April 29, 2020
by Natalie Caruso
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“Third Place” Host Dave Brown Runs COVID-19 Series

Greetings friends and fellow listeners of Baton Rouge Community Radio.  

If you haven’t had a chance to tune in yet or weren’t aware of it, I wanted to mention that my show, “Third Place” is running a special series of local content dedicated to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It was an idea borne of necessity and in the true spirit and tradition of low-power fm radio. 

When we applied to the FCC for this station, WHYR, in 2000 and began our nearly ten year fight to get on air, we had many of those high-spirited motivations in mind including: strengthening community identity, creating more diversity on the air (better representing women and racial minorities), dislodging the airwaves from concentration in corporate hands and the consequent homogenization of music and messaging, and to be that crucial outlet for our communities in times of emergencies (a low power FM radio station can stay on the air even if the power goes out). With that last motivation in mind, it is our intention to live up to one of WHYR’s oldest and most fundamental goals. 

We have created this pandemic series to help educate our listeners in a special way that is different from what each of you may be able to find either through major news sources on the major television and radio networks or even through other print or online media.  This is our story told by our people through an unfiltered non-commercial local lens that simply isn’t available elsewhere in our area. 

In our first episode from April 2nd, we heard from a past Assistant State Epidemiologist named Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois who laid our foundation in the fundamentals of epidemiology and got us started into a fuller understanding of how the virus is working in Louisiana.  The following week, on April 9th, we spoke with an infectious disease specialist and practicing physician in New Orleans named MarkAlain Dery who has experience in responding to previous epidemics including Ebola, Lassa and Hantavirus.  Dr. Dery gave us a detailed, nuanced, educational and seldom heard lesson in the socio-political nuances of how C-19 hits our disadvantaged and highly susceptible populations harder than other parts of the United States. 

In the fifth installment, Barry Erwin, President and CEO of CABL (Council for a Better Louisiana) discussed the budget and educational aspects of the C-19 shut down. In the sixth show, our guest was Dr. Edward Peters.  Dr. Peters is the Chair of the Epidemiology Department at LSUHSC-New Orleans School of Public Health and also directs the School’s Epidemiology Data Center. He discussed the wisdom of reopening businesses at this stage of the pandemic, the risk of a second peak in the epi-curve and many other aspects of the COVID-19 virus like convalescent plasma, vaccinations and the various strains and mutations of this virus.   

In the seventh show, our guest was Dr. Lina Moses.  She is an epidemiologist and disease ecologist.  She is currently serving as a technical advisor to the World Health Organization coordinating operational research needs across a large network of outbreak response institutions. She also discussed the state of public health in the US, and what we’re doing right and wrong.

In the eighth show, our guest was Dr. Megan Campbell. She is a board certified Psychiatrist and native New Orleanian, an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at LSU Health Sciences Center, and is currently practicing at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.  We talked all about the psychology of COVID-19: How the novel corona virus affects all of us without necessarily infecting each of us.

The guest for the ninth show was Maxine Crump, founder and CEO of Dialogue on Race Louisiana. She discussed her organization, the killing of George Floyd, protesting in the age of a global COVID pandemic, policing and the news coverage of these events.

Last week, we took another important detour into the ongoing protests against police brutality with our guest James Rucker. James is co-founder of Color of Change, an online community of over a million people dedicated to amplifying the political voice of Black America, and together we examined some of the underlying problems facing reformers and reform efforts directed at police departments and their unions throughout America.

We invite you to join us, to offer feedback and ideas for future shows and yes, to pass along the message and spread the positive word that we’ll be on the air at the regularly scheduled times for “Third Place” – Th @ 5:30p, Su @ 11a and Th @ 6:30a.

Hear past episodes here–> https://www.mixcloud.com/3dP/
Stay Safe – Stay Healthy – Stay Home

-Dave Brown (Co-Founder WHYR and Host “Third Place”)

December 16, 2019
by Brian Marks
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Thanks for your support of Baton Rouge Community Radio in our Winter Pledge Drive

Thanks to all our supporters who called or went online to pledge their support to WHYR-LP during our Winter Pledge Drive. Your support keeps Community Radio going, keeps us independent, and allows us to go into 2020 strong and ready to continue bringing our community all the programming you enjoy. We appreciate your support and hope you keep listening!

WHYR also thanks our Pledge Drive financial supporters the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana, Louie’s Cafe, Jen Ocken Photography, and French Truck Coffee.

August 25, 2019
by Brian Marks
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Check out the new shows on Baton Rouge Community Radio

There are seven new shows airing on WHYR. Tune in Saturdays at 7:00pm for our new, locally produced world music show One World! Your World! followed at 8pm by a new local electronic music program Syntheclectico.

Then listen Sundays at 6am for Baroque and Beyond classical music, and later that day catch two new live local music shows. Gentle On Your Mind at 1:30pm will be oldies and rock and roll followed by Artist of the Week at 2:00pm, our first ever live performance show featuring an in-studio concert by a Louisiana singer-songwriter every week.

And we’re bringing two new syndicated spoken word shows to our weekday drive-time schedule. Keeping Democracy Alive is Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:00am. The program features interviews with important newsmakers and thinkers about the politics of our country and the world. Every Friday at 5:00pm brings you Sea Change Radio, a half-hour weekly show on the environment and the transition to sustainability. So enjoy checking out our new lineup and tell us what you think.

  • One World! Your World! – Saturdays 7:00-8:00pm
  • Syntheclectico – Saturdays 8:00-9:00pm
  • Baroque and Beyond Radio – Sundays 6:00-8:00am
  • Gentle On Your Mind – Sundays 1:30-2:00pm
  • Artist of the Week – Sundays 2:00-3:00pm
  • Keeping Democracy Alive -Wednesdays and Fridays 7:00-8:00am
  • Sea Change Radio – Fridays 5:00-5:30pm