Publisher's Column

Top 100 countdown drawn out / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Even with the best intentions, sometimes biting off more than one can chew can prove embarrassing. Such is the case with our Countdown of the Top 100 Local Stories of 2014, which as of today, still has 38 entries to go.

Let's face it: We're just a couple of weeks from Thanksgiving. So this leaves us with two choices: 1. Finish it; 2. Bag it.

Serafina Frederick, wife of internet newspaper publisher, threatened with death by politician / Headline Surfer®SANFORD, Fla. -- Now I truly understand how Trayvon Martin's parents -- Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin  -- felt about the way the investigation of their slain son's homicide was handled by the Sanford cops and local prosecutors until Gov. Rick Scott intervened by naming a special prosecutor leading to the trial of the century.

WNDB exec producer arrested on kiddie porn charges / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The true test of a media outlet's legitimacy in a community is when it is honest enough to report the news when one of its own is in trouble with the law.

Such is the case this morning with WNDB Radio, which promotes itself as "Daytona's News Station" and "Daytona's Morning News."

New Smyrna Beach surfer dude Kem McNair / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- If there has ever been an individual who epitomizes the surfer crowd, in my book that would be Kem McNair. He's the ultimate surfer dude with an excellent eye for the creatures of the ocean: Those in it like the sharks, whales, dolphins and manatees.

Michael Redding, CEO of Halifax Media Group is Darth Vader & Dark Helmet / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- Halifax Media Groups's Michael Redding showed with his handling of the acquisition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette why he's the Darth Vader of newspaper publishers. With his  ongoing oversight of the flagship Daytona Beach News-Journal he's shown he's more like Dark Helmet in turning the product into watered-down drivel.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Taking cars off the beach behind the closed Desert Inn where a luxury hotel resort is planned won't make a difference as long as Daytona Beach's violent crime persists and it shows no sign of letting up. 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In the digital age, "new media" outlets like Headline Surfer® often get lost in the shuffle in the complicated licensing agreements that large sports sanctioning bodies like NASCAR, Major League Baseball and the National Football League and others have with the broadcast outlets like FOX Sports, ESPN, and then the perceived pecking order of established print and local TV media outlets.
Key Words: Publisher Henry Frederick at age 2 / Headline Surfer® Publisher Henry Frederick at 32 / Headline Surfer® Publisher Henry Frederick at 40 / Headline Surfer® Publisher Henry Frederick at 50 / Henry FrederickDAYTONA BEACH -- Today is a milestone -- Feb. 4, 2014 -- as I am now 52 years old. I have as much energy now as I had at 22 when I graduated from college. I have accomplished quite a bit, but there is so much more I want to do in my life's journey.

My Christian faith is my guide, my instincts sharpened by past decisions -- good or bad -- in helping me meet challenges foreseen and unforeseen for such is the uncertainty in life. People often ask me why I'm always pushing the envelope. Why I'm constantly challenging the status quo. My response: Because I can. Why should I let others set it for me when I can chart my own course on my terms.

Pat Northey / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH --  What exactly did Pat Northey mean when she apparently was quoted as saying the following in reference to a story published in the Daytona Beach News-Journal is certainly open to interpretation: "It's certainly welcome to the jungle or welcome to the ring."


Daytona International Speedway stories trend online / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- We don't have the inside government and chamber connections nor would we feel comfortable selling out souls the way print media does, which explains in part why we have little revenue, but tremendous readership that continues to mushroom.