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Today, the all-request show is in full swing across the county. There is still plenty of time to select the song that you want to dedicate in their honor or loved memory. All pledges can be dropped off to any Farmers & Merchants State Bank with the check made payable to, “Fulton County Heart Radiothon.”

And the beat goes on.

Max Smith Sr., the founder of 96.1 FM, staked his fortune on the popularity of the emerging sound of the 1970s, rock and roll. Along the way, he and other business leaders in the county felt they could build a charity which would benefit the county better than the American Heart Association. Thus the beginnings of the Fulton County Heart Radiothon.

While WMTR is still known for a rock and roll format, the station also broadcasting high school sports, University of Toledo Rocket football and basketball, football broadcasts of The Ohio State University Buckeyes and a number of area church services, the all-request format of the radio portion of Heart Radiothon brings out the breath and depth of musical favorites of the dedicated callers.

“What is very satisfying of the all-request show is the turnout from the callers,” said Maxell Smith, the current owner of WMTR-FM. “Callers from all over the county, that make such a wide variety of requests, the citizens make the show great. All the individual pledges really mount up and make the campaign extra special.”

Beyond the physical collection of music still stored in the studio, high atop of the mighty Stotzer Building, to do an all-request show, a significantly large musical library needed to constructed, organized and be accessible. Bring in the digital age.

Over time, many Alma maters, County Western and gospel songs have been accumulated within storage devices so the DJ in the booth could have the song ready to go for the announcement by the on-air celebrity and to broadcast. Plus the show demands to have dedicated volunteers to answer the incoming call, to decipher what the actual song title is being requested, documenting the dedication, gleaning the information for the pledge, plus the runners to find the selection.

With all the people hours, there needs to be fuel (food and beverage) supplied. Area restaurants and grocers are very generous with their donations to keep the marathon all-request show going.

Please call the radio station at (419) 445-9050 or (800) 686-9687 and make your pledge for better heart health. And the beat goes on.

Heart Healthy

Cholesterol Screening

In April, there will be a traveling healthy heart screening which will be held in public libraries across the county. The screenings are from 4 to 7 p.m. and include a total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol), a ratio of good to total cholesterol and a simple blood sugar.

While no fasting required, the FCHC recommends for the best results to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking 30 minutes before testing. A $5 donation is asked which goes back to Fulton County Heart Radiothon. Free blood pressures will be offered.

The first stop is at the Evergreen Community Library, Wednesday, April 9; Swanton Public Library, Thursday, April 10; Archbold Community Library, Monday, April 14; Delta Public Library, Tuesday, April 15; Fayette Normal Library, Monday, April 21 and Wauseon Public Library, Thursday, April 24.

Workout for Heart

“Last year, Valentine’s Day was on a Thursday and our instructors were reluctant to give up that evening to lead a variety of exercise activities,” said Sharon Morr of the Fulton County Health Center. “During the radio show last year, we did a large number of public service announcements about the next week’s event. We took it as an opportunity to raise awareness of the class being held the following Thursday. The turn out was great.

“So, we’ll hold the variety class on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ruihley Park Pavilion,” explained Morr. “There will be 20 minutes per session of the following classes: Cardio Craze Plus; Cardio Core; Maximum Burn; Cardio Dance; Zumba and a stretching yoga session as a wrap up. Participants can do as many or as few of the class samplers as they desire. There will be snacks available.”

It is recommended to arrive before 6 p.m. to complete the registration process and to turn in pledge paperwork. Those participants who raise at least $25 in pledges will receive a limited edition Heart Radiothon 40th anniversary T-Shirt free. The person who raises the most in pledges, will win a free fitness class taught at any FCHC location, of their choice - a $50 value.

Budget for 2014

The board of directors reviewed the status of the equipment in use around the county. Many batteries need to be replaced in the Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s). There are still some of the oldest models that cannot be reprogrammed. Plus there is the continuing need for educational materials for the community for the open health screenings and testing materials for next year’s freshmen and seniors.

All told, the campaign goal is $26,700. The board wants to purchase $5,600 worth to support testing in the schools and equipment for CPR Anytime kits for instructional use (20.97 percent); $5,200 to support screenings at FCHC, CPR manuals for classroom training and heart-related program equipment (19.48); $3,300 to purchase three new programmable AED’s to replace some of the out dated units (12.36); $5,000 to acquire new batteries on some of the 100 AED’s positioned in the county (18.73); $4,000 for the supplies to conduct the finger stick testing across the county (15 percent) and $2,100 (7.87 percent) of equipment to support the EMS departments across the county.

Other purchases are destined for Fairlawn Haven and Fulton Manor for additional equipment along with campaign supplies (less than 6 percent). There are no overhead expenses for salaries, office space or even utility costs - the whole campaign is a labor of love from volunteers.

Overall, the costs for educational and heart healthy screenings consume over 38 percent of the budget. These are dollars being spent for the direct benefit of the citizens to evaluate their health and have the ability to adjust their lifestyles. The balance of the budget places life-saving equipment closer to the citizens of the county and to those health professionals to utilize in case of a cardiac event.

“Dr. Ben Reed, one of the founding board members got me interested in Heart Radiothon,” said Marcy LeFevre of Delta. “Between his efforts and Manette Seady, they really got me involved. Manette did a tremendous job of reaching out to the Delta businesses and industries to gain their cooperation.

“I also enjoy doing some time at the microphone (8 to 9 a.m.) with my husband, Jay and Russ Dailey,” said Marcy. “WMTR does such a good job putting this event on the airwaves. Their cooperation just makes it all happen with the success the whole Radiothon has enjoyed.”

And the beat goes on.

All pledges can be dropped off to any Farmers & Merchants State Bank with the check made payable to, “Fulton County Heart Radiothon.” So, think of that special someone in your life and recall a song you want to dedicate to that person. Call the radio station at (419) 445-9050 or (800) 686-9687. Make your pledge for better heart health.

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