On this week’s show will be talking about the upcoming first full lighting of the season and we’ll be joined by a great WaterFire Providence partner, The Chief of the Providence Police Department, Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. We will be chatting about the City of Providence’s Citizen’s Police Academy and it’s first class of recruits who will be graduating this evening. Our host Bronwyn Dannenfelser will be sharing her experience as a member of this year’s graduating class.
WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show – underwritten by National Grid and supported by Lifetime Medical. Hosted this week by Bronwyn Dannenfelser and Barnaby Evans.
On this week’s show we’re talking with Dennis Littky the co-found and co-director at the The Met High School. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year will a full day of activities on Saturday May 21st. The festivities kick-off 11:00 a.m. with a bike fest, carnival, live musical performances by Met Students, basketball tournament, activities, food trucks, a job fair, and more. Capping of the celebration will be a special Basin lighting of WaterFire featuring music performances and 150 torch Ring of Fire ceremony in the Basin of Waterplace Park starting at 6:30 p.m.
On today’s show we will be speaking about the upcoming Very Special Christmas WaterFire and the Festival of Trees with Briana Tutalo from Providence Investment Management, a group that has been sponsoring a tree each year and she will be telling us all about what Christmas means to her and the company.
We then will be speaking with the award winning Patty Jeffrey lifestyle blogger who will be giving some Christmas advice as to what to buy and where to go. Because she is the girl that is really in the know.
Finally we will be speaking with Willa Van Nostrand of Little Bitte Artisinal cocktails who will be giving us some great holiday cocktail and “mocktail” recipes to help with your holiday entertaining.
Today we will be talking about many of the wonderful things happening for the holidays here in Providence including of course the December 18th Very Special Christmas WaterFire to support the Providence Rescue Mission. Sean Carew (executive director and founder of the mission) will be talking us behind the doors of the mission and opening our eyes and ears to the work being done at PRM.
WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show –
underwritten by National Grid
supported by Lifetime Medical
Hosted by Bronwyn Dannenfelser and Andrew Doig
In the first half of the show we had the pleasure of speaking with Melody Gamba and Erica Busillo from the Fusionworks Dance Company. Melody has been a dancer with the group for over 12 years and Erica is vice president of their board of directors. The Fusionworks Fall Concert Series is taking place Saturday, November 21st, 2015 at Rhode Island College’s Sapinsley Hall. Tickets are available online and by phone at 401.456.8144.
In the second half of the show we were joined by several representatives from the Chorus of Westerly: Ryan Saunders, executive director; Andrew Howell, music director; and Brenda Green from the their board of directors. The Chorus of Westerly’s The Classical Chorus performances are happening on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available online.
Our first guest on this show is Christopher N. Buchanan, Director
Public Affairs & State and Local Government Relations at Walmart. Walmart was the Gold Star Sponsor of last weekend’s WaterFire Salute to Veterans. Walmart is highly committed to Veterans and their families and we will be discussing the many different ways in which they support and hire veterans and their goal of hiring 250,000 Veterans by 2020.
Our second guest is Laurie Ludovici: Rhode Island State Police Woman and Major Rhode Island Army National Guard (Ret.). Laurie served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and will be speaking about being a woman in combat in the military and the life changing impact that experience had on her.
1.) David Graves, media relations specialist at National Grid. David, also an Army Veteran, talked about National Grid’s commitment to the armed services and veterans and the many different ways that National Grid supports Veterans, through their hiring programs and support programs for employees serving in the National Guard.
2.) Robert (Bob) Dalton:Enlisted -U.S.Air Force Feb. 2, 1953. Bob did two tours of duty in Guam, Oct. 1954 – Jan. 1955, April 1956 – July 1956. He was a crew chief on a B-36 Super Bomber.
Bob will be at the Salute to Veterans with his organization on Saturday. His organization: The Sampson Air Force Base Veterans Association – Rhode Island Squadron is a non-profit organization composed principally of veterans who did their basic training at Sampson Air Force Base during the period 1950 – 1956 when the base was active.
They have a Monument Committee whose members are working to build an Air Force Monument at the Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, RI The Air Force is the only branch of service that does not have a monument.
3.) The Rev. Dr. Richard Dannenfelser – Vietnam Veteran who was the head of an army LRRP team in Vietnam describes his experience as a soldier and Veteran.
Today’s show is all about the 2015 WaterFire Salute to Veterans lighting which is coming up on November 7th. We have the pleasure of chatting with two key members of the team that his helping up to plan and organize this event. First we speak with Salute to Veterans executive committee member Lt. General Reginald “Reggie” Centracchio (ret.). Our second guest on the show is Lynn St. Germain, Gold Star Mom of USMC Sgt. Brian St. Germain and also Family Readiness Support Assistant for the RI National Guard.
Today on the show we’ll be speaking with Larry Brunell, president of Rolling Thunder RI 1. Together with WaterFire Providence they have been an integral part of our Salute to Veterans event, helping to honor our veterans and performing the Soldiers Cross ceremony in Memorial Park.
Our second guest on this show will be WaterFire Providence volunteer Mark Karas. Mark has been the captain of the WaterFire Access Boat for the past two seasons. We are currently booking rides for the November 7th lighting so if you or someone you know is a veteran with limited mobility and would like to unique way to experience WaterFire contact us to get sign up for a ride.