Talk radio in the bay area
What are the talk radio stations in the Tampa Bay area? Which ones are the most popular, and how can someone find a schedule of their programming?
We thank Eric Deggans, the Times' TV/media critic, for providing the answers:
There are 15 radio stations on the AM dial in the Tampa Bay area that list talk as their format. For a complete listing, please see www.tampabaystart.com/radio. Also on that Web site are links to most of the stations listed, where you can find more information about the station and its programming.
Arbitron compiles radio ratings. WDUV-FM 105.5 is the highest-rated station in the area, and WFLA-AM 970 is the highest-rated talk show. Among the sports stations, which are largely talk radio, WDAE-AM 620 is rated the highest. For a complete listing, see www.arbitron.com/home/content.stm.
Lowdown on Mariska Hargitay
Is Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit the daughter of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay? Tell me something about Mickey Hargitay. What is Mariska's acting experience and what has she appeared in recently?
She is the daughter of Mansfield and Hargitay, who wed in 1958 and split about five years later. Mansfield was the famous movie bombshell who died in an auto accident in 1967; Hargitay was known mainly as a bodybuilder — Arnold Schwarzenegger played him in a TV movie about Mansfield — and died in 2006.
Mariska Hargitay has been acting for more than 20 years in television and movies. You can find a detailed list of credits at the Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com. Her most recent work has been on SVU, which can be demanding enough; in January, she suffered a collapsed lung and ensuing complications.
Drug cartel violence in Mexico
I am thinking about taking a cruise that goes to Cozumel, Mexico. With the drug wars going on, how safe is it?
While parts of Mexico are experiencing drug cartel violence, it seldom touches places like Cozumel, a balmy island just off Mexico's Caribbean coast.
To put it in perspective, 1,008 cruise ships bearing 2,569,433 tourists visited the island in 2008. None appears to have fallen victim to cartel killings. Most mishaps involve diving, parasailing or falling off boats, so take normal precautions.
Mexican authorities pay close attention to security in tourist areas, so you might see some Mexican navy or army personnel. That's no reason to be alarmed, or to cancel your trip.
Just in case, the U.S. Consulate in Cozumel is located downtown in the Plaza Villa Mar, Plaza Principal, 2nd floor, offices 8 and 9. The telephone number is (52)(987) 872-4574.