MICHAEL BAISDEN AND GEORGE WILBORN WERE IN KC FOR C.A.R.E. EVENT, by Crystal Booker
KANSAS CITY, MO – On Wednesday, December 9, radio sensation Michael Baisden and his co-host George Wilborn of the “Michael Baisden Show” were in Kansas City for the C.A.R.E Clinics held at Bartle Hall. C.A.R.E stands for ‘Communities Are Responding Everywhere.’ The event was sponsored by the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC). The NAFC, headquartered in Washington D.C., is a non-profit organization founded in 2001. The organization’s mission is to focus on the needs and concerns of Free Clinics throughout the nation; including the communities they already serve. I had an opportunity to ask Michael Baisden and his Co-Host George Wilborn a few questions. Our Q&A went as follows.
CB: How do you like Kansas City?
BAISDEN: It’s cold.
WILBORN: It’s cold as hell!
CB: Yes it is pretty cold out today. Is this your first time in Kansas City?
BAISDEN: No, I’ve been here before back when I was publishing books and touring back in 1996.
CB: Wow! That’s a long time. How did you get involved with the Free Clinics?
BAISDEN: Keith Oberman of MSNBC called me and told me about the organization he donated $50,000 and I donated $20,000 to the cause and we broadcast live from every Free Clinic in every city.
CB: That’s great! How do you like being called the “Bad Boy of Radio”?
BAISDEN: That’s not my handle. It’s just an expression.
George “Hot Pants” Wilborn shares a few laughs with Crystal
CB: What advice would you give someone wanting to get into broadcast media?
BAISDEN: If that’s your passion don’t limit to a specific audience. You want to broaden your audience. That’s why ISeeColor.com and my radio show are for all races and the topics are universal.
CB: Yes, I have noticed that and that’s wonderful. What do like about your job?
BAISDEN: I love impacting people.
CB: Are there any aspects of your job you dislike?
CB: If you could have one guest on your show living or deceased who would you pick and why?
BAISDEN: Malcolm X because we both come from Urban Areas and have similar backgrounds. For him to refer to white people as his brother is huge.
WILBORN: Richard Pryor because I have a lot of respect for what he did for the industry.
CB: Thank you very much for your time today. It was a pleasure meeting both of you. Have a safe trip back.
BAISDEN: Thank you.
WILBORN: No problem.
More on the C.A.R.E. Clinic…
After my interview with Baisden, I volunteered to help at the Free Clinic. There were roughly 2,000 volunteers present. There were a lot of patients that came to the free clinic and braved the cold. The volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals were also on hand to make sure every patient’s medical needs were addressed. I spoke with many patients and the main reason they came to the free clinic was because they were uninsured due to job loss, working part time or the insurance they carry may require a co-pay at time of service and these days people just don’t have the extra money to cover it each time they have to see a doctor. The fact remains that unless something is done regarding health care, Americans will not make it.
Millions of Americans are still without health care
Every American should have the right to health care. It is so important for our survival that people get the care they need. I watched as the parade of people coming to be seen steadily increased as the day went on. It has become very apparent that this is a growing problem that grows bigger with each passing day. Something must be done before it is too late. The unemployment rate will soon hit 11% and that is too many people who are or soon will be without health insurance. As Americans we have a right to be healthy and to provide for our families. How are we to accomplish this when our resources are stripped from us? We are Americans we have earned the right. Thank goodness there are organizations like the NAFC that care about our well being. I’m glad to know we have an advocate on our side.
Michael Baisden of the “Michael Baisden Show” can be heard locally, Monday through Friday, on radio station Magic 107.3 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (central standard time). To learn more about the broadcast, visit www.magic1073.com
Crystal Booker, a distinguished member of the Kansas City Film Critic’s Circle, is the movie critic of Kansas City’s Magic 107.3 FM. She is also a contributing writer to I Love Black Movies.com. To view her movie reviews, click here. For the latest reports, check out “Crystal on the Scene.” She welcomes both your questions and comments at [email protected]
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