Speak Frankly | Tribute to Tami Lane
Hollywood could not have created a better setting for the ceremony honoring Peoria Oscar winner Tami Lane. Officials from the City of Peoria and Peoria Public School, along with family and friends, gathered on Thursday, September 9 near the entrance to Hines Elementary School where Tami dated a young girl. The event marked Lyndale Road’s honorary appointment as Tami Lane. This was the street that Tami took several times to get to Hines from her family’s house.
The sun was shining brightly in the clear blue sky. There was a gentle breeze that everyone could feel as the city’s public works department workers carefully set up the lecturer’s desk under tall oak trees providing a welcome area of summer shade.
Under the guidance of Deputy Director Sie Maroon, the chairs were placed six feet apart for those who wanted to sit comfortably, although most preferred to stand.
It was a perfect Midwestern September morning to recognize and honor Tami. And the honor they did first with City Councilor Tim Riggenbach, then District 150 Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, who was followed by Hines School Principal Marcia Lough. All spoke eloquently of Lane’s accomplishments and the meaning she had for the youth of Peoria. Nick Knapp, who grew up with Tami, presented her with a colorful flower arrangement and sparked everyone’s emotions with his personal reflections on her accomplishments. Roger had the pleasure of serving as master of ceremonies and presenting him with small replicas of the street sign, Tami Lane, designed and produced by the Public Works Department.
When the time came for Tami to respond to the words of praise and acclamation, it is no surprise that she was humble and very grateful for the recognition and honor. She thanked everyone for their support, then answered questions from a group of students from Hines who came to meet her.
For those who don’t know, Tami Lane is a graduate of Hines, Woodruff High School, and Bradley University. After college, she and three of her friends hitched a U-Haul trailer to her car and moved to Los Angeles. Tami’s goal was to become a professional makeup artist in the film and television industry. It wasn’t easy and didn’t happen overnight, but it did. She was hired by Howard Berger of KNG-EFX Group, Inc. to sweep floors, store shelves, and clean molds and was eventually promoted and trained to be a prosthetic makeup artist.
In 2006, she and Berger were nominated and won the Oscar for Best Makeup of the Year for their work in “The Chronicles of Narnia Trilogy”. In 2013, Tami and two other makeup artists were nominated for another Academy Award for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”.
No Peorian has ever won an Oscar or even been nominated once, let alone twice. Lyndale Road’s honorary appointment as Tami Lane was well deserved and well deserved!
It must be time for the radio investigation
You can always know when Nielsen is coming to town to conduct radio polls. It was then that radio stations began to offer cash and prizes for several weeks in the hopes of winning the race to gain the largest audience in the survey. Good grades convince advertisers that their stations can reach the greatest number of people.
There are at least 23 local radio stations, FM and AM, vying for listeners. The point is, no radio station has all of the listeners all the time, and no station has all of the listeners some of the time. Every station has an audience, and what’s more, radio audiences are smaller than ever before thanks to cell phones and other electronics, CD players and satellite broadcasts. Television is the main cause of the decline in radio audiences. Years ago, the first thing a lot of people did was turn on the radio. Not true today. It is now the “boob tube”.
The TV stations have the polls to prove it. Here’s one provided by a local TV station: 39.8% of the population learns to try or buy products or services on TV, but only 2.9% are influenced by radio. 8.7% are influenced by what they see and hear on the internet. And newspapers make up about 8%. Despite a smaller audience, radio prices have increased, in some cases, more than television, depending on the weather. I don’t want to rain on the radio parade since I’ve been in the business on both sides for over 60 years, but here’s another fact. More adults, aged 18 and over, spend more time on television than any other medium. On average, they watch television for 5.2 hours a day compared to 1.4 hours on the radio. Internet browsing is highest at 3.0 hours per day.
Speaking of radio, congratulations to WCBU-FM. The station, owned and licensed by Bradley University, won first place for Best Station for Overall Excellence by the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. The station also won first place for best digital presence covering its website, social media and podcasts. WCBU-FM is now operated by another public radio station, WGLT-FM, on the Illinois State University campus.
More deserved honors for developer Kim Blickenstaff. He is the Man of the Year for the 31st Annual Easter Seals Dinner which will take place on Friday November 5th at the newly refurbished and refurbished Scottish Rite Theater. We are told that participants will be entertained by the Beach Boys. Don’t miss it.
Quote of the month
“The value of a consistent prayer is not that he hears us, but that we hear him.” – William McGill