Wreaths Across America Radio
Welcome to Wreaths Across America Radio where we celebrate volunteerism in support of America's military, their families and our veterans as we remember, honor and teach.
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Coming soon to our programming lineup as part of Fun Fridays: Cup of Joe Radio
The Wreaths Across America Morning Show, live with Michael W. Hale
6:00-10:00 AM EDT
Trucking Tributes with Susan Patten
11:00 AM and 4:00 PM EST
Mission Matters with Wreaths Across America's Executive Director, Karen Worcester
10:00 AM EDT & 7:00 PM EDT
The Music That Got Us Through with Brian Nadeau
8:00-9:00 PM EST
Cup of Joe Radio (starting September 25, 2020)
4:00-6:00 PM EDT & 9:00-11:00 PM EDT
The Music That Got Us Through with Brian Nadeau
8:00-9:00 PM EST
You can check out our interview and program archives here:https://soundcloud.com/
On-Air for WAA Radio
Michael W. Hale is the host of the Wreaths Across America morning radio show. Michael started his radio career at the age of 15 working at a local radio station while attending high school in the mid 1970's. Since then he has worked at several radio stations in Maine as well as ESPN Radio in Orlando and Tampa, Florida. In addition to radio, Michael was a sportscaster, program host and announcer for many years on WABI TV in Maine. He has won various awards from the Maine Association Of Broadcasters. Michael's grandfather, father, many of his uncles and brothers served their country in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. His ancestry is traced back to American Revolutionary officer Nathan Hale, who attempted to spy on the British and was hanged in 1776. Michael appreciates the opportunity to honor veterans by sharing the Wreaths Across America mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.
Jeff Pierce is originally from Vermont and started his radio broadcast career at Lyndon State College. He’s managed radio stations for small and medium-sized broadcast companies to some of the largest in the world, like iHeart Media. Jeff’s been a supporter of Wreaths Across America for many years and is thrilled to be featuring the members of the Civil Air Patrol who help with the Wreaths Across America Mission. Jeff’s been involved with CAP for a total of ten years and currently serves as the Deputy Commander for the Portland, Maine Composite Squadron and as the public affairs officer. Jeff also volunteers as an Information Services Officer for the Casco Bay Flotilla of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Jeff serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board for the Maine Chapter of Veterans Count, a charity that helps fill the gaps for Veterans in need that other organizations are unable to provide. Wreaths Across America’s mission very much fits into his overall beliefs of how to live life by Remembering, Honoring and Teaching.
Mike Spotswood (Cup of Joe Radio) is the host for Cup of Joe Radio. Mike was a member of the of USMC from 1964-1968, serving in Vietnam for 21 months and completing over 30 combat jumps. Mike worked in the commercial television field for twenty years before his DOD Department of Defense career. He retired from the Army War College in Carlisle Pa. After retirement, Mike began volunteering his time and skills to help organizations serving the veteran community. Mike, along with other former AFN Armed forces broadcasters, have produced a radio show to support the veteran community. The show is Cup of Joe Radio.
Doug Bradley (Cup of Joe Radio)is a frequent guest on Cup of Joe and has written extensively about his Vietnam, and post-Vietnam, experiences. His latest book, Who’ll Stop the Rain: Respect, Remembrance, and Reconciliation in Post-Vietnam America, has been described by noted historian H. Bruce Franklin as “a brave and invaluable attempt to bring us back together…a potent medicine for a sick nation.”
After graduation from college, Doug was drafted into the U. S. Army in March 1970. He served as a combat correspondent for the U. S. Army Republic of Vietnam headquarters at Long Binh, South Vietnam, from November 1970-November 1971. He relocated to Madison, Wisconsin, in 1974 where he helped establish Vets House, a storefront, community-based service center for Vietnam era veterans.
Doug is the author of DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle and co-author, with Craig Werner, of We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War which was named best music book of 2015 by Rolling Stone magazine. Who’ll Stop the Rain was released by Warriors Publishing Group in December 2019.
Susan Patten is employed by Wreaths Across America and brings her patriotism and passion to the organization as a media content specialist. Susan produces media content for the organization’s website, social media platforms, and WAA Radio. She holds a B.S. in Communications and genuinely enjoys her interviews and interactions with our nation’s service men and women, their families, and the proud committed volunteers who support them. Susan has an extensive background in broadcast journalism and media relations, nonprofit development, and public speaking.
Brian Nadeau is a Radio DJ enthusiast and has been most of his life. Inspiration first hit at age seven when he had an opportunity to watch professional announcers do their shows at a local radio station. His mother Beverly worked in broadcast sales, so Brian had great exposure to the craft. During the mid 80’s & 90’s, Brian was an announcer for radio stations: WABI, WPBC, WEZQ, WBGW, KISS-94/WKSQ in Bangor, Maine. Today, Brian is an accomplished musician and music educator and is passionate about his volunteer voice work for Wreaths Across America Radio as a way to “pay it back“ in deep thanks and gratitude to our veterans.
Bob Sheppard launched his professional career as a broadcast journalist working more than a decade with several award winning radio stations across New England, focusing on waterfront development, municipal planning and the environment before embarking on a career in marketing and corporate sustainability. A 1980 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Bob is the father of two grown children. He traveled extensively with his father who was a member of the original Tuskegee Airmen.
About Wreaths Across America Radio
Wreaths Across America Radio was founded in 2014 as a 24/7 Internet stream. Its unique format offers a mix of country, rock, bluegrass, and Americana music interwoven with informational and inspiring content about members of the U.S. armed forces, their families, military veterans, and volunteers throughout the country and overseas who support the nonprofits’ mission to remember, honor and teach.
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, and at close to 2,200 other locations in all 50 states and overseas.