Reading – A triumvirate of Reading Girl Scouts got a window into the wild world of morning drive-time radio last Friday, appearing on classic rock station WZLX to promote the “Kick-Off” of Girl Scout Cookie selling season.
Emmie Oliver, Claire Sweeney, and Maggie Fennelly, top-selling members of Reading Cadette troop 73737, were live on the “Karlson and McKenzie” morning show just after 7:30 am. As soon as the girls went on the air, the deejays asked them to sing “Jingle Bells,” for which they hadn’t expected to do. It might have been intended as an ice-breaker, but it threw the girls off.
“They had never been on the radio, are relatively quiet, and didn’t know what to do,” explained Heather Oliver, mother of Emmie, who took the girls in along with Margie Sweeney, Claire’s mother.
A female voice, presumably sidekick Heather Ford, piped up to note that she had been a Girl Scout back in the day.
The girls’ stay on the air was brief, but long enough to get the message out that Girl Scout cookie sales are starting again. A woman, who Oliver identified as a Girl Scout media spokesperson, was able to announce the web address of www.hergirlscouts.org as a place where people can use a tool to search for the nearest Girl Scout cookie sales by inputting a zip code.
The girls were ushered out of the studio just before it was invaded by an angry and somewhat off-color Christmas elf named Ernie, a regular contributor to the show.
As a bonus, the girls got to talk to Karson and Kennedy, the morning show on WZLX’s sister station Mix 104.1. Oliver noted the girls were much more comfortable talking with this duo, but wasn’t sure that the interview with them was broadcast. Finally, the girls chatted with a weekend host from one of the stations (there are several stations all housed in the same building on the Leo Birmingham Parkway in Boston).
“Last was a host who does the Sunday morning show, and he did about a ten-minute interview,” said Oliver. “The girls did great this time, they were finally warmed up. This interview will be broadcast Sunday morning between 6:30 and 7:00 am.”
During cookie activities, girls work towards a common goal as part of a team, with each girl striving to do her best. Every local troop is encouraged to set realistic goals to accomplish during the year, such as planning field trips and community service projects. The money earned from cookie activities helps the troop partake in these projects and reach their goals.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program provides fun learning experiences to our 43,000 girls and helps them develop a strong sense of self-confidence through team building, goal setting, and money management. ,” explains Ruth N. Bramson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “The girls are proud of their hard work and proud to be part of the vital sisterhood of Girl Scouts that prepares them to be great leaders.” said Bramson.
Beyond just buying Girl Scout cookies, you can join in the celebration of our 100th anniversary on March 12, 2012. Be a part of history and celebrate the beauty, pride, and power of the organization building the next generation of powerful women leaders. Buy a box of cookies, and help the program continue to soar as it helps girls become leaders of tomorrow.
Girl Scout cookies are $4 a box. To find out where to buy cookies in your area visit www.hergirlscouts.org, click on the “cookie locator” and put in your zip code.