January 20, 2015

GeeGee Rosell talks about new community
reading program in radio interview...WITH AUDIO


GeeGee Rosell, owner of Buxton Village Books, was the guest on the on the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," on Sunday, Feb. 1.

"To the Point," which is hosted by Island Free Press editor Irene Nolan, airs on the island's community radio station, FM 101.5 and FM 99.9, at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month.  It is repeated on the second and fourth Sunday.

In the interview, Rossell talks about the new community reading program that she is sponsoring with Radio Hatteras.  The program is called "Hatteras Island Reads."

Anyone can participate in the program, which is modeled after other community reading programs around the country.  All you have to do is either borrow the current book from the Hatteras Library or the Fessenden Center in Buxton or purchase your own copy. You read the book and submit questions for the author to Rosell. Rosell interviews the author, and the interview is broadcast live for all readers to hear on Radio Hatteras.

The first book in the program this winter is Nathaniel Philbrick's "In the Heart of the Sea," a non-fiction sea story that inspired Herman Melville to write "Moby Dick."

In this book, the award-winning author tells the story of the whale ship Essex, which left Nantucket in 1819 for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific, the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

Philbrick uses little-known documents, including a long-lost account written by the ship’s cabin boy and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community, to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster.

Rosell said that 400 to 500 Hatteras islanders are participating in the program's inaugural outing. 

She needs questions sent to her by Feb. 5 for her interview with Philbrick, which will be broadcast in late February.  The date will be announced on the Radio Hatteras and Buxton Village Books Facebook pages.

If you haven't started reading yet, it's not too late to participate and to listen to the interview.

There will be two more community reading programs this year -- one in the summer and one in the fall. Rosell has not chosen those books yet, and is interested in your suggestions.

Also in the interview, Rosell talks about local books and which are the most popular and the reading habits of islanders and visitors and how they have changed in the 30 years since she opened Buxton Village Books.

For questions about Hatteras Island Reads, contact Rosell at 252-995-5323 or e-mail her at [email protected].

To listen to an audio of the interview, scroll down to the "To the Point" logo -- an aerial photo of Cape Point -- and click on it.


On the show, IFP editor Irene Nolan will be interviewing newsmakers about the events and issues that affect all of us who live on Hatteras Island and those of us who love to visit here.

"You can expect to hear from folks who are making the news, those who are decision-makers, and some who are just plain interesting to talk to about the island and its past, present, and future," she says.

Because the station's all-volunteer staff and small budget are stretched tight, the show is pre-recorded.  At this point, listeners cannot call in questions.

Also, the station can be received only on Hatteras Island, though the board of directors of the community, non-profit hopes that funds can be raised soon for online streaming of the programming.

For now, the audio will be posted the week after the interview so Island Free Press readers who missed the show or who do not live on Hatteras can listen in.

You can let Nolan know about folks you would like her to interview and suggest questions to ask.  Send your ideas to [email protected].


Radio Hatteras is our community, non-profit radio station and depends on grants, memberships, and underwriting.

It broadcasts around the clock with news -- including such things as surfing and fishing reports -- community announcements, music, and special programs.

Our community radio station also needs your support, and you can give that by purchasing a membership or by underwriting the station if you are a business or another community non-profit.

Radio Hatteras memberships are $50 for a family, $25 for an individual and $10 for a student. Mail memberships and other contributions to Radio Hatteras, P.O. Box 339, Frisco, NC 27936.

E-mail [email protected] or call (252) 995-6000 for information about underwriting opportunities.

You can read more about Radio Hatteras and its music and programs on its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/radiohatteras.

The new Radio Hatteras website is http://www.radiohatteras.org. There’s information on memberships, underwriting, and programming, among other things.

Radio Hatteras wants to publicize community events.  You can send them at least two weeks in advance to [email protected].

If you have a special request for a song, you can e-mail it to [email protected].

If you have news, you can send it to [email protected].

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