News, notes and necessities

items of interest the week of June 23, 2008

an occasional update from me, Scott Leffler

News: Dialog on Hometown 1340, WLVL in Lockport will have guests Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week. Reason on Hometown 1230, WECK in Buffalo is thus-far, guestless.

As always, Bob Confer will check in first thing Monday morning on WLVL (11:15 a.m.) to discuss what’s going on in Albany. Following Bob, Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Grear will make a major announcement that any politically interested people won’t want to miss. On Wednesday, WLVL Sports Director Norm Palmer will be in studio with Lockport Athletic Director Pat Burke and former basketball coach Ray Macaluso to discuss the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and who will be installed. And then on Friday, Lockport’s mayor, Mike Tucker will be in studio at WLVL.

I’ll be taking a day off on Tuesday to play the role of proud parent. As such, we’ll run “best of” shows on Dialog and Reason.

Did you know that you can listen to Reason right here on your computer? True, you can. Hometown 1230 WECK is now streaming online, meaning no matter where you are, you can listen (as long as you’ve got an internet capable computer). Just head on over to the station website, and click “listen” in the top left corner. It’s live, too (minus a few seconds of buffer). So if I’m talking about something you want to get your word in on, just call when I give the number.

Notes: Another weekend meant more work on the website. I added a WNY Events calendar, which I’m hoping to build into the definitive calendar for people who leave their homes. Right now, it has the listings for several free concert series in WNY … but I’m hoping to add more concerts, as well as sporting events and festivals. I also made some other minor changes to the website. You’ll have to go check it out for yourself. This week’s web plans include getting more photos online … and organizing them better. Speaking of photos, there’s a great one on the blog of me and Sabretooth from the Sabres NHL draft party on Friday night. Now I need one of me and Buster Bison.

While I would suggest that you listen live – to both shows on both stations – I understand that it’s not always practical or possible. So if you miss a show here or there, listen to the podcasts. It’s okay. Reason podcasts currently remain on and Dialog podcasts are at But I’ll soon consolidate them all onto If you’re looking for recommendations, I’d definately listen to last Wednesday’s Dialog (with Larry Eggert) and last Thursday’s Reason (with Libertarian VP candidate Wayne Allyn Root).

Don’t forget that Tuesday’s are column day. I’m going to write on the ratings given to movies, as they have bitten me in the posterior several times in the past couple months. Check the website Tuesday morning for the updated column.

Also, don’t forget to vote in the latest web poll: If the NFTA extended Metro Rail, would you ride it? They indicated last week that they might consider doing just that.

Necessities: Despite the release this past week of Firefox 3, I don’t think there’s anything out there that I’d list as a necessity. While I’ve enjoyed the new program and recommend that you try it out, it has been – often – buggy for me.

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