Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Show With No Name

TSWNN was a morning radio show on WCSS AM radio in Amsterdam. It was hosted by Attorney Robert N. Going (former Amsterdam Corporation Counsel, City and Family Court Judge), Michael Chiara (former City Assessor), and Vincenzo Nicosia (former 3rd Ward Alderman and 2011 Mayoral candidate). The show is a no holes barred discussion of events and politics affecting our city. This radio show was kicked off the air because of political pressure brought by local government officials in an attempt to censor the broadcasts.

The show decided not to give in to the forces that wanted them silenced and upgraded their show presentation using the podcast format that has become so popular on the internet. I photographed the taping of their first podcast Friday morning at the Europa Café in Amsterdam. The Café had more than its usual breakfast crowd due to the podcast. Yes, the show is opinionated and can be insulting. While I do not agree with the majority of the opinions expressed on this podcast, I support their right to be heard. I admire their effort to go “radio free” to present commentary that involves its listeners with an alternative point of view in the form of a roving podcast that also supports local businesses. Long live TSWNN!

TSWNN podcasts can be heard here:

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My blog, my way.

I’ve been bitching about how everyone else manages his or her blogs, so I decided to try it myself. The censoring of my post yesterday on The Venner Vox really showed me how opinionated blogs can get. That blog started out as a way for the public to comment on select articles from The Recorder. In my opinion the Venner Vox has become less than fair, showing partiality to certain posters.  If a blog has posted rules to follow, they should be applied equally in a manner that is fair, firm and consistent.

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