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RWK04-2Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 will be the final day for the remaining staff of WMUB. (Follow the WMUB category for other posts in this series.)

A couple of the staff have found jobs; some are retiring; and others are still looking. The picture is a typical WMUB live remote — this one from a Red, White & KaBOOM! Independence Day celebration in Fairfield, OH a few years ago. L-R, Cheri Lawson, Jay Hingsbergen, Ben James, Tana Weingartner and John Hingsbergen.

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Lorain, 1908

Lorain, 1908

On June 28, 1924, the deadliest tornado in Ohio’s history struck Lorain, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie. Here’s WMUB’s Ohio Bicentennial Minute and a Wikipedia article.

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Cleveland Press graphic

On June 25, 2003, WMUB broadcast an Ohio Bicentennial Minute on Dorothy Fuldheim. She was the first woman anchor on television news in America, on WEWS in Cleveland, OH. Click on her photo to link to the Wikipedia article, and click on the Ohio Bicentennial Minute logo to hear the audio.

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TSMmediaThe Tri-State Media Watch blog has a wrap-up of awards won recently by the former WMUB, for work done in 2008:

This has been sitting in the email box for a bit…

We got all of this via email from Friend of TSMW John Hingsbergen, the “Program Director in Exile” of WMUB-FM 88.5/Oxford (which now is a repeater of WVXU 91.7/Cincinnati).

WMUB received a whole mess of awards at two different ceremonies recently. The first list is from the Public News Directors, Inc. the weekend of 6-13/14, in what they call Division C (those with only 1-2 full time news staff):

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Choreomania

Elia Kazan's Panic in the Street

Elia Kazan's Panic in the Street

Dancing mania involved groups of people, sometimes thousands at a time, dancing uncontrollably and bizarrely, seemingly possessed by the devil. It occurred primarily in Europe between the 14th and 18th centuries. One of the first major outbreaks was in Aachen, Germany, on June 24, 1374.

In the throes of choreomania, men, women, and children danced through the streets of towns or cities, sometimes foaming at the mouth until they collapsed from fatigue.

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Babe Ruth, role model

Babe_Ruth_pitchingOn June 23, 1917 George Herman Ruth, Jr. walked the first batter in a game against the Washington Senators. The Babe was then was ejected for punching the umpire. Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore then retired the next 26 batters in a row. Sounds like a no-hitter to me, but apparently not everyone agrees.

Shore later become Sheriff of Forsyth County, North Carolina, near his home in East Bend, and led the 1950s effort to build a minor league park in Winston-Salem. When I lived in Winston-Salem, I attended several Winston-Salem Warthogs games in Ernie Shore field.

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Web

I saw this outside our bathroom window this morning. At first I thought “How did a CD get into our neighbors’ tree?” Then I realized it is a perfectly consistent, concentric spider web. I grabbed our camera and took a shot in the few minutes remaining for the sun to backlight it.

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WMUB, 1950-2009: #1 in a series

Logo08-200x99Miami University’s late lamented WMUB Public Radio traces its ancestry to returning WWII vets in the 1940’s who began experimenting with radio signals — AM, carrier current and others, legal and otherwise. Its formal ancestry as an FM station dates from February, 1950, when the FCC granted Miami a license at 88.5. For 59 years WMUB served the campus, the region around southwestern Ohio, and the nation with public radio, beginning as a student lab station and moving through fully professional operation.

Citing a $22 million dollar budget deficit for Miami in fiscal 2010, in February 2009 the administration signed an agreement giving operational control of the station to Cincinnati Public Radio, parent of WVXU-FM and WGUC-FM. Local origination from the Oxford campus ended on February 28, 2009. June 30th, 2009 will be the last day on duty for the former WMUB staff and many others ate Miami. The WMUB facilities will be dismantled shortly thereafter.

As outgoing General Manger, I’m immensely proud that the station is going out of existence on a high note. In May 2009 the news department received seven awards for 2008 work from the Ohio Associated Press — more than any public station in Ohio. In June 2009 we learned that the department had received seven national awards from the Public Radio News Directors, Incorporated. No station in the US earned more.

Between now and June 30th I’ll publish a series of posts about WMUB.

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Juneteenth

JuneteenthJuneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It commemorates June 19, 1865, the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves — almost three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s recognized in 31 states, but many Americans are unaware of it.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

Here’s a link.

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Love is all you need?

The lovable moptops

The lovable moptops

The Beatles’ All You Need is Love is a great song, no doubt. It was voted the favorite song in the UK in a 1999 millennium poll. Most people, including John Lennon, regard it as a positive song. But is it?

Maybe I’m missing something totally obvious, but I’ve always puzzled about what the line “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done” really means. Can you do everything? Or only some things? Or nothing? The logic is kind of double-reversed. The dilemma is a little clearer in the line

Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you were meant to be

As I read it this could either mean

You can go anywhere, and any place you go is where you were meant to be

or

You can’t go everywhere, but any place you can is go is where you were meant to be

So, are the possibilities limited or unlimited? Probably better to just listen and enjoy.

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