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Staci Garcia and Grant Stern Teach Twitter – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 86

22 July 2015

Staci Garcia and Grant Stern Teach Twitter – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 86

Episode 86 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured a presentation by Staci Garcia and Grant Stern at the Florida Social Media Conference about how to get the most out of Twitter.

Hour 1

1:57 – Grant talks about the implications that reestablishing diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba will have on South Florida, particularly in the business sector. He compares this situation to another instance where the U.S. did this; namely, when President Richard Nixon normalized relations with China. The impact of that decision has been much more impactful than the decision to isolate countries with whom we disagree.

5:25 – Staci Garcia talks about the immediacy and the personal nature of Twitter. She says that it is easier to tweet somebody than send an e-mail, and you might get a quicker response as well. She also talks about how to develop your network to optimize your Twitter use.

25:29 – Grant Stern talks about his Twitter experience managing many different accounts. He recommends management tools like Tweepi, CoSchedule, Buffer, and others. He also talks about how to use Twitter to make a difference in your community.

Hour 2

56:28 – J. J. Colagrande and Brandon Mowry talked a little bit about the news this week that David Beckham’s MLS ownership group and the city of Miami have agreed in principle on a stadium to be built on the former grounds of the Orange Bowl. The stadium would be located just to the west of Marlins Park. They talked about the discussions between Beckham’s group and the University of Miami to play some of their football games at the new stadium as well.

1:06:40 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with Tom Laroc, a local Miami DJ who talked a little about his background. He and J. J. also talked about the Miami music scene and about a new feature that will be starting on OnlyinMiami.co which will shine the spotlight on local Miami DJs and musicians.

1:24:25 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with David Catlin, the creator of Lookingglass Alice which is currently playing at the Adrienne Arsht Center. They talked about the genesis of the work and about Lewis Carroll, the author of the original Alice books. For tickets, visit the Adrienne Arsht Center website.

1:39:59 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with Stephanie Kassoy about the Beck’s Urban Canvas project which is creating street art throughout Miami. Beck’s is commissioning 15 local street artists to create murals in Wynwood, Little Haiti, Little Havana, and Hialeah. For more information and updates, follow the #becksurbancanvas hashtag on Twitter.

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J. J. Colagrande talks about OnlyinMiami.co – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 82

23 June 2015

J. J. Colagrande talks about OnlyinMiami.co – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 82


Episode 82 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with J. J. Colagrande talking with Grant Stern about the launch of the new OnlyinMiami.co news website.

Hour 1

2:51 – Grant began the show by talking with local activist Peter Ehrlich of Scenic Miami about the proposal as part of the Miami Innovation District to construct a 600 foot tall tower whose sole purpose would be displaying advertisements on LED screens. Peter talked about his group and their opposition to the visual pollution that billboards and especially LED billboards provide. He talked about three upcoming meetings about the tower. First, a meeting will be held on June 23 at the Planning, Zoning, and Appeals Board at City Hall. Another meeting, this time with the City of Miami Commission, is scheduled for June 25. A final meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 29 with the Southwest Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency board. For more information, visit Scenic Miami’s website (scenicmiami.org) or find them on Facebook (facebook.com/ScenicMiami).

9:17 – Grant was joined by local writer J. J. Colagrande. They talked about the new OnlyinMiami.co which will launch June 1. It will feature daily Miami-specific news stories, a feature lacking in many local news outlets who have moved operations to Doral or Miramar, despite the center of the South Florida metroplex being the City of Miami.

15:11 – Diana Umpierre from the South Florida chapter of the International Dark Sky Association joined the show to talk about the LED tower that Grant and Peter spoke about and the light pollution it would create. She talked about the impact of light pollution on resident’s quality of life and also on the environment. For more information about the International Dark Sky Association, visit darksky.org. To find out more about the local chapter, visit their website at idasouthflorida.org or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/IDASouthFlorida.

23:30 – J. J. Colagrande and Grant Stern talked about local Miami politics, including the hotly contested campaign for the District 2 seat on the City of Miami Commission. They talked about the upcoming virtual debate between the candidates and about what issues are the most pressing facing Miami. They spent some time talking about the issue of homelessness and what can be done to address the 1,000 homeless persons living in downtown Miami. They also talked about the SkyRise Miami project and what it might mean for the city.

40:36 – J. J. Colagrande talked about what topics the new OnlyinMiami.co will be covering. The big areas will be News, Culture, Sports, People, and Events. He talked about the voice that the site will use, which will not be sarcastic, but a serious but still fun look at Miami from the perspective of Miamians. The website will include a number of writers and a number of different formats, seeking to tie together many different forms of media, like podcast, film, and the written word, into one site.

Hour 2

55:41 – Taylor Hardy, a correspondent with PhotographyIsNotACrime.com, joined the show to talk about his experiences with PINAC, including being charged for wiretapping violations simply for calling a Massachusetts Public Information Officer about an incident. He also talked about a recent case in Miami Gardens where a man was arrested more than 150 times for trespassing at his place of employment. Police needed to fill certain quotas (which are illegal) to achieve funding levels, so they would arrest this man simply for statistics purposes.

1:08:00 – J. J. Colagrande, Grant Stern, Darrin Bentley, and the Drastic Fanatic talked local sports. J. J. offered a wrap-up of the NBA Finals and talked about how Miami Heat fans should have supported LeBron James as a thank you for his four years in Miami. They also talked about NBA free agency and the drama surrounding the contract negotiations between the Heat and Dwyane Wade.

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Wyncode Academy and #MiamiTech – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 80

9 June 2015

Wyncode Academy and #MiamiTech – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 80

Episode 80 of the #OnlyInMiami Show featured interviews with some of the participants of the recent WynCode pitch night.

Grant began the show by commenting about multiple issues facing the Miami-Dade County government. He talked about the nine-month shutdown of the Venetian Causeway and the impact that it will have upon annual events like Art Basel. Grant urged the county to release more funding to be able to speed up construction to finish in time for the winter season. Grant also talked about the three projects proposed for the Park West neighborhood. One project would include a 600 foot tower whose sole purpose would be LED advertising. He encouraged the project developers to create affordable housing first rather than advertising so that the technopark they want to create will have people to work there. Finally, Grant talked about the Miami WorldCenter project whose application for funding had its first reading in front of the  Miami-Dade Commission this past week. He mentioned that there is a lawsuit that has been filed claiming a lack of adequate public notice for some of the hearings.

Grant was then joined by members of Outnix, a cadre of developers from WynCode Academy who won the recent Cincode pitch night. They are building an app that will allow local bars to post the games they will be showing so that sports fans can find the game they want to see at the bar they want to go to. The team talked about how they came together and about the WynCode Academy, a nine-week intensive bootcamp that teaches people from all experience levels how to code using current technology like Javascript and Ruby on Rails. For more information on WynCode Academy, visit their website at http://wyncode.co/ or follow them on Twitter at @wyncode.

Grant continued talking about Wyncode Academy by speaking with another development team from Wyncode Academy. Their app, Coffee Break, saves user preferences and places orders automatically to speed the time from when you feel the need for a caffeine fix to when you actually get it. The app’s developers spoke about their experiences at Wyncode Academy as well.

At the beginning of the second hour, Grant spoke with Mark Hart, the Executive and Artistic Director of the Community Arts Program, which consists of two basic components. The Summer Concert Series hosts renowned classical and jazz artists every other Thursday night at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. Mark talked about this summer’s series and the artists who are coming up. The other component is a community outreach that provides musical education to area middle and high school students in both the classical and jazz arenas. They are the recipients of a recent Knight Arts Challenge grant to develop a Jazz Institute to offer instruction in this uniquely American art form. For more information about the Community Arts Program, visit their website at http://www.communityartsprogram.org or follow them on Twitter at @CommArtsProgram.

Finally, Grant, Darrin, Brandon, and the Drastic Fanatic talked sports, specifically the NBA Finals. The guys talked about the past two games and their expectations for the rest of the series.

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The Best of the #OnlyinMiami Show – Episode 78 – 5/25/2015

26 May 2015

The Best of the #OnlyinMiami Show – Episode 78 – 5/25/2015

Episode 78 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured the best clips from interviews from the beginning of the year.

Grant began this special Memorial Day show by talking about the only U.S. Navy airman stationed at the Richmond Naval Air Station to die during World War II. The airship, on patrol with a crew of 10, encountered and was shot down by a German U-boat submarine. While 9 of the crew were rescued, bombardier Isadore Stessel was attacked by a shark moments before rescue.

The remainder of the show featured clips from the first part of 2015.

  • Al Sunshine spoke about a lead early in his career that led to a big story, exposing ties between the CIA and the Mafia.
  • School board member and local activist Raquel Regalado spoke about the proposed SkyRise Miami project adjacent to Bayfront and their application, despite their assurances to the contrary, for public funding for infrastructure improvements.
  • Yeshi Milner from the Power U Center in Miami spoke about the #BlackLivesMatter campaign and the protests held in Miami during Art Basel following the non-indictments of the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY.
  • Jag Davies from the Drug Policy Alliance spoke about civil asset forfeiture, an enforcement tool that law enforcement agencies have been abusing, confiscating billions of dollars in money and assets with little oversight.
  • DJ Andres Fresko talked about getting his start in electronic music and about life on tour.
  • Local poet Antonia Wright talked about some events of the O, Miami poetry festival that was held this past April. She shared some of her original poetry as well.
  • Philip Stoddart, mayor of South Miami, spoke about FPL and their plans to expand the nuclear power generation facilities at Turkey Point and about their plan to construct transmission lines along US-1 through Cutler Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables, and into Brickell.
  • Cindy Lerner, mayor of Pinecrest, spoke about the need to protect the endangered pine rockland habitat adjacent to Zoo Miami and lamented plans by developers to raze a significant portion to construct housing and retail spaces.
  • Finally, in a clip from May 2014, several members of the Miami Heat Wheels organization joined the show for an extended feature on their wheelchair basketball team. The team was recently crowned champions of their competitive division, beating a team sponsored by the San Antonio Spurs.

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Rebekah Monson Wrote Miami Open Data Policy and JennyLee Molina Talks #HialeahNOW

13 May 2015

Rebekah Monson Wrote  Miami Open Data Policy and JennyLee Molina Talks #HialeahNOW

Episode 76 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured interviews with Rebekah Monson and JennyLee Molina.

Grant began the show by updating the audiences on two ongoing projects involving proposed Walmart developments. First, regarding Walmart’s Midtown proposal, lawyers for the company have filed a motion to exclude a citizen’s amicus curae brief, claiming that the brief was not submitted in a timely manner. The brief argues that the City of Miami did not give a proper hearing on the updated Walmart permit petition after an appeals court quashed the original permit. Secondly, in the battle over the pine rocklands in South Dade, Ram Realty, the developer looking to create Coral Reef Commons on environmentally sensitive land has submitted new plans to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The plans will be made public soon; however, it is likely that there will be few changes from the original plans.

Then, Rebekah Monson (@rsm) of Code for America and The New Tropic joined the show. She talked about her background and how she got involve with these groups. She also talked about her group’s biggest project in Miami-Dade, the Miami Open Data project. The project seeks to develop a policy that would consolidate public data in usable formats online. Currently, a citizen must request a document, wait for a response, and sometimes pay a research fee before receiving the information they need. A better policy might be to have data available online, allowing businesses or individuals to access the public data they need quickly and easily. This could include real estate data, demographic data, transit data, and more. The group is advocating for a much larger quantity of data to be made available, in formats that are machine-readable (no need to copy and paste), and in bulk (no need to download individual records one by one). For more information about the Miami Open Data project, visit their website at miamiopendata.org.

Afterwards, JennyLee Molina (@jennyleeisme) joined the show. She talked about her company, JLPR (@JLPR), and about an upcoming event she is involved with which will launch the ‘Leah Arts District. The district will feature spaces for artists and creative professionals to live and work. The kickoff event occurs this Sunday, May 17 from 4pm-8pm. It will feature food trucks, live art demonstrations, live music, and more. For more information, follow @leahartsdistrict on Instagram or the hashtag #HialeahNOW.

Finally, Drastic Fanatic and Brandon Mowry joined the show for a wide-ranging discussion on sports. They talked about the NBA Playoffs and about #DeflateGate, as well as touching on the Marlins.

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Juan Patron Talks About Networking with South Florida Entrepreneurs

24 March 2015

Juan Patron Talks About Networking with South Florida Entrepreneurs

In this clip from the #OnlyinMiami Show, Juan Patron, CEO of the South Florida Entrepreneurs talks about their upcoming networking event this Wednesday, March 25 at LMNT Studios in Midtown Miami. The event will feature live DJs and speakers and will be hosted by Al Nelson, who recently appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and received funding for his company, EZVIP.com. There will also be a chance to meet other entrepreneurs and network with them. To RSVP, e-mail sfentrepreneurs@gmail.com.

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Jorge Andres Cortes Talks About the South Florida Entrepreneurs Networking Event

24 March 2015

Jorge Andres Cortes Talks About the South Florida Entrepreneurs Networking Event

In this clip from the #OnlyinMiami Show, Jorge Andres Cortes of the South Florida Entrepreneurs talks with host Grant Stern about their organization and their upcoming event; a networking event to be held at LMNT Studios in the Midtown Miami neighborhood on March 25 at 7pm. The event will feature live DJs and speakers and will be hosted by Al Nelson, who recently appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and received funding for his company, EZVIP.com. There will also be a chance to meet other entrepreneurs and network with them. If you have questions or would like more information, message Jorge Andres Cortes on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jorgecortesrestrepo or e-mail sfentrepreneurs@gmail.com.

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DJ Andres Fresko Talks About His #OnlyInMiami Story and Ultra

24 March 2015

DJ Andres Fresko Talks About His #OnlyInMiami Story and Ultra

Episode 69 of the #OnlyInMiami Show featured interviews with Juan Cuba, Jorge Andres Cortes, Juan Patron, DJ Andres Fresko, and Jeffrey Greenberg.

First, Juan Cuba called in to the show to talk about the new Downtown Democrats group, which will be a space for those who live or work in downtown Miami to connect with other like-minded politically-engaged individuals and to discuss local, state, and national issues. It will also be a forum for candidates to connect with energetic young professionals about their candidacies and the issues that concern them. To find out more about the Downtown Democrats, visit their website at www.downtowndems.com, connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DowntownDems or follow them on Twitter: @DowntownDems.

Next, Jorge Andres Cortes of the South Florida Entrepreneurs called in to the show to talk about their organization and their upcoming event; a networking event to be held at LMNT Studios in the Midtown Miami neighborhood on March 25 at 7pm. The event will feature live DJs and speakers and will be hosted by Al Nelson, who recently appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and received funding for his company, EZVIP.com. There will also be a chance to meet other entrepreneurs and network with them. If you have questions or would like more information, message Jorge Andres Cortes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jorgecortesrestrepo.

Host Grant Stern was then joined by DJ Andres Fresko, a Miami native who is making the circuit in the electronic music scene. He will be performing at this weekend’s Ultra Music Festival, as well as other events in town. He talked about getting started in the EDM music scene and about his recent tour with DJ Carnage. He also shared some of his recent tracks and talked about the creation process for his music. He played one of his newest tracks, a remix done for Borgias, which is so new it hasn’t been officially released. To connect with Andres on social media, connect on Facebook at facebook.com/AndresFresko, follow him on Twitter at @AndresFresko or on Instagram at @andresfresko. You can also find him on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/andresfresko.

Juan Patron, CEO of the South Florida Entrepreneurs also stopped by the show to talk about the networking event coming up as a collaboration between Andres Fresko and the South Florida Entrepreneurs. He talked about the reasons they founded the organization and their goals for the group.

In the second hour, Grant was joined by Jeffrey Greenberg, event sales manager for the Miami Marlins, who talked about their upcoming event, Passover at Marlins Park, which will happen on April 7. There will be kosher barbeque, a family fun zone, and a performance by the Maccabeats. For more information about this event, visit www.passoveratthepark.com.

Then, Jeffrey was joined by Drastic Fanatic to preview the 2015 Marlins season. They talked about Jose Fernandez’s rehab schedule, the various offseason signings, and the Marlins prospects for making the playoffs this year in what could be a crowded NL East field. They also talked about the recent announcement that the Marlins will be hosting the 2017

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