Millennials and Boomers Unite: Puff, Puff, Pass
By Wendy Love Edge
With exuberance, we are entering the fourth season of my tv, radio show and podcast, “The Wendy Love Edge Show with Topher Kogen”.
The show’s mission is to highlight the connections between health and wellness, art, music, plant medicine and community; and create community while doing it.
Topher and I decided to do a live radio show in Fayetteville after attempts to get the community behind our all cannabis themed show, “The Green Zone TV”, failed. There is still so much stigma and reefer madness in Arkansas, and elsewhere , which effects creatives ability to bring forward the subject of cannabis, even as medicine. And though Fayetteville Arkansas had passed medical cannabis at the time, the medical program hadn’t been rolled out yet and people weren’t sure what they thought about the new industry in Arkansas. Even in Funky Fayetteville.
Our show has grown so much since the first live radio show we put forward, taped live at the now closed venue Stage 18. This community venue was right on the Fayetteville Square, and we broadcasted live on KPSQ.org 97.3 FM.
We outgrew the studio at this wonderful community radio station after one season, and decided to move the bulk of production to FPTV. Of course with the pandemic starting about half way through season 3, we had to move to quarantine editions from home. To our surprise, the production from home has been exciting, and the show has grown a lot.
We have added a house band to the show called, “The Buds”. The band is made up of 4 Fayetteville musicians Sarah Loethen, Mike Kinkle, Tanner MacKey and Derek Wieand. They select the genres and themes and provide music videos for transitions between segments. It’s a unique way to have a house band, and still produce from home.
Sunshine, from Sunshine After Dark, a popular radio show on 104.9 The X, joined The Wendy Love Edge Show in season 3 and will continue to bring forward community segments in season 4.
Topher has also started a new segment where he has simple conversations with various people about their philosophies on different topics.
The show opens with a remix of its theme song by Will Brand, with the crew enjoying ppp, dancing, and high energy.
A striking fact about the show is that the chemistry between myself and Topher Kogen is infectious despite our generational gap. When we review who is listening and watching, it’s the millennials and the boomers that make up the bulk of the audience.
If we can bring together these two groups and plant medicine, music, art and education are the connections, we feel there is promise for the future.
Despite the disabilities and challenges I have, I have a lot of determination to keep the show going. It’s helps my outlook to know we are educating, inspiring and entertaining others. As a cannabis patient who also knows that lifestyle choices and natural health methods are vital in addition to cannabis, it’s my dream that all will have the information they need to make these connections and create their own wellness plan. It’s an anchor in my own wellness plan, and apparently that of millennials and boomers alike.
So light up, friends and take a look at Season 4, Episode 1 of The Wendy Love Edge Show with Topher Kogen