Co-hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab welcome three guests on the topic meeting the challenges of mental illness and suicide prevention in the Lehigh Valley. Guests include Diane Gilroy, volunteer with NAMI-LV (National Alliance on Mental Illness), psychologist Dr. Peter Langman and psychiatrist Dr. Laurence Karper. (Original air date August 29, 2013.)
Host Eleanor Bobrow talks with Gini Affuso, a childbirth educator and birth doula with The Growing Place, the first wellness, birth and family service center in the Lehigh Valley, specializing in comprehensive non-medical support for women and families and located in Emmaus. Gini discusses her passion for supporting women as they journey through their pregnancy and birth experiences. (Original air date August 26, 2013.)
The 52nd Philadelphia Folk Festival kicked off on Thursday night and ran through Sunday evening. Perhaps because of superstition and a desire for nice weather, the sign for main stage noted "2012 + 1." With the exception of a brief light rain Sunday afternoon, the August days were remarkable with highs in the low 80's and cool nights complemented by warm campfires in the campground.
George Fennell interviews Mitch Huston, business manager of the Bethlehem American Legion Band, during today's program. Mitch is the son of the founder, Ray Huston, who just retired as director after 66 years. George Fennel took over the post in March and plays some selections recorded by the band.
WDIY was one of four recipients of an award from the Eastern PA Arts Alliance, a Bethlehem-based group formed three and a half years ago to support local arts organizations, at their first "Strength in Numbers" ceremony last night. Other recipients included Working Dog Press, WFMZ and Green Leaf Productions.
The organization also awarded five grants at last night's ceremony. Grant recipients included Touchstone Theatre, Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Zoellner Arts Center, and Godfrey Daniels.
Host Eleanor Bobrow talks with Stephanie Miller-Berman, founder of Reading to Succeed, Inc. The organization helps people understand that children and adults with learning disabilities and dyslexia have the capability to learn and succeed in all levels of education given the right instruction. (Original air date August 19, 2013.)
Zoellner Center for the Arts has unveiled an exciting new season, and Artistic Director Deb Sacarakis and Administrative Director Andrew Cassano join hosts George and Kate to talk about the highlights. (Original air date August 26, 2013.)
Hosts John Pearce and Ray Schwab do an exit interview with our executive director, Dr. Bill Dautremont-Smith. Bill is stepping down from this position after a run of 5+ years, leaving WDIY as a much stronger radio station. You will be impressed by Bill's resumé; his energy is evident as he talks about his tenure as executive director and his plans for the future. (Original air date August 22, 2013.)