If you’re searching for weekend activities around Lake Norman, there’s a new place to look. Turn your radio dial to WSIC 100.7 FM or 1400 AM at 8 a.m. Thursdays.
Kevin Smith and Suzanne Meyer co-host “Around the Lake,” a talk radio program aimed at residents in South Iredell and North Mecklenburg.
“We needed a show to reach the Lake Norman area,” said Brian Weiss, general manager of the Statesville radio station.
Weiss found two people who’ve been active in the Lake Norman community for years. Smith, an Iredell native and marketing director, lives in Troutman and works on River Highway in Mooresville.
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Meyer, also in marketing, lives and works in Mooresville. During college, Meyer interned in the promotions department at WRKO radio in Boston and worked with Johnny Most, who was known as the voice of the Boston Celtics.
“I also spun vinyl for the campus radio station, WIBU, at Boston University,” said Meyer, who left the radio business.
“I’ve kind of returned to my roots,” she said.
Although this is Smith’s first stint as an on-air host, he’s been a guest on WSIC because of his involvement with the station’s Commerce Club, a networking group.
Smith and Meyer engaged in entertaining banter as they interviewed guests.
“We have a lot of fun together. The hour flies,” Meyer said.
“We’re like peas and carrots. We fit together,” Smith continued. “We’ve been friends almost 10 years.”
Prior to a show, the two discuss upcoming guests and topics. They look for future events, but these are not the only topics. Interesting business people or folks who are making a difference in the community are invited to the program.
The co-hosts have interviewed members of the Sheriff’s Office, a U.S. water ski champion, people affiliated with nonprofits and community leaders.
“We’re really focused on things that are going on around the lake, things that impact people,” Smith said.
Recently, Ben Baker, organizer of the Mooresville Area Cyclists Poker Ride, was a guest with Jane Cacchione, director of development for the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson.
The cycling event on Aug. 1 raised money for the nonprofit health and human service agency.
“We want to make sure the show is interesting to listeners. For example, the Poker Ride is something people in the community can get involved with,” Meyer said.
Before the show, Meyer reassured Baker and Cacchione. “It’ll be fun. We’re just having a conversation,” Meyer said.
When news director, Chris Hoke, who runs the sound board, gave the signal, “All right, 15 seconds,” Smith and Meyer were off and running.
They had lots of material to cover in an hour. In addition to discussing the Poker Ride, the co-hosts talked about transitions people undergo when they move to Lake Norman.
Smith and Meyer introduced Nancy Embry, a life and wellness coach, who discussed a networking event for newcomers at the U-Center in Mooresville.
Between segments, Smith introduced a popular feature – the weekly trivia question. The third caller guessed the length of Lake Norman, 34 miles, and won two tickets to the Southern Women’s Show.
Smith formats the trivia questions and refers to the task as “the easy part of the program.” It’s a popular segment with their callers.
For now, a calendar of events, another regular feature, is the responsibility of Maddie Hanline, a summer intern.
“You’re not bored around the lake unless you want to be,” said Smith as he listened to Hanline, a communications major at Brigham Young University, update the weekly calendar.
“We try to include something for everybody,” Meyer added.
When beach music pulsed through their headsets at the end of the show, Smith and Meyer broke into a dance.
“We’ll be back next Thursday,” they said.
Sandra Phillips is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.