'Bad boy of radio' Michael Baisden challenges Augusta to mentor youths

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, March 30, 2010

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- He's known as the "Bad Boy of Radio" and on Tuesday night he was in town to do some good. His message was so popular -- so many people came out -- that some had to be turned away. Still, everyone is welcome to help save our kids. National Radio Show Host, Michael Baisden of the Michael Baisden Show has created a campaign to encourage one million Americans to sign up as mentors for children. More than a thousand people packed Paine College's Chapel to hear his message and News 12's Melissa Tune was there.

Baisden brings his message of mentoring to Augusta as part of a 73 city tour. With the recent violence in Augusta,many say his trip and his words are right on time to help the community.

It was a packed house with standing room only as Michael Baisden receives a warm welcome at Paine College. The radio show host delivered his charge to Augusta step up the mentoring. Baisden's goal is to get a million mentors for children signed up. This was Baisden's first trip to Augusta.

"I love being in Augusta!" says Baisden." I'm really happy to be here. The campaign has been great and great seeing the kids and great seeing the organizations."

Baisden and his co-host George Wilborn are both enthusiastic on the radio and off. They are hoping that they can help change the course of a child gone astray in some way.

"That is the goal -- to touch as many lives as possible,"said George Wilborn.

Baisden agrees.

"I think people are really ready for this, I think they needed somebody to take the lead and I"m glad that I could do that,"added Baisden.

Baisden decided back in September 2009 to tackle gang violence and that is where the idea of a million mentors was born.

"I wanted people to focus on the numbers and the time that we need to spend with our children," explained Baisden. "We know for a fact that mentoring impacts children's grades and grades go up and there's less incarceration and less drop out."

Baisden chose Paine College as the location for his town hall meeting. He was flanked by city leaders and law enforcement all there to show support.

Before leaving, the two radio show hosts each left a message.

"After we leave, what's important is that after the bus pulls out, the impact we leave on people to get up and make a difference and continue the momentum that's started," said Wilborn.

"There's no excuse for not getting involved with kids," said Baisden."We need people to sign up with a program that's existing or just get involved as an individual. "Get up off your behinds and do something these kids need our help!"

The turnout was so big Paine College had to turn away some people but you can still help with this One Million Mentors Campaign.

Go to: The Michael Baisden website at www.michaelbaisden.com for details.

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  • by Realist Location: Augusta on Mar 31, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    Trudat, It was a great turn-out and positve message, however, I personally believe most people came out just to see Mr. Baisden and whomever else showed up. Some supported just to get their organizations recognized. The real assesment is to see what happens in the future. People will act because it's fresh but we will see what happens in about 1-6 months. We are so predictable, we are like cattle! It took a radio personality or celebrity to come into our community to get us motivated to get involved with our own youth. Whatever becomes a hot issue at a particular moment, we will purchase or support it until the new smell wears off or the spotlight is turned off. Why can't we purchase and support at all times if we can afford or have the time? We go spend $15 dollars or more on movies, plays, purses, shoes, etc. but we can't make donations to help the homeless, volunteer to help the needy, elderly or challenged youth. We will continue to follow until we get our priorities straight.
  • by trudat Location: augusta on Mar 31, 2010 at 06:27 AM
    Wow such a positive story yet no comments so far! i guess people only like to comment on divisive issues. Oh well, its still early so maybe people will begin to read the good that will likely come out of this visit by Mr. Baisden and will start commenting accordingly.
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