will ask for IDs. But you have one now. Opening tonight in NYC (last weekend it opened in LA) is the new international political thriller, The Algerian, about the colliding worlds of the Middle East and America. It follows Ali (Ben Youcef) across the world from Algeria to New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles as it reveals he is a sleeper cell part of an international plot. This morning, I spoke with Giovanni Zelko, the film’s screenwriter, director, editor, cinematographer and executive producer.
And we had a Flashback Friday double-header to usher in the weekend:
- From November 18, 1996, Evan Dando at KSCA Los Angeles and
- From May 24, 1999, Wilco at Channel 103.1 in Los Angeles.
I’m off now to put together tonight’s BradCast, and then I shall relax. I’ll celebrate Labor Day by taking the day off, and will return Tuesday morning to take on a whole new week, radio or not!