A Kentucky radio station located in Whitesburg has taken it upon itself to connect prison inmates and their families together via a dedicated radio program called Calls From Home.
Families Call Radio Station to Send Messages to Prisoners
The WMMT-FM radio station runs Calls From Home every Monday evening between 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. During the radio program, families of incarcerated people call in to show love to inmates and update them with family news.
There are thousands of inmates in 11 prisons and jails within WMMT’s broadcast range in central Appalachia.
It is hoped that prison inmates would be able to pick up the goodwill messages from home. Although, in reality, many inmates never get to hear these greetings over Kentucky’s radio airwaves.
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Some Kentucky inmates may not even be aware of WMMT-FM radio’s Calls From Home program. But for a few who do and are able to hear it every Monday evening, it will provide a comic relief from the dreary prison life.
Inmates will be glad their loved ones have not forgotten them behind bars. And they will nurse revived hopes of being free one day.
Many of the prisoners in federal and state prisons as well as detention centers in central Appalachia are not locals. They were brought to serve out their sentences in the region from far-away places such as New York, Virginia and Chicago among others.
So the Calls From Home radio program serves to connect families and inmates where paying for long-distance prison calls would be unaffordable.
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Elizabeth Sanders, WMMT general manager said:
“It’s our responsibility in terms of communication to do what we can.
The folks who are locked up here are also a part of our community. They’re the least visible parts of our community, for sure, but they are here, and I see that as part of our responsibly as a radio station.”
The show is entitled Hip Hop from the Hilltop. Volunteer phone operators then begin to take phone calls from people all over for two hours.
These phone calls are recorded and then played back one by one between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. The goal is to reach as many Kentucky prisoners with the messages from home as possible.