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“Gaines on Gains”
ANNE, MD – (April 11, 2014) – “Laughter is the best way to
communicate,” says Dr. Kathryn Barrett- Gaines as she shares some of her
insight on life with me.
Everyone has a story and her radio talk show “Gaines
on Gains” is the perfect platform to share it.
Airing at noon on WCEM AM in Cambridge, Md., every
Tuesday, Barrett-Gaines hosts a stimulating one-hour segment featuring a
UMES students and faculty know her as the radiant, charismatic
director of African-American studies, personality traits that made her an
instantly popular guest on WCEM’s Dr. Kay Show.
The station’s program director offered Barrett-Gaines
her own program on the spot.
“I said YES, because I always say yes. That’s the
secret to a great life,” laughs Gaines about her decision. “Next thing you know,
I’ve got my own show.”
Barrett-Gaines is no newcomer to the entertainment
business. In Uganda, she has been a radio co-host, featured in movies and on television.
She also does stand-up comedy and even performed for amateur night on Showtime
at the Apollo – without getting booed.
She chose a play on words, “Gaines on Gains,” as her
show’s title because it touches on topics about how listeners can better themselves.
Each week, everyday people become stars
of the show.
“I like ordinary people who don’t know they are interesting,”
she explains. Barrett-Gaines believes
she has mastered the art of what she likes to call an “organic interview,”
making her guest feel comfortable and open to sharing countless laughs.
Her guests have included an acquaintance who wrote a
book about her experiences as a waitress, Mark Borghesani, an international
lawyer who has practiced in Russia, and earlier this week, “the brilliant and
hilarious Rashad James (UMES 2010)” in an eclectic conversation that touched on
Pope Gregory, tennis, Harriet Ross Tubman and “Rashad's roots and routes.”
Just like her passion for teaching, Barrett-Gaines embraces
the thrill of hosting a radio show. From researching her guests to asking the
right questions, her aim is to bring out the fascinating in everyone.
“Radio is the
greatest medium ever, she says. “People just love to have company in their
house with them or their car and they really just like to hear interesting and
Current and former students will tell you that Barrett-Gaines
has remarkable communication skills in the classroom. Now, strangers can hear
her commentary, sense of humor and insightful advice right from their own
speakers, wherever they might be.
Dixon is a senior marketing major at UMES