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Listen to full audio of Bradley Manning's court statement

03/12/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Freedom of the Press Foundation has released a leaked audio recording of the entire statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Manning talks about why he leaked documents, including what Wikileaks calls the "Collateral Murder" video of journalists being killed in Iraq by the U.S. military.

Here's a link to the text of [Bradley Manning's full statement, trans...

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The Pier; and Tampa Bay Times controversial story of a woman who ended up killing herself

12/06/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Shortly after the St. Pete City Council voted to support funding to continue the design and pre-construction work on the new design for the Pier called the Lens, Council Chair Leslie Curran spoke to us about the recent design changes made by L.A. based architect Michael Maltzan's firm.

Later in the show local political blogger Peter Schorsch (stpetersblog 2.0) came on the program to defend himself from the recent criticism he received after he criticized the "Tampa Bay Times" and their sto...

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Low-power FM radio stations could be coming soon to your community

12/05/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Last Friday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it would open up licenses for new low-power FM (LPFM) radio stations beginning next October.

My guest on Last Call is Brandy Doyle, policy director for the Prometheus Radio Project.

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Civil rights and union leaders urge FCC to slow changes to media ownership rules listen

11/28/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Federal Communications Commission wants to lift some limits on one company owning several media organizations in the same market. But a coalition of unions and civil rights leaders is urging the FCC to slow things down until it analyzes the impact of the proposed changes on women and people of color.

In a teleconference with reporters today Craig Aaron, president and CEO of t...

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Listeners weigh in on media consolidation

11/28/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call we heard from listeners about media consolidation.

On the WMNF drive-time news we played part of a conference call. The Federal Communications Commission plans to lift some limits on one company owning several media organizations in the same market. But a coalition of unions and civil rights leaders is urging the FCC to slow things down until it analyzes ...

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Voters outraged over anti-Obama lies advertised in Sarasota newspaper listen

09/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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More than 50 people lashed out at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Thursday afternoon over a an anti-Obama ad that ran in Sunday’s paper. At a protest in front of the Sarasota paper’s office, the group set out to debunk false claims about the president.

The ad listed 11 things President Obama will “move America to”. PolitiFact researched nine of the statements and found that none of them were true. Among the claims that received Politifact’s lowest rating, Pants on Fire - Obama wo...

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Ethics questions for media attending Republican convention kick-off party listen

08/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some experts in media ethics are wondering if it’s appropriate that some 15,000 journalists will be wined and dined at a kick-off event for the Republican National Convention in St. Petersburg on Sunday. Kelly McBride, senior faculty at the Poynter Institute, said journalists who go might give the public the wrong impression.

“Most independent newsrooms have a policy that says you cannot take freebies from sources that you intend to cover because it could compromise your independence...

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Host committee expects more than 90,000 hotel room nights for Republican convention listen

08/07/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Ken Jones, the president of the Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention said the number of hotel rooms booked for the Republican National Convention is even more than they originally predicted.

“We thought we were going to book 75,000 room-nights. As of this morning we were north of 90,000 room-nights and approaching 100,000. Part of it is I think there’s some come early stay late traffic, part of it is we just got a...

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"Florida Voices" co-founders talk about their on-line media venture

04/27/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we were joined in the studio by Rosemary Goudreau and Rosemary Curtiss, co-founders of the new online media website Florida Voices - The State Opinion Page.

The two women, who have a combined total of 55 years in the newspaper business, launched Florida Voices in mid-December. The website features a stellar line-up of columnists and editors including Mary Jo Melo...

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Tampa Police say they'll work with local reporters on Republican Convention logistics listen

04/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this month, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor hosted a media roundtable to gather concerns from local journalists about reporting during August’s Republican Convention. Representatives from news organizations across the Bay area asked about everything from parking to wearing gas masks.

Most of the answers to reporters’ questions started with the words “We’ll tell you in June”. That’s when Chief [Jane Castor](http://www.tampagov.net/dept_police/about_us/files/chief_castor...

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