Station Events

Whether KEDM is in the community with in-depth discussions, or just coming to an event to say "Hi" to our listener friends, you can learn more here.

Policy And A Pint: The Education of Politics

Sep 14, 2015
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Former Ouachita Parish Police Juror Charles Jackson says his time on the jury was an education.

"The idea you want government to be as efficient as possible, the deck is really stacked against that," said Jackson.  He shares that the steps local bodies have to go through are very hard, especially when trying to operate as a business.  

Jackson also points out the importance of local government's interaction with state representatives and senators as voters consider candidates in October's election.

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Most state lawmakers are still recuperating from clearing the budget hurdle in the last legislative session.  It doesn't help that the track to re-election is poised with another looming budget shortfall.  

"We're hearing discussions now about a mid-year cut in the neighborhood of $300 to $400 million dollars," says Ouachita Citizen publisher Sam Hanna Jr., a panelist in KEDM's Policy And A Pint Tuesday.  He says, however, its likely those talks won't take place until after the general election.  

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Naturalist, author and radio host Kelby Ouchley will give the keynote address at the KEDM Annual Meeting and State of the Station luncheon on Thursday, August 13 at 12 noon at the University of Louisiana at Monroe Library Conference Center. Ouchley will speak on conservation issues in northeast Louisiana.

The event celebrates the past year's accomplishments of KEDM, provides an annual report on the station's activities, and looks forward to programming, technology, and new opportunities for the coming year.

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Current restoration projects, prospective historic sites, and expansion of downtown districts were topics highlighting a discussion on historic preservation Tuesday night.



Area residents participated in the conversation that began with an update of the old Georgia Tucker School in Monroe. 


Local businessman and developer Joe Holyfield says the project is still active.  The restoration of the former school involves developing the site into a senior care facility. 


A basic question of historic preservation is understanding what defines a "historic site".  Tomorrow, KEDM's Policy and a Pint will look at the process of determining such site across the twin cities.

According to Cookie Cookston, a panelist in the policy discussion, a building's age is the primary factor.  "The main requirement is its age.  Anything approximately 50 years old or older, falls under a historic-type building," said Cookston.

Other considerations include what ties the building has in a community's history, or a structure's unique character or design.

Many cities and towns want to maintain their historical character.  As communities grow, that ideal can be challenged.

In recent years, the city of Monroe has seen a push to re-energize its downtown district.  Like other municipalities, city officials seek to establish and blend historic sites with newer developments.  

"It's important to preserve that built-in environment," says Monroe Planning and Zoning Director Joanne Poret, a panelist in KEDM's Policy and a Pint on historic preservation on July 28.  "It not only keeps aesthetic appeal, but provides character."

KEDM's website has a new look that makes it easier to read and navigate, whether you're checking it out on a desktop computer, table or smart phone.

Dubbed "responsive design," the new look resizes our layout and content to work with different designs. News reporting, the event calendar, and program features are still part of the website -- as well as the ability to listen live.

The new Persistent Player lets you listen to KEDM or KEDM Ideas with just a click or two, and the stream keeps running while you move around the site.

Policy And A Pint: Historic Preservation

Jul 20, 2015
Downtown Monroe
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Historic preservation can be both a challenge and reward for communities.  

What defines such sites?  How does preservation enhance both residential and business interests?  Where do cost and benefit fit into whether a project is undertaken?    

On Tuesday, July 28, KEDM’s Policy and a Pint presents a public discussion of historic preservation.  We'll explore how sites figure into city planning and why some see the issue as an economic driver for northeast Louisiana. 

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Update, 9 p.m. Thursday July 16

Thanks to everyone who made this event a huge success! Babbette Adcock and Friends of KEDM; the entire Marsala Beverage team, with special mentions to Tyler Flemister and Damon and Charles  Marsala; the Strode family, and many others. Thank you!!


Special thanks to Dansby's Taylor Rental Center for providing air coolers for tonight! 

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Update 11 a.m., Friday, June 26

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