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Radio Hosts Making a Difference [message #89414] Thu, 20 December 2018 17:39 Go to next message
musicluvr is currently offline  musicluvr
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Baron
I read an article on The Guardian website about a UK comedian and radio host who saved a caller's life who was trying to commit suicide. Ian Lee, the host, had candidly disclosed on the air his battle with depression and it sounds like the suicidal man felt Lee could understand him. The man took an overdose of pills and Lee kept him on the line while trying to pinpoint the callers location for emergency services. It appears that phone call saved the man's life. It really is a heartwarming story and I hope the man will be okay.
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/dec/20/talkradio-host-iain-lee-suicidal-caller-phone

My local radio station has two hilarious morning hosts who have also made a difference. Last year an older woman would call in rather frequently, even though she never had much to say. Instead of teasing her or refusing to take her calls, the hosts figured that she was just lonely and wanted to hear a human voice. Turns out they were right. She was a widow and her children moved away. She was frail and very much alone. The two hosts asked if they could visit her and they've been close ever since.

I know prerecorded shows are popular, but the style can never replace that human connection you get with a live radio host.

Re: Radio Hosts Making a Difference [message #89418 is a reply to message #89414] Fri, 21 December 2018 10:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lost the Remote is currently offline  Lost the Remote
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Thanks for sharing those two sweet stories. I'm glad that Ian Lee was able to lend a hand and keep the guy talking. I don't know what I would do in that intense situation, but Lee handled it perfectly. I never considered how radio hosts might play a part in the community-at-large. You've given me something to chew on.
Re: Radio Hosts Making a Difference [message #89567 is a reply to message #89414] Sun, 13 January 2019 03:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
cwemoy is currently offline  cwemoy
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Such heartwarming stories indeed. For a long time, radio hosts have shaped a lot of what goes on around us more than anything you could ever experience in other media, like TV. Even though a lot has changed in recent years, tuning in to a radio program has a certain feel to it and we all probably have that favorite radio presenter.
Re: Radio Hosts Making a Difference [message #89591 is a reply to message #89414] Fri, 18 January 2019 23:41 Go to previous message
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Baron
It's nice to hear some heartwarming stories instead of all the negative headlines that I encounter daily. Thanks for the reminder that there are still some good people in this world; sometimes I forget!
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