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Hillsborough NAACP wants to organize to save Tampa's historic Jackson House listen

04/03/14 Se
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A dilapidated historic house in downtown Tampa may get a second chance at renovations. The Jackson House was built in 1901 and served as a boarding house. During decades of racial segregation it was one of the only places blacks could find accommodation. The Jackson House hosted celebrities such as Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie.

Carolyn Collins, president of Hillsborough Branch NAACP, told Tampa City Council Thursday h...

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Florida Orchestra heads to Havana for historical music and education exchange listen

09/29/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This morning marked another milestone in Tampa Bay’s reconnection with Cuba. The Florida Orchestra sent five musicians from its wind ensemble to Havana to perform and teach master classes. This is the first time in 12 years that a professional American orchestra has sent musicians to Cuba, and only the second time since the 1959 revolution.

Flowing fanfares from fellow musicians in the brass quintet were a fine farewell for the members of the Florida O...

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Clearwater musicians join the first global "Playing for Change Day" listen

09/21/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Anyone searching for Bob Marley’s “One Love” video online may have seen a film called Playing for Change. It includes clips of musicians playing the famous tune in different cities around the world. The Playing for Change Foundation made the video, and is a nonprofit dedicated to providing music and arts education to underprivileged children worldwide. Last Saturday some...

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9/11 remembered by peace supporters listen

09/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As America marked the tenth anniversary of September eleventh yesterday, the county’s attention was fixed on remembering lives lost in the now infamous tragedy. But while many folks used the day to justify retaliatory military action such as the Wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, some people in Tampa promoted a message of peace.

Musicians, activists, and people of faith gathered for a second day of performances for peace at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa last ...

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Bob Dylan in America author Sean Wilentz

05/24/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up on this, the 70th birthday of songwriter Bob Dylan- an interview with Sean Wilentz author of BOB DYLAN IN AMERICA. From the book's publisher: "Growing up in Greenwich Village, Sean Wilentz discov­ered the music of Bob Dylan as a young teenager; almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan’s work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan. Drawn in part from Wilentz’s essays as

“hist...

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Charlie Crist speaks in Gulfport on public service, Rick Scott, & the Talking Heads listen

04/12/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Charlie Crist asked for civility between parties and for government officials to use their ears more than their mouths. But that was only part of the former Governors talk on “Public service in a New Era.” As a former governor who once had approval ratings in the 70’s, Crist says he has empathy for current Governor Rick Scott’s recent rating of 35 percent.

“This is a tough time for anyone to be in government and to be leading and I just wish him the best, because the better he does the be...

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Tampa Theatre organist Rosa Rio dies at 107 listen

05/14/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The legendary Tampa Theatre organist Rosa Rio has died at the age of 107. She began playing organ at movie theaters nearly a century ago.

Tara Schroeder, Tampa Theatre’s Director Programming and Marketing, was a co-worker and a friend. "She was loved by everyone," said Schroeder.

Rosa Rio was interviewed for StoryCorps early in 2009. She said, "I just love the organ."

There will be a publi...

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Pop singer on the changing music industry listen

02/23/10 Dawn Elliott
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In 1986, Glen Phillips was front man of the commercially successful band Toad the Wet Sprocket. Nearly 25 years later Phillips is still making music, with and without his former band, and sans the support of a major record label.

WMNF’s Dawn Elliott spoke with Phillips last week about the changes he’s seen in the music industry in the last two decades.

After the Toad the Wet Sprocket formed in 1986, they self-produced a couple of records and toured heavily. Toad signed a deal with t...

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Music in Indian Rocks Beach Won't Be Unplugged listen

12/09/09 Caroline Cziesla
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The best way to get residents to attend your next city government meeting might be to put an ordinance on the agenda that will ban amplified music at all commercial establishments. It worked last night for the city of Indian Rocks Beach.

Over 200 people showed up to take a stand on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit outdoor amplified music for commercial purposes. Those opposed to the ban waved their “Save the Music” signs and expressed their emotions loudly. Mayor R.B. Johnson ...

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Osceola High School students go christmas caroling for the homeless. listen

12/08/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Dozens of St. Petersburg Community activists and students from Osceola High School get together each year to sing Christmas carols for the city's homeless. Sunday night the caroling stroll called “Still No Room at the Inn,” walked through downtown St. Petersburg to share songs, books, and food with the homeless.

John Stewart is an English teacher at Osceola High Sc who has worked with ASAP homeless service for over two decades. He organizes the carolin...

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