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Algenon Cash: Director – Triad Food and Beverage Coalition Air Date: 7/5/20 Algenon talks about how area bars and restaurants are doing in Phase 2 of NC’s reopening plan, as well as what local protests have accomplished in the last 5 weeks since George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis Police.
Lechelle Yates: Communications Director, Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 6/21/20 Lechelle talked about coupon scams during graduation and wedding season and HVAC repairs.
Dale Folwell: North Carolina State Treasurer Air Date: 6/14/20 Dale talked about state reserves being used for unemployment claims and the state pension fund.
Algenon Cash: Director, Triad Food and Beverage Coalition, entrepreneur, volunteer Air Date: 6/7/20 Algenon talked about a number of topics including the death of George Floyd and the protests that have followed.
Lisa Law: Lead Clinical Therapist for Certus Psychiatry and Integrated Care Air Date: 5/31/20 Lisa talked about psychological well being as we’re all staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brian Carlson: Chief Executive Officer of Servpro Winston-Salem North Air Date: 5/24/20 With the state moving into Phase 2 of reopening, Brian talked about complying with CDC recommendations for deep cleaning.
Lechelle Yates: Communications Director, Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 5/17/20 Lechelle talked about scams involving the COVID-19 pandemic.
Natalie Hughes, General Manager of Moji’s Coffee & More, and Sam Garrison a “Mojista” Air Date: 5/10/20 Natalie and Sam talked about the operation at Moji’s and how they’ve been coping since they had to close due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Roundtable discussion with local business owners about how they’re dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Air Date: 5/3/20 Seven local business owners discuss their present situation with the shutdown due to COVID-19, and how they plan on recovering once stay-at-home orders are lifted.
Bob Campbell, Director of Marketing and Communications for The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem Air Date: 04/26/20 Bob talked about the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the Salvation Army, and some of the needs the organization has in order to support those in need.
Lechelle Yates, Communications Director, Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 04/19/20 Lechelle talked about how scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak, and how the BBB can help small businesses during the crisis.
Dudley Watts, Forsyth County Manager Air Date: 4/12/20 Dudley talked about how the county is dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, Cathy Clarkson with The Student Center, and Josh McGee owner of Y’all Sauce Company Air Date: 4/5/20 Mayor Joines gave an update on the latest restrictions being implemented due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Cathy Clarkson talked about the Career Path Planning Program. And Josh McGee talked about a program to sell T-shirts to raise money for the Restaurant Workers Relief Fund.
Allen Joines, Winston-Salem Mayor Air Date: 3/28/20 Mayor Joines talked about the stay-in-place order, and impact that the COVID-19 virus outbreak is having on the city.
Dale Folwell, North Carolina Treasurer Air Date: 03/21/20 Dale talked about the condition of the state’s pension plan, insurance, and overall financial health as we deal with the threat of the COVID-19 virus.
Lechelle Yates, Communications Director Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina. Air Date: 03/15/20 Lechelle talked about a BBB study of scams, and who gets scammed the most.
Joshua Swift, Forsyth County Health Director Air Date: 03/08/20 Joshua talked about the COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak.
Lechelle Yates, Communications Director, Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 03/01/20 Lechelle talked about a new scam where perpetrators can actually steal your cellphone number.
Sarah Williamson, Executive Director of the Forsyth Humane Society Air Date: 02/23/20 Sarah talked about the activities taking place at the Humane Society, including pet adoption, fostering and SaveFursyth.
Pat Ivey, Division 9 Engineer, North Carolina Department of Transportation Air Date: 02/16/20 Pat talked about the reopening of Business 40 through downtown Winston-Salem as Salem Parkway, and what still needs to be done on the project.
Karen Owens, Education and Family Services Manager with the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter Air Date: 02/09/20 Karen talked about Alzheimer’s Disease and the services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. She also talked about an upcoming seminar.
Bob Ross and Craven Page, with the Twin City Kiwanis Club Air Date: 02/02/20 Bob, who is this year’s “Mr. Pancake,” and Craven talked about the Kiwanis Club’s upcoming Pancake Jamboree.
LechelleYates, Communications Director, Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 01/10/20 Lechelle talked about scammers using your expired credit card number to buy items online.
Reverend Abby Catoe, Executive Director, Annie’s Hope Center for Growing and Healing Air Date: 12/29/19 Abby talked about the mission of the center which helps women who are the victims of domestic violence, it’s programs, and the progress being made on the Annie’s Hope house.
Richard Stamp, Entertainer, subject of a British documentary Air Date: 12/22/19 Richard talked about his battle with penile cancer, and his journey to Winston-Salem to talk to the experts on regenerative medicine at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.
Lechelle Yates, Communications Director Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 12/15/19 Lechelle talked about scams involving the “it” toy for Christmas.
Major Jim Rickard, Commander Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem Air Date: 12/8/19 Major Rickard talked about the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle and the organization’s other Christmas holiday campaigns.
Lechelle Yates, Communications Director Better Busines Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina. Air Date: 12/8/19 Lechelle talked about online Christmas shopping scams.
Damian Birkel, Founder and Executive Director of Professionals In Transition Air Date: 12/1/19 Damian talked about his organization and how they provide support for those who have lost their jobs.
Hannah West, Director of Community Relations with Hospice of Davidson County Air Date: 12/1/19 Hannah talked about hospice and their “Night of Reflection.”
Yamile and Casey McBride, with McBride/SOMOS Consulting Air Date: 11/24/19 Yamile and Casey talked about having an attitude of gratitude this Thanksgiving.
Brandon Cathey, Senior Advancement Officer at the Crossnore School and Children’s Home Air Date: 11/24/19 Brandon talked about the operations at the school and the Children’s Home.
Dr. Ahunna Okwubunka-Anyim, Primary Care Physician with Iora Health Air Date: 11/17/19 Dr. Okwubunka-Anyim talked about Iora Health Care, their team-based approach to care, and their payment system that’s based on care.
Lechelle Yates, Communications Director, Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 11/10/19 Lechelle talked about a study on scams done by the BBB.
Dale Folwell, Treasurer, State of North Carolina Air Date: 11/3/19 Dale talked about handling the state pension fund, recovering unclaimed property and other issues.
Ashley Conrad, Communications Manager for 911 Communications with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Air Date: 10/27/19 Ashley answered another question from our “Ask the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office” website, and talked in depth about operations at the 911 Communications Center.
Dr. Murali Ramaswamy, Pulmonary and Critical Care specialist at Cone Health Air Date: 10/20/19 Dr. Ramaswamy talked about the vaping crisis.
Lt. Brian Hall, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Air Date: 10/20/19 Lt. Hall answers a question about traffic enforcement, and talked enforcing the speed limit.
Lechelle Yates, Communications Director Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 10/13/19 Lechelle talked about a scam that may involve your “personal assistant” on your smart device, such at “Siri” or “Alexa.”
Dwight “Mack” Sigmon, The Grand Master of Masons for North Carolina Air Date: 10/13/19 Mack talked about the latest activities involving the Masons organization in North Carolina.
Dr. Richard Bedlack and Brett Hogue, Director of Duke University ALS Clinic/President and CEO LVHALS Foundation Air Date: 10/06/19 Dr. Bedlack and Brett talked about the innovative work being done at the Duke ALS Clinic and the upcoming ALS benefit.
Glenn Davis, Director of the First Responder Chaplaincy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Air Date: 9/29/19 Chaplain David talked about the work done by the Chaplaincy, and how they deal with the stressful situations faced by first responders.
Martin Tucker, Author, “Vietnam Photographs from North Carolina Veterans: The Memories They Brought Home.” Air Date: 9/22/19 Martin talked about his career, and new book of photographs he compiled.
Jeff Pruett, Opiod Safety Program Coordinator with Community Care of North Carolina and Tara Tucker, Chair of the Forsyth County Opiod Task Force Air Date: 9/15/19 Jeff and Tara talked about the opiod crisis and how it’s affecting North Carolina.
Corporal Tara Barham, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Unit Air Date: 9/8/19 Corporal Barham talked about child custody laws and how they deal with 50B and 50C orders.
“The Grimberlyn Reaper”, Member of the Greensboro Roller Derby League Air Date: 9/1/19 “Grim” talked about the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association International Playoffs being held in Winston-Salem 9/6-9/8.
Lechelle Yates, Communications Director for the Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwestern North Carolina Air Date: 8/25/19 Lechelle talked about the Equifax data breach, and a new app that actually answers those annoying robo-calls for you.
Roger Dunlap, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Air Date: 8/18/19 Roger talked about concealed carry permits, and reciprocal agreements with other states.
Momma Faye, Comedian, Motivational Speaker Air Date: 8/11/19 Momma Faye talked about her life in the Winston-Salem area and her history as a comedian.
Officer Kevin Wykle, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Winston-Salem Police Department Air Date: 8/3/19 Officer Wykle talked about National Night Out, and the department’s School Supply Giveaway Backpack campaign.
Regina Hall, Reintegration and Youth Development Manager for the City of Winston-Salem and the Project Coordinator for Think Orange; Carol Templeton, President of the Forsyth Backpack Program; Rosemary Stimpson, with Ezekiel AME Zion Church Air Date: 7/28/19 The group talked about the Think Orange program, and the Forsyth Backpack Program that’s a part of it.
Glenn Perkins, Curator of Community History with the Greensboro History Museum Air Date: 7/21/19 Glenn talked about the museum’s World War I exhibit, and some of their other exhibits that give insight into how the fabric of the Greensboro community was created.
Lechelle Yates, Director of Communications for the Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 7/14/19 Lechelle talked about how the FTC is stepping up its war on robo-calls, and also talked about a new twist on the old paving scam.
Melissa Bell, Amanda Swift, & Scotty Speas with the Guardian ad Litem Program of Forsyth County Air Date: 6/30/19 The group talked about the Guardian ad Litem Program and how it helps area children and teens.
Lechelle Yates, Communications Director with the Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 6/23/19 Lechelle talked about how the FTC is pushing back against businesses that are going after consumers who give them bad reviews
LaShun Huntley, CEO of United Health Centers Air Date: 6/16/19 LaShun talked about how the health center operates.
Jack Waters, Organizer- Big Bikes for Purple Hearts Air Date: 6/9/19 Jack discussed the upcoming ride for Big Bikes for Purple Hearts
Pastor Jayson Sloan, Member of the Clergy Action Team at St. Peter’s World Outreach Center Air Date: 6/2/19 Pastor Sloan talked about how the team interacts with at risk youth and gang members in the community.
Members of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Christine Jones, Senior V.P. of Facilities and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Air Date: 5/26/19 Sheriff’s deputies answer questions submitted by listeners, and Christine talks about the Arts Council’s Summer Concert Series.
Lechelle Yates, Communications Director with the Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 5/19/19 Lechelle talked about how to deal with counterfeit items online.
Sergeant Tyler Walley, Special Operations Division/Gang Unit, with the Winston-Salem Police Department. Air Date: 5/5/19 As we continued our series on gangs, Sergeant Walley talked in depth about the gang activity in the Forsyth County area.
Allen Younger, Director of the Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech Allen talked about the activities at the center and Small Business Week.
Lechelle Yates, Communications Director with the Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 4/21/19 Lechelle talked about stopping those annoying telemarketing and robo calls using three different apps.
Captain Henry Gray with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Air Date: 4/14/19 Captain Gray continued our series on gang activity in the Triad area. He spoke about the reasons why young people enter gangs and what neighborhoods can do to prevent gang activity.
Sergeant Whitt with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Air Date: 4/7/19 Sergeant Whitt talked about the presence of gangs in the Forsyth County area and the incarceration of gang members.
Lechelle Yates Director of Communications Better Business Bureau of Central and Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 3/17/19 Lechelle talked about the costliest scams
Casey and Yamile McBride with SOMOS Consultants Air Date: 3/10/19 Casey and Yamile talked about their services for blended families.
Paul Cribb Operations Manager for Crisis Control Ministry Scott Best Executive Director of H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem Air Date: 3/3/19 Paul talked about the needs of Crisis Control’s food pantry and upcoming food drives. Scott talked about the H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem organization and the upcoming “Be A Kid, Feed A Kid” event at Kaleidium.
Lechelle Yates Director of Communications and Investigations for the Better Business Bureau Air Date: 2/24/19 Lechelle talked about dating scams.
“Anne” who is a member of Al-Anon Air Date: 2/17/19 “Anne” talked about what the Al-Anon and Alateen organizations do, and also spoke about their annual convention coming up February 22nd – 24th.
Stephen Jumper and John Danforth with the Twin City Kiwanis Club. Air Date: 2/17/19 Stephen and John talked about what’s on the agenda for the Kiwanis Club in 2019 and the annual Pancake Jamboree coming up on Friday, February 22nd.
Dr. Christopher Ohl – Professor of Infectious Diseases, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Air Date: 2/3/19 Dr. Ohl talked about the measles outbreak in portions of the U.S. and the problem the anti-vaccination movement is causing.
Bob Feikema – President and CEO Family Services of Forsyth County Air Date: 1/27/19 Bob talked about the services offered by Family Services and the upcoming seminar aimed at creating the Forsyth County Family Justice Center.
Lechelle Yates – Director of Communications and Investigations for the Better Business Bureau Air Date: 1/20/19 Lechelle talked about scam companies who never delivered orders over the the holidays.
Leila Warren – President, Humane Solution Sarah Williamson – Executive Director, Forsyth Humane Society Air Date: 1/13/19 Leila and Sarah talked about the upcoming Forsyth Feral Fix and Spay-ghetti events.
Allen Joines – Mayor of Winston-Salem Sara Powell – President, North Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy Air Date: 1/6/18 Mayor Joines and Ms. Powell discussed the proposal to move the Confederate monument from it’s current downtown location.
Lachelle Yates – Director of Communications and Investigations for the Better Business Bureau Air Date: 11/18/18 Lachelle told us about the 12 Scams of Christmas.
Bob Campbell – Director of Communications for the Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem Air Date: 11/11/18 Bob discusses some of the assistance that the Salvation Army offered during Hurricanes Florence and Michael. He also talked about the various programs being sponsored by the Salvation Army over the holiday season.
Winston-Salem City Councilman Dan Besse & State Representative Donny Lambeth Air Date: 11/04/18 Besse and Lambeth discuss their candidacies for the state House seat in District 75.
Lachelle Yates – Director of Communications and Investigations for the Better Business Bureau Air Date: 10/14/18 Lachelle talked about cyber security for small businesses and how small businesses can set up a secure website.
Speed Holman – Grand Master of Masons of North Carolina Air Date: 10/07/18 Speed spoke about the facts and myth of Masonry.
Joanna Britt & Jan Barbee – Co-founders of Greenest Air Date: 9/30/18 Joanna and Jan talked about creating Greenest and the services they provide for the community.
Catrina Thompson – Winston-Salem Police Chief Air Date: 9/23/18 Chief Thompson talks about a number of issues regarding her department and policing in the Twin City.
Leigha Cordell – Logistics Officer with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management Air Date: 9/16/18 Leigha talks about September being preparedness month. An interview that turned out to be timely with the approach of Hurricane Florence.
Reedy Mensh – Director of Public Relations, Better Business Bureau of Northwest North Carolina. Air Date: 9/2/18 Reedy talks about scammers who target job seekers, and also warns us about a pet leasing scam.
Randall Patterson – Chairman & Richard Harrington – Banquet Chair, Yadkin County Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation. Air Date: 8/26/18 Randall and Richard talked about the conservation measures and activities that the federation is involved in. They also talked about their upcoming banquet.
Harrison Anderson – Talks about living with ALS and the search for a cure. And Steve and Tonya Cavanaugh talk about the upcoming 14th Annual Shmedfest. Air Date: 8/19/18
Reedy Mensh – Director of Public Relations, Better Business Bureau of Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 8/5/18 Reedy talks about scams involving small businesses.
Randy Eaddy – President and CEO of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Air Date: 7/29/18 Randy talks about his new position, and what’s ahead for the Arts Council.
Ken Davis and Ginger Amos – Northwest Piedmont Purple Heart Foundation Air Date: 7/22/18 Ken and Ginger talk about the foundation and their upcoming Purple Heart Dinner at the RCR Racing Campus
Pat Norris – Chief of Campus Police, Winston-Salem State University. Air Date: 7/15/18 Chief Norris talks about accepting the job as Chief, and what it takes to police a university.
Reedy Mensh – Director of Public Relations, Better Business Bureau of Northwest North Carolina Air Date: 7/1/18 Reedy talks about lottery and sweepstakes scams
Reggie McCaskill – Executive Director of Maximum Enterprises of Winston-Salem Air Date: 6/17/19 Mr. McCaskill talks about the upcoming Triad Minority Business Expo.
William Royston – Director, Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks Department Air Date: 6/10/18 Mr. Royston talks about Winston Lake’s Waterworks Waterpark and other offerings for the community.
Reverend Alvin Carlisle – President Winston-Salem Chapter NAACP Air Date: 5/27/18 Reverend Carlisle spoke about the air quality and other conditions at Ashley Academy for Cultural and Global Studies. He talked about a movement underway to replace the school, instead of the repairs and monitoring recommended by the school board.
Clyde Fitzgerald – Chief Executive Officer Second Harvest Food Bank Air Date: 5/20/18 Fitzgerald talked about the continuing need for food support in Winston-Salem and surrounding area, and discussed his upcoming retirement.
Brooke Cashion – President Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors Air Date: 5/13/18 Cashion talked about the latest trends in the Winston-Salem real estate market.
Lucy Painter – Board Member Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem Air Date: 5/6/18 Painter talks about the inaugural “Hands and Hearts of Women” luncheon to benefit Center of Hope Family Shelter.
Margaret Elliot – Executive Director Crisis Control Ministry. Air Date: 4/29/18 Elliot talked about the Hope du Jour fundraiser.
Jenny Hutcherson – Director of Marketing Better Business Bureau of Northwest North Carolina. Air Date: 4/15/18 Hutcherson talks about IRS scams.
Sarah Williamson – Executive Director and Beryl Parks – Event and Development Coordinator – Forsyth County Humane Society. Air Date: 4/8/18 Williamson and Parks talk about the “Mutt Strut 5 K”
Dr. William Bozeman – Professor of Emergency Medicine – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Bozeman is the author of a new study on the use of force by police. Dr. David Miller – Professor of Internal Medicine – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Miller is part of a team that created a mobile technology app. Air Date: 4/1/18
Pat Ivey – Division Engineer & Mezack Tucker – Resident Engineer – NC Department of Transportation Air Date: 3/18/18 Ivey and Tucker talk about upcoming road projects for the Winston-Salem area.
Brian Wright – President and CEO Better Business Bureau of Northwest North Carolina. Air Date: 3/11/18 Wright talks about online dating scams.
Tricia Murphy – Special Events and Marketing Coordinator, Crisis Control Ministry Air Date: 3/4/18 Murphy talks about the organization’s mission, cereal drive and Hope du Jour fundraiser.
John Danforth – “Mr. Pancake” Twin City Kiwanis Club Air Date: 2/18/18 Danforth talks about the upcoming 60th Annual Pancake Jamboree.
Sarah Williamson-Executive Director, Forsyth Humane Society Air Date: 2/11/18 Ms. Williamson talks about the opening of the University North Facility of the Humane Society.
Major Stan Colbert – Area Commander, Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem Air Date: February 4, 2018 Major Colbert discusses the activities of the Salvation Army and the winter coat drive underway.
Pat Ivey – Division Engineer & Mezack Tucker – Resident Engineer – NC Department of Transportation Air Date: January 21, 2018 Pat and Mezack discuss the Business 40 Project and other transportation projects in progress in the Triad.
Brian Wright – CEO/President – Better Business Bureau of Northwest NC Air Date: January 14, 2018 Mr. Wright speaks about the 5 Gestures of Trust for Business.
Dave Plyler – Chairman, Forsyth County Commissioners Air Date: January 7, 2018 Chairman Plyler discusses issues facing the Commissioners this year.
Jason Thiel – President, Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership Air Date: December 31, 2017 Jason Thiel discusses downtown Winston-Salem growth and plans for the upcoming closing of Business 40 through downtown.
Chancellor Dr. Elwood Robinson – Winston-Salem State University Air Date: December 17, 2017 Chancellor Robinson discussed progress and initiatives at the university.