Friday, August 29, 2014

The GrooveCast: "Chance and Dan DO KOREA" Live Variety Show

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Dan Wiberg and Chance Dorland host a LIVE podcast variety show with an emphasis on audience participation. Our 1st recording is Friday, September 12th at 9 pm at Rocky Mountain Tavern (Itaewon) & features comedian El Wassim, indie rock band Baekma and expat journalist John Power. With an eclectic mixture of guests, bands and the man-bro chemistry of the hosts, Chance & Dan Do Korea has something for everybody. Like Facebook.com/DoKoreaPodCast to receive regular updates on guests, special deals and recording dates. Here's our preview podcast episode with info on what to expect during our first live recording! Also, subscribe to our podcast via the iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chance-and-dan-do-korea/id432052235?mt=2

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Korean Ebola Fears Delay Scholarships For West African Students

Approximately 800 Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) recipients from around the world are traveling to South Korea this month to begin master's degree and doctoral programs at universities across the country. A small minority, however, have been instructed to not enter Korea for at least six months due to concerns over the Ebola virus.


One student, who wishes to remain anonymous (and will be referred to from this point on as 'Jack'), told SeoulItUp.com that the National Institute For International Education, (NIIED) has informed him and three other students from West African nations their scholarships have been delayed. Jack says all four students were sent etickets on August 8th for travel from their home nation to Korea. However, those travel plans were then cancelled when Korean Air flights to Kenya were suspended due to Ebola concerns. NIIED, the organization in charge of the scholarship, sent new itineraries to approximately 800 other students, but he and three others were told to stay home.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

TBS eFM: Plastic Surgery In Korea


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It's no secret that plastic surgery is becoming increasingly popular here in South Korea, but a story earlier this year brought the topic back into the headlines. Owners of a plastic surgery clinic in Gangnam have been fined 3 million won and faced up to two years in prison for using chin bone fragments from around 1,000 patients to fill two large see-through columns in their office. Each fragment was even labeled with the name of the client it belonged to. The clinic tweeted a photo of the columns, leading to the fine and removal of the bones from the office.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The GrooveCast: Hyundai Card Citybreak Festival w/ New Found Glory Interview


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GrooveCast host Chance Dorland and his good friend Tyler spend the weekend at Hyundai Card's Citybreak festival where they score an interview with Chad Gilbert, the guitarist for New Found Glory.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

TBS eFM: New Gangnam Tourist Trolley

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Seoul's Gangnam District Office now offers a trolley tour bus that is said to offer an easy option for foreigners visiting the city who want to visit popular destinations in the Gangnam area. But, do foreigners know about the new tour? And does the Gangnam Tour need to change the way it is operated to better accommodate tourists here in Seoul?

Monday, August 11, 2014

The GrooveCast: Dean Crawford At The Movies

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I spoke with Groove Magazine film critic Dean Crawford for his reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as well as previews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and You're Next. Do yourself a favor and see both Guardians and Planet of the Apes if you have some spare time to head to the movies!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Groove Magazine: Hyundai Card Citybreak Festival

Story by Chance Dorland / photos courtesy of Hyundai Card Citybreak


Hyundai Card’s Citybreak Festival is brimming with potential. Between the impressive lineup and the fact that you can most likely bring your own food and beverages, this concert should offer a good return on your investment. One-day passes start at 115,000 won using Hyundai card discounts (165,000 won without) and a two-day “super plus package” hits 240,000 won (300,000 won without discounts), so this concert can in no way be considered “cheap.” But luckily for those who decide to buy in, there’s a hell of a lot to see.

Veteran heavy metal god Ozzy Osbourne head- lines this year’s festival and performs on Sat- urday night. This looks to be a solid choice to follow up Metallica, last year’s main heavy metal/rock attraction. Osbourne, the lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, is no longer the spry young man he used to be, but given that this is Ozzy F***ing Osbourne we’re talking about (the actual name he signed on his consent form before appearing on “The Howard Stern Show” while I worked there in 2010), his presence alone should infuse energy into the first day of the event, if not both days.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The GrooveCast: Seoul International Comedy Competition


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The first ever Seoul International Comedy Competition aims to crown comedic royalty in a three round bout that includes Koreans, local expat performers and comedians that are traveling from as far as the United States to perform. I spoke with event organizer Dan Wiberg about his show and the newly released list of performers. He will host the event at August 30th at Bull & Barrel in Itaewon. More information, including a complete list of performers, is available at https://www.Facebook.com/SeoulComedyCompetition/.