May 2014
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Also In This Issue Health Care Changes?
Sec.-Treas. Sam Chilia answers questions read_more

'I'm Part of Who You Are'
IBEW reaches out to Canada's First Nations people read_more

Mandate for Recovery
In Utah, membership affirms use of CEs, CWs read_more

Rebuilding the Mighty
Carmakers expand read_more

Sunny Skies for Silicon Valley Local 332 rides building wave read_more

No Kleins? No Problem
New members file legal briefs and litigate read_more





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Live Music, No Cover
The IBEW Brings Concerts
to Your Home

There was a time when live concerts were a staple of broadcast television. American Bandstand was on the air for 37 years, and seemingly every town with a TV station and access to a gymnasium had a local version. There was even a time when MTV would beam out performances by bands big and small, produced by a professional crew of cameramen, sound engineers and set designers.

Amateur recordings of amateur musicians abound on the web, but for music fans who like concerts without a panel of judges enthroned between the audience and the band, choices have been shrinking.

But there is at least one stage left where the technical engineers behind the mics and cameras are as talented as the people on the stage. Over the last 20 years, the Late Show with David Letterman has become one of the last, best places to see a live musical performance without getting up from your couch. Every show since Billy Joel played opening in 1993, has been brought to you by members of New York Local 1212.

"I don't even know how many concerts we've done. Even the great ones, there are too many to count," said Dan Campbell, Emmy-award winning camera operator for the Late Show. "I've been at CBS for 32 years and some of the cameramen have been here longer than me."

Musical goliaths and bands on the make alike have made the journey to the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway, and played to millions. The downside, of course, is that the bands usually come on last, after the host's inimitable interviews with celebrity and not-so-celebrity guests. Appearances are brief, often just a single song. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Hill: Athletes Spark Talk of Youth, Unions read_more
Chilia: Supreme Court v. Democracy read_more

Duane Moore;
Kara L. Mulvey read_more

CircuitsIBEW Unity Fund Critical
to Fighting Anti-Worker Agenda;
FCC Votes To Save
TV News Jobs;
New IBEW Ad Celebrates American Manufacturing;
Louisville Local Commemorates Civil
Rights March read_more

Brotherhood, the Poem;
Carrying the Torch read_more

In MemoriamMarch 2014 read_more

Who We AreA Toast to Hatzel & Buehler:
130 Years of Partnership, Respect read_more