Backyard Broadcasting Podcasts

In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Community Options Inc.

In Touch this past Sunday, With Raise the Region on the way on March 13th & 14th, there is a new 501c3 organization to learn about before the big day.  Community Options Inc. will be included on RaiseTheRegion.org in 2024 for their first year.  They are an organization who works with individuals with intellectual disabilities, helping them navigate resources in housing, employment, and more.  Freddi Hammer talks with Jamie Lycons, the executive director of Community Options in Columbia and Northumberland Counties.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - American Heart Month with Dr. Nancy Fitch

Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death for men and women and as February is American Heart Month, Dr. Nancy Fitch, emergency physician of MedExpress helps raise awareness about heart disease.  Dr. Fitch talks with Freddi Hammer about heart disease and shares critical information about the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and when to take immediate action.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of February 12, 2024

A security guard in Moscow is accused of trying to eat the artwork he was hired to protect, an alligator missing since September is found along a Pennsylvania river and a Texas salesman was saved by his tablet during a shooting in Fort Worth.  These stories and more in this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Raise the Region

Raise the Region is a 30 hour online giving campaign that serves non-profits in a 7-County area in North Central PA.  The deadline to apply as a recipient for the fundraiser is Friday, February 16th
Erin Ruhl Director of Community Engagement from the First Community Foundation Partnership explains how they, along with Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, will use their online platform and stretch funds to elevate local non-profits for the 12th year this March.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of February 5, 2024

A woman discovered $1 million in bearer bonds at an estate sale, tourists and locals alike are flocking to the parking deck of the Hughes Center to get a look at The Las Vegas Sphere and a man climbed the Sphere to protest abortion!  These stories and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 29, 2024

A New Jersey animal shelter is accepting donations to have a feral cat named after your ex and then have it neutered, a man in Columbia staged a fake carjacking to propose to his girlfriend and a teacher is teaching her students finance by charging them rent and more, this week in The Files of The Strange And Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Code Red: Period

"Code Red: Period" is a new initiative by the Junior League of Williamsport to raise funds that will provide supplies for middle and high school age girls in Central PA who face "period poverty," when the cost of sanitary items is more than they or their families can afford, not to mention the anxiety teens can experience if they are unprepared. Lilli Amanda Crum and LaTricia Scutching from the Junior League talk with Freddi Hammer about their efforts and how we can donate or support the teachers who support the young women in our schools.

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Shawn Carey chats with Kaelan Dorr who represents the Great American Outdoor Show

Shawn Carey chats with Kaelan Dorr who represents the Great American Outdoor Show, February 3-11, 2024 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.  We learn about what the show has to offer as well as the specific events for everyone that loves the outdoors!  

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Rock for Rescues 2024

Mary and Dennis Marquette are starting now putting together a fundraiser coming this summer that will help raise money for three local dog rescues, “Mommy & Me” in Mt Carmel, “Patriot K9 Rescue” in Elysburg and “Rescue Pets Serving Vets” in Benton.  National recording artist Ron Keel will perform, too!


They are seeking an opening band and other donations for their July 2024 event at in Sunbury.

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The Backyard Business Spotlight for January, 2024

Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jason Fink joins Shawn Carey for our monthly conversation. 

 

In the first Backyard Business Spotlight of 2024, we discuss the recent announcement of Southern Airways Express beginning passenger air service at the Williamsport Regional Airport, construction of a popular brewing company from Lewisburg that will open a second location in Williamsport later this year, as well as the debut of a new distillery, Fair Play Distillers, on Lycoming Creek Road.    

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - "Remote Outpost" by Travis Harman

“Remote Outpost” is an upcoming book written by local author and veteran, Travis Harman, about his experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan.  To fulfill his master’s degree requirements at Wilkes College, he will teach a creative writing group for Veterans and their spouses that is set to start February 5th at the Williamsport Vet Center.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 15, 2024

The TSA intercepted nearly 7,000 guns last year, a frustrated passenger smacked a pilot due to a 13-hour flight delay and The Bronx Zoo and The San Antonio Zoo are allowing scorned lovers to name cockroaches after their exes!  These stories and more on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Step Americorps

In Touch this past Sunday, Step Americorp, the Tri-County NAACP and other partners invite you to participate in the MLK Day of Service and Williamsport’s Dream Weak from January 15th through the 20th.  Rachelle Abbott and Carrie Bruning of STEP AmeriCorps and Ron Frick of the Lycoming County United Way describe activities scheduled all week that promote service, inclusion, education and equity in our community.

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File of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 8, 2024

A former Congresswoman has been caught sharing food photos that she claimed she took but were actually taken by other people, a woman was rescued by hikers after falling 200 feet and I-Phone that was sucked out of the Alaska Airlines flight that had a door plug fail, was found to still be operational after falling 16,000 feet!  These stories and more on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 1, 2024

A Florida man has been accused of faking an overdose to avoid prison sentencing, a 13-year-old is the first person to "break" Tetris and a dog ate $4,000 in cash!  These stories and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Social Worker Kristy Teisher, Eat Share

Social Worker Kristy Teisher, is at the helm of a group of volunteers who make warm meals for local individuals and families who can’t do it themselves, through the website Eat Share dot org.  Learn how your family recipes or special entrees that you create can bless families or individuals, whether they are struggling to get food on the table or just had a baby and need some help.  Volunteers serve their neighbors with Dignity and Benevolence through this non-profit Collaboration with Eat Share.org.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen

A Japanese man used so much insecticide that he caused an explosion, a man and his daughter may have discovered a shipwreck from 1871 while fishing, a woman posing as a Waffle House employee worked for two hours before stealing from the cash register and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange and Deranged.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Williamsport Firefighters Stephen Yonkin, James Baker

Exposure to toxic materials is a risk that most firefighters in the world take on when they choose to enter that profession.  The reality is, they often face a cancer diagnosis and extended treatment, when they should be spending their retirement with family and loved ones


Williamsport Firefighters Stephen Yonkin, James Baker and their colleagues are working to raise awareness and funds for cancer screenings, so that both retired and active Williamsportfirefighters can be informed early about their health, and terminal cancer can be prevented.

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The Backyard Business Spotlight

Shawn & Williamsport/Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce President Jason Fink recap the holiday activities, plus look ahead to what's on the horizon in our area in 2024.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of December 11, 2023

A Kansas man has decked out his home with 4 times the number of lights that Clark Griswold did in "Christmas Vacation", a man tore a hole in his esophagus by holding in a sneeze, hair from three former presidents, including George Washington, is being sent into space and more, all in this week's edition of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - "Hats for Heat"

“Hats for Heat” is a program that began a few years ago in Williamsport to help cover the costs for heating oil that is then donated to community members who may be struggling financially.  Vince Reeder, of Reeder Bros. Fuel Services, and his partner, Echo Mitchell, talked with Freddi Hammer this weekend about how their 501c3 non-profit got started and how 100% of the profits of the hats and shirts they feature go right back into the community


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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of December 4, 2023

A man was arrested for quitting his job transporting prisoners before he delivered them, a man destroyed his electric car, trying to keep it warm with a toaster and a woman who hurled a burrito bowl at a Chipotle employee has been sentenced to work in the fast food industry.  These stories and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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Freddi Hammer - Black Jacket Symphony

Freddi speaks J. Willoughby and Jason Rogoff of the band "Black Jacket Symphony." Black Jacket Symphony will be performing live at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport on Saturday, December 9th. Tickets and info at caclive.com

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of November 27, 2023

A deer goes shopping in a T.J. Maxx, "witch bottles" are washing up on the Texas coastline, adults are engaging in "political shaming" and more, this week in The Files of The Strange & Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Woodlands Bank/Community Arts Center

Thanks to the support of Woodlands Bank and a host of other local businesses who participate in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, the Community Arts Center is able to provide quality educational programming. Freddi Hammer speaks with Jon Conklin, President and CEO of Woodlands Banks about their most recent EITC donation for the Arts center, and Jim Dougherty, Executive Director for the CAC explains how the generous funds are used throughout the year.

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Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Nov. 30, 2023

Shawn Carey speaks with Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President Jason Fink. Jason recaps the Pie 5K, updates on the Trolley Tour of Lights, the upcoming PM Exchange and more!

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of November 13, 2023

Astronauts lose a tool bag worth $100,000, a woman with two uteri is pregnant with twins, a cargo plane leaving New York had to turn around and land after a horse got loose and more...this week in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Salvation Army Major Hershey

Freddi Hammer talks with Williamsport Salvation Army Major Sheryl A. Hershey about programs available this holiday season.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of November 6, 2023

A man swimming in California was bitten multiple times by otters, a Texas Southern University tuba player punched a heckler during last Saturday's football game and kept playing, a recently freed Pennsylvania man is back in jail after stealing an ambulance and more, this week on The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Ron Frick & Taylor Yeagle, Lycoming County United Way

Ron Frick and Taylor Yeagle of the Lycoming County United Way describe a new youth driven partnership with Lycoming College students called the Yellow Tulip Project.  They will plant yellow tulip bulbs this fall in Hope Gardens all over Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga Counties to help start a discussion on crushing the stigma surrounding mental health and mental health treatment, and highlight the importance of mental health and the necessity of taking care of ourselves.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 30, 2023

A Seattle homeowner is living in his van while his unpaid tenant is listing his home as an Airbnb, a Georgia restaurant charges $50 for unruly children and in an update from this summer, an Australian woman who had served dinner to her ex-husband and in-laws only for them to die, has been charged with murder!  These stories and more on this week's installment of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Duboistown Garden Club

The Duboistown Garden Club has planned their annual craft show fundraiser for November 10th and 11th.  Club Member Beth Allison shares information about how they’ve been getting ready for the show for months and the ways their year round club activities have beautified the community for 70 years.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Local Author Sabrina Rogers Beackley

A local author shares the harrowing tale about her family who lived on Lycoming County land, saying they endured years of hauntings by spirits and entities before they learned a very big secret about the previous occupants of the multi-acre property near Rose Valley Road. Freddi explores the family’s story with Sabrina Rogers Beackley, discussing her book, “Haunted Freedom”.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 23, 2023

An American Kestrel has learned to paint, a Colorado company paid a subcontractor 23 thousand dollars in coins, a D.C. firefighter lost his job after stopping at a Chick-Fil A on his way to a call and more, on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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WILQ's Shawn Carey speaks with Jason Fink, President/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce

WILQ's Shawn Carey speaks with Jason Fink, President/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. A once a month feature on 105.1 WILQ. Lean about the new Iron Valley Real Estate, PM Exchange, Trolley Tour of Lights and more.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Keeping Your Kids Safe & Healthy this Halloween

Forget the tricks and keep the treats this Halloween by keeping your kids safe and healthy.  Jane Trombetta, Chief Clinical Officer for MedExpress and an RN, talks with Freddi Hammer about being mindful of the dangers that can come from food allergies, road hazards and ill-fitting masks or costumes.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 16, 2023

Officials in Hong Kong have arrested a man accused of attempting to smuggle cocaine in his wheelchair, a 4th Grade teacher shows his students "Winnie The Pooh: Blood & Honey" and Vladimir Putin deploys war-ready dolphins to the Black Sea.  These stories and more in this week's "Files Of The Strange and Deranged"!

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 9, 2023

A school bus driver loses her job after not realizing that White Claw is an alcoholic drink, a couple buys human ashes on Facebook Marketplace and an Erie, Pennsylvania couple post "evidence" of paranormal activity in their home!  These stories and more on this week's Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Karla Sexton, Eat Around the World

River Valley Health and Dental invite you to their “Eat Around the World” event Thursday, October 26th at Farrington Place, to sample international dishes and help raise funds for the unmet dental needs of those in our community.
Karla Sexton from River Valley Health and Dental, and one of the 9 chefs participating, Kurt Kane from Long Island Pizza, talks with Freddi Hammer about the upcoming fundraiser that will feature dishes from Italy, Israel, India, Persia, PA Dutch Country and other culinary locations… along with a Silent Auction and 50/50 raffle.

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - October 9, 1982 Top 5

In this episode, Jake looks back at October 9, 1982 and the top 5 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 including songs like "Who Can It Be Now" from Men At Work, "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" from Chicago and more! He also looks back at some of the cultural events of 1982 and his new feature, the "My Song Spotlight."

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 2, 2023

Tom Hanks warns of a commercial using an AI version of him which he had nothing to do with, Tank the Tortoise has been found and an escaped monkey was seen sipping a beer before being re-captured.  These stories and more this week in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - LoyalSOCK Walk

The 15th Schick Elementary School PTO Sock Walk is Friday, October 13 and students in grades K through 5 are walking to raise 50 thousand dollars to provide the extras for their whole school year like Activity Days, Teacher Appreciation Days, Field Trips, special Science and Reading programs and more!  PTO President Jackie Lindsay talks with Freddi Hammer about the Sock Walk on Friday and how parents are invited to walk with their kids on a fun and exciting morning outdoors.  Mark Mack from Backyard Broadcasting will be at the Sock Walk, too, playing music and providing announcements!

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of September 25, 2023

An Italian lawyer who attempted to kill a client using voodoo has been convicted, Tank the Tortoise has escaped captivity again and police chased and apprehended a...chicken!  These stories and more on this week's "Files Of The Strange and Deranged!"

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Favors Forward Foundation

When life-changing hardships happen to families, often, children who need the most support can fall through the cracks.  But the Favors Forward Foundation was established in Lycoming County to serve children and adults working their way past hardships like a death in the family, military service, domestic violence,even divorce and separation. 
Find out more from Beth McMann, President and Founder of the Favors Forward Foundation, whether you want to provide help as a volunteer or you are seeking help.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of September 18, 2023

A bear broke into a Florida garage and ate vegan ice cream, The Hambone Award nominations have been released and an Australian journalist named her child 'Methamphetamine Rules" plus more weirdness in this week's "Files Of The Strange & Deranged".

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Williamsport Chapter of Toastmasters

The Williamsport Chapter of Toastmasters is a club for people who want to improve at public speaking in a safe and supportive environment.  The Toastmasters meet at the 505 Restaurant on Washington Boulevard on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.  A new class starts on October 4th
Chapter President Donna J. Miller and Treasurer Phil Buehrer, encourage all who want to grow or sharpen essential business skills, including those fearful of public speaking, to come participate!

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Kelly E talks with Mickey Thomas of the band Starship

Kelly E talks with Mickey Thomas of the band Starship. Starship will be performing on Monday, September 25th at the Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg. Tickets and info at bloomsburgfair.com

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of September 11, 2023

A man in Turkey was sentenced this past week to over 11,000 years in prison, a passenger plane headed to Switzerland from Spain delivered its passengers but none of their luggage and crocodiles are on the loose in China!  These stories and more on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - PA State Police Troop F Sunny Day Camp

Montoursville State Police Troop F hosts the Annual Sunny Day Camp every September!  Sunny Day Camp is a FREE camp for special needs children and adults and their guardians, and is based on the concept of the week-long Camp Cadet, offering the same fun in ONE manageable day for the participants, plus a graduation ceremony!  Athletes from the Special Olympics are invited each year, too!  PA State Trooper Andrea Jacobs explains to Freddi Hammer how Sunny Day Camp is made possible by your generous donations and reminds us that even though registration is closed for this season, they continue to raise funds for future years to come.

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - Soundtrack to the movie "Valley Girl."

Come along with Jake as he takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane to revisit the 1983 cinematic gem "Valley Girl," featuring the iconic performances of Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman. Join him in the latest episode of "Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels," where he'll highlight a selection of timeless 80's hits that graced the film's soundtrack. Prepare to groove to the sounds of Josie Cotton, The Plimsouls, Eddie Grant, the Psychedelic Furs, and many more. And that's not all! Jake introduces an exciting new segment called "My Song Spotlight" for your listening pleasure.

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