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: 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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