“The Walk is a music/talk show hosted by a person who struggled with addiction, yet went through recovery and turned their lives around. It is produced in such a way that hope is given to the listening audience” Producer Bill Moran explained.
September 15, 2017-Heroin deaths make headlines every day. The stories that are rarely told are those of individuals who have faced down the demon of addiction and recovered-the stories of hope. Bill Moran of WVLP-LP 103.1 in Valparaiso hopes to change that. The Walk is a radio show that will feature stories of recovery. In presenting these stories Moran hopes to spread the message that there is hope. “The Walk is a music/talk show hosted by a person who struggled with addiction, yet went through recovery and turned their lives around. It is produced in such a way that hope is given to the listening audience” Moran explained.
Moran is passionate about spreading a message of hope and recovery. A former engineer turned radio talk show host, I sat down with Moran to talk about The Walk. Moran begins by rattling off the numbers that would we all struggle to forget. Heroin deaths are on track to double again. Per capita, the problem is worse in Porter County than it is in Lake County. As I sit and listen to Bill rattle off the mind numbing numbers, I tune him out. I tune him out, not because I do not care, but because I feel powerless. I think of the families in pain, watching a loved one chasing demons in back alleys and not knowing if they are going to get that call from Chuck Harris or Merrilee Frey today. Just as I am ready to surrender to the hopelessness of it all, Moran switches gears. He tells a very personal story of hope and recovery.
“Our story begins eight years ago when someone I knew was struggling with alcohol and drug use. During the period of time this person was off the radar. Not knowing what he was doing or if he was alive or dead drove us insane. During that period of time I stumbled upon a show called Magnificent Obsession on NPR. This was a show in which a former addict or alcoholic would narrate their life story from a totally raw and real vernacular.
Fast forward, the person that I knew not only got away from drugs and alcohol, he turned his life completely around. Putting himself through school and owning a highly successful business.”
In The Walk, Moran has engineered his own contribution to the healing which our society so desperately needs. Using music and personal stories, The Walk will give those who have survived the struggle a chance to tell their stories. In doing so, Moran hopes he can provide hope to those currently using drugs or alcohol, those who have recovered, and the families who suffer just as much as the addict.
The Walk is undewritten by Recovery Works of Merrillville and airs on WVLP-LP 103.1 beginning Tuesday September 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm. The walk will also be available online on iTunes and at WVLP.org.