Tea Time May 9th: Sam Wazan, Building Bridges in Business and Basketball

Photo of Sam WazanSam Wazan wears many hats; he is a successful author, business consultant, a sought after speaker, and you should see his moves on a basketball court. Though Sam juggles many balls, his passion for peaceful and harmonious co-existence is where he excels.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Wazan attended a Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic school until he finished tenth grade. In 1975, the Lebanese civil war broke out forcing Sam and his family to live in the combat zone for fifteen years. Sam was surrounded by snipers, indiscriminate rockets, and religious massacres, one of which was only a half a mile from his home. In spite of the elements, Sam earned a Bachelor of Science and immigrated to the United States where he earned an MBA and founded an ‘information technology services company’.

Before becoming an author, before his MBA, before his success in the business world, Sam made his mark on the Basketball Courts in Lebanon. The first time Wazan laid eyes on a basketball was during the war in Lebanon. He was fifteen-years-old, six-feet tall, absence of skill (his words not mine) and coaching. As chance would have it, he found a training program in an American sports magazine and threw himself into the game. In 1985, during his first year in college, he was selected to represent Lebanon in Japan, where he played on the Lebanese Universities National Team. He was selected again in 1987 and 1988 to play in the Former Soviet Union in regional championships.

Join us May 9th on the next Tea Time with Tenya as we chat with Sam about creating harmony in the middle of conflict, business, and basketball (find out about Monster Vertical Power), LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio at 6:30pmEST.

Image for Tea Teme with TenyaTea Time, hosted by jazz musician Tenya Colemon, airs every other Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadi.org or use the Mixlr app where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike.

Tenya Colemon ~ Tea Time


Southern Wonder May 3rd: Charlotte’s Social Challenges with the Urban Institute’s Mary Newsom

Mary NewsomFor over four decades, UNC Charlotte has been home to the Urban Institute, an applied research and community outreach center focused on social, economic, and environmental challenges facing Charlotte, North Carolina. The website sums up the Urban Institute’s role: “Founded in 1969, it provides services including technical assistance and training in operations and data management; public opinion surveys; and research and analysis around economic, environmental, and social issues affecting the Charlotte region.”

Mary Newsom is a longtime print journalist and the Urban Institute’s associate director for urban and regional affairs. Her expertise includes journalism, urban and suburban issues, and politics and government in the Charlotte region. Lately, she’s been working on the Institute’s City Walks initiative.

There will be 21 City Walks taking place in May. From the City Walks website: “Charlotte neighborhoods have stories to tell – stories many residents have never heard. Explore some of the city’s neighborhoods and hear those stories during a month of City Walks in May. You can meander through McCrorey Heights and the area near Johnson C. Smith University, learning about the Charlotte civil rights movement and the neighborhood where many of its leaders lived. Or you can hear the histories of those statues scattered along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway near uptown – whom they honor and how the statues came to be.”

On May 3rd at 6pmEST, Southern Wonder host Allison Braden will sit down with Mary Newsom to discuss the City Walks initiative as well as talk about some of the social challenges facing Charlotte today. The Urban Institute’s work is far reaching, and we’ll learn about how the Institute uses research and community engagement to address these challenges.

Got questions? Use the Mixlr app while listening to another engaging conversation on Southern Wonder.

Image for Southern Wonder ShowSouthern Wonder, hosted by Allison Braden airs LIVE every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, celebrating open-mindedness and the spirit of asking why via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadio.org or Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike. Keep up with all things Southern Wonder on Twitter and Facebook.

Allison Braden ~ Southern Wonder

Going OFF AIR May 25th, 5pmEST

CLTCRadio is Going OFF AIR May 25th

In the beginning, we set out to secure a spot on the FM dial as an LPFM licensed community radio station here in Charlotte. Being cost prohibitive, we decided to launch an internet-based community radio station instead. Some people told us we wouldn’t be able to do it and that nobody would listen to an internet-based radio station. Well, over our 2.5 years of LIVE broadcasting and as of this writing, we had 55,688 total listens. We’re thinkin’ that’s pretty, wicked awesome!

Our main focus was to #AmplifyYourVoice and the voices of others in the community who often go unheard and we are proud in the knowing that we did just that.

We have a ton of people to thank so let us say THANKS TO EVERYONE who listened and supported our efforts. We Appreciate You!

Charlotte Community Radio Will Go Off Air
On May 25th At 5pmEST For The Last Time!

Bridget B. Sullivan & Melvin Nix
Co-Founders, Charlotte Community Radio

Tea Time April 25th: Martha Cooper-Hudson, Helping Women Rediscover Themselves

Ladies, have you ever felt like you needed or wanted to reboot your life? I certainly have; if I let the truth be told, I am constantly in some phase of rediscovery. Martha Cooper-Hudson is on a mission to help others realize their greatness and rediscover themselves. Cooper-Hudson has been called on to equip, inspire, motivate and empower women to live a life of health and wealth while they stand up, suit up and walk in their purpose. For over 10 years, Martha’s message has been and will continue to be: “When you have a dream, goal, purpose and a will to succeed no matter the cost, time doesn’t matter.”

To help women achieve their purpose Martha has developed RediscovHer, a national women’s organization based in Charlotte that equips, motivates and inspires women to live a life of great health and wealth while living and walking in their purpose. The goal through RediscovHer, is to create an atmosphere that is non-competitive, where women can come together to support each other. Through empowerment conferences, workshops, luncheons, and weekend getaways, entrepreneurial-minded women come together to connect and share strategies to uplift each other. We are not only partners; we advocate for and promote one another.

Let’s all of us find out more about ourselves, as I chat with Martha about rediscovery and living out our purpose on the next Tea Time with Tenya, April 25, 2017, LIVE on Charlotte Community Radio at 6:30pmEst.

Image for Tea Teme with TenyaTea Time, hosted by jazz musician Tenya Colemon, airs every other Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadi.org or use the Mixlr app where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike.

Tenya Colemon ~ Tea Time