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 lpetty@wtob980.com.

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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