Beg pardon, but circumstances dictate that we give ourselves a bit of a plug here.


Readers with a burning curiosity about this four-month-old thing called redbankgreen might want to tune into Asbury Radio this Thursday night, when host Maureen Nevin interviews site co-founder and self-styled redbankgreenman John T. Ward.

We presume Nevin will be exploring what we’re up to and why. It’s a call-in show, so listeners can get in on the action, too.

Nevin, a longtime freelance journalist, launched Asbury Radio as a program called Restore by the Shore six years ago. Early on, the show focused on home-improvement issues mixed with news and commentary about redevelopment in Asbury Park.

Since then, the show—which originates from the seventh floor of a classic Asbury Park building at 601 Bangs Avenue—has evolved into a Leonard Lopate/Terry Gross-style forum for wide-ranging discussions of politics and culture in Asbury Park and throughout Monmouth County.

Recent installments have explored the use of eminent domain in Long Branch; the opposition by the mother of a murder victim to the death penalty; and issues related to homelessness. Last week, Nevin featured a live reading of a screenplay called “West End,” using local folks as readers.


In addition to redbankgreen, this week’s schedule includes a chat about the Arts Coalition of Asbury Park‘s plans for “First Saturday,” an effort to attract shoppers to the city’s downtown district on the first Saturday evening of each month.

Asbury Radio airs live from 8 to 10p at 88.1 FM and on the web. Listeners with questions or comments should call 732-775-0821.

The show is also available online several hours after the broadcast and remains accessible from its archive.

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