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Drive-in theaters are dwindling, but Tampa Bay area residents can still catch the latest flicks from their cars listen

12/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Drive-In Theaters, Fun Lan, Silver Moon Theater, Joy Lan

Drive-In movie theaters are hard to come by these days. But not in Tampa. The Fun Lan Theater on Hillsborough Avenue near Seminole Heights is alive and well. Still, general manager Ruth McPhee calls the classic pastime a dying art.

“You can sit outside your vehicle in your lawn chairs. You can enjoy speaking, talking with your husband, your children, whatever. It’s more relaxed. You’re not so, all tensed up and having to – we even have people bring their dogs.”

Fun Lan is part of a cor...


New tax haven allows the rich to make their money last forever listen

12/30/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Zachary Mider, Bloomberg, wealth, Tax haven


Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Bloomberg reporter, Zachary Mider about a way that the super wealthy can make their fortunes last forever. Mider has written an article about a tax haven where the super rich are stashing their wealth to create permanent dyansties that will last for generations as long as there are heirs and the money grows exponentially. The tax havens are not in Switzerland, the Bahamas, or the Cayman Islands. It’s South Dakota.

[“Moguls Rent South Dakot...

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A woman marries a carnival ride and candy canes represent white Jesus: 2013 wacky news year in review listen

12/27/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Florida, weird news, Janelle Irwin, Stephen Colbert, bongs, Bruce the Ferris Wheel

As you know, 2013 is almost over. In just a few days the world will usher in 2014, most of us in some sort of inebriated blur, no doubt. But here in Florida, the rest of the nation could likely think that the entire Sunshine state populous is in a perpetual fog of dumbness. So, in honor of yet another WTF Florida kind of a year, we bid 2013 adieu with a discussion on some of the whackiest stories.

Florida’s propensity toward off the wall news headlines have gotten attention from all over....

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Louisiana dolphins sick from BP oil spill listen

12/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: BP, oil spill, Deepwater Horizon, 2010 oil spill, NOAA, dolphins, Gulf Restoration Network


Dolphins living in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana are in poor and sometimes grave health following the 2010 BP oil disaster. That’s based on a study released last week conducted by researchers from various governmental and private groups.

The study looked at 32 dolphins in Barataria Bay off the coast of the southeast tip of Louisiana. Of those, 29 were examined by ultrasound and lab tests. According to the study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, nearly half ...


Long Bar Pointe development off the table on Manatee County waterfront, for now listen

12/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Manatee County, environment, Janelle Irwin, fisheries, Development, Long Bar Pointe, WMNF News, Bradenton

A controversial development proposal on waterfront property in Manatee County is on hold for now. Nearly 500 acres of waterfront won’t be considered for a land use change at a meeting next month that would have given investors the green light on building a resort, retail center and convention center.

“All the grass flats – that’s where the Trout, the Red Fish, the Snook – they all get their nourishment in that area. If we ever get Scallops back, that’s where they’re going to be. It’s jus...

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Open Phones Discussion of the "War on Christmas", Duck Dynasty, It's a Wonderful Life", Marriage Equality and Raising the Minimum Wage listen

12/24/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Festivus, Duck Dynasty, Matt Staver, marriage equality, It's A Wonderful Life, Jimmy Kimmel, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Today we'll discuss a variety of topics: The Liberty Council's Matt Staver warns of the danger of marriage equality. The patriarch of Duck Dynasty makes controversial remarks about African Americans and gays. Jimmy Timmel envisions how FOX News would re-edit It's a Wonderful Life. [The origins of the "Festivus" holid...


Funding for the arts listen

12/24/13 JoEllen Schilke
Art In Your Ear

Discussion about Power2Give, a crowd-sourcing website that debuts in January for non-profits in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties; and how to successfully apply for an individual artist grant.

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Sustainable Music Special listen

12/23/13 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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Tags: Jun Bustamante, Jerrod Simpson, Johnny Nichol

On today’s Sustainable Music Show-- we were joined by four musicians passionate about sustainable living. Jun Bustamante lined-up the guests, and she’s involved with the ROOTs Seed Swap event that happens in St Pete. The other guests joining today’s show included: Jerrod Simpson - Singer/Songwriter who works with and organizes events for Dunedin Community Gardens. Johnny Nichol - Trumpet player who created a website called which focuses on community activism, gard...


One of the original cofounders of WMNF joins Last Call listen

12/23/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: Andy Goutman, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Today on the Last Call, we look back at the early history of WMNF. Rob Lorei talks to guest, Andy Goutman, one of the original cofounders of WMNF about how the station developed into what it is today.

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Hillsborough buses to convert to compressed natural gas listen

12/23/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: HART, compressed natural gas, Transportation, transit, Philip Hale


The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority says it will become the first public transportation group in Florida to convert from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas. HART is installing a fueling station at an existing operations facility near Ybor.

Philip Hale, CEO of HART, expects the first compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles to hit the roads this spring with 28 new vans on order for the roll out. From there, the transit agency will replace retiring vehicles with ones that use C...


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