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Storytime Station: Up I Will Grow

Storytime Station: Up I Will Grow

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This month's story, "Up I Will Grow", was written and illustrated by Eric Childers. The story is read by Mayor Rudy Wright of Hickory, North Carolina. Hickory-native Eric Childers was educated at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Wake Forest University, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. In January 2012, he will begin service as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cherryville, North Carolina. Eric and his wife, Kristi, have two children, Jack and Katie. Rudy Wright is Mayor of the City of Hickory, in Western North Carolina. Learn more about the City of Hickory at www.hickorync.gov. Read More »

People You Should Know: Katheryn Harlan

People You Should Know: Katheryn Harlan

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Hal gets to know Katheryn Harlan, a breast cancer survivor that puts together a calender featuring other survivors as part of her organization, Through Healing Eyes (www.throughhealingeyes.org). Using artistic photographs of regional breast cancer survivors, along with their personal words of inspiration and hope, these calendar pages are created as daily reminders of breast health, advocating for breast cancer awareness, and promoting a rich, meaningful life for those affected by breast cancer. The calendars are produced in partnership with Hickory photography studio Fanjoy-Labrenz (http://fanjoylabrenz.com/). Running time: 46 minutes Read More »

The Parent Trip 3: Winter Weather Ideas!

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Ideas galore! Looking for something to do with your kids as the weather turns cold? The Parent Trip has you covered... tune in and hear some of these amazing ideas! Also, we finally learn what a "tween" is and re-live our college days with a Parent Trip tribute to the Solo cup. Join us on this crazy trip! Running time: 62 minutes Read More »

Leadership GPS 5: What Do Leaders Expect?

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When you are working for an organization in a mid-level leadership / management role, do you know what your own "leaders" expect from you? Do organization CEOs, Presidents, VPs, etc. have different expectations for their own leaders that you may not be aware of? How do you make sure you are helping push the organization forward in a positive direction? Alan and Tony Jackson, both with The Jackson Group (www.thejacksongroup.com) discuss these expectations and how you can make sure you are serving the role your own leader is expecting of you. Running time: 52 minutes Tony Jackson is a leadership development consultant and coach, helping organizations turn some of their strongest people into future leaders. For more information about Tony Jackson and his leadership development programs, visit DriveLeadership at www.driveleadership.com. Read More »

Stepping Up Service 5: How to Say “No”

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You want to make your customer happy... but sometimes you have to say that dreaded word: "NO". This month's episode discusses how to handle those "NO" situations with the best customer service mentality possible. Show hosts Alan Jackson (The Jackson Group, www.thejacksongroup.com) and Ed Gagnon (Customer Service Solutions, www.cssamerica.com) talk through some ways to smooth out tough situations when customers are not able to get what they need due to unrealistic expectations or a limitation of your business. Also, as always, Alan and Ed share their "Customer Service Story of the Month". Running time: 39 minutes The Jackson Group is a management consulting firm specializing in customer and employee satisfaction surveys as well as leadership development. Learn more about them at www.thejacksongroup.com. Customer Service Solutions is a consulting firm specializing in customer retention and growth strategies, training and research. Learn more about CSS at www.cssamerica.com. Read More »

Footcandle Films 7: Take Shelter

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Alan and Chris review the film "Take Shelter", starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. Shannon plays a father and husband haunted by visions of a devastating storm that threatens his family, compeling him to build a storm shelter and question his own sanity. Imagine a really frightening, depressing version of "Field of Dreams". Listen to what the Footcandle guys have to say about "Take Shelter" in this month's episode. After the main review, Alan and Chris discuss some upcoming movie news and give their film picks of the month. Did Chris just say he was not a big fan of Spielberg films? What movie did Alan deem the "Worst Film of 2008"? Can Chris pull off a proper English accent? (Answer: No) All of this and more in this month's "Footcandle Films"! Running time: 55 minutes. Hosts: Chris Frye and Alan Jackson. Original theme music by Chris Tullar (whose was recently interviewed on "I'm With the Band", found at this link!) Read More »

Education Matters 6: Fostering Business Partnerships

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Join Tracy and Lamar for a discussion with special guests, Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President of Catawba Valley Community College and John Bray, President/CEO of Vanguard Furniture, regarding the importance of building partnerships between businesses and education. Workforce development, higher education availability, preparing for the economic future, and much more are discussed in this very important episode. Read More »

I’m With the Band: Sanctum Sully

I’m With the Band: Sanctum Sully

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Asheville based band, Sanctum Sully, joins us in the studio for some toe tappin' down south bluegrass. As they take some time away from recording their next album, we hear about their upcoming gigs, daily lives, and have a few laughs with these good ol' boys. To learn more about Sanctum Sully, visit their web site at www.sanctumsully.com. Read More »