Tune into 88.3 FM and you'll hear the city's — and the country's — only full-time FM dial reading radio. Twice daily, volunteer readers read from The Times-Picayune. But WRBH-FM, known as "Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped," is preparing to adjust its programming when The Times-Picayune moves to a three-days-a-week publishing schedule. WRBH currently reads to more than 11,600 listeners on weekdays, when two volunteer readers read, live on the air, select headlines and stories from the daily paper.
The station, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, provides blind and visually impaired listeners of all ages with access to 'round-the-clock content, from national publications (monthly and weekly magazines) and best-selling nonfiction and fiction to local news provided by The Times-Picayune, read daily from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends, with repeats at 6 p.m. (weekdays) and 1 a.m. (weekends). More than 1,000 listeners tune in on Saturdays, and 4,000 tune in on Sundays. It also streams its content online.
"There's a lot of 'scissor work' involved. It's our only live program," said executive director Natalia Gonzalez. "We do headline news, local news, sports, and entertainment and columns. It's our intention to attempt the same format, but a lot of that depends exactly on what NOLA.com will give us."
The show's website says this Sunday's episode will be devoted to "detailing the errors" of the episode with Marketplace reporter Rob Schmitz, and Daisey appears on the show to talk with Glass "about why he misled This American Life during the fact-checking process."
This American Life airs 1 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday locally on WWNO (89.9 FM), and you can find the episode after 6 p.m. on Sunday night here. This should be some good radio.
UPDATE: Here is a press release from This American Life with more specifics on the fabricated details.
On working in public radio:
I was a baby (when I started in public radio). I was 19. … started at NPR in Washington and did all the production jobs, worked all of the different shows.
(I never imagined I'd be a host) when I first started. For one, I wasn’t very good. I was just not seen as on-air material — I wasn’t a great writer for radio, wasn’t a great performer for radio, and all of that I had to learn by doing. Even now, the way I sound on the radio, I rush my words, I don’t enunciate properly. I’ve chosen a style of performing on the radio that sounds like the way I talk, for better or worse. I chose that because I think it works better. Before this, there was a period before this when I sounded like all the other NPR reporters, but I trained myself out of that to sound like I do now, which is more the way I really talk.
If you're a fan of WWNO, chances are you've stayed in your car longer than you needed to finish listening to the sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always intriguing syndicated program This American Life. Ira Glass, the host of the program, comes to Tulane University's McAlister Auditorium on Saturday, March 10. Tickets for the event went on sale today and are available here. Tickets range from $10-$75.
For your amusement, here's a dead-on This American Life parody involving an Ira Glass sex tape.
"I would like nothing more than to respond to each and every allegation, because I have answers for each and every allegation,” Robinette said at the top of his popular "Think Tank" morning show on "The Big 870." “But I’ve been asked to refrain from discussing these matters."
Robinette never said who asked him to "refrain from discussing these matters," but did add, "I can look my wife and my daughter in the eye … and tell you the public, that I have done absolutely nothing wrong."
He then went on to host his program with no further mention of the controversy.
Heebe and his landfill contract are part of a 21-month-old ongoing federal investigation in Jefferson Parish. In September 2010, federal officials raided River Birch offices in Gretna, seizing computers and other documents and sparking a lawsuit by Heebe and Ward, who claimed the feds lifted property unrelated to the investigation. (In late 2010, U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan agreed, ordering the feds to return some properties.) Meanwhile, In late May, former Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries head Henry Mouton pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting more than $460,000 in bribes from an unnamed co-conspirator in a case involving another landfill. A statement by the U.S. Department of Justice said Mouton "accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and illegal payoffs from Co-conspirator A who used Mouton, and specifically his influence, to keep the Old Gentilly Landfill in New Orleans closed and to prevent the permitting of the Two Rivers Recycling Landfill in Catahoula Parish." Mouton is scheduled to be sentenced early next year.
Meanwhile, WWL-AM is standing by Robinette. In a statement this afternoon, the station said:
In December 2010, Garland Robinette informed WWL about a loan he and his wife Nancy received in 2007 relating to a piece of property they owned, which Garland confirms is due and will be satisfied in October of this year. We do not intend to comment on it publicly any further and do not expect this matter to affect Garland's status with WWL. We expect him to continue his unique and vital role addressing on WWL the important issues facing New Orleans and the Gulf South.
Singer Adele has become a pop radio sensation, and rightfully so — she's really, really good (embedded below is her incredible NPR Tiny Desk Concert if you need proof). Seemingly everyone is taking notice of the British soul crooner, including Power 102.9's DJ Chicken, who created this bounce remix of Adele's hit "Rolling in the Deep."
It's not the most inspired remix, since it's pretty much just the song mashed up with a bounce track (sounds like a Big Freedia song), but it does make Adele booty-danceable.
In the aforementioned NPR Tiny Desk Concert video, which you can find under the jump, she sings (the non-bounce version of) "Rolling in the Deep" along with two other tracks.
New Hope Baptist Church Pastor John Raphael is spending this week at the intersection of South Claiborne Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Central City. He's fasting — drinking only water, Gatorade and coffee — and praying for an end to the violence in New Orleans. He began Monday morning, and plans to end tomorrow night — but if he feels he needs to keep going, he will.
"We've been praying every hour, some days every half hour. ... People come out, through rain, cold, missing the Saints game," Raphael says with a laugh. "There's some things that are so important right now, and we in the church can't sit in our ivory tour. The one thing the church can do is pray, and the church can love ... folks who don't deserve to be loved. That's needed."
Jay-Z appeared on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross promoting his memoir Decoded. In it, he reflects on his rough upbringing, drug dealing and rap career — he also discusses Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. In the interview, Gross asked him for his thoughts on former President George W. Bush's memoir (Decision Points) and his "lowest point of his presidency" comment, referring to rapper Kanye West saying "George Bush doesn't care about black people" on live TV. Here's what he said:
First, I find it strange like everyone else that one of his lowest points is somebody talking about him. People should insult him a lot. That's part of the job description. People are not going to be happy with what you do. When certain events happen like Katrina, when you see people on a roof, people of color for the most part ... and this is happening on TV, and you see the commander in chief just drive by on a plane ... we were all angry. ... It felt like something happening directly to blacks. ... Kanye really spoke what everyone else felt."
Jay-Z elaborates more in his memoir. Here's an excerpt:
Kanye caught a lot of heat for coming on that telethon and saying, "George Bush doesn't care about black people," but I backed him one hundred percent on it, if only because he was expressing a feeling that was bottled up in a lot of our hearts. It didn't feel like Katrina was just a natural disaster that arbitrarily swept through a corner of the United States. Katrina felt like something that was happening to black people, specifically.
I know all sorts of people in Louisiana and Mississippi got washed out, too, and saw their lives destroyed — but in America, we process that sort of thing as a tragedy. When it happens to black people, it feels like something else, like history rerunning its favorite loop. It wasn't just me. People saw that Katrina shit, heard the newscasters describing the victims as "refugees" in their own country, waited in vain for the government to step in and rescue those people who were dying right in front of our eyes, and we took it personally. I got angry. But more than that, I just felt hurt. In moments like that, it all starts coming back to you: slavery, images of black people in suits and dresses getting beaten on the bridge to Selma, the whole ugly story you sometimes want to think is over. And then it's back, like it never left. I felt hurt in a personal way for those people floating on cars and waving on the roofs of their shotgun houses, crying into the cameras for help, being left on their porches. Maybe I felt some sense of shame that we'd let this happen to our brothers and sisters. Eventually I hit the off button on the remote control. I went numb.
Read the full excerpt here.
To celebrate, Octavia Books will be holding a reception this Saturday (Oct. 16) from 2-5 pm at the shop at 513 Octavia St., with food, music and local authors in attendance. The public is invited.
Winn-Dixie announced on Tuesday it plans to close 30 of its "underperforming" supermarkets, and today we found out that Louisiana was largely spared the axe -- except for the Winn-Dixie in Marrero on Lapalco Boulevard. And, of course, the first thing I thought of was: Johnny Fasullo!
OK, it's not terribly logical, but the late great WWOZ-FM DJ with the accent that made Buddy D and Ernie K-Doe sound like Queen Elizabeth was always name-checking "da Winn-Dixie on Lapalco" on his Sunday morning Cajun music show. In between spinning old Cajun 45s, Johnny kept up a steady stream of patter, and I always loved it when he would get to the inevitable "Dis one goes out to Miss [whomever], one of da checkers at da Winn-Dixie in Marrero!" (Does ANYONE else remember this?)
Johnny died in November 2005 at the age of 63 at his home in (where else?) Marrero. To all the checkers at the soon-to-be-shuttered Winn-Dixie -- sorry about your jobs. I know Johnny would've had a song for you this Sunday.
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