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Friday, March 11, 2016

Gone Fishin'

Cliff Prince
Next week a ton of guests will be coming into our little town for a huge event: the BASS Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament will kick off their season on the St. Johns River. Putnam County is quite fortunate to be hosting the event again this year! It's a nice chance for two of our hometown anglers to bring their sport back to their home turf...err...waterways!

Besides fun for those who fish, they'll have daily boat launches and weigh-ins open to the public, with a festival surrounding the tournament on Saturday and Sunday with tons of fun for the kids and an expo with all sorts of stuff grownups will want to check out.

Terry Scroggins
Hometown boys Cliff Prince and Terry Scroggins stopped by Hope FM (with another angler, Hank Cherry) for a visit to help promote the event and share a little about what they do.  I figure it's every man's dream to fish for a living!  And it's my job to tell the community what a great opportunity this is to take in a fun event as well as showcase our river and surroundings.

It begins at the riverfront park on Thursday, March 17 and goes through Sunday March 20.

If you missed the interview check it out here:

Cliff and Terry also brought along another angler, Hank Cherry.

Cliff Prince and Terry "Big Show" Scroggins of the BASSmaster Elite Series, visiting Hope FM before the tournament.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Throw-Back Thursday

We've been enjoying talking on the air about where we were 20 years ago, and it's been fun to come up with a few themes for our fundraiser, though the matter at hand is the same as always:  "call now with your pledge!"  (I think I'll be saying that in my sleep....)

In preparing for our Sharathon and 20th anniversary celebration at Hope FM, I looked at the list of top 100 songs for 1996.  In the #1 slot was Listen by Cindy Morgan, who actually had several songs on the list. I was thrilled to have a chance to talk with her and share what she's doing now with our listeners for our "Throw-back Thursday."

My favorite song from her is also the title of her new book, "How Could I Ask For More?" and I'm so glad she shared more about the song with me.  In case you missed it, here's the interview:

I highly recommend the book!

Another trip down memory lane was a phone interview with someone instrumental in our station's humble beginnings. Jeff Sellers was a pastor at Palatka First Assembly when the station was in the initial stages of going on the air. He and a handful of others were instrumental in getting it up and running. It was nice to chat with him about those early days and to share with him the impact those efforts have had on the people of our community 20 years later.

So, where were you and what were your favorite songs 20 years ago?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Way-Back Wednesday

We're celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hope FM this month, and this week is our pledge drive, Sharathon.  Today we're taking a look back at what was happening 20 years ago on the music charts.

One of my favorite singer/songwriters is Scott Krippayne. I'm so glad I had the chance to catch up with him and share again one of the most impactful songs ever created! Here's the interview in case you missed it, and the video as well.

My second great conversation was with John Schlitt, who was the lead singer of Petra for 20 years. When I was rockin to their tunes he was the one out front so it was a great joy to hear him share from the past and right into the future.  Here's the interview in case you missed it!

Another look back was to the original idea that sparked the creation of our radio station. I spoke with Pastor Michael Rippy, who is now in Alabama, but during his few years in Palatka brought the idea that our town could have a Christian radio station.  Here's the interview:

We're excited about the next 20 years and looking forward to hearing from many of our listeners and what Hope FM means to them!

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Journey Into Hope!

Singer and songwriter, Mark Smeby, has written another book!  He's been a great friend to us at Hope FM and we're thrilled to help spread the word about this new release.  The Messenger-A Journey Into Hope will inspire you to be brave by understanding the power of God's love to embolden our lives. It can help you stop being fearful and start living boldly in your faith.

The book also has a companion CD, featuring the first song: Brave. I think it's a great way to let the message of the book continue to inspire you as you sing along.

This song and book may be just what you need today to be BRAVE!

 Click here to listen to the full interview with Mark about The Messenger:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Visit With Pete the Cat!

I volunteer to read books to preschoolers each week with a program through the Early Learning Coalition. Being a reading pal is a lot of fun. I love children's books and they kids are always so excited to see me. It makes me feel like a million bucks!!  One of our favorite book characters is Pete the Cat, so when I had the opportunity to use the costume I jumped at it!

Mrs. Porter, owner of Les Papillion Day Care
They all wanted to hug Pete!
Rockin' with Pete the Cat and his groovy buttons.
In case you're not familiar with Pete, here's one of his stories with the music and a look at the book!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Getting Back My Mojo

Mid-November.  My birthday.  One decision:  have a cupcake.

It seems things went downhill from there!

My resolve to eat no desserts and keep sugar out of my diet took a nosedive.  For almost 4 years I've done really well with my healthy eating efforts and have kept the weight off. 

But once I had that cupcake I was like a drug addict, wondering when I'd get another fix.  There was pie on Thanksgiving and a few treats here and there...until one night I thought I would absolutely DIE if I didn't have a pile of cookies!

All through the Christmas season and New Year celebrations it was so easy to indulge. So I figured I'd just wait till I got it all out of my system and get back on track.  It's hard to do but here I am.  Starting over with my clothes too tight and my confidence a bit rattled.  

Time to renew my efforts and remind myself that I don't have to remain derailed for the rest of my life.  Deuteronomy 30 talks about the choice we have for life or death.  I know when I'm eating right I feel better.  My life is better.  I want that ALL the time!  Verses 19-20 sum it up so well:
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
Choosing to follow the Lord and take care of the body he's entrusted to me is once again renewed.  I hope you'll join me!  

Here's one of my favorite healthy meals.  Even Stacy says it makes ground turkey delicious and that's hard to do!

  • 1 package Plainville Farms Ground Turkey (from Publix-the best ground turkey available and usually the least expensive!)
  • 2-3 med to large yellow squash, sliced in small chunks
  • 1 onion, sliced in bite-size pieces
  • 8 oz package of mushrooms, sliced
  • garlic
  • handful of sliced bell peppers
  • adjust the ingredients to whatever veggies you like or have on hand. sometimes I throw in a couple handfuls of spinach or chopped kale.
Season turkey as desired.  Brown in skillet with a little olive oil and crushed garlic.   Throw in all the veggies and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add some parsley flakes or any other seasoning.  If it's too dry for your taste, use a little more olive oil or chicken broth.  Serve as-is or over rice.  I like it with Trader Joe's Brown Rice Blend.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Meeting a Hometown Hero

A few weeks ago, Flo Garris was at her normal post as School Crossing Guard at Silver Lake Drive and Husson Avenue in Palatka. The same place she's been for the past 23 years.

As a man on a bicycle with a 4-year old child on the handlebars entered the large intersection, they fell.  At the same instant, a car turning from the side road was headed directly for them.  Flo, seeing the driver was unaware of their presence, jumped into the road to get the driver's attention and stop traffic.  According to the Sheriff's office, "without the immediate and decisive action taken by Flo, a terrible tragedy could easily have unfolded that morning at her school crossing." 

Several things make this story even more precious.  First, Flo had just gotten out of the hospital the day before, having undergone a surgical procedure on her heart.  Secondly, this school crossing guard is 93 years old!

Most of us would never know of her bravery had it not been for someone else sharing the story.  I first read about the encounter because Cindy posted it on Facebook.  She had witnessed the event and shared it with her friends, but she also took the time to write a letter to the Sheriff commending Flo for her quick actions.  

Flo was recently awarded the life Saving Medal for her actions and I was thrilled to have her in the studio along with a friend and fellow crossing guard, Josie Ryals.  

If you missed the interview, please check it out here:

She's 93 and hopes to continue helping "her kids" across the street every day for a long time to come.  Be inspired!!  What can you do?