Friday, February 15, 2008

FEBRUARY 15, 2008

Each morning, I get the chance to share part of my life with you on the morning show on 97.7 The Breeze. As you may know, I have lived in Bakersfield for seven years, am married, and have an 8-month old daughter. One of my favorite things about living here, and specifically working at The Breeze, is the compassion our community has for the less fortunate.

I want to tell you about an experience I had recently that changed my life. Through my job, I had the opportunity to meet with the leaders of an organization called World Vision that provides aid to children around the world. During that meeting, I felt a mix of emotions as I heard stories about children and families living in extreme poverty all over the world.

It's a challenge to comprehend how there are such different situations in the world-- why some children are born in wealthier countries, and some are born in areas without clean water or food. However, it's encouraging to hear that people around the world, people of all backgrounds and beliefs, are sharing what they have to support a child and give them basic necessities to live a healthy life. Through this effort, World Vision has saved many lives, but there are many more children who need help.

Here in Bakersfield, you and I can help with this effort. It doesn't take much. just about $1 a day. That's it. You can give someone clean water, nutritious food, shelter, adequate clothing, educational opportunities and medication. Being a parent, I can only imagine what it must be like to not be able to provide that for your children-- to have to give them dirty water to drink because there is no alternative. Imagine what a difference you can make... just with clean water alone.

On February 21, 2008 (next Thursday), 97.7 The Breeze will be dedicating our entire day of programming (from 5 AM-7 PM) to acquiring new child sponsors for World Vision. It will be a day of education, reflection, and hopefully generous giving. You can call 1-888-WV-HELPS (1-888-984-3577) or go online to to sponsor a child. Julie and I have sponsored a child named Ana in the Honduras, and I'll tell you all about her that day.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this further, you can call me each morning in the studio at 1-866-977-KSMJ, or email me. Thanks in advance for your support!

This morning, we had you calll us and tell us a bit about yourself... We found men, women, teachers, security guards... everyone listens to the show! Thanks!

Oops... we forgot to give you the news...

Lost will be back-back, after the strike. And even better, we've just checked in with inside sources, and we have dates! Yes, dates! So, break out your calendars, 'cause we're hearing this is the approved plan...

The last episode of the current pod (episode seven) will air Mar. 13. Then the show will be off the air a little more than a month and return Apr. 17 at 9 p.m.

(That Apr. 17 episode will be the already-completed episode eight, which was filmed prestrike, but which apparently works much better as a minipremiere than it does as a minifinale.)

Anyhoo, the following week, on Thurs., Apr. 24, a little show called Grey's Anatomy returns to its usual 9 p.m. time slot, so Lost will move to 10 p.m., where it will stay for the rest of the season.