National Science Foundation Awards $500K Phase II Grant to Nifty TV for More R&D 5-5-08

A $500,000 check to Network Foundation Technologies (NFT) from the prestigious National Science Foundation was unveiled Monday, May 5th, 2008, in ceremonies at the BioSpace1 Headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Head of BioSpace1 & the BioMed Research Center, Jack Sharp welcomed 
area dignitaries and the media to the late morning news conference.

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, Bossier Mayor Lorenz “Lo” Walker, and Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth were all present to help announce the highly prestigious and competitive $500K Phase II Grant from the NSF.

The national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program funds the research & development and the commercialization of new technology from the entrepreneurial sector.  

Only 5-7 percent of proposals from private companies nationwide ever reach the phase II level of the SBIR program, which allows for the development of a prototype. 

NFT is one of only four companies in Louisiana that received a SBIR Phase II grant since 1999, and the first to receive a SBIR Phase II grant since 2005.

Dr, Mike O’Neal – Nifty TV Founder with Tom Pace on NSF $500K Grant

In ceremonies today at BioSpace1 in Shreveport, Louisiana, Network Foundation Technologies, [better known as Nifty TV], was awarded a $500,000 Phase II Grant by the The National Science Foundation (NSF). 

Talk of the Town’s
  Tom Pace spoke with NFT Founder and Chief Scientist Dr. Mike O’Neal about this unique technology that can turn Louisiana into whe calls “Silicon Bayou.”

The Louisiana-based company is one of only four in the state that has received a SBIR Phase II Grant, since 1999. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) money will be used to continue the development of NTF’s patented revolutionary technology for the broadcast of “live streaming video on-line”.

Karin Adams Emcees on Robinson Film Center Red Carpet with Tom Pace 5-3-08

Former KSLA-TV 12 Anchor Karin Adams emceed the downtown red carpet gala Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 for the Robinson Film Center grand opening on Texas Street in Shreveport, Louisiana.. 

Talk of the Town” radio show host Tom Pace from SuperTalk 1340, KRMD  [www.shrevetalk.com]  interviewed Adams, now Mrs. Greg Barro, on the excitment of the night’s special red-carpet occasion.

Adams interviewed VIP’s and luminaries as they arrived for the special invitation-only sneak preview of The Robinson Film Center: its bistro, outside balcony seating, and two state-of-the-art theatres.

Cardinal Egan at Red Mass: Interview with Tom Pace Regarding Homily on The Death Penalty 5-2-08

“There is nothing more precious than the life of a human being,” said His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, the Archbishop of New York, at the 16th Annual Red Mass held Friday, May 2nd, 2008 at Holy Trinty Catholic Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Egan spoke exclusively, “One-on-One’ with Tom Pace about his homily that focused on the right to life, and caution about the death penalty, where many have been found innocent by DNA testing.

“He is the first Cardinal to come here to say Mass,” Monsignor Earl Provenza, Egan’s host here and diocesan administrator is quoted in
The Times.

The well-attended Mass, the 16th such annual event here, was held inside the historic Holy Trinity Catholic Church downtown, and was attended by most area attorneys and judges, as well as ministers of other faiths and members of the lay public, Catholic and otherwise.

Sara Evans Country Music Star at CMT Crossroads BC 5-1-08

Country Music Superstar Sara Evans was the Grand Opening performer Thursday, May 1st, 2008 for the CMT Crossroads Bar at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana. 

Evans spoke with media this afternoon,  answering questions about her competition on the reality TV show, Dancing With the Stars, as well as her future in TV. 

Tom Pace with “The Talk of the Town” asked Evans what were those special moments in her career that are most memorable…and who is her favorite female country star role model.

US Attorney Donald Washington Interview with Tom Pace on

Donald L. Washington, United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana was the keynopte speaker for “Law Day 2008” ceremonies held by the Shreveport Bar Association, Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 at the Petroleum Club in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Washington was interviewed by “Talk of the Town” radio host, Tom Pace, also publisher and editor of www.shrevetalk.com.

Washington spoke on this year’s topic, “The Rule of Law” specifically alluding to the “Jena 6” case which involved the prosecution of six black teenagers for the beating of a white teenager, exemplified rule of law in our society thru local events.

Thomas Kane, Noted Author on College Safety for Students

Noted author, Thomas M. Kane joined Tom Pace on his “Talk of the Town” radio broadcast Saturday, April 26th, 2008. In a live phone interview, Pace asked Kane about his new book “Protect Yourself at College, that especially targets high school students and college freshmen students on the pitfalls of violence, drugs, identity theft, date rape, and the like. 

In this time of unrest and violence in our classrooms, Kane described how his book can better prepare high school students for the challenges and dangers of college life: for commuter schools, and/or dorm life.

Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin with Tom Pace at Benefit for Buddy Flett 4-27-08

Legendary blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin was one of the performers at the “Benefit Concert for Buddy Flett” fundraiser at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport, Louisiana Sunday, April 27th, 2008.

Sumlin met backstage with Tom Pace from “The Talk of the Town” for an exclusive “One-on-One” interview prior to his performance.

Sumlin talks about his friendship with Flett, and how the music community donates their time to help one another. 

Gov. Bobby Jindal News Conference 4-24-08

Governor Bobby Jindal spoke with Shreveport reporters yesterday on a variety of subjects – from appearing on Jay Leno next week, to speaking to the National Press Club and more…

Tom Pace from the Talk of the Town
www.shrevetalk.com asked Jindal if he was against Sen. Buddy Shaw’s SB 87 for $300 milion dollar tax rebate- he said,”…yes, but with other state cuts.”