Letter to the editor: WDRT is one of community’s greatest assets

By DENA EAKLES | Ontario

Community is a dynamic and living experience. Learning about and from one another is essential and fun. There are many ways to cultivate community, and one of the greatest assets to ours is WDRT 91.9 FM, “Community Radio from the Ground Up.” You can listen on the airwaves or via the internet at WDRT.org/listen-now-2.

What began as a dream in 2003 has become a household treasure to many. While WDRT runs syndicated programming from around the nation, much of the content is locally produced. Unlike commercial radio, community radio is organized as a nonprofit and incorporates volunteers into the operation. Its mission is to serve the community, and WDRT is a fine example of this.

WDRT’s “Songs to Memory” program has been an innovative way to reach Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients through music. Music provides a connection with family and others and improves patients’ quality of life. A new program called “Conversations” airs Thursdays at 9 a.m.; nine local hosts bring the voices of local people on a myriad of subjects.

The strength of a community is dependent on all of its members, not simply a few. To be able to hold onto your uniqueness and play an intrinsic role in the whole can be challenging, but it is possible. WDRT is paving a way.

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