The Kingfisher Project is a public affairs radio series that will address the devastation caused by heroin and other drug abuse in Sullivan and Wayne counties. The series kicks off with an hour-long special Monday, January 12.
The Kingfisher Project is named for an injured bird rescued by Rebecca Pisall. A former Sullivan West student and resident of North Branch, Rebecca was 20 when she was shot and killed this past June as a result of her addiction to heroin. Before she died, Rebecca told the story of rescuing the kingfisher in an essay about the value of all life. WJFF is collaborating Julie Pisall, Rebecca’s mother, on the Kingfisher Project in an effort to prevent further tragedies through the broadcast of information and the stories of people’s lives.
The Kingfisher Project: Chapter One – “It’s Not Who You Think It Is” will debut on WJFF during Making Waves, 8:00 p.m. on January 12. A repeat of the show will air 3:00 p.m on Sunday, January 18.
The series will continue in coming months with additional features and regular update segments. Episodes will be available at no charge for streaming, download or podcast on WJFF’s Audio Archive located online at www.wjffradio.org
“We want to try to connect people with others and with the help they might need, whether they are addicted or are family members or friends,” says Julie Pisall. “Sometimes getting just a little bit of help can give some hope – and that is often what people need.”
Project volunteers believe the most powerful radio segments will come from those affected by the heroin and narcotics epidemic and by those who care deeply about it.
“Our community is still waking up to the extent of this epidemic,” adds WJFF Program Director Jason Dole. “WJFF’s goal with the Kingfisher Project is to continue raising that awareness. We’re going to tell the stories of local folks and follow the many ways the community is responding.”
Volunteers who are willing to help produce segments, conduct research are welcome. Contact the project at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available on the web at thekingfisherproject.wordpress.com.
WJFF, Radio Catskill, is a hydro-powered volunteer-driven public radio station based in Jeffersonville, NY and with a satellite studio in Honesdale, PA. Its contingent of more than 100 volunteers provide listeners with a mix of both locally and nationally produced programming on the air at 90.5 FM and streamed live and archived at www.wjffradio.org.