Marty's Musings

 

The thoughts of NewsTalk 790 Today Thursday co-host Marty Green.

REACHING MY 71ST YEAR

On April 6th, I will reach my 71st…52 of those have involved the broadcasting industry.  First, Thank you to all the great listeners to WAXX/WAYY where I spent 38 of those years.

I started in Evanston, Illinois, in 1961 and included stops in Texas...South Carolina….Green Bay And Eau Claire since 1976.  Broadcasting is the best 1-on-1 communication device ever invented. Even with all the social media…Radio is still a vital part of our society.

Local radio tackles many local issues on WAYY.  We started Local Talk in 1990 and followed in the tradition of the Peter Murphy before us.   I want to salute all the previous hosts on AM 790: Read more...

HAVE A LITTLE FAITH

A few years ago…I read a book and saw a movie that Rekindled my faith…It was called “Tuesday’s with Morrie.” Read more...

How Does an Idea like The Confluence Project come to be?

How does an idea like the Confluence Project come to be?  Read more...

A LOOK: WHAT IS A TIF DISTRICT?

Enclosed is a look at TIF’s prepared by Rebecca Nolan

Financial Director for The City Of Eau Claire Read more...

WHAT DO WE DO NOW????..........EDUCATE THE PUBLIC

The public and the EC City Council has spoken by a vote of 9-1 to place on the April 1st ballot a REFERENDUM.  If the city wishes to build a structure for Arts or Entertainment costing $1 million or more, the public will have a vote.

So be it.  Klinkhammer’s objections are duly noted and I agree with him.  Statements by Strobel and Von Haden are duly noted and I agree with what they said too.  I did NOT hear all the session on Tuesday as I was at a previous engagement.

WHAT DO WE…WHO SUPPORT CONFLUENCE DO NOW?

WE EDUCATE THE PUBLIC on the merits of CONFLUENCE.

How do we do that….Form a group for THE CONFLUENCE.

We need a publicity campaign to include: Read more...

MARTY'S TIDBIT OF INFORMATION

MARTY’S  TIDBIT OF INFORMATION Read more...

I BACK CHRIS CHRISTIE

I cannot believe how are press has portrayed the New Jersey Bridge Fiasco.  In this day and age where we can’t get answers or know people responsible for: Read more...

A TRIBUTE TO DULA BOSOLD

I have been associated with Bob Bosold for nearly 40 years, and in that time I have had the extreme pleasure of meeting some of Bob's great family.  It was always an experience to visit Bob's energetic mom Dula.

Dula Bosold passed away just before Christmas at age 97 in Madison.  She was an amazingly engaging person.  Full of the life and stories, especially about her family and her Bob.

Last time I visited with her was when Bob joined me in THE WISCONSIN BROADCASTERS HALL OF FAME.  She, of course, was very proud of Bosold's many accomplishments, but especially what a real person Bob was both on-air and off.  She was well in her 90s but still wanted to buy a convertible.

We will miss talking with Dula as we did that day in 2006.

Dula Bosold lived a full 97 years.  Her spirit will live on in all who crossed her path.
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More on The Confluence Project

Dear Fellow Citizens:

This {Friday} 12/13, several callers to WAYY AM790 stated there is a blog written by our City Manager, saying that the citizens who are circulating a petition for a referendum on any city project calling for spending a million dollars or more on any arts or entertainment venue were “SELFISH.”

I have attached a link to Russ VanGompel’s Blog. While I have stated that political statements by Non-Elected officials are ill advised, I however find no problem and in fact agree with what Russ detailed. Nowhere do I find the statement SELFISH or MEAN-SPIRITED in this blog.

I was for a non-binding REFERENDUM for THE JUSTICE CTR after a lengthly amount of time spent informing the public.  There are certain items that would benefit from one when it is clearly written and specific. That however is not the case in the wording of this one.

I do not feel we need a REFERENDUM on every single project. I believe in Public/Private Partnerships and I certainly am for PROGRESS.  We have talked about revitalizing our downtown for the nearly-38 years I have lived here. Let’s move forward…….not backward.

Like The Uniroyal Tire Plant…London Square Mall…and even the Civic Center and The State Theatre…these served a purpose for a period of time and then we moved on, or should to newer better things. It’s called PROGRESS.

As far as The University, community changes have transpired and others in the future {Zorn Arena} will someday be replaced I feel.  Eau Claire will never be a major Convention Hub…Why?  Organizations based in Madison and Milwaukee feel we are a suburb of Minneapolis…too far away…{they think Superior is part of Canada}. The Wisconsin Broadcasters Summer Convention has been in Eau Claire twice in over 60 years and LaCrosse Twice.  But a Confluence Center will draw people from at least 100 miles or more.  It will benefit the entire county and the Chippewa Valley.  It will attract smaller conventions to our area, however…If we build a convention center, it should be off I-94 somewhere near the New Holiday Inn area.

In summarizing, read Russ Van Gompel’s Blog with an open mind.

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