June 24th, 2012 by Regina Brett
For the past two years, all of you who listen to my radio show have welcomed me into your homes and cars every Wednesday night at 7 on WKSU 89.7 FM.
What an honor to be part of your lives.
The Regina Brett Show started with one simple concept: to inspire you to live a better life for yourself and others. As the title of my new book urges, Be the miracle.
There are so many public affairs shows on the radio, especially public radio, but few shows address the internal affairs, the issues of the heart and home, the problems that keep us awake at night, the solutions that come from the soul and extend into the greater world around us to make it even greater.
We’ve taken on topics that are fun and entertaining, shows that make you laugh or spit out your coffee or linger in the driveway to hear the last of a lovely line or story or song. We’ve taken on tough topics that make you grab a tissue, hug your children tighter, call your spouse to say those three words we all take for granted: I love you.
We’ve had shows that made me cry during the hour. One show, I was in the studio with a father whose son committed suicide after being bullied on the bus every day on the way to school. Sitting next to that dad in this studio was one of the bullies, a boy who confessed his role to the father. Together, they speak at schools and work together to stop bullying.
Another time we had two Vietnam vets who just returned home from visiting Vietnam 40 years later. They spoke of sitting down with the Vietnamese people they were once sent to kill. They shared the poems they wrote to heal the wounds they still bear.
Another time, we had a woman and her husband, who are in their 90’s, break into song about growing old together.
We had a show on dads that made you appreciate your father more or miss the one you lost, a show that made you want to become a better daughter or son.
We’ve had shows on how to change a bad habit, how to stop hoarding, how to simply…rest.
We started this show with producer Sarah Eisler Taylor and sound producer Kabir Batia. We have a new producer Danielle Wiggins and sound producer Jasen Sokol, who both love radio and work hard to add the right touch to every show.
I am so grateful to all of you for listening to the show, for supporting it at pledge time and for telling your friends and families to tune in and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
I’d love to hear what you think of the show, and what topics you’d like us to address. If you have ideas for guests, email them to me at regina@ WKSU.org.
I look forward to spending Saturday afternoons with you. If you can’t join us then, I hope you’ll wake up early on Sunday to join us at the start of your day. And you can always, any time of the day or night, listen to us by podcast at WKSU.org.
As my friend Don always says, it’s been a slice of heaven…a la mode.
Let’s keep enjoying this great dessert together every Saturday afternoon starting June 30.