Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and Internet & American Life Project has released the results of a survey which shows that nearly three quarters (72%) of adults are quite attached to following local news and information, and local newspapers are by far the source they rely on for much of the local information they need.
According to the survey, local news enthusiasts are substantially more wedded to their local newspapers than others. They are much more likely than others to say that if their local newspaper vanished, it would have a major impact on their ability to get the local information they want. This is especially true of local news followers age 40 and older, who differ from younger local news enthusiasts in some key ways.Read more
Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), called upon the Motion Picture Association of America to reverse its decision to give a “R” rating to teen cyberbullying documentary, “Bully.”
The film follows three teens who have been the victims of cyberbullying and two families of children who have taken their own lives after being bullied. It had received a “R”, or “Restricted,” rating due to profanity that had been used during these attacks.
In a letter to the MPAA's Chairman and CEO, former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, Senator Klein urged a PG-13 rating for the documentary, pointing out that its accounts of cyberbullying match those he has heard from children, parents and educators, across New York.
Last week asked the question, Who is Sean Driscoll?, noting that Sean Driscoll is a name listed with Dun & Bradsteet as associated with WVOX.
Talk of the Sound readers had the answer. One provided a high level of detail:
I first met Sean Driscoll about 46 years ago, when I was working at WVOX, when it was then part of the "Herald Tribune Radio Network", which consisted of WVOX-AM and WGHQ-FM in Kingston (NY) WVIP-FM in Mt. Kisco (NY), and WPAT-FM in Patterson (NJ).
In those days, the WVOX offices and studios were in the Pershing Square Building, what most people now call the "K" building (Kaufman). I guess I was about 17 at the time, and as I remember, Sean was about 15. He was a good kid, very intelligent with big dreams - as I suppose we all had, at that age. After a couple of years, I moved on, but Sean stayed on, as I recall, a few years more. I think he worked finally for a few years selling airtime.
I just got a request about a casting call for a home renovation/makeover show in the NYC area where they would like to cast someone from the New Rochelle area to be in the show. In the show they are going to be remodeling/remaking one room (for free) so if you have a room in your home that just doesn't quite fit.
They want someone who has a great home with one problematic room they can't quite figure out. The uglier the room, the better.
Below is the actual casting call:
Have you ever wanted to be one of those lucky people who get a home makeover on national television?
Do you (or someone you know) have a bland or boring room? Does it not reflect your personality or style? Does it fill you with shame? We're looking for unique and interesting homeowners, who have a boring room they'd like to see transformed.
As Talk of the Sound has grown, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people posting articles, not just comments. Obviously, these folks want their articles to be read and articles with a photo are more likely to be read (its just human nature) so we want to explain the best, easiest, fastest way to do this.
The simplest way to publish articles and photos to Talk of the Sound is to user software like Red Sweater's MarsEdit (Mac) or Microsoft's Windows Live Writer (Windows). These programs allow you to add a photo or upload a PDF file along with your article.
To use this type of software you need to do a one-time set up your blog. Once you have set up your blog within Talk of the Sound in MarsEdit, WLW or similar, posting is as easy as sending an email.
This one-time set up requires access to something called an API for the Drupal software that is the Content Management System we use for the site.Read more
Among my many other talents, I am am an editor on Wikipedia (full disclosure, anyone can become an editor on Wikipedia by registering for the site). In that role I have made recommendations for three changes to the Wikipedia article on WVOX 1460 AM which are described below.
There are all sorts of policies on Wikipedia about the proper way to edit a Wikipedia entry. An important one is to first propose changes in a "discussion" area on the site. Each entry has its own discussion page.Read more
Who is Sean Driscoll?
If you attend the WVOX St. Patrick's Day party at Dudley's Parkview restaurant this afternoon, be sure to wish "Mr. O" a Happy St. Patrick's Day from Talk of the Sound and be sure to ask him to introduce you to Sean Driscoll.
According to information obtained by Talk of the Sound from Dun & Bradstreet, Sean Driscoll is an executive of Hudson-Westchester Radio, Inc., a company which owns WVOX radio in New Rochelle, NY. He is one of three executives at the company along with Cindy Gallagher and William O'Shaugnessy.Read more
Sean Roach, the founding editor of the Tarrytown Patch site has a fascinating article in this month's issue of the Columbia Journalism Review entitled The Constant Gardener; My two years tending AOL’s hyperlocal experiment.
This is very long article, well-worth reading. Here are a few basic highlights:
Roach explains how things began…Read more