I was a part of something amazing tonight — but it had nothing to do with me.
Louisville radio legend Mark Gunn and I were invited to speak to the University of Louisville’s Integrated Communications organization by the group’s president Aimee Jewell, and tonight we did.
After being introduced and elaborating on our chosen fields, Mark and I expounded on our views of the state of the media today, our local roles in it, and challenged the students to do as we’ve been taught: Reach out into your community and use whatever influence and gifts you have to affect change and aid others.
What transpired quickly is what’s amazing. The students simply wanted to know how. How do they reach out into a community they live in and love?
Mark and I gave the students answers we both hope will be helpful, but — and I won’t speak for Mark — the fact that these students took the time on a Wednesday night to talk with us and wanted to know, again, how to integrate their talents in a useful way into our community made me stop and think … and feel much more.
When I moved here in 2002, one of the most prevalent media themes was the city’s “Brain Drain,” or the migration of talented folks elsewhere. And while statistics show that’s no longer happening and Kentucky is making deep strides, I was struck by the passion of the students tonight, particularly when they asked — in varying ways — how can they reach out into their community, particularly when most of what they see and hear is nothing but dismal discussions about so much.
The amazing part of tonight’s experience is partially the students’ collective desire to immerse themselves in their community. Sadly, the other amazing piece is that they were asking how they can affect change. Shouldn’t we have already answered this?
I write tonight not with answers but with a heart that desires solutions. Mark and I met a group of capable, talented, energized young people who want to know how they can impact their community. So I ask you: How can they? Looking forward to your answers.
Category: The Dish
About the Author (Author Profile)
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.