Piedmont Perspectives

Piedmont Perspectives is a public affairs presentation of WTOB News. If you have an interview suggestion please call the WTOB News Department at 336-793-9641 or e-mail [email protected].

Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: December 17, 2023
Lechelle brings us information about gift card scams, a new scam and how to combat them.

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Jan Kelly – Executive Director, Samaritan Minisitries
Air Date: December 10, 2024
Jan is in the studio to talk about the annual Penny Campaign and other work at Samaritan Ministries.

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Reverend Ginny Tobiassen – Home Moravian Church
Air Date: December 3, 2023
Ginny brings us information about Advent and Christmas programs and worship services at Home Moravian Church

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Dr. John Cane & Becky Oldham – See Beyond the Obvious
Air Date: November 26, 2023
John and Becky talk about how they bring training for career skill building and development of social skills in the world of technology.

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Lechelle Yates, Better Business Bureau
Air Date: November 19, 2023
Lechelle explains what online purchase scams are and how to spot them.

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Dr. Justin Johnson, Director of Veteran Services at HopeWay
A board-certified psychiatrist who also serves in the U.S. Army Reserve
Air Date: November 12, 2023
Justin joins us on Veterans Day Weekend to give us an overview of Hopeway and their Veterans Program, including mental health treatment for veterans and Veterans Day.

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Nick Librandi – Assistant Resident Engineer, Division 9 – NC Department of Transportation
Jeremy Guy – Division Staff Construction Engineer – NC Department of Transportation
Air Date: November 12, 2023
Nick and Jeremy bring us up to date on the US 52/I-74 Interchange construction project and related road construction taking place in the area.

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Dr. Marissa Howard-McNatt, Director, Breast Care Center and Professor, Surgical Science – Oncology
Atrium/Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Air Date: November 5, 2023
Dr. Howard-McNatt brings information about woman’s health issues, breast cancer detection and prevention. She also offers tips on preparing for a mammogram and the instruction aspect of her role at Wake.

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Katherine Lambert – CEO, Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter
Air Date: October 29, 2023
Katherine joins us to talk about the upcoming Winston-Salem Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and research news.

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Marissa Adams – Forsyth County Medicaid Services, Division Director
Air Date: October 22, 2023
Marissa tells us about the series of Medicaid Town Halls being hosted by Forsyth County Health and Human Services and informing residents of the upcoming NC Medicaid Expansion on December 1, 2023.

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: October 15, 2023
On today’s program, Lechelle brings us information about another round of scams related to Amazon Prime Days, how apps like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant could inadvertently send us to a scam phone number for a legitimate business we were asking the app to dial the number for, scam phone callers claiming to be from “the diagnostic center”, and how to create strong passwords to protect your computers and your identity.

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Tiffany and Nat Birdsong – Fostering Faith Foundation
Air Date: October 8, 2023
Tiffany and Nat bring us information about the history of the organization, which began as a project for their daughter and has grown into a support organization for foster children, and foster families with supplies, resources, and logistics. fosteringfaithfoundation.org

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Connie Quinn and Brian Banion – Piedmont Opera
Air Date: October 8, 2023
Executive Director Connie and Actor Brian talk about the upcoming season and the final performance of the Opera at the UNC School of the Arts Stevens Center before a multi-year renovation commences in November. Brian relates a story about his return to the stage with Piedmont Opera.

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Dr. Richard Kazibwe – Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Air Date: October 1, 2023
Dr. Kazibwe answers the question about excessive alcohol consumption and it’s relation to ectopic fat. Dr Richard Kazibwe

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Robert Mulhearn and DJ Hargrave – Carolina Classic Fair
Air Date: September 24, 2023
Robert and DJ are in the studio to give us the details of what to expect at the Carolina Classic Fair, which is at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds September 29 – October 8

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: September 17, 2023
Lechelle talks about scams and celebrations today. Texts that claim to be from Amazon, a common vacation rental scam,and a fake going out of business sale from Bed Bath and Beyond, plus new resources on the website. BBB.org

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Antonia Richburg – President, United Way of Forsyth County
Air Date: September 10, 2023
Antonia is finishing up 11 months in her position at the United Way and talks about new programs and initiatives to encourage the community get involved in communicating with the agency through Front Porch Conversations. We discuss Bridging 52, which is an opportunity for the community to get together on the 4th Street bridge over US 52 to bridge east and west parts of the county, that took place on September 10. forsythunitedway.org

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Mark Neff – President and CEO, Forsyth Humane Society of North Carolina
Air Date: September 3, 2023
Mark talks about the outlook for the Humane Society since they left the contract with Forsyth County, including affordable services, and a move to a new location.

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Allen Joines – Mayor, Winston-Salem
Air Date: August 27, 2023
Mayor Joines discusses the latest information about activities in the city, including the new city manager, Pat Pate.

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: August 20, 2023
Lechelle brings information about brushing scams and other scams that appear to come from Amazon. BBB.org

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Katherine Lambert – CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western Carolina
Air Date: August 13, 2023
Katherine talks about the recent Alzheimer’s International Conference, new research, and the upcoming Walks to End Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s Association Website

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Dale Pollock – Former Dean of UNC School of the Arts and writer
Air Date: August 6, 2023
Dale talks about his first novel, “CHOPPED: A NOVEL” and other endeavors.

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Tina Tocco and Paula Barkley – Davidson County Animal Alliance
Air Date: July 30, 2023
Tina and Paula talk about the upcoming Piedmont Mustang Club’s Fords and Fur Ford Show benefitting the Davidson County Animal Alliance. dcaminalalliance.org

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Christine John-Fuller – The Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina
Air Date: July 23, 2023
Christine brings information about an FDA approval of a new treatment for Alzheimer’s patients, and the upcoming Walks to End Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s Association Website

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: July 16, 2023
Lechelle Yates talks about fake order confirmations and other online scams. bbb.org

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Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough, Forsyth County Sheriff
Air Date: July 9, 2023
Sheriff Kimbrough talks about the Sheriff’s Department and the challenges of service in the communities of Forsyth County coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest and how those two trying times affect policing in the communities. Also discussed is a summer program for youth that helps guide young people to better decisions at a critical time in their lives, The Dream Sheriff’s Leadership Academy, a partnership between local law enforcement, the City of Winston-Salem, local businesses, and Dream Team Leadership Foundation.

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Ed Ballard – Commander, American Legion Post 290
Air Date: July 2, 2023
Ed is in the studio to discuss the beginnings of the American Legion and the Independence Day activities at Post 290 in King, NC.

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: June 18, 2023
Lechelle talks about a BBB Investigation that the bureau is involved in that sent an electrician to jail for operating without a license, plus the online scams that always are prevalent in our daily lives.

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Rebecca Byer – GreeNest
Air Date: May 28, 2023
Rebecca brings us information on GreeNest, a local community organization that supports people who are coming into a home, just out of homelessness, out of a fire, abusive situations, helping solve a housing crisis in the Winston-Salem area.

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: May 21, 2023
Lechelle brings information about the latest scams to take our money and waste our time. Bob and Lechelle share personal stories about online scams and how to prevent them.

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Lewis Pleasants – The Marine Corps League Mud Run 2023
Air Date: May 14, 2032
“Major Mudd” is in the studio to give us details of the annual fundraiser that assists the MCL in their operation of programs like Toys for Tots, and how individuals and teams can participate.

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Mayor Allen Joines – City of Winston-Salem
Air Date: May 7, 2023
Mayor Joines joins us for a quarterly update on the business of the city, including the Mayor’s decision to run for office. We also talk about gun violence, poverty reduction, youth, and jobs.

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Dr. Lindsay Strowd – Dermatologist, Atrium Health | Wake Forest Baptist & Associate Professor of Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Air Date: April 30, 2023
Dr. Strowd discusses Skin Cancer Awareness Month, her path to becoming a Dermatologist, and the projects she is working on in her role at Atrium/Wake Forest.

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: April 23, 2023
Lechelle talks about new reports to BB ScamTracker about Tech Support scams, and other new tactics that come by email.

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Jud Patterson – Discussions on the Impact of Teachers on Our Lives
Air Date: April 16, 2023
Jud talks about his history teacher in Tennessee, Mary Chitwood, who made a significant impact on his life and the lives of his fellow classmates.

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Dr. Christina Bellinger – Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Air Date: April 9, 2023
Dr. Bellinger brings news of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and their roles in assisting physicians to better predict and diagnose lung cancer.

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Gerald Talley – ALS Association, North Carolina Chapter
Air Date: April 2, 2023
Gerald discusses the upcoming Winston-Salem Walk to Defeat ALS.

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: March 19, 2023
Lechelle brings the 2022 ScamTracker top scams, plus Artificial Intelligence tool ChatGPT is catching everyone’s attention as well as the scammers!

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Stories and Remembrances in Celebration of Crisis Control Ministry
Air Date: March 12, 2023
Volunteers, Community Groups, board members, current, and former staff members gather to share their stories and remembrances of Crisis Control Ministry on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the organization.

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Tammy Caudill – Crisis Control Ministry
Air Date: March 5, 2023
Tammy talks about the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Crisis Control Ministry and the kick-off of the celebration on April 3. We will also learn about fundraisers and food drives to assist in keeping the food pantries stocked for those in need.

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Ethan King – HOPE Dealers Outreach
Air Date: February 26, 2023
Ethan talks about how HOPE Dealers Outreach is working in the communities to effect change with young people who are at risk in their communities.

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: February 19, 2023
Lechelle talks about the new scams for the new year surrounding “Side Hustles” and social media scams. Plus, you will learn about a warning regarding misleading ads on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok promoting customized gifts.

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Tyler Cox – Twin City Kiwanis Club
Air Date: February 11, 2023
Tyler talks about Pan Jam 2023 – the Twin City Kiwanis Club Pancake Jamboree, the first in 2 years at the Benton Convention Center on February 24, 2023

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Mayor Allen Joines – Winston-Salem Mayor
Air Date: January 29, 2023
Mayor Joines discusses the rise in crime/homicides during the first few weeks of the year.

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Dr. Stephen Kritchevsky – Sticht Center – Atrium/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Air Date: January 22, 2023
Dr. Kritchevsky discusses how to help older adults get to a healthy weight. The Sticht Center recently received a grant to create a 5-year study of diet intervention.

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Lechelle Yates, Better Business Bureau
Air Date: January 15, 2023
Lechelle talks about the BBB’s 5 Resolutions for a Fraud-Free New Year. Plus, watch out for fake coupons on social media, some good consumer news about online tools from health insurance companies, and details of the BBB’s Donna Easter Student Ethics Scholarships for 2023. bbb.org

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Detective Gary Mundy, Kernersville Police Department & Jason Coldfelter – GIS Coordinator, Forsyth County
Forsyth CARES
Air Date: January 8, 2023
Detective Mundy and Jason Clodfelter discuss the creation, development and rollout of Forsyth CARES, a project that started in the Kernersville Police Department and has expanded and is being deployed for all of Forsyth County. The GEO-tag service allows residents to add information to a secure database that law enforcement, and first responders can access to provide details about individuals who may need assistance from time to time, and save resources in responding to calls for residents who may have cognitive issues. Forsyth.cc/ForsythCARES

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Rafael Sierra and Tony Baez – Disabled American Veterans Winston-Salem Chapter 9
Air Date: January 1, 2023
Rafael, Commander of Chapter 9 DAV and Tony, Adjutant of Chapter 9 DAV discuss the efforts to reach local veterans and provide the services of the DAV to them.

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Dr. Ed Brenegar – Circle of Impact Founder
Air Date: December 18, 2022
Ed reviews his program and tells us how we can take personal initiative to effect change. EdBrenegar.com

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: December 11, 2022
Lechelle highlights a new service within the BBB website, pet scams for folks looking for pets to give as gifts and more online scams to look out for this season. BBB.org

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Reverend Ginny Tobiassen – Pastor, Home Moravian Church
Air Date: December 4, 2022
Ginny talks about the upcoming Christmas services, Love Feasts, and Candle Teas, the opening of the sanctuary for full worship, and the celebration of the birth of Christ. HomeMoravian.org

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Allen Joines – Winston-Salem Mayor
Air Date: November 27, 2022
Mayor Joines reviews some of the activities within city government over the last several months.

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: November 20, 2022
Lechelle talks about the holiday scams we need to look out for that are on the Naughty List.

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Major Andrew Wiley – Commandant of the Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem
Air Date: November 13, 2022
Maj. Wiley discusses the upcoming Christmas Season of activities for the Salvation Army and the need for volunteers.

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Pat Ivey – Division 9 Engineer – NC Department of Transportation
Air Date: November 6, 2022
Pat talks about the opening of the new 7 mile segment of the I-74 Northern Beltway, the I-40 to Salem Parkway segment of the Beltway now under construction, and other roads projects that are underway in the area.

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Anita Ford – Memory Connections | Senior Services
Air Dates: October 30, 2022
Anita tells us about Senior Services, the center’s Memory Connections program, Help Line, Meals on Wheels, the Williams Adult Day Center and how you can help. SeniorServicesInc.org

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Tim Tsujii – Director, Forsyth County Board of Elections
Air Date: October 23, 2022
Tim talks about how the department works, the upcoming mid-term elections, technology firsts for early voting, and how elections are conducted. FCVotes.com

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: October 16, 2022
Lechelle discusses phone text scams, email scams, and ways that scammers are using your health benefits and leave you with the bills. BBB.org

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Fam Brownlee – Historian, The History of the Fair in Winston-Salem
Air Date: October 9, 2022
Fam reviews the history of the fair in the Winston-Salem area over the years.

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Fair Days – Interviews with Fairgrounds Vendors ahead of the 2022 Carolina Classic Fair
Air Date: October 2, 2022
Lea Ann Haynes – Friedland Moravian Church
Sonia Beckford – Taste Jamaica Food Truck
Taylor White – McBrides Concessions
Derek Lawson – The Gummy Bear Guy
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Leigha Cordell – Forsyth County Emergency Management
Air Date: September 25, 2022
Leigha talks about National Preparedness Month where people can learn about being prepared for all emergencies. ReadyForsyth.org
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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: September 18, 2022
Lechelle goes over new scams taking advantage of high school sports, student loan forgiveness scams, computer tech service scams, and a consumer tip that suggests you take a shot glass to the laundry room. BBB.org

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Chris Flynt, Director – Community Low Vision Center
Air Date: September 11, 2022
Chris talks about the CVLC and its mission to assist people who are blind or have low vision with programs, and resources to help them. Community Low Vision Center

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Angelina Wilson – Tarheel Challenge Academy
Air Date: September 4, 2022
Angelina talks about the Academy and how the school helps kids get back on track, academically and behaviorally. NC Challenge Academy

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Jim Clark – Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club | Thelma Lou Book
Air Date: August 28, 2022
Jim talks about the book showcasing the life of Betty Lynn, including her character as Barney Fife’s girlfriend.
“Becoming Thelma Lou – My Journey to Hollywood, Mayberry, and Beyond”

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Bob Campbell – Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem
Air Date: August 21, 2022
Bob discusses summer programs of the Salvation Army, the Center of Hope family emergency center, Stuff the Bus for back to school and upcoming fall initiatives. SalvationArmyWS.org

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: August 14, 2022
Lechelle has some new scams to tell us about including one that works with “airline delays and cancellations”. We will also expose QR Code scams, scams surrounding Back-to-School Sales, and Used Car purchases. Plus, we will celebrate the businesses receiving the 2022 Torch Awards for Ethics. bbb.org

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Scott Best – HOPE Winston-Salem, Executive Director
Air Date: August 7, 2022
Scott tells us about HOPE in Winston-Salem, the history, operation, and upcoming events that help the ministry feed people in Winston-Salem. hopews.org

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Allen Joines – Winston-Salem Mayor
Air Date: July 31, 2022
Mayor Joines joins us to update our listeners about how the city is handling inflation and high fuel costs, a recap of the Weaver Fire financial assistance the city contributed to residents and workers affected by the fire in late January, the expenditure for artwork for Salem Parkway’s dandelion, violence in our communities, workforce education and placement, area economic development and how Winston-Salem contributes to the new opportunities including Boom Aerospace, Toyota, and the Greensboro/Randolph Mega Site among others.

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Ryan Moody – Crisis Control Ministry
Air Date: July 24, 2022
Ryan talks with us about Crisis Control Ministry events including the 2022 Shmedfest at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, the monthly food contributions for the food pantries, and how the community can volunteer. CrisisControl.org

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: July 17, 2022
Lechelle discusses vacation scams, gas gift cards, paying for prizes, and Students Scholarships. BBB.org

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Lewis Pleasants – The Marine Corps League Detachment #1075
Air Date: July 10, 2022
Lewis explains the history and the purpose of the Marine Corps League, the Detachment’s service focus in the community and the fundraising efforts that fuel the services of and the charitable support of the Detachment. semperfi1075.org

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Ethan King – Executive Director – Hope Dealers Outreach
Air Date: July 3, 2022
Ethan is in the studio to talk about the ministry in Winston-Salem, and upcoming school supplies and food and clothing drives in the communities they serve. hopedealersoutreach.org

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Drew Clark – Forsyth County Humane Society
Air Date: June 26, 2022
Drew talks about pet safety in the summer. forsythhumane.org

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: June 19, 2022
Lechelle discusses employment scams, an imposter scam that appears to come from a law enforcement agency, vacation related scams, and a scam that targets employers. bbb.org

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Patty Sorrells, Executive Director & Heather Hendrickson, Thrift Store Manager – Next Step Ministries
Air Date: June 12, 2022
Patty and Heather talk about the ministry which runs a crisis shelter in Kernersville, and how citizens can help support Next Step Ministries. nextstepdv.com

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Rayetta Johnson – Program Manager, Comprehensive Stoke Center – Atrium Health/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Air Date: June 5, 2022
Rayetta discusses medicines that can help stroke victims return to normal life as quickly as possible, what exactly is a stroke, and how quick reaction and getting to the hospital means a big difference in recovery. wakehealth.edu/stroke

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Juliana Reyes – Bookmarks
Air Date: May 29, 2022
Juliana tells us about Bookmarks and the upcoming events at the bookstore, celebrating their 5th birthday in July. bookmarksnc.org

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Dr. Eileen M. Young – Music Director, Salem Band
Air Date: May 22, 2022
Eileen talks about Salem Band’s 250th Anniversary, the 2022 Summer Concert Series, a call for all trombone players for a special summer concert on July 19, Trombone Mania, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, and the Salem Band Legacy Project. Visit SalemBand.org

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John Railey – Author, “Andy Griffith’s Manteo – His Real Mayberry”
Air Date: May 1, 2022
John discusses his latest book and how Griffith’s early years in Manteo created the sense that the town and the area of North Carolina he spent his later years in, was Mayberry.

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: April 24, 2022
Lechelle talks about digital money, or cryptocurrency, scams and related challenges facing consumers in the digital age.

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Rob Davis – RiverRun International Film Festival
Air Date: April 17, 2022
Rob discusses the first festival since 2020 and the local theatres participating, showing the films in person and virtually. Over 1,670 films from around the world were submitted for the festival this year and from the programming team that were watched during the course of the past year. We also learn what makes a RiverRun film. RiverRunFilm.com

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Gerald Talley – ALS Association of North Carolina
Air Date: April 10, 2022
Gerald brings information about the upcoming Winston-Salem Walk to Defeat ALS on April 30 and the latest advances in research to extend the quality of life for ALS patients and their families and caregivers.

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Katherine Lambert – CEO, Western North Carolina Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association
Air Date: March 27, 2022
Katherine tells us about the recent released 2022 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures Report and discusses the continued growth of the Alzheimer’s burden in North Carolina.

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: March 20, 2022
Lechelle discusses the BBB’s Annual Risk Report looking at scams reported to the BB ScamTracker during 2021. Plus, the cryptocurrency scam, an Instagram scam, how to safely donate to the Ukraine relief efforts, and word of an impostor boss text scam. bbb.org

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Rebecca Clark – Executive Director – Piedmont Triad Film Commission
Air Date: March 13, 2022
Rebecca talks about the work of the commission to bring film production back to the Triad area.

Mayor Allen Joines – City of Winston-Salem
Air Date: March 6, 2022
Mayor Joines discusses the business of the city in this quarterly segment.

Trey Mayo – Winston-Salem Fire Chief
Air Date: February 27, 2022
Chief Mayo talks about the Department’s response to the Winston Weaver Company fire on January 31.

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: February 20, 2022
Lechelle discusses the latest online scams including one that could get you in trouble as a money mule! 
BBB of Central & NW North Carolina

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Chuck Spong and Liz Miller – Love Out Loud
Air Date: February 13, 2022
Chuck and Liz discuss the ministry and their current efforts to assist residents affected by the evacuation caused by the Winston Weaver Company fire that began on January 31. loveoutloudws.com

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Judie Holcomb-Pack – Winston-Salem Writers
Air Date: 2/6/22
Judie discusses the history of Winston-Salem Writers and the programs the group offers. wswriters.org

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Danny Green – Wachovia Winds Youth Ensemble
Air Date: 1/30/22
Danny talks about the early days of the Wachovia Winds Youth Ensemble, an area-wide program that brings together high school band students to play in concerts throughout the season. On hiatus during the pandemic, the Wachovia Winds is tuning up for some special concerts for the 2022 season. wachoviawinds.com

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Jenny Brown, Addison Copeland, Elyssa Mothershed, and Beckett Koontz – Bright Minds Tutoring
Air Date: 1/23/22
The group of sophomores from the Class of 2024 at Reagan High School have created a non-profit tutoring program for children in grade K-8 to assist in subject including English, science, history, math, Spanish and art. facebook.com/brightmindstutoringwsnc

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Lechelle Yates – Better Business Bureau
Air Date: 1/16/22
Lechelle talks about scams related to the pandemic, and new computer scams to be on the lookout for.

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Kevin Westrich & Anna Marino – Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts
Air Date: 1/9/22
Kevin and Anna bring information about the upcoming Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts competition. Managed by the City of Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department, PPSG offers area seniors age-related competitions in sports, arts, crafts and literary categories. weplay.ws

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Katherine Burnette – Judge’s Waltz, Author
Air Date: 1/2/22
Katherine, a Winston-Salem native and North Carolina state district court judge talks about her recently released debut novel, Judge’s Waltz.

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