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Sami Al-Arian interviewed live on WMNF from Turkey

02/06/15 Samar Jarrah, Ahmed Bedier, Rob Lorei and Sean Kinane
True Talk
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Tags: Sami Al-Arian, USF, Tampa, Turkey, Palestine, Media

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Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was deported from the United States Wednesday night. He and his wife, Nahla, arrived in their new home, Turkey on Thursday. In only his second broadcast interview since being arrested in February 2003, Al-Arian spoke Friday on True Talk.

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New WMNF GM will be Craig Kopp, current host of All Things Considered on WUSF listen

02/02/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: wmnf, Tampa, Media, radio, WUSF, npr

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After a long search, WMNF has found its new general manager; Craig Kopp will leave his position as host of All Things Considered at WUSF to be the new manager of this station, 88.5 FM. His first day at WMNF will be March 2.

Craig Kopp said, "WMNF is a Tampa Bay treasure. What other station in town can say it started by seeking donations door-to-door. It is really a Tampa Bay station - for the people, by the people. WMNF's all-volunteer air staff and support personnel have what it has alwa...

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Cornel West fires up the crowd in AME church in St. Pete listen

01/15/15 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Cornel West, Barack Obama, drones, police, violence, Ferguson, black, Media, Saint Petersburg, protest, funk

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Dr. Cornel West, a polarizing black intellectual, gave an electrifying speech at an overflowing church Wednesday night in St. Petersburg. West spoke as part of the Heritage Lecture Series put on by St. Petersburg College and a community nonprofit run by Mt. Zion AME Church. West made full use of his seminary training in a hybrid mix of sermon and lecture.

West touched on a broad swath of topics ranging from law enforcement violence to drone warfare and conservative media. The thread runni...

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Poynter president on why they're hosting African journalists when USF St. Pete would not listen

10/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Ebola, Media, Poynter Institute, USF, USF St. Pete, St. Petersburg, Africa, Journalism

This week the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg decided to rescind its invitation to a group of African journalists because of student and faculty fears of Ebola; but the nearby Poynter Institute decided to host the journalists instead.

To find out what was behind those decisions and how the media is covering the Ebola outbreak, WMNF spoke with Tim Franklin, president of the Poynter Institute.

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Could Ferguson happen in Tampa? listen

10/10/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, civil rights, Tampa, police, law enforcement, Ferguson, Florida Courier, Eric Deggans, Media, body camera, Patel Center

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The Black community perceives law enforcement through a lens of personal experience and how the media cover the news. It was evident during a forum Thursday night at USF on whether Ferguson, Missouri, styled civil unrest could happen in Tampa.

A recent Pew Research Center poll found a staggering racial divide in perception of the Ferguson p...

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Is there a future for the American newspaper? listen

09/24/14 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Media

Many of us believe our nation needs journalism now more than ever – but the news is not good, especially here in West Central Florida, in Tampa Bay.

It’s widely reported that at a staff meeting last week, the Tampa Bay Times leadership announced 5% pay cuts and reduced severance.

Things aren’t much better at the venture-capitalist owned Tampa Tribune. The outflow of talent, experienced executives, and cash continues.

While some remarked they couldn’t believe the Times would go be...

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Sydney White out as WMNF general manager listen

06/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: wmnf, Media, radio

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The general manager of WMNF for the last two years is no longer with the station. WMNF board of directors president Nancy Johnson made the announcement today in an email. In an interview WMNF News asked her about it.

“Our general manager for the past two years, since 2012, has been Dr. Sydney White. Dr. Sydney White came from a vast background in the media industry with a lot of fresh ideas we’ve been so grateful for.

“He has not met the needs of WMNF. Therefore we will have an interi...

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Panel discussion on race and media issues in Martin-Zimmerman case listen

08/09/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The implications of the Zimmerman trial and the subsequent nationwide discussion about racism was the topic of a community forum held at USF’s Patel Center Thursday evening. A group of lawyers, journalists and a representative from the NAACP mulled over legal details of the case before answering questions from the 100 member audience.

Jenise Morgan is president of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists which organized the forum along with the [George Edgecomb...

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Howard Troxler on Media

05/22/13 Warren Elly
Last Call Wednesday
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In Wednesday's edition of Last Call, Warren Elly discusses the fall of the journalism industry with guest Howard Troxler, a political columnist and reporter.

Find the transcript below: Today… another in our series of broadcasts focusing on the decline and fall of Journalism and the American News Media… after the one-two punch of instant Internet and the contraction of the American economy.Among the consequences critics say; an ever more corrupt political system, reinforced by the con...

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Senator Rubio tells Tampa audience recent Obama administration scandals are due to political culture listen

05/20/13 Naveen Sultan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke in Tampa on Saturday, but instead of focusing on immigration reform he railed against the recent IRS, AP and Benghazi scandals. At the Hillsborough County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner Rubio said he is concerned about excessive government. He said the Obama administration’s criticism of the GOP has created a culture of politics that is responsible for these scandals.

“When you go around demonizing your opponents, when you go around tel...

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