Vladivostok Rock

Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O’Neill said, “In my opinion, Mozart was the world’s first rock star and Beethoven was the world’s heavy metal star.” The quote was included in the TV special “Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Birth of Rock Theatre” which aired on East Tennessee PBS last night and will be repeated on Wednesday night.

I had the privilege of appearing on the East Tennessee PBS pledge breaks during the Trans-Siberian Orchestra special and the show that followed, “Downton Abbey: Behind the Drama.” My main responsibility was to push the premium items that members receive as thank-you gifts for larger pledges. For a $200 pledge, viewers received a pair of tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s upcoming Knoxville concert.

East Tennessee PBS pledge drive - March 4, 2012 - Frank Murphy at "Premium Desk/Monitor" The management and crew of the TV station make me feel very welcome whenever I’m there. Last night was my first opportunity to try applying the bronzer that I bought last Tuesday. I get to use it again next Sunday when I’ll be on during the pledge breaks in “The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall.”

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