Friday, March 6, 2015

Radio broadcasts feature 'Rollercoaster' author

CBS station in San Francisco features 'Rollercoaster' author  — 'from adversity to advocacy'

Jeff Bell
I'm planning to claim my first minute and a half of radio fame this Sunday.

I'll be the solo guest of Jeff Bell’s regular spot, which focuses on people who've moved “from adversity to advocacy” — in other words, according to the A2A Alliance website, “individuals who have successfully turned a personal challenge into service to others with similar challenges.”

The 90-second segment, boiled down from a 15-minute interview,
will be aired three times on both KCBS-AM (at 740 on the dial) and FM (106.9) in San Francisco.

The broadcasts are scheduled to start at 12:52 p.m., 6:52 p.m. and 11:52 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

As the author of a new VitalityPress book, “Rollercoaster: How a man can survive his partner’s breast cancer,” I, Woody Weingarten, talk about the support group I've led for 20 years, Marin Man to Man, and what I've learned being a male caregiver. 

Jeff, co-founder of A2A as well as an author and a 20-year veteran of radio and TV news, noted that he'll "also be posting an mp3 version of the feature on our website —”

Once it's posted, it will reside at and, ultimately, have a linkable page that will include the key to my book.

Regarding the radio segment, I'm flattered that I'm in such good company.

Among others who've been spotlighted are Patrick Kennedy, a Congressman from 1995 to 2010 who has long been a mental health champion, and Temple Brandin, an autistic activist and subject of an award-winning HBO bioptic — and a large group of folks whose names I didn't recognize.

Jeff jump-started A2A in 2011 with Patti Lowery, a Canadian mother of two children with mental health challenges, although the organization's roots date from 1997 and struggles with his own adversity, a disabling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Today, he also serves as a spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation.

And Patti is still an advisor to A2A.

The Adversity to Advocacy Alliance, both have asserted more than once, pushes "the age-old adage that we help ourselves by helping others."

I definitely find their continuing work with the organization inspirational. So it was especially gratifying when Jeff  paid me this compliment in an email:

"You are an inspiration!"

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