June 2013

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Get ready for the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of summer. There are so many choices of outdoor activities, particularly here in New England. This is the time for boating, swimming, picnics, outdoor games and concerts.
Have a great summer and fun in the sun. 


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 Spotlight Guests for June
Ed Achorn June 1st 3:30pm ET 
"Patricia Raskin Positive Living" on WPRO AM630/99.7FM 
ed_achorn Tune in as Patricia interviews Edward Achorn, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Distinguished Commentary.  He has won numerous writing awards and his work appears in Best Newspaper Writing, 2007-2008. He is an author - publishing Fifty-nine in '84; co-author of the book How to Land a Job in Journalism, and has a new book out, The Summer of Beer & Whiskey.  Ed is most known in RI as the deputy editorial pages editor of The Providence Journal
 - the state's primary statewide newspaper.  Ed often writes on baseball for what we affectionately call The ProJo - but also is known for his commentary on the political passing scene.  

Kevin O'Leary June 7th  3:00pm ET
"Positive Business" on WPRV AM790
kevin_olearyTune in as Patricia interviews Kevin O'Leary, one of the most successful business entrepreneurs, as well as a star on CBC's Dragons' Den and ABC's Shark Tank. Kevin founded and built SoftKey (later The Learning Company), the global leader in educational kids' software, and negotiated its sale to Mattel for $4.2 billion in 1999. Since then, he has successfully co-founded, funded, and sold numerous companies in a range of industries, including storage, entertainment, and finance. Today, Kevin is the Chairman of O'Leary Funds, a $1.7 billion mutual fund company. He is also the co-host of CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange and Discovery Channel's Project Earth, and the host CBC's reality series, Kevin O'Leary's Redemption Inc. He will discuss his new book, Cold Hard Truth: Men, Women & Money.
Sonia Arrison June 24th 2:00pm ET
"Patricia Raskin Positive Living" on
sonia_arrison Tune in as Patricia interviews Sonia Arrison, author of the thought-provoking book 100 PLUS: How The Coming Age Of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers And Relationships To Family And Faith, extols the many scientific and technological advancements that are rapidly allowing people to live ever longer, and more importantly healthier, lives. But such advancements are only possible if society becomes impassioned about the possibility of living to 150 years and beyond and pushes the boundaries of current physical and technological limitations. Arrison is a global leader in science and technology analysis, helping to found Singularity University and currently working as a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute. As a renowned futurist expert, Sonia can provide valuable commentary on why we as a society should celebrate these amazing scientific advancements and the many benefits they hold for our country and the world.


             What about the Bees?


Bee imagery has always been meaningful and symbolic to Patricia and she has come to use it more and more as her unofficial logo.

Like the bee that draws nectar from deep inside the flower to make honey, Patricia Raskin is a catalyst who draws out the positive, life-enriching wisdom of her guests, and serves it up as enriching honey for your soul.. Her radio shows transfer life experiences into food for thought-a honeycomb of strength, hope and positive action for these challenging times." 

Tune in
"Patricia Raskin Positive Living"
WPRO 630AM & 99.7FM
(streamed live on
Saturdays from 3pm-5pm ET

"Positive Business"
WPRV - 790AM
(streamed live on
Fridays 3pm-5pm ET

"Patricia Raskin Positive Living" -
Mondays at 2pm ET
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Patricia's Co-Hosts

June 7 - Mari Anne Snow, CEO/Founder of SophiaThink, a digital strategy firm that helps clients develop consolidated business strategies that utilize the web for maximum business benefit.

June 14 - Lisa Bergeron, President of Leading Women Southeastern New England, offering innovative services and leadership programs.
gil_lantiniJune 21 - Gil Lantini, Founder and President of Rhode Island Small 
Business Journal and President of Focus Business Solutions.
tuni_schartner_2012June 28 - Tuni Renaud Schartner, President of TRS Strategies, marketing consultant, Public Relations, Social Media and Event Planning professional  

My sponsored guests are featured in the Newsletter below. For a complete listing of guests, please go to my website links for each station shows:

Sponsored Guests
Patricia Raskin Positive Living

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Patricia Raskin Positive Living

Saturdays AM630/99.7FM
3-5pm ET
Dr. James Greenblatt
Saturday, June 1 3:00pm ET
James_Greenblatt Tune is as Patricia interviews Dr. James Greenblatt, a dually board certified child and adult psychiatrist, is the founder and Medical Director of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, an integrative psychiatric practice in the Boston area. He is also the author of "Answers to Anorexia" and "The Breakthrough Depression Solution."Dr. Greenblatt will discuss nutritional interventions and medication for anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, and eating disorders.
Kevin LeBlanc
Saturday, June 8 & 22 3:00pm ET
kevin_leblanc Tune is as Patricia interviews Kevin LeBlanc, owner of RWL General Contractors, which has been a family owned business for over 40 years. They specialize in kitchens and bathrooms, windows and doors, vinyl siding and roofing, general remodeling and painting. He will discuss home improvements especially during these winter months.


Dr. Mary Kay Uchmanowicz
Saturday, June 22 3:30pm ET
dr_mary_kay Tune is as Patricia interviews Dr. Mary Kay Uchmanowicz, AuD., CCC-A, Board Certified Audiologist. She is the owner of Twin Rivers Hearing Health, Inc., a private audiological and hearing aid dispensing practice. "Dr. Mary Kay" will discuss signs of hearing loss, hearing loss due to job-related noise exposure, ringing in the ears, musician monitors and how she has been helping people with hearing problems often accompanied by depression, anxiety and isolation for more than 30 years. 
Sponsored Guests
Positive Business WPRV
Positive Business
with Patricia Raskin
and monthly Co-Hosts
Fridays 3-5pm ET

Mari Vivace
Friday, June 7  3:30pm
mari_vivace Tune in as Patricia interviews Mari Vivace, President and CEO of Inspiration Cosmetics, a new cosmetic company based in RI. Mari has been a Fortune 100 Executive and Chief Marketing officer with a focus on e-commerce and direct-to- consumer marketing and has spoken to thousands of people at events and conferences all over the world. She will share the mission of Inspiration Cosmetics which celebrates individuality and offers makeup tips, opportunities to recognize daily acts of kindness, and makeup consults to give clients personal, one-on-one advice and support.
Lisa Shorr
Friday, June 14  4:30pm
lisa_shorr Tune in as Patricia interviews Lisa Shorr, Personal Stylist at Shorr Style. Her mission with Shorr Style is to inspire women through fashion! Your journey together always commences with a Personal Style Consultation - What is your body type? What is your lifestyle? Once this insight about you is revealed, you will have the tools to understand what clothing and accessories are right for you. She can then venture into your closet to do a "Clean-up" or venture to the mall to help select that perfect pair of jeans or business suit! Let's work together - you deserve to shine!
George Goens
Friday, June 28 3:00pm ET
george_goens Tune in for the "Leadership" featured segment when Patricia interviews George Goens, author, speaker and national consultant on leadership and educational reform. He is author of "Soft Leadership for Hard Times" and "Resilient Leadership for Turbulent Times".
Dr. Tadeusz Sztykowski
Saturday, June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 4:00-5:00pm ET
dr_tad Tune in for the Wellness Feature as Patricia interviews Dr. Tad Sztykowski, D.Ac., founder of Dr. Tad Centers for Integrative Medicine and Healing in Providence, which focuses on restoring patients health by correcting causes of diseases. A licensed MD in 27 European countries, he came to this country in 1987 to study the oldest medical system, Chinese medicine. After graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1990, he opened his private practice and has treated over 15,000 patients with myriads of health conditions ranging from allergies to cancer. His new book Healthcare Dollars and Cents: How Classical Chinese Medicine Can Save Your Health and Your Company's Bottom Line.
Dr. Zaheer Shah
Saturday, June 8  3:30pm ET
zaheer_shah Tune is as Patricia interviews
Dr. Zaheer Shah, founder of Access Basic Care Initiative (ABC Initiative), a unique health membership program in North Smithfield and Pawtucket, RI that may just be a renaissance in healthcare. He will discuss what the program provides, including enrollment fee, unlimited scheduled appointments, prompt urgent care, unlimited sick visits, a comprehensive annual physical exam, flu shots, extensive laboratory testing, x-rays and affordable prescriptions. 
Paula A. Marshall
Saturday, June 15 3:00-4:00pm ET
paula_marshall_2011 Tune in as Patricia interviews Paula A. Marshall, CEO of Bama Companies, a $300M company that makes apple pies and desserts for the leading fast food chains including McDonald's. She is the author of "Finding the Soul of Big Business", an amalgamation of every lesson she has learned as a CEO. She will answer your questions about happiness, fulfillment and change in the workplace today.
Ocean State Theatre
Saturday, June 29 3:00pm ET
ocean_state_theatre_logo Tune in as Patricia interviews Ocean State Theatre Company's Producing Artistic Director, Amiee Turner, will discuss the company's successful inaugural season, their upcoming production of Legally Blonde The Musical and their first full season, which begins in October with the Rhode Island Regional Theatre Premiere of Les Miserables.
Brian Lamoureux
Friday, June 7 & 21 4:30pm
brian_lamoureux Tune in as Patricia interviews Brian Lamoureux, a Partner with Pannone, Lopes, Devereaux & West LLC, for the "Risky Business: The Law of Social Media" featured segment.  His extensive practice areas include complex commercial litigation, employment law, social media law, receiverships and creditors' rights. He is a frequent presenter, published author and broadcast commentator on the topics of social media and e-communications in the workplace.
Eric Shorr
Friday, June 21  3:30pm
eric_shorr Tune in as Patricia interviews Eric Shorr, founder and president of PC Troubleshooters, which provides small to medium sized businesses technology consulting, solutions and support. Eric will discuss cloud computing and how business owners can incorporate it into their organizations for growth.  Celebrating their 20th Anniversary,  PC Troubleshooters specializes in providing customized-programs for each client including cloud computing solutions.
Nancy Thomas
Friday, June 21  4:00pm
nancy_thomasTune in as Patricia interviews Nancy Thomas, president of Tapestry Communications, writer, public relations and marketing professional. Nancy will discuss effective ways to promote books, products or services in Rhode Island.  She has 25 years of proven success in communications, and customizes each project to the needs of her clients.  "Own your story....own your success" is her approach and mantra.

Peter Berman
Friday, June 28  3:30pm ET
peter_berman Tune in when Patricia interviews Peter Berman Esq., partner at Raskin and Berman, attorney in Providence for over 30 years specializing in bankruptcy law. He will discuss what bankruptcy in business is and how we can prevent and manage debt in small business and corporations.
Radio Coaching/Offerings by Patricia

  Brand Yourself Through Radio

raskin_wpro Patricia Raskin now offering customized workshops to show you how honing your message for radio will get you more exposure. Refine your elevator pitch and gain more clients. Increase your revenues as other have who have been guests on her radio shows and other shows. Radio can give you another platform to deliver your message and stand out. Patricia has interviewed over 2,000 guests and she knows what works.

 Are you looking to host your own radio show? 

That's one of Patricia's specialties. She will help you get on the air, stay on the air, find guests and sponsors. Write or call her for more information and check out her coaching brochure on the website!

Write or call Patricia for more information - or 401.440.6299

Produced by Raskin Resources Productions, Inc.

The Dr. A Show will_aguila dr_a_show_logo_2013
with Dr. Will Aguila on

I am very pleased and proud to produce "The Dr. A. Show" for Dr. Will Aguila.

Will Aguila, MD, Dr. A as his patients call him, is a bariatric surgeon who broke the cycle of obesity in his own life. His purpose and passion is to show listeners who have been battling weight loss for a long time how to conquer their weight problems through an integrative approach using changes in nutrition, fitness, self-help, and wellness. Dr. A's new book Why I Don't Lose Weight: Conquering the Cycle of Obesity is accessible on his website

The guests on the weekly Dr. A show are best-selling authors and experts in nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and wellness. Among his guests are Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Daniel Amen, Max Bolka, Dr. Mike Dow, Richard Simmons, Lisa Nichols, Leeza Gibbons, Dr. Maya Angelou, Michael Landon, Jr., Sherry Stringfield, Kevin Sorbo, Deirdre Hall, Dr. Michael Roizen, and Marci Shimoff.

The "Dr. A" show is heard in Eastern North Carolina on WTKF 107.1FM and WJNC 1240AM.  It is now heard on WTAN-AM1340, WDCF-AM1350 and WZHR-AM1400 in the Tampa Bay area. Tune in to

Positively Speaking
This article was just published in the Jewish Voice in RI. I wanted to share this with you. The editor wrote me the enclosed questions and I answered them. The article was edited in the paper, so you are seeing the original responses.

Briefly describe what you do for a living now - and how long you've been in that field. 

I am an independent radio broadcaster with programs on Cumulus Broadcasting's affiliate in Providence. I host and produce "Patricia Raskin Positive Living" on WPRO - AM630 Saturdays , 3-5PM and "Positive Business" on AM790- WPRV Fridays 3-5PM. My mission through Raskin Resources Productions, Inc. is to spread positive messages through the airwaves and help businesses deliver their message effectively. I have been doing this work for thirty years, steadily for the past fifteen and my programs have aired on PBS, FOX and NPR affiliates in NC.


What drew you to this field?

My background is in elementary education with a masters degree in counseling.

My quest has been to find positive role models making a difference in the world.

which I have done as a teacher, guidance counselor, author, motivational speaker, columnist, and talk show host. My passion is to serve as a catalyst for creating positive change. What started in the early 1980s as a pioneer to help people find solutions to problems through the media, has blossomed into a full-time entrepreneurial broadcast career and business.


What lessons have you learned in your career that you would want a niece or friend's daughter to know?

My 5 P's to success sum it up from my first book Success, Your Dream and You. They are Purpose, Planning, Passion, Persistence and Patience. I have since added Prayer. Purpose is manifested in vision, mission and strong belief. The plan comes next behind the vision with written goals and financial benchmarks. Passion is what I hear from most of my guests when I ask them what drives them. Persistence helps to reassess your strategy, your market, your timing, and the project itself. Patience is planting seeds with faith that they will grow. Prayer is vital to staying centered and maintaining hope.


What big mistakes have you made and what have you learned from those mistakes?

When I relocated to Rhode Island five years ago back to my New England roots after 15 years in North Carolina,  I had the opportunity to bring my radio program to a much bigger market in Providence, but never had to monetize radio before  and either had to make my passion into a business or no longer do my calling.  In the beginning, I did not have a business plan and learned through  trial and error and financial ups and downs. I found a good professional consultant/advisor. What I learned is that if you have a passion and mission combined with mentors, vigilance to the bottom line, and clear goals and prioritization, you can make it happen. The result is that I found a way to help businesses, authors and experts use my radio programs as a platform to gain clients and exposure.


Happiest moment at work? What was it and why?

When I was awarded Woman of the Year twice from the Carteret County Council for Women when I lived in coastal North Carolina and The Circle of Excellence Media Award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

My happiest moments now are when listeners tell me they love my radio program and listen every week, when my clients tell me that they have gotten business from being on my radio show and when I interview renowned and inspirational guests.


If you were not doing the work you do now, what would you be doing instead?

It would be pretty close to what I am doing now. I would do creative work that allows me to find and share positive role models with the world.  It could be as a writer, actor, organizational leader or fundraiser for a cause.


Secret vices/bad habits/?

I tend to let papers pile up instead of filing right away. Now I have a bin where all papers go that need to be filed. That helps but I need to file regularly. I do have assistance to help me in that area.  I attend so many events that the business cards and papers can pile up quickly. 


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