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Springsteen ready for Super Bowl performance listen

01/29/09 Mitch E.Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Rock superstar Bruce Springsteen gave his first formal press conference in 20 years this afternoon.

The New Jersey rocker is in Tampa, where he’ll be performing in front of a huge worldwide television audience this Sunday night at halftime of the Super Bowl.

Speaking to more than a thousand reporters at the Tampa Convention Center, the media center for the Super Bowl this week, Springsteen warned reporters that he wasn’t exactly a football fanatic.

Springsteen is on a particular ...

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Creative Loafing cuts seven from staff listen

12/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tampa’s alternative weekly newspaper Creative Loafing has terminated seven full-time employees, including writer Alex Pickett, music critic Wade Tatangelo and copy editor Anthony Salveggi. Most of the paper’s local hard news coverage was done by Pickett and political editor Wayne Garcia.

Creative Loafing editor David Warner says the layoffs will not affect the paper’s news coverage.

The region’s two daily newspapers have also made sharp cuts to news staff. The Tampa Tribune...

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How to prepare for digital TV conversion

12/10/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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In two months television will switch from analog to digital broadcasting.

More than 600,000 Florida households who rely exclusively on over-the-air broadcasting – receiving a television signal with rabbit ears or rooftop antennas – will be affected when the transition takes place Feb. 17. These households will need to take steps to receive a digital television signal when all full-power stations begin broadcasting only in digital as mandated by the FCC.

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Fairness Doctrine on trial at Tiger Bay listen

11/20/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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From its adoption in 1949 until it was repealed in 1987, the fairness doctrine required that all broadcast media address controversial issues that are of concern to the public and present contrasting points of view. Should it be brought back? That was the debate this afternoon at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club.

Jim Barrens is a community organizer and he runs a website called The Justice Factory. In part because AM radio now is dominat...

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Progressive think tank urges media to raise the stakes listen

09/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today a group of progressive leaders said they are challenging the mainstream media in the U.S. to raise their game in covering this year’s presidential election.

The Institute for America’s Future is a liberal think tank based in Washington. Today it’s president, Robert Borosage, announced that the group was launching a seven-part ad campaign in the New York Times.

Borosage said the media’s coverage has descended in recent weeks to a road to nowhere. But he says his group isn...

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Former GOP senator campaigns for Obama listen

09/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chaffee was in Sarasota this afternoon to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Chafee, who is now an independent, is on a two-day tour of Florida to meet with Republicans and independents who support Obama. He told a room full of volunteer phone bankers and people who showed up to get tickets to vice presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Wednesday appearance that he is supporting Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

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Biographer on Roger Ailes - Part II listen

07/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Fox News channel made news yesterday for airing photos of two New York Times staffers that appear to have been doctored to portray the reporters in an unflattering light.

The liberal media watch dog group Media Matters said the photos depicted New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg with yellowed teeth, "his nose and chin widened, and his ears made to protrude further." The other image, of Times television editor Steven Reddicliffe, had similar yellow teeth as well as "dark ci...

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Fox News founder Roger Ailes profiled in book listen

07/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Roger Ailes is considered one of the most important men in American media. As the head of the Fox News Channel, Ailes over the last decade has transformed, for better or worse, cable news.

His relationship with his boss, Rupert Murdoch, continues to strengthen after Fox created a new business channel last year, and Murdoch acquired the Wall Street Journal.

In the first of a two-part interview, WMNF yesterday interviewed Kerwin Swint, who has written the first biography of Roger Ailes...

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NBC criticized on Tim Russert coverage listen

06/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A public wake for former NBC newsman Tim Russert will take place tomorrow afternoon at St. Albans School in Washington, with a private funeral mass and burial scheduled for Wednesday morning. A private memorial service, to be televised live on MSNBC, will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

All of the nation’s Sunday morning news programs mentioned the death of Russert, who died Friday afternoon of a heart attack.

MSNBC went all night long on Friday in cov...

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Hillsborough eyes communications department budget

06/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Members of the Hillsborough County Commission today proposed eliminating the Government Television station.

The board is looking at ways to offset $87 million in lost revenue from property tax changes and a slowing economy. The idea of dismantling or severely diminishing the county’s Communications Department, which currently has a budget slightly less than $4 million, was first on the workshop agenda.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe said he wanted the county’s television station to be mor...

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