Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for January 16, 2013:
TAYLOR HICKS ON AMERICAN IDOL - Mike and Janice talked with Taylor Hicks about his days on American Idol and how it helped his career. They discussed his shows in Las Vegas and what else he's up to these days. And Taylor mentioned a fundraiser he's helping with right now - Party for Marty. His friend, Marty Eagle - owner of Marty's in Birmingham's Southside - has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The fundraiser is to help him cope with the overwhelming and stressful financial burden. It kicked off with an event on January 1st but for more information on how you can help, visit https://www.fundrazr.com/campaigns/5PT3b.
JEH JEH LIVE - On Sunday, January 20, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will present Reflect and Rejoice, the ASO's musical tribute honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Jemison Concert Hall of the Alys Stephens Center. Concert comments will begin at 2 p.m. in the Reynolds Kirschbaum Recital Hall. To commemorate the events of 1963, ASO commissioned UAB University Professor of Music, Dr. Henry Panion III, to compose two new works for chorus and orchestra. These world premieres will also help inaugurate Birmingham's city-wide year of remembrance for the events on 1963. Roderick Cox, ASO Assistant Conductor, will conduct the concert. Tickets are $9- $24 and can be purchased online at www.alabamasymphony.org or by calling the Alys Stephens Ticketing Center at 205-975-2787.
ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Celeste Harris from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the events and activities planned for kids on MLK Day. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
PRICE DROPS - Now that the next generation of consumer electronics were officially unveiled in Las Vegas- what does that mean for the price of products already on store shelves? FOX Consumer Reporter Steve Noviello joined us from Dallas
with the scoop! Noviello explained the plus side of this year's CES is that the biggest show stoppers are items that most of us can't afford. Like LG's 84" UHDTV for 20k or SONY's set for 25k. Why is that good news? Because it means that the features on the new sets which we CAN afford aren't much different from what is now considered last years models. It's the equivalent of buying "last year's" car model when there wasn't a body style change- you're not missing out on much but there will be some opportunity to get a good deal. Things like Smart TV internet interfaces aren't making any major improvements so my advice if you want a new tv. Buy a simple set with great resolution and add a media streaming device to it like ROKU or Apple TV. Noviello explained that consumers have two things working in their favor right now- new models are coming in and it's time for the Superbowl which will generate special sales and bundle offers. Now is the time to start tracking prices.. they SHOULD be dropping in the next few weeks. Remember you may end up spending just as much as you would have last month- but you'll likely get a larger sized TV for that same amount of cash. Noviello says last year we saw a huge drop in phone prices immediately after CES. Prices dropped significantly on the then new Windows phone as well as Motorola's Droid Razr. You'll likely see similar deals this year. For as many Apple related products as there were at the show Windows 8 really made a splash. So be on te lookout for more powerful more versatile windows ultrabooks and tablets. At the end of the day Windows best bet to beat Apple is on price- and already companies are answering that call. Dell is getting a jump on that trend with a cheaper version of its Latitude 10 Windows 8 slate. Complete with a 10" screen made of Gorilla Glass you can grab a 32 gig model for less than 500 bucks. An ipad in that configuration would start at 600 dollars.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Peily Soong from Children's Hospital took viewer questions about childrens' health issues. For more information, visit www.ChildrensAL.org.
GARDENING - Fred Spicer, Executive Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, joined us to discuss a new construction project for the first phase of improvements to the conservatory. For more information, call (205) 414-3950 or visit bbgardens.org.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, running and donuts - how do they go hand in hand? Jeh Jeh gets the scoop on this unique run! The Bargainomics Lady joins us with a look at how to find great deals on specific interests such as your pets or travel! We introduce you to our pet of the week! American Idol kicks off tonight and we recap all the excitement and look ahead at the season! Join us for all of this that and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!