'Community Conversations' on KYOS to focus on holiday themes

The Salvation Army’s history in Merced, holiday toy drives to help the needy and Christmas in downtown Merced are discussed this week on "Community Conversations," a public service program on KYOS.

The hour-long show focuses on community, education and government news affecting residents throughout Merced County. It airs on KYOS, 1480 AM, at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The weekend lineup includes: Merced Police Sgt. Jay Struble on how you better not drink and drive if you want to stay alive (and out of jail); CJ Jones and Jamie Baker from the Merced County Human Services Agency on the Toy Drive for kids in Merced County; Maria Mendoza from the Merced Economic Development/Redevelopment Agency on Christmas in the Downtown; Capt. Joel Harmon of the Salvation Army in Merced on the history of the Army and the Christmas kettle tradition; Atwater Assistant Police Chief Frank Pietro on the Kops/Fire for Kids toy collection program and Joe Pruzzo from Castle Air Museum on the Museum's upcoming Christmas Plane Lane event.

The host is Nathan Quevedo, the public information officer for the Merced County Office of Education, and Rick McMillion from KYOS is the engineer. The show is produced by MCOE, Roger Wood, Mike Conway from the City of Merced Public Information Office, and Scott Hernandez-Jason of the University of California, Merced, in association with the County of Merced and Merced College.

Go to www.mercedcommunityconversations.com for past episodes of "Community Conversations."