By Gary Larkin
If you have a view on an issue that drives your decision in the midterm elections in November, The Riverdale Press in partnership with New York public radio station WNYC wants to know what you think.
The press is one of the few online newspapers and news sites to work with WNYC on this first project. It is designed to allow readers to express their opinions in short 400-700 word essays on the issues that matter most to you. These issues could be the cost of living in a time of rising inflation, crime, COVID-19, climate change, abortion rights.
Selected essays will be published in The press before the election. Additionally, WNYC and its online news site Gothamist.com will turn select essays into audio for broadcast on the radio station.
WNYC has a few tips for getting your essay picked up for audio conversion:
• Get straight to the point quickly
• Provide examples and anecdotes
• Adopt your personal voice
• Use short sentences
Submit essays by September 1st. Email Gary Larkin at [email protected], or drop or mail it to 5676 Riverdale Ave., Suite 311, Bronx, NY, 10471.
“Jackie to Me” rebroadcasts
Nearly a week after Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson, turned 100, ESPN began rerunning her documentary special “Jackie to Me.” The 12-video compilation about Jackie originally aired on ESPN Networks in April on Robinson’s 75th birthday breaking the color barrier.
The hour-long special was put together by a team of producers and writers that included Riverdale’s Willie Weinbaum. “It was great working on it with Jeff Ausiello, Matt Cozza, Blake Grudzien, Lauren Stowell and our amazing teams and colleagues,” Weinbaum says.
The TV special was featured on the front page of the April 21 Riverdale Press which featured the ideas of Weinbaum and Fieldston native Cora Weiss.
The documentary includes interviews with the following sporting and cultural icons:
• Tim Anderson, star of the Chicago White Sox
• Dusty Baker, Houston Astros coach
• Bobby Bradford, jazz legend
• Ruby Bridges, civil rights activist
• Chuck D, a hip-hop pioneer with Public Enemy
• Khalid el-Hakim, Curator of Education and Museum
• Reverend Jesse Jackson
• Morgan Johnson, Clemson softball player
• Billie Jean King, a tennis pioneer
• Willie O’Ree, “the Jackie Robinson of the NHL”
• Oscar Robertson, college basketball player and great NBA player
• David Robinson, son of Jackie and Rachel Robinson.
The broadcast dates are:
• August 7 at 9 a.m.
• August 27 at 11 a.m.
• Sept. 3 at 11 a.m.
• Sept. 19 at 8 a.m.
• August 13 at 7 a.m.
• August 21 at 11 p.m.
• August 23 at 5 a.m.
• Sept. 2 at 5 a.m.
• Sept. 4 at 11 p.m.
• September 30 at midnight