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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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Forum on race, religion in media held in Tampa listen

05/30/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night in Tampa, a public forum was held to discuss the issues of race and religion in the Media.

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists, along with the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), hosted last night’s panel discussion.

The panel consisted of Ahmed Badir, a local civil rights activist and president of the Tampa/Hillsborough Human Rights Council. He is also the host of WMNF’s True Talk, which airs Friday mornings from 11 to noon.

Other panelists i...

14 comments issues Bush-McCain challenge listen

05/28/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The liberal online activist group has released a new television ad and quiz drawing comparisons between the policies of President George W. Bush and presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. Today, in over 300 locations across the country, MoveOn volunteers invited voters to take the quiz, called the “Bush-McCain Challenge.”

JoEllen Schilke hosts the program "Art In Your Ear" on Friday afternoons on WMNF. She organized the Bush-McCain Challenge on the corner of Fifth and ...


American newspaper crisis - Part II listen

04/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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More news of the newspaper industry’s financial crisis came yesterday, when the New York Times Co. and Media General, the parent of the Tampa Tribune, each reported a loss in the first quarter this year amid decreasing declines in advertising revenue.

The Tribune Company’s new chief executive, Sam Zell, said his company expects to post double-digit declines in print-ad revenue for the quarter as well.

It’s this environment what led an analyst for Goldman Sachs to tell todayâ€...

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A look at the newspaper industry - Part I listen

04/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Another film festival is taking place this weekend in Tampa. Among the films being screened at the the Ybor Festival of the Moving Image is a documentary examing the fragile condition of the American newspaper industry. It’s called, Stop the Presses: The American Newspaper in Peril, and is co-directed and produced by Tampa native Manny Mendoza.

The film will be shown Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hillsborough Community College Performing Arts Building in Ybor ...

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Media critic's take on Obama controversy listen

03/24/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For more than a week, national cable and broadcast news outlets played video snippets of remarks by Barack Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, leading to a drop of support for Obama in some national and regional polls.

Eric Deggans, the media critic for the St. Petersburg Times, writes on his blog that after observing longer video passages of some of Wright’s speeches, reporters are absolutely not giving full context to this story.

Deggans acknowledges that the imagery of a...

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