Call-In Show Allows Families To Communicate With Loved Ones In Prison

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

A radio call-in show heard across the country allowed family and friends to communicate with loved ones behind bars often many hours away.

WMMT's 9th annual "Calls From Home" radio show hit the airwaves Monday night in Whitesburg.

The program gives family and friends an opportunity to connect with their loved ones in prison.

The Show's Co-Host says sometimes the calls are hard to take.

“I’m guessing he was in his late teens. He spoke really quickly and then he realized he sort of messed up, he stumbled over his words and he asked if he could start over,” Julia Taylor said.

Taylor says they received about 200 calls for the show and Calls From Home airs nationwide on more then 200 radio stations.

Sympathy for inmates may be tough for some, but Taylor believes prisoners have a better chance adjusting to life after prison if they stay connected to their family.

“I am not trying to say that is okay. That we should forget that they did something wrong. I am saying that people should be able to grow,” Taylor said.

Taylor says calls have kept the program going for nearly ten years.

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