Don’t be Afraid of the Radio – Part II


It truly is wonderful to have a communication vehicle at your disposal which  has a national outreach. I have all of the essential ingredients; unique, timely topics, expert, giving guests and a permanent record of out work.  

However, at times, participation can ebb and flow in the guest lineup or audience listenership. Can you help?


  • A podcast is easy to do and can be a lot of fun;
  • The process is just like talking to your buddy on the phone;
  • The podcast as a communication vehicle is very valuable for educating others and has the most longevity and outreach geographically;
  • You derive benefit by the opportunity to easily circulate  the podcast on your social media as well;
  • Every podcast is represented over time as a part of a long-lasting archival feature for repeated listens that will outlive us all!
  • Convenience –  You can do it right from the comfort of your couch, or anywhere! There is no studio to report to!
  • You have an entire hour devoted to your cause without any commercial interruptions! (When was the last time, the Today Show, Good Morning America, or Nancy Grace did that? Never!)   
  • Your contribution can serve as a record of you, other crime victim families and serve as a family treasure!
  • A radio podcasts really is the perfect vehicle to convey information efficiently and easily!

Looking Forward to 2018

The staff at ImaginePublicity does a wonderful job building the show in the network and producing.  However, I am responsible for generating all the ideas, contacting, booking, coordinating guests, scheduling, record keeping, and the interview.

It is often a labor of love, but can also be very time-consuming.  I am very proud that Shattered Lives Radio frequently features cutting edge topics and guests not available elsewhere. It is true that many hands make light work.

Therefore, if you have a special individual message, are a member of a valued organization that captures our mission, have promised to  appear in the past and may not have  made it a priority, or maybe you are contemplating being a guest for the future,  LET’S TAKE TO THE AIRWAVES TOGETHER. Booking now for JANUARY 2018 dates. I welcome your thoughts and ideas!

Utilize the form in the following link to present your ideas for the future! Let’s continue to make a difference in the lives of many in 2018!


Donna R. Gore, M.A.

Donna R. Gore, M.A.


To schedule a presentation with me at your future event or  conference please contact:

ImaginePublicity,  Telephone: 843.808.0859  Email:



Shattered Lives Features CRIS Radio for People who are Blind or Print Challenged

Diane Weaver Dunne of CRIS radio discusses the audio offerings available to people who are blind or print challenged.

CRIS records articles featured in more than 70 newspapers and magazines, including the most extensive line-up in the nation of award-winning children’s magazines featuring human narration, all available online and on demand.

In addition to broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week, other services include streaming CRIS programs directly to hospitals and other health care facilities through their in-house systems, or through Internet radios installed at assisted living facilities or nursing homes.

CRIS also provides custom recordings for schools and museums to better serve people with print disabilities.

For complete details on all of the CRIS offerings, please visit their website:

Don’t Be Afraid of the Radio!

Radio guests

Does the thought of being a live guest on radio send shivers down your spine? If so, it shouldn’t.

After nearly five years of talk, I have developed my own style and comfort level as a host.  But, “it ain’t necessarily so” for a guest.

Doing live broadcasts can be as easy as talking to your best friend from your kitchen table with a cup of coffee.

Fear of the unknown and various misconceptions are the barriers to guests saying yes, yes, yes!

What I do for you

As a host, there are several areas of responsibility such as pre-show research and booking interesting guests. I keep in contact with all future guests, send a detailed instruction sheet with logistics of the show and contact information.

After an initial phone conversation, I build the message of my one-hour episode around one or two main concepts, creating several questions as a guide. Nothing is scripted, and the key is to have a natural conversation.

In the background, the framework of the episode is created and dispersed through announcements either before or after the episode airs. Promoting through all social media channels is something else I do for each guest and hope guests also use their contacts to promote their appearance.

Once on the air, I monitor the production, call-ins, chats, and the flow of the message as well as the timing. Most importantly, I try to make each guest feel comfortable presenting their message, and we have a short chat just before air time.


Tips for Guests

When appearing as a guest on any form of media, you should know your topic well so that when speaking everything feels natural. Let your passion show, but if you feel you need help, you may wish to invite someone to act as your advocate or spokesperson.

As a guest, you should be proud to share the episode’s links and information to your circle of friends, colleagues, and family, and ask them to share as well.

The beauty of podcasting is you can do it from the comfort of your home, no need to report to a studio, no expensive equipment, you’re just a phone call away. Be assured that I will lead and guide you through the interview, you’ll have plenty of time, which often flies by once we are into it.

Don’t fear to make mistakes, there is no judgement or debate, rather a natural conversation between friends.

If you would like to be a future candidate for consideration on Shattered Lives Radio, get in touch. You just might be a great guest!


Making a Wind Chime from a Shattered Life


Kristen Dockendorff

Kristen Dockendorff

When a person is born into this world, they come with a pre-determined set of assets, talents, strengths and liabilities.  It is God’s making, (if you believe) who concocts the ingredients and it for man/woman to shape his/her own destiny based upon those qualities.  Talents and strengths often occur naturally and are easy to spot once the person is given the opportunity to shine. However, a God-given disability can become a liability or it can forge a new path, a new direction. Those of us who have a disability as defined medically can often get bogged down in labels, predictions, expectations or lack of expectation by others, political correctness and the like.  Like it or not, what we do in life is largely dependent upon us. Yes, it can be a cruel world out there, but it can also be glorious!  It is getting to the glorious that is the difficult part and trying to sustain and re-shape, re-invent that is so trying.

Such is the life of Kristen Dockendorff, born with a rare form of Retinitis Pigmentosa, A progressive genetic eye condition leading to legal blindness. (1 in 4,000 people) beginning in early childhood. Night vision and your peripheral vision may be affected first followed by loss of your central vision. However, despite this eye disease, a highly intelligent, talented and creative girl, persevered, and also compensated with an underlying learning disability –dyslexia (Characterized by difficulties with reading, spelling, word fluency and decoding information). She married, had children and spent several years enjoying family life.

The arts were a major strength and something she gravitated toward all of her life. She was a successful Master level Art teacher in the Ashford, CT school system for 32 years teaching such as forms as origami, painting, pottery making, native American art, to pre-kindergarteners through 8th grade. At some point in time, when her eye disease progressively got worse, relinquishing her driver’s license, depression set in, and a period alcohol abuse.  Her family life also suffered and she divorced.   She needed help in order to re-invent herself. She suffered the slings and arrows of trying to persevere in the classroom, outrageously assigned to recess and lunch duty by an uninformed staff, when she could not see her students. She was also provided a classroom assistant as an accommodation. But alas, this career had to end, to try to begin a new chapter of life.

Fast forward to July 2016. Kristen has been retired for two years and has relocated to a new home. She is hoping to formulate a new career path for sustained employment with the assistance of a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Department of Rehabilitation Services- Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind in Connecticut-

(For Services within CT – 1-800-842-4510; 860-602-4000). Throughout her ordeal, BESB was a mainstay, providing her with a full complement of services.unnamed-1

A brand new addition to her life is her guide dog Emma , a true life partner, where they just received intensive training, and bonded as a family. Her training was provided by the oldest existing  guide dog school (since 1929,)  in Morristown, New Jersey –

Another relatively new venture that she has embraced is the sport of adaptive sailing.  To “put it all in perspective,” an artist (and musician) has to be creative when money is tight. Kristen recently recounted her inspiring journey on an episode of Shattered Lives Radio.  Part of forging a new path is finding ways to create her art from materials not purchased in a store. She travelled to the banks of the Housatonic River, in western CT only to find some durable reeds-cane in which to craft beautiful Native American style flutes, a good match to the art she creates on her potter’s wheel.  *** (Listen to podcast for a musical sample!). When asked what her message would be to listeners, she stated, “Be true to yourself.” Having a Shattered Life…or not is all about attitude and perspective. Kristen prefers to  “make a wind chime out of a once-shattered life.”

The best means of contacting Kristen is via email at

If you are interested in purchasing her pottery or flutes you may view them on


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