Saving Lives Through The Radio

Just recently I, and co-owner of Your Mom Comics Ted Osborne, started Volunteering at our local Radio Station, KSQM 91.5 FM. At first i did it to work my way in to radio, maybe even get my band Jack Havoc on there, but now have found that I am actually helping in a huge way.See, KSQM is not a normal Radio Station. Our programming director asked “What kind of business do you think were in?” I said “Well entertainment of course.” He said “No. We are in the business of saving lives.” KSQM 91.5 is the only FM radio station on The Olympic Peninsula to run off of a generator. That means if there is ever a Tsunami or Hurricane warning, we are the only people that can reach out to others in their homes. In a few months we will be getting our Emergency Broadcast System Certificate and be officially ready to broadcast, if need be.
Two Fridays ago I read the news live, just local Christmas stuff, but now the owner wants to give me and Ted our own show, with 18 full episodes ( that’s a whole season) and we get to produce it, with the goal being syndication, meaning if another station wants to buy and broadcast it, they can. It will be about the history of old radio shows like The Adventures of Superman, The Lone Ranger etc. and how they’ve have influenced entertainment and real life, many of us included.
Hey did you know that Green Hornet is actually a spin off of The Lone Ranger. Britt Reid is the Lone Ranger’s great, great nephew. CRAZY!
I am very glad I took the time in my life to help and volunteer, even if it was for my own personal reasons at first because I found out working there is real superhero business after all. It seems you can find hero business in just about anything. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you. I am proud to be part of the First Wave of Real Life Super Heroes.
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Tales of the Black Ghost

blackghostIan McNulty
By day, Will Warner is a counselor at Delgado Community College. But at night, this 42-year-old father of two often assumes the secret identity of the Black Ghost, a New Orleans superhero on a mission to revive the values of compromise, compassion and nonviolent conflict resolution.
That secret identity is becoming better known thanks to the series of The Black Ghost programs making the rounds on the Internet. The shows follow the adventures of a local man who gains superhuman powers and the ability to stop crime.
“People my age remember the characters they grew up watching, like the Green Hornet or the Lone Ranger and they still remember what those characters stood for; good guys didn’t hurt people,” says Warner. “In 2008, who do we have embodying those values? We’re trying to go back to basics with family entertainment.”
Warner first came up with the idea for the Black Ghost while he was serving in the Navy. After witnessing the surge of street crime that has followed Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, he decided to introduce his character and see if he could make a difference for young children who might not have positive role models in their lives.
With virtually no budget but plenty of volunteer help from fellow mental health professionals and local actors, Warner has produced eight episodes of The Black Ghost, set and filmed in locations New Orleans children can identify as home turf.
“We talk about rebuilding our city after Katrina and that can come in many different forms,” says Warner. “We want to bring kids and parents into the living room together to watch a show and actually talk about the decisions that were portrayed.”
Warner proudly points out that while his character fights for justice, he doesn’t throw punches or deliver kicks. In one episode, for example, when a pair of drug dealers threatens the Black Ghost with knives our hero responds by pulling out a flute, which he uses to put his would-be assailants under mind control.
“The point for kids is that even if you have access to a weapon, you don’t have to use it. You can use your head and resolve a conflict without violence,” says Warner.
“As a counselor, I know how powerful the archetype of the superhero can be, because it inspires. Kids can look at this character and see that he gets the job done without violence.”
The show’s eighth episode should be online this month. To see episodes of The Black Ghost, visit

Why real-life superheroes have few friends

 Stefanie Marsh
It is with regret that “Geist”, a self-appointed “real-life superhero” is unable to accept your request for friendship. “If you don’t have a secret identity,” he writes, “for your own safety and protection, I’m afraid I’ll need to turn down your kind request to become MySpace Friends.”
Geist, a resident of Minnesota – real name and age unknown – spends his spare time dressed up as a masked Lone Ranger, attempting to “make my city of Rochester a better, kinder and safer place”. This he does by, in one instance, helping out incognito during a recent flooding episode: “My equipment and methods are completely legal,” he states on his blog, but: “I’m prepared to make citizen’s arrests.” Fondly, he recalls the time a man in need “called me his Personal Masked Avenger”.
Geist meets other Real-Life Superheroes online: “Street Hero”, a former prostitute, wears a black eye mask, matching bustier and knee-high boots to protect women working the streets of New York (she is also a martial arts expert); “Red Justice” patrols the New York subway in red briefs and red cape fashioned from an old T-shirt and a sock with eyeholes, encouraging young people to give up their seats to the elderly. “The Cleanser” picks up litter in a white cape and yellow rubber gloves. “The Super” fixes minor electrical faults in a red cape, a yellow shirt, green braces and green tights. Their cause is noble – “an unorthodox approach to doing good” – but is it surprising when “The Super” admits that in real life he has few friends? “A lot of real-life superheroes stumble along the way. And part of it can definitely make you feel isolated, like nobody understands you.”