Throwback Time

Posted – August 8th. 2017 by Richard T. Mindler, Jr.
Here is a little something from January 13th. 2011.

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Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

Here we go again.

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Disney to sell radio stations

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Swish some salt water

A teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of boiling water makes a pain-killing mouthwash, which will clean away irritating debris and help reduce swelling. Swish it around for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. Salt water cleanses the area around the tooth and draws out some of the fluid that causes swelling. Repeat this treatment as often as needed.

Radio Disney to sell almost all of its radio stations

  • Posted: May 1st, 2015

(RDMAs). Earlier this year, the RDMAs drew a larger audience than the “MTV Video Music Awards,” the “Billboard Music Awards” and the “American Music Awards” in youth demographics.

Disney said it is keeping its flagship station in Los Angeles and that station will be the driving force for its national network programming and the prime source of content in the future.

According to published reports, the sale won’t affect Radio Disney’s Latin Am

If you’re a Radio Disney fan who still listens to the network’s programming the old-fashioned way ­­ –  you know, on the radio – you might want to tune out this latest news.

Then again, there are so few Radio Disney listeners using AM and FM radio to tune in to the stations that this news might not affect too many of you.

Disney announced Wednesday that it is selling almost all of its 24 radio stations across the United States. The sale will take place Sept. 26 and will mean more than 180 positions will be eliminated.

Locally, Orlando’s WDYZ, AM 990, broadcasts Radio Disney for all of Central Florida. Gainesville, Riviera Beach, St. Petersburg and Miami also have AM stations that carry the network.

The reason for the sale is fairly straightforward. According to various reports, only about 18 percent of Radio Disney listeners catch the network’s programming via AM or FM radio broadcasts. The rest of the network’s listeners catch the network’s programming via digital platforms, such as satellite radio, the Internet and mobile phones that take advantage of digital radio distribution apps.

According to a Wednesday report at, quoting an unnamed source, Disney’s internal research shows that of Radio Disney listeners 6 years old and older, 37 percent listen to the radio via satellite, 35 percent listen to radio via the Internet and 31 percent listen using mobile devices. The rest listen via, well, radio. The percentages don’t add up to 100 because people listen via multiple platforms.

In a memo to employees, Radio Disney’s General Manager Phil Guerini said the network plans to invest resources in what he calls “multi-platform extensions of Radio Disney’s programming,” such as the  talent competition Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing (N.B.T.) and the highly popular Radio Disney Music AwardsAmerican partnerships, nor its partners in both Canada and Russia.

Radio Disney has had a partnership with SiriusXM for more than a decade. On July 1, the company inked a syndication deal with Dee’s Entertainment that put Radio Disney’s Top 30 program on programming segments at various U.S. radio stations.

Disney said it plans to grow the efforts of its popular Radio Disney App, which is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
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Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

WGPA SUNNY1100AM to be sold

Richard T.Mindler, Jr.

Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

     Boys and girls, it’s a sad day here in the lehighvalley, that radio station WGPA SUNNY 1100 has been put up on the auction block only to be sold in the $90,000 bracket.
The station has been failing the last few years and should be sold due to the fact revenue has been down with the inception of Satellite radio, HD FM signals and repeated decline of the AM frequency;  ASCAP, BMI and CSAC continues to take royalties for any music played on radio stations.

         This is the real reason WGPA has relinquished it’s authority to compete in the Philadelphia small market.
        AM radio cannot survive with the FCC limitations put forth in the 20st. century.
        Low power and day/night stoppage of the signal will not and can not  produce revenue that is needed to produce a thriving business.

       These antiquated laws are the demise of a station like this.
Thank you:

Richard T. Mindler , Jr



Getting Started in Broadcast Journalism

Posted By: Richard T.Mindler, Jr.                    2-16-14

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 To get started in Broadcast Journalism, dig hard, write well, and maybe even sweep a few floors! Broadcast professionals say that’s what young journalists should do if they’re serious about pursuing a career in the competitive field of news broadcasting.
Television and radio students who want to stand out from the crowd must become enterprising, information-sniffing archaeologists, said Al Tompkins, Poynter’s broadcast journalism group leader.
Tompkins said that for students to be great storytellers, they must dig up information no one else is looking for, and then produce the package with clarity and cohesiveness. To uncover well-hidden journalistic gems, Tompkins said students need to talk with the people no one else is interviewing. “If a crowd of journalists is going somewhere, I’d go wherever they are not going,” he said. “Break the habit of talking to your friends. Seek out people not like you and learn to listen and not talk.”
In addition to being a good listener, broadcast students also must be outstanding writers.“It doesn’t hurt to look good, but in the long term it doesn’t matter. I’ve seen too many average-looking and sounding people who are great writers do very well in this business. Mike Wallace and Morley Safer are not pin-ups, but they’re fine journalists.”

Gayle Sierens, veteran co-anchor and reporter for Tampa’s WFLA-TV, also said honing writing and editing skills is a top priority. In addition, she tells budding reporters to “develop a thick, thick skin” and “be yourself.”
Sierens said students need to work hard while being patient. Getting comfortable in front of the camera or behind a microphone “takes a while and doesn’t happen overnight,” she said.

To get a head start on the competition, Sierens said broadcast-minded students should seek volunteer or internship positions with local stations.

“Be willing to start small,” Sierens said. “Get your foot in the door and make a nuisance of yourself. Do everything and anything beyond the call of duty. Any shred of experience will only help you.”
CBS News Radio’s Peter King agreed.

“The best thing you can do is visit radio stations in your area,” said King, a national anchor and reporter. “Visit more than one. Get an internship or part-time job sweeping the floors. You can learn a lot just by hanging around. Be curious and ask a lot of questions. Don’t just ask what; ask why.”

While a great face may help in TV and a fantastic voice won’t hurt in radio, broadcasters agree that it’s what’s between the ears that counts.

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“Good reporters know a little bit about a lot of things,” King said. “A good voice helps, but that’s not necessarily what’s going to keep you going. Being a good human being, having common sense and curiosity — those are the traits that make a good journalist.”
Don’t forget to stand out in a crowd, that doesn’t mean look like a clown, look and act professional!  Feel comfortable in you own skin, relaxed and confident, who knows, you may be the next big thing!

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The Facebook Addiction

Posted By:  Richard T. Mindler, Jr.     1-1-14 

7 Telltale Signs of Facebook Addiction


Facebook has become so much a part of our life now that it’s so prevalent across the world. With close to a billion users out there, one can easily throw a stone and hit a Facebook user. The amount of time users engage in Facebook activities, like updating statuses, posting photos, commenting and ‘liking’ posts has also been increasing with smartphones and 3G/Wi-fi networks becoming commonplace in recent years.

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Given the accessibility and ease of use of Facebook whenever and wherever you are, it’s no wonder more and more people are addicted to the popular social networking site. You may ask, what’s wrong if you use Facebook frequently as a means of entertainment, or as a means to relieve your stress? Well, there’s nothing wrong. However, when Facebook activities start interfering with your everyday life and become detrimental to your daily functioning at work or in school, you might have a problem.

Here are some telltale signs of Facebook addiction you should take note of.

1. Over-sharing

At a time when many citizens are concerned over the issue of privacy online, it’s strange to find that there are still a number of us who voluntarily share our deepest secrets about our intimate lives on Facebook. It has perhaps a lot to do with the gratification of being acknowledged or approved by our peers. As I’ve mentioned in an earlier article, The Psychology of Facebook, such social affirmations by our friends in our network is a key draw of social networking sites.

There’s no basis for me to say that sharing about ourselves is wrong, because each of us have our own social needs to fulfill. It’s what makes us humans. What I’m talking about here is the idea of over-sharing, of saying too much and then regretting what we said. When we’re addicted to something, we’ll do anything just to get a satisfying dose of engagement in the activity. So in the case of Facebook addiction, we may become unable to judge what’s appropriate to share, allowing our desire to be heard to override our privacy concerns.

2. Checking Your Facebook Whenever Possible

This means checking out for any updates to your newsfeed or responses to your posts every time you don’t know what to do. In other words, the default choice for your freetime activity is to be on Facebook. So what do you do? You leave your Facebook open in the background, switching between work or assignments to the page every few minutes. Even when you are outside enjoying a drink with a friend, you log in to the Facebook app on your smartphone every now and then during brief moments of non-interactions.

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The end result is that you get distracted in whatever it is you’re doing and you may find it hard to be fully present at the moment. Perhaps you may take a significantly longer amount of time to complete simple tasks or maybe some of your friends may complain that you don’t pay enough attention to what they say. No surprises there, seeing how your attention is always diverted to some Facebook notifications.

3. Overly Concerned with Facebook Image

Have you ever spent more than fifteen minutes of your time thinking about what you ought to type for your status update? After you’ve decided on what you should update and posted it, do you eagerly anticipate how others will respond to it? This is what it means when I mention your ‘Facebook image’. To some extent, we are all concerned over how we project ourselves to the rest of the world, even when it comes to our online presence.

Some of us though, may have been spending too much time managing a friend’s impression of them. It gets out of hand when you’re always trying to think of something cool, humorous, entertaining, etc to post just to show how awesome a guy or gal you are. After which, you get restless while you wait for others to comment or ‘like’ what you’ve posted and so you just keep checking and re-checking your Facebook to see if there’re any new notifications.

4. Reporting On Facebook

Most of us have seen friends in our network who almost certainly never fail to appear on our newsfeed each time we log on to Facebook. It could be some status update, check-in, posting of their photos and such. Their posts tend to be on very mundane matters, much like how someone reports to another what he or she is doing at any given moment. They report to you their daily routines (e.g. taking a piss), broadcast check-ins to uninteresting places like the street they live in, upload self-portraits and such.

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It appears to be an attempt to remind others that they exist. Either that or these people are just trying to make their offline life co-existing with their Facebook one. If you are one of these people, I think it’s good to ask yourself the reason behind such ‘reporting’. To me, it seems to be a sign of obsession, as if you need to post something, no matter how ordinary or unimaginative, in order to relieve your anxiety of not doing so.

5. Spending Hours Browsing Through Facebook Every day

Spending about an hour or so daily looking through your newsfeeds and checking out profiles of your friends is still okay, but if it starts going beyond that, it’s an indicator of a problem. Sure, there’s loads of content on Facebook like photos, games and other interesting apps, but if you start using increasingly more of your valuable waking hours surfing aimlessly on Facebook, it’s time to reexamine your lifestyle.

The issue gets worse when you actually sacrifice your sleep to use Facebook. It’s as if the amount of waking hours you have aren’t enough for you to satisfy your Facebook cravings. Lack of sleep will undoubtedly affect your performance in school or work the next day, which is when Facebook becomes an addiction problem.

6. Mad rush to add more friends

For some users, Facebook addiction may manifest itself as an intense desire to add more friends. There is a perceived ‘arms race’ between you and your other friends to see who has the highest number of friends on their network. The keyword here is ‘perceived’, because you may think there’s a competition but in fact there might be none (i.e. your friends could not care less about whether they have more or fewer friends than you). The contention on who has more friends may just be your personal quest to be seen as more ‘popular’.

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Interestingly, a research done by psychologists from Edinburgh Napier University found that Facebook users with more friends on their network tend to be more stressed up when using Facebook. The more friends you have, the more you feel pressured to maintain appropriate etiquette for different types of friends while remaining entertaining. In other words, the competition in adding friends may result in a vicious cycle of increasing Facebook-related tensions, resulting in worse addiction outcomes.

7. Compromising offline social life

As you get used to communicating on Facebook via messaging, sharing photos and posts, commenting and ‘liking’ others etc, it may come to a point when you get more comfortable socializing online than offline. You become over-reliant on Facebook to fulfill your social needs and may start sacrificing the time spent on real-life meet-ups for coffee with your friends.

That’s not healthy. Let’s face it, face-to-face communication is a far richer experience than communicating online where one cannot actually see non-verbal communication as in the body language, gestures, voice tones, etc. It’s not surprising that text messages often get misinterpreted, resulting in misunderstandings. In the long run, your social life suffers because your communication is limited to Facebook and not with a real-life friend.

Overcoming Facebook Addiction

Looking back at the signs and symptoms of Facebook addiction, I realize I am by no means immune to it. Over-sharing? Check. Refreshing my Facebook newsfeed whenever I have the chance? Check. The only consolation I have for myself is that I don’t do that on a regular basis; I simply fall in to the trap every once in a while. That’s not considered an addiction… I hope(?). I’ve read a number of articles that offer tips on how one can overcome Facebook addiction, and most of these offer precise step-by-step solutions on how to address your issue.

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Tips like first admitting you have a problem, setting aside a fixed time to check your Facebook, turning off notifications, etc are all legitimate. However, it might be more effective if we deal with the root of the addiction problem by finding out why you are depending on Facebook so much.

Is it because you’re using Facebook to avoid dealing with some things, such as your work or personal issues at home? Once you know what the underlying issue is, you’ll be more confident to manage your addiction. If there’s none to be found, then maybe it has to do with habit. Put Facebook away for awhile, go out and experience the offline world by interacting with your friends face-to-face. You’ll realize how much more wonderful that is than to stare at your newsfeed all day long. That’s when change can begin.

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Richard T. Mindler, Jr.

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