Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Newsletter for July 29th-ish

News, notes and necessities

items of interest the week of July 28, 2008

an occasional update from me, Scott Leffler

News: A couple guests just confirmed that I wanted to let you know about:

Wednesday, Buffalo Developer Carl Paladino at 10 a.m. on WECK. We'll talk about him, his business, and a lot of local politics, including his current fight with the Buffalo School Board. He'll be on all show and we'll take calls at (716) 783-9325.

Then Wednesday afternoon, I'll be anchoring a live remote from the Niagara County Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Come out and say 'hi.'

Thursday, Marcia Pappas, president of the New York State chapter of the National Organization for women, talking about whether I'm sexist or she's looney. That's at 10 a.m. on WECK ... and depending on how it goes, may re-air at 11 a.m. on WLVL.

Notes: The current poll on the blog asks about campaign finance reform ... whether it should be more strict, less strict, or if it's just right. As usual, I'm in the minority.

The forum is up to 22 people, so I added AirFox, which seems to have pleased MindCrime. Bratty Jenn is our most recent returnee. And I'm happy to have her.

Stats: This month has been the busiest month ever for both scottleffler.com (over 11,000 hits so far) and the podcasts are having their third highest downloads ever (over 23,000).

I'm a day late on the newsletter (you may have noticed) ... and it's column day, so I'm off to write some more.

Necessities: Need to chat with a friend, but they don't have an IM? Try Chatzy.

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Smile, I'm on candid camera

The Jon Powers campaign has been trying to get me to come to one of their meet-n-greets for over a month.

Last night, with the kids at my mothers and my wife at work, I decided to make the trek out to North Tonawanda to Soos' Cafe to meet the candidates staff and hopefully run into a couple listeners.

There were probably 30 to 40 people at this little shin-dig, which was part meet-n-greet and part fundraiser. As a member of the media, who attempts to maintain some independence, I'd like to point out that I was not a paying customer at this gig.

But the Powers staff was very nice - a young group of people - who seem to have it together, actually. And I did meet a couple listeners ... and some fellow members of the media.

Jon talked a lot about his time in Iraq ... in addition to his campaign. Next time I have him on radio, I'm going to ask him to share some of his Iraq stories, which were rather gripping.

A note on the photo: I asked the photographer to keep me out of the pictures, to which he replied, "then don't stand near the candidate." Obviously, I failed on that account.

Actually, I spent about 10 minutes talked with the candidate, mainly about the inner workings of his campaign. After his speech, he had a QnA. I asked him about his thoughts on getting our soldiers out of Iraq. He said once we have a new president, he's hoping for 16 to 18 months to have the troops "redeployed" (elsewhere).