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Road Radio Program from Children’s Hospital Puts Teens in the Driver’s Seat

Road Radio USA, an award-winning program geared toward preventing underage drinking and other destructive behaviors, is back for a fifth school year. The program will be presented to thousands of middle and high school students in western Pennsylvania this school year thanks to a partnership between the law offices of Edgar Snyder & Associates and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

The Road Radio USA program is a simulated “live radio broadcast” founded by Jim Mothersbaugh, the survivor of an alcohol-related crash. Mothersbaugh incorporates music, lights, sounds and his own gripping, personal account of his crash in a multimedia assembly that rivets students. Road Radio will kick off its new school year at at Brentwood Middle School at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2 (complete Road Radio schedule is listed below).

“Due to the overwhelming success of the program of educating middle school students in previous years, we were happy to partner with Attorney Edgar Snyder and his law firm for a fifth year to bring Road Radio USA to local schools,” said Barbara A. Gaines, MD, director of the Benedum Pediatric Trauma Program at Children’s. “Children’s Hospital’s Trauma Program is dedicated to injury prevention, and a program like this is important because it shows teens the dangers of engaging in risky behaviors in a new and exciting way.” 

The Road Radio program addresses the consequences of destructive behaviors and teens’ misconceptions about the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Questions are posed to Mothersbaugh from students who pretend to “call in” to the radio program. Mothersbaugh was a high school senior when he and three friends were involved in an alcohol-related crash. The crash killed one of his friends and left Mothersbaugh in a coma and paralyzed. He has since recovered, but continues to deal with memory loss, fatigue, cognitive problems and the psychological impact of the crash.

“If this program prevents just one young person in western Pennsylvania from abusing alcohol, it is well worth it,” Attorney Edgar Snyder said.

Mr. Snyder said he has frequently had to talk to the families of children who have been seriously hurt in accidents that could have been prevented if either the children or the adults involved had known just a little more about safety. That is why he and his wife collaborate with Children’s not only with the Road Radio project, but also offer their ongoing support of the injury prevention program at Children’s.

Road Radio will be making a number of stops in the upcoming weeks, including: 

Frazier MIddle School Thursday, Oct. 8 10 a.m.
Western Beaver High School Friday, Oct. 9 9 a.m.
Forest Hills Middle School, Johnstown Thursday, Oct. 15 12:30 p.m.
Harrison Middle School Monday, Oct. 26 1:30 p.m.
McKeesport Area High School Tuesday, Oct. 27 8:15 and 9:30 a.m.
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Wednesday, Oct. 28 10 a.m.
Allegheny Middle School Tuesday, Oct. 29 2 p.m.
Rostraver Middle School Monday, Nov. 16 8:30 a.m.
Valley High School Tuesday, Nov. 17 1 p.m.

Learn more about Road Radio. For more information about other Injury Prevention programs at Children’s Hospital, please visit www.chp.edu/besafe.

Contacts:
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919, marc.lukasiak@chp.edu
Gloria Kreps, 412-586-9764, krepsga@upmc.edu

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August 27, 2013
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