Backyard Broadcasting Podcast

In Touch with Freddi Hammer - 2nd Annual Agricultural Safety Fair

The Geisinger Jersey Shore Level IV Trauma Team will host their 2nd Annual Agricultural Safety Fair on Saturday, April 13th at the Clinton County Fairgrounds from 10am until 1pm.  Geisinger Trauma Team Manager, Amy Swarthout talks about the specialized agencies who will provide demos and training about important safety topics, including stop the bleed training, grain silo rescue, firearm safety and more.  The fair is for all ages and free to attend.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Camp Freedom

Veterans, First Responders, Law Enforcement and Gold Star Families are welcome to learn about Camp Freedom, near Carbondale, PA.  A facility dedicated to help those dealing with trauma or transition heal, by offering outdoor activities and camaraderie at an over 2,300 acre camp for free. 

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Strange and Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of March 25, 2024

You may soon be able to open display cases in stores with your phone, a church in Barcelona, Spain will soon be completed, 100 years after its designer died, a horse is rescued after taking a dip in a swimming pool in Georgia and more in this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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The Backyard Business Spotlight for March 2024

Our third Backyard Business Spotlight of the year, with Jason Fink, President/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, has new information on the 2024 Grand Slam Parade, an update on airline service returning in May to the Williamsport Regional Airport, plus recaps on recent new business ribbon-cuttings and the upcoming April PM Exchanges.  

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Girlz in the Hoodie

Girlz in the Hoodie is a non-profit organization that raises money to provide warm hoodies for women during their mastectomy recovery or chemotherapy treatment, as well as for scholarships for students who have lost a mother figure to breast cancer.  Girlz in the Hoodie will have a golf tournament in June and will raffle off their custom 1974 Volkswagen bus in October, but they really hope you can spread the word of their mission to those in your life touched by breast cancer, and help get hoodies out to all who need or want them.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of March 18, 2024

The U.S. research agency DARPA is looking to build a railroad on the moon, an English woman woke up and began to speak with a Welsh accent, the heaviest blueberry has been grown in Australia and more, in this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of March 11, 2024

A Florida man has been arrested after joking about having a bomb while in line to board an airliner, Peter Kessner has reportedly seen and logged 10,000 species of birds and 2 stories about a man named "Deez Nuts"...plus much more in this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Central PA Vintage Fest

Take steps toward recycling and sustainability by attending the Central PA Vintage Fest to find beautiful clothing, décor and collectibles that are from days gone by.
Thrifting saves money and the environment, and all the vendors filling the booths at Central PA Vintage Fest as well as those participating in the Makers Market downstairs at the Pajama Factory next Saturday from 10 till 5, can help you find classic items that can complement your life!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Mike Barclay Soap Box Derby Williamsport

Soap Box Derby Williamsport, PA has started their season, preparing drivers for the big race down Market Street on June 8,  2024!  Volunteer Mike Barclay talks with Freddi Hammer about the need for new volunteers, not just for race day, but for planning during the year, too! Soap box derby families in Williamsport never pay a fee to participate in the events, so supporting Soap Box Derby Williamsport, PA during Raise the Region, can encourage every local kid who tries to make it to Akron, Ohio for the Championship Derby this summer!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Newberry Community Partnership

The “Newberry Community Partnership” will be included in over 350 non-profit groups during this month’s Raise the Region – a 30 Hour Online Fundraiser.   

Freddi Hammer talks with Bob Woodley, board member of the Newberry Community Partnership, who says they work together every year to beautify Newberry and support community activities and residents.


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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of February 26, 2024

An Irish woman had her injury claim tossed after it was discovered she participated in and won a Christmas Tree-throwing contest, authorities have arrested a teenager in connection with the theft of nine luxury vehicles, the classic video game Tetris turns 40 years old this year and more, on this week's edition of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged.

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Backyard Business Spotlight Podcast February 2024

Shawn Carey is joined by Jason Fink, President/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce to recap their annual meeting and recognize this year's award winners.  

Plus, we get a construction update of the Wawa project on Maynard Street in the city, news on a business that has opened in downtown Williamsport that can help new businesses, and we recap with a look ahead to what will be a busy March in the area, highlighted by ribbon cuttings and grand openings!  

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Community Options Inc.

In Touch this past Sunday, With Raise the Region on the way on March 13th & 14th, there is a new 501c3 organization to learn about before the big day.  Community Options Inc. will be included on RaiseTheRegion.org in 2024 for their first year.  They are an organization who works with individuals with intellectual disabilities, helping them navigate resources in housing, employment, and more.  Freddi Hammer talks with Jamie Lycons, the executive director of Community Options in Columbia and Northumberland Counties.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - American Heart Month with Dr. Nancy Fitch

Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death for men and women and as February is American Heart Month, Dr. Nancy Fitch, emergency physician of MedExpress helps raise awareness about heart disease.  Dr. Fitch talks with Freddi Hammer about heart disease and shares critical information about the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and when to take immediate action.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of February 12, 2024

A security guard in Moscow is accused of trying to eat the artwork he was hired to protect, an alligator missing since September is found along a Pennsylvania river and a Texas salesman was saved by his tablet during a shooting in Fort Worth.  These stories and more in this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Raise the Region

Raise the Region is a 30 hour online giving campaign that serves non-profits in a 7-County area in North Central PA.  The deadline to apply as a recipient for the fundraiser is Friday, February 16th
Erin Ruhl Director of Community Engagement from the First Community Foundation Partnership explains how they, along with Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, will use their online platform and stretch funds to elevate local non-profits for the 12th year this March.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of February 5, 2024

A woman discovered $1 million in bearer bonds at an estate sale, tourists and locals alike are flocking to the parking deck of the Hughes Center to get a look at The Las Vegas Sphere and a man climbed the Sphere to protest abortion!  These stories and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 29, 2024

A New Jersey animal shelter is accepting donations to have a feral cat named after your ex and then have it neutered, a man in Columbia staged a fake carjacking to propose to his girlfriend and a teacher is teaching her students finance by charging them rent and more, this week in The Files of The Strange And Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Code Red: Period

"Code Red: Period" is a new initiative by the Junior League of Williamsport to raise funds that will provide supplies for middle and high school age girls in Central PA who face "period poverty," when the cost of sanitary items is more than they or their families can afford, not to mention the anxiety teens can experience if they are unprepared. Lilli Amanda Crum and LaTricia Scutching from the Junior League talk with Freddi Hammer about their efforts and how we can donate or support the teachers who support the young women in our schools.

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Shawn Carey chats with Kaelan Dorr who represents the Great American Outdoor Show

Shawn Carey chats with Kaelan Dorr who represents the Great American Outdoor Show, February 3-11, 2024 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.  We learn about what the show has to offer as well as the specific events for everyone that loves the outdoors!  

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Rock for Rescues 2024

Mary and Dennis Marquette are starting now putting together a fundraiser coming this summer that will help raise money for three local dog rescues, “Mommy & Me” in Mt Carmel, “Patriot K9 Rescue” in Elysburg and “Rescue Pets Serving Vets” in Benton.  National recording artist Ron Keel will perform, too!


They are seeking an opening band and other donations for their July 2024 event at in Sunbury.

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The Backyard Business Spotlight for January, 2024

Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jason Fink joins Shawn Carey for our monthly conversation. 

 

In the first Backyard Business Spotlight of 2024, we discuss the recent announcement of Southern Airways Express beginning passenger air service at the Williamsport Regional Airport, construction of a popular brewing company from Lewisburg that will open a second location in Williamsport later this year, as well as the debut of a new distillery, Fair Play Distillers, on Lycoming Creek Road.    

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - "Remote Outpost" by Travis Harman

“Remote Outpost” is an upcoming book written by local author and veteran, Travis Harman, about his experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan.  To fulfill his master’s degree requirements at Wilkes College, he will teach a creative writing group for Veterans and their spouses that is set to start February 5th at the Williamsport Vet Center.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 15, 2024

The TSA intercepted nearly 7,000 guns last year, a frustrated passenger smacked a pilot due to a 13-hour flight delay and The Bronx Zoo and The San Antonio Zoo are allowing scorned lovers to name cockroaches after their exes!  These stories and more on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Step Americorps

In Touch this past Sunday, Step Americorp, the Tri-County NAACP and other partners invite you to participate in the MLK Day of Service and Williamsport’s Dream Weak from January 15th through the 20th.  Rachelle Abbott and Carrie Bruning of STEP AmeriCorps and Ron Frick of the Lycoming County United Way describe activities scheduled all week that promote service, inclusion, education and equity in our community.

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File of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 8, 2024

A former Congresswoman has been caught sharing food photos that she claimed she took but were actually taken by other people, a woman was rescued by hikers after falling 200 feet and I-Phone that was sucked out of the Alaska Airlines flight that had a door plug fail, was found to still be operational after falling 16,000 feet!  These stories and more on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of January 1, 2024

A Florida man has been accused of faking an overdose to avoid prison sentencing, a 13-year-old is the first person to "break" Tetris and a dog ate $4,000 in cash!  These stories and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Social Worker Kristy Teisher, Eat Share

Social Worker Kristy Teisher, is at the helm of a group of volunteers who make warm meals for local individuals and families who can’t do it themselves, through the website Eat Share dot org.  Learn how your family recipes or special entrees that you create can bless families or individuals, whether they are struggling to get food on the table or just had a baby and need some help.  Volunteers serve their neighbors with Dignity and Benevolence through this non-profit Collaboration with Eat Share.org.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen

A Japanese man used so much insecticide that he caused an explosion, a man and his daughter may have discovered a shipwreck from 1871 while fishing, a woman posing as a Waffle House employee worked for two hours before stealing from the cash register and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange and Deranged.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Williamsport Firefighters Stephen Yonkin, James Baker

Exposure to toxic materials is a risk that most firefighters in the world take on when they choose to enter that profession.  The reality is, they often face a cancer diagnosis and extended treatment, when they should be spending their retirement with family and loved ones


Williamsport Firefighters Stephen Yonkin, James Baker and their colleagues are working to raise awareness and funds for cancer screenings, so that both retired and active Williamsportfirefighters can be informed early about their health, and terminal cancer can be prevented.

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The Backyard Business Spotlight

Shawn & Williamsport/Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce President Jason Fink recap the holiday activities, plus look ahead to what's on the horizon in our area in 2024.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of December 11, 2023

A Kansas man has decked out his home with 4 times the number of lights that Clark Griswold did in "Christmas Vacation", a man tore a hole in his esophagus by holding in a sneeze, hair from three former presidents, including George Washington, is being sent into space and more, all in this week's edition of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - "Hats for Heat"

“Hats for Heat” is a program that began a few years ago in Williamsport to help cover the costs for heating oil that is then donated to community members who may be struggling financially.  Vince Reeder, of Reeder Bros. Fuel Services, and his partner, Echo Mitchell, talked with Freddi Hammer this weekend about how their 501c3 non-profit got started and how 100% of the profits of the hats and shirts they feature go right back into the community


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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of December 4, 2023

A man was arrested for quitting his job transporting prisoners before he delivered them, a man destroyed his electric car, trying to keep it warm with a toaster and a woman who hurled a burrito bowl at a Chipotle employee has been sentenced to work in the fast food industry.  These stories and more, this week in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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Freddi Hammer - Black Jacket Symphony

Freddi speaks J. Willoughby and Jason Rogoff of the band "Black Jacket Symphony." Black Jacket Symphony will be performing live at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport on Saturday, December 9th. Tickets and info at caclive.com

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of November 27, 2023

A deer goes shopping in a T.J. Maxx, "witch bottles" are washing up on the Texas coastline, adults are engaging in "political shaming" and more, this week in The Files of The Strange & Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Woodlands Bank/Community Arts Center

Thanks to the support of Woodlands Bank and a host of other local businesses who participate in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, the Community Arts Center is able to provide quality educational programming. Freddi Hammer speaks with Jon Conklin, President and CEO of Woodlands Banks about their most recent EITC donation for the Arts center, and Jim Dougherty, Executive Director for the CAC explains how the generous funds are used throughout the year.

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Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Nov. 30, 2023

Shawn Carey speaks with Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President Jason Fink. Jason recaps the Pie 5K, updates on the Trolley Tour of Lights, the upcoming PM Exchange and more!

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of November 13, 2023

Astronauts lose a tool bag worth $100,000, a woman with two uteri is pregnant with twins, a cargo plane leaving New York had to turn around and land after a horse got loose and more...this week in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Salvation Army Major Hershey

Freddi Hammer talks with Williamsport Salvation Army Major Sheryl A. Hershey about programs available this holiday season.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of November 6, 2023

A man swimming in California was bitten multiple times by otters, a Texas Southern University tuba player punched a heckler during last Saturday's football game and kept playing, a recently freed Pennsylvania man is back in jail after stealing an ambulance and more, this week on The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Ron Frick & Taylor Yeagle, Lycoming County United Way

Ron Frick and Taylor Yeagle of the Lycoming County United Way describe a new youth driven partnership with Lycoming College students called the Yellow Tulip Project.  They will plant yellow tulip bulbs this fall in Hope Gardens all over Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga Counties to help start a discussion on crushing the stigma surrounding mental health and mental health treatment, and highlight the importance of mental health and the necessity of taking care of ourselves.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 30, 2023

A Seattle homeowner is living in his van while his unpaid tenant is listing his home as an Airbnb, a Georgia restaurant charges $50 for unruly children and in an update from this summer, an Australian woman who had served dinner to her ex-husband and in-laws only for them to die, has been charged with murder!  These stories and more on this week's installment of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Duboistown Garden Club

The Duboistown Garden Club has planned their annual craft show fundraiser for November 10th and 11th.  Club Member Beth Allison shares information about how they’ve been getting ready for the show for months and the ways their year round club activities have beautified the community for 70 years.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Local Author Sabrina Rogers Beackley

A local author shares the harrowing tale about her family who lived on Lycoming County land, saying they endured years of hauntings by spirits and entities before they learned a very big secret about the previous occupants of the multi-acre property near Rose Valley Road. Freddi explores the family’s story with Sabrina Rogers Beackley, discussing her book, “Haunted Freedom”.

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 23, 2023

An American Kestrel has learned to paint, a Colorado company paid a subcontractor 23 thousand dollars in coins, a D.C. firefighter lost his job after stopping at a Chick-Fil A on his way to a call and more, on this week's episode of The Files Of The Strange and Deranged!

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WILQ's Shawn Carey speaks with Jason Fink, President/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce

WILQ's Shawn Carey speaks with Jason Fink, President/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. A once a month feature on 105.1 WILQ. Lean about the new Iron Valley Real Estate, PM Exchange, Trolley Tour of Lights and more.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Keeping Your Kids Safe & Healthy this Halloween

Forget the tricks and keep the treats this Halloween by keeping your kids safe and healthy.  Jane Trombetta, Chief Clinical Officer for MedExpress and an RN, talks with Freddi Hammer about being mindful of the dangers that can come from food allergies, road hazards and ill-fitting masks or costumes.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 16, 2023

Officials in Hong Kong have arrested a man accused of attempting to smuggle cocaine in his wheelchair, a 4th Grade teacher shows his students "Winnie The Pooh: Blood & Honey" and Vladimir Putin deploys war-ready dolphins to the Black Sea.  These stories and more in this week's "Files Of The Strange and Deranged"!

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 9, 2023

A school bus driver loses her job after not realizing that White Claw is an alcoholic drink, a couple buys human ashes on Facebook Marketplace and an Erie, Pennsylvania couple post "evidence" of paranormal activity in their home!  These stories and more on this week's Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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