by Taki S. Raton
In response to the sudden demise of radio station 1290 WMCS, a community forum has been planned for Monday, March 11 at the Brotherhood of Firefighters Hall, 7717 West Good Hope Rd, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
A special tribute to TJ, 1290’s operations manager, is included in the evening’s agenda.
A panel of community stakeholders has also been convened to share views, opinions and concerns as to what this loss means and the moving forward options available to fill the void of broadcasting much needed news, information, and issue analysis of particular interest to and for Black Milwaukeeans.
Confirmed panelists to date include Sherwin Hughes, Dr. William Rogers, Homer Blow, and Nathaniel J. Stampley, Sr.
“My goal for organizing this gathering is to offer an opportunity for our community to respond with gratitude for the voice that 1290 has provided for over 20 years,” says Carmen C. Ray, President and C.E.O. of Rays Consulting and Training and co-author of “Raising Healthy Children in an Unhealthy World.”
As reported in the Milwaukee Community Journal’s February 27, 2013 edition, 1290 AM, “The Talk of the Town” was closed down on Tuesday, February 26 at precisely 10 a.m. The reason reported, according to the MCJ account, was “business, pure and simple.”
Quoting MCJ Publisher Patricia O. Pattillo upon being notified of such an unfortunate circumstance, she positioned that, whether it is print, television or radio, “This is still a business; and to run a business, to keep the doors open, you must make money.”
It was further cited in the MCJ editorial that what happened to WMCS “should serve as a reminder to our community that we must support our institutions with our dollars through supporting the businesses that advertise with Black media (print and broadcast) or if you’re a business owner, buying advertising from the various Black media that have accepted the responsibility of speaking truth-to-power on our behalf.”
The editorial adds that as freedom is not free, “Communication is not free.
There is a cost,” and that we must learn that economics is “the stabilizing force of our community” and we must spend with each other to keep our institutions alive.
MCJ encourages all to read the MCJ in print and/or online and that its website if updated daily.
In a message on her facebook page, TJ expressed that, “It is with great sadness that I say that 1290 WMCS as we have know it for over 30 years has changed. The days of ‘Talk of the Town’ are over. Thank you all who have supported the station.”
According to a March 2 MetroMilwaukee.org posting, the WMCS call letters will be changed to WZTI-AM thereby launching its “Martini Radio” programming featuring the “Rat Pack” era maladies of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin , Tony Bennett and modern artists to include Adele, Norah Jones, and Michael Buble.
“1290 WMCS provided us information so that we could empower ourselves and move our community forwards,” cites the MCJ editorial in its closing. “Its silence on the airwaves will be deafening, will be sorely missed, and hard to replace.”
The scheduled Monday gathering is free and open to the public. For any additional information on this event, please email Ray at: [email protected].
We started the Lenten Season on Wednesday February 13. This holy season will continue until the evening of Holy Thursday (March 28) when we celebrate the Institution of the Eucharist. These forty days are a time of special prayer, fasting and giving alms.
February 24 will be the Second Sunday of Lent. Our readings are: Gen 15: 1-12, 17-18; Ps 27; Phil 3: 17-4:1; and Luke 9:28b-36. On the Second Sunday of Lent the Gospel always tells the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus.
This year it is from Luke. During Lent we are preparing ourselves for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
And the Transfiguration gives the disciples and us a preview of things to come–Resurrection and Glory after pain and suffering.
It will not be long after the Transfiguration in Luke’s Gospel before we enter into the passion and death of Jesus.
We will walk with Jesus through his agony in the garden, his humiliating betrayal, false conviction and bloody death alone, abandoned by all of his disciples!
So, the Transfiguration previewed the life of the world after the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
Moses and Elijah and Jesus talk about the “passing over” into a new creation freed from the sin and selfishness that bound the people.
And that New Creation is the very world we are now living in! This is hard to believe, I know. Since we are surrounded by so much pain and suffering often caused by one human being upon another.
But, under it all, all of us baptized in the Lord Jesus carry the bright hot fire of the love of God, that same love that flamed out of Jesus on that mountain with Moses and Elijah. God said on that mountain: “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
That loving command can change our lives and the life of the world, in spite of the evidence all around us.
We all know people who come as if “transfigured” with the love of God and genuine concern for people and this created universe.
Our “mountain” will be wherever we show forth the loving concern that is of God.
It could be the super-market, the barbershop, the gym, the meal program, the food pantry, or the street corner where the bright light of Jesus is needed so much.
If we really believed in the power of baptism, the transforming, transfiguring power of that awesome Sacrament, transfigurations would be taking place wherever we go, like sparks flying off of us igniting everyone and everything.
The last thing you want to do when you get home from a long day of work is to do more work. Some days are more stressful than others so make sure you try to unwind and relax a little before continuing with your evening routine.
If you find it difficult to wind down after a demanding workday try these 8 tips to help you shift from office to home mode.
As soon as you get in from work, change into different attire. This will have an immediate relaxing effect. Change into your most comfortable clothing once you get out of the shower. Pajamas are an excellent choice, especially if you get home from work late at night.
Take Time To Daydream
With instant access to information we seem to have lost the art of daydreaming. The daydreaming process is vital to the creativity process as well as reordering the working memory and rebalancing our energy levels.
Take Care Of Your Body
Exercising is an excellent way to re-energize your body after a tiresome day at work. If you have a sedentary job that requires sitting at a desk for long hours, choose a form of exercise that involves moving your legs, like walking or jogging. If your job keeps you on your feet for hours on end, choose a gentle exercise that you can perform while sitting down such as stretching or yoga.
Eat something nutritious and make sure of drinking plenty of water. Avoid junk food or having anything full of fats. Vegetables, fruits and juices can be the best energy sources after coming back from exhausting job. Try to make the process of cooking a goal in itself. Just make sure you don’t stress with cooking just because you have to. If you’re exhausted, you should consider ordering food just for this night. But don’t make it a habit! It’s not good for you in the long run.
Fill a hot bath with aromatic bubbles, play a soothing CD or tape, get a good massage to relieve those tight, tense muscles, or allow your self to take a power nap.
Crack open a book or magazine and escape into it. It is easy to get caught up only reading from a computer screen or e-reader. Flipping pages will give your eyes a much-needed break from the screen, and non work-related content will help you forget any office woes.
Call A Friend Or Family Member
No texting. This is about having an actual voice-to-voice conversation. Surprise someone you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while. Make a list of topics or open-ended questions beforehand if it would make you more comfortable. End the conversation when it’s dying down. End on a strong note. Feel good about reconnecting.
Switch Off An Hour Before Bedtime
Allow yourself at least 60mins technology free time before you go to bed to ‘unload’ the working memory before your head hits the pillow. This means not checking email or social networking before bedtime.
Never fall asleep with your laptop, iPad or smart phone switched on beside you. These measures will dramatically improve the quality of your sleep – you will need less REM (dreaming and information processing) sleep and have access to more nourishing, deep sleep.