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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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Eternal Optimist listen

06/25/10 Dawn Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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David Niven's new book, Up, gives a positive answer backed by research, to the notion that life is bad and keeps getting worse.

DN: The number of different ways that life is getting better is quite astounding. The idea behind Up is that, if we think about that, if we pay some attention, it’s not just a matter of trivia, it sustains us, and the things we care about, in family life or career. Any aspect, if we have a little sense of hope and optimism, it’s h...

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Facing budget shortfalls WMNF lays off three employees listen

06/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Please note the important update to this story on 30 June: the layoffs were taken back.

The economy is hitting everyone hard, especially media organizations. This radio station, WMNF, 88.5 FM has faced economic difficulties in the past and has made budget cuts over the last few years. But for the first time in the station’s 31-year history, WMNF laid off employees yesterday because of budget cuts. We spoke with station manager...

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Gulf Oil Spill Community Forum Discusses Long-Term Impacts listen

06/16/10 Allie Wilkinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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More than 900 people crowded into the Palladium Theater last night to hear scientists, politicians, media experts and industry leaders discuss America’s largest, ongoing environmental disaster. WMNF’s Allie Wilkinson reports from St. Petersburg.

Nearly two months to the day since oil started seeping into the Gulf of Mexico the Tampa Bay community came together to discuss the long term implications and solutions relating to the spill. Chuanmin Hu, an Associate Professor at the College...

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FCC hears from experts, community listen

04/21/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission held a workshop at the University of South Florida that explored the ups and downs of media cross-ownership. The commission’s possible lift on its limit of how many outlets one company can own in a city did not go over well the audience.

The chairs at USF’s Marshall Center auditorium were sparsely populated, but the passion among attendees was big. Dozens gave public testimony on the virtues of local media. Port Richey resident Mark Scode...

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Live report from FCC hearings on media ownership listen

04/20/10 Seán Kinane & Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Federal Communications Commission is conducting public hearings today at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The hearings deal with loosening media cross-ownership rules that currently forbid one company from owning a television station and a newspaper in the same market in most cases.

WMNF is carrying the FCC hearings live on our HD 3 Channel The Source and on Bulls Radio HD 2 until they end, which is scheduled to be 7:30 pm.

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