Producers at Lowcountry CW (Comcast channel 14) are so pleased with the turn-out for its public service program, Teen Life: Unfiltered, that the station is considering doing it again on a quarterly basis.
On Dec. 2, the Lowcountry CW and News 2 (WCBD, Charleston’s NBC affiliate) presented at Seacoast Church a program to address issues facing teenagers and their parents. It was hosted by News 2’s weatherman Rob Folwer and 95SX’s Brooke Ryan, along with Fowler’s teen-aged daughter, Kylie.
Local doctors, teachers, psychologists, and clergy were on hand to take questions from the capacity audience. Ryan shared her coming to terms with her sister’s bipolar disorder. Tara Lynn, a reporter for News 2, talked about her past illness as a teenage anorexic. The broadcast on Lowcountry CW was interspersed with interviews and reports on parenting issues and adolescent psychology.
Says the TV station’s Tim Renaud: “This was a total success, not just for us as a television station, but for the teenage community!”
There was one problem, though, writes Shelia Ray on CW’s website, a lack real teenagers: “It would have been nice if you could have had some of the kids talk and ask questions [during] … a talk-back session.”
Account manager Courtni Callahan says community interest exceeded expectations and that the station hopes to do more of this kind of public service in the future, perhaps every quarter, more likely about twice a year. If you missed the initial broadcast, she says, you can watch the video online. —John Stoehr