Our Town Audio

August 7, 2014 6:38 am Our Town, Station

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.

Minutes of Gold, July 1, 2015

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.

Power of Florence, July 1, 2015

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.

Rep. Caddy McKeown (D-Coos Bay), July 1, 2015

State Senator Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay), July 1, 2015

Oops! Somebody hung up the phone! State Senator Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay), July 1, 2015

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.

Oregon Coast Military Museum- intro – July 1, 2015

Oregon Coast Military Museum – History – July 1, 2015

Oregon Coast Military Museum – A dream takes shape – July 1, 2015

Oregon Coast Military Museum – A peek inside –  July 1, 2015

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.

Russ Pierson took over as the interim director of LCC in Florence March 9th, 2015.

Russ Pierson took over as the interim director of LCC in Florence March 9th, 2015.

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

Florence Mayor Joe Henry hosted more than 30 civic and business leaders for an economic development summit March 26th, 2015.

Florence Mayor Joe Henry hosted more than 30 civic and business leaders for an economic development summit March 26th, 2015.

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

Siuslaw Middle School science teacher is excited enough about teaching science to his students, he'll even hug a fish.  Marohl was participating with students and members of the Siuslaw Stream Team recently. (contributed photo)

Siuslaw Middle School science teacher is excited enough about teaching science to his students, he’ll even hug a fish. Marohl was participating with students and members of the Siuslaw Stream Team recently. (contributed photo)

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…

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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.

Download

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

Intro – Jodi O’Mara

Ken Stone

Mokrohisky #1

Mokrohisky #2

Joshua Greene

PeaceHealth #1

PeaceHealth #2

PeaceHealth – Outro

 

 

Our Town – Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Intro

Carolyn Stein

David Hascall

Ethel Angal

Helping Hands

 

Our Town – Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Intro 

Kayleigh Graham pt 1

Kayleigh Graham pt 2

Relay for Life pt 1

Relay for Life pt 2

City Lights

Andy Van Pelt

PeaceHealth pt 1

PeaceHealth pt 2

PeaceHealth pt 3

 

Our Town – Wednesday, June 4th 2014

Intro 

Robert Smith

Jake Thompson

Second Intro

30 x 90 pt 1

30 x 90 pt 2

30 x 90 pt 3

 

Our Town – Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Intro

Leslie Dawn pt 1

Leslie Dawn pt 2

Jay Bozevich pt 1

Jay Bozevich pt 2

Arts Alliance

 

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