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WMNF's station manager Jim Bennett resigns listen

09/21/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The station manager of this radio station, 88.5-FM WMNF, resigned early yesterday morning. Details are still emerging, but Letty Valdes, president of the board of directors of the Nathan B. Stubblefield Foundation, said Jim Bennett submitted his letter of resignation several hours after a Monday night board meeting.

"On Tuesday September 20th Jim Bennett resigned his position as station manager for personal reasons and the Board of Directors accepted his resignation. We appreciate Jim's ...

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Callers have their say about GOP presidential debate and protests in Tampa

09/12/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Monday
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On Monday night, CNN and the Tea Party Express invited 8 Republican presidential candidates for a televised debate in Tampa.

At the same time, dozens protested outside the Florida State Fairgrounds.

That afternoon, WMNF listeners called in to the Last Call to speak about the candidates, their policies and the media coverage of the 2012 presidential race.

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Tampa's WTMP to end R&B & urban music format listen

09/01/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An institution in Tampa’s urban radio landscape is no more. WTMP, which airs R&B on 96.1 FM and 1150 AM is changing its format. One programmer who was laid off when they switched to automated programming this week is Jarvis El-Amin. He hosted a community talk show called Honest Opinion and says he’s not sure what type of programming will be next.

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Future of Journalism interview with Peter Osnos listen

08/30/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

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For the second installment of WMNF’s ongoing series on the Future of Journalism, reporter Dawn Morgan spoke with publisher and journalism stalwart Peter Osnos, whose legacy spans well beyond his 45 years in the business.

I’ve got a lot of experience behind me and what I’m trying to do with it all is make myself useful as well as productive in what I think is an unusual combination of experiences, which is to say both as a publisher, as an editor, as a writer, as a journalist. And w...

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Interview with NPR's David Folkenflik: Changes in the journalism industry series listen

08/22/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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David Folkenflik started his journalism career nearly two decades ago as a newspaper reporter. Since 2004, he has reported on the media for National Public Radio. WMNF’s Dawn Morgan spoke with Folkenflik earlier this week about holding his own industry - and employer - accountable.

"The media is an institution much like government or major religious institutions or financial institutions or the like that have a lot of influence and deserve scrutiny themselves, just as much as any other....

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Future of journalism series: Extended interview with David Folkenflik listen

08/22/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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What will the future hold for journalism? WMNF's Dawn Morgan is exploring that question in a series of interviews. Part 1 is with David Folkenflik, who began his journalism career nearly two decades ago as a newspaper reporter. Since 2004, he has reported on the media for NPR. This is an extended version of the interview we played on air.

What is it like to report on your own ...

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Rupert Murdoch pied during hearing in UK listen

07/19/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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During today’s hearing into the phone hacking scandal in the UK, a protester hit Rupert Murdoch in the face with a fake pie, presumably made of shaving cream.

A man in a plaid shirt ran toward Rupert Murdoch before being struck by his wife, Wendi Deng. He was detained by police.

On Twitter, the man was identified as activist and comedian Jonnie Marbles, who is associated with the UK Uncut movement.

After a brief recess, the testimony of James and Rupert Murdoch resumed in a courtr...

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Media diversity groups win court hearing against FCC's ownership diversity rules listen

07/07/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today a federal appeals court has rejected government rules that allow media companies to own both a television station and newspaper in the same market. In its decision in Prometheus Radio Project versus the Federal Communications Commission, a circuit court of appeals Corie Wright is policy counsel of the media reform group Free Press.

One exception to the prohibition on media c...

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South Florida Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine State awards draws attention to connection between new and traditional media listen

06/09/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Changing technology and a bad economy have led to newsroom layoffs, and sent waves of uncertainty throughout the journalism industry.

A direct result can be seen this month as the South Florida Society of Professional Journalists holds an awards contest honoring journalists, bloggers and those in between.

Robert Steele is Director of The Prindle Institute for Ethics and a distinguished professor of journalism ethics at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

He also serves as th...

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Roger Ailes and the Fox News Republican machine

06/01/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today an interview with Tim Dickinson, author of a new article in Rolling Stone Magazine on Roger Ailes and Fox News entitled: "How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory".

Dickinson writes:

"The key to decoding Fox News isn't Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity. It isn't even News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch. To understand what drives Fox News, and what its true purpose is, you must first un...

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