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Steppin’ it up a Notch! All things political and social seem to be heating up right now — plenty of
opportunities for the Step’s particular brand of humor. We hope you will come and “occupy” the Saenger Theater on Saturday, January 28, 2012, 7:30pm for a look back at 2011, a preview of 2012 and a belly laugh at our American way of life and politics. Who better to lighten the burden of our country’s primary woes than the Capitol Steps, a troupe of former congressional staffers-turnedcomedians?
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Membership Matters Thanks to many of you, WUWF’s Fall 2011 Membership Campaign was a great success — raising $122,661 in support of the quality programming on 88.1 FM. Although we did not reach the campaign goal of $140K, we are pleased with the outcome and optimistic that the necessary resources to pay for the expanded program expenses will come to light. It continues to be a challenging time for your public radio station, as well as for many in our community and across the country, but still, so many of you came through to make this campaign a success. Thank you for your commitment to quality public radio for the gulf coast. WUWF is here because of your loyal support. There are so many great results from each membership drive. This fall we are proud to welcome 303 new members to the 88.1 FM family. And we greatly appreciate the more than 80 volunteers who assisted in answering phones and taking pledges during the ten-day drive.
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// Trish Allison, WUWF Membership Director Always an uplifting element of the pledge drive is the comment section on the pledge forms. Your comments about the importance of public radio are inspiring to us. They help us know when we are doing a good job and also the things we could do better. We ask that you keep that passion for programming all year long — not just during the two annual membership drives. We all understand that there is strength in numbers. The only way public radio will continue to thrive is by growing its number of supporters. You can each help by spreading the word about the importance of listener support within your circle of friends. Member cards and pledge acknowledgements are in the mail. If you have a problem with any part of your pledge, please contact membership director, Trish Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 473-7433. On behalf of the whole staff at 88.1 FM, thank you for listening, for claiming 88.1 FM as your public radio station, for your loyal support, and for doing your part to make the recent membership drive a success. //
Have a safe and wonderful holiday season! From your staff at WUWF
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The Steps have been entertaining fans by parodying politicians, and the offices that once employed them, since 1981. Knowing that our politicians were entertaining us daily, Steps co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss, and Jim Aidala formed a troupe of Democrats, Republicans, and all persuasions in between, to capitalize on the abundant material. Since then, the hugely successful comedic team has grown to perform more than 500 shows a year, nation-wide, with multiple touring troupes. Ever vigilant for the political snafu of the day, the Steps have lampooned presidents from Reagan to Obama. Priding themselves as “equal opportunity offenders”, they shake loose material from the headlines. Their most recent (thirty-second) album, Desperate Housemembers, features parodies of John Boehner and his new Republican majority, a bevy of disspirited Democrats, and a cast of international stars including Hosni Mubarak and Silvio Berlusconi. If you’re tired of hearing about Wall Street, immigration, health care, the budget, partisan politics, unfaithful politicians, or the Tea Party, this album is not for you. but, the coming primaries promise to provide rich fodder for new satire and the next CD.
Tickets for the live performance will go on sale Thursday, December 1, 2011 through Ticketmaster at
800-745-3000 (also available online through wuwf.org). All seats are $40. Public Broadcasting Membercard holders may receive a 10% discount on up to 10 tickets by presenting their current card at the box office.
Tickets to the January 28 performance could make a unique gift for someone on your gift list this holiday season! Make sure to purchase them early — we expect a sell out as usual.
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N ews This Article Made Possible by Letters “N”, “P” and “R” On December 1, 2012, Gary Knell, formerly the President and CEO of Sesame Workshop (producer of Public Broadcasting popular show Sesame Street) will take the position of President and CEO of NPR. His selection is the culmination of a search that began in March 2011 when, then president, Vivian Schiller resigned after two highly publicized controversies made it clear that her leadership had been adversely affected. Knell will take over from NPR’s general counsel, Joyce Slocum, who has filled in as acting CEO and president since Shiller’s departure. NPR’s Chairman of the board, Dave Edwards, called Knell (57) “an extraordinary leader with extensive experience in public media, programming and education” having lead “a large, complex organization through a tumultuous media environment, helping it grow by providing innovative, engaging content in new and creative ways.” Knell lead Sesame Workshop for 12 years.
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Fruit Basket Turnover at NPR In the Fall 2011 Hound’s Briefs we notified readers that
beginning Sunday, September 4, veteran reporter Audie Cornish would trade her role as NPR reporter to become the new host for Weekend Edition Sunday — which she did — after Liane Hansen retired earlier in the year. However, in October 2011, Michele Norris decided to step away from hosting All Things Considered for a year. Norris’ husband, Broderick Johnson recently accepted a spot as senior advisor on President Obama’s re-election campaign. Norris will continue to work on reporting projects at NPR but felt that she should not be in the position of covering the campaign. Audie Cornish will take Norris’ place at ATC for a year and an internal search is underway at NPR for a one-year-fill-in for Cornish. //
NPR media correspondent, David Folkenflick reported that Knell said he hopes to “calm the waters” and to “depoliticize” the debate over the future of public radio. “It’s not about liberal or conservative — it’s about fairness,” Knell told Folkenflick.
“We’ve got to make the case we’re delivering a fair service, not only in the way we do our jobs, but in the way we disseminate the news.” Knell will be taking a pay cut to accept the position at NPR. // Incoming NPR CEO and President Gary Knell.
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NPR’s Ombudsman The Ombudsman is the public’s representative to National Public Radio, serving as an independent source of information, explanation, amplification and analysis for the public regarding NPR’s programming. NPR’s ombudsman serves for a preset term. This is standard practice at many newspapers and is done to maintain objectivity and perspective on the organization and its programming and decision-making. Edward Schumacher-Matos joined NPR as Ombudsman on June 1, 2011. It’s a familiar role for him; Edward had been the Ombudsman for The Miami Herald. Edward has spent more than three decades in journalism and has a deep understanding of the essential role that journalists play in upholding a vital democracy, as well as, the demands reporters and editors face every day. His career includes writing a syndicated Washington Post column; founding four Spanish-language daily newspapers; serving as the Founding Editor of the Wall Street Journal’s successful Spanish and Portuguese insert editions in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal; and reporting for the New York Times as Madrid Bureau Chief, Buenos Aires Bureau Chief, and the paper’s NYC Economic Development reporter. At The Philadelphia Inquirer, he was part of the team that won a 1980 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident. Earlier in his career, he was with the Washington Post, reporting as a “super stringer” in Japan, South Korea, and Boston. Most recently, Schumacher-Matos was the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies at the Kennedy School of Government and a Shorenstein Fellow on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. His focus was as the director of the Migration and Integration Studies Program at Harvard. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of IE University Graduate School of Business in Madrid and the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California. He also is active in the Council on Foreign Relations, the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, and the Inter American Press Association. Schumacher-Matos received his MA in International Politics and Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, and his BA in Politics and Literature from Vanderbilt University. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Japan. He grew up in a military family, and volunteered to join the Army during the Vietnam War. His service in Vietnam earned him the Bronze Star. He will now serve as the public’s representative to NPR and he has expressed a great respect for NPR’s incredibly thoughtful, curious, and intellectually challenging audience. Listeners can find a link to the NPR Ombudsman at wuwf.org. There you can review the mission and the mandate of the NPR Ombudsman, read monthly commentaries, and submit feedback on how NPR is doing its job of reporting the issues of the day. //
30A Songwriters Festival Hooks, Lines and Singers! Those listeners who have enjoyed John Macdonell’s interviews on WUWF’s Acoustic Interlude over this past year, with the artists from the 2011 30A Songwriters Festival, will be happy to know that WUWF 88.1 FM will partner with the festival once again. The 30A Songwriters Festival will take place Friday – Sunday, January 13 - 15, 2012 in multiple venues in South Walton, along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and presented by Visit South Walton, this three-day music festival will feature more than 125 songwriters and 250 performances in 20 venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to outdoor amphitheaters — all enhanced by the white sand beaches and turquoise waters along South Walton’s Scenic Highway 30A in Northwest Florida. The 2012 line-up features nationally-acclaimed songwriters and musicians including: The Bangles, Rodney Crowell, Shawn Mullins, Matthew Sweet, Indigo Girls, Fastball, David Wilcox, Steve Forbert, Mary Gauthier, Sam Bush, Randall Bramblett, Tommy Talton, Jeffrey Steele, Chely Wright, Chuck Cannon, Tim Nichols, Corey Smith, David Olney, Davin McCoy, Lori McKenna, Tommy Womack, Kevn Kinney, The Shadowboxers, Larkin Poe, Emily Lynch, Joseph Arthur, Matthew Mayfield, Rachel Platten, Callaghan, David Berkeley, Garrison Starr, Jeff Black, Joe Leathers, Ben Glover, Billy Montana, Chas Sandford, Brian White, Karyn Williams, Greg Barnhill, Forrest Williams Band, Kyle Jacobs, Kelsey Anna, Reed Waddle, Meg Huthchinson, Bridgette Demeyer, Daphne Willis, Shannon Whitworth, Suzi Ragsdale, Georgia, Ashleigh Flynn, Sterling Fletcher, Mike Whitty and Joanna Cotten. Musical styles range from folk and country to rock and alternative. The announcement of more than 75 additional artists in the coming weeks may be followed at wuwf.org where you may also link to ticket information. Early-bird 3-day weekend passes are available now for $100. Prices will increase as the event weekend approaches. //
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SightLine Partnership Serving the Vision Impaired On September 26, 2011, WUWF Public Media began the production and broadcast of SightLine, a reading service for vision impaired which WSRE-TV had provided for the community for the better part of two decades. A victim of large state budget cuts of grants to all Public Broadcasting, the reading service was discontinued by WSRE in August, 2011. WUWF’s executive director, Pat Crawford knew it must find another home and volunteered that WUWF would take on the project.
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An office at WUWF was emptied and converted into a dedicated studio for SightLine and a call was issued for the many volunteers it takes to sustain such a service. Within six weeks equipment was in place and approximately 20 new volunteers were trained and ready to read the Pensacola New Journal every morning (365 days a year) to the many listeners who depend upon the daily service. The conversion cost of the SightLine studio was generously provided by local law firm Kerrigan, Estess, Rankin, McLeod & Thompson, LLP. WSRE agreed to continue broadcasting the signal through the SAP (secondary audio programming) channel and we were up and running. In addition to the SAP channel, the 24 hr/day service can be accessed online at wuwf.org by choosing HD3 or on an HD radio, as well. At the moment WUWF carries a satellite reading service called Gatewave when local programming is not on. Plans are to expand local offerings of books and regional periodicals in early 2012. Anyone interested in SightLine may contact email@example.com or visit the user-friendly-for-adaptive-technology SightLine page at wuwf.org. //
Outreach Art Director // Pola Young, University Advancement Dog Illustrations by Jem Sullivan
Gallery 88, Like Mother, Like Son
Monday, Jan. 23—Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 • Reception: Thursday, Feb. 2, 5-7 pm Kathi Gordon and her son “Smokey” Joe Waitsman are each well known in Pensacola and beyond — Kathi for her beautiful, textural jewelry and Smokey Joe for his hand carved bone adornments. We invite you to enjoy the juxtaposition of the exceptional design and craftsmanship of mother and son. Smokey’s bone carved
Most of the time, a similar artistic talent among family members comes from growing up with Grouper Reef that art in their shared environment, but in this case, both mother and son found their creative ways individually and as adults. Joe began drawing from the time he could hold a crayon. When he was in his late 20’s and living on Pensacola Beach, he began carving small tikis from bone for his surfer friends. Self taught from the beginning, it was losing his home and job following Hurricane Ivan that allowed him the time to hone his craft to a higher level and create the images that he carves today. It was at that time, he made the decision to become a full time working artist. A trip to the Four Corners area in 1994 sparked Kathi’s interest in trade and collectible beads and she began strictly as a collector. Also self taught, her transition into design began in 1996 and she quickly realized that after many years of dabbling in different media she had discovered her passion in beadwork jewelry. Ultimately she made the decision to end her career as an executive recruiter to become a full time working artist. Today mother and son share creative thoughts, work art festivals together and make a number of collaborative pieces. They both agree that finding the path to where they belonged was filled with forks in the road, but well worth the journey to arrive in the place where each knew they were meant to be. //
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Tidings of Comfort and Joy Tidings of Comfort and Joy is an annual acoustic concert of seasonal music held in Historic Christ Church in downtown Pensacola on Friday, December 23, 2011. E-tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at wuwf.org. Seating is limited and this event sells out quickly every year. Program times are 6, 8, and 10 p.m. All e-tickets are $12 for the general seating venue. //
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