Weekdays @ 8:30AM

Call and Debate local and national issues!

WKOK Sunrise, Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018:

5:00am to 9:00am: This Morning, America’s First News with Gordon Deal. Show topics include:

  • A special 4-hour Memorial Day broadcast…including news about the group advocating for companies to hire veterans as they transition from military life. Hear the three qualities all vets have.
  • Also, police try a new tactic to de-escalate emergency calls involving the mentally ill.
  • Plus, the Walmart greeter who sings to veterans.
  • And interior design tactics that get you to love fast food.

WKOK Sunrise, Tuesday, May 29, 2018:

5:00am to 7:00am: This Morning, America’s First News with Gordon Deal. Show topics include:

  • Democrats are taking a page from the Republicans’ playbook. Hear the latest political strategy for the midterm elections.
  • Also, the number of people in the U.S. who owe at least a million dollars in student loans. Find out how it can happen.
  • And lessons for high school kids about college…from college kids.

7:10am: Eric Rowe, President, Selinsgrove Area High School Alumni Association, on the state of the growing organization, their good work, projects and awards so far and the mission of the SAHSAA. We’ll talk about their upcoming Slow Bike Race June 9, and other upcoming events.

7:40am: Diane Donato, Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy, on their upcoming contribution to a Tree Tenders course, a wildflowers session and a native plant class. All are critically components to sound environmental, social and community behavior—and they’re lots of fun!

On The Mark with co-host Joe McGranaghan:

8:30am to 10:00am:   Open phones resume, we’ll pick up where we left off: arguing.

Listen to past Shows

On The Mark, Friday, May 25, 2018, Mark Lawrence and guest co-host Taylor Lightman host Dr. Chris Ellis, Political Science Professor from Bucknell University, on the state of the Pres. Trump administration, the mid-term elections, and new findings about immigrants. We discuss legal and illegal immigrants, the border wall, immigrants flooding low wage jobs, visas, crime among illegal immigrants, and several related topics.

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On The Mark, Thursday, May 24, 2018, Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan host Shari Jacobson (Co-Founding member of Moms group), Paula Swett and Mary Markle (BeSMART team leader), of the Moms Demand Action for gun Sense in America, Central Susquehanna Valley, on the BeSMART program, gun-safe summers for kids, the June 2 Wear Orange event in Soldiers Memorial Park in Lewisburg featuring food, speakers, music and communal support for survivor of fun violence, and other topics. Then on open phones, we discuss the US Congress has passed a bill, the President’s Twitter account and other topics.

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On The Mark, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan start out talking about the NFL discussing penalties for players who kneel during the National Anthem. Matt Catrillo and Rob Senter weigh in on this and the idea of eliminating the kick-off. Then we discuss the controversial topic of condoms being available at an upcoming Boy Scout World Jamboree. The international scouting organization has required condoms to be available for decades, but because Scouts BSA recently agreed to allow girls into the organization, Joe argued that the ‘new’ policy is part of the downfall of the organization. Mark argued that condoms are appropriate where teen boys and girls gathered and Scouts BSA is simply keeping up with reality. Several callers and emailers argued both sides of this issue.

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On The Mark, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan wrap up the cyclical ‘thoughts and prayers, then do nothing after a school shooting’ conversation, and we move on to education. We discuss local school districts, ways to help districts improve their academic standing, and we talk about the Harrisburg area school district–which just voted to retain their embattled superintendent despite failure on many fronts. We received several calls regarding improving education and changing priorities.

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On The Mark, Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan discuss the tragic shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, and what changes in gun laws, school safety and mental health laws–will make us safer. We discussed universal background checks, increasing the security around schools and ‘red flag’ laws. Several callers agreed–if our priorities are high for athletics, and districts spend millions on stadia, coaches and related expenses, then why not prioritize school safety so that gets high funding as well.

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On The Mark, Mark Lawrence and guest co-host Taylor Lightman host Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Penna. Executive Director Harry Campbell, for a conversation about climate change’s impact on the bay watershed, their 10-million Tree initiative, and what all of us can do to help the Susquehanna River and the bay.  During open phones, we wrap up the discussion about abortion, and talk about the productive, vibrant discussion we’ve enjoyed lately on On The Mark.

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On The Mark: Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan wrap up Joe’s ‘retirement shortened week’ with a vibrant discussion about abortion rights. Joe is staunchly pro-life (except for the death penalty) and so is Mark, but Mark argues for that the ‘law of the land’ is clear–it is (‘sadly’ he says), a woman’s right to choose. We hear from several callers on both sides of this divisive issue.  We started out the show talking about the election, Dan Meuser vs. Denny Wolff, and Cindy suggests that, while we agree on some things, there are somethings we can’t compromise–such as her right to control her own body.

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On The Mark: Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan host an analysis program discussing the outcome of the PA Spring Primary election. We discuss Gov. Wolf and his opponent Scott Wagner, as well as GOP contender Paul Mango. We discuss other winners, Fetterman, Barletta, Friedenberg (projected), Bartos, and Cong. Marino. Callers add to the analysis with insightful observations about the election.

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On The Mark with Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan host open phones, discussing the leaked comment from the White House regarding US Sen. John McCain. They discussed White House decorum and leaks-many of which are perpetrated by Pres. Trump. We receive a call from US Cong. Lou Barletta (R-11th, Hazelton) who is running for US Senate. He says he will stay in relative lockstep with President Trump if elected. Then we discuss some transportation pet peeves. We also discuss the PA Spring Primary Election.

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On The Mark: Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan start the week arguing about the Lewisburg ordinance that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual preference or gender expression. Joe recounts the main arguments against the law, while Mark points out the many, common sense reasons the law is a good idea. Then we discuss a proposal in Washington DC to allow US House members to stay an a dormitory type house that the US already owns. Joe argues its a bad idea–and Mark says it would be wise use of resources. Mark and Joe agree that congress members shouldn’t sleep in their office. Then we discuss the PA Spring Primary, the Tom Marino CSVT claim, and other topics.

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