Lowcountry Forever – The Podcast

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Every weekend, all six Charleston Radio Group stations come together to highlight the Lowcountry! Lowcountry Forever is a 30-minute program focused on those making a difference here, where we live. Every week, we talk one-on-one with community leaders, heads of nonprofits, newsmakers and individuals working to make the Lowcountry an even better place to live. Tune in each Sunday and hear about the good things going on in our neighborhoods, and to learn what you can do to help.

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    The American Red Cross and the Pure Concert Festival (March 21, 2021)

    Segment #1:

    Blood levels in the Lowcountry remain at dangerously low levels.   Patricia Ammons from the American Red Cross spoke of why the blood supply is so low, and what effect Covid-19 has had on blood donation and collection.    Additionally, Ammons explained the blood giving process, discussed where a blood donation goes, and who and how it helps.   Plus, she promoted the next major drive on Thursday, March 25th.

    American Red Cross

    Segment #2:

    April is Autism month.   To raise awareness of that, and raise funds for the Charleston Walk for Autism, concert organizer Zandria Dunning spoke on the upcoming Pure Festival Concert, an April 3rd benefit for the Charleston Walk for Autism.   Gillian Kohl, a mom of an autistic child and Charleston Walk for Autism representative talked about the challenges a child with autism faces and how Covid-19 has affected their organization.  Plus, Jay Davis of the Greater Charleston YMCA talked about his facility, why it was hosting the festival, and all that the YMCA has to offer to those interested in joining. 

    Pure Concert Festival

    The American Heart Association and AME Churches & Father to Father Incorporated (Mar. 14, 2021)

    Segment #1:

    Heart disease and stoke are a leading cause of death in our country, particularly in the African-American community.   The American Heart Association has teamed up with the Women’s Missionary Society to raise the awareness of the importance of knowing your blood pressure and addressing risk factors like unhealthy eating and the lack of physical activity.  Myra Haney Singleton and Nevja Wigfall from the Women’s Missionary Society discussed conversations being had in the church, and about an AHA workshop being held on March 18, 2021. 

    American Heart Assocation

    Segment #2:

    Being a father, particularly a good father, isn’t easy.   Father to Father is a local organization created to help fathers.   Whether they are in a situation where they are together with the child’s mom, or not, Father to Father helps men become better parents, and, in some cases, better partners.   Sandino Moses, the Outreach Coordinator in their North Charleston office spoke of the challenges facing today’s fathers, the important of a child growing up with an involved mother and an involved father, and how his organization assists fathers.

    Father to Father Incorporated

    East Cooper Meals on Wheels and the Town of Mount Pleasant (Mar. 7, 2021)

    Segment #1:

     East Cooper Meals on Wheels is more than just an organization that provides meals to elderly shut-ins – much, much more.  George Roberts, the President of the organization explained all that Meals on Wheels does for its clients, and where the meals and items they provide come from.    Also discussed was the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Meals On Wheels and their clients, and what the community can do to help.

    East Cooper Meals On Wheels

    Segment #2:

    The first major event cancelled by the pandemic in March of 2020 was the Town of Mount Pleasant’s annual ArtFest.   In 2021, the first major event of the year the town will put on is ArtFest 2021.   Nicole Harvey and Tracy Ritcher from the Town of Mount Pleasant discussed the effects of Covid-19 on events and how that, in turn, has effected residents.   Additionally, they talked about ArtFest 2021 and the schedule events for this year, and the additional precautions and measure that are being taken to ensure that participants and attendees are safe and feel comfortable.

    Town of Mount Pleasant ArtFest 2021

    CPR3 at The Citadel and Riverdogs Baseball
    (Feb. 28, 2021)

    Segment #1:

    Is fitness a national security issue?    It is according to Dr. Daniel Bornstein, the Director of The Center for Performance Readiness, Resiliency and Recovery (CRP3) at The Citadel.    According Dr. Bornstein, only 25% of military age Americans are able to qualify for the services physically.   Dr. Bornstein discussed how that affects other areas of our society, such as first responders, and explained how The Citadel is the only college offering academic programs in tactical strength and training , and how CPR3 extends out into the Lowcountry community.

    The CPR3 Program at The Citadel

    Segment #2:

    Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Charleston Riverdogs were not able to play baseball in 2020.    That will change as the 2021 Riverdogs schedule has been released and baseball returns to Charleston on May 4, 2021.     Ben Abzug, Assistant General Manager of the Riverdogs discussed the effects of the 2020 season on their business, what the 2021 season looks like, how their interactions with the community have played out during the pandemic, and what Riverdogs fans can expect when baseball returns to Joe Riley Ball Park.

    The Charleston Riverdogs

    The Lowcountry Food Bank and H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue
    (Feb. 14, 2021)

    Segment #1:

    The Lowcountry Food Bank serves a 10 county area across South Carolina, helping those in need.    Typically, the first part of the year is a slow time for donations, coming off the holidays.   Brenda Shaw from the Lowcountry Food Bank discusses the current challenges of the Food Bank resulting from the on-going pandemic.   Plus, shares ways that people can assist, including how they’ve transformed one of their largest fundraising events, the Chef’s Feast, into a virtual event.

    The Lowcountry Food Bank

    Segment #2:

    H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue is a South Carolina non-profit that provides equine rescue assistance state-wide.   Executive Director Kurt Abel introduces us to his organization and discusses what they do, and why there is a need for them.    Abel also provides details on how the organization has been affected by the Covid-19, and how the pandemic has changed one of their big fundraising events, the H.O.P.E. Lope 5K Run.

    H.O.P.E Acres Rescue

    "Raising the Volume" @ The Gaillard Center and School Choice with My SC Education
    (Feb. 7, 2021)

    Segment #1:

    On February 1, 2021, the Charleston Gaillard Center released the second set of videos in the “Raise the Volume” series.   One of the two hosts of the series, Grammy Award winner Charlton Singleton discussed how he was part of the development of the idea, and who is featured in the second set of programs.   Singleton also talked about the stories being told, how they affect the Lowcountry, and his hopes for what this conversation on race will mean.

    The Charleston Gaillard Center

    Segment #2:

    Following the completion of School Choice week, the Executive Director of My South Carolina Education, Dr. Shaunette Parker, discussed school choice in the Palmetto State.     The deadline for parents to make a choice for their children for the next school year is February 26th.   Dr. Parker addressed the many issues surrounding school choice, including the question does this take money away from public schools.    Her emphasis, and her organization’s focus is providing information to parents and encouraging them to make the best choice for their child.

    My SC Education

    Heart Month w/The American Heart Association and the Covid-19 Vaccine
    (Jan. 31, 2021)

    Segment #1:

    To kick-off Heart Month, Allison Crouch of the Lowcountry American Heart Association talks about the two major event the organization is holding in February.   Both are to raise awareness of heart disease and funds to support heart research.   The annual “Wear Red Day” is February 5th, and the Lowcountry Heart Walk is February 27th.   As part of the Lowcountry Heart Walk, Lakesha William’s son will be crowned the “Little Heart King.  Ms. Williams discussed her son’s medical situation and the many ways the American Heart Association assisted their family. 

    The Lowcountry American Heart Association

    Segment #2:

    As Covid-19 begins to transition from testing to vaccination, Dr. Mileka Gilbert, a pediatric rheumatologist at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital shared up to date information on the pandemic.   Dr. Gilbert, who also has a Ph.D in microbiology and immunology, focused on the differences faced by people of color.  There is a higher Covid-19 infection and mortality rate for people of color.   Plus, people of color are less like to get vaccinated.  Dr. Gilbert explained the reasons behind this and what needs to be done about it.

    MUSC Covid-19 Information

    The Community Resource Center and the City of Hanahan
    (Jan. 24, 2021)

    Segment #1:

    The Community Resource Center is a Lowcountry non-profit operating in Summerville and North Charleston.   Louis Smith and his family founded the organization, which provides education and empowerment to low income individual and families.   Because of the effects of the pandemic, his organization is providing assistance to more people than ever.   He speaks of those challenges, how people can assist, and what those in need can do to receive help.

    The Community Resource Center Website

    Segment #2:

    The Mayor of Hanahan explains her role in the city’s government and what is next for the residents of Hanahan.  Christine Rainwater provided a breakdown of priorities for the city, including parks and recreation projects, how a new bond referendum was passed and what it will ultimately mean for Hanahan.   Mayor Rainwater also discussed the city’s attributes, how it is dealing with growth, and how residents can provide feedback and contact the Mayor.

    City of Hanahan Website

    The City of Goose Creek and SEWE
    (Jan. 17, 2021)

    Segment #1:

    On the eve of the City of Goose Creek’s 60th anniversary celebration this spring, Mayor Greg Habib discussed the town’s Comprehensive Plan that is being formulated, and how residents can provide input to the plan.   Additionally, the Mayor talked about economic growth and development in the city, and how the “Kickstart the Creek” program is assisting in that.    Plus, the challenges Goose Creek is dealing with because of Covid-19 and ways the city will celebrate its 60th anniversary.  

     City of Goose Creek Website

    Segment #2:

    The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is known as the kick-off to the tourist season in Charleston and the entire Lowcountry.    However, because of Covid-19, the 2021 SEWE was cancelled.   Executive Director John Powell explained why the decision was made to cancel this year’s SEWE.    Additionally, he discussed the economic impact that will have on his organization, and Charleston and the surrounding area, plus what the organization is now working toward in the future.

    Learn more about SEWE by clicking through to their website.

    Charleston MLK Celebration and The Formation Project
    (Jan. 10, 2021)

    Segment #1:
    The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Charleston is one of the oldest in the nation, dating back to 1972, prior to the establishment of a national holiday honoring the Civil Rights leader. The Executive Director of the YWCA of Greater Charleston, the organization in charge of the celebration, LaVanda Brown talks about the history of the celebration, the challenges brought on by the pandemic, this year’s events, and the legacy of Dr. King and his impact in our community today.     Learn more about the celebration on the YWCA of Greater Charleston’s website.

    Segment #2:
    The Charleston region is one of the areas of our country that has a large percentage of the human trafficking that occurs in the U.S. As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Kat Wehunt, the founder of the Charleston “The Formation Project” spoke about the problem in the Lowcountry. Wehunt talked about her own experiences with trafficking, why so much of it occurs in Charleston, what people should know about the issue and how The Formation Project is working to prevent human trafficking and assisting those who have been trafficked.     Visit the website of The Formation Project to learn more.

    "Pick Me SC" w/the Charleston Animal Society & South Carolina Stingrays (Dec. 6, 2020)

    Segment #1:
    The no-kill Charleston Animal Society continues its community outreach. From December 4th through the 13th, the Charleston Animal Society has taken the lead in “Pick Me SC,” a statewide event where larger shelters work with, and help out smaller, rural shelters in getting animals adopted. Kay explained how “Pick Me SC” works, and spoke about animal issues in the Lowcountry, and provide tips for listeners with pets for the holidays.

    Segment #2:
    When COVID-19 hit the Lowcountry last spring, the South Carolina Stringrays were one of the many businesses directly affected, having to end their season two months early, in March. Rob Concannon, the teams President and GM, discusses how the organization reacted to the shutdown, the adjustments they had to make over the spring and summer months, and how they are preparing for a new season, with COVID-19 restrictions, which opens on Friday, December 11th.

    Toys for Tots & "Turkey & a Twenty" at One80 Place (Nov. 22, 2020)

    Segment #1:
    Homelessness continues to be an issue across the Lowcountry, particularly in the city of Charleston. One80 Place is a non-profit with a mission to prevent and end homelessness. Chief Development Officer Marco Corona discussed how One80 Place works and what their short and long terms goals are for the Lowcountry. Katie Smith, their Director of Annual Giving spoke of the effects of COVID-19 on their fundraising efforts, and talked about their upcoming holiday fundraiser, “Turkey and a 20” on Tuesday, November 24th.

    Segment #2:
    The annual Marine Corp Reserve “Toys for Tots” campaign is underway for the holiday season. The toy collection drive in the Lowcountry is one of the largest across the country. Staff Sgt. Woodruff, the local Toys for Tots coordinator talked about the challenges of this year’s drive because of COVID-19. He shared information on Toys for Tots needs for this year, important deadlines, explained how the toy drive helped the community and how listeners could take part in this year’s Toys for Tots campaign.

    Raising the Volume (Gaillard Center) & The Charleston Basket Brigade (Nov. 16, 2020)

    Segment #1:
    The Charleston Gaillard Center has launched a new program entitled “Raising the Volume,” a conversation on music, race, art, activism and community. One of the two show hosts, Markus Amaker talked about his hope for the program and explained his role in the project. Also discussed was who would be featured on “Raising the Volume,” why they were chosen and the education angle of the program, and how it would impact area schools.

    Segment #2:
    Every year, the Charleston Basket Brigade gathers at the North Charleston Convention Center on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving to pack and deliver more than 3,000 meals to families in need. Because of Covid-19, this year’s Charleston Basket Brigade will be different, with no packing event. Pam Hartley, the founder of the Charleston Basket Brigade talks about the challenges the pandemic has provided, the greater need in the community because of it, and how they are moving forward this year. Plus, she provides information on how people can still assist in providing turkeys to those who otherwise might have to go without.

    The Salvation Army & Camp Rise Above (Nov. 8, 2020)

    Segment #1:
    Like most non-profits and community organizations, Covid-19 has created challenges for the Salvation Army. Sgt. Mike Michels, the local commander of the Salvation Army, explained how their “Angel Tree” program is adapting this year because of the pandemic, as well as sharing the changes to their kettle program. In addition to explaining the year round services that the Salvation Army provides through the Lowcountry, Sgt. Michels spoke of their needs and how people could volunteer and assist them in their mission.

    Segment #2:

    Every year, millions of children are able to have the experience of going to camp. However, not all children are provided that opportunity. Erin Ulmer, the Executive Director of Camp Rise Above, explains how the non-profit give children with disabilities or diseases that same opportunity. In addition to the discussion on the services Camp Rise Above provides, Ulmer also shares the challenges COVID-19 has presented, and give information about the November 14th Homebrewed Harvest event, to raise funds for Camp Rise Above.

    Operation Gratitude, The Reindeer Run & Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Center
    (Nov. 1, 2020)

    Segment #1:
    The Halloween Candy Give-Back Program, part of Operation Gratitude, has been connecting communities with Military and First Responder Heroes each fall since 2007. Suzy Kopp, a local real estate agent and Operation Gratitude advocate, provides information on the organization and how area residents can donate their extra Halloween candy to Deployed Troops, Veterans, and First Responders with the goal of forging strong bonds between the civilian and service communities nationwide.

    Segment #2:
    The annual Reindeer Run, sponsored by Half Moon Outfitters is a 5K charity run that benefits the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Haley Krischner is the race director, and spoke about the history of the race, how Covid-19 has changed this year’s event to a virtual run, and how people can register and get involved this December.

    Segment #3:
    With Veterans Day approaching, Sue Kerver the Voluntary Service Program Manager at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Center, updates the Lowcountry on their upcoming programs for Veterans. Plus, shares details on the November 11th, virtual Veterans Day Parade. And, provides information on how people can volunteer and help Veterans in need during these COVID-19 times, and throughout the holiday season.

    Dee Norton & American Cancer Society
    (Oct. 25, 2020)

    Segment #1:
    The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center in Charleston has a goal to create a community where children are safe from abuse and trauma. Throughout the month of October, the Center is asking Lowcountry residents to take their pledge to prevent child abuse. Beverly Hutchinson discussed how the pledge works, as well as explaining the mission of the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, what the center does to help children and families, and what area residents can do to assist their efforts.

    Segment #2:
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Charleston Radio Group has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to support their local events all month long. The final, and signature event is the “Making Strides Charleston Car Parade.” Kyle Jamison is a cancer survivor who not only participates in the event, but has involved the North Charleston Police Department, where he is an officer. Kyle talks about how the American Cancer Society assisted him while he was fighting the disease, how the organization helped his mother, also a cancer survivor, and how people can be a part of this year’s Making Strides event.

    Charleston MLK Celebration and The Formation Project
    (Jan. 10, 2020)

    Segment #1:
    The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Charleston is one of the oldest in the nation, dating back to 1972, prior to the establishment of a national holiday honoring the Civil Rights leader. The Executive Director of the YWCA of Greater Charleston, the organization in charge of the celebration, LaVanda Brown talks about the history of the celebration, the challenges brought on by the pandemic, this year’s events, and the legacy of Dr. King and his impact in our community today.     Learn more about the celebration on the YWCA of Greater Charleston’s website.

    Segment #2:
    The Charleston region is one of the areas of our country that has a large percentage of the human trafficking that occurs in the U.S. As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Kat Wehunt, the founder of the Charleston “The Formation Project” spoke about the problem in the Lowcountry. Wehunt talked about her own experiences with trafficking, why so much of it occurs in Charleston, what people should know about the issue and how The Formation Project is working to prevent human trafficking and assisting those who have been trafficked.     Visit the website of The Formation Project to learn more.