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On the October 31, 2015 edition of Straight Talk with André Hakes on 94.7, the two candidates running for Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney dropped by the studio to answer questions and explain why they want the position. Denise Lunsford (D) is the incumbent seeking a second eight-year term. Robert Tracci (R) is hoping to unseat Lunsford.

(Listener’s note: The audio of the phone calls was not recorded, so we have edited out the silences)

Jun 122015

The officers of the Charlottesville Area League of Women Voters: Kerin Yates, Gerry Yemen and Patricia Hurst, discuss the mission of the League of Women Voters, its history and the positions adopted by the organization.

From left to right: Gerry Yemen, Kerin Yates and Pat Hurst speaking at the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

Kerin Yates has served as president of the LWV of the Charlottesville Area since July 2012. She is a 1958 graduate of Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA., and was a research chemist at NIH for 17 years and was business manager for a medical company in Pittsburgh for 15 years. Kerin is the treasurer of OneVirginia2021 Foundation and volunteers as a substitute driver for Meals on Wheels. Kerin serves as an election official for the County of Albemarle and has been a resident of Albemarle County for eight years. She is married to Professor John T. Yates, Jr. They have two sons and six grandchildren.

Gerry Yemen is the secretary of the LWV of the Charlottesville Area and is a senior researcher with the Darden Graduate School of Business. With any number of organizations, associations, and volunteer opportunities available, why would anyone choose to join the LWV? Gerry Yemen, who became a member shortly following graduate school, discussed what attracted her, why she stays with the organization, and offered her thoughts on how the league’s future relevance.

Patricia Hurst is the treasurer of the LWV and has been a member of the Charlottesville Area Chapter for six years. During this time she has served as president, treasurer, and secretary for the local league. She retired from a 40-year career in computer software engineering which began at NASA Langley in Virginia and ended with the SBA in Washington D.C. In between she worked for various companies in California, Georgia, New York, and London. As an instructor in software engineering, she traveled extensively in the US and other countries. For the past fourteen years, she has owned and actively managed multifamily properties. Pat has two daughters who live in upstate New York and five grandchildren.

The officers spoke at the Wednesday, June 10, 2015 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at the Senior Center in Charlottesville. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV Board Member Jeff Gould.

May 142015

Christian Cotz speaking at the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

Christian Cotz is the director of education and visitor engagement at James Madison’s Montpelier, and has been with the Foundation for fifteen years. He is responsible for the creation, implementation, and oversight of all Montpelier guided tours, hands-on experiences, student programs, interpretive signage and many exhibits. Listen as Mr. Cotz tells the story of Montpelier and it’s most famous resident, President James Madison.

Mr. Cotz spoke at the Wednesday, May 13, 2015 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at the Senior Center in Charlottesville. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV Vice President John McCauley.

Feb 012015

This time Rick is joined by Stephen Hitchcock, Director & Chaplain at The Haven, and Jordy Yager, journalist. Jordy wrote a piece called The Median Men for Cville Weekly. He spent 9 months learning about a group of 6 individuals that panhandle in the medians at major intersections around Charlottesville that stick together and made a camp to have roots.

Stephen says The Median Men may be a public face of Homelessness, but not necessarily the truest face. He describes the fastest growing homeless demographic as families and unaccompanied youth from 16-24 years old.

The Haven is a day shelter that offers phone and computer access, a place to store belongings and wash clothes. The mission is to help with housing solutions. Stephen says, “Why are people homeless? Because they don’t have a home.”

Jordy’s experience is that the individuals have their own personal story, but the people he got to know believed that you don’t deny what is given to you and that if a care package was given to them if they couldn’t use the products inside, they would find another person in need to give them to.

If you’d like to learn more about The Haven or give to their cause click here. You can read Jordy Yager’s article here.

Jan 252015

Rick Moore is joined by Jackie Bright, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge. Rick and Jackie discuss the process of matching a kid and a Big by interviewing the child, their family and also doing background checks and then spending time finding the right pairing.

The purpose of Big Brothers Big Sisters, creating individualized support for children that are likely living in poverty so that they can get experiences outside of their communities.

A new pilot program has begun with the Alliance for Black Male Achievement where black male teens are paired with Bigs for mentoring and for workshops which include Soft Scale development, hygiene, conflict resolution.

Hear the program below and find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters at


Nov 162014

A conversation on synthetic biology with students from Renaissance School. Anna Minutella from the Science Department joins Rick Moore with students Alli Ambrosini, Anders Beaurline, and Konstantina Damvakaris. Modifying e. coli to solve different problems like cheap anti-malarial drugs. Competing internationally with other High School age groups. Have teamed up with UVA for research and Synbio night. Discussing the ethics of modifying genes. GMOs and mass producing food.

Aug 102014

On the August 10th Wake Up Call, Rick is joined by immunologist Dr. Scott Commins and two parents Karen Brooks-Fox and Kelly Jackson. During the hour they discuss food allergies: what are their causes, where are the cures, and how they affect children and their families.

Jul 202014

On the July 20th Wake Up Call, host Rick Moore is joined by Graelyn Bashear, News Editor at C-ville Weekly. During the hour they discuss a natural gas pipeline and Spectra Energy’s PA to NC with connections in Orange, Louisa, and Madison counties. Rick and Graelyn also discuss the case of a woman being sued by the UVA Medical Center for unpaid bills.

Mar 162014

On the March 16th Wake Up Call, Rick talks about the Virginia Festival of the Book with it’s program Director Nancy Damon and authors  Paul A. Cantor(The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture), Dr.  Barbara A. Perry(Rose Kennedy:The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch), and Lex Hrabe( Quarantine Series). They discuss highlights of the festival, volunteering, the difficulties in planning, how to publish a book, and more.

Jan 262014

On the January 26th edition of the Wake Up Call, host Rick Moore talks local economy and real estate with Jim Duncan, Real Estate Agent and Partner of Nest Realty and Matt Hodges, Charlottesville Sales Manager and Loan Officer of Presidential Mortgage Group.  Rick and his guests discuss the things you want to consider before buying and selling a home, plus much more.

Jim Duncan is the author of Real Central VA.  A blog site on data and real estate analysis.

Aug 042013

On the August 4 Wake Up Call host Rick Moore talks with local theater group Barhoppers (including members Kisha Jerrett, Chris Baumer, Marty Moore, Abigail Wiebe, Sean McCord, and more) to discuss the group and their unusual setting for plays–in bars–and perform excerpts from their new season of plays.

Jul 282013

On the July 28th wake up call, host Rick Moore talks with Amy Woolard, representative for Voices for Virginia’s Children, to discuss the improvement of children’s lives. Topics include Adoption and foster care, Welfare and government aid, mental health and the VA Gubernatorial candidates mental health debate, and more.