April 21, 2011
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Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Tampa, FL April 20, 2011 – On Thursday, April 28th, WBVM/Spirit FM 90.5 will make history as the first radio station in the state of Florida to broadcast from within prison walls.
The Big, Big House Morning Show will take to the road and broadcast from 7 to 9am from Zephyrhills Correctional Institution (ZCI) on US Hwy 301. Morning show host, Abby Brundage will be joined by Station Manager, John Morris for the two-hour broadcast along with special guests including Warden, Gustavo Mazorra, the prison chaplain and ZCI inmates.
“I had the privilege of speaking to a group of about 60 inmates at Zephyrhills Correctional a few weeks ago and I took that as an open door to see if a broadcast would be possible”, said Brundage. “When we got the green light and then were told this will be the first broadcast of its kind in the state, I felt honored.”
Zephyrhills Correctional Institution houses between 700 and 800 male inmates and in 1999 took on the corrections mental health institution mission. Some inmates are serving life-sentences.
Station Manager John Morris shared that this has been a desire of his for Spirit FM for many years. “We had been told that it would be nearly impossible to cut through the red tape to do a broadcast, but obviously God had other plans. We often receive letters from inmates who enjoy Spirit FM because it gives them a sense of hope and God’s love that many have never experienced.”
The purpose of the broadcast is to bring to light what prison life is like, how prisoners are being ministered to and rehabilitated, and what people can do to lend a hand if they feel moved to do so. Brundage shares, “I know people have mixed emotions about the incarcerated. When we’ve been asked ‘why are you doing this?’ we can only respond that visiting the imprisoned is what we’re told to do. These men are someone’s son, brother, husband or father and ignoring them isn’t going to fix what is broken.”
For more information contact Abby Brundage (813-760-5800) or John Morris at 813-289-8040 x233. To speak with ZCI Warden, Gustavo Mazorra, call (813)782-5521 Ext. 101.