Archive | April, 2007

Radio From A Broad – 4/25/07

27 Apr

In this weeks edition of “Radio From A Broad” with Michele Johnson, local activists were brought on to give updates on their organizations and discuss ways that the community can get involved.

Michele’s guests included:

Harvey Garrett from The West Side Community Collaborative
Me (Chris Smith) from Buffalo Old Home Week
Eric Walker from PUSH Buffalo
Chris Byrd from Broadway Fillmore Alive and The Broadway Market

Bobby Flay at The Anchor Bar for A Chicken Wing Throwdown

27 Apr

We received a press release yesterday that The Food Network would be in town to do a profile story on the history of the Buffalo Chicken Wing with Drew Cerza. A pretty simple profile news story we thought, we’ll get there if we can….

Then, a tipster called me at 11:30 to tell us not to miss it. Why? We’d have to find out for ourselves…

It didn’t seem like anything special was going to happen and the rest of the news stations left. We decided to hang out with our web guys and have a few midday wings and a couple of beers…and that’s when it happened.

Bobby Flay, nationally known chef, grill master, restauranteur, and television personality challenged Drew to a chicken wing cookoff for his Food Network show, “Throwdown with Bobby Flay“.

Bobby threwdown with his Chipotle Honey Mustard Wings while Drew countered with his Bourbon BBQ Buffalo Wings.

Who won? We know, but we’re not telling. You’ll have to tune into find out!

Beer-O-Vision Debuts On WNYM TV

27 Apr

Our new website will be ready for primetime very shortly, so we thought we’d give you a sample of the kind of multimedia news and entertainment we’ll be showcasing…enjoy!

WNYMedia.net announces the first segment of Beer-O-Vision!

Beer-O-Vision is a monthly video magazine focusing on craft brewing scene in Buffalo, WNY, NYS, and beyond! Tune in once a month for segments on beer tasting events, interviews, brewery tours, homebrewing, general tomfoolery, ratings, reviews, news… and more!

Your host is Ethan Cox, local homebrewer, beer writer, and beer enthusiast/advocate. You may know him from his articles in Buffalo Rising, classes in beer & food pairings at Delish!, or from kicking around some of the local beery events such as Mr. Goodbar’s Goodbeer Club and lately, Ulrich’s Tavern’s Hasenpfeffer Club.

His mission is to help transform the local beer drinking culture by raising people’s awareness about the breadth and depth of beer as a beverage. He is motivated by the fact that beer is absolutely a thirst-quenching, workingman’s drink and at the same time, capable of all the complexity, subtlety, nuance and bother that is usually associated with wine and spirits.

In this inaugural segment, you’ll be traveling to the Elmwood strip to Mr. Goodbar, home of the long-running Goodbeer Club. Bobby Raab is a true craft brew hero for organizing this event for so long, nearly three years now. In doing so, he has totally transformed the reality (if not the public conception) of this bar- consider that when he began working there, there were only a few taps, but today they boast well over twenty. If you want a Gaffel Kolsh in this town, it’s to Mr. Goodbar’s you will have to travel, my friend.

Hit the video to get a taste of this fantastic Buffalo beer-event, and stay tuned for further installments of Beer-O-Vision!

Thumb-Suckers

27 Apr

Via Random Thoughts 101:

“One of the great pressures we’re facing in journalism now is, it’s a lot cheaper to hire thumb-suckers and pundits and have talk shows on the air than actually have bureaus and reporters.”

– Former CNN president Walter Isaacson, on the state of independent journalism after 9/11 and in the run-up to the Iraq war, on “Bill Moyers Journal” program “Buying the War”

As far as I’m concerned, only 1/24th of the daily CNN lineup is watchable, and that’s at noon when they run an hour off CNN International. That branch of CNN actually covers stories around the world in-depth. Much like BBC World News (which I also watch) does. Fox News rarely has actual “news” reporting. Ditto MSNBC.

There is a constituency out there that isn’t interested in cross-talk and the constant repetition of “let me finish”. There is an audience out there for in-depth news reporting from around the world. That constituency is not properly being served, however. Not by the cable news channels, which have the time, if not the resources, to do it.

Crisis

27 Apr

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe who came to power in the early 80s backed up by the hope of his countrymen.

Now, his regime has devolved into an authoritarian dictatorship that has been completely mismanaged and is rife with corruption and graft. It boasts the highest monthly inflation rate in the world right now – 2,200% in March. It’s like Weimar Germany without the hot nightlife.

At least 80% of Zimbabwe’s population of about 13 million is living below the poverty line.

Here’s hoping someone does something.

Debate

27 Apr

Did you watch the Democratic debate last night? It was an hour and a half of a display of everything that’s wrong with American politics today. The fact that we’re busy watching a Presidential debate a full 19 months before election day is just patently ridiculous.

Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel got a lot of laughs, but mostly because he seemed like everyone’s crazy uncle – the guy whom everyone loves, but is a touch embarrassed by. He out-kooked Kucinich.

Kucinich is very proud of his anti-war, lefty cred. That and a dollar will buy him a nice, hot cup of coffee.

Hillary was smooth and polished. When isn’t she smooth and polished? She had a good response to a question about Giuliani:

“Well Brian, I think that as a senator from New York, it is something that I worked on very hard on ever since 9/11 to try to convince the administration to do those things that would actually work to make us safe. I think there’s a big disconnect between the rhetoric and the reality. We haven’t secured out borders, our ports, our mass transit system…The resources haven’t got to the front lines…this administration has consistently tried to hype the fear without delivering on the promise of making America safer.”

Biden is no dummy, but I just don’t think he’s particularly Presidential. Near the end of the debate, he had one great line. Looking especially at Kucinich and Gravel, who had basically said that war is never justified, ever, Biden mentioned Afghanistan and noted that he thought that action was perfectly justified. He said something along the lines of, “you two can have your happy talk, but this is real life.”

Obama looked a bit shaky at first, but got into his grove as the debate wore on. I don’t recall anything particularly memorable about his performance, though. He had a good line about the Confederate flag, which he said should be “in a museum”.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was the only chief executive up on that stage, and his answers were well-arranged in bullet points. He was the first to mention Darfur and obviously is extraordinarily learned when it comes to issues of diplomacy and foreign affairs. Daily Politics notes that his “ideal Supreme Court Justice” wrote some decisions that would not please most Democrats.

John Edwards is a lot of talk with a fancy haircut, and I just can’t take him seriously. He explained away how he can talk about “two Americas” when he clearly lives in the one that’s effing loaded, by recounting a story about how he had grown up poor. He stands there and reminds me of the Kerry campaign, and how I thought he was a lightweight back in 2004 and I still think he’s a lightweight now. He might have gobs of money, but he’s going nowhere. He was asked a question about whom he considers to be his moral leader. He sat there thinking, eating up precious MSNBC time, finally coming up with his “Lord”, his wife, and his father.

Chris Dodd was there, too. Yes, that’s how memorable his statements were.

So far, Richardson has the most substance behind what he says and he’s very matter-of-fact and pragmatic. I don’t know if he’s got a shot, but this country could do a lot worse.

The debate watch party was hosted by the New Democrats of Western New York, which is a new political club that will endorse Democratic candidates and assist them with their campaigns. They’ll help with the grassroots grunt work – going door to door, lit drops, etc. But they’ll also use some of the newer methods of campaigning that have been very successful in recent local races.

Albany at Work

27 Apr

The state Senate voted itself a payraise last night. Must be nice.

Buffalo Beer-o-Vision

27 Apr

Buffalo, NY – Beer-O-Vision is a monthly video magazine focusing on craft brewing scene in Buffalo, WNY, NYS, and beyond! Tune in once a month for segments on beer tasting events, interviews, brewery tours, homebrewing, general tomfoolery, ratings, reviews, news… and more!

Your host is Ethan Cox, local homebrewer, beer writer, and beer enthusiast/advocate. You may know him from his articles in Buffalo Rising, classes in beer & food pairings at Delish!, or from kicking around some of the local beery events such as Mr. Goodbar’s Goodbeer Club and lately, Ulrich’s Tavern’s Hasenpfeffer Club. His mission is to help transform the local beer-drinking culture by raising people’s awareness about the breadth and depth of beer as a beverage. He is motivated by the fact that beer is absolutely a thirst-quenching, workingman’s drink and at the same time, capable of all the complexity, subtlety, nuance and bother that is usually associated with wine and spirits.

In this inaugural segment, you’ll be traveling to the Elmwood strip to Mr. Goodbar, home of the long-running Goodbeer Club. Bobby Raab is a true craft brew hero for organizing this event for so long, nearly three years now. In doing so, he has totally transformed the reality (if not the public conception) of this bar- consider that when he began working there, there were only a few taps, but today they boast well over twenty. If you want a Gaffel Kolsh in this town, it’s to Mr. Goodbar’s you will have to travel, my friend.

Hit the video to get a taste of this fantastic Buffalo beer-event, and stay tuned for further installments of Beer-O-Vision!

Do You DVR?

27 Apr

Chris Byrd takes a guess at what some of Buffalo’s other well-knowns might have on their DVRs.

And for the record, I don’t watch Tucker Carlson. My DVR right now has 24, Robin Hood, Family Guy, and Stewart/Colbert.

Throwdown Buffalo

27 Apr

On the pretext that they were shooting for a non-existent show called “America’s Favorite Foods”, the Food Network shot video of Drew Cerza at the Anchor Bar yesterday when, out of nowhere, out pops Bobby Flay for a throwdown. Who made the best wings?

WNYMedia.net was there: