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Welcome to G-town Radio Newsletter Spring 2022 Edition!

Germantown Community Radio serving the Northwest neighborhoods of Philly. Radiating from the center of Germantown to Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy to Nicetown, East Falls to West Oak Lane and beyond.

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Message from G-town Radio Board President 

I praise Yeshua for this opportunity to serve as President of the G-town Radio Board of Directors!  I’m honored to be a part of such a compassionate group of people who love to serve their community. I grew up a Germantown resident, therefore being a part of G-town Radio makes it that much more special. As we take bold new steps forward as individuals and as a collective, our board will serve the programmers with the support and tools needed to make their production endeavors easier. Together, we will create an awesome platform for the residents of the NW section communities.

In addition to being the station’s Board President, my wife and I co-host the PraisEluJAH Radio-SHOW for 12 years and we look forward to sharing the Christian experience, impact, and responsibilities within our communities.

Let’s continue to grow together!

Shalom!
Darrell M.

G-town Radio Mourns the Loss of Friend and Founder Jim Bear


It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Jim Bear’s passing. G-Town Radio is mourning the loss of our founder and friend.

Jim Bear, the founder and long-time leader of G-Town Radio, passed away on March 18th following a valiant fight against lung cancer.  He was 48.

A tireless worker, dedicated community member, and loving husband, father, and friend, Bear left a legacy in the community that will not soon be forgotten. During his 14 years with the station, Jim built G-Town Radio from a small start-up to an award-winning station that has garnered national praise and attention as a model for community radio. His vision, patience, and support were unmatched. His guidance and leadership were loved and appreciated. Jim led G-Town Radio with grace, humility, and a sharp sense of humor. Jim’s kindness, generosity, humor, excellent taste in music, and friendship will be missed.

“Not having Jim around anymore hasn’t really sunk in, but it will and it is going to be hard. He set the standard on how to lead a community project. I feel lucky to have had the chance to work closely with him and have him as a treasured friend,“ said Tom Casetta, the station’s manager.

“We are forever grateful that he gave Germantown a voice and told us our voices mattered,” said Joanna Wikander, the station’s program director.

“Like all the most precious people we get to share space with, Jim utterly defied description. He was a man who quietly (and with no small amount of humor) changed people’s lives for the better on a freakishly daily basis,” said Reade McCardell longtime G-Town Radio programmer.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.  We are forever thankful to Maura, Julia, and Leo for sharing him with us. We are better people for having known him. The G-Town Radio Board, Station Manager Tom Casetta, Program Director Joanna Wikander, volunteer staff, and programmers pledge to keep Jim Bear’s legacy alive by continuing the work he started at G-Town Radio. You are missed, dear friend.

In case you missed it: Suzanne Biemiller had Jim as a guest on Life’s Grooves. “Jim was a patient and passionate teacher and leader. He had a vision for G-town Radio and it will be one of his many legacies.” Click here to listen to the interview.

G-town Radio Celebrates Earth Day

Kay Wood and Linda Rosenwein, hosts of the show Planet Philadelphia, along with staff members Tom Casetta and Joanna Wikander, Board member Carol Caswell, and of course Radiosaurus, celebrated Earth Day at the Academy of Natural Sciences on April 22nd.

The table was popular with kids and adults alike who stopped by to learn more about G-Town Radio and pick up a little toy dinosaur tagged with information about the station. Kay and Linda recorded children’s thoughts on Earth Day, climate change, and their suggestions for saving the planet. Recordings will be shared on Planet Philadelphia which airs on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 4pm.

Programmer Spotlight: Vanessa’s Money Hour

Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC)
Readiness Program 

Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC) Trades Readiness Program is a FREE 6-week training starting July 12th. Women working in union trades typically start making at least $18 per hour, AND earn $500,000 more than more traditional jobs over their lifetime.

Find my interview with WINC’s Sue Hoffman and 2 graduates working in the trades on Vanessa’s Money Hour Spotify Podcast.

Programmer Spotlight: Planet Philadelphia

Talking With Children About Climate Change 

While at the Academy of Natural Sciences for their 4/22 Earth Day celebration as invited exhibitors showcasing Planet Philadelphia and G-town Radio, we recorded children giving their thoughts on Earth Day and the museum’s celebration.

May’s first show of the month will include an interview with the authors of a children’s book on talking to children about climate change and combatting their anxiety about it. One of the authors works at the museum. In addition, the show will include as many of the children’s recorded responses as we can fit in the time allotted. The rest of the children’s recorded segments will be aired in-between interviews in succeeding months.

And more….
Planet Philadelphia has sent out a few questions on the environment to all the national senate and governor candidates for whom we could find email addresses. We hope to get a lot of replies and will be posting our replies on the show’s website to help the community make better selections when they vote in the primaries.

In Case You Missed It!

Sometimes individuals come into your life at just the right moment. Meet Janice Tosto. We met her through the Germantown Voices Project. She attended one of our community learning sessions and came to us with the idea of creating a monthly program to explore and validate the experiences of grievers like herself.

Grief Journeys was launched on G-Town Radio on February 25th. Her first episode was part one of a musical tribute to her late friend Bill, who died unexpectedly of cancer last year. Grief Journeys explores and acknowledges the reality of grief and validates the experiences of grievers. The program celebrates love, life, and the people who live on in the hearts of grievers. Check out the archive of her first episode. 

Tangled Title Resources

The Probate Deferment Initiative (PDI) connects low- and middle-income residents with the resources they need to untangle their homes’ titles. This may include: referral to free legal counsel; deferment of probate fees by the Register of Wills; and waiver of deed recording fees by the Department of Records. PDI can help you get legal ownership of your home and avoid problems caused by a tangled title. You can also create a will and protect your family’s generational wealth.

Green Street Friends Monthly Meeting Reparations is also offering free legal assistance.

Summer Jobs for Teens

Has your teen secured a summer job yet? Philadelphia Youth Network’s Summer Jobs program is taking applications NOW. Young people can earn up to $1,000 (or $11/hour) in take-home pay. The first 5,000 applicants who complete their application and upload their vital documents will receive an incentive bonus of $150!

Written by: Tom Casetta

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