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Raquel Regalado Talks About Transparency in Government – Only In Miami Show, Ep. 65

24 February 2015

Raquel Regalado Talks About Transparency in Government – Only In Miami Show, Ep. 65

Episode 65 of the Only In Miami Show featured an interview with elected Miami-Dade County School Board Member Raquel Regalado, who is involved in more than school board issues in Miami-Dade County.

Host Grant Stern talked about Walmart’s continuing plans to colonize all of Miami and the Rally for the Rocklands / Shame on The U protest on Friday, February 27th from 3-6pm at the University Metrorail Station. This Walmart war is over south Miami-Dade’s native pine rocklands surrounding to Zoo Miami which University of Miami recently sold to a developer Ram Realty.

Racquel Regalado joins the show after 7 minutes to speak about her personal #OnlyInMiami story and about the need to preserve our local history and pursue a consensus land use policy. Raquel also disucssed transparency issues in local government and about her fight against the recent courthouse bond question. She also spent a few minutes discussing her recent lawsuit with Norman Braman in opposition to the SkyRise subsidies.

At the beginning of the second hour, VP of Curation Michael Knoll of History Miami joined the show to talk about the Community Photo Gallery, a project he operates with funding from the Knight Arts Challenge.

Finally, Grant was joined by Drastic Fanatic for the Sports Hour, which included a special interview with Mike Heineman, who is the president of the Miami Heat’s development league affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

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Interview with Steve Roitstein of Grammy-nominated PALO!

30 January 2015

Interview with Steve Roitstein of Grammy-nominated PALO!


Miami has a vibrant music scene, and one local band has recently received industry recognition for their work. Steve Roitstein, from PALO!, stopped by the show to talk about the band’s recent successes. PALO! was nominated in 2014 for a Latin Grammy, was featured in the documentary Miami Boheme which won an Emmy award, and has recently been nominated for a “big” Grammy. Steve talked about the differences in perception between the Latin Grammy and the American Grammy. He also brought along one of the band’s recent tracks, which was featured on the show. To learn more about PALO!, visit their website, “Like” them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter (@gopalo).

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Interview with Fabi Patiños of Lanzallamas

29 January 2015

Interview with Fabi Patiños of Lanzallamas

Fabi Patiños, lead singer of Lanzallamas, stopped by the show to talk about his band, their influences and inspirations, and the upcoming projects and performances. The group will be performing at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, which takes place February 19 to 22 and features live music and dance. Lanzallamas is a Miami-based group that mixes Afro-Latino rhythms with electronica and world beats. Their energetic music might make you want to get up and dance. Follow them on Twitter @lanzamusica or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lanzallamas.

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Interview With Time Zookeeper About Telekinetic Walrus and the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival

23 January 2015

Interview With Time Zookeeper About Telekinetic Walrus and the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival


Miami is blessed with lots of local musical talent. One such local band is Telekinetic Walrus, whose lead singer, the Time Zookeeper, stopped by the show to talk about the bands influences and inspirations, as well as the upcoming Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, which features all kinds of musical groups performing on four different stages. The Time Zookeeper also brought along some of the bands recent tracks, and he discussed them and the impetus for their creation. For more information about Telekinetic Walrus, you can visit their website, “Like” them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter (@tkwalrus). For more information about the Vigirnia Key Grassroots Festival, follow them on Twitter (@GrassrootsMiami).

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Al Sunshine tells Only in Miami stories from 40 years of TV reporting

9 January 2015

Al Sunshine tells Only in Miami stories from 40 years of TV reporting

Long-time South Florida investigative journalist Al Sunshine has had a varied and interesting career. On Episode 58 of the Only In Miami Show, he joined host Grant Stern to talk about the highlights of his career and his thoughts about the current state of the media.

Al Sunshine came to South Florida to study at the University of Miami. While there, he was a writer and photographer for the school newspaper (including using his UM press credentials to cover Woodstock in 1969). Upon graduation, he began working for local television outlets and was able to cover many significant news stories. In this clip, Al recounts several of the major stories on which he reported, and talks about his transition to consumer affairs reporting. He also laments the changes in local media, including media conglomeration, that view local news less as a public service and more as a profit center.

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Miami-Dade County declares Pine Rocklands blighted, Al Sunshine calls Shame on Them

8 January 2015

Miami-Dade County declares Pine Rocklands blighted, Al Sunshine calls Shame on Them

Pine RocklandOn Episode 58 of the Only In Miami Show, longtime local journalist Al Sunshine joined Grant Stern to discuss plans created by real estate developers to build a commercial center, apartments, and a theme park on the environmentally-sensitive pine rockland tracts adjacent to Zoo Miami in southern Miami-Dade County. Recently, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss put out a proposal that would declare the area a “blighted slum” and establish a community redevelopment agency to oversee future plans for the area. This appears to be an plan to make an end-run around environmental regulations that would protect an area like this. A rally is planned for Saturday, January 17 at 2pm – for more details, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1518501615081294/?fref=ts.

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