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Middle East Studies Professor criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Speech to Congress listen

03/04/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: ISIS, Netanyahu, Iran, terrorism, nuclear weapons, Jennifer Loewenstein, Congress, ADHD, Howie Glasser, Adlerian psychology, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Howard Glasser, Chairman of the Children Success Foundation, talks to us about his Nurtured Heart Approach, a method of dealing with difficult and hyperactive children through positive reinforcement and recognizing that a "problem" child's energy can be channeled constructively. Glasser offers his approach as an alternative to prescribing children powerful psychoactive drugs, an increasingly frequent practice especially for young boys . Glasser wi...

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Colleague remembers Mote's "Shark Lady," Eugenie Clark listen

02/26/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday

Tags: science, sharks, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, wmnf, WMNF News, Women, marine biology, Florida


On Wednesday a pioneering researcher -- known as the "Shark Lady" -- who broke glass ceilings as a woman in science died in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Eugenie Clark founded the lab that would become Mote Marine Laboratory and inspired many people, especially women, to study science. She died at age 92 due to complications from battling lung cancer.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane spoke with one of Clark’s colleagues, Dr. Robert Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laborat...

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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


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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Former WFLA-AM host and sports announcer Mark Beiro to join WMNF News hosts on Tuesdays

01/15/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Mark Beiro, wmnf, WFLA-AM, Tampa


Next week marks the beginning of a new programming schedule here at WMNF and this includes a new lunchtime spot for national and local news. Many familiar hosts will remain but Tuesdays will have a rotating cast of hosts including Mark Beiro, who joins us this morning on Radioactivity. Beiro hosted a show on WFLA-AM for years and also worked as sports announcer on the local and national boxing and Jai Alai circuits. Today he shares stories from his career and upbringing in West Tampa.

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Listeners chime in with their Oscar season picks on today's Radioactivity. listen

12/29/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Movies, film, Oscars, wmnf, minimum wage


It's Oscar season and today on Radioactivity we discuss the hit and misses currently in theaters. Listeners also opine on new programming at WMNF as well as the minimum wage.

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True Talk shares live music from Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim artist series in Tampa listen

09/05/14 Samar Jarrah
True Talk
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Tags: True Talk, wmnf, The Bridge, art2action, Aida Shahghasemi, Andrea Assaf


True Talk welcomed vocalist and Daf player Aida Shahghasemi to the show. Aida will be featured in an Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim artist series called The Bridge. The program will take place at USF School of Music on September 8 and 10 at 8:00 PM. The event will feature spoken word and middle eastern music and has been written and directed by Andrea Assaf who also joined True Talk to share details on the series.

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Anonymous guest discusses Florida's growing unemployment scandal listen

06/25/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Unemployment, Florida, wmnf


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei's guest was wrongly asked to repay $10,000 in unemployment benefits by the state. "Barry" who asked us not to use his real name, says he was terminated by his employer, applied for and received unemployment benefits, exhausted the benefits and (five months later) was asked by the state to repay all the money. The state claimed that he had wrongly been granted unemployment benefits. Barry says he was legally entitled to the benefits and hired a lawyer to fight...

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Tampa rolls out new wildflower project in parks listen

06/24/14 Brenton Honeywell
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Tampa wildflower project, Florida native plant society, wmnf, Manhattan trail


The City of Tampa is trying out a new project to plant wildflowers at three parks in hopes to save money while also beautifying the parks.

The wildflowers have been planted at Gadsden Park, Rowlett Park, and the New Tampa Overpass. Brad Suder is a superintendent in the city’s parks and recreation department.

“When we started looking at this we also realized, well is that aesthetic to the roadways we can actually reduce cost of our maintenance operations in terms of our mowing contrac...

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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


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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WMNF programmer Pat Kemp announces bid for Hillsborough County Commission listen

04/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Pat Kemp, Hillsborough County Commission, Mark Sharpe, Al Higginbotham, Last Call, wmnf

Pat Kemp, former host of WMNF’s Last Call Tuesday, has filed to run for Hillsborough County Commission as a Democrat. Kemp, a Tampa attorney, is running for the countywide district 7 seat being vacated by Mark Sharpe who will be term limited out of office.

Kemp stepped down from the Last Call on WMNF. According to the Supervisor of Elections website, current Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, Don Cruse and Robin Lester, all Republicans, have filed to run.

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