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  • Ben Fong-Torres (2004)

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    Ben Fong-Torres was born in Alameda, California, in 1945, and raised in Oakland's Chinatown, where his parents owned a restaurant. He attended San Francisco State College from 1962 through 1966, majored in Radio-TV-Film and served as a reporter and editor of the campus daily.

    He began writing for Rolling Stone magazine in 1968, in its eighth issue. He had a full-time job at another publication: Pacific Telephone’s employee magazine. By night, he was a volunteer editor at East West, a bilingual Chinatown newspaper. In May, 1969, Ben joined Rolling Stone as news editor.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Ray Charles, featuring Norah Jones Genius Loves Company Here We Go Again (Concord)
    # 2 Jimmy Smith Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith Walk on the Wild Side (Verve)
    # 3 Madeline Eastman Mad About Madeline Cheek to Cheek (Mad Kat)
    # 4 Frank Sinatra with the Count Basie Orchestra Sinatra at the Sands I've Got You under My Skin (Reprise)
    # 5 Jenna Mamina Under the Influence Watching the Detectives (Mamma Grace)
    # 6 Gene Ammons Fine and Mellow Play Me (Prestige)
    # 7 Pamela Rose You Can Have It All You Can Have It All (Three-Handed Records)
    # 8 Larry Ching Till the End of Time I Only Have Eyes for You (Forbidden City Records)
             
    Book On CD-ROM, either a music encyclopedia or The Encyclopaedia Britannica
             
    Luxury Item A portable karaoke machine
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 Vince Guaraldi Jazz Impressions of "Black Orpheus" Cast Your Fate to the Wind (OJC)
    Castaways by date
    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun