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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Behind the Song: Eye of the Storm

Hurricane Matthew was barreling towards our community and it seemed like fear was rising by the minute. It was supposed to be the worst storm to hit our county in over 100 years. We were expecting the worst! At Hope FM it's our goal to offer hope and peace in the midst of life's storms, whether they have anything to do with the weather or not. We were on the air doing that, and boarding up the windows at the same time.

Me with Ryan at the Christian Music Broadcasters
Momentum conference, September 2016
As we got closer to the storm's impact, then during the hurricane and it's aftermath, one thing I noticed as I scrolled Facebook (what else do you do when the power is out and you still have a charge on your phone?) People were sharing the video and the lyrics of the song Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson. Over and over again!

Shortly after the storm, I played the song one morning and received a call from a listener. She said her niece, Laney, wanted to know if Ryan Stevenson had actually lost a child like the lyrics of the song stated. I told her I didn't know, but I do know the songs we play are by artists who are living the life, not just talking about it...but I'd find out for sure.

Having met Ryan a couple months ago, I do know that he's a very humble and sincere guy.  When I got him on the phone and asked Laney's question, I wasn't exactly ready for such a personal and transparent answer. You can hear it for yourself:

He was also quite humbled when I asked what he thought about people quoting his song and being so encouraged by it during the storms of their lives:

I so enjoyed my conversation with Ryan and can't wait to hear other songs from him! He is truly grateful to know his music is a help and encouragement to others, and his sincere appreciation was refreshing to me!  

He and his family are in the process of moving to Nashville from the Pacific Northwest.  A big transition, so keep them in your prayers.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hurricane Relief

If you had damage from Hurricane Matthew, assistance is available!  I've been trying to help get the word out on Hope FM, so here's the details on what to do if you had damage, from the experts themselves.  This is for anyone in any of the counties that have been declared as disaster areas that qualify for assistance. 

First: Start with your own insurance. File a claim.  

Then contact FEMA. There are things they can help with, such as my neighbors that had to rent a place while their home is being repaired. There's 2 months of rent that will be paid, what a huge help to a family that's overwhelmed by being displaced, to at least not have to worry about that. Call 800-621-3362.

Then there's the Small Business Administration.  Not just for businesses! Among other things, they offer loans to homeowners that need to make repairs. Call 800-659-2955.

Even if you don't end up needing their services, having signed up with them for disaster assistance will help you later if you do need it.

And please! Be alert and aware that disasters bring out scam artists.  If someone says they are from FEMA and need to verify any information, don't give out anything other than your claim number. Never give out your social security or banking information!  There are impostors out there trying to pose as FEMA inspectors.  Also good to know that FEMA does not charge anything for their inspections. If someone tries to charge you a fee, they're not really with FEMA.

Check out my interview with the representatives from FEMA and SBA and share it with others that may need to know how to get the help they need and how to avoid any scam artists.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Coach with Passion and Purpose

Zach Duke is a Job Coach, helping high school students with special needs. He finds volunteer opportunities that sometimes lead to employment opportunities for his students. Some of them wouldn't otherwise be given these opportunities and it's opened doors for some amazing experience for the students as well as the businesses.

In case you missed it, here's our recent conversation:

I hope you'll contact Zach to let him know if you have something available to encourage these fantastic students. He brought several of them to Hope FM for a field trip and they were just wonderful, such a blessing to meet them!

Zach Duke
386-329-0588 ext 237
Zach in the studio at Hope FM

The Rose of June

Two ladies visited me separately, giving me a copy of a book by a new local author, telling me I just HAD to read it. Janie Blackwood had visited their church and shared her story. After meeting her and reading the book, they were both too overwhelmed to keep it to themselves and they wanted me to interview her on Hope FM. How could I say no?  In case you missed it, listen here:

When we met, it was like I'd known her for years. I had started reading the book, so I know she's endured more grief and misery than I could ever imagine, and I'm only through chapter 2!  Yet here she is, the most pleasant friendly woman you could ever meet, with love and joy spilling out on everyone she sees.
Robin in the studio of Hope FM with Janie Blackwood
and a copy of her book, The Rose of June.

Having spent her childhood in a place of deep poverty and unspeakable violence, Janie couldn't help but share her story to help encourage others who are hurting. 

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:4
 No doubt, it must have been difficult to re-live her story to turn it into a book. But by doing so and being transparent, she can give hope to others for their seemingly hopeless situations. Then she goes a step further: all proceeds and profits from the sale of the book go to two specific shelters for abused and neglected women and children.

Get your copy through Amazon!

I'm sure Janie would love to hear from you if her story has impacted you. Her email address is 
We were honored to be Janie's first
radio interview for her book!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Breathe....An Interview with Jonny Diaz

They say if you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans. Jonny Diaz knows about changes in plans. His dream was to play professional baseball. He went to FSU playing ball, but suffered an injury that changed his direction. He put down the bat and glove and picked up a pen and a guitar. I would have to say we're all thankful to be on the receiving end of the songs he's written since then!

His latest offering, Breathe, is an incredible reminder in the midst of very busy lives.  I enjoyed talking with him about the song and his life. In case you missed the interview on Hope FM, listen here:

Alarm clock screaming bare feet hit the floor
It’s off to the races everybody out the door
I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life
Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can
Trying to push a little harder trying to get the upper hand
So much to do in so little time, it’s a crazy life
It’s ready, set, go it’s another wild day
When the stress is on the rise in my heart I feel You say just
Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at My feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe
Third cup of joe just to get me through the day
Wanna make the most of time but I feel it slip away
I wonder if there’s something more to this crazy life
I’m busy, busy, busy, and it’s no surprise to see
That I only have time for me, me, me
There’s gotta be something more to this crazy life
I’m hanging on tight to another wild day
When it starts to fall apart in my heart I hear You say just
Is to take it in fill your lungs
The Peace of God that overcomes
Just breathe
Let your weary spirit rest
Lay down what’s good and find what’s best
Just breathe

Thursday, May 5, 2016


I was so excited to receive two Prayer Bowls to give away for Mother's Day on Hope FM.  A beautiful centerpiece for any table or shelf, this lovely dish serves a big purpose.  As you have people or things to pray about, write them on a card and place them in the bowl. Then you won't forget! 

I have a certain "spot" in my living room where I sit each morning for my personal time of prayer, Bible study and reading. I can see how this bowl would go so well in that environment.  At any time you can go through the requests to keep them in mind and continually in prayer.

To learn more about them, click here to hear the interview with Karen Berry, the creator.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; 
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Friday, March 11, 2016

Gone Fishin'

Cliff Prince
Next week a ton of guests will be coming into our little town for a huge event: the BASS Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament will kick off their season on the St. Johns River. Putnam County is quite fortunate to be hosting the event again this year! It's a nice chance for two of our hometown anglers to bring their sport back to their home turf...err...waterways!

Besides fun for those who fish, they'll have daily boat launches and weigh-ins open to the public, with a festival surrounding the tournament on Saturday and Sunday with tons of fun for the kids and an expo with all sorts of stuff grownups will want to check out.

Terry Scroggins
Hometown boys Cliff Prince and Terry Scroggins stopped by Hope FM (with another angler, Hank Cherry) for a visit to help promote the event and share a little about what they do.  I figure it's every man's dream to fish for a living!  And it's my job to tell the community what a great opportunity this is to take in a fun event as well as showcase our river and surroundings.

It begins at the riverfront park on Thursday, March 17 and goes through Sunday March 20.

If you missed the interview check it out here:

Cliff and Terry also brought along another angler, Hank Cherry.

Cliff Prince and Terry "Big Show" Scroggins of the BASSmaster Elite Series, visiting Hope FM before the tournament.