Meet Roxanne Walker…The South Carolina Broadcasters Association named Roxanne Radio Personality of the Year in 2002. She has been honored for her political opinion commentary by the Greenville Chapter of Women in Communications.
Roxanne resides in Taylors, SC with her husband Alan and the best dog in the world Allie.
Updated on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 11:28AM by Roxanne Walker
Donald Trump’s recent surge in the GOP Presidential primary polls comes as no surprise to me. Trump’s idiotic braggadocio, his wealth, blatant racism and his brand name recognition appeals to the angry white male base of the Republican Party. The core audience of conservative talk radio and Fox news is emblematic of the demographic giving thumbs up to Trump’s bid for the White House. The GOP has spent decades cultivating and agitating this demographic. The birth of the strategy of pitting black people against white people began in the south in the 50’s during Jim Crow and crystallized in the 1980’s with help from political operatives like Lee Atwater. http://www.thenation.com/article/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-southern-strategy/ The southern strategy resurged after the election of the nation’s first African American President. A segment of America felt that the country they knew and loved had been taken over by an alien, a Communist sympathizer that threatened their very existence. Trump’s endless pursuit of President Obama’s birth certificate was given life and legs by these white folks.
The man who taught me the power and meaning of unconditional love has died. Bodo Clifford Wieringa passed away on May 3rd. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/greenvilleonline/obituary.aspx?n=bodo-wieringa&pid=174779874&fhid=5704 I hadn’t seen Clifford in years but I will never forget him. Clifford and his wife Resi were foster parents to many children over the years. I met the Wieringa’s when I was serving as a volunteer guardian ad litem for an especially difficult child.
The distinctive opening notes to the Carole King song “So Far Away,” send a wave of memories flowing over me recently at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York. We were watching “Beautiful the Carole King musical. The Broadway musical tells the story of Carole King’s songwriting career which began when she was just 16 years old. King skipped a couple of grades in high school and was a college student when she began pitching songs. As a pianist she had musical chops and creating the music was never an issue, she needed help with lyrics and that’s where Gerry Goffin her first husband comes in. He was the lyrical man, one of their first big hits with the Drifters was “Some Kind of Wonderful.” Music empresario Don Kirshner pairs the two and when Carole becomes pregnant they get married. While King and Goffin were cranking out hits like “The Locomotion” sung by their babysitter, Little Eva, their friends and songwriting competitors Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil were dreaming up iconic songs like, “On Broadway,” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.” The two couples while competitive also became good friends. The play provides insight into Carole and Gerry’s difficult marriage and her insecurities as well as the story behind some of their songs including “Up on the Roof” and “You’ve Got A Friend.”