Ten New Shows!

PLUS — Radio Newark is the Microsoft Editor’s Pick, AGAIN!

Do you like Science? Me too. That’s why Radio Newark was built.

And why we’re still building!  We are constantly looking for new science radio shows and podcasts.

In the next month we will add TEN NEW SCIENCE RADIO PROGRAMS. Some of these are the biggies you asked for, like Big Picture Science and Pulse of the Planet. Others are the obscure but brilliant science podcasts you expect from Radio Newark. Here’s the full list:

ALERT! For the THIRD TIME THIS YEAR, Radio Newark is Microsoft’s News-Talk EDITOR’S PICK!

Honest to God, I am going to have to some up with a new PUNCTUATION MARK — something like a BOMB, maybe — to put at the end of sentences like that. Somebody in Redmond LOVES US.

And — HEY YOU — You are the one that did it!


And there’s more! This is our new website — the one we’ve been wringing our hands over.  It’s finally up! Well, mostly up. There are still some holes to be filled but I’ll get to them. In the meantime, have a look at the site and TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK. Go check it out! (I mean that too. Good or bad — I can take it. What can be better?)

ALERT! Font Genius RAY LARABIE is the nicest man in the world for DONATING his time and expertise to Radio Newark. Ray personally suggested several fonts to us and made it easy for the new website to LOOK SO GOOD.

YOU, listening friend, ARE AWESOME. Like I said — Thank you SO MUCH. Keep on listening and tell a friend!

Stephen Worden, Station Manager

Big Picture Science Radio Show

What if there is extraterrestrial intelligence?

Turns out there’s a bunch of geniuses at the SETI Institute asking the same question.

The SETI Institute is made up of real scientists doing real science.  Using GIGANTIC RADIO TELESCOPE ARRAYS the way we use car keys.

“Work at the Center is divided into two areas: Research and Development, and Projects. R&D efforts include the development of new signal processing algorithms, new search technology, and new SETI search strategies that are then incorporated into specific observing projects. The algorithms and technology developed in the lab are first field-tested and then implemented during observing. The observing results are used to guide the development of new hardware, software, and observing facilities. The improved SETI observing projects in turn provide new ideas for research and development. This cycle leads to continuing progress and diversification in our ability to search for extraterrestrial signals.”

( THAT sounds like awesome fun to me.)

Science Radio Doesn’t Have to be Dull

As funding for the SETI Institute is primarily donations from individuals and grants from private foundations, they have gotten very good at marketing and promotion.  One of their best outreach efforts is their weekly radio show, Big Picture Science.

Big Picture Science takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style.  Science radio doesn’t have to be dull.  The only dry thing about our program is the humor.”

Really, it’s even better than that.

Hosts Dr. Seth Shostak and Molly Bently have been making Great Radio for ten years.  They sound the way dance partners look, flowing smoothly, effortless, vigorously across synthetic biology and quantum computing.  Having fun all the while.

HERE’S THE REALLY GOOD NEWS — Big Picture Science is coming to Radio Newark!

Barbara Vance and Jazz Beitler at creative PR made it possible for Big Picture Science to fit the bite-size radio format you love.  (We call it “short attention span radio!”  Ha!)  They took on extra work in order to get one of the finest, most intelligent science radio shows delivered to your ears.  Thank you Barbara, and thank you Jazz!

Big Picture Science is a national hit.  Now it’s up to you to make it an INTERNATIONAL hit!

The Ontario Science Centre’s Redshift Report

The Ontario Science Centre is one of those places YOU’VE GOT TO SEE.

And take your kids, because they’ll love it, too.

The architecture is fabulous, the displays are INTERACTIVE, and the hydraulic organ — the world’s largest hydraulophone — is available for playing 24 hours a day.  This is a BIG museum.  There are several hundred exhibits touching on a wide range of sciences, from geology to astrobiology.

The museum is constantly being updated — a strong funding organization keeps the Centre in the Top Ten of the World’s Best Science Museums.

AND they produce a science podcast!  Called the Redshift Report, the museum answers your questions.  A large, animated, interesting group of “researcher-scientists” join host Ken Huxley in tackling all kinds of subjects.  Here’s a quick list of recent topics:

How many people can the Earth support?

What are some of the weird ways that animals communicate?

Is the Rock-Paper-Scissors game just blind luck?

What’s in store for the future of space exploration?

Through the kindness and dedication of the Centre’s Kevin Von Appen, the OSC has made more than 100 broadcasts available to you.  Each is a gem — full of insight, broadening your understanding of science, and with a side order of fun as well.

It is through kind action, benevolent work, that we are able to bring you such excellent programming.  Many people helped.  I bless them all and thank them for the contribution to Radio Newark and to you.

Thank you, Ontario Science Centre.  Go there and have some fun!

Windows Media Guide LOVES Radio Newark!

Now REDMOND is getting into the act.  Not only was Radio Newark added to the News+Talk section of Windows Media Guide (yup, published by Microsoft), we are this week’s Editor’s Pick!

Right there with the BBC, NPR, and a 10 kilowatt flamethrower in Monterey, California is SCRAPPY LITTLE RADIO NEWARK.  Big as life!

I gotta sit down.  Wait a sec…  Head is spinning…

Folks, I know this all just a joke.  I’ll wake up tomorrow and find that the Media Conglomerates have eaten the last of us for breakfast but right now the dream feels pretty good.  Oh wait a minute — I just looked again.  We’re still an OMG-For Real, for real, Editor’s Pick on Windows Media Guide!

Proof?  OK — Here ya go!

Let me run some numbers.  Just take the Monterey station.  Leave aside the British Broadcasting Corporation and National Public Radio for a moment.  Just to turn on the 10kW station costs, what, $10,000 per year, plus salaries.  Plus network fees.  Plus taxes and insurance, plus BMI / ASCAP / SESAC / SoundExchange fees, plus God-Knows-What-Else…  Let say it’s a $1 million operation.

NPR’s budget is $180,000,000.  The Beeb needs $676,000,000,000 to stay afloat.

So, on a “per Editor’s Pick” basis, Radio Newark is 1×10 to the 93rd MORE EFFICIENT than any of ’em!  (Nope –we’re not infinitely more efficient because our budget is not exactly zero, although you can see it from here.)  And our logo looks better than theirs!

You — there in Redmond.  THANK YOU.  I mean that, wholeheartedly.  You have Stuck Up for the Little Guy in a mad, crazy way.  I love you for that.  Thanks again.

And you, too — thank you for listening.  Thank you for telling your Dad and your friends and your classmates.  You’ve made this thing visible, given it life, pushed it along a little further.  I am grateful.


iTunes LOVES Radio Newark!!!

Now listed in iTunes Radio under News / Talk

I know it’s psychotic to use more than one exclamation point but I can’t help myself.  Either the folks at Apple love us or the greatest technology blunder since Windows Millenium Edition has just happened BECAUSE (and I’m NOT KIDDING) Radio Newark is now listed in the iTunes Radio directory found in every iTunes app in. the. world.

I am agog.
Maybe it’s because Frank Fortunato who does the fabulous CATEX News broadcast each weekday has generously granted rebroadcast permission.  Frank cover catastrophes like no one’s business because it’s HIS business.  Check out Mr. Fortunato and you’ll see why he’s ridiculously successful.

Or maybe it’s because of the new Radio Newark banner at EarthSky.org.  Yep — our first web banner is viewable to listeners in Delaware and other parts of the world.  (But not in most U.S. states because EarthSky has other affiliates there, naturally.)  It’s a very, very pretty banner!  Take a quick look here and see if it’s visible on the right column.  Thank you, David!

Possibly it’s the World Industrial News, from Industrial Info Resources, or the latest genius from Roy H. Williams.  Ah!  It’s the delicate and lovely guitar work of Jon Sayles.  Probably that’s it.

Although it might be Robin Sharma, Deutsche Welle, the National Endowment for the Arts, University of Cambridge and Dr. Chris Smith, or the brilliant Joe Smith of Irrational Public Radio.  YOU GUYS ROCK!  Check out the RN website for these and more stories on Feature Story News, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the TED Talks we carry.

Or maybe it’s you, 1000 true friends, clamoring for more and more.  I don’t know.  All I can tell you is I AM GRATEFUL.  Thank you for listening.  Thank you for telling your friends.  (Yes, we will have a Facebook page THIS YEAR.)  And thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

Thanks, too, for the fun ride.  Wonder where the next turn is?!?

Stephen Worden

P.S. I also know it’s psychotic to ?!? at the end of a sentence, but what are you going to do?!?  Maybe we need a new punctuation mark.

Thank you for listening!

EarthSky: A clear voice for science

“Science,” to me, is the leading edge of knowledge.  It works on the boundary between the known and the unknown.  I think that’s exciting.  Science also means understanding my world, after all the root word scient means knowledge or to know.

And there is an ever-expanding body of science with which to stay abreast.  How do you manage that?  One of the sources I rely on to keep me up-to-date is EarthSky .

EarthSky has 600+ Global Science Advisors – experts in every field of study – who suggest topics, review content, and provide ongoing help to a radio show that began in 1991.

EarthSky enjoys the support and partnership of thousands of scientists and scientific institutions, including Fast Company, Discovery News, the National Science Foundation, Google, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the USA Science and Engineering Festival, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Research Corporation, Shell, the Edwards Foundation, Advanced MicroDevices, Dow, the Whole Planet Foundation, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Geological Society of America, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sustainable Brands, the National Space Grant Foundation, The Economist, and, of course, Radio Newark.  (There are many more.)

In short, it is a fabulous group of brilliant people producing excellent summaries of current research, the lastest discoveries, with an analysis of scientific publications and news all wrapped up in a broadcast-quality package, and happily aired to you by way of Radio Newark.  What could be better?!

Truly, it is an honor to be an EarthSky affiliate.  The scientists interviewed are extraordinarily knowledgeable, articulate, and interesting.  The the subject matter is vast — such a broad horizon.  I’m never bored, but always looking forward to the next segment of EarthSky.

You will too.


CATEX News, from The Catastrophe Risk Exchange

Every disaster, from Bhopal to Fukushima, whether man-made or Acts of God, has a price tag.  And Mr. Frank Fortunato, co-founder and CEO of CATEX, The Catastrophe Risk Exchange, Inc., can tell you their exact cost.

Mr. Fortunato is a principal in the reinsurance industry, and it’s reinsurance companies that pay many of the claims resulting from these catastrophies.

Francis Fortunato possesses expertise on a wide range of legal and policy matters relating to property and casualty insurance. Previously, as Assistant Counsel in the New Jersey Governor’s Office, Frank was responsible for drafting key legislation amending the State’s insurance laws, and advising the Governor on diverse insurance-related issues. While on staff of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, he was responsible for numerous investigations and oversight hearings involving insurance and banking matters. Mr. Fortunato holds a JD from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He works personally with all of the major insurance and  reinsurance companies.   He knows their struggles and concerns.

And through that point-of-view Frank shares his interpretation of global news each weekday through his CATEX TV News broadcast, which we are pleased to share with you over Radio Newark.

Mr. Fortunato’s unique background and position as CEO of CATEX make him unusually qualified to offer insight and analysis into the news of the day.  Thank you, Frank, for sharing your expertise and experience with us.

Happy, happy, joy, joy!


Thanks to the extended Radio Newark family, the power supply problem was rectified on Tuesday, the 23rd of November, 2011.  Yay!  It really brought home how important it is for us to get a redundant server online.  (Surprise!  No, not really…)  I think we’ll be able to score one early next year.

In any case — it’s great to be back!  We’ll be updating the NASA and JPL catalogs shortly, and adding a new science podcast, too.  More on that as our agreements are finalized.

Thank you very much for your continued interest and support.


Old Post Below ———————————————————————–

On Wednesday afternoon, 11/16/11, a car not far from my home veered off the road, struck a telephone pole, and caused a power outage for about 35 minutes.

Despite being protected by an APC UPS, the power supply on our Dell PowerEdge 1800 server was fried.  No POST (power-on self-test), no lights.  Nothing.

Needless to say, I’m bummed.

Probably not a bummed as the guy in the car, but I’m still bummed.

If anyone has a PowerEdge 1800 server laying around, would you please contact us?  Phone number is (302) 709-1620 or email Steve@RadioNewark.org.

I’ll have Radio Newark back as soon as possible.  I apologize for the delay.


Feature Story News (FSN) International News

Feature Story News is trustworthy and great to listen to.

Through our partnerships, affiliations, and rebroadcast agreements Radio Newark offers a wide variety of news.  Each with a unique viewpoint.  The one I enjoy the most is FSN — Feature Story News.  And the one I trust the most is also FSN.  Here’s why —

The reporters (and hence the reports) are excellent.  They are first-hand reporters, witnessing and speaking directly about what they see.  Because they don’t represent a certain country, they don’t have an agenda to push or point-of-view to spin like the VOA, CRI or DW.  (Yes, I know that both DW and VOA have journalistic codes and charters to which they are beholden — that’s not the point.  I believe that both of those broadcasters are truthful and thorough.  The question is, though, “Which stories do they cover?”  It is in the selection of stories that editing quite naturally happens.  Someone makes the decision as to what news will be aired and what will be shelved.)  FSN takes a look at the news from their clients’ point-of-view, asking, “Which stories will my clients want their audiences to know about?”  In other words, FSN is serving the listeners, not their own agenda.  So I trust them more than I do the others.

Why do I enjoy them the most?  I love their style of delivery and the delivery itself.  I like the way each reporter contributes to the broadcast, I like the way the presenters moderate and manage the limited time available for the broadcast (just five minutes for news that covers the globe…!), and I love the accents.  FSN staffers are from all over the world and their English language accents are like choice spices on an already delicious roast.  Yummy!

Also, FSN revises and produces their newscasts around-the-clock so you’re constantly up-to-date on the biggest world stories.  (Except weekend.  Mr. Marks?!)

Nina-Maria Potts, Olly Barrett,  Anya Ardayeva, Kate Moody, and Daniel Ryntjes.  They’re a great crew — I’m tellin’ you!  Listen to what they bring, day-in and day-out, and you’ll be impressed too.

At least I think so.  Feel free to add your thoughts on FSN.

Thanks, FSN!  And thank you, too, Radio Newark listeners.

— Steve Worden

Feature Story News

Judging by the company they keep, Feature Story News is the best in the business.  “FSN is the world’s leading independent broadcast news agency,” says their website, and it just might be.  The Economist, Deutsche Welle, AIR News, Channel NewsAsia, Radio New Zealand, Fox News Channel, Westwood One, Vatican Radio, SRN, and The Washington Post may agree.  They’re examples of media outlets who think enough of FSN to contract their services.  And there are many others.

Boots on the ground, microphone in-hand, Feature Story News goes EVERYWHERE there’s news.  FSN is an independent company, with a wide breadth of coverage, now, but small enough to still  reflect the virtues of accuracy and integrity of its founder and president Simon Marks — even after twenty years of growth.  I can personally attest to this as Mr. Marks actually answers his own email.(!)

“From the outset, the company was founded to provide top-quality, cost-effective, ready-to-air material for our clients around the world.  And over the years, we’ve been able to deliver exclusive interviews with some of the world’s leading newsmakers plus compelling stories of specific interest to our clients’ diverse audiences,” said Mr. Marks.

FSN has fully-staffed bureaus in Washington DC, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, London, Brussels and Moscow — and since October 31, 2011, in Denver, CO as well.  I’ve seen reports originating from Sydney and Beijing as well.

The five-minute news summary is an excellent newscast.  It is always lively, timely, well-produced, and interesting.  Radio Newark is both pleased and fortunate to have access through the kindness of Mr. Marks and FSN.

Thanks, FSN!  We wish you all the best.

Listeners, enjoy the broadcast, and let us know what you think.

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