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Chef Wars

Show #88: Shepherd’s Center Charlotte presents “Chef Wars”

Show #88:

We were very honored to be asked to record a special broadcast of Radio 4 the Ages at this wonderful fund raising event for Shepherd Center Charlotte. Heather Hammond, program manager for Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, joined me interviewing the various guests. ‘Chef Wars’ is a competition among chefs from five different Assisted Living Communities in the Charlotte Area. Marcia Scheidemann, the executive director of Shepherd Center Charlotte, along with Ty Cain, a marketing director of Regency Retirement Village, were the driving force and coordinators for this fine culinary event.

The communities involved were Regency Retirement Village, Elmcroft on Little Avenue, Atria Merrywood, Brighton Gardens of Charlotte, and Brookdale Place of South Charlotte. The underwriting sponsor of Radio 4 the Ages at Chef Wars was Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, and we thank them for their support of the event and Radio 4 the Ages.

Chef Wars was a resounding success again, and the monies realized will be used for several of the services that Shepherd Center of Charlotte provides in the community. Chef Wars sold out this year, so be sure to get your ticket early next year, and come hungry!

Regards, david

Ann Israel and a lifetime of memories!

Show #83: Radio and Theatre History…A Nostalgic Perspective!

Show #83: Ann Israel…A Life Well Lived…85 and Going Strong!


Ann Israel, an 85 year young resident of Atria Merrywood in Charlotte, NC was my guest co-host for this special show! Ann had a 30 year career in radio, doing everything from hosting her own show, ‘Breakfast for Two’,  running the traffic board, and anything else that needed doing. Ann started acting in school plays in kindergarten, and her love for the theatre and actors was born. Ann interviewed many famous actors who were doing winter stock theatre in Palm Beach, including Helen Hayes, Billie Burke, Vincent Price, the Gish Sisters and many, many more.  Ann also reminisced with me on monumental events that helped shape her life , including the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Twin Towers attacks on 9/11, her husband’s passing at the young age of 64, and other world events.

In 1971 Ann and her spouse Jim founded the Swamp Fox Players in Georgetown, South Carolina, which is still flourishing today. Heather Hammond, my sometimes co-host and community liaison for Radio 4 the Ages, joined Ann and I in the studio. Heather’s presence  and her subtly sultry voice added to the richness of the show.

This is a truly enjoyable listening experience with Ann Israel, a most accomplished, fun loving, and entertaining soul.

Enjoy! -david


Show #79: Aging and Dental Health

Show #79: Aging and Dental Health


Dr. Christopher Phelps, D.M.D., owner of Carolinas Dental Center did the entire show with me today. We discussed a wide variety of topics all related to dental health. There are some very important points to listen to regarding bone loss, oral cancers, and dental implants and dentures. As it has been said before, if you take care of  your oral/dental health, you can add up to ten vital years to your life. So put down the candy, soda, and other sugary treats, and listen to some good advice- mixed in around enough laughs to show your pearly whites off.

-thnx, david





Show #63: Live from Atria Merrywood, it’s Radio 4 the Ages!

Show #63: Live from Atria Merrywood, it’s Radio 4 the Ages!

Recorded live on December 13th, David and Heather were at Atria Merrywood’s Festival of Trees.  There was food, refreshments, door prizes, live music, and even a silent tree auction in which the proceeds went to Home Instead Senior Care’s Santa-to-a-Senior program which provides gifts to older adults in need in the Charlotte area.  We spoke with Ty Cain (Marketing Director, Atria Merrywood) and Ann Marie Obrikat (Community Sales Director, Atria Merrywood) about the history of the Atria Merrywood community and the benefits residents can enjoy.  We also interviewed Roberta Farnum of Home Instead Senior Care, Cindy Greer of Transition with Care, two lovely residents of Atria Merrywood and several more. Listen in, close your eyes, and relive the merriment of this great event!


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