Taliento to host radio talk show for Korea Area III community
January 26, 2006
PYONGTAEK, South Korea — Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Tuesday morning and Camp Humphreys is on the air … .
A new weekly radio call-in show for the Area III community debuts next Tuesday at 8 a.m. on American Forces Network- Korea, broadcasting from AFN’s studio at nearby Osan Air Base.
“I hope the folks that call in feel like they can take the gloves off, if you will, and really engage with us,” said Col. Michael J. Taliento Jr., who will host the shows. Taliento is commander of the Area III Support Activity at Camp Humphreys.
The show will air live every Tuesday from 8 to 9 a.m., and can be heard at Camp Humphreys on 88.3 FM and at Osan Air Base on 88.5 FM, said Master Sgt. Shawn Sprayberry, AFN-Korea’s Osan detachment commander. The DSN call-in number is 784-5555.
Although Taliento will usually host, next Tuesday’s show is expected to feature Area III Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Frace, Sprayberry said.
During broadcasts, Taliento will give listeners updates on “past issues and what the command has done to resolve them,” and highlight new programs or other community issues or news, the colonel said.
“So it allows me to keep everyone abreast … and be able to take on issues in the phone call sessions,” Taliento said.
Officials have yet to choose a name for the show, which will also have its own theme music “to give it some character and personality,” he said.
One recurring focus of the shows will likely be “quality of life” issues of importance to soldiers and family members, Taliento said.
But each show will probably have its own theme — for example, highlighting programs available to support Area III families, or examining the U.S. military’s efforts to enhance relations with the South Korean public through the Good Neighbor Program.
The show also will feature guests who will speak about issues or programs of community interest.
The Camp Humphreys post exchange or the Humphreys American Elementary School could eventually become occasional broadcast venues for the show, Taliento said.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to expand this live from the Camp Humphreys PX or maybe even … the elementary school, during the lunch hour,” he said. “Maybe take it out to the flightline to one of the hangars.”
Taliento said he’s also aims to make the show an “engaging forum for the community.”
“And make it fun,” he said, “not just a sterile one-way conversation.”