Eye on the Community (every Friday) and Frederick’s Forum (this Saturday)

I am very pleased to share the news that I will be hosting a weekly radio show on WTHU 1450AM (which can be picked up throughout Frederick County).

The show is called “Eye on the Community,” and it will air on Fridays between 6:00PM and 7:00PM.

Each show will have a guest or two. Sometimes the program will be recorded in advance (no callers), and sometimes it will be live (which makes it possible to have folks call in).

It will also be available (as everything on the station is) as a live stream on the web. And it will be available as a podcast for listening at your convenience.

The first show will be this Friday (November 14th), and my first guest will be County Executive-elect Jan Gardner.


The station is generally quite conservative (as you can tell by looking at the day to day schedule on the website), but this is part of an effort to provide another perspective, a local focus, and some balance.

Over the two months before the recent election, I conducted a number of interviews with candidates for the station, and I co-hosted the election results show there on Tuesday evening.

It has been a genuine pleasure working with WTHU General Manager, Michael Betteridge, and I’d like to thank him for providing me with the opportunity to host “Eye on our Community,” and facilitate thoughtful discussions about a broad range of local issues.

On a related note, this Saturday morning, I’ll be on WFMD 930AM, as one of two or three guests on Frederick’s Forum, with co-hosts Pattee Brown and Dave Schmidt.


The primary subject of the discussion will be “Pay As You Throw” (PAYT) recycling. This is also known as volume-based pricing or unit-based pricing or a number of other things.

Here is a basic explanation from the Environmental Protection Agency:

In communities with pay-as-you-throw programs (also known as unit pricing or variable-rate pricing), residents are charged for the collection of municipal solid waste—ordinary household trash—based on the amount they throw away. This creates a direct economic incentive to recycle more and to generate less waste.

Traditionally, residents pay for waste collection through property taxes or a fixed fee, regardless of how much—or how little—trash they generate. Pay-As-You-throw (PAYT) breaks with tradition by treating trash services just like electricity, gas, and other utilities. Households pay a variable rate depending on the amount of service they use.

Most communities with PAYT charge residents a fee for each bag or can of waste they generate. In a small number of communities, residents are billed based on the weight of their trash. Either way, these programs are simple and fair. The less individuals throw away, the less they pay.

EPA supports this new approach to solid waste management because it encompasses three interrelated components that are key to successful community programs.

If you are not familiar with the program, please note that most of the time listeners can call in. If you might want to do so, the phone number is 301-694-9363.

This program is also available as a live stream on the web, and it is posted as a podcast.

WTHU 1450AM on the web

WTHU 1450AM on Facebook

WFMD 930AM on the web

WFMD 930AM on Facebook