Tag Archives: Radio

New GDPR Production Premiering: Grateful Dread’s Potpourri

Every Thursday at 9am and Sunday at 11pm Eastern time, join us for GRATEFUL DREAD’S POTPOURRI, an hour-long foray into progressive news, activism info, and music that you won’t find in mainstream media. Our inaugural episode premieres tomorrow, April 7 at 9am during AM Chai… It includes an interview with Baltimore-based sound artist WOODY LISSAUER, whose newest LP, Adventures and Misadventures in Loveland is a treasure! Woody will perform April 8 at New York’s Cafe Vivaldi and April 9 at Cafe Cielo. Listen and hear what this gifted, innovative artist has to say through words and music.

Again, don’t miss GRATEFUL DREAD’S POTPOURRI each and every Thursday morning and Sunday night on Grateful Dread Public Radio, the progressive-peace radio voice of Summit, NJ. In fact, listen now!


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The staff of Grateful Dread Peace Media and Summit Peace wish you and yours the happiest of times. May your winter holiday celebrations be filled with light and love, with joy and peace. And may the new year bring us all good times with family and friends, prosperity and positivity, and opportunities to help make the world a better place.

Thanks for your support now and in the past. We hope we can count on it in the future. Trust, you can count on us.

In honor of the season, GDPR will air kynd holiday music beginning at 1pm Eastern on Christmas Eve and ending at midnight Christmas Day. Enjoy!

Help High School Students Become Radio Pros

The radio bug hit me during my last year of high school and led me to two great college broadcasting experiences, at the University of Maryland’s WMUC and at Towson University’s WTMD. I’ve worked in radio and media ever since — to this day, the debt I feel to those two institutions and to college radio in general is infinite. And I am proud to know that both schools are still hard at work creating the next generation of quality broadcasting professionals.

Right now, WTMD is going public with a cool new effort to give invaluable hands-on experiences to kids attending high school. Here is the info:

We all know that arts education in schools is under pressure–and that includes teaching kids about radio.
WTMD wants to help one high school buy the equipment they need to make sure their students can learn about how important radio and music are in people’s lives.

KLIK, a high school Internet radio station based in Ft. Collins, Colorado, teaches students from five schools in the community. This revolutionary project is looking to upgrade its equipment and the Pepsi Research Project is willing to fund it–as long as the public votes for it.

KLIK is ranked #28 among Refresh grant candidates; however, only the Top 10 will receive a $5,000 grant when the voting ends on May 31st.

It just takes a few clicks to help KLIK crack the Top 10. Thanks for helping out and maybe some day someone graduating from KLIK will be on the air at [a station near you]!

Isn’t that the coolest? You know what would be cooler? Give to the college radio station nearest you. These efforts — usually local in nature, listener-supported, and grassroots-progressive-public in format —  perform a valuable and necessary service for up and coming radio people. But college radio’s greatest beneficiaries are the communities they serve. All the stations are getting around to their big spring pledge drives — now is your chance! Do some good.

How Should Baltimore Schools Handle Violent Students?

 My latest Baltimore Progressive Community Examiner column is up. (Apologies for the time off — a massive injury has kept me largely bedridden for a week, but pain or no, I gotta get to work for sanity’s sake.) The subject is Baltimore City Public Schools’ rule that students who commit violent acts in school must be barred — permanently — from area public schools. They’ll be allowed no access to alternative schools, home instruction (unless their folks can homeschool, an unlikely proposition for most), or any city educational resources. In the short run, it looks like a great thing for schools: Overall suspension and expulsion rates are down. But what are the long-term prospects? What the heck are these kids to do? 

Do read the column and think about it. And be sure to listen to the Anthony McCarthy Show tonight at 6pm Eastern. I’ll be among the guests addressing this hot-button and very important topic. You can listen in Baltimore via 88.9 FM. You can listen from anywhere in the world via the WEAA Web site.

Stern Stands for Equality

from “King of All Media” Howard Stern:

Howard Stern supports marriage equality“My feeling about gay people is that we have a responsibility not only to make gay marriage acceptable and to make gays feel accepted as much as “My feeling about gay people is that we have a responsibility not only to make gay marriage acceptable and to make gays feel accepted as much as heterosexuals…Gay people are downtrodden They are beaten. They are abused for their sexuality, and it goes across race. In the white community and the black community gay people are the bastards of the world. And in order for things to change, because any one of you could have gay children, or gay relatives, or gay friends…we have a responsibility to make this acceptable, to get all this bullshit so that some gay kid going to high school doesn’t get the shit beaten out of him just because he’s gay…I’m as heterosexual as they come. What is this hang-up about gay marriage? Who cares? Get on with your life!”

via Towleroad:  Howard Stern – “We Must Make Gay Marriage Acceptable”

How Is Rush Limbaugh So Successful?

Few people I know are Rush Limbaugh fans, so how is he so wildly popular? TV and radio critic Bill Mann says he knows why, and he shares the news at Huffington Post:

Rush’s show was, and presumably still is, given away for free to many local radio stations.

This shocker is because of a little-known practice in broadcast syndication called a “barter deal.” … Here’s how [it] works: To launch the show, Limbaugh’s syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks — the same folks who syndicate wingnut du jour Glen Beck — gave Limbaugh’s three hours away — that’s right, no cash — to local radio stations, mostly in medium and smaller markets, back in the early 1990’s.

So, a local talk station got Rush’s show for zilch. In exchange, Premiere took for itself much of the local station’s available advertising time (roughly 15 minutes an hour) and packed the show with national ads it had already pre-sold.

Think Gold Bond Medicated Powder.

It’s a very sweet deal for local radio station owners, explained Bill Exline a respected radio broker (he helped people buy and sell local stations). “Not only does the local station get three hours of free programming,” Exline explained, “but that’s one less local talk-show host on staff they need. It makes small- and medium-market radio properties more profitable and attractive by cutting down staff expenses.”

Shocking, isn’t it, that Limbaugh would allow jobs to be cut to advance his dubious career? Not to mention helping to make small radio stations far less local?

from the blog Off the Grid

“Dr.” Laura Calls Committed Same-Sex Relationships “Beautiful” & “Healthy”

What a week it was: Marriage Equality in Iowa and Vermont. Recognition of all legally married couples in Washington, DC. Pastor Rick Warren is backing off of his Proposition 8 stance. And now, “Dr.” Laura Schlessinger, the notorious right-wing talkradio host, seems to be softening her views against gays too.

On the April 9 “Larry King Live,” the arch-conservative advice-giver did not give her support to the idea of “gay marriage” and claimed to have no opinon about the recent marriage decisions. For once, King didn’t let the matter drop:

Larry King: But you’ve always favored that marriage must be between a man and woman.Laura Schlessinger: I’m very big on human beings finding love, attachment and commitment and being faithful to it, because there’s more to benefit when there is real true commitment and faithfulness to it. I still believe, as just every president has, and all the people who ran for office, that marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman. So not calling it marriage works for me. But that two people would have that sort of commitment to me is very healthy and very positive thing in their lives and society as a whole.

King: So, you favor marriage between a man and a woman, but you applaud the fact that even people of the same-sex can have that kind of commitment to each other.

Schlessinger: That’s a beautiful thing and a healthy thing.

Must be awfully frosty in Hell today. And truly, the cause of equality must be moving forward.


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