WSLR’s current News Team consists of:
Becca Hadwen, News Coordinator/Producer
Omar Guerrero, Reporter/Producer
Jasmine Buie, USF News Intern
Yasi Bahmanabadi, NCF News Intern
Laura Fletcher, Covid Community Reporter
Headline News Contributors:
Allison Housh, volunteer, Daily Briefs
John Finnegan, volunteer, Daily Briefs
Bernadette Nowokeji, volunteer, Daily Briefs
Ivy Autman, volunteer, Daily Briefs
News Team Advisor: Stan Zimmerman
Adventures of the Newshounds:
Episode 3: Becca does her homework
Hounds don’t always run the fields, and not all reporting work happens in the field either. A lot of the work that goes into putting together a story is unexciting and tedious. We do it so you, our listeners, don’t have to.
Sniffing out a budget story requires poring over budget plans, revenues and expenditures, understanding the web of decision-makers. We go all that way to learn everything inside and out so that we can glean the most important information and share it with you. That way, you have all the tools you need to be an engaged member of our community.
Right now, we’re trying to grow our program to expand and improve our coverage. We have a small team of part-time and volunteer journalists that we want to grow. When you support our work, you invest in yourself and the wellbeing of your community.
Episode 2: Stan recalls an interesting experience in Russia.
Episode 1: Omar on the impact of Covid on local businesses
When I first started working for the Critical Times Show, one of my first story assignments was to interview local businesses about their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the lockdown had just begun and people were feeling anxious about the future.
The business owners I interviewed had lived very different realities during the pandemic — some were able to transition well, while others felt they got left behind. The pandemic had them all wondering what could come next, hopeful but also cautious about the future. Because of WSLR and the Critical Times Show, I was able to amplify the worries and doubts of Sarasota’ service industry, making sure that the entire community listens to these stories in order to understand their community just a little bit more.
I remember feeling nervous about being on the air for the first time, but also grateful that I was able connect with my local community in a way I never had before. I was able to interview the owners of several of my favorite restaurants, as well as some people I had never met before. The experience not only showed me the value of local perspectives, it also helped me understand what it means to be a reporter at a community radio station.