Radio station offers program it hopes is never needed

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 25, 2004

Borrowing from the Boy Scouts' motto to "Be Prepared," the radio station 101.5 The River helped local families prepare for the type of emergency

that everyone hopes never happens.

The radio station hosted KinderPrint 2004 at Ohio University Southern Thursday to help families prepare emergency information packets that included photos, fingerprints, DNA samples and personal data that would be valuable in case the child was ever missing.

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"We put it all together and give it back to the parents. They can take it home, put it in a safe place and pray they never have to use it," said Scott Martin, a broadcaster with the radio station. "But at least they have it."

Brad Miller, 14, of Ironton was at the university with his dad and just decided to take advantage of the free service.

Trooper Chad Canter of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Ironton Post took the fingerprints. OUS Electronic Media department snapped pictures.

As far as Canter is concerned, the information pack would become a very valuable tool if it was ever needed.

"It is very important. A lot of the time this is the only way to identify somebody," Canter said. "Since no two people have the same fingerprints, it makes it a lot easier."

The River has hosted several locations this summer including Ashland, Huntington, Jackson and Portsmouth.

Martin and Ironton-native Steve "Rhino" Reinhardt broadcast from

a live remote during the day to help promote the community service event.

"Probably one of the greatest things about this radio station is that we almost entrench ourselves in the community," Martin said. "We want people to know we are here for the long haul. We are all family guys and have kids ourselves."

Martin and "Rhino" both emphasized that general manager John Pelletier is the driving force behind the vision for the participation of community service.