Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 2780 Altadena Road in Vestavia Hills for Celebrate America with the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band & The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Voices. The performance is Saturday at 6pm and the Band and a 100 member choir comprised of members from Huntsville/Madison area and Birmingham/Bessemer area will sing 8 patriotic songs and narratives read by military and civic leaders. The list includes a U.S. House of Representative, Jefferson County Commissioner, Vestavia Hills Mayor and others. The 110-voice choir is comprised primarily of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints representing 15 congregations in north-central and north-east Alabama. The choir members voluntarily give of their time and talents to share their love of God and country through music. The AMC Band proudly serves the Soldiers and civilians of the U.S. Army Materiel Command stationed at more than 153 locations worldwide. The band and its Music Performance Teams travel throughout the country and overseas supporting 30 installations, 26 major tenants, seven Army Field Support Brigades, 10 subordinate commands, and four separate reporting activities within the AMC enterprise. For more information visit www.wecelebrateamerica.org.
BBJ - Mike talked with Michael Seale from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed what could be the next big bank deal or merger in town and growth in the Avondale area with businesses, restaurants, and new housing. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.
BLAKE AARON - Jazz Guitarist Blake Aaron performed two songs in our studio thus morning. Aaron's fans have long been entertained by his multi-guitar approach in his live performances where he'll set up his nylon string guitar on a stand while the Strat or hollow body is strapped around his shoulder - allowing for some amazing switch off during the same song. A first call TV and film guitarist, Aaron has also worked for such television shows as Fox's "MAD TV," where Blake was the show's guitarist for 14 years and theme cocomposer with Emmy Winner Greg O' Connor. His other TV and film work includes Steven Seagal's "Half Past Dead 2,"Super Dave Osborne." You can hear him tonight at 7:30pm. He's playing at The Perfect Note in Hoover. 1845 Montgomery Hwy S. Suite 201,Hoover, AL 35244. For more information, call 205-986-7280.
FIRE SAFETY - According to recent Underwriter's Laboratory research, a house fire can become deadly in less than 3 minutes, well before the fire department has a chance to respond. Modern homes are designed with larger rooms and open floor plans made possible with lightweight construction techniques. Under normal circumstances, these materials perform well. However, in a fire, UL testing shows they can fail sooner and collapse without warning. They're built airtight to be energy efficient. In a home fire, though, this seals in heat, causing temperatures to rapidly escalate to unsurvivable levels. And, synthetic materials in modern furnishings burn rapidly, giving off toxic smoke and choking fumes. Ron Hazelton is the spokesman for the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a nonprofit fire safety organization whose board includes FEMA, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, National. Fallen Firefighters Foundation, National Fire Protection Association, National Association of State Fire Marshals, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Underwriters Laboratories and more. Ron Hazelton joined us from in front of two side-by-side furnished living rooms. Each will be set ablaze. One will have a fire-suppression sprinkler system, and the other will have only a smoke alarm. In the room with a smoke alarm and a home fire sprinkler system, the fire will be out within 30 seconds, usually less. In the room with only a smoke alarm, the entire room will be lost in the time between the alarm sounding and the arrival of the fire department just minutes later. Those few short minutes can be the difference between losing everything! According to a recent five-year study by the National Fire Protection Association, seven people died in U.S. home fires every single day. Each year, home fires cause an average of 2,650 deaths, 12,890 injuries, and $7.1 billion in direct property damage.
ZOO CREW - Kelly Garrison joined us from the Birmingham Zoo to let Mickey visit with his friend the African Serval. African servals can hear high-frequency sounds made by rodents moving underground. They have the longest legs in proportion to their bodies and biggest ears of any cat species. Join the Birmingham Zoo tomorrow 18 from 5:30-9pm to kick-off the second annual Zoo, Brews and Full Moon Bar-B-Que event! New this year, craft beer fans will love the selection of tastings from some of the finest specialty brews around Alabama. In addition to beer, there will be wines and non-alcoholic beverages. This family event also includes live music by Park Band, a Talladega Superspeedway pace car and street team, Dino Discovery, animal greetings and walkabouts, train rides and much more! Zoo Members get in 30 minutes early! To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to www.birminghamzoo.com.