The Summit FM celebrating National Recovery Month with enhanced services

AKRON — The Summit WAPS-FM 91.3’s Rock & Recovery™ program is celebrating National Recovery Month in September by introducing new components to its existing community service channel.
According to The Summit officials, National Recovery Month is federally organized through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and works to “promote the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance abuse disorder.”
Launched in 2011 and funded by a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant, Rock & Recovery provides “therapeutic music” and “uplifting messages” curated to serve as encouragement for personal recovery journeys daily from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 91.3 FM Akron-Canton, rockandrecovery.com or via the Rock & Recovery application. But The Summit officials said they adopted recent enhancements and new programming to do more.
“We wanted to do something positive that also spoke to the history and culture of our hometown, as the birthplace of modern recovery,” said Rock & Recovery Program Director Garrett Hart.
“Our goal is simple — to offer a supportive, healing tool for health care professionals and those in recovery, first in our own community and to be shared globally,” added Tommy Bruno, general manager of The Summit.
The Summit will shine a spotlight on the region’s mental health and recovery community through on-air interviews with on-air personality and Program Director Brad Savage weekdays at 4 p.m.
Also, the Rock & Recovery Community Advisory Board, formed in January with musicians, artists, physicians, mental health professionals, addiction specialists, educators and community leaders, along with listener surveys and a Capstone Project by students at NEOMED, helped to create the following enhancements and new programs:
• “Recovery Talks — The Podcast,” with musician and recovery advocate Marc Lee Shannon, shares tactics, routines and habits of community and business leaders and world-class musicians and performers on their personal recovery journey to show how they are not just surviving, but thriving in recovery.
• The Jim Chenot Rock & Recovery Scholarship will offer financial support to Akron Public Schools seniors through an annual writing competition.
• Hart is interviewing celebrities, musicians, athletes, authors, judges, therapists, ex-military members, recovery coaches and people living one day at a time about their recovery experiences, which are posted at the enhanced website rockandrecovery.com. Topics include recovery from substance use, alcohol, eating disorders, mental health disruptions, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, sex addiction, surviving sex trafficking and gambling.
• On-air segments will feature health care professionals and organizations sharing knowledge and best practices on the road to recovery from addiction, grief and trauma.
• National and regional musicians will share songs and stories of recovery through weekly Facebook livestreaming concerts Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
• A new interactive free smartphone app is now available.
Rock & Recovery has been recognized locally and nationally for its innovative programing, receiving the Dr. Bob Smith Award from the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Summit County, the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Impact Award for innovation in community service, and numerous other health and human service impact awards, according to The Summit officials.
For more information, contact Bruno at 330-761-3098 or email tommy@thesummit.fm.


Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.