Press Release
The Spark- August 2013 episode


Press Contacts: Teri L. Sullivan
WKNO-TV/Channel 10
(901) 729-8735
tlsullivan@wkno.org

July 10, 2013
For Immediate Release

“The Spark” Presents the Importance of Home and a Thriving Community

In this month’s episode of the monthly series The Spark, premiering Thursday, July 18 at 9:00 p.m., host Jeremy Park meets with three Memphian professionals who are contributing to the betterment of healthy home and community living. A co-production of WKNO with Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club (LPBC) and Media Source, The Spark airs the third Thursday of each month on WKNO/Channel 10.

The Spark is a monthly 30-minute series about business and community leaders who are fueling change by giving back to the Mid-South. Each month we showcase several of these hometown heroes who are affecting change and leading by example. Major funding is provided by Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, with additional funding from Christian Brothers University.

In this month’s episode of The Spark, special guests Sister Maureen Griner, Executive Director of the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality; Jim McMahon, Chief Financial Officer with American Residential Services (ARS); and Nancy Williams, Executive Director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center; will share personal and professional passions.

In the first segment, Sister Maureen Griner, Executive Director of the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, talks about providing homeless families a “pause” in life with free, temporary housing and the means to re-establish their independence. Sister Maureen describes how prayer and an appreciation for Dorothy Day, who in the 1930’s opened houses of hospitality to serve the poor and homeless, led to the creation of our modern day Dorothy Day House.

In our second story, Jim McMahon – CFO with American Residential Services – discusses how ARS focuses community service on the youth. ARS and their local brand, Conway Services, are heavily engaged in the Mid-South community and participate in the Education That Works program with Memphis Catholic High School. Education That Works affords qualified students a chance to gain real world working experience while earning money to attend school.

Finally, Nancy Williams, Executive Director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, talks about their focus on helping victims become children again. The Memphis Child Advocacy Center supports safety for children through informed prevention, community collaboration, and a team approach to healing and justice for victims of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. 

The Spark airs Thursday, July 18 at 9:00 p.m. and repeats at 2:00 a.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. It also airs Saturday, July 20 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 at noon on WKNO. It will repeat the Saturday, July 20 at 3:30 p.m. on WKNO2, available over the air on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast Cable Channel 910.

About The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club
The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club is a privately-funded catalyst for the Mid-South, serving to enrich business leaders and impact the community. The organization hosts over 100 events each year, including a Signature Breakfast Series that brings together 400 business and community leaders who shape the Mid-South.

About Media Source
Media Source is a full-service corporate and broadcast television production firm based in Memphis, and was founded by Joe Incardona after his career as an award-winning on-air reporter for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City and WREG-TV in Memphis.

The company also provides local and national media monitoring services to a host of corporate and non-profit organizations nationwide.

Among its television production credits, Media Source has produced broadcast material for ABC News, PBS, CBS “60 Minutes,” CNN, CNBC, TV One, and national TV networks in Germany, Austria, Japan, and France. In addition, the firm has produced local broadcast TV shows and segments for Memphis Light, Gas, and Water, and Methodist Healthcare.  Corporate television clients have included Baptist Memorial Health Care, Hilton Worldwide, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Power & Tel, Cspire Wireless, and the City of Memphis.

About WKNO 
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 56 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information: wkno.org

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