Reading “Radio Waves (City, 3/12),” reminded me of how the game of “community radio” is played. As a former call-in show host on a "community" radio station (WITR, 12/91-1/92), I know how it will be played by these new "powers that be (Chuck McCoy, Mike Yates and Dave Sutliff-Atias)."
I was canned after only four shows, because management at WITR did not agree with my views.
Yates claimed that Radio MuCCC will "have a space for relevant and interesting talk, and a place for experimentation --- a place for voices that are underrepresented in the Rochester media."
He then said he will have no place for people who "aren't broadcasting hate speech."
In other words, whatever he may say to the contrary, he won't allow conservative views on his station.
If he does, either he or one of his hosts will control the dialogue so as to make one's opponent look like a fool, or there will be more than one person from the left who will gang up on that person.
McCoy argued "if you don't like someone, you can give your opinion, but no attacks."
Let's see how long it will take for a left-winger to attack a conservative and be chastised for it on McCoy's or Yates’ station.
It will be a longer wait than what would happen if the shoe goes on the other foot.
Effective talk-radio hosts (no names need be mentioned) entertain, inform, educate, promote an emotionally and intellectually honest discussion of the issues and events of the day, and provide a catharsis for listeners and callers.
How many “liberal hosts can do that?
Air America, which was carried years ago on WROC-950 AM, crashed in the ratings, because its hosts talked down to, and insulted audiences with the same bromides that their friends in mainstream media (Gannett, NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, New York Times, etc.) pushed, despite their claims that their reporters were objective.
More importantly, the views expressed by conservative hosts have validated, and continue to validate, the concerns and fears of their listeners who have been long put off by establishment media organizations.
Complain all you want about signal strength.
Content matters, especially in talk-radio.
Apparently, McCoy, Sutliff-Atias and Yates are really not really interested in facilitating entertaining and informative talk programming, but are more interested in acting as shills for left-wing special interest groups (Hispanics, Blacks, LGBT, etc.) and, maybe, a mayor and a few of her cronies.
They should know enough people in town with like minds and enough money to buy and run a commercial station, on which they could promote their left-wing agenda.
However, they have sided with the government-controlled WXXI-1370 AM, in refusing to compete in the marketplace of ideas.
With that in mind, I would be more than glad to offer my services to managers at any station in town, and show them that the formula I mentioned in this essay can work on the local level.
I doubt there will be any takers.
A couple of names to add to your list of Rochester A-listers:
Danielle Raymo - Rochester Brainery, Slow Food Rochester
Shawn Dunwoody - FOURWALLS Gallery, From the Ground Fashion Show
Agathi Georgiou - From the Ground Fashion, Festival coordinator
Mike Governale - Rochester Subway, Reconnect Rochester
Benjamin Woelk - Slow Road, GardenAerial
Chris Hartman - Good Food Collective
Ken Braley - The Snowball Effect
Jonathan Mervine - Roc Brewing Company
Kathy Turiano - Joe Bean Coffee Roasters
Caitlin Meives - Landmark Society
Ryan Acuff and Take Back The Land should have to pay for the damage done to "vacant" foreclosures when homeless people "move" into them.
I had the privilege of working with Mike Keefer when I was at URMC not long ago. You could not have chosen a finer scientist or human being for this distinction. What a great profile Tim Macaluso! Thank you.
Gerry Hunt has a tremendous Rochester asset and is underutilizing it and under engaging the African American community as well as the community at large. The facility needs set hours of operation even if limited and/or seasonal. The resource center should be rentable for private events as a revenue source. He and his board also DO need to form development and fundraising strategies as all other not for profits do in ROC and all need to be held accountable by those who donate funds, recourses of any kind including time and talents, etc. If hours to review the collections and/or do a site visit are set appointments should be made in advance and kept! The Center needs to join and be active in VisitRochester, RBA and Rotary to facilitate relationships and approach people who can and will help bring this venue to its fullest potential! M. Hardy, email@example.com
Seth Mason writes a blog called "The Magic Spider" . He covers an amazing variety of subjects. You have to read his stuff a few times to go where he is going. This is an intense intelligent person. His thoughts get a person thinking.
Excellent list! Proud to be a Rochesterian.
That's a great point, and something we should absolutely consider if we do a second version of the Rochester 10. Are there people in the faith community you would recommend in particular?
I really appreciate this piece and the folks highlighted who represent the broader depths of talented folks in Rochester. I just wonder if a faith community was not included because there are none who have made as critical differences in the city - or if communities of faith are seen as less than relevant compared to the other categories. Again, thank you for lifting these folks up to our community, Ray Bagnuolo, Rochester, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd like to add a few things..
Winter cycling (or even bike commuting at all) isn't something one has to dive in right away. You can start riding on nice days and slowly as your skills, interests, and accumulation of gear builds then you might find yourself riding on worse and worse weather days.
You don't have to be a complete bike nerd to ride a bike. though you might become one.
Not represented in this article (but who exist) are female cyclists, cyclists who commute to blue collar or white collar jobs, cyclists who don't spend over a grand on their bikes, and people who bike because that's all they can afford and public transportation is just not cutting it.
For new cyclists out there... the aesthetics of your bike are far less important than getting out on the road (or trail). If you ride a Huffy but you ride that's what counts. Don't be shy or embarrassed to go into a bike store for help.
I was wrong in my use of the word "strident." Those bicyclists aren't harsh and grating, as the definition shows. They're frank and open, and passionate. :)
Love this article. I'm an avid motorcyclist (it is the main part of my identity as a human being), and am also a bicyclist - whenever I can't ride my motorcycle, I take my bicycle - and this is a fascinating look into a few strident bicyclists' lives. Very similar to a look into the lives of lifestyle-motorcyclists.
I'd have to say that Rochester's bicyclists, pedestrians, *and* motorcyclists are indeed treated as second-class citizens here. We need more accommodations and respect toward those 3 classes of commuters/people.
gt: We actually use New York Time style as the basis for our own house style, and it uses the apostrophe for dates.
This music video was filmed there: http://youtu.be/Xkn0pnbWpF0
Dates aren't possessive. 1850s is correct, 1850's is not.
Alex, how did I not know this? This is critical information.
Don't forget that H.P. Lovecraft, commonly considered the father of modern horror, has many paternal ancestors that were buried in Mt.Hope before the family moved to Rhode Island (his father was born and raised in Rochester).
Great article and event summary, Rebecca.
Swiveltam - I hope so. Because the dancing really was varied, plentiful and really terrific! If you like Lindy Hop, definitely check out http://groovejuiceswing.com/. The group offers lessons and free monthly events that are really a blast.
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