The Shadow Knows -- If you haven't caught the Spokane Shadow at any of their home games yet this summer, consider making a date with the mighty Shadow this Saturday night. First in their division, the Shadow whomped the Abbotsford Rangers in beautiful British Columbia several weeks ago, and apparently the Rangers haven't had enough. They're looking for a rematch this weekend at Joe Albi stadium. In addition to all the high-speed soccer action, don't miss Fireworks Night, courtesy of KREM, KDRK Cat Country, and, yes, The Inlander. See you there!
Making Hoop Dreams Real -- The Bloomsday numbers may have been down this year, but Hoopfest numbers are holding steady. A recent visit with Executive Director Rick Steltenpohl -- actually, we were just trying to check out the bracket for the Media Division -- revealed that with 5,800 teams already registered in mid-May, the 14th annual street hoops tournament will surely reach last year's total of 6,011 teams.
You'd better suit up, because there's only three weeks left to acquire the hops and outside J that you haven't gotten yet in years of trying.
As for us, we'll see you at the rim. (Well, OK, at the net. Toward the bottom part.)
Picking over the Remains -- The dust from the Buzzard was just beginning to settle, but it appears the shake-up in Spokane Radioland is far from over. While 105.7 the Peak is no more, two popular radio stations, 103.1 the Mix and 96.9 the Star, are vying for the Peak's former listeners. The Mix, which used to play a more aggressive alternative format that included the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Audioslave, is now 103.1 "Familiar New Music and Retro Hits." They launched their new format with a weekend of nothing but the Dave Matthews Band, U2 and Sheryl Crowe (insert sound of Binsters moaning "killllll meeeee" here). Not to be outdone, 96.9 The Star -- which used to be such a reliable source for our periodic Adam Ant fixes -- is now adding the '90s to their '80s format. Not only that, the Breakfast Boys have crossed over and now helm the morning show for the Star. What's next, we wonder? Will the Peak stage some sort of glacial comeback and swallow the Zoo up whole? Will KPBX announce their takeover of KDRK Cat Country with a Prairie Home Companion and This American Life-only weekend? We'll keep you posted.