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Commentary for August 27th, 2009

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A feature of every Central Florida Matters is a 3-minute commentary presented by a voice that matters on an issue that voice believes matters.

The voice you’ll hear is that of Carroll McKenney Public Media’s founder, Stephen McKenney Steck, commenting on the issue of “media matters…particularly public media.”
Feature length: 3:43

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Central Florida Matters (inaugural edition)

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of Central Florida Matters initially posted on 8/27/09. This is the complete program containing 3 features and a commentary together with transitional dialog from program hosts. Individual features from this complete program are also posted below.

Central Florida Matters addresses these local issues and voices that matter…Coping with the Economy in Seminole County: The Recession’s Impact on Local Black-Owned Businesses…, OTTER: Older Teachers Teaching Early Readers…, Beyond Broadcast – A Media Mashup… and a Commentary on why public media matters.

Full program length: 49:02

Note: On Thursday, September 17, 2009, a new edition of Central Florida Matters will be posted as a complete program. Then on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, each of the features making up the complete program will be posted as individual segments. Additional pages will provide more information about each feature as well as on-line links to content related sites.

Hear all this and a bit more because issues and voices matter… on Central Florida Matters.

Coping with the Economy in Seminole County: The Recession’s Impact on Local Black-Owned Businesses

Coping with the Economy in Seminole County

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Through the voices of a Winter Springs patent agent, Paul Royal, and an Oviedo insurance agency owner, Lincoln Salmon, you’ll hear from each how they are coping with the recession’s impact on their business and the role ethnicity does or does not play in their success. Feature Length: 18:42

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OTTER — Older Teachers Teaching Early Readers

OTTER — Older Teachers Teaching Early Readers

Local senior citizens read to students in the classrooms of the voluntary pre-kindergarten programs of Central Florida. Developed by the Foster Grandparents Program of Central Florida, OTTER is a unique service that makes available older volunteers like Eleanor Salmanowitz, Jean Dolan and Rita Tepfor for this experience. Jane Watkins and Megan Duesterhaus describe the origin and purpose of OTTER.
Feature length: 11:14

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Beyond Broadcast – A Media Mashup & Voices from the Street

Beyond Broadcasting

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“Mashing up” technology creates new ways of delivering news and information via on-line, wireless and other electronic media. It also challenges “old media” to embrace “new media” opportunities. Hear how one local TV station is confronting new media from comments by WFTV Channel 9’s Shawn Bartelt and Bob Jordan. UCF radio and TV professor, Tim Brown weighs in on the future of the mashup. And voices from the street chip in with their own perspective of “mashups.”
Feature length – 8:16

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Central Florida Matters (2nd Edition)

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Welcome to the 2nd edition of Central Florida Matters, posted on 9/17/09. This is the complete program containing 3 features, a commentary segment, 2 “voices from the streets” together with transitional dialog from program hosts Desta Horner & Stephen McKenney Steck. They offer additional information about the program and CMF.

Central Florida Matters addresses these local issues and voices that matter…Coping with the Economy in Seminole County: Food Pantry…, Voting Smart: Former Oviedo Mayor Tom Walters…, The History of Our Communities: The Story of Wagner…, a Commentary from the CMF board chair…, and Voices on the Street . Full program length – 1:02:08

Coping with the Economy in Seminole County: Food Pantry

Coping with the Economy in Seminole County: Food Pantry

During these difficult economic times, families have been coming to the Sonshine food pantry in increasing numbers. Many are unemployed or have health issues but many have jobs that don’t pay enough to meet the family’s basic needs. Susan Leive, the pantry coordinator, describes the challenge of coping with the growing need and the rewards that come with helping others. Chris, a client, shares her story of struggle and hope. Feature length – 11:50
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Voting Smart: Former Oviedo Mayor Tom Walters

Voting Smart

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To offer a bit of advice to voters seeking to be “voting smart,” we turn to a former 6-year elected city official. Walters offers suggestions as to how best to judge candidates. We also asked him to offer his perspective on the challenges cities and candidates face on the journey to the November 3rd city elections. Feature length – 19:03
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The History of Our Communities: The Story of Wagner

The History of Our Communities: The Story of Wagner

You won’t find the town of Wagner in Seminole County today. Recently, the Seminole County Historical Commission erected a marker to commemorate the site of the town located in present day Winter Springs. Members of the commission discuss the town’s history and Walter Hendrix offers a unique insight into his boyhood home. Feature length – 12:33

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Voices on the Street: School Days & Constitution Day

Voices on the Street: School Days & Constitution Day

A sound montage offering an audible journey into the First Days of School (03:32) and a civics test for Constitution (04:45).
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