Watch A Capitol Fourth Live Here with Friend of the Podcast Angelica Hale

A Star-Spangled Birthday Party — Live From the U.S. Capitol!

On July Fourth, America’s national Independence Day celebration honors our country’s birthday with an all-star salute. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this top-rated extravaganza features coverage from 20 cameras positioned around Washington, D.C., ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation.

In the three decades since the humble beginning of A Capitol Fourth, a parade of superstars — including Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, John Williams, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire, Natasha Bedingfield, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Huey Lewis and the News, Little Richard, Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, Kenny G, Aaron Neville, Kenny Rogers and the Muppets from Sesame Street — has offered the best in American entertainment and helped set the tone for a spectacular American birthday party.

Program Sponsors

A Capitol Fourth is made possible by grants from The Boeing Company, the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the ArmyPBS and public television viewers nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.

A Capitol Fourth: Watch it Live At 8 pm Thursday

A special note before we share information from the A Capitol Fourth website.

Friend of the podcast, Angelica Hale is one of the performers at this year’s annual 4th of July celebration hosted on the lawn of the United States Capitol. We are so proud of Angelica.

There is a link at the bottom of this post where you can watch the entire program with a live link here at EdBoston.com

This July 4th, A Capitol Fourth continues its 39-year tradition of celebrating our nation’s independence on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol building. Two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos returns to host the country’s longest-running live national July 4th TV tradition.

The 39th annual edition of A Capitol Fourth will feature: Grammy Award-winning music legend Carole Kingwith the Broadway cast of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical Beautiful starring Vanessa Carlton; multi-award winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling; acclaimed Tony-nominated singer-songwriter and actress Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman); multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams; double ACM winner, CMA and Grammy nominee with more than 12 million in RIAA certified sales and early member of Pandora’s Billionaires Club Lee Brice; Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat with her new band Gone West; Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and R&B legends The O’Jays; five-time Grammy Award-winning gospel vocalist extraordinaire Yolanda Adams; 2019 American Idol winner Laine Hardy; singing sensation Angelica Hale (America’s Got Talent); Broadway star and two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes; and this year’s winner of The Voice (Season 16), Maelyn Jarmon, performing the national anthem; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

The concert will also feature a special treat for the entire family, with Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Elmo, Grover, Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street on hand to celebrate America’s birthday. The Sesame StreetMuppets will perform a musical medley of patriotic favorites and iconic songs from the groundbreaking children’s television series, currently celebrating a landmark 50 years of learning and fun.

And, the concert will pay tribute to our men and women in uniform with a special performance by the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band and John Stamos. MusiCorps is a conservatory-level music rehabilitation program, formed in response to the needs of service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2007, the program has become a pioneer in the field of adaptive music and has helped countless wounded warriors in their recovery. This inspiring moment will be dedicated to our troops serving around the world, their families, and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for our freedom.

The 39th annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth will air on PBS Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide.

Also participating in the event will be Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, Members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.

The 2019 A Capitol Fourth will be live-streamed on PBS.org, YouTube and Facebook.

Breaking News: Comedy Legend Tim Conway Passes Away

 

For those of us who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, Tim Conway is a comedy legend. Amy and I continue to watch and love old episodes of “The Carol Burnett Show”, and especially love the ones that Tim appeared in.

It was so funny to see Tim make his fellow actors laugh when they should have been in character during a skit. Harvey Korman could hardly keep a straight face in nearly every scene they were involved in on the iconic Carol Burnett show.

While the character Mr. Tudball was among our favorite characters, it was the “Oldest Man” that topped them all. Watch this short video clip of Tim Conway as the Oldest Man.

Amy and I are saddened by the death of one of our all-time favorites, and our prayers go out to his family, friends, and fans. May Tim Conway’s memory live forever, and what a blessing it is to still be able to watch him performing his craft.

Read the announcement of Tim Conway’s passing below this picture of Tim and Harvey.

Pastor Ed Boston

Tim Conway and Harvey Korman

Comedy legend Tim Conway, star of ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ dead at 85

Tim Conway, the Golden Globe Award-winning actor who embodied several comical characters on “The Carol Burnett Show” including the Oldest Man and Mr. Tudball has died at age 85.

Conway died Tuesday morning after a long illness in Los Angeles, according to his rep Howard Bragman. His daughter, Kelly, told Fox News on Tuesday her father is “at peace now.”

“The love he gave us, and the laughter he gave the world will never be replaced, but will be remembered forever,” Kelly told us. “He is at peace now but I will miss him every second of every day until we meet again in heaven.

“We knew he would have to leave us someday, but that day came too soon. When he used to hear the song ‘Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground’ he would say, ‘I want that played at my funeral.'”

Conway’s longtime friend and fellow star Carol Burnett told Fox News, “I’m heartbroken. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being. I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He’ll be in my heart forever.

To read the complete article, click here to go to the Fox News story.

Prayers For Alex Trebek On His Diagnosis of Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the host of Jeopardy, Alex Trebek who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. That topic is very close to us here, as Pastor Ed Boston’s father passed away 10 years ago after getting the same diagnosis.

Below is the announcement along with the YouTube video that Alex released about his diagnosis and keeping the faith.

From TrevorDecker.com: 

Alex Trebek, the longtime host of the popular game show “Jeopardy” has revealed that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He made the announcement in a video on Wednesday. The television icon vows to fight the low survival rate of the diagnosis and also says he will continue to work and host “Jeopardy”

 

“Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy! fan base. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information. Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease. Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.”

Alex Trebek

Culver City, California

March 6, 2019

Recent Examples of Faith in Professional Wrestling

This week, there have been two huge examples of Professional Wrestling Superstars publicly talking about their faith. Below, is a video of Pastor Ed Young interviewing The Undertaker with The Phenom opening up about his Christian faith.

Below that, there are a couple of quotes from Roman Reigns about how his faith has helped him through his fight against Leukemia. During his announcement, Reigns let the world know that his cancer is in remission.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve reported on wrestlers being outspoken about their faith. We’ve had personal interviews with both Jeff Jarrett and A.J. Styles, who proudly share their faith publicly.

Enjoy what you read below and remember, while Professional Wrestlers may seem larger than life to many of their fans – the put their pants on one leg at a time and face the same struggles that everyone else does.

The Undertaker Opens Up About His Faith In New Interview With Pastor Ed Young (Video)

https://wrestlingnewsblog.com/2019/02/28/the-undertaker-opens-up-about-his-faith-in-new-interview-with-pastor-ed-young-video/

WWE Star Roman Reigns Announces His Cancer Is In Remission

“I’m a man of faith I’ve always believed in God I’ve always believed that he’s favored me and looked out for me but I’m not going to lie before my announcement in October I was terrified Y’all,” Romain said during his remarks Monday night. “I was scared I was insecure and I really didn’t know if I wanted to share that secret with the world.”

“The overwhelming support that you gave me it gave me strength it gave me new life it gave me a new opportunity and it gave me a new purpose. Roman continued. “I’m going to use this platform this giant WWE platform that is global and the whole world can see it I’m going to use it to raise awareness and I’m going to use it to support those who are in need it just like I was.”
https://trevordecker.com/2019/02/26/wwe-star-roman-reigns-announces-cancer-remission/