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Radiator Departure

I just ended my radio show on The Radiator. It’s a little sad, because doing the show really helped me through a low point in my life when I was unemployed and my mother was dying- but it’s time to move on. Change is a part of life and, coincidentally in this case, a rite of spring.

Here’s the email I just sent out to the Radiator Yahoo Group…
*****

Dear Radiator Friends,

It’s been a great experience, but I have to suspend my show indefinitely. My wife has picked up work on Saturday mornings, which means I have to take care of our kids at that time from now on. I thought about moving the show to another slot, but after more than a year of doing the show on Saturday mornings, and with everything else going on in my life, it feels more right to just end it gracefully.

It has been a privilege to be a part The Radiator as one of the founding on-air hosts. I will continue to be listener and supporter out here in radio land and wish all the best to everyone involved- past present and future. Thanks for making this awesome little radio station a reality.

Go Radiator!

April 9, 2009   10 Comments

Radiator Restores Telecom

The Radiator radio station has restored its internet and telephone services about month after losing them. Thank goodness. My Saturday show is premised on reading from blogs and taking live phone calls, so the last month has been a challenge. Anyway- I’ll be on tomorrow from 11am-12pm on 105.9fm Burlington, once again streaming live at TheRadiator.org and taking your calls at 802.861.9666.

March 27, 2009   Comments Off

BurlingtonPol Radio

Check it out. Uniform branding across the board. Visit the official site of the “All New” ‘BurlingtonPol Radio’ from 11a-12p Saturdays. That’s the 105.9fm schedule page. Sunday starts the week, so scroll all the way down to Saturday AM, and read about all the station’s other programming along the way. Still no internet for the last show. My cell held to the mike had difficulty. Sorry to my callers Poopsie and Micky who’s calls echoed loudly. Thanks To DJ Matty for joining for the hour, and to that Dan Guy who called too.

Will somebody please toss the station five bucks?

March 15, 2009   3 Comments

BurlingtonPol TV

Because of the special city council meeting last night, the Burlington GOP had to pull out of their regular 5:25pm show at Channel 17, So they asked me to fill in and host the show. It was a lot of fun. You can watch the show with a QuickTime Player here.

I might try to do it again sometime. I love the “talk-radio” style format of talking about news and politics and taking live calls on the air. Which reminds me- My radio show on 105.9 fm Burlington is tomorrow from 11am-12pm. I’m not sure if they got the streaming back up, but tune in on a real radio if you’re in town. And if you have money, please consider underwriting the station.

March 13, 2009   1 Comment

Eli Lesser-Goldsmith

Rerun from 01.15.09
Note: Eli Lesser-Goldmith will be competing against Vince Dober in a runoff election on March for the seat being vacated by Craig Gutchell. Voting will take place at the Miller Center on Gosse Court.
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After wrapping up my show last Saturday at The Radiator on College Street, I stopped in to Stone Soup next door to get a cup of coffee. Inside I ran into Democratic Ward Seven city council candidate Eli Lesser-Goldsmith (photo right) and sat down with him for an impromptu interview.

He showed me a copy of his fist piece of campaign literature and I asked him how the door knocking was going. Although he said that by Saturday he had only knocked on about 100 doors so far, Eli was adamant that he will knock on every door in the ward at least two times. It’s an ambitious goal in Ward Seven, which has the largest land area and least population density of any ward. When I mentioned this he said “I’m undaunted.”

When the conversation moved to issues Eli outlined three main areas he wants to work on.

This first of the three was development. Lesser-Goldsmith says he supports building new senior housing at the site of the Motor Vehicles Department on North Avenue, but that most new development should take place downtown. He says the city “could have done a better job” on the recent zoning re-write and that it should have been more lax in terms of parking requirements. He believes that Planning and Zoning should be merged into Public Works and that “design review is a thorn in the side for a lot of people.” He says permitting should be a faster process and gives Burlington developers credit for being “tenacious” in the face of cumbersome regulations.

The second issue Eli touched on was jobs. He said higher, denser buildings downtown would provide more room for business to grow, citing Fuse marketing as an example of a company recently forced to move out of the city because they could not find the office space in Burlington they needed. He said the city needs to attract new businesses and that he could personally act as a “go-between” toward that end.

Our jobs discussion moved tangentially toward the issue of transportation. Eli said “the fact that we have only one bus line in the new north end is a total joke.” He said he’d like to see changes in the funding structure of CCTA to make federal funds correlate to ridership, and more park and ride facilities just outside the city to alleviate traffic congestion.

The third thing Lesser-Goldsmith promises to focus on if elected is the issue of parks and the waterfront. I of course tried to sell him on the idea of stairs from Battery Park to the Waterfront and he seemed to like the concept. We discussed making the College Street Shuttle more user friendly by bringing the drop-off / pick-up point back to the loop near the boathouse. This had been the bus stop in the past, Eli said, but traffic problems forced the bus stop to move to its current location at One Main Street. We discussed gating the loop as a possible means to avoid those past problems. “The waterfront has been a huge missed opportunity for the City of Burlington” Eli said. “The more people we get to the waterfront the better.”

He said the “North 40″ should be cleaned up and turned into a giant park for the time being. When I asked if he supported the Moran Plant redevelopment as it’s proceeding, he said he liked the idea of re-using the building. Noting that the process is already underway he said “Sometimes when you’re given lemons, you have to make lemonade- let’s embrace that.” But while he supports the proposed sailing center as an appropriate use of the building, he is much less enthusiastic about the climbing wall and children’s museum proposals. Instead he said he prefers to see a mixed use for the building that would include high-end condominiums, a cafe and an observation deck.

Wrapping up our discussion, we touched on the topic of government transparency and responsiveness. He liked my idea of an official online forum where city officials could discuss issues online, in writing and in real time. He even went so far as saying he would actually blog live from the city council meetings themselves. When I suggested some might say this would distract from his duties as a councilor, he assuredly replied “I can multi-task.” “If elected” he proclaimed, “I’ll be the most easy-to-communicate-with city councilor Burlington has ever seen.”

March 10, 2009   1 Comment

Caldwell on the Radio

My guest on tomorrow’s radio show will be Ward 3 Progressive city council candidate Marrisa Caldwell (Picture Below) Tune in from 11am-12pm on 105.9fm or at TheRadiator.org. Call in too! (861.9666)

February 13, 2009   Comments Off

Interview Weekend II

Yikes. The audio of my interview with Dan Smith was only 27 minutes long, and you saw how long that took me to transcribe. Sunday I sat down with Mayor Bob Kiss and his Democratic challenger Andy Montroll. Both recordings are 45 minutes long! I’m not sure how I’m going to publish those pieces in a timely way- but I’m gonna, darn it! Just Stick with me.

I also wrote to Kurt Wright and offered him a chance to be interviewed too. No word back yet from Kurt. I guess there’s a Green candidate on the ballot too. Frankly I was disappointed to hear that, since it might be more work for me.

Saturday I was joined by Democratic council candidate David Cain on my radio show, and his Progressive opponent Marrisa Caldwell called in. They got into it a little bit over the sexy snowboards, with Caldwell calling them abuse, and Cain saying it wasn’t the city’s business. That means I accidentally hosted the first city council debate of 2009- Live on The Radiator, 105.9 fm, WOMM-LP Burlington.

February 3, 2009   Comments Off

Eli Lesser-Goldsmith

After wrapping up my show last Saturday at The Radiator on College Street, I stopped in to Stone Soup next door to get a cup of coffee. Inside I ran into Democratic Ward Seven city council candidate Eli Lesser-Goldsmith (photo right) and sat down with him for an impromptu interview.

He showed me a copy of his fist piece of campaign literature and I asked him how the door knocking was going. Although he said that by Saturday he had only knocked on about 100 doors so far, Eli was adamant that he will knock on every door in the ward at least two times. It’s an ambitious goal in Ward Seven, which has the largest land area and least population density of any ward. When I mentioned this he said “I’m undaunted.”

When the conversation moved to issues Eli outlined three main areas he wants to work on.

This first of the three was development. Lesser-Goldsmith says he supports building new senior housing at the site of the Motor Vehicles Department on North Avenue, but that most new development should take place downtown. He says the city “could have done a better job” on the recent zoning re-write and that it should have been more lax in terms of parking requirements. He believes that Planning and Zoning should be merged into Public Works and that “design review is a thorn in the side for a lot of people.” He says permitting should be a faster process and gives Burlington developers credit for being “tenacious” in the face of cumbersome regulations.

The second issue Eli touched on was jobs. He said higher, denser buildings downtown would provide more room for business to grow, citing Fuse marketing as an example of a company recently forced to move out of the city because they could not find the office space in Burlington they needed. He said the city needs to attract new businesses and that he could personally act as a “go-between” toward that end.

Our jobs discussion moved tangentially toward the issue of transportation. Eli said “the fact that we have only one bus line in the new north end is a total joke.” He said he’d like to see changes in the funding structure of CCTA to make federal funds correlate to ridership, and more park and ride facilities just outside the city to alleviate traffic congestion.

The third thing Lesser-Goldsmith promises to focus on if elected is the issue of parks and the waterfront. I of course tried to sell him on the idea of stairs from Battery Park to the Waterfront and he seemed to like the concept. We discussed making the College Street Shuttle more user friendly by bringing the drop-off / pick-up point back to the loop near the boathouse. This had been the bus stop in the past, Eli said, but traffic problems forced the bus stop to move to its current location at One Main Street. We discussed gating the loop as a possible means to avoid those past problems. “The waterfront has been a huge missed opportunity for the City of Burlington” Eli said. “The more people we get to the waterfront the better.”

He said the “North 40″ should be cleaned up and turned into a giant park for the time being. When I asked if he supported the Moran Plant redevelopment as it’s proceeding, he said he liked the idea of re-using the building. Noting that the process is already underway he said “Sometimes when you’re given lemons, you have to make lemonade- let’s embrace that.” But while he supports the proposed sailing center as an appropriate use of the building, he is much less enthusiastic about the climbing wall and children’s museum proposals. Instead he said he prefers to see a mixed use for the building that would include high-end condominiums, a cafe and an observation deck.

Wrapping up our discussion, we touched on the topic of government transparency and responsiveness. He liked my idea of an official online forum where city officials could discuss issues online, in writing and in real time. He even went so far as saying he would actually blog live from the city council meetings themselves. When I suggested some might say this would distract from his duties as a councilor, he assuredly replied “I can multi-task.” “If elected” he proclaimed, “I’ll be the most easy-to-communicate-with city councilor Burlington has ever seen.”

January 15, 2009   Comments Off

The Ides of January

Beware the Ides of January. There’s a lot of stuff going on. Here’s a brief, haphazard concatenation of news and information…

*Breaking News: The Ward 3 Progressives caucused last night and selected Marissa Caldwell to run against David Cain for the seat being vacated by Tim Ashe.

*I ran into ward 7 Democratic city council candidate Eli Lesser-Goldsmith after my radio show on Saturday and did a brief impromptu interview. I hope to have that written up soon, but as a sneak preview I’ll share that Eli says if he’s elected he intends to live-blog directly from city council meetings.

*Speaking of my radio show- it’s on at a new time: Saturdays 11am-12pm on 105.9fm Burlington or streaming live at TheRadiator.org

*Speaking of the Radiator, here’s me and Robert Ready talking about it with Melinda Moulton at channel 17.

*Gaza remains under attack by Israel, with almost a thousand people killed so far.

*Burlington Pol Howard Dean helped win back both houses of Congress and the White House for the Democrats and was then unceremoniously kicked to the curb and shafted. There’s gratitude for you.

*Obama gets sworn in a week from today. I’m taking an hour off work and going down to Nectars to watch with Philip Baruth.

*I’ll turn 36 on Sunday. My Mother would have been turning 72.

January 13, 2009   Comments Off

But Seriously Folks

This is just one of those days when I can’t fully wake up. I’m cranky and I’m lazy and my dedication to blogging only exists in fits and starts. I slept mostly on the couch last night. Cold with no blanket. Contacts in my eyes. Having haunting, vaguely sexual dreams.

Frankly for what this blog is supposed to be, I am doing a terrible job lately. Let’s see… I have missed the Dem-Prog thing Shay put on, the Dan Smith coming out party, the Democratic nominating caucus, the Kurt Wright announcement, the Prog caucus, if there even was one…. Oh there’s another important event I’m going to miss going on Thursday at channel 17:

Communications Security Meeting #1…We invite you–community leaders and interested people–to attend a 90 minute discussion on 12/18 at 2:30PM that starts to secure the future of our local media and communications networks.

Doesn’t anybody work? Why are these things always on weekdays? Arrrg.

It’s amazing that I maintain an audience of 85 or so visitors each day. Thanks for coming back. And thanks for reading. It’s always gratifying to review my stats and see that someone spent 10, 20 or 30 minutes here. But I know that can only happen if I actually write something from time to time. Don’t get excited. This is not one of those times.

Here’s a link to the “Crash Collective.” I don’t know what the hell it’s supposed to be. Seven Days did a story on it. I can’t remember if I read it or not. I doubt “Crash Collective” will last. Nothing does. But check it out. Check it out. Or don’t. I couldn’t care less.

What else? Oh here is a report on waterfront access that Dan Bradley from Public Works was nice enough to send me. It doesn’t look like a gorgeous marble staircase from Battery Park to the Waterfront is in the works anytime soon. But Dan writes “A couple of variations of stairways connecting Sherman Street and Battery Park to the waterfront are in the mix of alternatives.” That’s fine for now I guess. Whatever.

One thing I will be doing is going on Melinda Moulton’s “Live at 5:25pm” show on Channel 17 tomorrow to promote 105.9 FM The Radiator. I do radio show there on Saturday mornings. Usually I go on from 10-11am but because of shoveling I didn’t go on until 11:12 this past Saturday. Maybe I’ll move the show up an hour. More people in this town are awake at 11 than at 10. We’ll see.

December 16, 2008   Comments Off