Freshmen and sophomores from The Denver Academy of Torah High School were on hand to participate in the advance taping of our May 6th, special “Business of Summer Fun” edition.
In fact, at the very start of the show, each of the students introduces himself or herself. Then throughout the hour-long program, the students participate by responding to questions posed to them by co-hosts David Biondo and Dean Rotbart. Instead of raising their hands to answer the hosts’ questions, the students ‘voted’ with their applause.
[The full show can be heard now in four segments, here.]
While at the 710 KNUS AM studios, DAT students had a chance to meet legendary rock ‘n’ roll concert promoter Barry Fey, who signed copies of his autobiography, Backstage Past, for each visitor. Fey told the students about the golden-age of Colorado rock concert history, selling out the Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Mile High Stadium featuring performers such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, U2, Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Dr. Juli Kramer, DAT high school’s principal, and Naomi Lev, assistant principal, were present, as were teachers Eve Rutherford and Matt Janko.
Ken Simon, a co-owner of Denver’s iconic ice cream parlor, Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, told the students how he and his partners (wife Judy, and friends, Bob and Cindy Pailet) came to launch the business back in 1986. The building where Bonnie Brae is located, at 799 University Boulevard, has been in Simon’s family since the 1930s and previously served as both a pharmacy and ice cream shop – under different management.
Bonnie Brae is known for its rich, creamy frozen treats as well as its old-fashioned customer service and neighborhood-oriented atmosphere. Located close to Denver’s Cherry Creek Mall and Washington Park, summertime always brings long lines of content customers waiting to get their lips on Bonnie Brae’s specialty ice creams, which include award-winning vanilla and “Triple-Death Chocolate” flavors. Judy Simon is the store’s “ice cream chef.”
Ken Simon brought pints of Bonnie Brae Ice Cream for the DAT students to enjoy during the taping, although we noticed that the DAT faculty and B. Unconventional radio production crew couldn’t resist either. Co-host Biondo judged the ice cream “heavenly.”
DAT, a Modern Orthodox Jewish day school, provides excellence in education in both general and Judaic studies. Under Dr. Kramer’s leadership, the private Denver high school has developed a cutting-edge pedagogic model that has won national recognition for innovation. Rabbi Daniel Alter serves as the Head of School, supervising DAT’s K-12 program.
Other middle and high schools wishing to visit a taping of Business Unconventional are invited to contact co-host Rotbart at 303-800-6081.
First Row, Left: Barry Fey at microphone. Teachers Eve Rutherford and Matt Janko look on.
First Row, Right: 710 KNUS AM morning host, Steve Kelley, visits with students in the hallway.
Second Row, Left: Students receiving signed books by Barry Fey and ice cream from Bonnie Brae.
Second Row, Right: Denver Academy of Torah High School Principal, Dr. Juli Kramer