Three cheers for transparency

Carrboro's new Official Correspondence e-mail archive shows how easy it is to make the public's business actually available to the public. If you do it as Mayor Chilton did - with a Google Group - it's even free. Chapel Hill News editor Mark Schultz says the new system serves the community better than paper archives used by other governments, and it makes reporters' job easier which leads to better coverage in the papers.  It's also very easy for officials to use as they just forward or CC e-mails to get them into the archive.

What's keeping Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Orange County from following suit?  Sometimes I wonder if they wouldn't prefer that we just let them govern in peace instead of sticking our noses into the public business all the time.

Glen Lennox discussion on WCOM

Greg Brusseau of Save Glen Lennox will be the guest on the Wednesday edition of WCOM's West End Report with LMT hosting. Greg will discuss the inside scoop he got from a N&O reporter about Grubb properties backing out of their bid and caving into the community to redesign their plan.

Tune into 103.5 LP FM (Carrboro/Chapel Hill area) at 6pm or you can stream us by clicking here. I'm hoping that Ruby calls us at the studio LIVE from the OP Happy Hour with an update: 919-929-9601. Freel free to call with questions. The first caller gets a Save Glen Lennox T-shirt!

House party for The People's Channel

Via e-mail:

The People's Channel will be having a wonderful fundraiser/house party on Saturday June 28th 7-9pm, and y'all should come by for some delicious food and drink!

Who: The People's Channel, Chapel Hill and Orange County (soon Carrboro) Community Media Center

What: A House Party to benefit The Peoples Channel--A non-profit Community Media Center providing area citizens opportunity to exercise free speech through media production, education, and distribution of cable programming.

When: Saturday, June 28 7-9 p.m. Please join us for some exquisite food and drinks and great company. Suggested donation per person $20

Where: The Common House in Pacifica, at the end of Hanna St. in Carrboro Hosted by Vimala Rajendran 919.967.3864 The Peoples Channel 919.960.0088

Why: So the people that bring you Democracy NOW every night on your TV get funding AND to support your Community Media! I should remind folks that TPC is overworked and underpaid. We operate on a bare bones budget and have very few resources. So please consider a contribution! We are in serious need of equipment upgrades...

Thank you all!



Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 3:00pm


Common House in Pacifica, Hanna St. in Carrboro

Ruby on WCOM's West End Report

Via host Lynda-Marie Taurasi:

Hey all!

So, Ruby Sinreich, editor and founder of will be my guest today on WCOM's West End Report (6pm). Ruby is fresh back from Minneapolis where she attended the National Conference for Media Reform

Check out her blog on her website here

Once again being inspired by Tom Arnel's Placeholder show's Guest DJ feature, I have also asked Ruby to bring along her favorite music to play.

I plan on recording the show too, and think I will either start up a blog where you can listen to the show at a later date...still all in the works.

Thank you so much for those that responded about the Humpty Dance song. I got the track, and in the next few weeks, I will be creating a music bed for my intro.

Remember, my little gig is still in the beginning creative stages, so thank you again to Ruby for being my Guinea Pig (it's OK Ruby, I have done this before though it's been a while.)

If you are not in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area, you can listen online here

We welcome calls for questions for Ruby 919-929-9601

Thanks so much...and remember

SUPPORT COMMUNITY MEDIA and GIVE THE FINGER TO CORPORATE RADIO. Listen to WCOM 103.5 LP FM Carrboro's All-Volunteer Community Radio station!




Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm


WCOM 103.5 FM, webcast

Check out Ruby on WCOM 103.5 LP FM's own Ruby Sinreich will be my guest today on WCOM's West End Report (6pm). Ruby and I will be discussing the talk of the town, primarily getting the audience updated on the Abbey Court situation.

Once again being inspired by Tom Arnel's Placeholder show's Guest DJ feature, I have also asked Ruby to bring along her favorite music to play.



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