Friday, January 9, 2015

Final call. Community Programing Advisory Committee survey of residents.

The 2014 survey of residents programming preferences was distributed on December 18 and 19, 2014.   The survey form was delivered to one hundred sixty five addresses in south Bexley and central Bexley.

Deadline for being included in the tabulation of programming preferences is February 28.

Postage-paid return envelopes were included in the survey distribution.

Residents who wish to be included in the survey, can request a copy of a blank form by calling the station at 235-2929.

A survey report by the Community Programming Advisory Committee will be available after April 15, 2015.  Pre-publication, the report can be purchased for $38.  After April 15, 2015, the price of the report is $52.

Order the report from:

Bexley Public Radio  Foundation
2700 E Main St Studio 208
Columbus, OH  43209

Voice (614) 235-2929.

Pay Pal account on this blog may also be used to order the report.


Does Bexley need more video cameras as a deterrent to petty property theft? (Original broadcast September 17, 2009.)



In a recent broadcast interview with Bexley police chief Larry Rinehart, Bexley Public Radio senior correspondent John Matuszak asked about property theft in Bexley. The chief reported that during calendar year 2008, there were more than six hundred property thefts in Bexley. In the Monday morning Dispatch newspaper, the chief is quoted as describing Bexley as "a city in peril" because of this property crime.

A two hundred dollar bicycle stolen from a Bexley garage isn't a peril for the city but the editorial collective understands the chief's point.

Six hundred thefts, mostly petty thefts, is a large number for sure but not significantly different from the property crime frequencies in Dublin, Gahanna, Upper Arlington, Westerville and Worthington.

For sure, the dollar value of stolen Bexley property is greater than these other suburbs because, well, it's a matter of quality and taste.

Sperling’s Best Places publishes crime rates in American cities on a scale of one (low) to ten. Dublin, Gahanna, Upper Arlington, Westerville and Worthington are rated at eight and Bexley alone is rated at nine. Still all of these communities including Bexley are in the same fourth statistical quartile.

If the average theft involves stolen property valued at $500, there is an economic impact of $300,000 each year on Bexley residents. If the average is $2,000, then the impact is $1.2 million. If damage to door frames and windows averages $1,100, there is an additional $660,000 in economic loss to residents in the community.

Those dollar amounts help to set a range for how much money might be spent prudently to respond to the problem of property theft.

Equipment needs might be eighteen network digital recorders (at $900 each), one thousand infra-red digital night video cameras ($700 each), connecting cables for each camera and installation ($350 each) for a total of $1,066,800. Operations, staffing and repairs will add another $180,000 each year. AEP, Verizon and AT&T will want some compensation when the best camera location is on a utility pole.

Bexley police chief Larry Rinehart is promoting the formation of neighborhood block-watch teams in response to the number of property crimes suffered by Bexley residents.

The Bexley Public Radio editorial collective wonders whether neighborhood block-watch volunteers can be assisted by video cameras.

Currently, video cameras are used in some Bexley retail stores, banks and residences.  Should video cameras be installed in all commercial locations in Bexley? Should video cameras be required at all residences?

Should the city install cameras in all of the alleys and along all of the streets?

How should installation be prioritized? Does the Bexley police department analyze property theft by location? Does the police department know which neighborhoods have the highest frequency of property theft? Should frequency of theft be used to prioritize installation?

Does the police department know how many businesses and residences use video cameras? Does the police department have a map of Bexley that shows what views are currently recorded. Banks, CVS and carry-out convenience sores obviously use video cameras currently.

Should Bexley adopt saturation coverage by digital video cameras as part of its response to unacceptable levels of property theft?

Do Bexley residents really want video cameras recording vehicular and pedestrian movement in the neighborhoods? What happens to privacy in our neighborhoods? Is this too much a Big Brother proposal?

Who should own the cameras, computers and discs recording digital data? Should the city own them?. Should the property insurers that carry the property risks in Bexley own the equipment? Should a Bexley property owner cooperative be formed to own the equipment? Should ownership be on a block by block basis?

Installing video cameras everywhere in Bexley sounds like a good stimulus public infra-structure program.

Listener thoughts are welcome. Email to wcrxlp@yahoo.com.

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This WCRX-LP editorial collective comment was first published February 15, 2009.

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Bexley Comedy Writers Guild meeting set for February 2, 2015.


Bexley Comedy Writers Guild meeting at Bexley Public Radio set for 3:30 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2015.

The meeting location will be announced on the prior Friday morning to individuals who RSVP by the prior Thursday.

Community residents are welcome.

Admission is $28.00 per person.

Cash, check, money order and ID.

Please RSVP to wcrxlp@yahoo.com  no later than the Thursday prior to the meeting.

Bexley Comedy Writers Guild is a public  committee of
Bexley Public Radio Foundation
2700 E. Main St., Suite 208
Columbus, OH 43209

Voice (614) 235-2929.

WCRX-LP CPAC committee scheduled for February 2, 2015.


WCRX-LP Community Programming Advisory Community meeting at Bexley Public Radio set for 4:30 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2015.

The meeting location will be announced on the prior Friday morning to individuals who RSVP by the prior Thursday.

Community residents are welcome. 

Admission is $5.00 per person.

Cash, check, money order and ID.

Please RSVP to wcrxlp@yahoo.com no later than the Thursday prior to the meeting.

WCRX-LP Community Programming Advisory Committee is a public  committee of
Bexley Public Radio Foundation
2700 E. Main St., Suite 208
Columbus, OH 43209

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WCRX-LP, 102.1 FM. The Green Public Radio Choice.


Green. The public radio green choice is still WCRX-LP, 102.1 FM. Celebrate the lower energy requirements for LPFM.

Big power blasters like WOSU and WCBE consume lots of energy. These big stations have gluttonous appetites for anthracite.

WOSU alone engorges itself on almost a shovel full of coal every eighteen minutes of broadcast.

Think WOSU. Think coal. Think pollution.

Reflect on WCRX-LP. Visualize low energy use. Know that Bexley Public Radio means responsible stewardship of energy resources.

To know green, think Bexley Public Radio.

HELP BEXLEY PUBLIC RADIO UPGRADE ITS ANTENNA. SEND YOUR MONEY PROMPTLY. BE GENEROUS.

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WCRX-LP, 102.1 FM, Local Power Radio
2700 E. Main St., Suite 208
Columbus, OH 43209
Voice (614) 235 2929
Email wcrxlp@yahoo.com
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" Who's On Your Campus? Have You Checked The Sex-Offender List Lately?"


" Who's On Your Campus?  Have You Checked The Sex-Offender List Lately?"

By Suzanne Bogdan,  Esq., managing regional partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP.   


While school administrators monitor their employee and job applicants rolls for sex offenders, they face another challenge:  discovering and restricting sex offenders who are employee relatives, volunteers, contractors, even individuals authorized to bring students to and from campus.

As a practical matter, many schools do not conduct criminal-background checks on these people.  Nor do they compare names and photo IDs of visitors with information on a sexual-offender/predator website.

Does a school have a duty to notify parents and employees that an individual with access to campus is a se offender?  Should administrators suggest to parents that they not send their children to someone’s house or a non-school event because there’s a likelihood that a predator will attend?

The answers are not simple.  The school could inform its community by posting the offender’s photo on campus, but that individual may have legal rights that prevent him or her from being publicly identified.

Identifying sex offenders.

There are numerous and fairly straightforward processes for school administrators to identify and restrict sex offenders who are not employees but have access to the school’s campus and its students:

1.     Subject all non-employees visiting or performing work at the school to a search on an established sex-offender database, such as the one run by the Department of Justice.  The FBI also has a list of state registries.  If the school has the resources, it can swipe driver licenses and run them against an offender database.  To be effective, the school must restrict access to one or two campus entrances so that no one slips by.

2.     Alternately, assign an employee sworn to confidentiality or hire an outside company to check names that the school collects against those databases.  This once-a-year review is not as effective, but it is less expensive.  The success of this approach depends on having complete records of employee spouses, partners and relatives and of people authorized to drop off or pick up a student.

3.     Compare the names of coaches, volunteers and others who are likely to have unsupervised access to children to a sex-offender list.  That includes employees of any firm that operates a program on campus.  The best practice is to reqiore individuals to submit to a criminal background check as a condition of engaging in school-sponsored activity, such as a sport.

School administrators often wonder how wide to cast a net to find people with unsupervised access.  The best advice is to investigate any individual who can interact with or encounter children on campus without having a cleared adult present.  That includes a parent who volunteers for the school play, an adult who leaves his or her parked car to drop off or pick up a child, and a contractor’s employee who uses a children’s restroom.
Lines of defense.

Administration efforts to uncover sexual predators will likely produce a disquieting number of individuals.  Some may be relatives of school employees, even their spouses.  How can this happen?  Employees may keep their spouse or partner’s secret because they thought the conviction was in error.
That reasoning absolves no one.  As a matter of school policy, each current and prospective employee should be required to report to an administrator any information about a potential visitor who is a sex offender or is facing criminal or civil action alleging inappropriate sexual activity with a minor.  Employees who fail to follow that rule should be terminated.

Once administrators identify a sex offender with a connection to its school, they must take action to remove or restrict that individual  from the campus and school-related activities.  This is where the lawyers come in.

The process starts with a scripted conversation with the sex offender, followed by a letter that legal counsel has reviewed.  The letter specifies restrictions on that person’s access to campus and school activities.

Some parents will object.  They may say that they rely on this person to transport their child to and from school.  They may want the individual to see their child playing a sport or appearing in a performance.  Graduation brings families together, and parents will complain when the school tries to prevent a cherished relative attending.

Address each situation as it arises while maintaining a uniform policy.  An attorney can be of great value here in crafting a response to each challenge to school rules.  For example, a family member may be granted access, but only if the individual registers with an administrator upon arrival, agrees to  supervision and restrictions on movement around campus, and agrees to leave when asked.
Protecting students from sexual offenders/predators is not a closed door process.  Parents must be informed of school policy regarding employees, relatives and visitors.

The best approach:  Explain the school’s procedures such as criminal-background checks on employees in a school manual.  That section should include a disclaimer that while the school makes every effort to keep predators off campus, it cannot say whether it’s safe for children to associate with parents and other adults away from school.  The manual should direct parents to reputable websites such as the federal government’s Child Welfare Information Gateway page on sexual abuse where they can learn about sex offenders and how to protect their children from them.



Guest Post  “Who’s On Your Campus?  Have You Checked The Sex-Offender List Lately?” was featured in the August 14, 2014 number of The Edvocate. 

Author is Suzanne K. Bogdan, Esq. regional managing partner at the law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP in its Fort Lauderdale office.  She chairs the firm’s Education Practice Group, providing counsel to private institutions.  She also works with accrediting agencies, including the National Association of Independent Schools.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Bexley Comedy Writers Guild committee meeting announced for January 5, 2015.



Bexley Comedy Writers Guild meeting at Bexley Public Radio set for 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 5, 2015.

The meeting location will be announced on the prior Friday morning to individuals who RSVP by the prior Thursday.

Community residents are welcome.

Admission is $28.00 per person.

Cash, check, money order and ID.

Please RSVP to wcrxlp@yahoo.com  no later than the Thursday prior to the meeting.

Bexley Comedy Writers Guild is a public  committee of
Bexley Public Radio Foundation
2700 E. Main St., Suite 208
Columbus, OH 43209