Blarney Stone Broadcasting (Grayling) joined forces with local leaders and law enforcement officials in hosting a town hall meeting to address the perils of underage drinking and substance abuse.
On May 13, the company’s WQON-FM committed its entire Northern Focus show to the Underage Drinking/RX Drug Abuse Town Hall Meeting at its Grayling studios. In partnership with Up North Prevention and Crawford County Partnership for Substance Abuse Awareness (CPSAA), WQON’s Dave Sherbert moderated the panel during his Friday morning talk show. The panel included Crawford County Prosecutor Everette (Trey) Ayers, Assistant Prosecutor Brendan Curran, Michigan State Police Trooper Grant Guzikowski, insurance representative Paul Hartman, substance abuse counselor Doug Pryor and guests who shared their personal testimonials.
With the program airing during the school day, the target audience was the parents of teens. The program will be made available to students via a podcast at a later date.
Lynda Rutkowski, Designated Youth Tobacco Use Representative/Prevention Specialist for Up North Prevention said that their goal was to “heighten awareness of the underage drinking and prescription drug problems in the community, what’s currently happening, systems in place to curtail the problem, and words of wisdom for our youth and their parents.”
Sheryl Coyne, President of Blarney Stone Broadcasting, said her radio network is proud to serve as host of such an important event designed to raise awareness of a growing problem in today’s society.
“We believe in the young people in our listening community, and if we can arm them with the right information about alcohol and various illegal and prescription drugs then we’re confident they can make smarter and better decisions,” Coyne said. “We’re in the communications business, and we take that seriously. We believe passionately that to bring this important issue into focus is the best use of our airwaves.”
Related: Read the Radio Ink interview here with Sheryl Coyne regarding the Town Hall Meeting and the company’s community service efforts.