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Monday, 29 April 2013

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ARTICLES / NEWS: Teens learn to use social media for a good cause

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Students from Pakistan, Indonesia, Armenia and other countries learn to speak the same language when it comes to developing civic engagement

Ani Keshishyan has seen corruption in politics, the workplace and education in her home country, Armenia. People make bribes to land jobs, enter university and earn passing grades on exams they’ve flunked, the 16-year-old said.

The teenager came to Vermont this week on a mission: To develop leadership skills and learn to use digital media to improve conditions in her country. Keshishyan is one of 26 students from around the world who participated in Youth TechCamp, a five-day seminar designed to empower global social change.

Participants learned to harness the power of new media outlets Facebook and Twitter, raise funds from online platforms such as Kickstarter and hone skills that don’t require a plug —such as public speaking.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Student Short Film Competition on Human Rights 2013

Friday, 26 April 2013

Student Short Film Competition on Human Rights 2013

Main Topics: Children’s Rights and Children seeking refuge from war and persecution

The organizers of the annual Film Festival on Human Rights “this human world” taking place in Vienna from 5 to 12 December 2013 once again will hold a Student Short Film Competition in 2013 inviting students from Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland to take part.

The competition in 2013 is held under the auspices of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Vienna and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Austria with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Art, Culture and Education.

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ARTICLES: Give a Teenager a Camera, Watch the World Change

NEW YORK, Apr 13 2013 (IPS) - Today’s youth are hardly passive consumers of content – they create it, endlessly updating via social media and spreading information faster than one can say “go”.

This weekend at New York’s Columbia University, the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) teamed up with Columbia’s Teachers College for a symposium titled “Conversations Across Cultures: Youth Media Visions“, exploring how young people from around the globe view diversity, migration and social inclusion, via video production.

Inaugurating the symposium, His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar, a former president of the U.N. General Assembly and U.N. High Representative for the Alliance of Civilisations, emphasised the deep investment of the UNAOC in the development of young people.

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When does Voyager leave for Deep Space..you can track it from the home page here

Wednesday, 24 April 2013


This place we call home..from Saturn..

Monday, 22 April 2013

Here and now's Robin Young on the Boston Marathon Bombings

NEWS: Young people embrace online campaigning (UK)

Nearly a third of young people believe online campaigning is more effective than street protests, a survey by youth volunteering charity vInspired has found.

A poll of 1,364 young people aged 16 to 21 found that 28 per cent thought social media was the best way to get campaigns heard, while 10 per cent opted for protesting in the streets.

Just one in five said they believed politicians could improve the country, although 45 per cent felt their generation could change things.

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Mars needs astronauts

RESEARCH: The Effect of Sesame Street around the World: A Meta-Analysis from 15 Countries

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Marie-Louise Mares
Zhongdang Pan

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Publication Date

April 1, 2013

"...Sesame Street is an enduring example of a scalable and effective early childhood educational intervention. The significant, positive effects on cognitive, learning, and socio-emotional outcomes observed in the current meta-analysis represent real educational benefits for the millions of preschool-age children around the world who visit Sesame Street via their televisions."

This meta-analysis of children's learning in 15 countries, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, draws upon 24 studies focusing on the impact on learning outcomes of viewing the television series Sesame Street. It is based on studies of the programme's effects, conducted with over 10,000 children as part of an effort to examine the extent to which children outside the United States (US) may learn from viewing Sesame Street on TV in diverse social, political, and economic circumstances - including in some of the world's economically poorest regions. Shaped by formative research, Sesame Street aims to create entertaining yet educational (edutainment) programmes with characters, sets, and content specifically designed for young children. Although many countries simply air Sesame Street dubbed into the local language, there are numerous versions of the programme that are created specifically for a particular country, co-produced with companies in that country. In 2011, there were 39 different international co-productions of Sesame Street.

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Antares launches from Wallops Island Sunday on time at 5 pm edt

Into a clear blue Virginia sky you'll see everything on this video including orbital insertion..great video

NEWS: UNICEF's New "Real Time Monitoring" Initiative Given a Boost by Animated Explainer Video

UNICEF recently turned to Hollywood based animation studio, Fire Starter Videos, to help them tell the story of their latest initiative.

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2013

You can't act on information you don't have. That simple idea was the genesis of UNICEF's "Real Time Monitoring For The Most Vulnerable" (RTMMV) campaign. Every day volumes of data are produced by governments and corporations across the world to track financial and economic indicators. Yet, monitoring the well-being of vulnerable families and children is a much lower priority. So they decided to change that by examining innovative real time monitoring (RTM) initiatives.

In 2011, Yemen had been ravaged by civil war. The people there weren't getting enough food or clean water, and strife had led to massive unemployment. But, without the proper data, the extent of the damage couldn't be effectively addressed. A UNICEF-supported rapid survey got that data.

In Bangladesh, many pre-primary schools were performing poorly and in need of reform. There, RTM helped educators identify struggling students, improve teaching practices and even change national education policy.

In Uganda, stock outs of drugs and medical supplies were widespread and prevented citizens from getting help. A RTMMV solution empowered public health workers with RapidSMS technology so that they could report on stock levels and usage rates using their own mobile phones. Now the information gets to the right people, helping to save countless lives.

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No launch today high winds at the pad

Saturday, 20 April 2013

UPDATE: Orbital Sciences Corp. has scrubbed its counting down to a second launch attempt of its Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Va.
Third time may be the charm..Sunday afternoon at 5 pm..is the new launch date.

In a Boston mood

Friday, 19 April 2013

I worked here for 11 years..played these on the radio..take a listen..

Side note Andy Moes who died several years back before he did mornings with Joe Martelle, was the PR spokesman for the Boston Police Union,

Robin Young on CNN International



Manhunt becomes Boston radio focus.
Having already proven their ability to respond to breaking news this week, Boston radio stations were called back in to action Friday as the city was in lockdown as the police manhunt continued for the remaining Boston Marathon bombing suspect. CBS Radio is simulcasting all-news WBZ (1030) on three FMs: CHR “103.3 Now” WODS and classic rock WZLX (100.7) and “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM. Greater Media CHR “Hot 96.9” WBQT is simulcasting a local TV station. Other radio clusters are frequently breaking into regular programming with updates. On talk stations, there’s just one topic of conversation.

Do not forget public radio WBUR FM

Just to make it interesting

Tornado Watch..until 10 pm edt  0200 utc

Tigers back in town..,reminder be out of town..

Tiger Woods yesterday announced he will play in this year’s AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, unsurprising but important news for the event.
Woods hosts the tournament, which also benefits his Tiger Woods Foundation. But yesterday’s official announcement that Woods will be back in Bethesda in late June means to expect big crowds. Tiger draws big crowds.
“I’m really looking forward to defending my title at the AT&T National,” Woods said on the tournament website. “The Washington, D.C., community has been so supportive of the tournament, and I’m excited to play Congressional Country Club.”
Saturday third round action during last year’s tournament was closed off to spectators after the powerful derecho ripped through the area, leaving Congressional and the surrounding area littered with downed trees and power lines.
That led to the strange scene of Woods and the rest of the PGA Tour even field playing with no spectators. They returned in force for Sunday’s final round, in which Woods secured his second AT&T National win.
This year’s tournament is set for June 27 to June 30, though practice rounds and other festivities will start on Monday, June 24.

Details on this fast moving story

Police have identified Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, as the "black hat" bombing suspect, killed during the manhunt that followed. Readers have pointed out that Johannes Hirn madeTsarnaev the subject of a photo essay, "Will Box for Passport," taken before the boxer competed at National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City. The captions give us a micro-profile of the suspect.
Tamerlan, who studies at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and wants to become an engineer, took the semester off from school to train for the competition.
Tamerlan fled Chechnya with his family because of the conflict in the early 90s, and lived for years in Kazakhstan before getting to the United States as a refugee.
Originally from Chechnya, but living in the United States since five years, Tamerlan says: "I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them."
If he wins enough fights... Tamerlan says he could be selected for the US Olympic team and be naturalized American. Unless his native Chechnya becomes independent, Tamerlan says he would rather compete for the United States than for Russia.
Tamerlan says he doesn't drink or smoke anymore: "God said no alcohol." A muslim, he says: "There are no values anymore," and worries that "people can't control themselves."
This YouTube account may be Tsarnaev's.
UPDATE: Justin Hart located Tamerlan's Amazon wishlist. Among the hits:
How to Make Driver's Licenses and Other ID on Your Home Computer
The I.D. Forger: Homemade Birth Certificates & ​Other Documents Explained
Secrets Of A Back Alley ID Man: Fake Id Construction Techniques Of The Underground
The Lone Wolf And the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule
And, of course...
How to Win Friends & Influ​ence People

ARTICLES: 'Real World' Social Media Helps Students Bond, Say Researchers

As technology becomes ever more ubiquitous in children's social lives, new research suggests fundamental skills still apply, particularly in environments that mirror real life.

Children's online social lives were a big topic at the annual Society for Research in Child Development conference in Seattle on Thursday. Several new studies presented there suggest that while socializing virtually can make it harder for students to make deep connections with one another, situations that more closely mimic the real world—such as video-chat or avatar environments—can lead to more natural engagement.

Both in and out of school, students are socializing more online. According to an annual report released last month by the Pew Internet and American Life project, 95 percent of teenagers are active online, and nearly three out of four children ages 12 to 17 access the Internet via mobile devices, making virtual connections much more integral to most students' daily lives.

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Antares scrubbed to the weekend

Thursday, 18 April 2013

he next launch attempt for will be no earlier than Saturday, April 20, at 5 p.m.

Americas most wanted..do you know these guys..

My GM at WRMF 1060 AM

Robert Lee “Bob” Bright, 92, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones in Arlington, Va.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Detering Bright; daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Kenneth Parent and Beth and Marcel Gutierrez; and first cousin, Juanita Moberly of Nashville.
Bob was born in Brown County on Jan. 10, 1921, to Lee and Ruth Bright. He graduated from Indiana University in 1942, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and was honorably discharged in December 1945. With his golden speaking voice, he began a 40-year career in radio and television broadcasting and management while awaiting call-up to military service, and resumed activity in this profession after discharge. Early in his radio career, he came down with strep throat and went to the hospital, where he met his wife, a nurse. A devoted husband and father, his greatest joy came from spending time with his family and friends. His warmth, kindness and sense of humor will be missed by all.
The funeral is scheduled for Friday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Nashville.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Community Closet, P.O. Box 44, Nashville IN47448-0044, or to Nashville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 518 Nashville, IN 47448.

Kepler read it

- NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water. 

The Kepler-62 system has five planets: 62b, 62c, 62d, 62e and 62f. The Kepler-69 system has two planets: 69b and 69c. Kepler-62e, 62f and 69c are the super-Earth-sized planets. 

Two of the newly discovered planets orbit a star smaller and cooler than the sun. Kepler-62f is only 40 percent larger than Earth, making it the exoplanet closest to the size of our planet known in the habitable zone of another star. Kepler-62f is likely to have a rocky composition. Kepler-62e orbits on the inner edge of the habitable zone and is roughly 60 percent larger than Earth. 

The third planet, Kepler-69c, is 70 percent larger than the size of Earth, and orbits in the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. Astronomers are uncertain about the composition of Kepler-69c, but its orbit of 242 days around a sun-like star resembles that of our neighboring planet Venus. 

Scientists do not know whether life could exist on the newfound planets, but their discovery signals we are another step closer to finding a world similar to Earth around a star like our sun. 

"The Kepler spacecraft has certainly turned out to be a rock star of science," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "The discovery of these rocky planets in the habitable zone brings us a bit closer to finding a place like home. It is only a matter of time before we know if the galaxy is home to a multitude of planets like Earth, or if we are a rarity." 

The Kepler space telescope, which simultaneously and continuously measures the brightness of more than 150,000 stars, is NASA's first mission capable of detecting Earth-size planets around stars like our sun. 

Orbiting its star every 122 days, Kepler-62e was the first of these habitable zone planets identified. Kepler-62f, with an orbital period of 267 days, was later found by Eric Agol, associate professor of astronomy at the University of Washington and co-author of a paper on the discoveries published in the journal Science. 

The size of Kepler-62f is now measured, but its mass and composition are not. However, based on previous studies of rocky exoplanets similar in size, scientists are able to estimate its mass by association. 

"The detection and confirmation of planets is an enormously collaborative effort of talent and resources, and requires expertise from across the scientific community to produce these tremendous results," said William Borucki, Kepler science principal investigator at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and lead author of the Kepler-62 system paper in Science. "Kepler has brought a resurgence of astronomical discoveries and we are making excellent progress toward determining if planets like ours are the exception or the rule." 

The two habitable zone worlds orbiting Kepler-62 have three companions in orbits closer to their star, two larger than the size of Earth and one about the size of Mars. Kepler-62b, Kepler-62c and Kepler-62d orbit every five, 12 and 18 days, respectively, making them very hot and inhospitable for life as we know it. 

The five planets of the Kepler-62 system orbit a star classified as a K2 dwarf, measuring just two-thirds the size of the sun and only one-fifth as bright. At seven billion years old, the star is somewhat older than the sun. It is about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. 

A companion to Kepler-69c, known as Kepler-69b, is more than twice the size of Earth and whizzes around its star every 13 days. The Kepler-69 planets' host star belongs to the same class as our sun, called G-type. It is 93 percent the size of the sun and 80 percent as luminous and is located approximately 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. 

"We only know of one star that hosts a planet with life, the sun. Finding a planet in the habitable zone around a star like our sun is a significant milestone toward finding truly Earth-like planets," said Thomas Barclay, Kepler scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute in Sonoma, Calif., and lead author of the Kepler-69 system discovery published in the Astrophysical Journal. 

When a planet candidate transits, or passes in front of the star from the spacecraft's vantage point, a percentage of light from the star is blocked. The resulting dip in the brightness of the starlight reveals the transiting planet's size relative to its star. Using the transit method, Kepler has detected 2,740 candidates. Using various analysis techniques, ground telescopes and other space assets, 122 planets have been confirmed. 

Early in the mission, the Kepler telescope primarily found large, gaseous giants in very close orbits of their stars. Known as "hot Jupiters," these are easier to detect due to their size and very short orbital periods. Earth would take three years to accomplish the three transits required to be accepted as a planet candidate. As Kepler continues to observe, transit signals of habitable zone planets the size of Earth that are orbiting stars like the sun will begin to emerge. 

OPPORTUNITIES: 2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award - Call for Entries

Each year the Academy's Foundation administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. The competition is designed to motivate novice writers under the age of 30 outside of the United States and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. The 2013 competition is now officially open!


Please click here to find the guidelines and rules of the competition, which we hope that you will post within your organizations and forward to your local universities, appropriate media newsletters, and industry colleagues. The winning scriptwriter will be flown to New York City and presented with a $2,500USD prize at the International Emmy® World Television Festival on November 23, 2013. The winning script will be read by actors in front of an audience at the Festival, and the winner will be invited to take part in the red carpet festivities at the 41st International Emmy® Awards on Monday, November 25.


The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2013. Additionally, if you are interested in participating as a juror or know qualified individuals who might be interested in judging submitted scripts from young writers, please email us at foundation@iemmys.tv

Antares A 1 launch scrubbed for tonight

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

NASA's commercial partner, Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., has set Friday, April 19, for the next attempt to test launch its Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Orbital scrubbed Wednesday's planned launch of its Antares vehicle because of a premature separation of an umbilical connection on the second stage.`5pm or 2100 utc launch time..


Congrats Peter Smyth and Greater Media A radio group that gets it

In the wake of the recent tragedy, GREATER MEDIA has suspended all on-air listener contesting for the remainder of this week on its BOSTON-based stations, including Top 40 WBQT (HOT 96.9), Country WKLB, AC WMJX (MAGIC 106.7), Alternative WBOS (RADIO 92.9) and Classic Hits WROR, and will be donating the money to THE ONE FUND BOSTON instead.
The new fund, announced by BOSTON Mayor TOM MENINO and MASSACHUSETTS Governor DEVAL PATRICK, has been created to help the people most affected by the tragic events.
"We discussed it with our team and GREATER MEDIA/BOSTON Market Manager ROB WILLIAMS and I felt that this was absolutely the appropriate thing to do in an effort to help all the individuals directly impacted by the tragic event that took place in our city," said Dir./Programming CADILLAC JACK.
Additional information about THE ONE FUND BOSTON is available at Onefundboston.org

Antares Launch from Wallops Island 5 p edt 2100 utc

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TRAINING / NEWS: Media training seminar held in East Kazakhstan Region

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Ust-Kamenogorsk, 30 March: A training seminar "Media and Children’s Rights. Ethical Principles in Reporting Child Rights” was held for journalists of East Kazakhstan Oblast (EKO) in Ust-Kamenogorsk on 28–29 March 2013.

The seminar was conducted with UNICEF’s partner the Legal Media Centre as part of the cooperation between UNICEF and the Kazakh Ombudsman’s Office on raising capacity of the media in ethical reporting child rights under the UN EKO and Kazakh Government Joint Programme. The workshop was opened by Yerbol Nurgaliyev, the Head of the Internal Policy Department of the East Kazakshtan Oblast Administration, Vyacheslav Kalyuzhniy, Director of the National Human Rights Centre, and Arkadiy Issayev, the Director of the EKO Child Protection Department, who thanked and praised the journalists for their interest and participation in the valuable workshop in order to enhance their capacity in child issues media reporting.

A UNICEF international expert on prevention of violence against children, Robin Haarr (the USA), who was conducting a training of trainers on violence prevention in Ust-Kamenogorsk on the same days, was invited to the seminar to deliver a session on the notions of violence against children, violence identification, reporting and some aspects of media coverage of violence against children.

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Get your paper here...

Monday, 15 April 2013


or here  http://bostonherald.com/

Radio you can listen to now in Boston

This is simulcast on all Cbs stations in Boston..WZLX, Mix 104 and sports BZ FM.
Best public radio station..home of Robin Young and here and now

Two morning shows worth listening to..
http://tunein.com/radio/Magic-1067-s31059/#  Mike Adams

http://tunein.com/radio/WROR-FM-1057-s22537/#  Loren and Wally

Morning drive shows start at 530 AM..eastern  or 0930 UTC...

How to see the Antares Launch from DC



BOSTON-area radio stations have quickly swung into "live and local" mode following the string of bombings at the BOSTON MARATHON.
GREATER MEDIA/BOSTON, which did not have any employees down at the race when the explosions took place, has ratcheted up local coverage and feedback. Rhythmic AC WBQT (HOT 96.9) morning hosts BALTAZAR and PEBBLES returned to the station this afternoon to provide timely updates, take calls live on the air from listeners and discuss what happened. Afternoon personalities STEVE KELLY from Country WKLB and JULIE DEVEREAUX from Classic Hits WROR are both providing information and traffic updates. AC WMJX (MAGIC 106.7) is providing updates on the air as new information becomes available.
"As this story develops, we are breaking every 10 minutes or so, repeating whatever information we have -- street closures, hospital issues, injuries, college lockdowns, cancellations, etc," WKLB PD MIKE BROPHEY said. "We asked our morning cohost LORI to come in and do news in the afternoon to bring more credibility to our information. We have ceased all contesting, and watching what songs we play. The main issue is giving information and trying to calm people. We will also give listeners a sounding board on the air when we feel it’s appropriate."
"We all are okay," he added, "although we had some people from our building on site just a couple of hours prior."
CCM+E Top 40/Rhythmic WJMN (JAMN 94.5)/BOSTON APD/MD DJ PUPDAWG reports that all JAMN 94.5 staffers appear to be alright.  JAMN 94.5 is still playing music but not in their usually scheduled mixes. The station is doing extended breaks to give out important information as it becomes available.  JAMN 94.5 is also standing by prepared to break for press conferences and updates from city, county and state officials. You can hear Talk sister WXKS-A coverage viaiHEARTRADIO.
At ENTERCOM/BOSTON, "We broke in with live coverage on both WEEI and WRKO just before 3p when first word of the story broke," JASON WOLFE  reports. "After about a half-hour I began simulcasting WRKO’s coverage with HOWIE CARR on WEEI and the WEEI radio network. That will continue throughout the night. HOWIE has been taking calls from the scene as well as airing all of the media briefings that have occurred. It’s still a fluid situation as you know, but that’s where we are so far."
"A number of our staff were at the finish line today," ENTERCOM Active Rock WAAF/BOSTON PD RON VALERI stated. "Thankfully everybody is okay.  GREG HILL (a.k.a. The HILL-MAN) and DANIELLE MURR (also of The HILL-MAN Morning Show) were both in the vicinity of the finish line and have been filing eyewitness accounts with WAAF as well as numerous other ENTERCOM stations across the country.  Our primary focus on the air all day and right now is to disseminate key facts and helpful information.  We aired a press conference earlier from the POLICE COMMISSIONER and will continue to break format as necessary.  We'll carry the PRESIDENT's address momentarily. As for the music, we've removed songs that would be insensitive or inappropriate.  Hopefully there won't be any further incidents." 
All of CBS RADIO's stations in BOSTON took a live feed of News WBZ-A coverage just at the top of the 3p hour -- and are still airing coverage. KYW/PHILADELPHIA has also been carrying WBZ’s coverage, as is WTIC-A/HARTFORD.  All other stations are doing top-of-the-hour updates.
CBS/BOSTON offered text coverage with pictures, live streams on WBZ-TV, WBZ-A/F, and a live camera at the finish line, which stayed active during the entire event.
Other markets directed users to CBS/BOSTON for the live streams and updated coverage via their breaking news bars as well as including links to BOSTON's coverage in their local stories.  On the other local sites we provided local reaction to the events in BOSTON. BOSTON stations also used their social media accounts (TWITTER and FACEBOOK) to provide continuous updates of events.
In NEW YORK, WINS-A is broadcasting CBS News’ audio, while News WCBS-A began longiform coverage that included WBZ-TV and WBZ Radio, and CBS NEWS just before 3:10p.  Anchors covered the BOSTON story and also what it meant locally with reports from City Hall and the NYPD’s response. They're sending a local reporter to BOSTON for additional coverage. . Here'sCBS coverage of the incident.
It was all-hands-on-deck at SALEM RADIO NETWORK as news broke of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
* SRN NEWS immediately launched five hours of Special Reports at 20-past and 40-past each hour -- and the Boston news literally was covered as-it-unfolded live during the nationally-syndicated MICHAEL MEDVED Show.
* SRN VP/News & Talk Programming TOM TRADUP anchored a one-hour special 4-5p ET, fielding calls from listeners and interviewing, among others, SRN talk host HUGH HEWITT, himself a past runner in the BOSTON MARATHON.
* MIKE GALLAGHER returned to his EMPIRE STATE BUILDING studios from 9-11p ET for a live special broadcast on WEST COAST affiliate 870AM "THE ANSWER"/LOS ANGELES
* SRN morning drive host BILL BENNETT, host of BILL BENNETT’s MORNING IN AMERICA, will spend 6-9a covering the blasts and the domestic foreign policy ramifications with terrorism expert ANDY MCCARTHY, U.S. Senator RON JOHNSON (R-WISCONSIN), K.T. MCFARLAND, national security expert and FOX NEWS analyst KIRSTEN POWERS who will focus on media coverage of today’s bombings
* Finally, many stations -- including SALEM Talk 94.5/GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG, SC -- created their own promos, repurposing MICHAEL MEDVED and other SRN hosts to showcase how their listeners heard the breaking news live as it happened.
On a national scope, FOX News Radio began covering the breaking news shortly after 3PM today with a FOX News Alert issued at 3:15p/ET. Live coverage began at 3:30PM and ran for more than 90 minutes with a second round running from 5:30p to around 6:20p/ET. Live updates will continue to be provided throughout the hour until 2a and will be resumed again at 5a. Listeners can log on for coverage at: www.foxnewsradio.com.

The view from the ISS tonight...

How Russian's cover it

Check this out at the top of the hour. Rossiya 24 news network. See how they are covering it.
You will need google chrome to translate the page..

Nice from the BBC Website


more Boston...breaking

Mayor: No change in plans at this point to tomorrow's celebration of Emancipation Day in
Flags over US Capitol lowered to half-staff for victims of Boston explosions.What matters: 1) who did it; 2) how they did it; 3) why they did it. What doesn't matter: what we call it.

From the BBC this google earth view

Need to find a friend who ran the BAA Marathon..


Radio you couldn't hear because the streams were overwhelmed

Explosions at shocked the Boston Marathon this afternoon has sent Boston’s news and sports stations into full-coverage mode.  At Entercom, news-talk WRKO (680) is simulcasting on sports sister WEEI (93.7, 850).   CBS Radio’s all-news WBZ (1030) is simulcasting on “98.5 The Sports Hub” and CHR “103.3 Amp Radio” WODS.
At last check CBS Radio’s classic hits WZLX (100.7) was simulcasting sister WBZ-TV (channel 4).  Over at Clear Channel’s CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM the station was mixing music with listener calls.  The cause of the fatal explosions is still under investigation.
Greater Media CHR “Hot 96.9” WTKK morning personalities Baltazar and Pebbles returned to the radio station this afternoon to provide timely updates, take calls live on the air from listeners and discuss what happened today. Afternoon personalities Steve Kelly from “Country 102.5FM” WKLB-FM and Julie Devereaux from WROR-FM (105.7) are both providing information and traffic updates.  Greater Media Boston says it didn’t have any employees at the race when the explosions took place.


Has a limit on tweeting..with todays Boston issues..an area I worked in for 15 years and I have covered the Marathon a few times..plus lived on the route ..but hey what's information

The Mayor of Boston was in the hospital with a broken leg, that's why he wasn't on TV to late in the afternoon US time.

Social Media at the BAA today


CNN's senior national security said investigators should pay attention to what kind of explosives are used: "If it was hydrogen peroxide, this is a signature of al-Qaeda. If it was more conventional explosives, which are much harder to get ahold of now, that might be some other kind of right-wing extremists."


Obama speaks at 6 pm Eastern  2200 UTC

Antares launch this week

NASA's commercial partner, Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., is scheduled to launch its first Antares rocket from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Wednesday, April 17. Orbital managers held a Launch Readiness Review Monday afternoon and gave a “go” to proceed toward launch, pending the outcome of a Wallops Range Authority to Proceed meeting scheduled for Tuesday. Liftoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. with a launch window that runs until 8 p.m. NASA Television coverage of the launch will begin at 4 p.m. EDT.

There is a 45 percent chance of favorable weather at the time of launch. Low clouds are the primary concern for a weather violation. If needed, back-up launch opportunities are available April 18-21.

In advance of the launch, NASA will host a media briefing to discuss the Wallops Flight Facility, Orbital's activities under NASA's commercial space initiatives, and the new Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A. It will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Wallops Visitors Center. At 3 p.m., NASA will host a prelaunch news conference about the test launch and mission. Both briefings will be carried live on NASA TV and the agency's website.

The African won but then this happened..breaking news

Patriots' Day (officially Patriots' Day in Massachusetts[1] and Patriot's Day in Maine[2]) is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts[3] and Maine[4] (once part of Massachusetts), and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin.[5] Observances and re-enactments of these first battles of the American Revolution occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, (around 6:00 am) and The Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, (around 9:00 am). In the morning, mounted re-enactors (National Lancers - Massachusetts) with state police escorts retrace the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, calling out warnings the whole way.
Since 1969, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April, providing a three-day long weekend, as well as being the first day of public school vacation week in Maine and Massachusetts. Previously, it had been designated as April 19 in observance of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is also a school holiday for many local colleges and universities, both public and private
Here is the rest of the story...the background on Patriots day is from WikiPedia.

The radio industry’s response to today’s explosionsat the Boston Marathon has been very varied.
Shortly after news broke, CBS’ entire cluster began simulcasting the coverage of either News 1030 WBZor sister WBZ-TV 4. Entercom’s 93.7 WEEI-FM broke in with local coverage following its post-game coverage of the Boston Red Sox game before temporarily simulcasting sister Talk 680 WRKO and then returning to local programming. The remainder of the commercial music stations mostly continued with their normal programming, although the stations that are staffed including Clear Channel’s “Kiss 108” WXKS and “Jam’n 94.5” and Greater Media’s “Country 102.5” WKLB and “Hot 96.9” WBQT were breaking in with updates between songs.
Of the two NPR affiliates, Boston University’s 90.9 WBUR went to wall-to-wall coverage around 3:30. When we last able to check 89.7 WGBH they were continuing with their normal national programming, however their webstream has been unresponsive for over an hour now. Its sister 99.5 WCRB continued with their regular Classical music programming.  

Explosions Reported at Boston Marathon

Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have resulted in injuries. Bloody spectators were being carried Monday to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course.
About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

LIVE VIDEO HERE.  this may be tough... try this one...

The rest of the race has been cancelled...

The FAA has issued a Temporary flight restriction over the area of explosion. Effective immediately

So who won this race..btw..


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