Friday, August 17, 2012

Community radio: ‘Mirror’ of local life

The conference room at Cadence Bank in downtown Franklin is filled with 15 or so people awaiting their turn to speak with Tom Lawrence, the veteran radio personality for WAKM 950-AM in Williamson County.

Standing to one side of the room and holding a microphone, Lawrence calls up each guest to discuss why they’re in attendance on this weekday morning. Richard Marsh and Joey Davis are there to talk about the Williamson County Fair, and Mark Basenberg explains his role as the new community relations coordinator for the Williamson County Animal Adoption and Control Center.

A couple of performers from the Pull-Tight Players theatre group discuss their most recent production, Bye Bye Birdie, and someone from the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald tells listeners about that organization’s booth at the Living Green Expo at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park.

Welcome to Hometown Radio, WAKM’s long-running program broadcast remotely from locations around Williamson County every Monday through Friday morning. It has been held at Cadence Bank on East Main Street each Wednesday for almost five years and, like it does on other days in other locations, the 5,000-watt station covers a wide range of topics.

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