The Open Forum with Frank Prosnitz
Tuesdays through Thursdays on WADK
The Open Forum is a place to have discussions, exchange ideas and share valuable and useful information on issues that matter. Frank Prosnitz is an award-winning journalist who has also served as a public relations professional in state government, private industry, and in his own consulting business. Frank brings his unique perspective to the issues that affect us the most. Catch him mid-week on, The Open Forum.
OF with Frank Prosnitz
Jazz pianist Lois Vaughn talks about her three decades as a performer, about the vibrancy of the Rhode Island music scene, and the journey that took her from Western New York to Newport.
Loren Spears, executive director and curator of the Tamaquag Indian Museum, is a fierce advocate for indigenous people. An educator, essayist, artist and two-term Tribal Councilwoman of the Narragansett Tribe, Loren taught for 12 years in Newport’s public schools, working with at-risk children. She founded Nuweetooun, a private state-certified school on the Narragansett Reservation, which ran for seven years, before it was put on hiatus following floods.
Russ Partridge, executive director of the Warm Center, an organization that provides a multitude of services to low income individuals and families, joins us as we discuss immediate and year-long needs and resources for the low-income.
Jeff Desnoyers, chief meteorologist at ABC 6, has joined a nationwide effort this November – No Shave November – helping to raise money for cancer prevention, education, and research.He talks about the Matthew Hill Foundation, formed several years ago by Matthew’s children in memory of their father. Since establishing the November challenge about 10 years ago, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars. Jeff, who is sporting a neat, but temporary beard, is doing his part.
Rebecca Northup, Seamen's Institute Church, discusses the institute's holiday activities, including community Thanksgiving dinner and community Christmas brunch, the Institute's plans for its 100th year celebration, and the development of a strategic plan to help map the Institute's future.
Organizations like Newport's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center are helping hundreds, maybe thousands of impoverished Rhode Islanders not only during the holidays, but year-round. Alyson E. Novick, director of development for the Martin Luther King Center, joins us today to talk about the center's efforts.
Phil Wiser spent World War II aboard a Coast Guard ship that was engaged in several battles. As a 16-year-old he enlisted, as did many in response to Pearl Harbor. As a young Coast Guard seaman, his ship sailed past the smouldering and overturned ships at Pearl Harbor. He stood on deck ... and he wept.
Daniel Buck Soule, president of Daniel Buck Auctions, an appraiser and auctioneer who toured with the Antiques Road Show; and Troy Logan, a martial arts expert whose recent book provides good advice for anyone who put on the defensive. For his book, visit strikefirstselfdefense.com.
After 18 years Lou Giancola is retiring as president and CEO of South County Health (South County Hospital). He shares his perspective on leading the only independent hospital in Rhode Island, on community health, health care costs, and the need for political will to bring the system under financial control
Two bills are pending in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives that would restore disability benefits to hundreds of thousands of Vietnam Veterans suffering from Agent Orange related illnesses.