Some Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Songs Stand Apart From the Usual Holiday Fare

holidayRock ’n ’roll is old enough to have its share of Christmas classics. You know it’s the holiday season once you start hearing John and Yoko’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and any of the tracks on Phil Spector’s classic Christmas album.

But rock ’n’ roll also has produced some terrific Christmas songs that exist under the radar. Continue reading

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Did New Jersey’s 1988 U.S. Senate Campaign Lay the Foundation for Today’s Political Climate?

Check election records from 1988, and the numbers will tell you that New Jersey voters re-elected Democrat Frank Lautenberg to the U.S. Senate by a comfortable margin of 8.4 percentage points.

 

But the numbers don’t tell the full story of Lautenberg’s victory over Republican challenger Pete Dawkins. The contest profoundly impacted the nature of future electoral campaigns by setting a disturbing tone for political discourse, which continues to play out across America today. Continue reading

On the Radio: Warren Zevon, more than just an excitable boy

2301_1089440800857_8134_nWarren Zevon’s “Werewolvesof London” always gets a play when I do a Halloween show on WSBU-FM 88.3 the Buzz.

This year, because Halloween is on a Wednesday and my show is on Thursdays, I won’t be doing a Halloween program. But I will be playing “Werewolves” and plenty of other Zevon songs as part of the “Talk to Me” series I am doing for this semester’s radio programs. Each week, I am devoting my one-hour show to music and stories about the recording artists I interviewed when I covered rock’n’roll in the early 1980s. Continue reading

On the Radio Today – Grateful Dead

I am resuming my weekly radio show today with an hour of music devoted to the Grateful Dead.

As I announced in September, each one of my radio shows this semester will focus on a different recording artist I had the privilege of interviewing while I covered rock’n’roll in the early 1980s. So along with the music, today’s show will include stories about my conversations with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, as well as other personal recollections about the band.

The show airs today from 3 to 4 p.m. on WSBU-FM and is streamed online at http://player.listenlive.co/37351.

Cleveland Rocks!

After a brief hiatus from my radio program, I returned to their airwaves to join other members of the Buzz 88.3 for a live broadcast from the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

For my segment, Station Manager Steve Wilt and I chatted about some of my expereinces covering rock’n’roll in the early 1980s,

More details in this story in St. Bonaventure University’s campus newspaper The Bona Venture.

 

 

Workshop participants choose Kit Kat bars as favorite Halloween candy

Dozens of Halloween candies are on the market, but only one was the favorite of the high school students and teachers who took part in ny CommDay workshops at St. Bonaventure University.

Kit Kat bars were the most popular choice when the students and their teachers voted on their favorite Halloween candy during two digital journalism workshops. After the results were tallied, each group of students helped compose a news story about the selection.

Read more here.

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Exploring a challenge that confronts journalism educators

As professors who co-edit an online hyperlocal news site, Anne Le and I face a dilemma when students file stories that need additional work to be publishable,” the Lees wrote in their conference proposal.

Our journalistic instinct (and the demands of today’s 24/7 news cycle) is to do the needed editing and post the story as quickly as possible, but from a pedagogical perspective, we recognize the value in taking time to work with students so they make needed revisions and learn from them – even if the result is the story runs a day or more later than we would have preferred.

Anne and I reached out to several journalism and communication educators, as well as working journalists, to learn if they have encountered similar dilemmas – and how they have addressed them.

We presented our findings at the New York State Communications Assiociation Conference. More details are here.