Category: Across The Tracks

Tuesday 6/1/21 10pm ET: Across The Tracks: Music for Pride Month (Part 1)

We feature music for Pride Month and will spread them out throughout the month. This first Part 1 features music from Erasure, Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Pink, Queen, Chely Wright, Green Day and many more.

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Friday 4/23/21 12pm ET: Across The Tracks – National Picnic Day

National Picnic Day is a holiday that falls on April 23rd and celebrates one of the most versatile and wholesome activities a person or a group of people can do outdoors. Although humans had been dining out in nature for the entire existence of the species, the modern picnic as we know it today actually started back during the 18th century. This is definitely a holiday that many people are going to want to celebrate because there’s nothing finer than enjoying good food and good company, all while enjoying the splendors of nature.

On the edition of Across The Tracks we celebrate the day with music about picnicking, eating foods, and pie, cakes and more to the blanket. Enjoy and start your weekend with a awesome picnic!

Thursday 4/22/21 12pm ET: Across The Tracks – National Earth Day

Today we celebrate Earth Day with tunes about the day and tunes with “Earth” in the title.

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG (formerly Earth Day Network) including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be observed on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed the idea to hold a nationwide environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970. He hired a young activist, Denis Hayes, to be the National Coordinator. Nelson and Hayes renamed the event “Earth Day”. Denis and his staff grew the event beyond the original idea for a teach-in to include the entire United States. More than 20 million people poured out on the streets, and the first Earth Day remains the largest single day protest in human history. Key non-environmentally focused partners played major roles. Under the leadership of labor leader Walter Reuther, for example, the United Auto Workers was the most instrumental outside financial and operational supporter of the first Earth Day. According to Hayes, “Without the UAW, the first Earth Day would have likely flopped!”[6] Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work.

The first Earth Day was focused on the United States. In 1990, Denis Hayes, the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international and organized events in 141 nations.

On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and 120 other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Numerous communities engaged in Earth Day Week actions, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces. On Earth Day 2020, over 100 million people around the world observed the 50th anniversary in what is being referred to as the largest online mass mobilization in history.

Monday 4/12/21 12pm ET: Across The Tracks – All About Games

National Scrabble Day is a holiday that’s celebrated on the 13th of April every year and celebrates what is probably one of the most iconic games of all time. Scrabble is a game that has been around for over 70+ years and is played by people all over the world. In fact, this game is sold in over 120+ countries and is available in 30 different languages, so perhaps this holiday is one that more people should take the time to celebrate.

Anyone wanting to celebrate National Scrabble Day is to play the game that you probably already own, and invite friends and/or family to play with you. If you don’t already own a copy of Scrabble, then this is the perfect day to buy one and join in on all of the fun that millions of people are already enjoying.

Scrabble is also a good day for parents to play with their children to help build word skills and creativity. After you have finished playing this game to your heart’s content, then you might want to post to your social media account using the hashtag #NationalScrabbleDay. Now go out there and play some Scrabble!

Thursday 4/8/21 12pm ET: Across The Tracks – National Siblings Day

With Siblings Day happening this Saturday we celebrate with tunes with or about Brothers and Sisters.

National Siblings Day is a holiday that was traditionally unique to the United States and one that allows brothers and sisters to celebrate the special bond that exists between them. While it is a holiday that wasn’t originally celebrated nationally or recognized by the federal government, it is a holiday that millions of people across the U.S, and now the world, celebrate every year on April 10th.

This holiday was first conceived by Claudia Evart to honor her siblings – both of whom died tragically. To further the advancement and recognition of this holiday, the Siblings Day Foundation was established in 1997. Two years later, it became a non-profit organization.

Although it is not an official federal holiday, it is celebrated in many parts of the U.S. Since its conception, over 80 governors have signed gubernatorial proclamations recognizing the 10th of April as National Siblings Day. The holiday has also reached international status over the last 2 decades and is now celebrated in many different countries around the globe. Currently it is celebrated in many parts of Southeast Asia and in Australia.