Osceola Commission on Aging looks to start radio program

The Osceola County Commission on Aging will soon be getting its message out over the airwaves.

During a recent session of the Osceola County Board of Commissioners Committee of the Whole, COA director Scott Schryer informed board members he hoped to begin work on a project that would ultimately create a radio program directed at area seniors and offering information and discussion of topics of interest to those who may not be able to tap into other resources.

Commissioners encouraged Schryer to move ahead with the program.

“Commissioners gave me the go ahead, and we are looking forward to creating this new service for our area seniors,” noted Schryer.

“Basically, what we are talking about is a one hour show

“We want to give people in Osceola as well as Wexford and Missaukee counties another means to get information of which they may have been missing out.”

Schryer is discussing the project with WATT 1240 AM radio based in Cadillac.

The program is tentatively expected to air on Sundays between noon and 1 p.m.

“This is an idea I brought to them,” explained Schryer. “We worked up the numbers and I began looking for sponsors who would underwrite the project so that it wouldn’t cost the COA anything.

“We have already prepared a pilot show that demonstrates what we hope to do.

“There are interviews with people who work with seniors and deal with senior facilities and issues.

“We hope to raise awareness of such items as veterans issues that seniors may not be aware of or that have taken a new turn in recent years.

“There are a lot of benefits out there that veterans qualify for but that they may not know are now available.

“This is the type of material we hope to get across to our seniors in this different, but expansive format.”

At some point, Schryer hopes the program will go “live” and there will be room and time for questions and answers in live time.

“We hope to expand the ways in which our seniors are able to tap into information in a more timely manner,” he continued.

“We also will have a spot on the station’s website that will act as a Community Calendar.

“We will be sharing this material with other media resources as well.

“Our whole point is to get information out to seniors in a way that is familiar and comfortable for them.

“This is just one way we are looking to adapt new ideas and various technologies to reach out to older people.

“We are looking to the future and hope to help our clients in the most efficient and effective ways possible, including getting the message out to them in any way we can.”