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Front Row Center: Richard Marx

Written by witf.org | Aug 7, 2012 4:00 AM

For more than two decades, Richard Marx has made an indelible mark on the music community with more than 30 million records sold and 13 #1 singles. He remains a radio fixture as an artist and producer, working with some of the biggest names in the music business. In this concert, Marx takes us through his legendary career and brings along a few friends including Hugh Jackman, Matt Scannell and Sara Niemietz.

witf will be airing this concert on August 9 at 8 p.m., August 19 at 8:30 p.m. and August 20 at 1:30 a.m.

From the producers of Soundstage, FRONT ROW CENTER features an eclectic mix of Grammy®-winning, multi-platinum selling, chart-topping artists that span genres and generations.

Meet your show hosts in the short preview video below:

Get to know the hosts of this live show better:

Kevin Ditzler:

Favorite witf TV Program & Why: Sesame Street is a favorite.  I love hearing my daughter use a word she learned from her favorite monster friends.  The latest is “soggy”.  She loves to announce that she is soggy at the pool and in the tub.  They were here for me as a child and now they are here for me as a father. 

Best thing witf does for the community:   I am a huge fan of “Ready Set Go… Kindergarten”. Watching hundreds of kids ride a bus for the first time, and hearing the hope, fears, and humorous stories from parents as they help their children prepare for this change moves me and gives me comfort for the day my kids head to meet their Kindergarten teacher and classmates.

Favorite thing to do on the weekends:  Playground and pool time with my family.  That of course goes hand in hand with that quiet moment when I finally get to sit next to my wife after the kids are in bed.

Favorite thing to order when out with friends:  Small plates.  There is nothing like filling a table with plate after plate of unique flavors, sharing them, and discussing them. 

Best thing about living in Central PA:  It is a short drive from so many amazing places.  Theaters, museums, stadiums, parks, and scenic views.

Keira McGuire:

Favorite witf TV Program & Why: Frontline.  I love the documentary format.  I respect how much work goes into producing these shows and enjoy getting lost in them. 

Favorite Pledge Program:  Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.  I loved this documentary about Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Elmo.  Kevin was born near my hometown in Maryland and, like many of us, he had a childhood dream.  It was inspirational to watch him turn that dream into reality.

Best thing witf does for the communitywitf inspires learning.  So many of us have seen curiosity ignite in the eyes of our little ones while watching an episode of Sesame Street.  Witf does the same thing for adults through programs like P.O.V. and Smart Talk.

Favorite thing to cook for the family:  I love to cook in the crockpot.  Who doesn’t like coming home to a meal that’s ready to eat?!  Growing up, my mom would make pot roast often.  Now it’s one of my family’s favorites.  I also like making Italian food like baked ziti and spaghetti.    

Hobbies & How you picked them up:  I love taking photos.  With a new baby in the house, I have plenty of opportunities!  I’ve always been fascinated with photography.  My interest started back in high school when I took photos for our school yearbook and newspaper.  I love taking our baby outside and letting her explore while snapping away.

During the show, we'll be offering special thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your gift of $65, you'll receive the “Richard Marx: A Night Out with Friends” CD/DVD. For your gift of $65, you'll receive the "Richard Marx: A Night Out with Friends" 2 CD/DVD combo. For your gift of $125, you'll receive 2 tickets to see Richard Marx at the Pullo Center on December 11, 2012.

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