San Antonio's Voice

San Antonio's Voice

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Veteran News 4 San Antonio (WOAI-TV) anchor Randy Beamer with the conversations you want to hear.
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Everything you want to know about the new 'Selena' class at UTSA
SAN ANTONIO - Twenty-five years after Selena’s death, South Texas continues to identify with the Queen of Tejano music. The feelings are so strong, UTSA is debuting a course this fall titled ‘Selena: A Mexican American Identity and Experience.’ NOTE: We want your feedback! Please call Randy Beamer at (210) 366-1151 and leave a message - or contact Beamer on his Facebook page. In this edition of San Antonio’s Voice, professor Sonya Alemán talks with Randy Beamer about her inspiration for the class, what she hopes students will learn, and why Selena still influences so many people in San Antonio. Alemán explains how Selena opened doors for the Latino culture, allowing it to have a larger mainstream influence. She also tells Randy she hopes students will have a greater appreciation of who they are once the course concludes. Alemán is an associate professor at UTSA in the Mexican American Studies program. She also serves as the lead editor of the Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. A native of Cotulla, Alemán earned her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University, master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Contact Randy Beamer Phone: (210) 366-1151 Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer
55:47
August 5, 2020
Answers to your questions about the upcoming school year
In this week’s episode of ‘San Antonio’s Voice,’ the leader of the largest school district in San Antonio sits down with Randy Beamer for a detailed, information-filled talk about this upcoming school year in the face of the coronavirus. Northside Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods and Randy talk about the variety of challenges staff, parents and students will face. Woods explains how remote learning will be different than it was in the spring and how in-person learning will look compared to normal times. Woods reveals that 40,000 new devices are on the way for students to use. He points out new ways of using staff and answers many questions that parents, both in and out of the school district, are likely asking. Woods began his career at Northside in 1992 and became superintendent in July 2012. In September 2018, the Texas Association of School Boards named Woods the best superintendent in Texas. There are more than 100,000 students enrolled at NISD. Contact Randy Beamer Phone: (210) 366-1151 Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
1:18:42
July 29, 2020
San Antonio Restaurant Association talks about survival amid COVID-19
In this edition of San Antonio’s Voice, Executive Director of the San Antonio Restaurant Association (SARA) talks with us about all kinds of things related to restaurants and COVID-19 in San Antonio. Despite massive losses, San Antonio restaurants continue to fight for their survival. How will they stay alive? Dawn Ann Larios, executive director of the San Antonio Restaurant Association (SARA), divulges that to Randy Beamer. Larios also points out the role, or lack of one, that restaurants have had related to a recent spike of Coronavirus cases in Texas. Plus, she explains one of the COVID-19 challenges that Riverwalk restaurants have unique to them. Larios serves as the voice of the restaurant community in San Antonio, an industry, she says, which contributes more than $8 billion yearly to the area. Larios began with SARA in November 2019 and was most recently a fundraiser Contact Randy Beamer Phone: (210) 366-1151 Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
51:54
July 22, 2020
Dawn Emerick explains resigning as health director in the middle of a pandemic
SAN ANTONIO - In an exclusive interview with Randy Beamer, former Metro Health director Dawn Emerick explains why she resigned from her role after just five months and what she thought the morning of her resignation. Emerick also points out what challenges San Antonio faces in trying to get the Coronavirus under control. And she tells Randy what she’s doing now. Is San Antonio still involved? Emerick worked as Metro Health’s director from January to June 2020. Previously, she was the health director at a pair of Oregon counties. Emerick has more than 20 years of experience in the public health and human service sectors. Contact Randy Beamer Phone: (210) 366-1151 Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
1:20:12
July 15, 2020
San Antonio’s role in national cyber security
In this edition of San Antonio’s Voice, a member of President Trump’s Cabinet talks with our Randy Beamer about the future of Texas oil. Randy’s guest is U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. The Secretary and Randy discuss San Antonio’s role in national cyber security, as well as Brouillette’s strong connection to San Antonio. Plus, he shares the secret to homeschooling nine kids! Brouillette is the 15th U.S. Secretary of Energy. Most recently, he was the head of public policy for USAA. Contact Randy Beamer Phone: (210) 366-1151 Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
29:09
July 10, 2020
Trinity professor David Crockett talks Texas politics, school in the fall and Alamo history
SAN ANTONIO - This week’s guest has one of the most famous names in San Antonio history- David Crockett! He also happens to be an expert on the Alamo. As a political science professor at Trinity University, Crockett talks to Randy about COVID-19 and how it may give Governor Greg Abbott more power. He also talks about Texas changing from a “red” state to a “purple” one and what that might mean for state elections this year.  Plus, Crockett shares what college classes might look like this fall. And, yes, they talk about Crockett’s name and the family connection. Crockett served six years as a communications officer in the United States Army. His primary teaching and research interests are in American politics and he serves as the faculty sponsor for the Young Conservatives of Texas. Contact Randy Beamer Phone: (210) 366-1151 Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
40:53
July 7, 2020
Latino-fied guide to authentic San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO - Author of what she calls the “Latino-fied guide to authentic San Antonio,” Stephanie Guerra knows San Antonio’s pulse for entertainment and culture better than most. In today’s episode, Guerra chats with Randy about promoting San Antonio, how COVID-19 has hurt the local music scene, and what she’d like fixed in the city. Guerra is a San Antonio native and author to some of the city’s most popular social media outlets. Contact Randy Beamer Phone: (210) 366-1151 Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
57:15
July 1, 2020
Sheriff Salazar explains changes he’s made after the killing of George Floyd
After the death of George Floyd and other high-profile law enforcement run-ins, change is happening at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Today’s guest, Sheriff Javier Salazar, reveals to Randy the new equipment he’s eyeing that could make some weapons inoperable. He also explains why his deputies are back in firearms training and how COVID-19 put a stop to it. Salazar touches on the challenge of bridging the gap with law enforcement and the community, growing up in Universal City, and the dream that got away. Salazar has been sheriff since January 2017. Previously, he served with the San Antonio Police Department for 23 years. Contact Randy Beamer Phone: (210) 366-1151 Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
1:12:13
June 25, 2020
Councilwoman Jada Andrews Sullivan talks about de-arming and defunding the police
As calls to defund the police heat up nationwide, every dollar spent on the San Antonio Police Department will go under the microscope. That’s according to today’s guest, Councilwoman Jada Andrews Sullivan. Andrews Sullivan tells Randy she believes redirecting some police funding to other city services, such as those centered on youth activities, could serve the community better. An Army veteran, she also explains why police weapons shouldn’t be so prominently used. Andrews Sullivan and Randy delve into the impact COVID-19 is having on the African American community, as well as the potential for economic development in District 2.  Andrews Sullivan grew up on the east side of San Antonio. She graduated from Sam Houston High School at age 16 and attended the University of Texas at Austin for two years before enrolling in the U.S. Army. She took office as Councilwoman for District 2 in June 2019. Contact Randy Beamer Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
1:00:10
June 17, 2020
Metro Health director Dr. Dawn Emerick talks about the 'second wave' of COVID-19
The second wave of the Coronavirus has hit San Antonio, possibly with far reaching consequences, according to Metro Health. Our guest is the director, Dr. Dawn Emerick. In this episode, Emerick tells Randy there’s one indicator that has her worried. She talks about the future of Fiesta and Spurs games. Plus, Emerick shares her own personal do’s and don’ts when it comes to eating at restaurants, getting haircuts and traveling. Emerick has more than 20 years of experience in the public health and human service sectors. She began her position with Metro Health in January 2020 and oversees more than 30 programs. Contact Randy Beamer Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
59:24
June 12, 2020
Bexar County DA Joe Gonzales talks about defunding the police
SAN ANTONIO - The protests and riots over the death of George Floyd have grabbed the attention of Bexar County District Attorney, Joe Gonzales. In this edition of San Antonio’s Voice, Gonzales tells Randy Beamer how he feels about the calls to now defund the San Antonio Police Department. Plus, Gonzales predicts what juries might look like and how they’ll be kept safe when criminal trials resume. Gonzales also reveals the large amounts of his staff working from home because of COVID-19 and how that’s affecting the prosecution of crimes in Bexar County. Gonzales is a San Antonio native with more than 30 years of criminal law experience. He took office as Bexar County’s District Attorney in January 2019. Contact Randy Beamer Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
43:14
June 11, 2020
Fire Chief Charles Hood talks coronavirus
Now when you dial 9-1-1, there are changes due to COVID-19. But will they hurt your ability to receive care? Charles Hood, Chief of the San Antonio Fire Department, talks to Randy Beamer about emergency response in the midst of a pandemic. Hood also reveals that some firefighters infected their loved ones at home, his opinion on wearing or not wearing a mask, and why a SAFD program put in place years ago is now at the forefront of COVID-19 testing. Hood has been Fire Chief since 2007 and commands approximately 1,800 personnel. Contact Randy Beamer Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
38:00
June 5, 2020
Mayor Ron Nirenberg talks coronavirus disagreements with the state and local businesses
SAN ANTONIO - As the face of San Antonio’s COVID-19 response, Mayor Ron Nirenberg represents more than 1.5 million residents. Today, he talks with Randy Beamer about San Antonio’s future and how to get there. Nirenberg also talks about his challenging conversations with business owners and shares his thoughts on lightening-rod topics such as conflicts between The City of San Antonio and the State of Texas and whether to mask or not to mask. Nirenberg is in his second term as Mayor and previously served as a councilman for District 8. Contact Randy Beamer Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
45:36
May 27, 2020
Judge Nelson Wolff: Battling the state over coronavirus
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff talks to Randy Beamer about the differences between the state and county on how best to handle the ‘Stay at Home’ orders during this coronavirus pandemic. He also talks about how San Antonio will recover all the lost jobs, property tax relief, and which group in our area holds the key to stopping the spread of Coronavirus. Wolff, who has been giving nightly remarks on the COVID-19 crisis in San Antonio, is a long-time representative of the area, originally joining the Texas House of Representatives in 1971. This preceded a stint in the Texas Senate and the San Antonio City Council. Wolff is a former Mayor of San Antonio and has been a Bexar County Judge since 2001. Contact Randy Beamer… Email: RBeamer@sbgtv.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/randybeamer Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randy.beamer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randybeamer/
33:18
May 19, 2020