Press release: WSRE is introducing a new show called “inStudio” for the station’s local lineup on Thursday nights. This WSRE production will broadcast conversations focused on local topics and solutions. Guests will offer information, insight and ideas about issues impacting quality of life for the Gulf Coast communities of Northwest Florida and South Alabama.
The producer and host for each edition of “inStudio” will come from a rotation of seasoned on-air professionals, three of whom are already familiar to the WSRE viewing audience: Drexel Gilbert, Jeff Weeks and Sherri Hemminghaus Weeks. New to the WSRE team is Rameca Vincent Leary, a former reporter, anchor and producer for WCSC in Charleston, S.C.
Barring preemptions for special events, “inStudio” will air bi-weekly on the second and fourth Thursdays at 7 p.m. The show premieres on Oct. 22 with host Jeff Weeks and his guests—retired Marine Sgt. Harry Simons, Mike Bates of WEBY Radio and Jill Hubbs of WSRE—discussing new broadcast tributes to veterans, Gold Star military families and other local residents impacted by the Vietnam War.
WEBY will air the commercial-free, ten-hour tribute program, “AFVN: The GI’s Companion, A Tribute to Our Vietnam Veterans” in prime time Oct. 26-30 and again in its entirety on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST. This is an exclusive radio presentation of the American Forces Vietnam Network from the 1960s and 1970s, never before assembled and aired in the U.S.
Hundreds of military personnel and civilians served with AFVN on the air and behind the scenes to make it an important and positive element of the Vietnam experience. It is the radio network where Air Force Sgt. Adrian Cronauer signed on with “Gooooooooood morning, Vietnam!” For the millions of Americans who served in Vietnam and the surrounding theater during the war, AFVN was the soundtrack of their lives while in Southeast Asia.
Simons, using the on-air call sign “Your Brother,” was stationed at AFVN-Saigon and AFVN-Danang. He recently provided WEBY in Milton with many hours of original studio master tape recordings of his rock and roll music programs for the purpose of sharing these historical broadcasts with fellow veterans.
Hubbs, WSRE’s Educational Content and Services director, is executive producer of two films, now in production, documenting the stories of local Vietnam veterans and families affected by the war.
Mike Rowan is executive producer. James Roy is production designer. Learn more at wsre.org/instudio