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In the ‘Bush’ and Well-Fed!

Friday, July 6th, 2018

In the ‘Bush’ and Well-Fed!

This Saturday, northwest Ohio’s most trusted hosts broadcast live from the edge of civilization via satellite phone and other technology!  Join Rick and Jackie live from the Kesagami Wilderness Lodge and their two outstanding guests, Bryson Upper and Mary Cheechoo as they share their experiences working this outstanding fly-in fishing camp for the summer — and activities with your hosts, Rick and Jackie and Jackie’s cousins, Ana and John from Romania!  Bryson hails from St. Catherine’s, Ontario and is a tournament fisherman, while Mary is of the Moose Cree Indian Nation from Moose Factory right on James Bay! If you go to our website: you can find photos from several 2003 with another Moose Cree individual, John Turner, and some photos from that visit.

Enjoy the couple of photos showing Bryson and Ancuta with her catch, Nelu with his catch, and Rick and Jackie with Mary Cheechoo and her friend, Lacey.  Check out the Facebook page at A Firm Foundation for Life to see a full album of the trip!  Tune in on Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 7 a.m., on 1370-a.m. WSPD or 92.9 FM. We will be streamed at or iHeart Media download at 1370 for the show, as well.

Hope you enjoy the show!  R & J

4th of July weekend, it’s here.

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

4th of July weekend

It’s finally here everyone’s favorite holiday,  July 4.   Most agree that Wednesday is the worst day of the week for the 4th to fall on?  No one knows when to take off,  some people end up taking the whole week off!   Not N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts,  zeroing in this Saturday on the leading cause of death in the U.S.,  heart disease.

For the first time on A Firm Foundation for Life,  the host of the very popular program,  “Time Waits for No One”,  Dr. Ameer Kabour of Toledo Cardiology Consultants.   Dr. Kabour is well known for his research and state of the art treatments and procedures for heart disease.  It’s another for Life program you don’t want to miss,  either Saturday at 9:00 am.  or Sunday at 7:00 am.   On Sunday,  “Time Waits for No One”  follows A Firm Foundation for Life on WSPD at 8:00 am.

Make sure you have every radio in your house and car set to 1370 WSPD,  this area’s #1 station.  If you are somewhere out of range the program is streamed @  or remotely on your I-Phone with the I-Heart radio media app.

Pictured with Rick and Jackie at the office of Toledo Cardiology,  Dr. Ameer Kabour the guest on A Firm Foundation for Life this Saturday and Sunday,   time waits for no one!

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Rick in the shop

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

There are not many left . . .  skilled artisans

This Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life,   N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts take you into the shop.   The shop is in Perrysburg at the office of Artistic Memorials,  the artisan is Jeff Pettit,  the “Caveman”,  Jeff has stone dust in his veins.    As we continue to add technology to our program we now have the option of of extensive video pictures to expand the program each week.   This Saturday you’ll get a chance to see how these beautiful masterpieces, that will last for centuries, are created.   Anytime after the program starts on Saturday after 9:00 am.  you can go to Facebook live@  “A Firm Foundation for Life” and view this short informative video clip filmed right in the shop at Artistic Memorials.

The radio program is Saturday at 9:00 am. or Sunday at 7:00 am. and can be heard live and local on  1370 WSPD.   Or stream it on the internet @  <>  or remotely on your I-PHone with the I-Heart radio media app.

Monday was Media Day at the Marathon Classic which takes place this year in early July.   N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts had lunch with the defending champion,  I.K. Kim.   I.K. shot a 63 in the final round of last year’s championship to win.  She was a delightful young lady who shared her birthday on Wednesday with Jackie.

R &  J

Robotic Surgery

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Kick’n it into June

This Saturday June 2nd   A Firm Foundation for Life gets to preview one of the top two summer events in N. W. Ohio,  the 53rd. Crosby Festival of the Arts,  at the Toledo Botanical Gardens.   Rick and Jackie welcome our new host for this year’s Festival,  Yvonne Dubielak  from Toledo Grows.   The actual date for this year’s Festival is June 23 & 24th,  and Rick and Jackie will have several of the visiting artists on the program that weekend.

Tune in on Saturday at 9:00 am. or Sunday at 7:00 am. on several platforms,  live and local on 1370 WSPD,  streamed worldwide @ <> ,  remotely on your I-Phone with the I-Heart media app. and on Facebook live@ “A Firm Foundation for Life”.  Summer fun has begun and we look forward to covering the best summer events in N. W. Ohio on A Firm Foundation for Life completing 18 years in local talk radio,  now on the region’s #1 station WSPD.

Pictured tonight for a near future program is the new da Vinci Xi robotic surgery robot that R & J  attended at Wood County Hospital this evening.   This will be an upcoming topic on  a program in the near future.

R &  J

No yellow flowers in this lawn!!!

Friday, May 18th, 2018

How good does it look?

It’s that time of the year,  cut the grass two to three times per week!    Especially if it’s a TruGreen lawn,  take a look at this!

Joining N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts this Saturday and Sunday on A Firm Foundation for Life,  your lawn,  what does it look like?  Just a new father this week,  Adam Knieriem,  your local TruGreen expert,  will leave the new born with Mom and be live in studio with us.   For sure no watering of any lawns in N. W. Ohio,  in fact if it stays cool might be weeks before we have to add water to our lawns.   Crabgrass preventer,  and those ugly yellow flowers in our lawns,  that’s top priority right now.

Tune in Saturday at 9:00 am. and/or Sunday at 7:00 am. to the region’s number one radio station  1370 WSPD,  or pick up the live stream at: remotely on your I-Phone with the I-Heart radio media app.  And again this week,  on Facebook live@  “A Firm Foundation for Life”.   You can also watch Jackie’s face peel on Facebook live from last week’s show with our friends from Anders Dermatology.

Our lawn has never looked so good,  attached is a picture taken this evening!

Rick  &   Jackie

Rick’s column in Sentinel Tribune Friday May 11

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

The End

Completing five (5) years now, visiting daily a local longterm care facility has given me a whole new perspective on life.   Along with just ordinary bygone days important holidays have come and gone — we’ve even had birthday parties — seasons change,  and the calendar turns over another new year.   I have gotten to know many residents along the way that have since passed; in fact, my Mother has had no less than seven (7) roommates.   Along this journey I have written to you about the many residents that seldom, if ever, had a visitor.  I might run into one of their family members around town and remark how I had just seen their father, mother, grandfather, or grandmother at the Home. Some would utter how they hadn’t been there yet this year and, in shock, I would exclaim, ‘It’s July!’

I am writing you to let you know — all is not dead!   Sometimes you witness  a heartwarming story that stands above all the other stories in which you struggle to find hope or meaning.  A large, anonymous local family recently had the Patriarch and Matriarch of their family residing at the Home   unable to care for themselves or each other.  There is no question this was a hard decision to make but this seemed like the right one.   The other family members of this large family: Older adult children, adult grandchildren, younger great-grandchildren,  and all others related by marriage, were at the Home regularly, daily,  if not for every meal time.  Sometime later, the Patriarch was the first to pass on. This left the Matriarch at the Home alone,  sometimes confused, cranky, and generally not content in her situation.

The participation of the rest of the family and others related increased. It seemed from across the hall, that the Matriarch was seldom without some relative there with her.   Certainly,  someone in the rest of the family was with her during meal time.   This large family coordinated their times so that any burden was shared by all who participated.    As we watched, months passed and the deserved attention continued, not with an attitude of obligation, but with obvious kindness, joy, care, and love for this remaining Matriarch.

Now the end is near, nearly everyone in the family is there together for the Matriarch. This is the time to share all the things you want the Matriarch to take with her about the feelings you have for  her.   She seems unconscious, but experts have told us that hearing is the last thing to go.  Assume she is hearing everything said around her, talk about all the pleasant memories,  be specific!  What was the favorite dish she made for you that you intend to continue in the family tradition?   Where was this memory created? Who was there? What was the weather at that time?  What were you doing that makes this such a pleasant memory?  Share all this with her!  What else do you have at a time like this? And, what do you want her to take when she crosses over? Give her the security of release!  It’s okay to let go!     Why not sing her favorite hymn? How comforting is it for her to have the whole family with her, near the end of life, singing her favorite church hymn?  End times, with this spirit in the room, can comfort the living, too.  It helps ease the deep grief you’ll feel from the loss.

What else is there?  I wish there were more. The end!

Their oldest living patient, since 1969

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Here comes the sun!

That time of the year has come,  sun protection,  sun screen,  look for the shade,  stay off the water!   This Saturday joining N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts the “Dean” of dermatology in this area,  Dr. John Anders,  almost 50 years treating people in our area,  and treating Rick for sun and related skin issues for all those years.   Also on the program with the senior Anders,  Dr. Tim Anders,  along with Kristie the head aesthetician at Anders Dermatology.   It’s an entire show this Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life about your skin and the latest in effective skin treatments for sun damaged skin.

The program starts at 9:00 am. on Saturday, 7:00 am. on Sunday and can be heard or viewed on all the platforms,   locally on 1370 WSPD,  streamed worldwide at:  <> ,  remote listening on your I-Phone with the I-Heart radio media app.   And this Saturday a special Facebook live demonstration on Jackie live during the program with the latest chemical peal.   Facebook live @  “A Firm Foundation for Life”.

Pictured with  Rick and Jackie last week from Genacross Youth Services,  from the left,  Kathy Lemmerbrock Executive Director of Genacross Foundation,  Aimee Kaminski,  Ex. Secretary Family and Youth Services,  Katie Zawisza,  Ex. Director Family and Youth Services,  and Tim Davis,  Asst. Director Family and Youth Services.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Friday, April 27th, 2018

The last weekend in April.

This Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life, blood, drugs, and pain. N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts welcome back to the program Dr. Jeffrey Swartz to the program. Dr. Swartz has created the new family center clinic and the Falcon Health Center. All this works together with the announcement of the program “New Vision Medical Stabilization” service for people battling addiction. Continuing the discussion about “A Perfect Storm” aging, drugs, and chronic pain. Later in the program Dr. Swartz will review the importance of regular blood tests in the overall health care plan for people as they age. The annual Chamber Community Blood draw is this Saturday which is sold out again this year! This program is a great example of people taking charge of their own health care.

The program starts Saturday at 9:00 am. can be heard again Sunday at 7:00 am. Dr. Swartz will be on the entire program. Tune into 1370 WSPD, or stream it live @ or use the I-Heart radio media app. for your I-Phone. Additionally this Saturday’s program will appear on Facebook live @ “A Firm Foundation for Life”

Pictured with Rick and Jackie at last Saturday’s Literacy in the Park, is Dr. Tim Murnen, event coordinator, and the guest author and illustrator from Austin, Don Tate.

Springtime in Ohio?

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Is it finally here?   Springtime in Ohio

74 degrees as I write this note to you!   Just yesterday it was snowing,   and everyone is tired of the lousy spring weather thus far,  but the change is here,  and Saturday is Kiwanis Pancake Day at Bowling Green High School.   $6 all you can eat pancakes and sausage,  7:00 am. till 1:00 pm. . .  N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts will be there early,  (first to be served),  then it’s off to the studio to talk about a very big family event coming up on Saturday April 21 at the Field House at B.G.S.U.,  “Literacy in the Park”.   In just over 10 years this event has grown to one of the biggest single day events in Bowling Green.

Joining Rick and Jackie in studio Dr. Tim Murnen,  one of the event coordinators,  and special guest via the phone children’s author and illustrator from Austin, Don Tate.   It will  be interesting to find out from these experts,  in today’s high tech world, literacy is still an important skill,  that parents and other family members can instill in children at a young age!

This Saturday’s program is heard on the #1 station in the region, 1370 WSPD,  at 9:00 am. on Saturday and again on Sunday at 7:00 am.  Remotely on your I-Phone with the I-Heart Media app., and streamed on your computer at:  <>.  You can now join in on Facebook Live @  “A Firm Foundation for Life”

Last Saturday was our 16th Masters broadcast,  we wish we could have joined the champion on the 18th green like we have done in the past,  maybe next year!

Rick and Jackie

Winter in Ohio

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Springtime in Augusta  . . . . wintertime still here in Ohio

This Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life,  our 16th consecutive year of covering one of the world’s greatest sporting events,  the 82nd playing of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.   Jim Nantz,  was quoted last week,  “this year’s Masters was the most anticipated in his 33 years of anchoring the Master’s telecasts”.

The return of Tiger Woods,  the outstanding play this year of most of the world’s top young golfers,  outstanding play of Phil Mickelson,  the stars all seemed aligned for a great golf show this week in Georgia.   Today was day one of four,  along with some great scores posted was a score for all of us amateurs the defending champion,  Sergio Garcia a (13),  the highest single hole score posted in the Masters.  Yes it can happen to any of us.

Joining us this Saturday on the program,  Nick Myers,  head golf pro at Highland Meadows in Sylvania.   Nick is the host pro every summer for the  LPGA Marathon Classic.   Augusta National made a special announcement yesterday about hosting the first women’s amateur tournament next April before the Masters.   In just 2 years Toledo will host the Solheim Cup,  one of the world’s top events for ladies professional golf.   Nick will  talk about that along with the recent major course changes at Highland Meadows.    Then about 9:15 am ..  we will go right to the Augusta National Press Room live with a report with our friend John Boyette,  the sports Editor for the Augusta Chronicle.

It all promises to be a great golf show Saturday at 9:00 am.  Sunday at 7:00 am.  live and local on 1370 WSPD,  streamed at: remotely on your I-Phone with the I-Heart media app.  And this Saturday on Facebook Live@  “A Firm Foundation for Life”.

Pictures with Rick and Jackie from last week’s show with Corporate Intelligent Consultants,  President and Owner,  Steve Cotner along with the management team.