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Legendary Sirius/XM disc jockey Bruce Morrow will be broadcasting live from the Fest For Beatles Fans in Februay, the Fest announced Dec. 18.

Morrow will be broadcasting live from the stage of the Empire Ballroom from 6 to 9 p.m. ET Feb. 8. The Fest says many of the Fest's musical guests will be featured during his show.

“Cousin Brucie,” as he has been known since his days on WABC-AM in New York in the '60s, is one of the most well-known voices on the AM radio scene and a legend of AM radio. In the '60s in New York City, WABC was engaged in a rivalry with crosstown station WMCA-AM to become the top Beatles station. WABC called itself “W-A-Beatle-C” and did live street reports (often by Morrow himself) on the Beatles' arrival and activities during their stays in the city. He also emceed the Beatles concert at Shea Stadium that was later shown as a TV special.

Morrow currently hosts several music programs exclusively on SiriusXM. "Cruisin’ with Cousin Brucie" airs twice weekly at 5 p.m. ET Wednesdays and Sundays, while "Cousin Brucie’s Rock ‘n' Roll Party" is heard at 8 p.m. ET Saturdays, both on SiriusXM's Channel 6. Once a month, he hosts "Cousin Brucie Presents," which features music and talk with a special guest.

On Feb. 11, 1964, the Beatles held three of the top 10 spots in WABC's Musicradio 77 weekly survey, including the top two songs with “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You.” In 1965, an airing of the Beatles' “What You're Doing” was interrupted by Morrow and fellow DJ Dan Ingram doing a live on-air interview with the Fabs from their suite at the Warwick Hotel. The two deejays were there to present them with a medal called the Order of the All-American.

Some of the other guests at the Fest, which takes place Feb. 7-9 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, include Donovan, Peter Asher, Chad and Jeremy, Billy J. Kramer, Freda Kelly, Mark Lewisohn, Mark Rivera, Mark Hudson, Larry Kane, the Smithereens, the Birds of Paradox and The Nutopians.

David Lynch birthday contest: Urgency Network is giving away a chance to attend the David Lynch birthday party event honoring Ringo Starr Jan. 20 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles that we first reported in November. Besides Ringo, the event will also feature Ben Folds, Peter Frampton, Dave Stewart, Bettye LaVette, Don Was, Brendan Benson and Joe Walsh. The winner will also get to attend a private party following the show, plus get roundtrip airfare, and two nights accomodations. Rules and contest information are on the Urgency Network website.

Ringo meets Powerpuff Girls: The date for Ringo Starr's meetup with the Powerpuff Girls that we first reported in 2012 will be Jan. 20, Variety confirmed this week. Ringo first announced his involvement in the role of Mr. Fibonacci in a video update in November, 2012. The network officially announced the special back in January.

Wings movie song: Paul McCartney announced Dec. 18 on his website that the McCartney and Wings classic “Live and Let Die” is featured in the soundtrack of the just-released “American Hustle” film. Besides McCartney and Wings, the soundtrack features music by Duke Ellington, Elton John, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Electric Light Orchestra and Tom Jones.

Beatlefan turns 35: Beatlefan is celebrating its 35th anniversary with the publication of issue #205, editor Bill King told us Dec. 17. The new issue includes Rick Glover's look at five decades of loving the Fabs and 20-year-old Brigid Choi's personal story of how a millennial gets hooked on the Beatles, Ken Sharp's interview with Ringo Starr on his "Photograph" book and the "On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2" album, Bruce Spizer's look back at the dueling American albums released as Beatlemania broke and Howie Edelson's first part of a three-part interview with Mark Lewisohn, and more. You can get more information on the magazine's Facebook page.

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