This week on WDIY’s Economic Pulse, Dr. Kamran Afshar will discuss findings of his January survey of local businesses. Results from the survey indicate a continued but cautious optimism regarding Lehigh Valley’s local economy for at least the next 6 months. (Original air-date January 31, 2014).
Produced and presented by Annie Prince and co-host Bruce Wilson, this weekly short-feature presents ways to live a greener, more environmentally friendly life in the Lehigh Valley. Guest Martha Christine joins in and talk about a free workshop coming up February 11, on the selection, planting and care of trees being offered by the Bethlehem Backyards for Wildlife, and cosponsored by the city of Bethlehem and their city forester, and the Mount Airy Neighborhood Association. (Original air-date January 28, 2014).
Gerry Timlin of popular Irish music duo Timlin & Kane joins hosts Kate Scuffle and George Miller to talk about teaching history through music, song and poetry. Timlin's musical lecture series "Modern Irish History & Song" starts February 5th at the Great Room at Donegal Square, and launches a year of exciting new cultural heritage education programs from the Celtic Cultural Alliance. (Original air-date January 27, 2014).
Before the Great Recession, inflation was rising at a pretty healthy rate, reaching as high as 5.6%. However, the recession wiped out that inflation alongside with 8.7 million payroll jobs, a booming housing market, more than 500 commercial banks,as well as a large number of other businesses. What Happened to inflation? Does the Federal Reserve have the tools to keep inflation at bay? At what cost? (Original air-date January 17, 2014).
Host Alan Jennings speaks with PA Rep. Ryan Mackenzie and Mike Schlossberg about finishing their rookie years as legislators. These two talented, smart, hard-working twenty-somethings are rare among partisans these days: they get along, they work together, and they want to get something accomplished. The conversation includes such topics as a reflection on their first year in office, their assessment of Pennsylvania politics and their peers in the legislature, some prognostication on the session ahead, including the 2014 elections, and much more. (Original air-date January 9, 2014).
The Board of Directors of WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio, is pleased to announce that Wagner Previato has been named Executive Director. Mr. Previato, who will begin work August 19, will advance strategic direction for the organization, and oversee programming, marketing, fundraising, and technology. Previato is an experienced executive who has provided leadership in both for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout his career.
WDIY was one of four recipients of an award from the Eastern PA Arts Alliance, a Bethlehem-based group formed three and a half years ago to support local arts organizations, at their first "Strength in Numbers" ceremony last night. Other recipients included Working Dog Press, WFMZ and Green Leaf Productions.
The organization also awarded five grants at last night's ceremony. Grant recipients included Touchstone Theatre, Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Zoellner Arts Center, and Godfrey Daniels.
Yesterday we increased our streaming bit rate from 56 kpbs to 128 kbps. Please have a listen! We're confident you'll notice the vastly improved audio quality and we hope you enjoy the clearer and more natural sound. Of course, this came with a price tag, so please consider supporting your listening "habit" by making a donation to the station. All the buttons you need are found along the top of our website (Listen Live to the left, and Support This Station to the right.) Thanks!
The Board of Directors of WDIY announced that its Executive Director, Dr. Bill Dautremont-Smith will retire by the end of the summer. The Board plans to engage in a national search to fill the position. Dautremont-Smith, who will assist with the transition, spent five years at WDIY as Executive Director. Prior to that, he served on the board of directors for four years, and has been a volunteer on-air host for the past ten years.