Our Town 1 July 2015
Our Town expands
Coast Radio’s award winning monthly public affairs program, Our Town,expanded its reach this month. The program has aired on KCST, 106.9 FM for more than two decades. Now, it will air twice more on KCFM. KCFM is a sister station to KCST and airs on three signals in the Florence and Mapleton areas: AM 1250; FM 104.1 and FM 103.1.
“The goal is to reach out to other listeners who can’t hear to the regular first Wednesday of each month broadcast” says Coast Radio general manager Jon Thompson. He added the locally owned and operated station is hoping to reach more people with the interesting stories and community information on the show.
Thompson was the show’s first host. It was originally called The Community Forum and he put it on the air not long after KCST began broadcasting in the fall on 1988.
Current host Bob Sneddon took over the show in 1998. Four years ago, it was expanded to include several topics each month and renamed Our Town.
The expanded offerings will include rebroadcast on KCFM the next morning, after the first Wednesday, beginning at 10:00 AM. The same show will then air, in its entirety, again the following Sunday, also at 10:00 AM.
July 2015 topics include helping families of stillborn children grieve; the Power of FlOreNcE; a legislative update; and details on the Oregon Coast Military Museum.
The July 1st show will feature interviews with the founder of Minutes of Gold, a non-profit organization aimed at helping grieving families with a stillborn child. Carol Slough started providing bereavement garments for babies born too soon in 1992. It’s now grown into a national program with dozens of volunteers providing the garments for nearly 300 hospitals around the country.
Coming up on the third Saturday in July, it will be the fourth annual Power of Florence. 15 year old Kaylee Graham organized the first Power of Florence in 2012. She’ll talk about what to expect later this month when hordes of people in Florence come out to do something for someone else.
Sneddon will also speak with the central coast legislative delegation to Salem. State Representative Caddy McKeon and State Senator Arnie Roblan will discuss the nearly-ended session.
An in depth interview with founders and drivers of the Oregon Coast Military Museum will also be featured. Tim Sapp, Wayne Sharpe, Cal Applebee, Sue Gilday, and Greg Frieze contributed to the conversation.
Our Town on Coast Radio is sponsored by Andy Baber, Edward Jones Investments; The Archives, Photo Restoration Specialists; Holloway and Associates CPAs; Peace Health Peace Harbor Medical Center; Lane Community College in Florence and Siuslaw Public Library.
Video broadcasts of some segments of Our Town can be viewed on Charter Cable channel 191.
Our Town – 1 April 2015
KCST’s Our Town for April 1st covered a wide variety of things like education funding; school curriculum; changes at Lane Community College, economic development and plans to restore more open sand on the Oregon Dunes.
Coast Radio’s award winning public affairs program introduced the new director of Lane Community College’s Florence Center. Russ Pierson has been with Lane for 8 years, much of that in facilities management. But, he has a rich and varied background in education. Download
Joining the conversation was Carl Bauer, the Deputy Central Coast District Ranger for the Siuslaw National Forest. Bauer also serves as the lead supervisor for the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area. They are just now embarking on a process to collect information from residents and dunes users about the possibility of restoring more open sand on the Dunes NRA. Bauer and Recreational Planner Angie Morris talked about the process. Download
March 26th Florence Mayor Joe Henry hosted a summit meeting on economic development in the Florence area. He hosted more than 30 different community, government and business leaders to talk about their thoughts. Download
Results of the conversation will be formally presented to the Florence City Council later this morning, but during the program, Henry talked about some of the things that may come from the summit. Download
A renewed focus on science, technology, engineering and math has Siuslaw Middle School science teacher Andy Marohl excited about the future. He has students involved in things like Lego robotics and even has a group of students working on a remotely operated underwater vehicle. In an effort to expose the four disciplines; referred to as STEM; Marohl and other teachers will be hosting a STEM night for students and their families at the middle school April 23rd. Download
That’s it for the first hour of the April 1st Our Town…
After local and national news, Our Town host Bob Sneddon greeted Siuslaw Superintendent Ethel Angal and her business Manager Kari Blake to talk about school funding. They were joined by the Business Manager from Mapleton School District, Maria McEldowney. Download
Blake and McEldowney returned to their ledgers and Angal was then joined by Siuslaw Elementary Principal Mike Harkelrode. The two explained to Bob about the three years they’ve already invested in implementing the “Common Core” and “Smarter Balanced” standards. Angal says despite some concerns in other communities, it works well in Florence. She cited a program that took place that day at Siuslaw Elementary. Download
Angal and Mr. H. then talked about the move to full day kindergarten and the impacts that they say will have in coming years. Download
After the final break… Host Bob Sneddon introduced his final segment on the lost art of creating Artisinal Birkenstocks. Download
Previous Our Town Shows:
Our Town – 4 March 2015
Our Town Intro – Download
Our Town Opening Segment – Download
City Manager, Erin Reynolds – Download
Florence Mayor, Joe Henry pt 1 – Download
Florence Mayor, Joe Henry pt 2 – Download
Florence Mayor Joe Henry and the State of the City
Presented Thursday, 2/19/15 at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Noon Forum at Three Rivers Casino, World Market Buffet.
Our Town – Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Our Town Intro – Download
Featuring Peace Harbor Hospice Director Kathy Murphy and Clinic Director Debra Suggs talking about the upcoming Light up a Life celebration on December 13th.
Honor Flight – Download
Western Lane Ambulance Paramedic Darrek Mullens visits about the showing of the feature length documentary “Forgotten Heroes” about an Honor Flights trip to the National World War II Memorial in Washington DC.
Pathways pt 1 – Download
Pathways pt 2 – Download
Becky Goehring and Meg Spencer talk about a recent initiative funded by the Ford Family Foundation to help local residents shape their future.
PeaceHealth pt 1 – Download
PeaceHealth pt 2 – Download
Peace Harbor Medical Center CMO Rick Yecny, Foundation Director Michele Douglass, and community leader Kay King talk about the Leave a Legacy, Save a Life Emergency Department fundraising drive.
A. J. Brauer pt 1 – Download
A.J. Brauer pt 2 – Download
A.J. Brauer pt 3 – Download
Dr. A.J. Brauer is celebrating his 85th birthday this month and will also step down from 35+years on the board of directors for Oregon Pacific Bank. During his 56 years in Florence, Brauer has been actively involved in many activities.
Our Town – Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Our Town Intro – Download
Les Miserables pt 1 – Download
Les Miserables pt 2 – Download
Lane Community College 50th Anniversary – Download
Kim Erickson – Download
Matt House / Dave Haberman – Download
Our Town – Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Our Town – Hour 1 – Florence City Council Candidates – Download
Our Town – Hour 2 – Mayoral Candidates – Download
Our Town – Hour 3 – All Candidates – Download
Our Town – Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Our Town – Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Our Town – Wednesday, July 2nd 2014
Our Town – Wednesday, June 4th 2014
Our Town – Wednesday, May 7, 2014