Listen up: May is ALS Awareness Month

Happy Spring Music City!  Lots of goings on in Mid-TN and I’m glad to be a part of it.  I’m also super happy to share it all with you.

This past week was Mother’s Day and I had the very distinct privilege of talking to a very extraordinary family share their story.  Robert Gowan was in the studio with his adorable kidlets, Catherine and Will, and their talented friend and nanny Morgan Myles.  Robert’s wife Amy Gowan lost her battle with ALS last August and the Gowan family is working very hard to raise awareness of this misunderstood and horrible disease.  We also debuted a beautiful, moving song written by Morgan for her dear friend Amy.  I don’t want to spill all the beans, so listen to their moving and beautiful tribute.  First up is Robert’s interview, followed by Morgan. 

Also up is a great interview with a young woman who figured out how to earn half a million dollars in college scholarships.  That’s right, $500,000!  This enterprising gal put herself through Vandy and Belmont and now has written a book sharing all that juicy “How-to” with you!  My interview with Kristina Ellis was fun and chock full of great tips for parents and soon-to-be college students.   

And, to round out this post, I spoke with Sara Trembath of Boxtops for Education.  She shared how Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Wheat Thins and many other items in your pantry can raise dollars for your local schools.  Check it out!  

Well, that’s it for now.  Keep listening to WKDF 103 and WGFX 104.5 The Zone for more great interviews and of course, music and sports!  Have a great week Music City!

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Communication is the Key to Family Harmony

Music City is buzzing these days.  It seems you can’t pick up a magazine or newspaper without seeing a story about our city’s growth.  Whether it’s in music, film, shopping, food or sports, we are definitely the “it” city!  I, for one, am so glad to be here to witness the exlosion.

Recently I interviewed a brilliant, enterprising and creative guy who’s helping families improve communication and help combat bullying.  Kevin Strauss, founder of familyejournal.com, is definitely onto something.  Through his free online journal, families can communicate with each other in a unique way.  And, organizations can join the Partner’s Program, a fee-based service that lets your organization or school offer this amazing program to your clients.  Listen to my interview with Kevin, then go online to www.familyejournal.com.  Here’s Kevin:  Kevin Strauss

I realize Valentine’s Day is over, but I thought I’d share a fun interview with a couple of rockin’ ladies.  Caryn Beth Rosenthal and Mary Jane Fahey, turned Cupid’s arrow around in their hilarious book “Dumped.”  If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a breakup you’re going to want to listen to these gals and then grab a copy of their book.  It’s the ultimate post-breakup bible.  Dumped

Well, that’s it for now Music City!  Keep on truckin’ towards Spring!

Something Weird is Happening at Sewanee

How are you all doing?  Happy New Year!  I guess I can say that for about another three days, right?  Hope you’ve been enjoying the winter.

Have you ever driving Southeast of Nashville, towards Chattanooga, and passed the tiny town of Monteagle?  Well, in those mountains lies a beautiful, pastoral, peaceful little town which is home to a gorgeous liberal arts college, known as the University of the South, or Sewanee.  Well, this Cali girl had never heard of such a place, until…my guest, author and screenwriter Don Winston, joined me to chat about his book about the place.  Well, it’s sort of about the place.  The book is called “S’wanee: A Paranoid Thriller” and it will give you chills down your spine and maybe even cost you a night’s sleep or two.  But, it also paints a picture of a gorgeous little idyll in Tennessee.  After you listen to Don’s interview, grab a copy of his book from Amazon.  And if you’re really curious, like I was, head down to visit Sewanee and see for yourself, if you can, what’s real and what isn’t.  Enjoy!  Don Winston

Now, if you’re a lover of music like I am, I have a treat for you!  And if you love gospel, then you’re really going to want to check this out.  Joshua Nelson, The Prince of Kosher Gospel, was in town doing a fundraiser concert for West End Synagogue.  Yep, you heard that right.  Joshua is African American and Jewish!  Whew!  This guy has talent to burn and a fascinating life story too.  Listen in and then let me know what you think!  Joshua Nelson: The Prince of Kosher Gospel

Have a great week, everyone!

Healthcare Choices

Busy time for everyone right now.  I hope you are all enjoying the festive season and looking forward.

If you or someone you love is a Medicare patient, you might be confused about the choices available.  The crucial open enrollment deadline may have passed, but it’s never too late to learn about what’s working and how to use your chosen program.  Dr. Aaron Millstone, a Pulmonologist in private practice in Williamson County, is a pro when it comes to helping folks understand the ins and outs of Medicare.  Check him out!  

Okay, this is a departure for me, but this guest was too much fun!  Ron Shirley, host of TruTv’s Lizard Lick Towing, has penned his memoirs.  This tomb is filled with “Ronisms” and “Ronosophy” and will have you howling, but will also make you think.  Enjoy!  

And, coming up I’ve got some amazing year-end shows coming up.  Stay tuned to this space and as always, listen to WGFX 104.5 The Zone and WKDF 103.  

Storytellers and Songwriters

The storms have raged all week, both literally and politically.  Hopefully the skies will clear around the nation soon.

In the meantime, I talked to a fabulous young couple recently who are so special.  Austin Atteberry and Sarah Doschodis have founded “Sing Me A Story,” to help at-risk kids around the world.  Listen to their interview and if you’re a songwriter or storyteller, check out their website to learn more about how you can help.  Sing-Me-A-Story  And if you’re not creatively inclined, there are many other ways to get involved.  And rest assured, if these two are any indication, our world will be just fine.  

For the Cure…

Hey Everyone!  Looks like we’ve seen the last warm weather for awhile.  But fall sure looks gorgeous, doesn’t it?

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  There have been so many advances in recent years, both in the area of diagnosis and treatment.  I had the privilege of talking to two women who are on the ground working to raise awareness about the importance of early diagnosis and finding a treatment plan that is individualized for the patient. 

Patty Harman is Executive Director of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure of Greater Nashville.  She talks about the work they are doing to provide resources to all women.

Jane Tiller is, in her own words, a Breast Cancer Thriver!  She talks about her own very personal story of fighting and thriving post diagnosis.  

These gals were so amazing, I devoted the entire show to their stories.  Listen in and then check out www.komennashville.org 

And, if you’re reading this on October 26th, there’s still time to sign up for the Race for the Cure, tomorrow, the 27th.  Register for Team Harman and join me!

Travel, Read, Renew

Hi everyone!  I hope you’re all surviving the dog days of summer.  Thank goodness the drought appears to be winding down.  My flowers and veggies are thriving, a good sign.  

So many of you are still looking forward to a fab summer vacay, so I thought I’d introduce you to my fave travel guru, Rick Steves.  My talk with him was tons of fun and so encouraging about foreign travel.  I never leave home without one of his guide books and now he’s got an app to help you make the most of your time off.  Listen to Rick then grab his latest Rick Steves Europe Through The Back Door 2012 and download his app for even more travel fun!  

Nashville is abuzz with so much creative energy and I just love to share it with all of you.  My next interview is with an inspiring local author who’s story will definitely move you.  Teasi Cannon’s memoir “My Big Bottomed Blessing” chronicles her struggles with her body image, self esteem, and ultimately her self acceptance.  It’s funny, heartwarming and thought provoking.  Enjoy hearing from her, then go out and get the book.  It will change your life!  

Here is Middle Tennessee, opportunities abound to get involved and help solve some weighty issues.  I was privileged to meet a couple of amazing women who saw a problem, felt led to help and now have created loving safe homes for victims of domestic violence.  Cheryl Hays, co-founder of Re-New at the YWCA of Middle Tennessee, talks about what inspired her and partner Julie Davis to make a difference in hundreds of lives.  Listen, be inspired and help this amazing organization.  

On a more serious note, our US Congress has taken lots of heat of late for its failure to pass a Federal budget.  But, there are many representatives that have had enough with the deadlock, partisanship and game playing.  Leading the charge for change, is our very own Representative Jim Cooper whose “No Budget, No Pay Act” is making its way through Congress.  I spoke with Representative Cooper to learn more about how the system broke down and why his proposed bill can fix it.  He explained it so beautifully, and made sense of a tough subject.  

Well, there is so much more I want to share.  So stay tuned to 103.3, 104.5 The Zone, and of course, this blog, for more great voices from Middle Tennessee and the country!  And, if you’d like to share your thoughts with me, email me at barbara.dab@cumulus.com. 

Ciao darlings!