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Radio program sends messages to those incarcerated

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

LETCHER Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Every Monday night in Letcher County WMMT's Hot 88.7 takes music requests and messages from family members and friends of those who are in jail.

One DJ says the calls from children are difficult to hear, but they are making an impact.

From seven to nine p.m. family members and friends share their messages.

While the live music program called Hip Hop from the Hill Top plays requests, Sylvia Ryerson, who goes by DJ Sly Rye, is taking their calls.

"I'm upstairs here in the studio recording phone calls from people calling in from across the country," said Ryerson.

Ryerson says the phone rings off the hook from calls across the country.

Including New York, Washington D.C. and California.

Their messages reach seven regional jails and detention centers.

Ryerson said for many people this is their only point of contact.

DJ Amelia Kirby says the Calls from Home program started more than one decade ago by accident.

"A family member got in touch with us and asked if she could say a message over the air," said Kirby. "It seemed like such a great and obvious thing to do so we kind of started from that point."

While those locked up are unable to respond, she says they are making a difference.

"They know there are people here in Eastern Kentucky that are trying to support their loved ones that are incarcerated," said Ryerson.

If you would like to leave a message for the show call 1-888-396-1208 on Monday nights from seven to nine.

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