FYI Stepping Away From ACB Radio Broadcasting (A friendly move)

Hello Everyone,

It’s a friendly move. It’s a definite move.

After ten plus years of broadcasting with ACB Radio, it is time to move on. While I will still remain with the project occasionally working in the background, I’m ready to spread my wings into new territory. I promised this years ago when leaving Team-FM. Since that time, I got bogged down with one thing or another that kept me where I’ve been, pretty much tethered to shows. I’ve also been heavily involved with a team of 24-7 care-giving, and am looking forward to some unscheduled time to both rest and create more freely. Though my first radio experiences were not with ACB Radio, I’m grateful for the experiences in growing as a broadcaster, producer and all that I learned I could accomplish in my previous role as assistant managing director. Today, I remain a member of a couple of ACB affiliates. My heart is still with what ACB represents and I’m proud of many of its accomplishments.

Affective now, all of my shows are moving to a retirement status. It’s entirely possible that they will rise up elsewhere, and even be back in circulation here through another avenue. Feel free to sign up for my Announce List by sending a blank email to:
Announce-request@debbiehazelton.com
The word subscribe in the subject line.

Many thanks first, to ACB for continuing to support and help grow ACB Radio. It still has tons of potential. When I hear things like state and national conventions streamed, World Blind Union I am repeatedly moved just to consider how even one person who is blind/visually impaired can in any given moment feel less isolated, greater self-esteem while finding practical resources by which to move ahead and gain greater freedom. The Interactive stream remains important to bring community and social interaction. ACB Radio is huge! May it continue to grow in wonderful ways. I am always willing to help brainstorm more that it can become and especially appreciate Jeff Bishop as a friend and colleague as we have, and will continue to share many brainstorming ideas together. Jeff is doing what I’m now doing, spreading his wings to do more, bring more, all that go a long way to enhance ACB and our lives as people who are blind/visually impaired.

I also want to publicly thank Larry Turnbull. This guy starts working every day at 5:00 A.M. and rarely quits his attentiveness to so much detail, to run ACB Radio with its seven streams and simultaneously executing his role as ACB server administrator, overseeing all of ACB lists as well as providing ongoing and on-call support to ACB office staff in both national offices. Larry has trained, hand-held many new broadcasters, spending hours of time to tutor and guide. It would probably take six people to replace him in all that he currently does today, much of which remains in the background behind the scenes.

Thank you, listeners, who have tuned in, enjoyed any of my shows, who have been guests and dared to openly share so much of your lives. Without you, who listen and participate whether on-air or through interactive discussions, there would be no place, no avenue for radio. And thank you Randy Rusnak, for being The Big R. We had fun cooking up lots of food and craziness, passing along many tips and resources.

Truthfully, I’d like to see many more aspiring broadcasters spend time on ACB Radio, and take the initiative to grow on and up into new possibilities. In my opinion, this could do more to both grow ACB and ACB Radio. This was part of what I hoped would happen through the vehicle and program of Affiliates In Action. Perhaps it will still do so one day. It’s a huge endeavor.

In any event, onward we go, together and separately. I apologize for any disappointment or sadness. Sometimes we have to stretch to grow. Thank you for your support, interest and understanding.

Debbie Hazelton