27 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 61 of the Only In Miami Show featured a special commentary from Grant Stern on developments in Tallahassee, where Governor Rick Scott unilaterally demanded the resignation of Gerald Bailey, the former head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, whose agency is tasked with investigating government dealings to ensure accountability and transparency. Grant urged all Floridians to stand up for good government.
Adam Gersten, the bar barrister from Gramps (@grampswynwood), joined the show to talk about the joys and challenges of being a small business owner in Miami. He also talked about his time as an assistant state attorney in Key West and being involved in the public sector. Additionally, Adam and Grant spent a good deal of time speaking about the state of politics in the city of Miami and about growing up at the New World School of the Arts.
Also in the first hour, Megan Hull called in to discuss the plan to release genetically modified mosquitos into the Keys to combate Dengue Fever, which actually can’t be found in the Keys. The plan is to release sterile males to mate with the native females to produce offspring that will die off. This may endanger the natural balance and have undesired effects up and down the food chain. The Only In Miami Show will stay on top of this story and keep you updated.
In the second hour, Grant was joined by Fabi Patiño of Lanzallamas. The group will be performing at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival in February, and Fabi talked about their inspirations and influences.
Grand then heard from Steve Roitstein, of the Afro-Cuban Funk Band PALO!, who have been nominated for a Grammy for their album PALO! Live. He talked about the differences between the Latin Grammys (for which the band was nominated in 2014) and the “big” Grammy awards.
Finally, Grant was joined as always by the Drastic Fanatic to discuss the wide world of sports, including a little football game coming up in Phoenix this weekend. They also talked about the goings-on in the NBA, including Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, and the Miami Heat (can anyone say, “Hassanity?”).
20 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 60 of the Only In Miami Show began with host Grant Stern talking about a concerning situation in Tallahassee where Governor Rick Scott, whose administration and agencies (and quite possibly the governor himself) are being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), unilaterally forced the head of the FDLE to resign. Conveniently, the only person authorized to investigate this potential abuse of power is Rick Scott, who will likely not spend a great deal of time investigating himself! It is up to us, the citizens of Florida, to demand good government and transparency in its dealings.
Grant was then joined by Yeshi Milner of Miami’s Power U Center, an organization dedicated to organizing community involvement to preserve neighborhoods, fight for reproductive justice, and address a whole host of other social issues facing our community. She spoke at length about the non-indictments of Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City police officer who performed a non-sanctioned choke hold on Eric Garner on Staten Island, NY, eventually leading to Garner’s death. She also talked about the protests that were organized in Miami during the Art Basel festival in early December and about the recent revelations that the North Miami Beach police department was using mugshots of people they had arrested for target practice in their gun range. A protest at the headquarters of the North Miami Beach police department (16901 NE 19th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33162) will be held on Tuesday, January 20 from 6pm to 9pm.
Grant was also joined by Marta Viciedo, founder of the Transit Action Committee. She spoke about the 2015 Transportation Summit sponsored by the Citizen’s Independent Transportation Trust, which will be held on Thursday, January 22 on Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. She also spoke about the purpose of the Transit Action Committee, which advocates for smart growth when it comes to transportation improvements in Miami-Dade County.
The first hour concluded with an interview with Howard Tonkin, a citizen activist who has been opposing national retail giant Walmart’s plans to build a supercenter in North Miami. The problem with their plan is that the land on which they are planning to build is in the middle of a residential area. Building a Walmart there would subject residents to delivery trucks using residential streets to access the store. Not only that, the land in question is notorious for flooding. Walmart plans to elevate their land, meaning that the water will gather in the neighborhood streets, causing more flooding issues for residents.
At the beginning of the second hour, The Time Zookeeper, lead singer for local band Telekinetic Walrus, stopped by the show to talk about the band and about the Virginia Key Grassroots Music Festival, which is coming up on February 19.
Finally, the guys talked sports, including the NFL Conference championship games this past weekend and the upcoming Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.
13 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 59 of the Only In Miami Show began with host Grant Stern presenting an editorial comment on the subject of free speech in the wake of the shootings at the headquarters of the political magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. He argued that free speech is essential to a democracy and must be protected, even when tragedies such as this occur.
Grant was then joined by the Sixth Floor Trio, a group of musicians who originally met at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The trio is responsible for producing the Garden Music Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden, which concludes this coming weekend. They talked about their beginnings as an ensemble and how they began getting involved with the festival. They then performed a couple of their tunes live on the air and talked about their plans for the future.
At the beginning of the second hour, Renyel Rivero joined the show to talk about Federico Britos about their latest recording project, Hot Club of the Americas, which can be found on CD Baby and also in the iTunes store for digital download. Finally, the gang talks sports, including the impressive Heat win against the Clippers.
10 January 2015 Grant Stern
On Episode 56 of the Only In Miami Show, director Billy Corben, co-founder of Miami-based media studio Rakontur, joined Grant Stern to discuss his latest project, The U: Part 2, a documentary on the continuing story of the University of Miami Hurricanes football team. The film was recently featured in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, premiering after this year’s Heisman Trophy presentation. Whereas the original film documented the Hurricanes’ rise to national prominence in the 1980s, this project picks up the story as the program is devastated by NCAA sanctions, leaving coach Butch Davis to pick up the pieces. Billy talked about some of the interesting elements involved in telling this story during this show clip from December 22. After you listen, you can watch both films, which are available for streaming on Netflix.
9 January 2015 Grant Stern
During the second hour of the Only In Miami Show, Grant was joined by the Drastic Fanatic and Antuan to discuss the wide world of sports, including the train wreck that is the New York Knicks season. During the show, reports broke of a trade involving the Knicks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The guys react to the news and talk about how it impacts each team (what ARE the Cavs thinking?!). They also discuss the Miami Heat season and offer analysis and therapy for Heat fans.
9 December 2014 Brandon Mowry
Last night’s show started with Grant Stern talking about the protests against police brutality that occurred this past weekend in Wynwood during Art Basel. He was then joined by Paul C. Savage, a Coral Gables appellate lawyer who often works in zoning codes and was the lawyer who successfully argued against the plans for the Midtown Walmart. The conversation included a discussion of the Walmart situation. Grant was then joined by Peter Zalewsky of Crane Spotters, who talked about the glut of new condo construction in South Florida, the majority of which is centered in downtown Miami. Peter related that, according to their database, in the past three years, plans are in some stage of development for over 300 condo buildings across the region.
In the second hour, Grant was joined by local Miami composer Jim Camacho, who composed the score to the family musical theatre production Mouse King, a retelling of the classic story of the Nutcracker from the perspective of the Mouse King. He talked about the genesis of the show and about the upcoming production at the Mandelstam Theatre in South Miami (for ticket information, visit www.mousekingtickets.com). For the remainder of the hour, Grant was joined by Drastic Fanatic to talk about the disappointing weekend in South Florida sports. They discussed whether the Dolphins have any shot at making the playoffs and about the recent struggles of the Miami Heat.
2 December 2014 Brandon Mowry
Episode 53 marked the first anniversary of the Only In Miami Show! The episode featured studio interviews with the artists @aholsniffsglue and Notorious Nasty, who each talked about their exhibits for the Art Basel festival. Also featured on the show was a telephone interview with the president of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Tony Lawrence, who spoke about some of the events that that organization is involved with, including their annual Christmas party at the Miami Seaquarium. Finally, Drastic Fanatic joined host Grant Stern in the second hour to talk Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, and the rest of the goings-on in the world of sports.