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Hosted by Gary York, People Doing Good For Others was first produced in 1998 and today celebrates over 850 episodes. This weekly program highlights individuals and groups whose lives and involvement truly make the Yadkin Valley a great place to live, work, and play. We are proud to salute these unsung heroes who put others before self and who believe the happiest among us are seeking and finding ways to serve others.

Join us each Saturday at 9:05 am for People Doing Good For Others. Miss an episode? Listen now by clicking on one of the following links.

Dr. Jim Harrell, Jr.

Shirene Gentry

Shirene Gentry, Life Coach & Author, sat down with host Gary York to share her calling as a Life Coach.  You can find more information about Mrs. Gentry and her services at 


Chris Lumsden

Donna Bledsoe

Join host Gary York as he visits with Donna L. Bledsoe, Principal of Cedar Ridge Elementary.  Ms. Bledsoe was named the 2023 Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year in May.  Tune in and hear more about her journey in  education and her life in Surry County NC. 

People Doing Good for Others brought to you by Chick Fil A of Mt. Airy, NC. 

RG Absher

Join host Gary York as he visits with RG Absher discussing the Over Mountain Victory Trail, Yadkin River Keeper and NC Trail Days.  RG is a wealth of information regarding the history and environemental causes across The Yadkin Valley.  Tune in and learn more about what is going on right here in Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin Counites and get involved in the community.   

Chad Bullington

Chad Bullington of Bullington Farms Strawberries, located in Pilot Mountain shares his growing technique, variety of strawberries and more the history of Bullington Farms.  You can find the Bullington Strawberry stand next to McDonald's in Pilot Mountain just off Hwy 52.  

Pilot Mountain Civic Club

Colby Goins

Chad Goins, member of Troop 545 in Pilot Mountain is raising funds to complete his Eagle Scout project with the help of Troop leaders Donnie Diamont & Lee Cook.  Chad's project is to build a desk/counter to house the audio/visual equipment at First United Methodist Church in Pilot Mountain, NC.  Chad is a Senior at East Surry High School.  

Rev Joe Pyles

Melissa Hiatt

Gunner Ramage

Tina Beasley

Join Joel Hooper as he visits with Tina Beasley, Executive Director of the Foundation & Manager of Volunteer Services.

A little history about the volunteer program: Northern Hospital’s volunteer program began in the mid-to late-1950s, when a small group of elderly ladies was offered the opportunity to serve as greeters/receptionists at the front desk or as sales associates in the gift shop. At that time, the women were known as “the pink ladies,” a reference to the pink vests they wore to distinguish them as volunteer help. Today, the “ladies” have welcomed men to their ranks — 26 percent of Northern’s adult volunteers are now male.

Before COVID, we had about 100 adult volunteers who logged around 18,000 hours each year. We have about 50 volunteers who log more than 8,000 hours annually.  Volunteers work in Day Surgery Waiting, the Gift Shop, at the front desk, and in the volunteer work room (where they service all hospital departments as needed).

For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact Tina Beasley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr Jona Lamphier

Join host Gary York as he visits with Dr. Jona Lamphier, with Hugh Chatham Health – Family Medicine & Obstetrics. Jona Lamphier, DO is a Family Medicine Specialist in Elkin, NC and has over 12 years of experience in the medical field.  Experienced, full spectrum family physician with passion for teaching and patient care. Special interest in women's health, obstetrics and pediatrics. Currently serving as Chief Of Family and Internal Medicine at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), NRP, ALSO, Medicine, and board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Strong community and social services professional. Received a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Premedicine, Biology, English from Penn State University and a medical degree from Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Completed her family medicine residency at UNA-SEAHEC New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Also a family-focused wife, daughter, mother, and friend.

To request an appointment, visit

Sarah Kerr

Join Gary York as he visits with Sarah Kerr works at the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center. She is a Public Health Education Specialist specializing in community relations, outreach, and marketing. She is involved with developing the Surry County Health and Nutrition Centers app, which is coming soon! She also has been working with Surry On the Go, securing a channel on local television that makes pieces of almost all aspects of Surry County.

Surry County Health and Nutrition Center was organized in 1920 by Dr. L.L. Williams. Dr. Williams, a nurse, and a receptionist were the original employees, and now SCHNC employs over 100 people in Dobson, NC.

Donna Hiatt

Donna Hiatt visits with host Gary York to share more about the mural in downtown Mount Airy featuring country music superstar Donna Fargo. Actively raising funds to offset costs of the mural.   Donna is the owner and operator at Donna's Barber Shop and is a Mount Airy, NC resident.

Dr. Bill Johnson

Join host Gary York as he visits with Dr. Bill Johnson. For over 30 years, Dr. Bill Johnson has served as a minister across the Yadkin Valley and beyond.  A native of north Louisiana,  Bill has pastored at Elkin First Baptist Church and Yadkinville First Baptist and has served as chaplain for Mountain Valley Hospice.  Learn more about sermon outlines, eulogies, and more!

Melissa Hiatt

Join host Gary York as he visits with Melissa Hiatt, Executive Director of the United Fund of Surry. The Fund is close to reaching their goal and needs your help to make it happen. For more information about how you can donate, visit

Phil Harris

Join host Gary York as he visits with Phil Harris on the road in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Arabian Horse Show, the largest Arabian show in the US. The Harris family has been making custom silver and leather goods, starting in the basement of their home in State Road since 1973 and they're still going strong. For more information about Harris Leather & Silverworks visit

RG Absher