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Radio program covers new, women-centered ground

Women’s Inspiration” is the new radio program at KCSN, during which women and men can learn information about women-related issues. The program airs every Friday from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

The hosts, Dr. Erika Yomtobian and Dr. Joan Rosenberg, came up with the idea after their experience as guest hosts of another KCSN radio show. Yomtobian and Rosenberg found they shared very similar beliefs and philosophies about women and talked about creating a show where issues that are not widely discussed could be addressed with the help of an expert.

Their main goal was to promote a culture of positivity where women could grow and enrich their lives. They then created a pilot, which ended up being the first show of “Women’s Inspiration.”

The show’s topics include breast feeding, interracial dating, stereotypes and homeopathy, among others. Some of the experts in the program have also appeared on shows such as “20/20” and “Primetime.” Future guests include Jane Elliot, a lecturer and professor who created the famous and controversial “Blue Eye, Brown Eye exercise,” through which she exposes the prejudice and discrimination based only on eye color; Christiane Northrup, author of “Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Understanding the Crucial Link Between Mothers, Daughters, and Health,” who has also published four other books related to women’s health; and Dr. Louann Brizendine, psychiatrist and author of “The Female Brain,” who has studied the relationship between emotional problems and hormonal changes.

Meishel Menachekanian, production manager of the show, said that when he heard the idea of a show about health, healing and transformation, he sent it immediately to the program director. The pilot was then so interesting that it aired as the first show.

Menachkanian said that even though the show is for women, he has learned a lot about health and other issues. He believes that these issues also affect him since he has a mother, sister and girlfriend, and in learning about them, he has begun to understand them more. He estimates that the program can reach a potential couple of million people since it covers the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Conejo Valley and West Los Angeles areas.

The production employees, hosts and guest hosts are all volunteering their time and expertise.

“It takes a lot of my time but I love it and enjoy it,” Rosenberg said.

She teaches at the Phillips Institute and also has a private practice, and her expertise ranges from eating disorders to sexual abuse.

Yomtobian obtained her bachelor’s degree from CSUN and recalls never hearing about a radio show addressing issues such as interracial dating, nutrition or lesbian subjects. She also knows the issues that affect the CSUN community very well since she worked for a year as counselor in Counseling Services.

The show’s main mission is to educate and inform women by addressing serious and stimulating issues that affect women’s lives, Rosenberg said.

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