Wake-Up Call: What will happen in 2007? Rick Moore and R.K. Ramazani discuss

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Dec 312006
 

U.Va professor emeritus R.K. Ramazani joins Rick Moore at the WNRN studios for the last Wake-Up Call of 2006. But, Rick isn’t one to look past. Instead, he and Professor Ramazani discuss some of the potential pitfalls of the upcoming 12 months.

Before the show, Ramazani remarked that he’s been making radio appearances for more than forty years.
In his monologue, Rick laments a House subcommittee’s decision to not tighten restrictions on payday lending in Virginia. Some of these companies charge their customers triple-digit APR in order to get some quick cash. Rick says payday loans postpone and augment financial troubles of the poor and desparate, and he thinks that the General Assembly should do something to help.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Virginia leading the country on DNA Databank

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Dec 312006
 

Captain Chip Harding has been with the Charlottesville Police Department since 1978. He talks with Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now about Virginia’s DNA Data Bank for suspected and convicted felons. Virginia is the national leader in DNA-based law enforcement, with extensive records helping match unsolved cases with previous offenders. Yet Virginia and other states alike have many felons whose DNA samples were never collected – leaving many cases unsolved.

Harding discusses how DNA can lead not only to convictions, but also to the release of innocent citizens. Organizations such as the Innocence Project have exonerated almost 200 convicted felons since DNA evidence was made available.

Dec 292006
 

John D'Earth
Trumpeter John D’earthPhoto: U.Va
John D’earth has been a fixture on Charlottesville’s music scene for decades. The trumpeter and his band play a set at Miller’s every Thursday night, and he’s also an instructor at the University of Virginia, playing in the school’s Free Bridge Quintet.

So, when First Night Virginia wanted someone to write to score for a piece commemorating the event’s 25th anniversary, they turned to D’earth. I stopped by his studio to find out more.

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This podcast has two interesting bits of trivia associated with it. The opening music is from the Thompson-D’earth Band’s new album, When the Serpent Flies. This is a track called Second of Many.

The second bit of trivia comes at the end of the piece. Don’t be startled by the sound of my 14-month-old daughter Josephine, who tagged along with me to John D’earth’s studio. She was really quiet for most of the interview, but let out a splendid squeal at the very end of the musical selection I was recording. John insisted I leave it in, so I obliged!

Dec 282006
 

Laura Bono is a co-founder and Board Member of the National Autism Association, an organization that has been active in legislation and fundraising for the Autism Community. On this segment of Charlottesville-Right Now with Coy Barefoot, she discusses the Combating Autism Act, signed by President Bush on December 19th. This landmark piece of legislation authorizes almost $1 Billion over the next five years towards research and intervention in preventing and curing Autism.

You can help support the Act further by calling the Senate Appropriations Committee at (202) 224-3121 on behalf of the Combating Autism Act.

Charlottesville–Right Now is broadcast live Monday through Friday on NewsRadio 1070 WINA from 4 to 6pm. Best-selling author and historian Coy Barefoot is the host and producer. To participate in the program, you can call 434-977-1070. Coy can be reached at barefoot@wina.com.

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Wake-Up Call: Christmas Edition

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Dec 242006
 

On this holiday edition of The Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call with Rick Moore, Rick does his annual reading of a traditional Christmas story. Also in the studio was Santa, making phone calls to kids in the area and checking on what they want for Christmas. He was taking phone calls all morning, hearing from children in Central Virginia.

Homeless and homeless advocates hold memorial service at Community Chalkboard

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Dec 222006
 

Every winter, homeless men and women die from exposure because they don’t have a place to sleep. Their deaths are marked on the longest night of the year in an event called National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day.

This year, Charlottesville joined the list of cities that hold a service. About sixty people gathered around a makeshift altar next to the Community Chalkboard on the downtown mall. They lit candles and listened as the Reverend Liz Emrey of New Beginnings Christian Church conducted the memorial service.

In this edited recording of the service, you’ll hear from Dave Norris of PACEM, the Reverend Jim Bundy from Sojourners United Church of Christ, Dr. Mary Washington of the Thomas Jefferson Coalition for the Homeless, and Police Chief Tim Longo. There’s also a couple of songs, as well as testimonies for the dead.

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Charlottesville-Right Now: Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling

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Dec 212006
 

Bill Bolling is the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He spoke with Coy Barefoot on Charlottesville-Right Now about the Steptember Initiative, a program where participants reduce their intake of calories and increase their physical activity. Bolling also discusses the public image of Republicans, and his efforts to encourage all politicians to care about the issues themselves.

Dec 212006
 

Jack Blackburn has been the Dean of Admissions at the University of Virginia since 1985. On this segment of Charlottesville-Right Now with Coy Barefoot, Blackburn talks about UVA’s recent move to stop offering their early decision program to high school seniors. Next year, UVA will join Harvard and Princeton in simplifying their acceptance process in an effort to make it more accessible to lower-income prospective students. As Dean of Admissions, Blackburn also discusses what colleges are looking for in a student’s application.   “We look for students who challenge themselves…The civic-minded student who might also do something in the community.”

Charlottesville–Right Now is broadcast live Monday through Friday on NewsRadio 1070 WINA from 4 to 6pm. Best-selling author and historian Coy Barefoot is the host and producer. To participate in the program, you can call 434-977-1070. Coy can be reached at barefoot@wina.com.

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Charlottesville–Right Now: Political Commentator Bob Gibson (12-18-06)

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Dec 212006
 

Bob Gibson is a political reporter for the Charlottesville Daily Progress, and joins Coy Barefoot on Charlottesville–Right Now every Monday to talk about current political news in Central Virginia. In this excerpt, Gibson discusses the rapid growth in Virginia over the past five years, and how that has affected the state’s political affiliation. Warner’s recent expression of interest for the 2008 Presidential Ticket, and last week’s conference where Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust were also topics of conversation.

Louisa Div 4 Victory

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Dec 212006
 

Experience the Louisa Lions Division 4 semi-final victory over Powhatan High School.

Plans for homeless day shelter go forward

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Dec 202006
 

Today is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, and for the homeless in our area, there’s possibly some good news coming. First Christian Church on West Market Street may soon be getting a new tenant. An anonymous donor has agreed to pay for the structure, so that it can become the home of the first COMPASS Day Haven to give homeless men and women a place to go during the day. I met up with Erik Speer, project coordinator for COMPASS, to find out more.

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