Unleashed: The Pet Show

Unleashed: The Pet Show

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

A fetching new pet radio show. 

The pilot of Unleashed: The Pet Show premiered Friday, February 27, 2015. Thanks to everyone who tuned in and shared their thoughts about the show. We hope the pilot will soon become a series. We'll keep you posted. Until then, you can listen to the pilot on demand by clicking the audio button below.


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Do you wish you could stop your dog from jumping on you the moment you walk through the front door? Do you have concerns about your pet and Lyme disease? Do you wonder why your cat drools? Well, help is on the way – in the form of a new radio show produced by WXXI. Unleashed shares stories of remarkable pets and their owners, who live in the Rochester area, and invites listeners to call in with their own pet stories and questions.

Meet the hosts: Dr. Erik Herrema and Beth Adams

Unleashed is hosted by Beth Adams, who is also WXXI’s local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Beth is a long-time animal advocate, past volunteer of the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, and the proud owner of Sassy, the cat. In the pilot episode, Dr. Erik Herrema from Penfield Veterinary Hospital joins Beth as co-host.Dr. Herrema takes questions from callers on a variety of pet topics. The pilot episode also tells the story of the entire town of Greece that came together to rescue a lost pug. Listeners will also meet Disco, the Penfield parakeet with his own YouTube channel, and dog behaviorist Bob Minchella teaches owners how to keep their dogs from jumping.

Once this episode airs, WXXI will ask the public for feedback on the format. Unleashed may then become a monthly or weekly series. If Unleashed becomes a series, the program will feature local animal health and behavior experts from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

Listeners are encouraged to join the conversation and share their comments about the pilot with the producers! If the program goes to series, Rochester listeners will be invited to call in once a month with questions about their dogs, cats and other pets. Unleashed is produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting and is funded in part by the generous support of Ben Kendig.

The pilot episode of Unleashed repeated Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. on AM 1370 and streamed online at WXXI.org/listen.

Special thanks to our tech guys Andrew Wheeland and Michael Black for their expertise and fine work on this pilot.