Public Affairs Programming

Each week as a public service to our listeners, KAMB airs Inside Look. Hosted by Mark Murdock, this short feature presents interviews with newsmakers or public servants on a particular issue, helping to bring better understanding to the listeners about what's going on in our community.

The Inside Look short feature is broadcast Friday nights at 10:15pm, Saturday evenings at 6:50pm, and Sunday afternoons at 1:50pm.  The long form edition of Inside Look is also aired every third weekend of each month at 9:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.


Date Title Series Speaker
6/17/2014 Manifesting God's Love In Your Family

Dave Benton interviews best selling author/motivational speaker, Lisa Hein, about her new book, "Manifesting God's Love In Your Family." In this book, Lisa shares how a family is stronger when God's love is exampled and lived to the fullest. Parents should enjoy children as a blessing and raise them with the Lord's guidance and statutes that He has laid out in the Bible. It's been proven over and over again that children raised with these guidelines for life are more confident and contribute significantly to society.

Inside Look 2014 Lisa Hein
5/10/2014 Mother's Day Special: Moms Raising Sons to be Men

Rhonda talked to moms about raising their sons in such a way that they can discover significance and purpose for their lives. She also encouraged parents to raise their children without regrets and to know they are impacting the moral fiber of the next generation by raising children with integrity.

Inside Look 2014 Rhonda Stoppe
2/1/2014 Merced Irrigation District

Dave interviewed Mike Jensen, Public & Government Relations Officer with the Merced Irrigation District, about the State drought and it's impact on Merced County. Mike talked at length about MID's initial plans for the allotment of water to Merced County farmers and ranchers. Mike informed listeners that instead of acre feet allotments, it will only be inches of water being allotted to agriculture. This will have a huge impact to all and could greatly impact future consumer prices for agricultural products.

Inside Look 2014 Mike Jensen
1/24/2014 Merced County Farm Bureau

Dave Benton interviewed Dave Robinson, the Merced County Farm Bureau Commissioner, who informed listeners about the steps that are currently being taken to prepare for the shortage of water in the valley. Governor Brown has declared a drought crisis and Dave's office is awaiting word on direction from the state office. He did state that we all should prepare for major changes in our water usage.

Inside Look 2014 Dave Robinson
10/19/2013 "Breast Cancer: My Spiritual Journey"

Dave Benton interviewed local author, Maureen Hurley, at length about her book, "Breast Cancer: My Spiritual Journey". Maureen encouraged women experiencing breast cancer not to give up and to look to God. She challenged listeners and those who read her book to not give up on life just yet! Maureen took us through her chemotherapy treatments and surgery and she says through it all she came out with a lifetime of memories that changed her life in surprising ways.

Inside Look 2013 Maureen Hurley
9/13/2013 Valley Air Quality

Dave Benton interviewed Anthony Presto, Communications Representative of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Anthony informed listeners about the impact smoke from the current wildfires is having on our valley air quality. He gave several suggestions on how valley residents can avoid respiratory problems because of the smoke.

Inside Look 2013 Anthony Presto
8/30/2013 Love INC - Love Plus Program

Dave Benton interviewed Sherry Bright, Executive Director of Love In The Name of Christ, Greater Merced. Sherry talked about the Love Plus program which places those in need with mentors who have gifts and abilities to help with finances, family issues, job searches and more. Workshops are coming up that will help them through the process.

Inside Look 2013 Sherry Bright
8/17/2013 ACE Overcomers

Dave Benton interviewed Dave Lockridge, Executive Director of ACE Overcomers. Dave talked at length about how ACE Overcomers helps individuals confront and move past their adverse childhood experiences and various family dysfunctions. He explained how these suppressed experiences impact one's quality of life and affect the choices they make as adults. Also, information was presented to KAMB listeners about weekly meetings and support groups available for those who made need them.

Inside Look 2013 Dave Lockridge
8/9/2013 A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out!

Dave Benton interviewed Bruce Metcalf, Executive Director of the Merced County Rescue Mission. Bruce informed listeners about a new program that is now underway in Merced County to help confront the panhandling issue. The program is called "A Hand Up, not a Hand Out", a coordinated effort by the mission and the Merced County Community Action Agency. Instead of money, residents are being asked to hand out cards that direct those in need to free meals and shelters.

Inside Look 2013 Bruce Metcalf
8/2/2013 "Breast Cance: My Spiritual Journey"

Dave Benton interviews local author, Maureen Hurley, about her new book "Breast Cancer: My Spiritual Journey." She encouraged women who have had breast cancer or are currently experiencing breast cancer, to remain optimistic. Maureen's book chronicles her emotional upheavals and how the Lord carried her through to where she is today: a cancer survivor.

Inside Look 2013 Maureen Hurley
2/15/2013 Joni And Friends - Family Retreat Camp

Laura McGrew, Area Director of Joni & Friends International Disability Center in Fresno, talked about the Fresno office and its long reach throughout the central valley, including the city of Merced, helping the disabled and their families. She also shared information about the family retreat coming up in late March and how this helps not only the disabled but their caregivers as they share time together with other families.

Inside Look 2013 Laura McGrew
2/8/2013 Ski-A-Thon Fundraiser

Marci Boucher, Executive Director for the Society for Handicapped Children and Adults, informed listeners about her agency and also talked about the upcoming Ski-A-Thon Fundraiser on February 23rd in which major funds are raised for improving the lives of children and adults living with disabilities. Her agency helps many in Merced County as well.

Inside Look 2013 Marci Boucher
2/1/2013 Love INC of Greater Merced

Sherry Bright, Executive Director of Love INC of Greater Merced, shared how Love INC continues to help the less fortunate in communities throughout Merced County. She also informed listeners about the fundraising dinner for Love INC coming up in March. This dinner has raised 1/3 of the agency's financial needs for the year.

Inside Look 2013 Sherry Bright
1/25/2013 Proposed Sales Tax for Atwater

Bob Calaway, spokesman/retired Police Chief, talked about the proposed sales-tax for the City of Atwater. This tax would be only for public safety and nothing else. With the city facing a 4 million dollar deficit, city leaders are wanting to insure that pending budget cuts will not impact the Police and Fire Departments. This sales tax will take care of the funding of these departments.

Inside Look 2013 Bob Calaway
1/11/2013 High Speed Rail

Mike Conway, Public Information Officer, updated listeners on the High Speed Rail issue. He specifically focused on the potential impact High Speed Rail would have economically on Merced and the possible relocation of various businesses and homes during the rail's construction through Merced.

Inside Look 2013 Mike Conway
4/20/2012 Hinds Hospice of Merced

Dave Benton interviews Robin McCall, volunteer spokeswoman of Hinds Hospice of Merced about the end-of-life care they provide. Robin also shared that the care is not just for cancer patients, but for anyone who wants compassionate care at home as their life is coming to an end. You can support this nonprofit agency through the "Ray of Hope" financial campaign.

Inside Look 2012 Robin McCall