Archive | August, 2005

On Friday’s Radioshow: Aaron Glantz on How America Lost Iraq

A couple of hours ago I finished an interview with Free Speech Radio News reporter Aaron Glantz who spent time in Baghdad after Saddam fell, reporting for FSRN and Pacifica. He’s written a book about his experiences, How America Lost Iraq, and Champaign, IL is kind of his last stop on his DIY book tour.

This was one of the more fun interviews I’ve done in quite some time, only offset by the disturbing stories Aaron tells about the death and misery he’s personally witnessed in Iraq.

The interview will air this Friday on WEFT 90.1 FM, Champaign, IL, on other affiliates next week, and be available for download next Monday.

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The Strike Newspaper Updated with Internet Radio

The English-language workers of the Canadian Broadcasting Company, Canada’s public broadcaster, are locked out as part of a labor dispute. Amongst the disagreements, the CBC wants to use more temporary workers who won’t qualify for the benefits that permanent workers enjoy.

It is common for striking workers to publish their own newspaper, both as a way to keep up communication amongst workers and to educate the public about their struggle. The CBC workers, being media workers, have an on-line radio station, facilitated by the labor website LabourStart.

LabourStart’s Canada page has constantly updated links to stories about the strike.

While I think the on-line station is a great idea, I think a podcast would be a tremendous supplement, since it’s easy to miss a lot of great content due to scheduling. Sites like radio.indymedia allow you to create a podcast from any uploaded audio, so they wouldn’t even need to hunt down server space.

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Headline News from Aug. 19 Radioshow

These are some of the news headlines as read on the Aug. 19, 2005 edition of the radioshow: Media Ownership Back on FCC Table in 30-60 Days; Two Big Telecomm Mergers on the Horizon; SBC Spends Big in Texas; CBC Labor Lockout; Indecency Complaints Down; Muni Broadband a Hot Topic with State Legislators.

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Digital Video Direct to Disc or Card, Coming Soon, but Not Quite There Yet

Following up a bit on my last post, the photography website, Luminous Landscape, has a brief user review of the new JVC MC500 camcorder that records direct to compact-flash card, rather than DV tape. Now, before I get branded a luddite, I believe that this is the direction which digital video is going and should go. However, I also have to say that it’s just a bit early yet. …

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