Small Town, Big Change

Dale Williams is Mayor of Otorohanga and Chair of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs. A certified motorcycle engineer by trade, Dale has first-hand experience launching and growing successful motorcycle dealerships and training young people through apprenticeship programs. Passionate about helping young people achieve the best career outcomes for their personal circumstances, Dale is an advocate of non-academic vocational pathways, realising that not all young people are suited to tertiary education.

Isn’t it long past time in America, as it was in this New Zealand backwoods town, when we consider once again  working together for a common goal, the betterment of our children and our society in general?

We can’t blame our politicians, our schools or teachers, nor our employers for our society’s  problems.  But we must shoulder responsibility ourselves for having no answers that work, while continuing to seek them until they are found and firmly established in place.

It looks to this old bird like Mayor Williams programs could be adapted to our own local communities here.  If we are truly serious about solving local problems with local, home-grown and therefore custom tailored community based solutions.  As Otorohanga has proven in rural New Zealand, with a local population base of only 1.000 people you can work miracles when you work with the magic of community, not against it with greed and hidden political / business agendas.



WXXM-Madison, WI, is the first terrestrial radio station to begin airing The National Marijuana News talk show — until now it’s only been available streaming. With the legalization of marijuana in many states, TNMNews believes it’s targeting a niche market in a rapidly growing sector. Todd Denkin, president/CEO of Digipath and The National Marijuana News Corporation, tells Radio Ink that he believes the show will open up new revenue streams and create opportunities in the cannabis space for eager advertisers. Listen to an exclusive Radio Ink interview with Todd Denkin and Executive Producer Martin Wagmaister, below.


Denkin says that although the push for affiliates has been received positively by programmers, there has been some hesitation from within the radio corporate structure. With WXXM-Madison as their first terrestrial affiliate, it’s possible stations that have been hesitant to air the show, might give TNMNNews a second look. WXXM-Madison is a progressive talk station in the IHeartMedia/Madison cluster.  Denkin also says that a second affiliate is set to be announced shortly.

While some might be hesitant to air TNMNews because of possible blow-back from their community and advertisers, others might see an opportunity for prospecting untapped potential new clients. Denkin notes that while some traditional advertisers have been cautious about sponsoring their programing, they do have a number of publicly traded companies spending ad dollars on TNMNews. Denkin remarks, “Major advertisers are still sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what the other guy will do, but they do understand the value of the audience.”  How about that, we are finally being considered an audience!  Can legalization be far behind?