Talk radio show returns for 2nd ID soldiers
CAMP FALLING WATER, South Korea — Talk radio focused on the 2nd Infantry Division soldier is coming back to Area I, more than a year after a similar show was canceled.
The show, dubbed “2ID Talk,” is hosted by Pfc. Christina Mee and Pfc. Katrina Nichols and focuses on Area 1 soldiers’ concerns.
The previous show, View From the Top, was canceled because then-newly arrived 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. John Wood was unable to appear often enough to keep it going. Wood will make regular appearances on “2ID Talk,” officials said.
Mee and Nichols went on air for the first time Wednesday to discuss the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Camp Red Cloud Chaplain Maj. Sherman Baker and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Staff Sgt. Jonathon Keeling, who extensively researched King.
Soldiers called with questions about King’s life and times and his impact today.
Mee and Nichols said their role is to keep the discussion focused on the topic. “The point of the show is to direct them into what we want them to talk about … to stay on track. We could have run off into the civil rights movement or Malcolm X but we kept the show on MLK,” Nichols said.
Soldiers’ questions are an important part of the show. “We are trying to make this more interactive with the soldiers. We have soldiers as panelists as well as subject matter experts,” Nichols explained.
Later shows will focus on BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) programs, how to take advantage of the GI Bill, how to get promoted quickly, MWR activities, barracks life and alcoholism.
Nichols was not a fan of talk radio before taking on the show.
“I don’t listen to it. My only inspiration is to put stuff out there that I would like to listen to. Do I want an hour about golf or something that is really important to me?”
Mee, on the other hand, is a talk radio junkie and cites talk-back hosts Dr. Laura Schlesinger and Art Bell as inspirations.
“I love the controversy,” she said. “Art Bell does the supernatural. If it is supernatural and a conspiracy theory, he talks about it. It is so funny to hear the truckers call in with: ‘There’s one (UFO) above and it is floating right now. Here are the coordinates.’”
One talk radio host she doesn’t like is Howard Stern. “He exploits women and they love him because he has money. Everything he stands for is too left for me.”
“2ID Talk” will air every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on AFN-Korea’s Warrior Radio.
Anyone who would like to be a guest or panel member, ask a question, or submit an idea for a show topic may send an e-mail to 2IDTalkRadio@afnkorea.com.