Beautiful music is a instrumental music format, prominent in American radio from the late 1950s through the 1980s. Easy listening, light music, mood music, elevator music, Muzak are other terms that overlap with this format and the style of music that it featured. Beautiful music can be regarded as a subset of the middle of the road radio format. Beautiful music offered soft and unobtrusive instrumental selections on a structured schedule with limited commercial interruptions, it functioned as a free background music service for stores, with commercial breaks consisting only of announcements aimed at shoppers in the stores. This practice was known as "storecasting" and was common on the FM dial in the 1940s and 1950s. Many of these FM stations simulcast their AM station and used a subcarrier to transmit a hitch-hiker signal to a store receiver by subscription; the signal was a slow-moving audio tape of "background music" or Muzak-type service, independent of the simulcast AM signal. Some FM stations made more income from these music subscriptions than from their main programming.
WITH-FM, in Baltimore, had to keep its FM carrier on the air until 2AM for restaurant subscribers, could not sign-off the main FM carrier until that time and thus had to run a repeat of its previous day's evening concert on its main FM program line. One of the first beautiful music radio stations in the US was KIXL in the Dallas-Ft. Worth, area; as early as 1947 it played orchestral music on AM radio, on FM. KIXL changed to KEZL in 1973, but ended with a change to adult contemporary in 1976. In 1959, Gordon McLendon, who had interests in Top-40 radio in Dallas as well as other markets, decided to "counter-program" in San Francisco since several Top-40 stations were there. McLendon established beautiful music AM station KABL, successful through the 1990s, it experimented with combining elements of Big Bands and soft rock until its demise in the early 21st century. It was reborn as an Internet radio station. In the early 1960s, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a standard for transmitting and receiving stereo signals on a single channel of the FM band.
In addition to delivering stereo sound, FM broadcasting provided clearer sound quality and better resistance to interference than AM, thus being ideal for broadcasting the beautiful music format. In Baltimore, programmer Art Wander developed a beautiful music format for the 50,000-watt NBC affiliate WBAL/1090; the station format launched in the fall of 1960 featured music sweeps of lush instrumentals with subtle comments from their staff announcers. The format changed to sports and talk when competing FM stations broadcast beautiful music and easy listening. In 1963, Marlin Taylor created a custom-designed beautiful music format at Philadelphia's WDVR. Within four months, WDVR became the #1 rated FM station in the Philadelphia market; this was one of the first big successes in FM broadcasting, was instrumental in establishing the viability of FM. WDVR was a resource for mature listeners who were driven from AM radio at the time when WFIL and WIBG switched to rock'n' roll programming. WDVR's billboards made the adult audience aware of the new station.
Peters Productions was one of several radio format syndicators—including Schulke Radio Productions, Bonneville Program Services, Century Broadcasting—who created automated tape reels for hundreds of radio stations across the US during the 1960s and 1970s. The company supplied music tapes as well as pre-recorded announcements of the time of day, other announcements used to promote the format. Peters' beautiful music format was first called "Music Only for a Woman" and "Music Just for The Two of Us". Peters was the first beautiful music syndicator to sell its library in the late 1980s to Broadcast Programming, Inc. which bought several other syndicators. Bonneville, which had acquired the SRP and Century catalogs in the 1980s, sold its beautiful music assets to Broadcast Programming in November 1993; some beautiful music stations transitioned to adult contemporary formats with call letter changes to shed the "elevator music" identity. Many of these stations marketed themselves as playing many of the same songs from the original artists.
Beautiful music stations declined in the late 1980s and early 1990s as country music became popular and moved to the FM dial. Many beautiful music stations in rural areas, switched to country around that time; the beautiful music format has not yet died completely. Today's smooth jazz radio stations maintain the style of the beautiful music format; the format continues on a few non-commercial radio stations, including KCEA in California. Jones College of Jacksonville operated WKTZ-FM, a beautiful music noncommercial station, from its 1964 founding until 2014, when it sold the s
"Election Night Special" is a Monty Python sketch parodying the coverage of United Kingdom general elections the 1970 general election, on the BBC by including hectic actions by the media and a range of ridiculous candidates. This sketch was featured in Episode 19 of the Monty Python's Flying Circus TV series, first broadcast on 3 November 1970. A somewhat different version of the sketch was featured on the Monty Python Live at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane album. A longer edit of the Drury Lane version appeared on the promotional flexidisc Monty Python's Tiny Black Round Thing; the sketch provides the basis for an item in Monty Python's Big Red Book in the form of a mock pamphlet for the Silly Party, which alongside characters from the original sketch names both Paul Fox and Ian MacNaughton as Silly Party candidates. Throughout the sketch, the linkman and other commentators appear in a fixed sequence, either giving variations on their original statement or repeating it, as results are coming in from various constituencies.
The election is contested by two major parties, the Sensible Party and the Silly Party, though third-party candidates make their appearance. The sketch focuses on election results from the following three constituencies: At the end of the sketch, further results are given in short: Engelbert Humperdinck gains Barrow in Furness from Ann Haydon-Jones and her husband Pip. Arthur Negus has held Bristols. "That's not a result, that's a bit of gossip". Mary Whitehouse taking Umbrage. Wales isn't swinging at all, "no surprise" Monty Python holds the Credits; the Drury Lane version gives a different set of results: A little pink pussycat gains Barrow in Furness, "a gain from the Liberals, there". Rastus Odinga-Odinga has taken Wolverhampton South West. Arthur Negus has held Bristols. "That's not a result, that's a bit of gossip". Sir Alec Douglas-Home has taken Oldham for the Stone-Dead party. A small piece of putty about that big, a cheese mechanic from Dunbar and two frogs, one called Kipper and the other one not, have all gone "neep neep neep" in Blackpool Central.
The character Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel made another appearance in the third season, episode twelve, of Monty Python's Flying Circus in the "Spot the Looney" sketch, although was not identified by name. In the 1981 Crosby by-election, candidate John Desmond Dougrez-Lewis, a 22-year-old student from Hayes in Greater London, changed his name by deed poll to Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel, thus the name was printed on the ballot paper, although the Returning Officer referred to him as "Tarquin Biscuitbarrel". He finished in fifth out of nine candidates, he participated in the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, which has some conceptual similarities with the Silly Party mentioned in the sketch. Jeremy Fox stood as a candidate for the Silly Party in Dover in the 1979 British general election, as a protest against the National Front. Fox outpolled the National Front candidate by 642 votes to 378; the original sketch includes the line, "What do you make of the nylon dog cardigan and plastic mule rest?"
These items had been mentioned in The Goon Show episode, "Tales of Old Dartmoor" fourteen years prior. The linkman says, "Thank you Spike," in acknowledgement to The Goon Show creator and star Spike Milligan. List of Monty Python's Flying Circus episodes List of recurring Monty Python's Flying Circus characters "Election Night Special" script
Xiong Dailin, better known as Lynn Hung, is a Hong Kong-based fashion model and actress from mainland China. Born in Nanjing, Hung moved her base of modeling activities to Hong Kong in 2006 and began working there in the runway scene, becoming known as a top model, beginning her acting career in 2008, she became well known as the girlfriend of Aaron Kwok, a singer known as one of Hong Kong's "Four Heavenly Kings" from 2006 to 2013. Hong Kong press reported in 2009 that she was the #4 highest-paid model in Greater China, next to Hong Kong's Gaile Lai, Chinese Jennifer Du, Taiwanese Lin Chi-ling. Hung was born in Nanjing, China with family roots in Guizhou, China in 10 October 1980, she studied costume design and performing arts at Soochow University. In 1999, Hung developed her career in Shanghai and became the second runner-up in the "China National Model Competition". In 2002 she received the "China Top Ten Models" awards. In 2008, Hung went to Hong Kong and started her acting career in the award-winning film Ip Man starring alongside Donnie Yen.
She appeared in films such as All's Well, Ends Well 2010, Ip Man 2, My Sassy Girl 2, Ip Man 3. She has acted in Material Queen alongside Vanness Wu in 2011, she has been filming the show If You Love a Chinese season 2 with Korean actor and entertainer Lee Kwang-soo, best known as a cast member of the variety show Running Man. Hung had been in a serious relationship with Aaron Kwok since 2006. In 2012, when Aaron Kwok was planning his engagement to Lynn, her father Fan Tao was hospitalised for liver cancer, so it was postponed indefinitely. Fan died in January 2013. Hung dated Hong Kong businessman Ken Kwok in 2014 and they married in December 2016. Hung gave birth to twin daughters Kaylor and Lyvia in April 2018, in a private hospital located on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. Lynn Hung on IMDb Lynn Hung Doi-Lam at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase Article on Jaynestars