Tommy Pooch has South Beach by the short hairs because he figured out what anyone with an IQ above three knows: Sex sells!

Harvey Slavin

Radio for Real People
In his article "Making Airwaves" (October 1), Kirk Nielsen speaks only of the rights of broadcasters and not the rights of the community those very same broadcasters are supposed to serve. Broadcasting companies kiss the ass of corporate sponsors who care absolutely nothing about community taste or issues that affect everyone on a daily basis. When broadcasters begin to wake up to the needs of local communities, then perhaps you will see more respect for the airwaves.

Local communities, not the federal government, need to set their own local broadcasting standards.

Mark Gaines
Austin, Texas

A WAMI Critic with Cultivated Taste
In response to Robert Andrew Powell's article "TV from There" (September 24), about the Miami TV station WAMI (or whatever you call it), it sounds like they violated some copyright law concerning a game show that aired during the early Eighties. There was a little character that screamed out "Whammy!" every time a contestant answered a question wrong.

Also, what's this with Neil Rogers and Politically Incorrect? If you really want to have an audience, air Howard Stern's television show. I guarantee the ratings will soar. Bill Maher has got to be the most boring entertainer I have ever seen. Give me a break.

Laura Thomas
Miami Beach

A WAMI Critic with New Friends at New Times
I found it very interesting that on the same day WAMI's program Out Loud had a segment on the problems with the local music scene (one of the problems mentioned being the lack of support from the local newspapers, New Times included), New Times had one of the best local music issues I've ever seen. Keep up the good work.

Tom Korba
Miami Beach

Mayor Alexander Thanks You for Your Support
With respect to Kathy Glasgow's article about outspoken Coral Gables political critic George Alexander ("Furious George," September 17), I think Alexander has a point. The evidence speaks for itself: fines to the tune of $200,000, liens against his property. And for what? For speaking his mind, that's what.

Unfortunately our system of justice is based more on perception and image than on true justice (as a photographer, Alexander should know this). A smile or a demure attitude will go much further than crying out for justice. It's the crazies like George Alexander (and his antics, and Glasgow's writing about them) who ensure that we keep our rights.

If the City of Coral Gables tries to enforce its $200,000 fine against Alexander, I think all hell is going to break loose. I'd be the first to sign a petition, not because I agree with everything he says but because I'd defend to the death his right to say it.

To Mr. Alexander, I have this to say: It's time to play their game. You've already made enough noise. Put your signs away, buy yourself a Brooks Brothers suit, and start pressing palms. I'll gladly be the first to shake your hand. Do your best in court and trust the rest to fate. After this is over, let the memory of Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli fade to some obscure corner of your mind. Enjoy life, take lots of pictures, and run for mayor. I'll vote for you.

Manny Losada

Jazz -- Too Sophisticated for Its Own Good
Nina Korman is a writer with great musical insight. It's wonderful to see an article on jazz that makes a clear distinction between real jazz and "Love" jazz and all the rest of that crap ("All That Brass," August 27).

Jazz is one of the very few original American music forms. Unfortunately it receives very little support from the media and the public because it is more sophisticated than other music. (Plus record companies can make a lot more dough with rock.)

Jazz deserves more respect. We are trying to present great music every night at the Van Dyke, jazz that people can relate to and enjoy. We sincerely appreciate the support we get from New Times.

Don Wilner
Miami Beach

Behold the Speedy Dutch Mail Service
Thank you for Judy Cantor's very nice article about Cuban music ("Bring on the Cubans," June 19, 1997). We've just been to Cuba, especially for the music, and your article gives a very good picture of the situation. There's not much information to be found on this subject, so thank you very much.

Saskia Ras
The Hague

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