"Jobless! Now What?"
That's a sentiment an increasing number of Marylanders are undoubtedly experiencing. It's also the title of a special four part call-in series on Maryland Public Television airing today through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The series, co-hosted by Dave Durian and family counselor Jeff Moss, will feature authorities on career counseling, law and family finances. Topics will range from how to deal with the stress of unemployment to whether or not to file for bankruptcy.
It will be simulcast on public radio station WJHU-FM (88.1).
"We're trying to make people understand what happens when you lose your job, to help them cope and prepare them to get back in the job market," said Everett Marshburn, MPT's senior executive producer.
Viewers will be able to call in questions and a separate phone line will connect callers to a job bank run by the state Department of Economic and Employment Development.
Executives at both MPT and WJHU say the simulcast marks the first time a locally produced public affairs program has been broadcast on both public radio and television.
Michael Styer, MPT's senior vice president for broadcasting, said MPT had offered to let a number of other state public radio stations simulcast the series, but that only WJHU was able to incorporate it into its schedule.
Depending on the response, MPT might offer more local public affairs programs for radio simulcast, Mr. Styer said.
MPT will rebroadcast the series each night at 11 p.m.