WGXC New Year’s Masquerade Ball schedule

(subject to slight change)

6:00 – 8:00 – DJ Jim McCabe/Trixie Bingo in dining room table.
8:00 – 8:45 – Lady Moon
8:45 – 9:00 – Children’s confetti drop/Ryder aerial dance
9:00 – 10:00 – Young Paris/Saber Coup
10:00 – 10:30 Ryder aerial dance then The Bleeding Hearts belly dancers
10:25 – 10:55 – Hudson City Ramblers
10:55 – MC announcements
11:00 – 11:45 – Mother Fletcher
11:45-12:15 – champagne, Diata Diata drumming with Ryder aerial dance and The Bleeding Hearts belly dancing
12:15-1:00 Bella’s Bartok
1- The Bleeding Hearts belly dancers/Ryder aerial dance
1:30 – DJ Jackie Thomas

8:05 Abby Lappin
8:45 – Norman Douglas radio play
9:35 – 10:05 Rob Hervey
10:10 – Liv Carrow, Alan Coone, & Jake Plourde
11 – Evan Randall
11:45 – 12:15 – Sounds of Main Stage
12:15 – 1:00 – The Magic Stranger
1-1:30 – Hi-NRG from Giorgio
1:30 – The Sisters Three
2:15 – Rye’n Clover & astickandastone
3:00- M.A.S.S.

Chatham Brewing to provide drinks for WGXC New Year’s Masquerade Ball

Chatham Brewing will be providing the beer for the WGXC New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Basilica Industria in Hudson. As a community radio station, WGXC wants to work with as many local businesses as possible, so support them and their all-natural beers! Servers from Jason’s Upstairs Bar in Hudson will help get you those tasty beers on New Year’s Eve. You can buy tickets for the event at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren St. in Hudson. Lady Moon, M.A.S.S., Saber Coup, Bella’s Bartok, DJ Jackie Thomas, Mother Fletcher, Young Paris, Trixie (MC), Diata Diata, Hudson City Ramblers, Evan Randall,The Magic Stranger, Rob Hervey, DJ Jim McCabe, Ryan Clover & astickandastone, The Bleeding Hearts, Liv Carrow, an aerial performance from Ryder Cooley, and a Norman Douglas radio play are some of the confirmed performers/performances. Click here for full information about the event:

WGXC New Year’s Masquerade Ball

The Incident Report window at 348 Warren St. in Hudson is now devoted to WGXC and our New Year’s Masquerade Ball fundraiser. The display will stay up through New Year’s. Photo by Max Goldfarb.

Murphy votes for Local Community Radio Act

Yesterday the U.S House of Representatives passed on a voice vote, HR 1147, the Local Community Radio Act of 2009. This bill will expand the low-power FM program, and allow communities throughout the country to have access to their own airwaves via their own community radio stations. A spokesman for Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY20), who represents Greene and Columbia counties, says the congressman supported the measure. Now Senate bill 592 must pass that half of Congress before the bill goes to President Obama for a signature or veto.

WGXC New Year’s Masquerade Ball

This flyer by Alan Coon (Spotty Dog Books & Ale) will be in the Incident Report window on Warren Street in Hudson through New Year’s.

Stimulus spending in Greene and Columbia

ProPublica reports $4,891,384 in stimulus spending in Greene County and $5,301,605 in Columbia County. That’s $100 per capita in Greene and $86 per capita in Columbia, well below the $616 per county average in New York State (which is skewed because of New York City). Hudson Opera House, Columbia-Greene Community College, Columbia Opportunities, and Kenneth W. Boynton are among the recipients in Columbia, while Columbia Greene Beauty School, Mountainview Housing, Dockside Grill, and Sophia’s Pizza were among the loans and grants in Greene County. Click on the links for a full list.

Town of Durham board meeting

Click here to listen to an mp3 sound recording of tonight’s Town of Durham board meeting. Plays in Quicktime Player. Will not play in Internet Explorer. You need Quicktime Player Pro to download the file.

At tonight’s Town of Durham meeting, the board voted 5-0 to impose a six month moratorium on any site plan approvals involving resorts. “Our goal is to take a look at the site plan law and rework it and make sure we aren’t losing any valuable resources,” said Durham town lawyer Tal Rappleyea. He said several resorts in town were being turned into single- or two-family homes or agriculture uses, and a member of the audience remarked, “we keep losing rooms.” So the town board will rework the site plan law before June 15 to help the local tourist industry. The town board also made a, “motion that Tal submits further motions.” This, apparently, lets Rappleyea appeal a recent judge’s ruling in the town’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit from Weldon House, which wants to put a motocross track in Durham. The town will now again attempt to dismiss the lawsuit.

WGXC’s New year’s Masquerade Ball

Global warming protests in Hudson and Copenhagen

In conjunction with the global warming conference in Copenhagen this past weekend, a local “vigil” was held at the Warren St. park in Hudson on Sat. Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m., and WGXC’s Galen Joseph-Hunter was there to record audio of the protest. Click here to listen to or download an mp3 recording of the event. (Note: the file opens in Quicktime Player, but not in Internet Explorer.) Also, WGXC’s Kelly Benjamin was in Copenhagen, and he recorded several clips of the speeches and protests there. Click on the following clips:
Copenhagen protest sounds recorded by Kelly Benjamin_121209.wma
Vandana Shiva_protest speech_in Copenhagen_recorded by Kelly Benjamin_121209.wma
Kari Fulton from Washington D.C._interview in Copenhagen by Kelly Benjamin_121209.wma

Web site accusses Times-Union of supporting candidate

From The Albany Project:

Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco was chosen by county party bosses as the Republican candidate for the March 31 special election to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in NY-20 (the district that covers Greene and Columbia counties), after she was appointed to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat.

Tedisco lost in a squeaker to Scott Murphy, gave up his Assembly leadership post under pressure, and sulked for a few months.

But he came out of his funk, and started campaigning for a NY-20 rematch with his usual shtick of faux-populist press releases, ready availability to print reporters, call-ins to conservative talk radio shows, and, in a nod to how media have changed, a blog on the Albany Times Union website. The Times Union is evidently comfortable with hosting political candidates on their site, as long as they have not formally announced.

And it gives obvious candidates like Tedisco campaign blogs where never a discouraging word is heard, since the candidate gets to moderate comments. I found that part out when I made some comments under Tedisco’s posts, and none of them got posted.

NY State Senator James Seward on DRP


Click on the mp3 audio link above to hear NY State Senator speak about the Deficit Reduction Plan for New York State. Audio from the Senator.

Health care reform protest in Coxsackie Tuesday

Cost of Delay Vigil. Message from your host, John B.: “With health care reform hanging in the balance, MoveOn members are getting ready for our biggest health care day of action ever. On December 8th, we’ll hold hundreds of “Cost of Delay” vigils across the country to remind Congress that Americans simply can’t afford to wait for health care reform. Co…(more)me show your support.”
Church corners, Rt. 385/Mansion Street, Coxsackie, NY 12051
Tuesday, December 8, 5:30 p.m.

WGXC in the news

The WGXC Council, (front row): Debra Kamecke, Kathleen Packard, Tom Roe, Hosneara Kader, Kaya Weidman, Max Goldfarb;(back row) Andrew Turner, Paul Smart, Hudson Talbott, Alan Skerett, Dharma Dailey. Missing: Christina Malisoff. Photo from Chronogram by Galen Joseph-Hunter.

Peter Aaron writes about WGXC in Chronogram, here.

WGXC in The Daily Freeman by Ariel Zangla.

WGXC in the Hudson Valley Business Journal (scroll to page 5).

WGXC’s Tom Roe and Galen Joseph-Hunter in Hudson Valley Magazine by Shannon Gallagher. Photo by Michael Polito.

WGXC New Year’s Masquerade Ball tickets on sale at Spotty Dog

Tickets for WGXC’s New Year’s Masquerade Ball are available now at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale at 440 Warren St. in Hudson.

Basilica Industria, the enormous performance space just down the street from the Amtrak Train Station in Hudson, will host a giant fundraiser for WGXC this New Year’s Eve. There will be bands, DJs, and all sorts of other performers to be announced soon. Lady Moon, M.A.S.S., Saber Coup, Bella’s Bartok, DJ Jackie Thomas, Mother Fletcher, Young Paris, Trixie (MC), Diata Diata, Hudson City Ramblers, Evan Randall, an aerial performance from Ryder Cooley, Liv Carrow, and a Norman Douglas radio play are some of the confirmed performers/performances.

Jason’s Upstairs Bar will help with the champagne toast (included with admission) and the bar; The Main Street Public House in Philmont will sell food; Strongtree Organic Coffee Roasters will keep everyone going; Chronogram magazine is co-sponsoring the whole show, and many other local businesses will be involved.

We need help with this event! If you would like to be involved contact Tom Roe (tom@wgxc.org) or Kaya Weidman (at kaya@wgxc.org) to help organize this giant party fundraiser to get WGXC on the air and bring community radio to this area. WGXC New Year’s Masquerade Ball cosponsored by Chronogram magazine.

WGXC got a 3,300-watt non-commercial license from the FCC to start a community radio station that will cover most of Greene and Columbia counties. WGXC hopes to go on the air next summer. WGXC recently got a $71,000 grant from the Commerce Department to pay for half of the transmitter, antenna, and studio equipment. WGXC needs to match the other half of the grant, and raise $71,000 by March 31, 2010. Please help us bring community radio to this area.

Click here to buy tickets online with Paypal/credit card.

Also buy tickets in person at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren St. in Hudson, NY.

Local state senators vote against same-sex marriage

Local New York State Senators Jim Seward (who represents Greene County and other areas) and Steve Saland (who represents Columbia County and other areas) both voted “No” today on the Same-Sex Marriage vote in the New York State Senate. The measure failed, 38-24. In May, local Assemblyman Tim Gordon, D-108th, voted “yes” on the bill, while Pete Lopez, R-127th, voted “no”, and Marc Molinaro, R-103rd, was absent.

Durham Town Board meeting

Click here to listen to mp3 recording of Durham Town Board meeting from Tue. Dec. 1, 2009

Click on the link above to listen to mp3 audio recording of Town of Durham board meeting held in Durham garage (meeting room was undergoing renovations. Link will play mp3 in Quicktime Player, though it will not work in Internet Explorer. You can download the file with Quicktime Player Pro.