Wednesday, July 27, 2005

July 27, 2005 Lisa Tolliver Show broadcasts live from Provo, Utah

Provo, UT - Lisa Tolliver, fellow Field School for Cultural Documentation participant Lisa Powell from Kentucky, and their instructors discussed their work on "Tradition Runs Through It: Environment and Recreation in Provo Canyon." The instructors -- Library of Congress Folklore Specialists Ilana Harlow, Guha Shankar, and David Taylor; Wilson Folklore Archives Curator and Field School Co-Director Kristi Young; and documentary photographer Rich Remsberg -- defined folklore and ethnography and urged listeners to contact local experts who could help conduct cultural documentation projects of their own. Popular examples include: creating scrapbooks, videotaping oral histories and archiving collections of papers and photographs.

The three-week 2005 Field School for Cultural Documentation is sponsored by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center and Brigham Young University ("BYU"). Participants are learning the tools and techniques of ethnography and applying them to Provo Canyon on behalf of the Utah Heritage Project. On Friday, August 5 at 7 pm, they will present their work at the "Tradition Runs Through It" exhibit opening and reception at BYU's L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The entire collection of field notes, photographs, tape recorded oral histories and material culture collected and developed during Field School 2005 will be archived at the Wilson Folklore Archives.

Next broadcast:

"Lisa Tolliver Show"
Wednesday, August 10 at 1:30-2:00 pm, Eastern Time
New York Radio WVOX AM 1460 or

Thursday, July 14, 2005

July 13, 2005 "Lisa Tolliver Show" features multi-taskers extraordinaire: Faye Ran, Darius Myers and George Tinnin

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - How many plates can one spin without mishap? For expert multi-taskers like today's guests, the answer is: plenty. Take featured guest: Dr. Faye Ran - artist, educator, college administrator and single mother. Or one of my co-hosts: Darius Myers - President and CEO of Sportscart Media, who has a novel in the works and runs several miles each morning, even on days he golfs 18 holes; or George Tinnin - university professor, management consultant, doctoral candidate and family man.

Join me in upcoming broadcasts:

I broadcast the Lisa Tolliver Show every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 1:30-2:00 p.m., Eastern Time and SCORE Radio at 1:00-1:30 p.m., Eastern Time on a rotating basis with other SCORE Business Counselors. Upcoming shows...

July 27:
August 10:
August 24:
  • Lisa Tolliver Show
September 14:
  • SCORE Radio
  • Lisa Tolliver Show
September 28:
  • Lisa Tolliver Show

How to tune in:

Tune your radio dial to WVOX AM 1460.
Listen live at
Phone our call-in line at (01) 914-636-0110 to hear and share, from anywhere.

You're invited:

If you're listening, I'm listening. Talk with me!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

July 13, 2005 SCORE Radio broadcast features host Lisa Tolliver and guest Darius Myers, President and CEO of Sportscart Media

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." That's my motto and I've been sticking to it throughout my career as a strategic planner. I cited it again today, conveniently using as my platform the SCORE Radio broadcast I hosted on WVOX AM 1460.

About the show:

The show, which airs at 1:00-1:30 pm, Eastern Time every second and fourth Wednesday, featured guest expert Darius Myers, President and CEO of Sportscart Media ( In fact, Darius went one step further, sharing his view (with which I concur) that strategic planning should not be relegated to business. Rather, it can and should be incorporated into every aspect of our everyday lives.

Through business planning, Myers identified a unique business proposition that combined his love of golf, talent and experience in advertising sales and marketing. The result was a business plan for Sportscart Media, a firm that places non-intrusive mobile advertising on the sides of sports carts that traverse top golf courses in the USA. The plan was sufficiently compelling to garner partnerships with a sports cart manufacturer and top drawer sales and marketing professionals, attract the substantial investment required to custom-design and amass a fleet of sports carts, and to generate media attention in fine outlets like SCORE Radio and Lisa Tolliver On Air and Online. Click the link to view the firm's media kit:

Elevator pitches:

Myers also effectively demonstrated another topic that I frequently preach about: the importance of having a polished, effective elevator pitch. An elevator pitch is a 30-second or 60-second "commercial" that describes who you are and what you do. It should anticipate the challenge, "So what?" and pique the interest of listeners (who might be potential customers, investors, partners or colleagues) so they'll want to hear more. Side note: elevator pitches also make great cocktail party conversation-starters and job interview spiels.

About SCORE Chapter 306:

Today's show also introduced listeners to the wealth of business planning and other resources offered by SCORE Chapter 306, Westchester County's award-winning volunteer corps and non-profit subsidiary of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE Chapter 306 is located at 120 Bloomingdale Road in White Plains, NY 10605. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM - noon, Eastern Time. Weekly seminars on topics essential to starting, financing and running a small business are offered every Wednesday at 1:00-3:00; no appointment is needed. Phone SCORE Chapter 306 at (01) 914-948-3907. Visit the chapter online at to learn about the weekly counseling sessions, training seminars, other events and volunteers.

About the producer/host:

In addition to hosting SCORE Radio on a rotating basis with other volunteer business experts, I'm both a SCORE counselor and client. I was honored to be selected as a "2001 SCORE Success Story" and keynote speaker for SCORE's May 2001 event at the White Plains, NY YWCA: "So You Really Want to Start Your Own Business?" Click the link to read "Meet SCORE Counselor Lisa "Tolliver" (

Upcoming broadcasts:

I will next host SCORE Radio on September 14, 2005 at 1:00-1:30 PM, Eastern Time on WVOX AM 1460.

I also host The Lisa Tolliver Show every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 1:30-2:00 PM, Eastern Time on WVOX AM 1460 after SCORE Radio. The show's "four-eyed" mission: to inform, instruct, intrigue and inspire listeners about what's happening in the world of non-profits and public affairs.

Join me in the upcoming broadcasts:

July 27,
August 10 and 24 and
September 14 and 28

How to tune in:

Tune your radio dial to WVOX AM 1460
Listen live at
Hear and share, from anywhere, via our call-in line: (01) 914-636-0110
Coming soon: listen via podcast

You're invited:

If you're listening, I'm listening. Talk with me!

Monday, July 11, 2005

40th anniversary of the slurpee

By D. Hargrove - ORANGE COUNTY, FL and L. Tolliver - WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - Some trivia...Today is the 40th anniversary of the slurpee, first sold in 7-Elevens across the USA in July 1965. Family nights at Casino Pool in Freeport, NY always included slurpees back in the 60's.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

London to Host 2012 Olympic Games: New Yorkers keep stiff upper lips

Note RE: Use of NYC 2012 Logo - Tolliver is a registered NYC2012 volunteer

by L. Tolliver, D. Hargrove and D. Myers
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - We New Yorkers know it ain't over 'til it's over. And it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings.

Unfortunately, Her Voluptuousness has been vocalizing overtime in Gotham City. Last year, she sang when the Red Sox beat the Yankees, breaking the curse of the Bambino. Last month, she crooned when Mayor Bloomberg’s bid to build a $2 billion stadium on the West Side of Manhattan was scuttled—plucking the jewel from the crown of NYC2012’s proposal. This morning, she sounded reveille, rudely awakening NYC2012 supporters from their pipe dream to host the 2012 Olympics. Channeling the blues through the announcer of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) verdict, she belted from Singapore: “The city of New York will not be participating in the next round.” The coda: London was named host city.

Fellow fans of the CBS-TV hit Survivor surely experienced the votes as I did, picturing Olympic torches extinguishing each time the tribe (read IOC) spoke. Nyet!" ousted Moscow. "Fuggedaboudit!" booted the Big Apple. "Adios!" removed Madrid. "Mais non!" fried Paris. In light of that Singapore slingfest, I'm glad I didn't attend the NYC2012 event (described in the invitation as a "victory celebration”) in Rockefeller Center last night. Standing outside in the storm watching a Jumbotron broadcast the IOC vote would have been morbid, and too reminiscent of the many wakes I’ve attended lately.

In contrast, Mick Jagger and David Bowie’s 1985 duet, “Dancin’ in the Street,” describes the Brits’ behavior since this morning. That’s when they learned the 2012 Olympics had been voted onto their island. London last hosted the Games in 1948.

England’s selection was no shock, Sherlock; many media wonks had predicted London or Paris would win the Games. (In contrast, bookies had widely missed the mark, calculating 7:1 odds against London, according to Today Show reports on NBC this morning.) Bottom line: those imperialist nations across the big pond might have lost the American colonies two centuries ago, but they roundly trounced us revolutionaryYanks in the battle for 2012. Gracious in defeat, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC2012 Founder and Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff congratulated London and said New York had benefited from bidding despite being eliminated early on.

Several obvious factors likely stole home from New York. One is the fact that four Olympic Games have been hosted in the USA. Perhaps more importantly, the West Side Stadium shutout fiasco, the dysfunctional dynamics surrounding it, and the resulting mad scramble to feature Olympic venues that New York City could actually offer would have driven even Batman and Robin to flee Gotham City. Picture their batmobile trailing burned rubber and cries of “Holy Cow!" (a la Yankee Great Phil Rizzuto).

Gotham's real-life Dynamic Duo--Bloomberg and Doctoroff--and the NYC2012 team made valiant efforts. However, despite feedback that the New Yorkers threw their best pitch, the Yanks’ Madison Avenue-quality, celebrity-endorsed proposal to host the upcoming Games was too little, too late. NYC2012 struck out.

Maybe that outcome’s for the best. It’s not clear that hosting the 2012 games would turn a profit, and the USA—and New York in particular—are still shaking dust off their cleats from the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, from the soft economy that preceded them and from financing the War on Terror. Moreover, we’ve got other balls in the air, such as a 9/11 memorial to build in TriBeCa and NYC stadium plans to resolve. Maybe over the next four years we’ll step up to the plate again, and hit a grand slam to win the Games.

Meanwhile, I’m phoning my college suite-mate and Lisa Tolliver Show film correspondent, Cheryl Dixon, to reserve my room at her family’s London digs for 2012. Next step: finding suitable lodging for the 2006 XXth Olympic Winter Games in London. ###