013: RAMI Organization

April 01, 2017

Episode #013 of the Sound Matters radio show kicks off spotlighting classic albums released this week in music history by Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Skid Row, and the Scorpions. Tom interviews Dan Eisman and Debbie Akre from the Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) organization and gets some behind-the-scenes insights about the group’s past, present, and future. Each Sound Matters radio episode concludes with Tom’s signature Sound Matter Moment

On This Episode:

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  2. Sound Matters Spotlight I: Skid Row’s Subhuman Race, 1995 (“Into Another”), and the Scorpions’ Blackout, 1982 (“China White”)
  3. This Week in Music History…
  4. Interview Guest: DAN EISMAN, Chairman & DEBBIE AKRE of the RAMI (Rockford Area Music Industry) Organization
  5. Sound Matters Spotlight II: Genesis’ Duke, 1980 (“Turn It On Again”), and Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, 1973 (“The Rain Song”)
  6. Sound Matter Moment… “Say What You Will”

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Rockford Area Music Industry Facebook page – www.facebook.com/ramiawards & main website – www.ramiawards.com

Photo by Tom Leu


Inside the Interview:
01:44 – What is the RAMI and what were the beginnings and evolution of the organization? 
03:33 – What is the RAMI voting process currently?
06:11 – About the 26th Annual RAMI Awards show… 
07:01 – About the RAMI scholarships initiatives… 
08:14 – On Debbie’s role as treasurer of the RAMI… 
09:28 – The mechanics of the Annual RAMI Awards show… 
12:02 – About the RAMI committee members…
13:38 – On being a member of the RAMI Association and voting, etc.
15:30 – On RAMI educational seminars… 
16:24 – On sponsoring the RAMI Awards show…
17:54 – On contacting the RAMI organization, & the Missing Links…
18:38 – Upcoming 2017 RAMI events… 

Connect with the Rockford Area Music Industry, Inc. (RAMI):
Website: www.ramiawards.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ramiawards
Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/rockfordareamusicind

A ‘Sound Matter Moment’ >> www.soundmatters.tv/say-what-you-will

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> Until we meet again… Stay tuned-in…

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Tom Leu, MS/CPC is a Professional Speaker, Writer, Radio Host, & Photographer. A member of the National Speakers Association, Tom talks shiFt™ about Communications, Psychology, Recovery, & Rock 'n Roll. His writings, presentations, images, & interviews uncover layers within music, culture, & communications.

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