Category: News

Intelligence Warning On Planned Parenthood Shootout Was Given Months Back

The FBI had warned two months in advance regarding the Planned Parenthood Clinic attack in Colorado Springs informs Jeff Pegues. Meanwhile, the NYCPD has announced that critical response vehicles were placed at Planned Parenthood clinics in the city. The concern about attacks on reproductive health care centers has become an anxiety for law enforcement agencies for a while now especially Planned Parenthood clinics in various parts of the country. The FBI released its first intelligence report in September to the law enforcement agencies regarding a possible attack.

The attack came in the wake of the Congress discussing Planned Parenthood funding and discussing videos from the Center for Medical Progress on the harvesting of fetal tissues of abortions. The bulletin by the intelligence contained, “lone offenders using tactics of arsons and threats all of which are typical of the pro-life extremist movement.” During this period, there were nine suspicious incidents across seven states and also the District of Columbia.

In another incident that happened in August, a vehicle that belonged to the New Orleans Planned Parenthood security guard was set on fire after pouring gasoline on it. This was not all another incident in Aurora, Colorado in July saw an unknown miscreant setting ablaze the entrance of Planned Parenthood facility pouring gasoline at the entrance.

Meanwhile it was reported that while the suspect Robert Lewis Dear was taken away by the police, he was seen warning officers on “no more baby parts.” This was the reflection of the GOP presidential candidate and other conservative leaders since the secret videotapes of procurement of fetal tissues for medical research have been out. In a state by Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation said that instead of preventing such attacks in the future, the candidates are blocking women from taking preventive health care at the clinic.

Despite his forceful revelation, Robert Lewis Dear is a seldom speaker in the rural Colorado from where he comes from. His words have gained prominence with the police trying to determine his motive for the shootout at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs that left three people dead. Witnesses say that the gunman was opposed to abortion.

Former Radio Personality Catherine Johns Helps Others to ‘Show Up And Shine’

In the 1980s and ’90s, former WLS Radio star Catherine Johns was known as the brassy, no-nonsense morning news anchor and self-described “side-chick” to Radio Hall of Fame icons Larry Lujack and Fred Winston.When WLS changed its format to all-talk in 1989, management recognized Johns’ unique, empathetic connection to listeners by awarding Johns her own talk show. Johns became one of just a few female talk-show hosts in the nation at the time.

Later, she teamed with another Radio Hall of Famer, John ‘Records’ Landecker at WJMK, again as side-chick/news anchor.But after more than 20 years in radio, Johns found herself at a crossroads professionally.
After some searching, Johns found she could use her talents to help others find their own voice and message. She’s been guiding entrepreneurs and executives to speak up, stand out, and make their message more magnetic. And as her website points out, business owners and professionals turn to Johns when they want to attract more clients, have more impact and make more money.Johns also wrote a motivational guideline to help others become a more powerful presence in their own lives. In “Show Up and Shine,” available on, Johns narrates her journey to becoming a powerful speaker and motivator, describing in detail every bump along the way, and how she navigated her way to success in speaking and training.

The Desplaines Valley News caught up with the busy, charismatic Johns recently.

1) In your WLS days, you were a “Token Female” among several men who are now considered radio legends. How did you hold your own?

We mainly used gender as a jumping-off point for bits. That made my other-ness valuable to the show. And that made it welcome instead of being an obstacle. Did I sometimes feel like a misfit? Yes. But for the most part, I got along well with my fellow inmates in the morning show asylum.

2) To the outsider, it would seem to have been a natural transition to becoming a speaker. Yet, “Show Up and Shine” indicates you were anything but. What made the transition so difficult?

Like a lot of radio people, I was comfortable coming out of the dashboard of your car. Larry Lujack used to say, “The best shows originate in Studio A” and I completely agreed. I hated remotes and public appearances —because they involved being seen. And judged. And sometimes insulted. (People can be mean!)

When my last gig caved in, it became clear that speaking and training were the right direction for me in spite of that. Gathering information, distilling it, delivering it with some panache, dancing with whatever came up — I could use all those skills from radio in a new arena. I teach that transition process in a program called “Getting Over Getting Fired.”

3) Describe the process you went through to stop touching your nose as you spoke. What other habits did you have that you felt took away from your credibility? How long did it take?

Most people have nonconscious mannerisms —they stroke the side of their face, or play with their hair, or fiddle with jewelry when they’re ill-at-ease. When I saw myself delivering training modules on video I discovered that I touched my nose. A lot. Body language experts say that’s a sign someone’s lying; I think for me it revealed a sense that I was a bit of an imposter in my new career. Watching it on video was an eye-opener. I recommend that clients take a look at themselves that way; feedback from someone objective can also help. Once we become aware of a habit like that, it’s a matter of practice to create new ones.

4) Was there a moment that let you know that you could do this job as well as you conquered 50,000-watt radio in the third-largest market in the U.S.? If so, what was it?

I was in a coaching program with two powerful speakers, Larry Winget and Suzanne Evans. My final presentation was fraught with technical snafus. And at the same time I commanded the room and connected with the audience; Larry and Suzanne were so impressed they invited me to coach some of their clients on stage presence. Their confidence in me boosted my confidence in me. A lot.

5) What advice would you offer for others about public speaking?

Get present in the moment and focus on your audience. What do they need and how can you serve them? Ground yourself; sense your feet on the floor and allow the energy to move up through your body. Use that energy connect with your listeners and have a conversation instead of giving a speech. If you need help, call me.

6) If offered, would you want to go back to radio again?

Turns out, I really love talking to people who are right there in the room with me. Radio was fun and I had a mostly-great career. And even the bad parts left me with fabulous stories to tell. But it’s definitely in the rearview mirror now.



Creating radio new scripts is definitely a different process than writing for television or print. In radio, you must be able to catch the listeners’ attention immediately. Depending on the station and the element of the feed, radio news scripts range from 30 to 90 seconds.
As a radio announcer, you will need to be creative and on point to get valuable news information out to your listeners. The choice of words and their delivery are both important aspects of the radio news writing process.
Keep Scripts Short
Short and simple should always be the procedure when creating clear, informative radio news scripts. The news clip should have concise sentences. You will want to be aware of how the words sound as you put the sentences together.
Consider these tips when creating radio news content.
Create short and simple sentences.
Use everyday language. You want your listeners to understand the content. Words containing multiple syllables will make the script more complex. The news broadcaster does not have the time to repeat a sentence to get the point across to the listener. When words are hard to pronounce or too long, the broadcaster will lose the audience’s attention.
Create significant points to deliver the news story across to the audience.
Keep personal opinions out of the segment. You are writing radio news scripts not participating in opinion panels.
Keep your personal emotions out of the written news scripts. The process may be difficult at times. Some news pieces are filled with emotional events. As radio journalists, you must report the news in the most unbiased, thoughtful way possible.
You need to write the script to share the truth about an event. You do not want to provide false or biased information that may lead a listener away from the truth.
Read your content out loud. The process will help you evaluate the written script.
Setting up the News Audio
Radio news scripts will be used as part of the setup process for the news section of a broadcast. Having a summary ready to introduce the upcoming news session will help grab the audience’s attention.
Preparing for the audio is an important factor in creating radio news scripts.
Consider the summary as a tease to the upcoming news segment. You just want to provide the audience with enough information to keep them engaged.
If possible, avoid using the same words in the summary as in the script.
If using music in the background, you will want the volume of the music to be lower than your voice. The audience needs to hear the news without any distractions. The music should not contain lyrics.
Writing radio news scripts can be an exciting and thought-provoking process. The news around the world is always changing at a rapid rate. Providing unbiased radio news scripts will keep you engaged in the writing process.