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Ray Roa

‘Hold Fast’ podcast creators talk alt-weeklies, Mike Lacey and more

Alt-weeklies are getting increased attention this year, thanks in part to Tricia Romano’s new book about the Village Voice “The Freaks Came Out To Write” and a must-listen Audible podcast, “Hold Fast.” Tampa Bay has...

Anna Eskamani, Richie Floyd and Annabelle Tometich talk abortion, Tampa Bay Rays, and ‘The Mango Tree’

It’s a busy morning on “The Skinny” and we zoomed in on the Tampa Bay area with St. Petersburg City Councilman Richie Floyd who updated us on the Tampa Bay Rays stadium saga, Orlando-based Rep....

Susan Glickman talks clean energy, Alan Cohn waxes on Tampa Bay’s TV news ecosystem

Susan Glickman has been involved in environmental policy-making for decades. In January she was named Vice President of Policy & Partnerships of the CLEO Institute, aka Climate Leadership Engagement Opportunities. The Miami-based nonprofit calls itself...

Former Clearwater City Councilwoman Kathleen Beckman talks elections, Phillies Ballpark Village, and more

Kathleen Beckman had not run for office before moving to Florida from Michigan in 2016, but she found herself called to action and earned a seat on Clearwater City Council in 2020 and fell short...

Let’s discuss whether or not the Tampa Bay Rays stadium proposal is a good deal for St. Pete

In his 1931 book “The Epic Of America,” James Truslow Adams made the argument that the “American Dream” doesn’t necessarily mean people getting everything they’re entitled to earn, but taking the time to get involved...

Tampa City Council member Bill Carlson talks economic development, police chief and more

Bill Carlson is a popular Tampa City Council member who won more than 59% of the vote in his District 4 re-election campaign. He’s been rumored to be eyeing a run for mayor when his...
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Former police homeless liaison officer discusses Florida’s controversial encampment law

Last month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis put his signature on HB 1365, a controversial new law that prohibits municipalities from allowing homeless individuals to camp or sleep on public property. Enforcement of the law is...
Tampa Pride 2021

Local leaders talk Tampa Pride, Dozier school payments, and more

While Tampa Pride’s roots go all the way back to the early-’80s when Pride was a 20-person picnic on a lawn at the University of South Florida, its parade—which runs down Seventh Avenue in Ybor...

Ashley Gantt, Mike Beltran, discuss the 2024 Florida legislative session

The Skinny survived Mitch Perry’s 60-day exile in Tallahassee, and today he returned to the WMNF Tampa studio to start a recap of the legislative session that should run a few weeks. Democratic Ashley Gantt,...
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Tampa Bay reporters join ‘The Skinny’ to talk Black mortality, cost of living, labor and more

Bay area lawyer Shelley Reback, who hosts the Wednesday edition of WMNF Tampa’s “Midpoint” public affairs program has the wheel for this week’s installment of The Skinny. In the spirit of International Women’s Day—when femme-centric...
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Getting feedback about the ‘What Tampa Bay Needs’ survey

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay published results from its “What Tampa Bay Needs” survey, which asked readers of the alt-weekly to share their ideas on what the region needs to be a better place to live...
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It’s time for donations to keep ‘The Skinny’ on-air at WMNF Tampa

The time is now, Tampa Bay. WMNF Tampa’s 2024 Spring Fundraiser is in full-effect. Last year, for our first drive ever, The Skinny hit its goal, and we need listener support once again. If you’re...

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