Oct 21, 2009

"Santa Fe" is not so hard to rhyme, but how about "KSFR?"

An editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican this week salutes community radio station KSFR-FM "for the stroke of inspiration that brings some added class" to the city’s 400th anniversary celebration. News Director Bill Dupuy and reporter Dan Gerrity wrote new words for a monumental old tune, and 28 members of the New Mexico Men’s Camerata recorded it under the baton of Kenneth Knight. Listen online and you can follow these lyrics, ending with a crescendo and sonorous plug for one particular set of call letters:

"The sounds of the city in old Santa Fe
stir echoes of history with each passing day.
Through conflict and turmoil, these 400 years,
our cultures have blended amid joy and tears.
They banded together and here they did stay,
to live as one people in old Santa Fe.
To relive our history, you need not go far.
The town finds voice on K-S-F-R!"

The station has aired it a few times.

Arizona pubTV hosts two Supreme Court justices for live broadcast

Arizona Public Media is offering viewers a rare event: A chance to witness two sitting Supreme Court justices talking about the Constitution. The one-hour discussion, "Principles of Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation," between Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Stephen Breyer, will air live Monday (2:30 Eastern) on PBS World and also stream on the On Demand page at the Arizona Public Media website. Moderating will be NBC News Correspondent Pete Williams, from the Tucson Convention Center.

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Australia?

Big Bird and his Sesame Street buddies are taking to the skies on Australia's largest airline, Qantas. From Dec. 1, 2009, through Nov. 30, 2010, six Sesame Street videos will be offered free to transpacific passengers.

ITVS picks six films from 482 in this year's International Call

Choosing from 482 submissions from 82 countries, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) has selected six doc projects for funding, according to Screen Daily. The winners: 74 Square Meters (Chile) by Tiziana Panizza and Paola Castillo Iselsa; The Last White Man Standing (Kenya) by Justin Webster; The Team (Kenya) by Patrick Reed Kenyans; Teacher (Vietnam) by Leslie Wiener; This Is My Picture When I Was Dead (Jordan) by Mahmoud Al Massad; and The Rodriguez Project (South Africa) by Malik Bendjelloul.

V-me gets new stakeholder

PRISA (Promotora de Informaciones), a 22-country Spanish language multimedia corporation, has purchased a 12 percent stake in V-me, reports Billboard magazine. That percentage should increase to a majority position in the next year. "PRISA is a perfect partner for V-me," president and CEO Carmen M. DiRienzo said in a statement. The nearly three-year-old V-me (Current, Feb. 12, 2007) is a partnership with pubTV, reaching almost 80 percent of Hispanic households in the United States.