News & Public Affairs

Thursday April 24, 2014


Radioactivity's WMNF Survey

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei surveys listeners about WMNF. Every two years WMNF has program changes and the station likes to get a lot of feedback from our audience. The questions are as follows:

How long have you been listening to WMNF?

Less than a year:

1-5 years:



More than 20:

How did you first discover WMNF?


tuning the dial


newspaper article


someone sent you a link to our pr...

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Miyoko Sakashita

photo by Center for Biological Diversity

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's senior attorney and ocean director discusses BP oil spill and Musician Eliza Gilkyson shares her new album

4 yrs after the BP blowout disaster in the Gulf, BP is doing just great! The inhabitants of the Gulf, both in and above the water, not so well. BP’s finances and their restitution efforts are inundating us in the media. The dead and dying dolphins and the embryonic and young of the bluefin tuna have, among other problems, cardiac problems from the toxicity of the contaminants of the spill. People, particularly children, are suffering greatly from it.

But no holds barred, the EPA has...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News

At USF chair of international climate science group warns there's not much time left to cut emissions

The clock is ticking for responding to global climate disruption before it will be too late to take meaningful action. That’s the warning from the chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Rajendra Pachauri spoke to 150 students and community members Thursday at the University of South Florida’s Patel Center for Global Sustainability in Tampa.

In addition to zero-emission energy sources like solar and wind, some of the options Pachauri suggests are con...

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Beer Wars in Tallahassee

Today on Last Call Warren Elly speaks to Joey Redner, owner of Cigar City Brewing Tom Scherberger the Bay area’s Beerologist about Craft Beer. It's the fastest growing small businesses segment in the Florida economy – hundreds of jobs, scores of new, small businesses across the state - threatened tonight say critics by Pay to Play Politics in Tallahassee.

Here, by state law that goes back to the end of prohibition, beer distributors enjoy a middlemen’s monopoly; the beer bought by con...

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U.S. Rep Kathy Castor (D-FL) hosts colleague Frank Pallone (D-NJ) at USF's CAMLS.

photo by Janelle Irwin

USF's CAMLS wows New Jersey Democrat

A University of South Florida medical research facility is getting kudos from a high ranking Democrat in Washington. New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone sits on a health subcommittee where things like funding for Medicare and Medicaid are sorted out. Pallone toured the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in downtown Tampa Wednesday.

"There's always competition with NIH, with a lot of federal agencies also with the private sector. Obviously we'll take that back to Washington in o...

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photo by John Mazzello/WMNF

Sarasota musicians want county to back off noise restrictions

Some Sarasota musicians are fed up with a new rule in the county limiting noise.

Several dozen packed a joint city-county commission meeting Tuesday to tell elected officials that cracking down on decibel levels is hurting the local economy and cultural scene.

Tony LeClerc plays bass and is a singer-songwriter.

"The ordinance was passed, I believe, May 20th. It reduced the decibel level from 75 to 60. A normal conversation between people runs around 75 decibels. A bird chirping h...

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Oil Pipeline Pumping Station in rural Nebraska

photo by Flickr/shannonpatrick17

Oil industry perspective on Keystone Pipeline

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei gets the oil industry perspective on the proposed Keystone pipeline. He welcomes guest Cindy Schild, who is a senior manager of Downstream Operations Refining & Canadian Oil Sands Program at American Petroleum Institute.

The proposed TransCanada Corporation pipeline would carry crude oil from Alberta to Nebraska, where it would link up with an existing pipeline that connects to refineries in Texas. Because it would cross the Canada-U...

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Coalition rallies for clean power at Duke Energy in St. Petersburg

Local elected officials and the Sunshine State Clean Energy Coalition rallied Tuesday in St. Petersburg to call on Duke Energy to invest in cleaner energy. Florida could become a national leader in clean energy investment.

According to members of the Sierra Club, Florida ranks third in the nation for solar energy generation potential, but currently ranks only 17th for clean energy production.

Frank Jackalone was one of the fifty people rallying in Williams Park this afternoon. He is ...

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photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF News (file photo).

FL Democrats take issue with bill banning insurance "discrimination" against gun owners that's heading to governor's desk

The Florida House has passed a bill preventing insurance companies from discriminating against people who own guns. But several Democrats, like Clovis Watson, Jr. from Gainesville, took issue with using the word “discrimination.”

"As a gun owner, as someone who believes in the 2nd Amendment, as someone who's a descendant of slaves, it concerns me with the word 'discrimination' when we're speaking of firearms. As someone who owns a firearm and who believes in the 2nd Amendment. And when yo...

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Tampa Bay Times wins Pulitzer for homeless series and an Education program provides free newspapers to schools

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Tampa Bay Times reporters Will Hobson, 29, and Michael LaForgia, 30 who won a Pulitzer prize this year- one of journalism’s highest awards. Their series of reports on Hillsborough County’s Homeless Recovery program revealed that the agency funneled millions of public dollars to slumlords and placed families in unsafe living condition...

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