Ed Waldick, Lighting Designer, Road & Stage Manager Passes December 5 - Ocala, Florida
Ed Waldick a longtime associate of Media Five, originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he first started working in the Music Industry with Dan Hartman's first band The Legends, passed on December 5 in Ocala, Florida where he had lived and worked over the last 20 years. His long association with Media Five began in the early 70s coming off working with one of the most popular recording artists of the time, The Edgar Winter Group and his friend lead vocalist, keyboardist, song writer and producer Dan Hartman in different capacities touring the world.
After managing the Listening Booth Record Store in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Ed went back to the live music business and brought all his expertise to the top regional bands playing the Eastern Seaboard. Beginning with Magnum as the lighting designer and road manager, then Witness as monitor engineer and followed by Fury as the lighting designer, operator and road manager.
In the early 80s Ed moved to South Florida where Media Five called upon him to set up their Florida booking operation where he was was a liaison with premier Florida venues. It was in Fort Lauderdale at Summers on the Beach during multiple residencies with the band Fury that Ed garnered attention, both with regional and national acts, for his unique visual stage production of creative lighting and stage sets.
Relocating to Ocala, Florida in the mid 90s, Ed connected with regional musicians and national touring acts as he worked for Christie Lites and later Eve to Adam to name a few. He was currently working on The Music of Pink Floyd Laser Light Show to launch his own tribute. WCJB TV 20 this week did a three minute tribute titled, "Music Scene Loses a Legend" to Ed saluting the work he did to support the local music scene from young musicians to national stars in the Gainesville area.
A consonant professional that was always "on" with energy and heart like very few, Ed was very giving and it was always with his trademark smile.
This past September he lost his wife Jan and is survived by his daughter Lindsey and his son Ian, a lawyer, who was recently married. A memorial show for Ed Waldick is set for January 28th at O'Malley's Alley in Ocala, Florida hosted by the band Under the Covers.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
JAY THOMAS Long Time Sound Engineer Associated with Media Five Bands Passes
Jay Thomas of South Whitehall Township passed away Thursday June 2. Jay, an expert sound engineer, had a long history of working with Media Five bands. He is best known for working with the band MAGNUM and most recently with the MAY BABIES. Jay was a well liked, hard working professional that bands could always count on for a great live mix and a good laugh.
Mike DeFrank from Magnum posted the following statement on Jay's untimely passing on the band's Facebook: "From all of us, thank you for every musical moment of greatness you provided, every laugh that we shared, and every bit of professionalism you displayed. From now on, you will always be with us in our hearts on every stage. Rest in peace."
There are no public funeral arrangements. Unofficially we have learned that there may be a memorial concert event in tribute to Jay . When details become available they will be posted on Media Five News and Magnum's Facebook page.
Remembering an Exceptional Vocalist & Friend to All
Benefit Concert for Alisa Anderson Scholarship Set for November 1st
Alisa Anderson, a standout vocalist and entertainer on the regional music scene since the 1970s, passed on October 8. Alisa was a friend to all, with legions of fans and the respect of musicians throughout the region. Her soulful soaring voice was the focal point of the bands she performed with in the 1970s until recently. First starting out in Arthurs Museum then moving on to Simon Apple and finally Philadelphia Funk Authority, Alisa's voice covered all genres, whether it be R&B, Hard Rock, Pop, or Dance. Alisa was an accomplished vocalist and performed at many high profile events including Vice President Biden's Home States Ball and President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration. Alisa will be missed by everyone and Media Five and all of our agents offer their condolences to all of Alisa's family and friends.
A special benefit concert will be held Sunday November 1st from 4-8PM at the Crowne Plaza in Reading, PA. Tickets for this event are $25 and will include food, drinks and performances by members of bands that Alisa was a part of. The proceeds from this concert will be used for The Reading Musical Foundation to start a scholarship in Alisa's name. Follow the link below to purchase advance tickets and find out more information.
For the past four years, Aaron Bonner has worked with us at Media Five in several different capacities. He was recently offered and accepted an incredible position with iHeartMedia at the iHeartRadio national headquarters in Manhattan. He will be the Executive Assistant to three Vice Presidents of National Programming, Integration and Artist Relations. All of us at Media Five wish Aaron the best of luck with his exciting new position. His last day in the office will be next Wednesday, May 6.
Aaron's position has been filled by Eddie Mackavage, a Drexel University graduate of the College of Media Arts & Design's Music Industry Program with a B.S. in Business Administration. No stranger to the Media Five office, Eddie interned with us during the summer and winter of 2011 and was one of our most talented interns. Eddie has been at our office working in tandem with Aaron over the last two weeks.
Eddie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
We all wish Aaron the best and welcome Eddie to the Media Five family.