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Women’s Spaces Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz and guests Marianna Diaz of Radio KBBF and Pat Kerrigan of Radio KSRO on Wildfire Disaster Local News,  broadcast via KBBF-FM 89.1 on 11/27/17, has been uploaded to the web archives.


Announcements  (See Links below)

Featured Guests

1. Mariana Diaz, Programmer, Sé la Mejor Versión de Ti (Be the Best Version of Yourself), Radio KBBF 89.1 FM

2.  Pat Kerrigan, News Director, Radio KSRO 1350 AM & 103.5 FM


1.  Mariana Diaz shares how she, a recent  immigrant from Mexico came to produce a radio show. Marianna describes how during the Wildfire Disaster in October she and other volunteers at Radio KBBF gathered at the Santa Rosa studio to provide vital emergency news in Spanish and English to the community in Sonoma County.  The Spanish was especially needed because of the large immigrant population that only speaks Spanish.  This Wildfire Disaster was compounded by the fear of undocumented immigrants facing arrests by the Federal ICE agency if they reported to the shelters.  Translating the comforting words of the acting Sheriff Robert Giordano that records would not be turned over to ICE was very important. The assembly room of Radio KBBF was turned into a center to gather donation items for the immigrants left stranded by the fire, some of whom wondered if they had jobs to go back to.

About our Guest: Mariana Diaz was born in Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. In 1997 she graduated from the University of Guadalajara with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In the same year, she came to the U.S to study English.  In 2015 Mariana joined the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Developement Center (SBDC) to work with the Hispanic business community and share her passion for entrepreneurship. Mariana provides one-on-one business advising and offers business education workshops. On KBBF she hosts the show, Sé la Mejor Versión de Ti (Be the Best Version of Yourself) where she co-hosts the show with Juan Jose Sanchez Sandoval who is a  recognized Psychologist in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Guest Links: https://kbbf.org/se-la-mejor-version-de-ti/


2.  Pat Kerrigan recounts waking to her Kenwood neighborhood on fire around midnight of October 8, 2017, fleeing in her car with only her pet thinking that surely her home would be the next to burn. Pat saw that the danger was not to just her home and neighborhood, but to the whole city of Santa Rosa by a wildfire whipped by huricane force winds and decided the best place for her was at the local radio station KSRO, where she normally starts her morning news show at 3 AM. Pat shares how she made decisions that night and the following two weeks of keeping the residents of Santa Rosa and the county of Sonoma informed with vital information on the extent of the fire, the location of evacuatrion zones and shelters, and routes of safe passage, while comforting and encouraging community cooperation during the urgent time. Pat reminds us of the need for local news, that canned corporate news from the far perspective cannot satisfy.

About our Guest: Pat Kerrigan is dedicated to the people in her community, making sure listeners have a place to be heard, to be informed, and to remember to have fun in the morning! Pat Kerrigan is dedicated to the people in her community, making sure listeners have a place to be heard, to be informed, and to remember to have fun in the morning! She has worked for several local stations in the area including morning shows for KZST and Q105. In 2001, Pat heard a local doctor speak about the need for a non-profit breast care center for women, and went to work. She procured the talents of Lily Tomlin (who performed for free), and raised a quarter-million dollars in one night: seed money for the Sutter Breast Care Center, She currently is the News Director and anchoring the morning newscast on the historic airwaves of Radio KSRO. Personally, Pat continues her commitment to serving her community, where she hopes to help kids with self-esteem and confidence issues through public speaking.

Guest Link: http://www.ksro.com/meet-the-morning-news-team/


Announcement Links 

Monday, November 27 at 6 PM – 8 PM, Conversations Around the Fire: Renter Rights in a Disaster Zone Called by Sonoma County Green Party at Christ Church United Methodist, 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA.

Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/1921250868201863/


Migrant Education Family Fund Donation page


 Music Selections:

The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin: The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com

Yes We Can Can by Maria Muldaur from the Album: Yes We Can (Telarc International, A Division of Concord Music Group, Inc.)

What A Wonderful World sung by LeAnn Rimes from the Album: What A Wonderful World (Curb Records)

Link to Spinitron.com Playlist of the Women’s Spaces Show