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International Women's Day interview with radio activist Hannah Sassaman listen

02/16/11 Dawn Morgan Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In honor of the upcoming International Women's Day on March 8, WMNF's Dawn Morgan Elliott begins a series of interviews with admirable women around the country.

Elliott begins with Hannah Sassaman, a senior field analyst at the New America Foundation. Sassaman previously spent 8 years as an organizer at the Prometheus Radio Project.

“Prometheus hired me for like $500 a month to develop campaigns against big broadcasters who were trying to prevent local community groups from getting...

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Nonviolent revolution in Egypt - Mubarak steps down listen

02/11/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Nonviolent revolution in Egypt: President Hosni Mubarak stepped down today. It was announced by newly appointed vice president Omar Suleiman on State TV, and was translated on Al Jazeera English.

After 29 years in power, Mubarak handed control to the military. Crowds in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted in jubilation for minutes and minutes, which was captured on Al Jazeera English.

One opposition leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohammed ElBaradei, told the Associated Press it...

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Attacks on journalists and unarmed protesters don't deter pro-democracy masses in Egypt listen

02/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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ABC News reports Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he is tired of being president and would like to quit now, but can’t because of fears Egypt would descend into chaos. He also claims his government is not responsible for recent violence on demonstrators in Cairo. He blamed the Muslim Brotherhood. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Prime Minister apologized for attacks on anti-government protesters overnight that killed at least people.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports two of its journali...

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Gazans differ on reaction to Al Jazeera's Palestine Papers listen

02/03/11 Pam Bailey
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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While uprisings rage in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen, the release of what is called the “Palestine Papers” by the Al-Jazeera news channel continues to cause an uproar of its own among Palestinians.

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MSNBC's Keith Olbermann announces he is stepping down

01/24/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk with TV writers Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times and Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star about last Friday's suddend on-air resignation from longtime MSNBC-TV host Keith Olbermann.

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HIllsborough County Takes on Panhandling listen

01/11/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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St. Petersburg banned it, Tampa won't discuss it and Hillsborough County is still unsure about what to do with Panhandlers. Yesterday a County Panhandling Committee met for the last time, in an attempt to come up with some ideas on how the area can tackle the roadside sellers and beggars.

Yesterday's meeting gave the public a chance to hear about the organizations that panhandle for good causes. director of business development for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Susie Austin, says...

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Pacifica radio will carry some Al Jazeera English news stories listen

12/06/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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You might not be able to watch it on cable television yet, but soon, you could hear it on community radio.

The international news channel Al Jazeera English and Pacifica radio announced a partnership today where news from Al Jazeera reporters will be broadcast on the five Pacifica stations and soon, on Pacifica affiliates like WMNF. Today we spoke with Pacifica Foundation executive director Arlene Engelhardt, who used to be a program...

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Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman recounts her arrest at 2008 Republican National Convention listen

08/31/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman was keynote speaker at WMNF’s 2nd annual Peace Awards on Saturday. On the Evening News last night we played part of her speech where she criticized opposition to the proposed Islamic Cultural Center in lower Manhattan.

Today we play an excerpt of Amy Goodman’s account of her arrest at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

We’ll make Amy Goo...

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WUSF ditches classical in favor of all-day news & buys Sarasota station for classical listen

08/04/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A major shake-up on the radio airwaves in Tampa Bay was announced today. WUSF, 89.7 FM announced that it will no longer play classical music on its main station and will move to an all news and public affairs format during the daytime.

WUSF has purchased a Sarasota FM station, WSMR 89.1, that will become an all-classical music format on September 15.

We spoke with JoAnn Urofsky, WUSF’s general manager.

"We're very excited to have purchased WSMR 89.1, in Sarasota. And on Septembe...

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WMNF layoffs taken back listen

06/30/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last week we reported that this station, WMNF 88.5 FM, was forced to lay off three employees because of a severe budget shortfall. But shortly before broadcast tonight, station manager Jim Bennett announced that because of voluntary staff benefit reductions and a generous donation unrelated to the layoffs, Bennett had notified the three employees that the layoffs were retracted.

"Good news has come ...

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