April Showers Bring May Flowers

April 27th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

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.

More Water!

April 19th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

Hey get a load of this!

You have heard recent news about steel and aluminum and tariffs and how important these industries are to the security of our country!   No one ever talks about cement,  the main ingredient in concrete,  the building block of our country.  Very little cement is manufactured in our country anymore,  most of it is imported,  in this area from Canada,  some from Mexico,  and some from very far away.  Where is all the cement going to come from if we re-build the Nation’s infrastructure?

This Saturday at 9:00 am. and Sunday at 7:00 am.  N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts welcome back to the program,  Jordan Schmeltz,  one of the principles in Palmer Brothers Concrete,  with plants in Bowling Green,  Fremont,  Tiffin, and Napoleon.   Jordan has grown up in the business and brings wealth of knowledge to this important subject you need to hear about!

A Firm Foundation for Life is heard locally on 1370 WSPD,  can be streamed on the internet at:  <wspd.com>  remotely on your I-Phone with the I-Heart radio media app.  or you can watch the interview on Facebook Live @   “A Firm Foundation for Life”

Pictured with Rick and Jackie from last week’s program is Dr. Tim Murnen,  coordinator of Literacy in the Park which happens Saturday at 10:00 am. at the Perry Field House at B.G.S.U.  Nationally famous author,  Don Tate will be there to do presentations during the event.

Springtime in Ohio?

April 13th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

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:  <wspd.com>.  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

April 6th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

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:  wspd.com 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.

Wall of Shame

March 30th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

The world has changed since we were young

My how our world has changed,  violence,  terrorism,  drugs, and so on.   As adults in every thing we do in life,  we need to do our “due diligence”,  defined by assessing all situations of life, for danger.   And if we are responsible for others,  our family members  our employees if we run a business, or have responsibilities for an organization,  like a church group,  or scout troop, or 4-H group,  today, we must ask these questions.   This Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life, a local expert in these life issues,  Steve Cotner,  President of Corporate Intelligent Consultants in Perrysburg will be our feature guest,  along with some other senior staff from CIC.  With the advent of the internet,  or cell phones,  people can be anybody or anywhere.   Steve Cotner has been in this business since 1977,  Steve has had to evolve just as our world has evolved.   This program is a must,  don’t miss it!

Here are the details:   locally 1370 WSPD,  9:00 am. Saturday 7:00 am. on Sunday,  (Easter).    Streamed live @ wspd.com
remotely on your I-Phone with the I-Heart media app.   And additionally now on Facebook Live @  “A Firm Foundation for Life”.

Where did you graduate from?   Jackie and I were at CIC’s office earlier in the week,  here is a picture of all the FAKE degrees people have submitted for job applications.  “Trust,  but verify”!

Rick and Jackie

Rental House at Miami University

March 22nd, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

Our rental house this morning at Miami University

Serious Topics

March 8th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

Some serious topics Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life,  based on a true story from the Vietnam Memorial where people have been leaving cremains of their relatives at the Wall against the advice of the National Park Service,  now with nearly 100 different cremains that the Park Service doesn’t know how to handle them.   Joining us in studio Dan Billings from Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory.   Besides our discussion about the proper handling of a person’s cremains,  we expect a broad discussion about cemetery lots and where one might wish to be buried?   Serious topics Saturday with expert examination by N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts,  sacred issues we all face in life.

The program can be heard Saturday at 9:00 am.  and Sunday at 7:00 am.  locally on  1370 WSPD,  streamed on your computer at:  wspd.com,  and remotely anywhere on your I-Phone with the I-Heart media app.

What a difference a week makes!   Last Friday night Rick & Jackie were on the beach enjoying the sunset at Lover’s Key with this group of local boaters.

Jackie working on show prep, 86 degrees

March 3rd, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

Working in Paradise

March 3rd, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

The first weekend in March and where do you find the hosts of N. W. Ohio’s longest running radio talk show,  A Firm Foundation for Life?    In Naples, Florida on a tough assignment,  but somebody has to do it!   Joining Rick and Jackie,  Robert Mattson as a young man a successful political figure in Minnesota for a short time period,  then built the most successful restaurant in Naples,  a few years later,  reliving his boyhood years,   Bob purchased a remote,  (only accessible by plane),  fishing camp in Northern Ontario.   A big golf fan,  Rick first met Bob at the 1994 Masters in Augusta and the two have been friends ever since.

However,  Saturday’s program has a more serious focus,  in light of the recent severe hurricane in Florida last fall,  Bob’s mother is in a long-term care facility in Florida in need of 24 hour care and electric to run life essential medical equipment.   The question of the program,  “Is it possible to evacuate thousands of people  from long term care facilities for a natural disaster?”

Besides Bob’s insight into this issue,   N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts have some opinions on this topic too . . .  living in N. W. Ohio isn’t so bad after all,  never have we had to evacuate!

The program is Saturday at 9:00 am.  Sunday at 7:00 am.  live and local,  on the internet at:   <wspd.com>  and on your I-Phone,  live with the free I-Heart Media app.

Pictured is Rick standing in the Gulf of Mexico,  just before sunset!

R & J


How is your IQ?

February 23rd, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

Winter is winding down,  but what a time of natural disasters we have witnessed around the U.S.   Hurricanes,  floods,  wild fires,  sink holes,  have you ever wondered what’s your IQ?   Insurance quotient,  as these events occur, you keep hearing  many don’t have homeowner’s insurance, coverage.   Joining Rick and Jackie this Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life,  insurance specialists in this area from Wood County Insurance,  Phil Simmons, and Heather Parsons.   Wood County insurance since 1979 is beginning the small business transition to the next generation.   Fire coverage for your home still remains the most important insurance coverage,  but you have to do your part to protect your family’s safety . .  . like keeping your smoke detectors in working order . .  tune in to hear Rick’s story about a young family in a rental house that disabled the entire smoke detection system because they didn’t want to purchase replacement batteries?

The program begins at 9:00 am. on Saturday and 7:00 am. on Sunday is the Rewind show in case you miss it Saturday.   1370 WSPD on your radio dial,  wspd.com on your computer stream,  or live on your I-Phone with the I-Heart media app.

Pictured with Rick and Jackie from last week’s program before the House and Home show,  Chris Pfleghaar,   Andersen Windows,  and Jay Mauter from Northpoint Remodeling in Perrysburg.