Audrey Weisiger's resume is filled with an impressive list of accomplishments. As an Olympic coach, PSA Coach of the Year, and President of the award-winning seminar company Grassroots to Champions, she can now add one more title to her list of credentials: radio talk show host.
The talk show entitled “SPARQ1” (standing for Successful Professionals Answer Real Questions) entered the airwaves on Nov. 7 with a mission to connect people with successful professionals who are willing to offer tips to listeners on how to develop their own careers and self-actualize as global citizens.
“I'm doing the show because I felt like I had something relevant to say,” Weisiger says. “Now I have a platform. I look at it as an education for me and want people to get good information to share and expand on it with other people.”
Sponsored by the Voice America network, a web-based talk radio programming company, Weisiger's volunteering her time to put together the pilot series lasting 13 weeks. The show already featured guests including sports psychologist Caroline Silby, Olympic Champion Christopher Dean, internet-celebrity Michael Buckley and Olympic coach and World Figure Skating Hall of Fame inductee Frank Carroll. Other guests range from a variety of worlds including sports to artists, entrepreneurs to comedians, and doctors to actors.
“If Seinfeld was the show about nothing,” she says, “SPARQ1 is the show about everything.”
Along with the featured guests, the show includes call-in interactions with listeners, a chance for listeners to win prizes, and a segment called “Sports Granny” where Weisiger's mother provides insights into the world of sports. The hour-long show includes “The Even Dozen” where guests provide tips for success in their respective fields.
As the series continues, Weisiger will dive into more vulnerable issues such as religion and living with terminal illness.
“The content is high quality. We talk about things way outside the box and even things that make people uncomfortable. My producers continually ask me, 'are you sure you want to do a show like this?'”
By figuring out the ropes of hosting a radio talk show, her newfound “hobby” continues to be a learning experience.
“This whole show is an adventure,” she says.” I feel like the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain pressing buttons and clicking sounds.”
Weisiger hopes this show will kick start more opportunities through radio or another media outlet in which she can share her passion for motivational speaking in and outside the world of skating.
“SPARQ1 was meant for me to explore a variety of topics,” she says. “I feel like I've become more committed to what I'm doing and more purposeful from hearing people on the show.”
You can listen in live to SPARQ1 every Wednesday at 12 p.m. EST by visiting www.sparq1.net. or www.VoiceAmerica.com Empowerment Channel. Weekly archives of each episode are available through iTunes and www.VoiceAmerica.com. Email Audrey Weisiger with any of your questions at: Audrey.Weisgier@yahoo.com Call in with your questions at: 1888-346-9141. Contact her on Facebook: SPARQ1 or Twitter: @coach6605.