Where were you September 11,  2001?

October 19th, 2017 by Rick and Jackie

This Weekend on A Firm Foundation for life,  N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts after several days in NYC,  broadcast live from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.   Our feature guest on the program,  Anthony Gardner,  the senior V.P. for Government and Community Affairs,  lost his older brother Harvey on that fateful day,  and after spending time and sharing with Anthony we are dedicating this weekend’s program to Harvey’s memory.   This has been an unforgettable experience for Jackie and I,   and we encourage any of you that haven’t been here to New York to make the trip sometime in the near future.

The program begins Saturday at 9:00 am.  and this Sunday for the first time,  the program will be re-broadcast at 7:00 am.,  something to tune to before church.  1370 WSPD, streamed live at:  wspd.com  or remotely with the I-Heart radio media app on your I-phone.

Attached is a picture taken with Anthony Gardner in the Museum on Thursday morning.   And a picture of Jackie outside by the pools surrounded by the names of those that perished that day!

R &  J

New York, New York

October 12th, 2017 by Rick and Jackie

Coming soon!

In just another week if you miss the program on Saturday, you’ll be able to listen to a re-broadcast of the exact program Sunday morning at 7:00 am. . well before most people get ready for church. It’s just another way A Firm Foundation for Life and WSPD, this regions top station, work to give every listener access to the best radio information and programming in N. W. Ohio.

This Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life Rick and Jackie preview their upcoming broadcast on 10/21 from the 9/11 Memorial in New York. Jackie brings you all the latest in senior news as many events upcoming point towards Thanksgiving and then Christmas, even though the weather we have been enjoying fools the season.

Last week Rick and Jackie welcomed Dr. Ted Bowlus to the program not in his role as Wood County Commissioner, but to discuss Dr. Bowlus’s passion for the drug epidemic that is plaguing our State and our Nation.

R & J


October 7th, 2017 by Rick and Jackie

Are you taking drugs?

On this first Saturday in October N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts welcome Wood County Commissioner Dr. Ted Bowlus to the program for a frank and honest assessment of the drug crisis going on locally,   Ohio ranks worst in the Country.   One of Dr. Bowlus’s campaign issues was about this topic.  Dr. Bowlus has served as past president of the Wood County Board of Health, Behavioral Connections,  St. Charles Mercy Hospital and Bay Park Hospital, National Alliance for Mental Illness.   Dr. Bowlus is passionate about this topic,  and even though N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts are not doctors,  they have extensive background on drugs, addictions, and mental health issues.   This Saturday’s program promises to be informative, Rick and Jackie,  and Dr. Bowlus are all problem solvers and don’t like to fail!

The program begins at 9:00 am.  locally on 1370 WSPD,  streamed across the world at:  <wspd.com>  or remotely with the I-Heart radio app on your I-phone.

R & J

Let’s celebrate!

September 30th, 2017 by Rick and Jackie

Tired worn out feet or happy feet!

By the end of the day do your feet hurt, and does this make you feel tired before it’s time? That was my problem for several months, even thought I purchased quality inserts from the local running store, by the middle of the afternoon my feet hurt and I couldn’t wait to get my shoes off.
My arch hurt so bad, just a touch in the right spot and I let out a scream. Jackie and I wondered into Foot Solutions just behind Chicflila off Talmadge Rd. and within a few minutes Zach knew what my problem was and an effective treatment for it, custom fit orthotics. To get me by for a few days Zach added an additional patch to my old inserts, even that gave me some relief. But now I have the custom orthotics and no more pain, happy feet all day long, what a great relief!

Zach is going to join us live this Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life to talk about all kinds of personal foot problems and how he, and the others at Foot Solutions can solve them so you have happy feet all the rest of your days!

Tune into A Firm Foundation for Life beginning live at 9:00 am. on 1370 WSPD, or stream it live at: or remotely on your I-Phone with the I-Heart radio app.

You are never too old to celebrate a birthday, here we are with Ilse Thomas at her 91st. sitting to Rick’s left is Dr. Elfreda Rusher, now 101.


Check your Meds!!!

September 21st, 2017 by Rick and Jackie
How many meds do you take????

This Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life,  joining us live from S. Carolina,   Mark Coggins, PharmD, CGP, FASCP.   Mark heads up pharmacy services for Diversicare,  which operates skilled nursing centers in 10 states.    Mark is an author of numerous articles about geriatric pharmacy practices.   He is on the cutting edge of deprescribing to improve one’s quality of life.

This maybe the most important program we have presented to help people improve their health in later years.  Rick and Jackie continually remind everyone that,  “they are responsible for their own health care”.   People need to ask their doctors why they are taking each and every medication!!!!     Join us live on  1370 WSPD beginning at 9:00 am. or streamed live at:  wspd.com  or remotely with the I-Heart Radio app. on your smart phone.

Rick and Jackie both participated this week at the Community Fair presented by the University Center on Optimal Aging.   Last Saturday the director of the center,  Paul Davis joined Rick and Jackie live in studio,  pictured here!

R &  J

For Life

September 15th, 2017 by Rick and Jackie

This Saturday A Firm Foundation for Life will preview the Optimum Aging Community Fair to be held Tuesday September 19 at Bowling Green State University.   Joining with N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts,   Paula Davis,  the director of the center at B.G.S.U. will be the feature guest.   Regardless of your age this program is information needed for life!

Join us beginning at 9:00 am.  live and local at  1370 WSPD,  or streamed live at:  wspd.com or remotely heard with the I-Heart Media app on your smart phone anywhere!

Here the perspective of all relevant aging issues from Rick and Jackie on N. W. Ohio’s longest running radio talk show,   A Firm Foundation for Life!

2nd Annual Optimal Aging Community Fair
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Bowling Green State University
Co-sponsors: Medical Mutual of Ohio and Wood County Committee on Aging
All sessions take place in the Ballroom except 1:15-2:15 Breakouts
(see program for locations)
8 am-2:30pm EXHIBITORS

  • Home care, housing, assisted living, retirement communities, volunteer opportunities, older adult fitness – our exhibitors have something for everyone!
  • GET YOUR “PASSPORT” MARKED BY AT LEAST 10 EXHIBITORS in order to be entered into a raffle at 2:30 pmYou could win one of four Kindle Paperwhite E-Readers, or from a selection of wonderful door prizes donated by our sponsors. (Must be present to win.)



  • M. Sue Houston, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Health and Human Services

Bring a guest and come to the Fest!

September 8th, 2017 by Rick and Jackie

Fall is in the air and so is the Black Swamp Arts Festival

It appears summer has left us,  but cooler weather makes for a better Festival.   The 25th Anniversary starts Friday night with music,  then Saturday and Sunday all the fun will be happening on the streets of Bowling Green.    Tune in Saturday to A Firm Foundation for Life beginning at 9:00 am.  on  1370 WSPD,  streamed live at wspd.com or remotely anywhere on I-Heart radio app.

Two guests will be joining N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts Cole Christensen will be in to discuss the music side of the Festival,  remember it’s continuous music from Friday night till Sunday afternoon.   Then Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards will join Rick and Jackie to talk about putting the best face on your community for the Festival,  maybe that’s why in 25 years the Black Swamp Arts Festival has become one of the top 20 Festival in the U. S?

Pictured is the custom built house Rick is constructing south of Bowling Green.   The outside is nearing completion,  the inside is ready for drywall and will be finished in a few more weeks.

R & J

Labor Day Weekend.

September 1st, 2017 by Rick and Jackie

High & Dry

11 years ago this weekend it was a similar story in New Orleans,  with Hurricane Katrina,  now we see the devastation in Houston,  and we thank God here is N. W. Ohio we have never had a situation where we had to evacuate our homes and then lost everything we have,  home, cars, and personal belongings.    However, we have experienced times of high water,  and flooded basements.  Rick has addressed the issues of flooded basements  in residential house construction here in N. W. Ohio on a number of occasions.   The thing to remember first and foremost is that if has happened once?   It can happen again!   You can’t just put things back the way they were and not change something in your home’s drainage system, to prevent another flood in the future.

On A Firm Foundation for Life this holiday weekend,  Rick and Jackie will be speaking with their friend and fellow talk show host Andy Caldwell.   Andy has the #1 local talk show in the Central Valley of California.   Two topics will be front and center,  there is a serious movement underway in California to secede from the United States through a ballot referendum.    In this day of grass roots social media,  stranger things have happened.   Also up for discussion California 4-term governor,  Jerry Brown has been having climate meetings with other countries and entering the State of California into climate agreements with China,  and Germany just to name a few.

One might wonder how Governor Brown can recite the “Pledge of Allegiance?”

And lastly there will be some discussion about Harvey!

The program can be heard locally on  1370 WSPD,  is streamed live at: wspd.com or live on I-Heart radio with the I-Heart media app.

Pictured tonight,  the custom home Rick is building just south of Bowling Green,  on sandy soil and high ground,  still Rick has included a full drainage system,  with backup.

Cool days of summer

August 24th, 2017 by Rick and Jackie

End of August and it feels like fall

Here we are with jackets on already and it’s still summer. N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts return to the studio this Saturday and catch up on a whirlwind summer, rentals and new construction. Tune in Saturday at 9:00 am. to A Firm Foundation for Life on this last Saturday before Labor Day weekend.

A Firm Foundation for Life is heard locally on 1370 WSPD, and streamed live at: www.wspd.com and remotely on the I-Heart app on your I-Phone.

Last week’s program with Dr. Lance Talmage was a great reunion of sorts since he delivered two of our children 35 and 40 years ago to the day. Dr. Talmage is pictured here with Rick and Jackie!

Please note our new e-mail address:


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Don’t miss this one!

August 17th, 2017 by Rick and Jackie

Women’s health,  with the doctor who has seen it all!!!

  Rick and Jackie are pleased to welcome to the program this Saturday,  Dr. Lance Talmage.   Dr. Talmage for years was part of the largest Ob-Gyn practice in Toledo, at Toledo Hospital.   40 and 35 years ago he delivered two of our children,  August 31,  and August 20,  so it’s meaningful that he join us on Saturday August  19.   The focus of this program is going to be “women’s health in later years”,  so we expect to learn much from Dr. Talmage’s over 50 years of dealing with women’s health issues.   This Saturday is a don’t miss program!

The program can be heard locally on  1370 WSPD,  is streamed live at:  wspd.com  and heard remotely on I-Heart radio,  beginning at 9:00 am. . . the podcast of this program will be posted by Monday.

Two pictures tonight,  the current picture of the new custom home Rick is building just south of Bowling Green, and R & J  with Senator Ted Cruz.   Senator Cruz was in town on Tuesdaysupporting Ohio’s Senate candidate Ohio Treasurer,  Josh Mandel.

R & J