Said & Done

  • The LUV newsletter took another shot at the corporatist trend at NPR news with its reporting on the reactor problems in Japan, chiding :

“The radioactive core in a reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant appears to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel and on to a concrete floor, experts say, raising fears of a major release of radiation at the site,” begins a piece in The Guardian this morning.

NPR’s Morning Edition is reporting this morning that “radiation is just a part of nature.”  NPR “journalist” Renee Montagne thought it important to ask if we should worry about radiation from bananas. There was no mention of the above blockbuster stories. Might offend corporate sponsors, one might think, to point out that it’s dangerous.

“Radiation levels in sea water near Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant have reached more than 3,000 times the legal limit, officials said, as efforts continue to bring the country’s nuclear crisis under control” begins a piece at al Jazeera this morning. The scary part which follows is “Officials said they did not know what caused the radiation level to rise.”

  • More action on the college-radio front, reported on Tom Taylor’s newsletter here:

Mobile, Alabama’s Jesuit-run Spring Hill College is selling its WHIL-FM. Is this a pattern or just coincidence? The Jesuit-run University of San Francisco is up to its clerical collar in protest over the way it handled the sale of KUSF (90.3) to a group that’s already changed its format from alternative to classical. Now here’s Spring Hill College (“the Jesuit College of the South”) selling its WHIL-FM (91.3) to another school — the Tuscaloosa-based University of Alabama, nearly 200 miles away. We don’t know the price yet, but WALA-TV says the sale process has been quietly underway for a while. Spring Hill president Richard Salmi “said the college had approached a local group of investors to buy the station, but when they couldn’t come to terms, the college made an offer to the University of Alabama.” There shouldn’t be the same kind of format fuss as in San Francisco. WHIL-FM is already basically classical music, buttressed by public radio information staples such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air and Marketplace. WHIL-FM’s got a robust Class C signal that reaches to the edge of Pensacola to the east and to Biloxi to the west. The U. of Alabama runs the “Alabama Public Radio” network based at WUAL-FM, Tuscaloosa (91.5). It’s also heard on full-power stations in Muscle Shoals (WQPR at 88.7) and Selma-Montgomery (WAPR at 88.3), and on translators in Huntsville at 100.7 and Decatur at 94.7. Obviously, filling in the big coastal market of Mobile would be desirable.

  • Greg Smith sent along this link to a not uncommon occurrence:

I purchased your product, a new Insignia HD digital radio and it has not worked since purchase. I have attempted to return the item, or to exchange it. The seller refuses to communicate with me. Insignia informs me that the radio has a manufacturing defect and that they cannot repair or exchange the radio. They inform me that they are merely a trademark for Best Buy, and that Best Buy is responsible for all Insignia products. I am requesting an exchange of the product for a working model.

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