Tuesday, 30 December 2014 17:47

WSIC addds community talk show to morning lineup

Written by  Lori Helms

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- "You just know everybody."

It's a comment Suzanne Meyer hears a lot, and although she tends to downplay the compliment, it's really not much of an overstatement.

As the founder and CEO of The Welcome Committee, a Mooresville-based marketing company that connects those new to the Lake Norman area with local merchants, professionals and civic organizations, it's pretty much her job to know everybody.

It was an observation not lost on Brian Weiss, the general manager at WSIC radio out of Statesville.Meyer says she and Weiss were constantly crossing paths at a number of local business events, which gave Weiss an idea for a new show following his station's recent expansion to the FM dial.

Indeed, he decided, Meyer does know everybody, and that could be handy.

Turns out that soon, the listening audience of WSIC 100.7 FM and 1400 AM will get to know her as well.

Meyer, and Kevin Smith of McBryde Website Design in Mooresville, will launch the radio show Around the Lake on Thursday, Jan. 8. The station bills it as the area's only talk radio program to touch on life around the lake, featuring information about upcoming events as well as guests that will include community and business leaders or one of the many local characters who line Lake Norman's shores.

Although Around the Lake will be new to local airwaves, Meyer is no stranger behind the microphone.

"I'm excited to return to my roots," she says about stepping back into radio for the first time since her college days, when she spun vinyl on the Boston University campus for WTBU, followed by work as a promotions intern at WRKO (also in Boston).

Not only is she comfortable behind the mic, she's a virtual staple of the Lake Norman community and looks forward to connecting listeners with all they need to know about what to do, see and learn in the region.

"We're all about your social life and what there is to do around the lake," she says. "It's all about the events."

And as anyone who has spent any amount of time in the area knows, the options are as interesting and varied as the towns that skirt the lake.

Meyer says she and Smith will start their hour-long program with a rundown of upcoming events, fundraisers or any other activity for the towns that touch Lake Norman. They plan to include anything of interest to families, youth, seniors and local businesses, as well as interview guests connected to some of those activities.

For January, Meyer says they already have a lineup of community leaders set to visit the WSIC studio, including Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce chairman Mike Russell and CEO Bill Russell, as well as Glenn Holden, co-owner of Home Helpers of Lake Norman and founder of the LKN Healthcare Forum.

To introduce future listeners to what they may expect from Around the Lake, Meyer and Smith will be guests on Friday, Jan. 2, on the station's Local Biz Now show with hosts Joe Vagnone and Wayne Bidelman. The program begins at 8 a.m.

Meyer says Around the Lake will bring a broad range of information to listeners from Huntersville to Troutman — everything from what parents need to know about summer camp programs to how to keep that New Year's resolution to take up shagging. She and Smith also plan to include trivia contests and prizes throughout the program.

"It's our show, we can develop it."

Tune in on Thursday mornings beginning Jan. 8 to hear how it all unfolds.

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