Division 7, D5NR, Conducts Public Service Announcement Recording Session at its May Meeting

Monday, May 14, 2012

Auxiliarist Maurice Kiely records BUI message. Photo courtesy of Auxiliarist Allison Revy, Jr.

In the last several years the New Jersey boating accident and fatality statistics have increased, rather than following the national downward trend. This caused Division 7 and its flotillas to look beyond the traditional Auxiliary programs and seek a wider approach to raising public awareness about safe boating.

Article by Auxiliarist Allison Revy, Jr., Whiting, NJ

A public service announcement (PSA) idea grew from a suggestion by Bill Clanton, with local FM radio station WBNJ, at a breakfast meeting where several ideas to promote boating safety were exchanged. The PSA scheme appeared to hold the most potential.

While the PSA idea was popular, it posed a logistic and scheduling predicament with trying to involve as many Auxiliary units as possible.  The natural location/time/place was the division monthly meeting, where everyone could gather simultaneously.  Division 7 held a public service announcement recording session prior to their May monthly division meeting.

Auxiliarist Ken Kendall (left) and Bill Clanton, WBNJ-FM, prepare a PSA while Auxiliarists Mike Alexander and Bob Adams rehearse their messages. Photo courtesy of Auxiliarist Allison Revy, Jr.

Division and flotilla officers were asked to pick a safe boating subject, then write and record a PSA. The complete session took less than an hour and, as the contributors pointed out, was pretty painless. Afterwards Bill Clanton spoke with several Auxiliary members. He agreed to work with Flotilla 79 promoting the “Kids Don’t Float” program and to assist Flotilla 72 with their “Ready, Set, Wear It” life jacket wearing world record event scheduled for May 19th.

In addition to recording PSAs, one session included an interview with CWO Jay Greiner, Commanding Officer at Station Barnegat Light, which will appear on a WBNJ-FM “Spotlight” segment.  During the interview, Officer Greiner touched on subject matter such as responsible boating, the role of the U.S. Coast Guard, an invitation to visit Station Barnegat Light, the need to always wear a life jacket, a plug about the annual August Coast Guard/Auxiliary open house at the station, and the close relationship between the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary.

WBNJ-FM agreed to broadcast the PSAs during the regular NSBW campaign and for the duration of the Jersey Shore boating season. Mr. Clanton volunteered to present the finished PSAs to several other local radio stations and also provided the division an electronic copy for further distribution.

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