Focus on the Community

Focus On The Community is a community affairs program hosted by Frank Rush.

If you have a community topic that would appeal to WZJK listeners and would like to be considered for an interview, call (812) 420-2518.

Below are some of our past shows.

Focus On The Community Podcasts

Focus on the Community: United Way of the Wabash Valley

Richard Payonk, CEO of United Way of the Wabash Valley, talks about the group and how they have dramatically changed over the past couple of years and how those

Focus on the Community: IYI on School Sports

Tami Silverman with the Indiana Youth Institute talks about school sports and how they can help and hurt your child. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce

Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce President, Kristin Craig, talks about her first few months as the new President and all of the exciting things coming up for the Chamber.

Focus on the Community: Fundraising for CODA

Sarah Campbell, Director of CODA (Council on Domestic Abuse) on their fund raising campaign and the services they provide. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Ask Rose!

Ask Rose Director, Susan Smith-Rhodes, explains what the program is  and how it can help your kids in school with their math and science homework. Tweet Share Reddit +1

Focus on the Community: Clay County 4-H Youth Educator

The new Clay County 4-H Youth Educator, Tyler Seale, talks about 4-H, county fairs, what 4-H has to offer and taking her new job. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket

Focus on the Community: Analyzing State Legislative Session

Tammi Silverman of the Indiana Youth Institute analyzes the last State Legislative Session and what it meant for children in Indiana Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Back to School Safety

Indiana State Police Public Information Officer, Matt Ames, discusses back to school safety. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Homeless situation in Wabash Valley

Kelli Fuller with the Hamilton Center discusses the homeless situation in the Wabash Valley. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: ISP Public Information Officer

Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt Matt Ames, discusses the latest from the Indiana State Police including traffic problems in our area and around the state as well

Focus on the Community: Kids Count Data Book

Tammi Silverman of Indiana Youth Institute discusses the local information in the Kids Count Data Book. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Latest scams from BBB

Tim Maniscalo from the Better Business Bureau talks about the latest scams you need to know about.   Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Union Health on Strokes

Beth Harrison, RN, Stroke Team Leader for Union Health talks about strokes, what to know, and how to treat those who suffer from a stroke. Tweet Share Reddit +1

Focus on the Community: Brazil Rotary 4th of July Celebrations

Mike Peterson of the Brazil Rotary talks about their 4th of July events, good works that the club performs in the community and that a one of the founders

Focus on the Community: Dana Christian School

Stacy Ingram, with the Dana Christian School, explains how this type of school starts, what if offers and the challenges involved. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: IYI addresses mental health and children

Tammi Silverman, President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, addresses mental health issues with kids, how to recognize them and how to treat them Tweet Share Reddit +1

Focus on the Community: VCSC Supt. Rob Haworth

Vigo County School Corporation Superintendent Rob Haworth talks about his first few months on the job, his 1 year anniversary on July 1, the just finished legislative session, the

Focus on the Community: Graduation rates at Ivy Tech Community College

We spoke with Terre Haute Ivy Tech Chancellor Lea Anne Crooks about their recent graduation and what Ivy Tech has to offer students of all ages. Tweet Share Reddit

Focus on the Community: Carla Knapp with the Indianapolis Zoo

Carla Knapp of the Indianapolis Zoo talks about their animal conservation and education efforts. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Latest information of scams from BBB

Tim Maniscalo, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Indiana, provides information on the latest scams.  Their research shows the biggest problem is employment scams. Tweet Share

Focus on the Community: A look at the life of Richard Lugar

A special edition of Focus on the Community: A look at the life of Richard Lugar. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Shelley Klingerman

Shelley Klingerman talks about her new book, ‘Vigilance.’ It is the Savvy Women’s Guide To Personal Safety, Self Protection Measures and Counter Measures.     Tweet Share Reddit +1

Focus on the Community: The Benefit of Caring for the Whole Child

“When I was a child…” We all have likely said this, wrapping ourselves in nostalgia about what we perceived as a carefree, easier time. In many ways, to have

Focus on the Community: Mayor Duke Bennett

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett talks about the convention center, paving, casino, and the pool at the Vigo County YMCA. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Purdue Extension Office

Kristi Whitacre, County Extension Director with the Purdue Extension Office, talks about what the Purdue Extension Office provides for residents and how you can take advantage of these programs and

Focus on the Community: Sip for Shoes

The Terre Haute Women’s Club talk about the ‘Sip for Shoes’ fundraiser on May 4 at the Country Club of Terre Haute. This even will benefit the Shoe Bus

Focus on the Community: Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana

Natalie Sutton, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana,  talks about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Sutton discussed how to recognize and how to help those

Focus on the Community: Kids Count Data Book

Tami Silverman of the Indiana Youth Institution talks about the release of the new Kids Count Data Book. She talks about what it says about Indiana kids both state

Focus on the Community: Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch celebrates 2nd Founders’ Day

Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch is celebrating 2nd Founders’ Day! We talk about the Crime Fighters vs Fire Fighters basketball game and we have guests Clay County Sheriff Paul Hardin

Focus on the Community: Sound the Alarm home fire campaign

Executive Director of SW Indiana American Red Cross, Theo Boots, talks about the ‘Sound the Alarm’ home fire campaign.  Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Commissioner Adam Krupp

Indiana Department of Revenue Commissioner Adam Krupp speaks about taxes. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Tim Maniscalo of the Better Business Bureau

Tim Maniscalo of the Better Business Bureau talks about how MasterCard is taking steps to stem misleading “free trial offers,” fake change of address websites, how to be smart when

Focus on the Community: Brazil State of the City Address

Mayor Brian Wyndham gave his State of the City Address at the Clay County Chamber of Commerce lunch. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: YMCA of the Wabash Valley

Erin Gregory from the YMCA of the Wabash Valley on an upcoming fundraiser and all of the services and programs that they offer the community in Vigo County and

Focus on the Community: Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

Danielle Shockey, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, talks about how Girl Scout cookie time is more than great cookies. It is a time to teach girls about

Focus on the Community: IYI focuses on kids health

Tami Silverman with the Indiana Youth Institute talks kids health and the challenges of keeping kids healthy. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Terre Haute Mayor on what to expect in 2019

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett talks about what we can expect in 2019 Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Western Indiana Recovery Services

Scott Burns of Western Indiana Recovery Services at Hamilton Center talks about opioid addiction and treatments available. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Sgt. Joe Watts retiring from Indiana State Police

Former Indiana State Police PIO Sgt. Joe Watts talks about his retirement and how police work has changed over the past 30 years. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Handling stress during the holidays

Tami Silverman of Indiana Youth Institute talks about helping kids handle the stress of the holidays.   Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Bell Ringing Campaign

Envoy Sue Linden from the Terre Haute Salvation Army talks about how their bell ringing campaign is going and how you, your business or place of work can help. 

Focus on the Community: Holiday Scams

Tim Maniscalo of the Better Business Bureau on Holiday Scams you need to be aware of. Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket LinkedIn

Focus on the Community: Promise Indiana Program

Tami Silverman of Indiana Youth Institute talks about the Promise Indiana Program: How to get young kids as early as elementary school to realize what they have the potential

Focus on the Community: Clay Community School Corporation

Mark Shayotovich, Director of Business Affairs with the Clay Community School Corporation, talks about school finances in Clay County, the artificial turf at Northview and more. Tweet Share Reddit

Focus on the Community: Area 7 Agency on Aging

Area 7 Agency on Aging Director Gloria Wetnight (part of the West Central Indiana Economic Development District) talks about the many services that the agency provides and how they

Focus on the Community: Terre Haute Women’s Club

The Terre Haute Women’s Club talks about the shoe bus and how they can provide shoes for children in need. They will be having a fundraiser called ‘Brews for

Focus on the Community: Meals on Wheels

Rita Kaperack talks about the program, who they serve, where the meals come from and how they could expand into some of the outlying areas.  Tweet Share Reddit +1

Focus on the Community: Terre Haute Fire Chief, Jeff Fisher

Terre Haute Fire Chief, Jeff Fisher, spoke with us about fall safety, how you need to clean and check your furnace, and also about how you should check and

Focus on the Community: Staunton Elem. Blue Ribbon School

Principal, Sheryl Jordon and 4th Grade Teacher Chuck Fry talk about how Staunton Elem School in Clay County is now a Blue Ribbon School!   Tweet Share Reddit +1 Pocket

Focus on the Community: Better Business Bureau and scams

Tim Maniscalo, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana talks about scams that can happen with natural disaster donations, rescue dogs, fake grants and even fake

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