Prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics and parolees are among persons who were interviewed in a new religious series of one-minute radio announcements entitled, "LOVE AT WORK" to be broadcast daily on Toronto radio station CKFH.
The spot announcements were produced by the Communications Division of the Anglican Church of Canada for the Toronto diocese.
"It's part of our effort to develop new formats and models for religious broadcasting," said Al Bestall, supervisor of media planning for the Church.
"The series highlights the work of Anglicans in the community with actuality interviews with people who have been helped by someone who cared," Bestall explained.
"We consider the series a pilot or model which we expect other dioceses throughout Canada will adopt to tell the story of their involvement with people in their particular communities," he added.
The "LOVE AT WORK" series will be heard daily at 9:50 am on CKFH beginning May 1. Latest BBM Bureau of Measurement figures indicates the spots will reach 75,000 persons each week.
Each seven-day series of spots will deal with one of the more than 80 Anglican-supported services and institutions in the Toronto area, including the Street Haven Drop-In Centre, Yorklea Children's Home, Beverley Lodge, the Seamen's Mission, prison chaplaincies and Jewish-Christian dialogue.
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For additional information, please contact:
Director of Communications
Anglican Church of Canada
600 Jarvis Street
"LOVE AT WORK" - RADIO SPOTS
Some of the comments to be heard during the broadcasts:
"If there wasn't a Street Haven, the first place I'd head for is the hotel. Just drown my trouble in beer." - Street Haven
"On drugs, there's no such thing as you can't go any further. You keep going until you're dead or you find an agency where you can get help." - Street Haven
"The 85 and 95-year olds seem to be an age-group that nobody sort of wants to be bothered with and they need us very, very much." - Anglican Church Home for the Aged
"Some families are glad to push their older people into homes. But if they push them into a home like this they're lucky." - Anglican Church Home for the Aged
"In 1971, over 300 suicide deaths were recorded. That's the number they've recorded. I would anticipate it's much more than 300." - Distress Centre