Akron Public Radio Station Adds New Rock & Recovery Channel
Music does amazing things to your soul. It is there when you seem to be reaching out during times of heartbreak, sorrow, and depression. Your dark hours might include drugs and alcohol to compound the situation leading to addiction to stimulants that takes you farther into despair. A particular song may feel like it is talking directly to you, giving you inspiration and that much needed rock to lean on when the world seems to be crashing down. Playing that song over, and over, and over again seems to take you out of the turbulence of life and into calmer waters.
Local public radio station The Summit, found on your radio dial at 91.3 in Akron, 90.7 in Youngstown, and on their worldwide web streaming audio channel, has dedicated a station to provide music with positive messaging for those in recovery. Rock & Recovery will officially sign on as a web streaming broadcast at 12:30PM on Thursday, September 15th from the historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.
Rock & Recovery will combine uplifting music with positive messaging, humor, recovery strategies, and testimonials. There will also be educational addiction help tips spoken by physicians and health care professionals. General Manager Tommy Bruno explained the reason behind this new channel was to become a resource in the recovery strategy facing a large segment of the population who reported substance abuse and mental health issues based on findings with a 2010 Summit County Community Health Assessment. The Rock & Recovery channel will also be available via a brand new smart phone app, which users can also access the station’s flagship station along with their other two streaming audio channels, Summit Flashbacks and KIDJAM! Radio. Rock & Recovery is supported with underwriting from its Founding Partner The County of Summit Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services Board along with additional support from Summa Health Systems.
For those not up on their Akron history, it was at the mansion’s Gate Lodge where Henrietta Seiberling, daughter-in-law to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company founder F.A. Seiberling, brought together Mr. Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, both admitted alcoholics, on Mother’s Day in 1935. Their discussion in the Gate Lodge at Stan Hywet resulted in identifying the principles that were to become the cornerstone of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Summit radio station could not pick a more appropriate place to begin their new broadcast as the Gate Lodge is a never-ending source of inspiration for millions of people, especially during Founders’ Day Weekend held annually in June.
Another bit of folklore was when Chrissie Hynde returned to Akron prior to opening up her restaurant VegiTerranean. She was staying with friends at house on Aqueduct Street across from Glendale Cemetery. The very first thing she did when she came back was jump the fence, kneel down at Dr. Bob’s grave site, and thank him for what he did and how he made a difference in so many people’s lives.
So what songs have been your source of inspiration and helped you persevere through life’s challenges? Please leave your comments and song selections below and maybe they will become part of the Rock and Recovery music rotation. To learn more about Rock & Recovery and The Summit radio programming, visit www.rockandrecovery.com or www.913thesummit.com .