Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Five days a week,KXLO-AM in Lewistown, Mont., serves seniors in the area by airing a "Council on Aging Daily Report." The five-minute segment has been part of KXLOís programming for 35 years. During this time, the council has grown from a handful of individuals into a well-known agency advocating on behalf of Montanaís aging population. The "Daily Report," which is also streamed online, arms seniors with needed information and resources ranging from prescription drug issues to the Meals on Wheels menu to available shuttle services to and from town. The program also raises awareness of volunteer opportunities with the council. In a part of the country where some elderly are more than 100 miles from medical care and other necessities, the programís reach is critical. "KXLO has truly been a lifeline, a companion, a friend and a comforter for all aging citizens in Central Montana for 35 years, and for some a lifetime," said J. Thomas Wojtowick, executive director of the Fergus County Council on Aging. Fred Lark, station owner, was an original board member of the council and participates in the Governorís Conference on Aging every year.