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Dec 2013 The Spark Features Faith


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

DDecember 11, 2013
For Immediate Release

“The Spark” on WKNO-TV Looks at Faith in the Community this Holiday Season

In this month’s episode of the monthly series The Spark, premiering Thursday, December 19 at 9:00 p.m., host Jeremy Park meets with three Memphian professionals to discuss how faith impacts their organizations’ missions. 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, Data Facts, and State Systems, Inc., with additional funding from Baptist Memorial Health Care and Christian Brothers University.

In honor of the holiday season, the theme this month on The Spark is “faith.”  Host Jeremy Park sits down with Ephie Johnson, President and CEO of Neighborhood Christian Centers; Mike Allen, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee; and Peter Tosches, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for The ServiceMaster Company.

Ephie Johnson discusses how the Neighborhood Christian Centers are building stronger families and neighborhoods by providing compassionate services and ministries to those in need. Johnson highlights a number of programs like Operation Smart Child, which is a parenting program designed to ensure healthy brain and social skills development in children from conception to age four. Johnson also shares how their Love Builders program is helping to maintain stable families and how their Compassionate Ministries is helping to meet the basic physical and spiritual needs of our neighbors with emergency aid, empowerment, and a Christmas Outreach.   

Mike Allen provides a glimpse into Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, one of the largest nonprofit, multi-social services providers in the Mid-South providing homeless shelters, mobile food pantries, outreach to veterans, and much more. Allen highlights the importance of their Mobile Food Pantry, which was named the 2012 “Food Pantry of the Year” by the Mid-South Food Bank, and their “Walking Bags,” which offer 2-3 days of nutritious foods for the chronically homeless.

Peter Tosches highlights the importance and commitment to “Service” with ServiceMaster and how the globally-recognized company became based in Memphis. Tosches discusses the reach and impact of ServiceMaster, working in more than 30 countries around the world with a family of brands that includes pest control, home warranties, commercial and home cleaning, and disaster restoration. Tosches explores a number of their key community initiatives, like promoting urban green space to help fight childhood obesity, their focus on building Habitat for Humanity homes, and supporting other local organizations, such as MIFA and the National Civil Rights Museum.

It airs Thursday, December 19 at 9:00 p.m. and repeats at 2:00 a.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. It also airs Saturday, December 21 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 22 at noon on WKNO. It will repeat the Saturday, December 21 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 57 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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