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Civil Air Patrol Today hits the airwaves

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Civil Air Patrol Today,” a syndicated radio production of the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol returns to the airwaves as Capt. Tracy Urena of Maryland Wing public affairs assumes the role of program host.

"Civil Air Patrol Today represents a major mass media outreach initiative for Maryland Wing. Its broadcast audience on five radio stations reaches over 1.8 million people. It represents a major opportunity to inform the general public on the community contributions of Civil Air Patrol,” states Urena.

The radio program began in 2005 through the combined efforts of then-1st Lt. Steven Solomon and then-Capt. Bill Parris. At the time, Solomon was the public affairs officer for Maryland Wing and served as host of the program. Lt. Col. Solomon is now the national public affairs team leader for Civil Air Patrol. Parris, a former disc jockey and owner/manager of several radio stations, provided the studio facilities and manned the controls during taping sessions. Col. Parris currently serves as the commander of Maryland Wing.

The two most recent episodes feature the commanders of Maryland Wing. The first one interviewed Col. John Knowles as the outgoing Maryland Wing commander, while the second episode airing several weeks later interviewed Parris as the incoming wing commander who speaks about his vision for the wing.

Including the two recent episodes, the radio program archives include 35 episodes dating back to 2005. All episodes are podcasted and available for free downloads through iTunes and other services. In addition to availability on mp3 players, listeners can hear the entire library of “Civil Air Patrol Today” through the wing website.

Episodes can also be heard every Saturday morning across Maryland on the following radio stations:

• Aberdeen - WAMD AM 970, 7:00-7:30 a.m. ET
• Annapolis - WYRE AM 810, 7:00-7:30 a.m. ET
• Baltimore - WJSS AM 1330, 7:00-7:30 a.m. ET
• Baltimore - WFBR AM 1590, 7:00-7:30 a.m. ET
• Easton - WKHZ AM 1460, 7:00-7:30 a.m. ET
• Potomac - WCTN 950 AM, 7:00-7:30 a.m. ET

Complete details on all episodes can be found on the Maryland Wing website: http://mdcap.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=radio.main. Ideas for future programming are welcome. Contact Maryland Wing public affairs through the link on the radio program website page.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and has been credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 100 lives this fiscal year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information on CAP.

Nearly 1,700 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,106 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.6 million dollars. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.org or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.

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