So Local Pasco June 30th, 2016. Earth Shattering Kia BOOM This Weekend Edition

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If you are wondering, like Marvin, where is the Earth Shattering KaBoom, this weekend…It is not in Holiday, or Hudson, or Port Richey.  It will be in downtown New Port Richey on Saturday Night, at 9pm (weather permitting)…At the 17th Annual KiaFest Main Street Blast.

K.C. Quaretti, Director of New Port Richey Main Street, Inc., joins us with all the details!

Its hard to find someone more enthusiastic about downtown New Port Richey than K.C.!
Its hard to find someone more enthusiastic about downtown New Port Richey than K.C.!

Click the poster below for information on what’s happening, when, and where…There will be plenty of parking downtown…And don’t forget:  Part of what is new and excellent downtown is the focus on strolling.  Think about parking a little farther afield, and check out all the great stuff happening downtown!

Here are the details!
Here are the details!

Lots of our friends from the So Local Pasco Saturday Music Cast are out playing, this weekend…Alex Centeno is playing at Skinny’s Friday from 4-7pm…Andrew Polo and his band are at Scout’s in Hudson, Friday night…Papa Crawdaddy at Seaside Inn 8-midnight…And Jake Dausch and the Shakedown are at Tapas Gastro Lounge Friday, as well!  Get out and enjoy some great music, food, and local culture, this weekend!


~Greg

So Local Pasco, June 29th, 2016. Backyard Chicken Policy. No, it’s not a new band.

Another great day!  My weekly visits to the Westside Deli are so fun…Great people, GREAT food.  I mean, look:

THIS is what you want your deli to look like! PACKED.  So good.
THIS is what you want your deli to look like! PACKED. So good.
Not something I would try unless asked to...Magnificent!  Black rice, beans, peppers, vinaigrette.
Not something I would try unless asked to…Magnificent! Black rice, beans, peppers, vinaigrette.
Best Reuben in TOWN.  Requires a fork, because it is so packed, stuff will fall out.
Best Reuben in TOWN. Requires a fork, because it is so packed, stuff will fall out.

Laura Sherrod Pence won the bobblehead (should that be capitalized?).  She would not let me take her picture, so I dug one up out of deep storage, from January:

Laura is the one with no beard.
Laura is the one with no beard.

This is a FRONT yard chicken...He lives on a farm.  You may be able to keep back yard chickens, SOON, in Pasco County, if Travis Morehead is successful...Read on!
This is a FRONT yard chicken…He lives on a farm. You may be able to keep back yard chickens, SOON, in Pasco County, if Travis Morehead is successful…Read on!
Travis Morehead is the Chair of the Pasco County Food Policy Council...Along with being a pivotal part of several other food and environmental policy efforts and groups.
Travis Morehead is the Chair of the Pasco County Food Policy Council…Along with being a pivotal part of several other food and environmental policy efforts and groups.

Today’s interview is a discussion about the potential for almost all Pasco County residents to be able to keep chickens in their backyards…Even in urban or suburban areas!  This would be a BIG deal, and Travis is committed to making it happen.  YOUR chance to weigh in comes next Tuesday, at the West Pasco County Government Center, as the Food Policy Council holds an open workshop on shaping a “Backyard Chicken Policy”.  Please listen, and attend if you can.  Even if you are NOT in favor, your voice is welcome and important!

I will be at the meeting...and going to Westside for lunch, after!
I will be at the meeting…and going to Westside for lunch, after!

Yes, you may have heard a cat meow during the podcast.  We have a new cat, here at Spare Room Studio…And she gets very upset when I forget to let her in before I close the door to record:

Mascot cat Callie visiting the fish.
Mascot cat Callie visiting the fish.

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

~Greg

June 28th, 2016. It’s Florida Hot. Small Future, Big Ideas Edition. Also, It’s Too Damned Hot.

I looked outside, today, to see if it was hot:

Yeah, it was hot.
Yeah, it was hot.

Let’s talk about the big future of small media.  That’s in the podcast.  I’m going to write less on the blog, simply because the podcast is the “Main Event”.  You’ll just have to click to learn more.

Westside Deli Tuesday Continues!

I am at the Westside today (and EVERY Tuesday) from 10 to noon.  I’ll be there to interview some folks, but don’t be shy!  Be the first to come and give me the secret word, you win a prize!  Today’s prize is from Deb at the Westside Deli…It’s a Chris Archer Rays Stormtrooper Bobblehead!  New!  Still in the box!  If you know a Star Wars/Rays fan…or if you ARE one, this could be your day.

Win this bobblehead!  Come visit me at the Westside Deli TODAY, give me the secret word...It's that simple.
Win this bobblehead! Come visit me at the Westside Deli TODAY, give me the secret word…It’s that simple.

The secret word?  LOCAL.

Come see me at the Westside Deli, in Counsel Square, just across Little Road from the Pasco County Government Center.  Crazy Good Food for Crazy Good People!


Coming up tomorrow…

We’re back tomorrow with Travis Morehead, local food policy advocate and activist…And I think we are going to talk chickens!


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Thanks!

~Greg

So Local Pasco Podcast, June 27th, 2016. Mailbag Day Edition

Names we keep for things that are very different, now…

Television…originally defined as coming to your television via an antenna, that picked up invisible electronic waves, transmitted through the air.  This is almost never the case now, here in the U.S. Broadband Cable and Internet systems mean programming is delivered to us now very differently…Yet we STILL call it “television”  We also still ‘tape’ shows, even though tape is no longer common…We listen to ‘record albums’, even though THOSE are arguably obsolete.

Transmission methods have changed...But we still used the name "TV" to define video programming delivered to your house...Whatever the broadcast technology used.
Transmission methods have changed…But we still used the name “TV” to define video programming delivered to your house…Whatever the broadcast technology used.

Radio, like television, once depended exclusively on…Well…RADIO WAVES to broadcast signal to your house.  My car still has a radio.  Some offices do, as well.  But we get more and more programming, these days (even traditional ‘terrestrial’ radio) via the internet.  Pandora, Spotify, XM Satellite radio…PODCASTS…All have changed the very nature of the technology that gets audio programs to you.  But we still call it radio.  I am making radio programs…That you can get on ANY internet capable device…PC, laptop, smart phone, smart TV, Bluetooth car stereo…Take THAT, Mister Marconi!

You mad, Bro?
You mad, Bro?

Grand Garden, Friendship Farm, and Newsportrichey.org…

Like we sometimes do…We dove into the mailbag for today’s podcast, and answered questions about recent stories.  Even though it’s NOT a mailbag, and the mailman didn’t deliver this mail.  See?  It’s happening in EVERY communications field!

Is now a server in Cleveland, for all I know.
Is now a server in Cleveland, for all I know.  Although, I ACTUALLY got mail from Google, this week…I can’t believe even they use actual snail mail!

You can reach the folks at the Grand Garden at the following link:

Grand Gardens Program, New Port Richey

They provide information, resources, and even plant starts and seeds for a small fee…And often for free!  It’s also more than one garden, there are a NUMBER of garden plots around downtown New Port Richey.

A shout out is required to our friend Jon Tietz, from NEWSPORTRICHEY.ORG, which has a nearly weekly agricultural report from Friendship Farms, which ALSO has assistance and plants for sale on a frequent basis.  There is a great network of ecology minded gardeners at work in our community!


Computer Rescue by Dragon Technologies…

Thanks to James Alford at Dragon Technologies for rescuing files and repairing “Skookum1”, the main studio PC here at Spare Room Studio!  He did an outstanding job, and I owe him many beers!

The PC has not been this clean, fast, or quiet since it was built, in 2009.  Very happy to have to old Skook back where he belongs!

We run this studio and office on ONE PC, that has been the backbone of our digital life for 7 years...That's an amazingly long run for a PC. Well built, this was the first major repair ever needed...And James did a great job.
We run this studio and office on ONE PC, that has been the backbone of our digital life for 7 years…That’s an amazingly long run for a PC. Well built, this was the first major repair ever needed…And James did a great job.
All neat, tidy, buttoned up, and QUIET.
All neat, tidy, buttoned up, and QUIET.

Thanks to Tapas, and for all the birthday wishes!

Finally, thanks for all the birthday wishes…Had a great time catching up with old friends on Friday night at Tapas Gastro Lounge, on Ridge Road.  Hey…quick So Local Pasco trivia note:  My first radio job (unpaid) was at WLPJ, which used to occupy the now abandoned shack next to Leaning Tower of Pizza, in New Port Richey.  The first DJ I met, there was one Lisha Peer…And she is one of the funniest people I’ve ever known.  I always promised that if I had another radio or broadcasting project, I would find a way to include her.  The very first and last voice you hear, each podcast is hers…So THAT is why you hear that sultry, sexy voice on my podcast.  She is also available for commercial voice over work!

Lisha came to see me at Tapas...Great surprise, much happy, many gifts.
Lisha came to see me at Tapas…Great surprise, much happy, many gifts.

Tuesday is Westside Deli Day, 10 to noon!  Come on out and say hi…

~Greg