David Gwilt has always had a passion for senior citizens.
Gwilt, a former Matthews resident and business owner, launched a senior-themed radio program, Radio 4 the Ages, in 2011. He ended the program 11 months ago due to financial constraints; however, though one door closed, another one opened.
Gwilt met Michael Olender, associate state director for AARP Charlotte, while hosting a Radio 4 the Ages program several years ago. The two recently joined forces to launch “Without Limits,” a weekly AARP Charlotte talk radio show held every Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. on WBT 1110 AM and 99.3 FM.
“It’s Charlotte based with Charlotte topics relevant to the 50-plus (years old) crowd here in Charlotte,” Gwilt said.
The first show took place on Saturday, Jan. 16, and featured special guest Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts. The mayor discussed efforts to make Charlotte more generationally friendly, along with the experiences that led her to become the city’s mayor.
The Jan. 30 show will feature Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor, who will discuss the town’s recent designation as an “Age Friendly” community. Other shows in the coming weeks will focus on volunteerism, dating after 50 years old (Valentine’s weekend), Parkinson’s disease, how STDs and HIV affect the aging population, grandparents raising grandchildren, services for the deaf and hard of hearing and more.
“Our primary goal is all about the entertainment side of it,” Gwilt said. “… We’re trying to combine fun shows with serious stuff. It’s entertainment, information and education.”
Gwilt also travels throughout the area giving a presentation for senior citizens he calls “PLEASE,” standing for “prayer, laughter, exercise, attitude and service every day.”
“It’s an inspirational and entertaining hour filled with insightful musings on aging with wonder, maximizing abilities and embracing life, with an underlying spiritual message that our primary purpose service to others,” Gwilt said.
PLEASE presentations are scheduled for Feb. 3, a Wednesday, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. in south Charlotte; and Feb. 4, a Thursday, at Plantation Estates, 733 Plantation Estates Drive in Matthews. There is no cost to attend, and reservations aren’t required.
People can listen to 150 shows previously aired during Radio for the Ages at www.radio4theages.com.