native refines ‘literary gems’ for Florida radio show | Local News
WINDBER, Pa .– Jim Lamb has always wanted to be a writer, and although he was a late start in the profession, the former Windber resident is now sharing his knowledge with listeners on the nationwide radio talk show. , “Joy on Paper”.
âIt’s a combination of encouragement and entertainment,â he said.
Lamb, who now lives in Florida, refines the pearls of his wisdom into “literary stones” which are shared in Patzi Gil’s program, which is dedicated to “writers and those who dream of writing.”
The basis of these thoughts is to inspire people to start writing while explaining the process.
Lamb uses his 20 years of journalism experience to drop crumbs of knowledge for listeners to start connecting the dots on their own.
Each âgemâ lasts a few minutes and explores various aspects of writing, from metaphors to grammar lessons.
The local native compared the mini-episodes to Flintstone vitamins.
âThey’re chewy, tasty, and you can cut them down quickly,â he said.
Lamb based the radio clips on a public broadcaster he had presented years before.
The idea was to have a weekly interactive program for writers, inspired by celebrity chef Julia Child’s show.
âEach week the show will focus on a specific topic (a person, place or thing),â Lamb wrote in the proposal. âAt the end of the show, a writing assignment and a deadline will be given. Viewers will then work on the assignment and submit it to a specified website, where they will be registered as a user.
At the end of the week, the missions would be made public so that those watching could discuss their interpretations of that mission with colleagues.
After being turned down, Lamb posted the proposal online and was told he would have to go through with his idea anyway.
After listening to Gil’s show regularly, he was then interviewed about it and when a discrepancy appeared in the program he suggested âLiterary Gemsâ.
âAll of her gems are cute, interesting and memorable,â Gil said.
âThis is what people who are just starting to write need. “
Lamb joined âJoy on Paperâ in October and uploaded nearly a dozen âgemsâ to radio-joyonpaper.com.
Gil plays them at least once a week, then talks about the knowledge Lamb provides.
She said she liked Lamb’s idea because a lot of people started listening to her talk show last year and emailed their questions.
As Gil pondered how to respond to the influx of inquiries, it occurred to him that she knew someone who could lend her a hand.
She turned to Lamb, who was more than happy to help her.
Gil said his listeners enjoyed âLiterary Jewelsâ and had fun with them.
The lamb also enjoys the process.
âIt’s fun and heartwarming to know that people are learning from them,â he said.
Lamb described the success as unexpected and added that it was also entertaining as as a child he had a stutter, a lisp and a stutter.
If it hadn’t been for the help of his aunt, Ruby Cassanese, who worked with him, he would still have these impairments, he said.
Lamb also credits her success to Shirley Emery, a former English teacher at Windber Area High School, as she encouraged him to continue writing.
Lamb said his goal with “gems” is to inspire people in the same way.
âIf I can throw them a few crumbs to get them to sit down and write, then I’ve done my job,â he said.
Joshua Byers is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 814-532-5054. Follow him on Twitter @Journo_Josh.