Welcome to another recap of last weekend's Erwin Pawn Trade-A-Thon.  It's the show that turns the airwaves over to you so you can buy, sell, and trade.

We do it every Saturday morning and have an awfully good time doing it.  In all my years in radio and of all the various shows I've produced, hosted and co-hosted, I find Trade-A-Thon to be the most gratifying.  It's the epitome of what radio should be, 100% about the listener and their needs.

If you've never tuned in I give you my solemn promise that you've never experienced a more entertaining version of want ads on the radio.  You are invited to give it a shot this weekend and see what it can do for you.

THE BIG QUESTION

We ask all our callers a poll question before they give their items.  It provides a running theme for the show and allows us to get to know you a little better.

Friday night I had visited the grocery store.  When it comes to bread I'm pretty much a straight sliced loaf type.  This time though I decided to grab a back of sandwich buns to change it up a little bit.  I was in hog heaven, made a sandwich that would rival the best deli and it was so good, I made a second.

This got to me curious what the bread preference of our callers would be, so we posed the questions.

When making a cold cut sandwich do you prefer sliced sandwich break, a bagel, or a bun.

Sliced bread 14

Bagel 4

Bun 10

The greatest thing since sliced bread is apparently sliced bread!

RULE #6

Along with the specific rules of conduct on the Erwin Pawn Trade-A-Thon I always bring you a special Rule #6 that changes every week.  Usually it is inspired by something that happened to me over the previous week, sometimes it is a witty(or so I think) remark that breaks down to poor man's observational humor.  This week I got a little serious.

I have a very dear friend who is going though some challenges with substance abuse.  I've been in Amarillo almost eight years and this person I consider one of my dearest and close friends.  Unfortunately he is facing some of life's greatest difficulties and isn't coping well.

An intervention was held over the weekend an it was not received well.  This things usually aren't.  I had tried to have a one-on-one intervention and I didn't get very far.  The sad thing is this person is loved by many, some I know and others I don't.  I wasn't a part of the intervention but it was not received well.  I felt like this was one time the rule didn't need to be funny as I had a good opportunity to pass along something I've learned over the last 10 days.

Rule #6: Don't be afraid to host an intervention.  Don't be surprised when it doesn't work.

Don't be afraid to try.  But don't be offended when the person you are intervening isn't receptive to the message.  Unfortunately in these situations the person in question has got to want to change and no amount of words from the people who care most will shake them from their demons until they wish to shed the demons once and for all.

But it doesn't hurt to try.  If there is even a small chance it might work, it's worth doing.  And it's worth taking a chance on losing the friendship in an attempt to save a life.

Hope to hear from you this Saturday for another Erwin Pawn Trade-A-Thon!