New Morning Radio Show Features Music, Laughs

Story Number: NNS090915-11Release Date: 9/15/2009 1:05:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kayla Jo Guthrie

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The Media department aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) recently started broadcasting a radio show during underway periods.

The radio show, known as 'The Motion,' debuted Aug. 24. The show discusses a variety of topics, plays a wide range of music and offers opportunities to win prizes through trivia and other interactive contests. The show airs Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-10 a.m. and can be heard on the ship's SITE TV.

"When you're underway, there are things at home you miss like your car, friends, family and pets. The radio station is one more way we can make Sailors feel like they're at home," said Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danna Morris, who, along with Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Williams,hosts the show.

Morris has prior experience hosting a morning radio show. After being introduced to the radio craft while stationed in Diego Garcia and producing her own show there for five months, she was picked for an individual augmentee billet. She went to Baghdad where she was the star of "Danna Morris and the Morning Mix," a show broadcast throughout the area of operations and enjoyed by troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

The Motion uses the "Jack" format for its shows. This format incorporates a little bit of everything; news, top 40 hits, a request line, and all types of music said Morris.

"We like to keep a good blend of music and play things that everyone can enjoy by hitting up every type of background," said Morris.

The Motion's main mission is to provide command information, but they also discuss a wide range of topics on just about anything besides politics and religion, said Morris.

"We discuss everything that Sailors can take advantage of, such as galley hours, barber shop hours, ship store information, but we also take call-in topics and talk about whatever is on the crew's mind," said Morris.
Sailors and Marines aboard Truman also have the opportunity to put out information they feel is important on the radio.

"Anyone is welcome to participate in the show. If anyone would like to participate, they can email an idea, and we can write up a script that will then be aired," said Williams.

Morris and Williams also encourage crewmembers that may want to hear their own voices on the radio to volunteer to do voiceovers for command information spots.
Participation plays a large role and listeners are rewarded with prizes given out during the show, Williams added.

Previous prizes consisted of Busch Gardens season passes and movie tickets that were provided by the Ship's Morale Welfare and Recreation department.
Although Morris and Williams do get a high level of enjoyment from producing the radio show every morning, Morris said a lot of work goes into making sure the radio stations are both entertaining and informative.

"Being a DJ isn't just about the music," Morris said. "Everything that you hear on the Motion is produced by the Media department. Pretty much everything you hear that is not music is written and produced by us."

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