For Giving Tuesday, consider Forward Radio.

You have a lot of excellent choices for Giving Tuesday (November 28) in Louisville. Can I urge you to consider donating to Forward Radio?

Forward Radio, WFMP-LP 106.5 FM, is a community-run station dedicated to being a voice of our community. Among their local shows are Brunch with Black Folks, Ethics Forward, Critical Thinking for Everyone, He Said She Said, and The Human Factor. (You can look at a full programming schedule here.) And if you’d like to have your own radio show, you can! Just pitch them a show here.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. The event kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together.

Please consider making a donation to Forward Radio on Giving Tuesday. Their goal is to reach $5,000 which will help offset the costs of ordinary operating expenses, as well as the purchase and installation of soundproofing materials in the studio (cost: $800), the costs of online streaming (cost $2,000 per year), and upgrades to studio microphones and off-site recorders (cost: $500).

To make a secure donation to Forward Radio, please go to our website and click on the PayPal logo or just click here.

Thanks everyone!


Episode 3: Chris Kolb

Episode 3

Before talking to District 2 school board member Dr. Chris Kolb, the show tackles a terrible NYT profile of a neo-Nazi and a bizarre column by a “think tank” director advocating a pointless state takeover of JCPS.

Notes on Episode 3:

Dr. Chris Kolb:

Episode 2: Toni Konz-Tatman

Episode 2

Before interviewing longtime education reporter Toni Konz-Tatman, I talk about the concept of false balance and the occasional need (of both journalists and educators) to present “both sides” of every issue — as if every issue can be boiled down to two simple opposing perspectives.

Notes on Episode 2

False balance, “both sides,” and “he said/she said”:

Toni Konz-Tatman:

Episode 1: Robert Bell

Episode 1

Episode 1 guest: Middle school teacher Robert Bell.

In this episode, I introduce myself and the show, interview middle school teacher Robert Bell, and spend some time discussing euphemisms like “diverse,” “urban,” and “right to work laws.”

Notes on Episode 1


Written works:

Announcing my podcast and radio show, From Classroom to Newsroom

I’m pleased to announce that I will be hosting a weekly radio show on Forward Radio called “From Classroom to Newsroom.” The show will cover journalism, education, journalism education, and education journalism, and each week the show will feature an interview with someone about one of those four topics.

I’ve already recorded two shows:

  • Episode one: Interview with Louisville middle school teacher Robert Bell
  • Episode two: Interview with education journalist Toni Konz

The live show airs Sundays at 3 p.m. and re-airs Mondays at 10 a.m. After each show airs live, it will also be available for download as a podcast through iTunes.