Written by Dennis Polselli, Publicity Coordinator for Community Autism Resources
One of the things I have always been interested in is radio. I am interested in News and politics. A lot of my information, before accessible technology came along and enabled me to read newspapers and magazines like everyone else, came from radio. I especially loved local talk shows. One show I listened to while growing up was on radio station WALE 140 in Fall River. The show was called Party Line and in those days, there were no two way phones on these shows, therefore the moderator had to repeat everything the caller said on the other end of the phone. I used to get my sisters’ toy phone and play that I was the moderator taking phone-calls and repeating what each caller said in the area of national and local politics.
When I grew up, I got involved in radio as a student at Stonehill College, I hosted shows dealing with Student and campus issues and politics and yes, I took phone-calls from listeners. The excitement came when the student radio station decided to do Election night coverage in 1977, a presidential year. To prepare, we did interviews with the Political Science department and state and local candidates running that year. Some of them gave their victory statements and concession statements on our airwaves. The coverage went all night and went well. In 1984, my first year working at Framingham State University, we did similar election night coverage with my anchoring the coverage and students working as engineers, producers etc. Later on in my employment at Framingham State University, when I became Disability Services Coordinator, I started and ran for 15 years a Radio Reading Service program for the Blind and individuals with print disabilities. The Radio reading Service is headquartered in Marshfield, Massachusetts and my affiliate was The MetroWest Radio Reading Service. There were forty volunteers that read area newspapers, magazines and books over the radio, recorded from their homes and aired on a tape deck I had in my office. Among the volunteers was Donna Polselli who read the Supermarket Fliers and gave health tips throughout the program. Because we were housed at a College, we broadcast on tape delay, arts and Humanities lectures and Graduation Exercises.
When I retired in 2009, that was the part of my job I missed the most. Then Barbara Domingue asked if I would do podcasts for CAR. Think of podcasts as sort of internet radio, which happens to be springing up all over the place. Perkins School for the Blind operates an internet radio station, “Radio Perkins.” For our podcast we came up with the title, “A Presence on your Journey” the second half of our motto: “A place to Start: A presence on your Journey.” We’ve covered many topics from a family learning about Autism during a sleep over, to a podcast at Wigglekids in Swansea. I really enjoy these podcasts, I learn so much and I’m hoping the readers of this Blog are learning as much as I am. You can listen to past podcasts by going to: http://www.community-autism-resources.com and if you have iTunes, go to iTunes, and search for or under bookstore, under Autism “A presence on your Journey.”
As I say at the end of each podcast, “A Presence on your Journey” is produced and edited by Nicholas Domingue and my name is Dennis Polselli.