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Retirement Community Creates Radio Show

The folks at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington don’t stop at taking care of their residents at the facility; instead, they’ve recently started up a radio show intended to both inform and entertain seniors in the Triangle region.

“Seniors 2.0: Your Life Redefined,” hosted by Heather Rusnak and Pat Richardson, is broadcast on WCOM 103.5 FM out of Carrboro, Thursday mornings at 11 o’clock.

Richardson, director of community relations at Galloway Ridge, came up with the idea for the show, and after a few months of review by WCOM, the show was approved.

“It wasn’t an opportunity to advertise and market Galloway Ridge,” Richardson said. “We just wanted people to know that we feel like we have the experience in the Triangle, and we want to offer some of our expertise. If we do not have the expertise we will have subject matter experts on the live show including residents in the Triangle.”

Rusnak, the CEO and executive director of Galloway Ridge, said the show is not the only show of its type, but it is intended to capture more of a “lively aim” instead of focusing on clinical issues. “We’re just saying that there’s still a lot of life in you, and we’re going to celebrate that,” Rusnak said. “I think that’s the difference between us and other senior radio talk shows out there.”

Once Rusnak decided to the show, the pair took the idea to Bill McClymont, the chief engineer and president of the board of directors at WCOM, who said the board immediately, fell in love with the idea.
“[Richardson and Rusnak] thought that it would be a good community service to be able to talk about the implications of getting older and some of the issues surrounding that.”

Since January, seven shows have been produced, including one featuring Dianne Reid, president of the Chatham Economic Development Corporation.
Reid, who went on the show primarily to discuss the Chatham Park development project in Pittsboro, thought the show was a good medium to spread information about the project. “I think [the park] will have pretty significant impacts on everyone in the county, the seniors as well, Reid said. “So it seemed like a good fit there.”

Richardson said plans are in the works for shows about technology and travel and how they relate to a post-retirement life.

For more information about Galloway Ridge at Fearrington:
Heather Rusnak
Executive Director
(919) 545-2215

Location : Pittsboro, NC