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Sheriff's Office Launches Radio Show To Fight Crime

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by Adam Ghassemi

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. Montgomery County radio listeners may notice something different. The 1,000 watt WJMZ 1400 AM debuted new programing from its small Clarksville studios Monday.

"It's a brand new radio talk show called 'Behind the Badge'," Montgomery County Public Information Officer Ted Denny said into a microphone.

Every Monday from noon until 12:30 p.m. Denny and Lt. Brian Prentice will use their self-proclaimed "faces for radio" to reach people they help protect.

"It allows us to bridge into the community with whatever we think is extremely important that will benefit our listening audience," Denny said.

The topics can range from a recent rash of burglaries to a cold case detectives could be one clue away from solving.

"It just takes one piece of information that somebody knows on those old cold cases and somebody will say something and it'll trigger something and we can go back and solve it," Prentice told listeners.

The locally-owned station, a rarity itself these days, typically only reaches the immediate Clarksville-area and gives investigators the perfect hyper-local platform.

"There's a lot of different things to look out for and 'Behind the Badge' provides information for our residents, tells them what they need to watch out for and how they can protect themselves," said Managing Partner David Loose.

'Behind the Badge' isn't a brand new concept. Clarksville Police gave it a run, but stopped roughly six years ago, Loose said.

This time, the show promises to give listeners a chance to phone in questions, and hopefully hear the latest crime trends before they become victims.

"We need their help. We need their assistance. And we need to let them know if we have information we need to pass it on to the public so that they can better protect themselves as well," Denny went on to say.

The 24-hour news, talk and sports station also added its first-ever Spanish language show on Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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