Engineer Roger Nichols Dies

Engineer Roger Nichols Dies
Seven-time GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer Roger Nichols died April 9 in Burbank, Calif., following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66. A California native, Nichols was renowned for his extensive work with John Denver and Steely Dan. His first GRAMMY Award came in 1977 for Best Engineered Recording — Non-Classical for Steely Dan's Aja. He won the same award three additional times for Steely Dan's FM (No Static At All), Gaucho and Two Against Nature, with the latter album also earning him the coveted Album Of The Year GRAMMY in 2000. In 1997 Nichols earned Best Musical Album For Children honors for Denver's All Aboard! Nichols also engineered recordings for the Beach Boys, Rosanne Cash, Plácido Domingo, Rickie Lee Jones, and Frank Sinatra, among others. A longtime Recording Academy member, he served as a member of the Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and as a Trustee for The Academy's Florida Chapter. (4/13)

GRAMMY Foundation To Help Launch Arts Education Campaign
On April 16 the GRAMMY Foundation, along with previous GRAMMY Signature School recipient Chula Vista High School, will participate in the launch of a grassroots campaign to raise awareness for arts education funding at the 17th Annual Southern California Show Choir Invitational in San Diego. Helping to launch the campaign will be GRAMMY Foundation Senior Vice President Kristen Madsen, Chula Vista High School Vocal Music Director Tony Atienza, and representatives from Burbank Unified School District and Burbank Arts For All. (4/13)

Television Tops Music As Leading Youth Medium
Television ranks as the top form of media usage among 8–18 year-olds, with youths watching 4 hours and 29 minutes of TV daily compared to 2 hours and 31 minutes of music listening, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Music was the leading multitasking activity, with 43 percent listening to music while multitasking, followed by using a computer (40 percent) and watching TV (39 percent). MP3 players ranked as the top music listening device among survey respondents, with 29 percent listening to music via MP3 players, followed by computers (23 percent), radio (23 percent), CDs (12 percent), and cell phones (12 percent). (4/13)

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