“The main objective [of the radio program] will be conveying the information about these young people staying in school and getting an education and not to be a dropout because America is changing every day,” Mays said. “Your jobs have gone to Mexico, they’ve gone to India, etc., so these kids are going to have to get their high school diploma and, if they choose not to go to college, they’re going to have go to a trade school to get a skill or a trade in order to be ready for the work world in America.”
Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, Mays will launch his new radio program on WYXC 1270 with the theme of encouraging youth to make positive decisions like staying in school, staying off drugs and staying away from gangs.
Retired from General Electric and working in radio since the 1960s, Mays said he also has worked with community service activities throughout his life. Living in Rome and originally building his career in Louisville, Ky., Mays goes by the title “The Man in Drive on I-75” and says he aims to make a difference in the lives of youth.
He moved to Rome in recent years following his wife’s passing in order to be closer to family.
“I’m trying to do is make a difference in Georgia, and what I do in Georgia will be effective across the United States of America,” Mays said.
Mays said he projects having guests from various facets of the community to join him on his show.
“I’ll have people from the medical world, the political world, the plumbing world, the police department, etc., etc.,” he said. “I’ll have guests coming on constantly.”
He said the show will hopefully inspire youth to learn more about the career fields of his guests and what young people need to do to become successful. He also urges youth to read the Bible and put God first.
“Youth construction in the main objective of life. A house is not built by just putting it on the ground ready-made — you’ve got to build a foundation,” Mays said.