Archive for November, 2010

Magazine Man

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Al Balk, the first professor I met at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, passed away last week.  He was the founding editor of World Press Review.

Urban Green

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
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This residence at 317 Marcellus Street was designed by the Cook + Fox firm in New York City.

The firm’s partners are Rich Cook, a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, and Robert Fox, Jr., a graduate of Cornell University.

317 Marcellus Street, Interior

317 Marcellus Street, Interior

Strategic Investments

Friday, November 19th, 2010

This TED talk by Omar Wasow is a great example of quality over quantity.

Neighborhood in Transition (part 7)

Friday, November 19th, 2010
Former AME Church, E. Fayette Street

I read this week that the 100-year old, former People’s AME Church building, located at East Fayette Street, will be preserved as a Historic Landmark.

Southern Soul Food

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Mrs. Townsend

Mrs. Townsend, DJ WSIV radio

Syracuse in many ways is a city of churches. I recently caught up with on-air personality Lula Townsend, who has a radio show on 1540 WSIV-AM. Her show brings the church experience to the shut-ins, retirees and those unable to make it to Sunday services.

At one time Townsend’s Classic and Traditional Gospel Hour was on three times a week, but now she’s cut back to once. Each Monday she is in the studio shuffling vinyl records, reading Bible verses to her listeners, and answering phone calls.

Mrs. Townsend, DJ WSIV radio

Mrs. Townsend, DJ WSIV radio

I’ve always enjoyed Mrs. Townsend’s show, because in addition to providing informal history lessons about Syracuse, her voice is a true echo of our city’s Southern roots.

Mrs. Townsend, DJ WSIV radio (playlist)

Mrs. Townsend, DJ WSIV radio (playlist)

When did you come to Syracuse: I came from Miami, FL in 1953.

Who inspired you: I credit Rev. Walter C. Blue who was on WSOQ radio in the 1960s.

What is your favorite song: Bless me now Blessed Savior.

What is your motto: Pray without ceasing.

What does Syracuse mean to you: Syracuse has always been [for me] the center of hospitality and home of brotherly love.

Listen to a sample of her show below: (c) copyright–Lula Townsend and 1540 WSIV:

 Lula Townsend at WSIV Radio-Sample by SIF


Friday, November 12th, 2010

When you see a veteran, viagra thank a veteran.”   –Tim Gurnsey

2010 Veterans Day Ceremony, Onondaga County War Memorial

Purpose Driven Business

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Marketing professional Gerry Foster talked recently with George Kilpatrick on New Inspiration for the Nation about businesses connecting with customers by going for broke, or better yet, positioning for a breakthrough.