Radio continued without interruption during this historic moment in time

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, my last day of recording the “1430 Connection” at WNAV was March 17, which was almost two weeks before the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order. Fortunately, I had two weeks of shows already recorded. And that gave me 13 days to figure out how I’d continue producing, recording and editing a radio show at home. This wasn’t easy – it had to sound radio-quality. It was a lot of trial and error and it’s still not perfect, but I haven’t missed one show for the past few months. These shows tell the stories of our community and our world during this very historic moment in our time. Yes, you might hear people talking in the background, dogs barking or horns honking, but, in a way, that also tells the story of the stay-at-home order or safer-at-home suggestion.

April 3 – Reverend Dr Carletta Allen – Pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church on the coronavirus and helping people through it from afar (remotely) –

April 10 – Chief William “Skeeter” Porter – Charles County Dive Rescue on his work of finding bodies in the water, including the recovery of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean –

April 17 – Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman about the coronavirus pandemic –

April 24 – Kim McLamb about her adventures in rescuing wildlife in Maryland during the coronavirus pandemic –

May 8 – Dr. Carol Vidal, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins Medicine). The topic is adolescent mental health. The number of mental health issues in adolescents is troubling, but what’s happening now with a world changed by coronavirus?

May 15 – Susan Thomas, executive director of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. The job of food banks – to provide food to those in need, has always been critical, but with the coronavirus pandemic, more people are in need.

May 12 – Paul “Bo” Bollinger, executive director of Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) for the 1430 Connection. This Annapolis-based non-profit provides the opportunity for those with disabilities and students from at-risk communities to enjoy boating. With adapted boats and equipment, boating and getting on those boats, which was considered too difficult or impossible for some, no longer is.

May 29 – Donna Rice Hughes, president and executive director of Enough is Enough, a Virginia-based nonprofit which focuses on making the internet safer for children and families.

June 5 – Jacqueline Boone Allsup, president of the Anne Arundel County NAACP. The topic is racial discrimination in the U.S.

June 12 – Christian Smooth, an Annapolis-based photographer and filmmaker who shares his experiences of documenting history as its unfolding through his eyes and lens.

June 19 – Nicole Kelsch, the artistic director of the The Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Exactly how are ballet dancers staying in shape, teaching and rehearsing during this pandemic? How does the company and its dancers continue to survive if this goes on? And what will the 2020/21 season look like if all goes perfectly? And if it doesn’t?

June 26 – Chris Haley and Bill Haley, Alex Haley’s nephew and grandson. The topic is racism, this moment in history, recent protests at the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial in Annapolis and the comments some on social media have made about the statue, about Alex Haley, Kunta Kinte and Haley’s 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family.

July 4 – Annapolis Alderman DaJuan Gay – the topics are racism, ways to stop it, mental health and this moment in our history.

July 11 – Delegate Shaneka T Henson, Esq. The Black Lives Matter protests in Edgewater have been different than many others. Why? Also discussed is how our history is changing right now and what that means for Delegate Henson’s legislative/career goals.

July 18 – Selene San Felice, a journalist who works for The Capital Gazette newspaper and a spokesperson for the Chesapeake News Guild. The topic is the concern for the future of The Capital Gazette, The Carroll County Times and the newspapers of Baltimore Sun Media.

Many of my coworkers stayed at WNAV – they’ve been there every day and continue to cover local news, traffic, weather and the music played on without any interruptions. This was and continues to be an historic moment in our time. A lot has happened between March and today. I’m proud of all of us at WNAV for doing what we’ve done since March. And for continuing doing what we’ve done since 1949. WNAV’s motto is “the information you need … the music you know.” It’s comforting to have that and to be part of it.

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