El Paso Prime Time

Saturdays at 1pm

El Paso Prime Time focuses on the diverse lifestyles, interests, and concerns of senior living.

Host Dennis Woo welcomes Jessica Kludt and Jennifer Coulter, Texas Estate Planning and Elder Law attorneys with Townsend Allala & Associates.  They talk about the myths and facts of Medicare, including the differences between Medicare and Medicare Advantage.  They’ll also talk about the difference between Medicare and Medicaid.  And if you are a younger listener, Jessica & Jennifer explain why it’s crucial for you to enroll for health care under the Affordable Care Act.

Dennis Woo talks with author Kathleen Flinn, whose latest book is Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good.  Through this multi-generational memoir, Flinn shares the stories of the cooks, bootleggers, and bigamists in her family that shaped her into the person she is today. 

Guest host Richard Dayoub, President & CEO of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, talks with Xavier De La Torre, Superintendent of Ysleta Independent  School District. De La Torre gives us details on what the proposition covers, including reconstruction of Eastwood High School and Parkland Middle School, and new construction of 4 additional schools.  De La Torre explains that with the increase of Homestead Exemptions, the passage of the bond proposal would actually result in lower property taxes.

Dennis Woo welcomes Kathleen Bombach & Jaime Chavez, professors at El Paso Community College. EPCC will be hosting Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations that will feature a kickoff Sept 16 at the Rio Grande Campus…a Fall Fiesta with guest speakers and Chicano writers on Sept 23 at the Valle Verde campus…an event honoring area veterans on Oct 7 at the Transmountain Campus…and a Mentors Dinner honoring journalist Alfredo Corchado on Oct. 14 at the Academic Services Center on Viscount.  Most events are free. 

Dennis Woo welcomes author Katie Workman, whose latest cookbook “Dinner Solved!” offers 100 tasty recipes than can be tweaked and specialized according to YOUR tastes and needs.  Dennis and Katie talk about some of her recipes and the challenges some of us may face when cooking for picky eaters. 

Dennis Woo talks with Sonia Zavala, volunteer coordinator with Diana’s I Will Live Foundation, and ovarian cancer survivor Ceci Vallez.  Ovarian cancer is often misdiagnosed, and once it’s detected it can be frighteningly lethal.  Ceci shares her experiences battling and overcoming ovarian cancer, and Sonia tells us the story of the young cancer fighter Diana, for whom the Foundation is named.


Dennis Woo talks with Esther Zapata and Leo Gamboa of the UTEP student organization Miner Connection.  This organization has created an emergency pantry of food, school supplies, and toiletries for UTEP students, staff, and faculty who may be facing hunger and financial turmoil.  Donations are being accepted at the Student Engagement Leadership Center at Union West #106 & #112, and at the Student Government Association at Union East #304. 

This time, El Paso Prime Time's focus turns to UTEP students who come to classes every day during the semester in hunger, not just being hungry for knowledge, but hunger born of the inability to feed themselves while they come to class to try and succeed. Esther Zapata and Leo Gamboa are two UTEP students who spearheaded a campaign to open "Miner Connection." It is a pantry, where students may partake in non-perishable food items, and even some university class supplies needed to succeed at UTEP.

Dennis talks with area representatives from YWCA El Paso: Elke Cumming, Special Assistant to the CEO; Kathy Cox of the Transitional Living Center; and Layra Marivani, Marketing Manager.  They explain how Independence House and the Transitional Living Center work to better the lives of women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence.  The Oct. 15 fundraiser, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, invites area men to get involved in raising awareness about sexualized violence.  Follow the event on Facebook for updates 

Dennis talks with Linda Velarde, executive director of Villa Maria, and Father Ron Gonzalez of Sacred Heart Church.  They join us to talk about the 8th “Under a Tuscan Sky” fundraising event for Villa Maria, a home for disadvantaged women and women in crisis.  The event is Aug. 25 at 6pm at the Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills.  Learn more at 

--El Paso Playhouse 2015

The much-acclaimed two-act play, "Steel Magnolias," continues through August 8, 2015, at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. This is the complete conversation for El Paso Prime Time, some of which made it on the show. It's the most spirited conversation we've had in a very long time; the players in the studio, in alphabetical order: Eurydice Saucedo, Kaya Smith and Amanda Vasquez.

  For ticket information, call 915-532-1317, or visit http://www.elpasoplayhouse.com/steel-magnolias.html 

In the first half of this episode, Dennis talks with John Fausett of the National Weather Service about our monsoon season and about his career as a meteorologist.  

In the second half of the program, Dennis interviews Rah Goddess, entrepreneurial soul coach and CEO of Move the Crowd, an academy which invites young people to use their work as a vehicle for personal growth and expression.

Dennis welcomes back Stephanie Townsend Allala, Jessica Kludt, and Jennifer Coulter of Townsend Allala & Associates.  They specialize in elder law, and despite the name of this branch of law, this is a topic that individuals of all ages should familiarize themselves with, as we all will encounter death…of our family members and of ourselves.  In this episode, we’ll learn about the different kinds of Medicaid many El Pasoans might qualify for…the misconceptions & myths frequently passed on to uninformed clients…why there is no such thing as a “simple” will…and why visiting a lawyer is preferable to online sites when it comes to wills and other legal documents.

  Dennis talks with Stephanie Townsend Allala, Jessica Kludt, and Jennifer Coulter of Townsend Allala & Associates.  They specialize in elder law, and despite the name of this branch of law, this is a topic that individuals of all ages should familiarize themselves with, as we all will encounter death…of our family members and of ourselves.  Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Special Needs Trusts – these are all topics covered in this episode, which is the first of a series of interviews. 

Dennis talks with Benjamin Reyes of PLFAG; Veronica Garcia of the Paso del Norte OUT Fund; Victorio Rodriguez & Sonny Ibarra of Pathfinder; and Alexander Wright of El Paso Playhouse.  Their respective organizations are coming together to present the Larry Kramer play “The Normal Heart.”  A benefit performance is set for June 25, with regular performances scheduled June 26-27 at 8pm and June 28 at 2pm, at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana.  

In part 1 of the program, Dennis talks with Estela Reyes, Media and Public Information Officer for Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, about the upcoming 22nd annual Father’s Day Community Health 5K Run/Walk.  The event begins at 7:30am on June 20, and takes racers through El Paso’s Segundo Barrio.  Estela also talks about La Fe’s plans to commemorate National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 11am-3pm, with an open house of the La Fe Care Center, 1505 Mescalero.  Information: 915-772-3366, or visit La Fe on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CentroDeSaludFamiliarLaFe

In Part 2 of the program, Dennis talks to Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Vianney Rodriguez about their new book “Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails.”  The book offers recipes, pictures, and the history of the signature cocktails from 18 Latin American countries and Spain.  Yvette & Vianney are also the authors of the “Muy Bueno Cookbook,” and they will be signing copies of their books at the Barnes & Noble at Fountains at Farah on June 20, 2-4pm.  http://http://www.muybuenocookbook.com/

Aired June 13, 2015 

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Dennis talks with David McQueen, Iris Acevedo, and Gloria Minney, massage therapists from the Edge of Texas Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.  They talk about the hours that go into their training, and about the different types of massage in which they specialize, including Swedish massage, full-body massage, and rolfing.  Massage is not intended to cure medical conditions, and therapists often provide referrals to individuals who may have issues that extend beyond stress or sore muscles.

For information on the Edge of Texas Chapter of the AMTA, visit http://https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Massage-Therapy-Association-Texas-Chapter/162372252575 or http://www.amtatx.com/.  David McQueen can be reached at http://www.mcqueensomatic.com, and Gloria Minney can be contacted at http://www.elpasomassagetherapy.com.   


Aired May 30, 2015


Noemi Rojas and Dennis talks with Sireesha Y. Reddy, professor & Vice Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.  Reddy specializes in pediatric & adolescent gynecology, and she talks about the increasing trend of early puberty among girls as young as 7 or 8.  It’s an issue that Noemi is having to confront with her own young daughter.  

Aired May 23, 2015

Dennis talks with Brian Haddad and Michael Sifuentes about the St. George Feast of the Middle East, taking place May 30-31 at St. George Church, 120 N. Festival.  Every year, the festival encourages the community to take part in Greek food, music, and culture.  Information available at http://www.feastofthemiddleeast.com/, or by calling 915-584-9100 or 915-478-2570.  

Aired May 16, 2015 



Dennis talks with letter carrier Albert Anchondo, Martin Alemán, and Eric Miranda about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive taking place Saturday, May 9.  Letter carriers across the nation will be collecting nonperishable food donations to feed the hungry.  More details at http://https://www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and http://www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive

Dennis also talks with Jim Grimsley, author of “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood.”  Jim was 11 when his school was desegregated in 1966, and he shares how this experience eventually changed his views on race.  However, Jim also reflects on today’s racially-charged atmosphere, and says that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Aired May 2, 2015

Dennis talks with Dr. Radu Ciubac, a specialist in geriatric & internal medicine; Chad Partington, director of Good Life Senior Living; and Sabrina Shaddix.  The discussion focuses on individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia.  Many older people will suffer from some sort of dementia, and they also lose their social structure as their family moves away or their friends or family members die.  Good Life Senior Living offers companionship and individualized service to persons living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. 915-701-9620      http://www.goodlifeseniorliving.com/ 

Aired April 25, 2015 

Dennis talks with Beth Longenbaugh and Magda Alvarado about the upcoming fundraiser for En Voz Alta, a grassroots movement that serves as a support system for hearing impaired children and their parents.  “Jewelry for a Voice” takes place April 25 from 6-9pm at the El Paso Club downtown.  Information: 915-521-7229.

Dennis also welcomes Laurie Garman and Layra Marivani about the YWCA’s upcoming 22nd Women’s Luncheon, featuring guest speaker, Amanda Wirtz. It takes place April 23 at 11:30am at the Abraham Chavez Theatre.  Information: 915-533-2311 or http://www.wycaelpaso.org.


Aired April 18, 2015

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  Dennis talks with Beto Lopez, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement at UTEP; and Christian Corrales, Employer & Community Relations Manager at UTEP.  They'll talk about the grand opening of the UTEP Centennial Plaza and the Lhakhang Cultural Center on April 18 from 10am-12:30pm.  RSVPs are recommended, and the community is invited!  Information: email universityrelations@utep.edu

Dennis also talks with Domonique Bertolucci, author of The Kindness Pact: 8 Promises to Make You Feel Good About Who You Are and the Life You Live.  Most of us are unkind to ourselves, and this book promises to help us build confidence and self-esteem, and feel good about the lives we lead.  http://www.domoniquebertolucci.com/

Aired April 11, 2015.

  Guest host Russ Chianelli welcomes Dr. Donald Moss, author of the book ALZHEIMER'S: MY JOURNEY TO A NEXT GENERATION TREATMENT.  Moss explains how an  chemical discovered in an old laboratory  freezer led to the discovery of MSF, a potential cure for Alzheimer's.  Despite the hope that this drug may bring, patients may never get a chance to take it due to obstacles in FDA approval protocols and patent law.

Aired March 28, 2015.

  Dennis talks with New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Barbara De Angelis about her latest book, "SOUL SHIFTS: Transformative Wisdom for Creating a Life of Authentic Awakening, Emotional Freedom, and Practical Spirituality."  De Angelis explains why the vibrations we put out into the world are picked up by those surrounding us, and our inner transformations must be vibrational.  As her website explains, SOUL SHIFTS is a "practical handbook for awakening, and a brilliant re-visioning of the journey of personal and spiritual transformation."  Learn more about the book and Dr. De Angelis at http://barbaradeangelis.com/

Aired March 21, 2015

  Dennis talks with David Soucie, author of "Malaysia Flight 370: Why it Disappeared and Why it is Only a Matter of Time Before this Happens Again."  Soucie explains the challenges airlines face in cutting safety features when meeting a budget, and why battery life on the black boxes is so short.  

Plus, Dennis welcomes Nicole Portwood, Vice President of Marketing for Tito's Handmade Vodka.   Nicole talks about this exciting Texas-made product and the 3 Tito's Vodka-inspired chocolate truffles created for the Meet the Maker Program.  http://www.titosvodka.com

Aired March 14, 2015.

  Dennis welcomes dietician Bridget Swinney to the program to talk about simple and delicious ways we can start eating healthier.  As an incentive, Eat Right El Paso is hosting a healthy recipe contest that offers a cash prize for the best main dish, appetizer, or dessert.  Learn more at http://eatrightelpaso.org/.  The deadline to apply is March 18.

Aired Feb. 28, 2015.

  In a rebroadcast from May 3, 2014, Dennis & Noemi talk with Heather Balsiger, Manager of the Willed Body Program at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine; and Thomas Gest and Elmus Beale, Professors of Anatomy at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.  The topic of conversation is the new Willed Body Program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso.  The bodies are used to train medical students, and are cremated when their purpose has been served.  What are the misconceptions surrounding the program, and under what circumstances will a body be denied entry into the program?  More information is available at 915-215-4793, and https://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/willedbodyprogram.aspx

Aired Feb. 21, 2015.

   Dennis welcomes Kathleen Bombach and Jaime Chavez of El Paso Community College about the exciting events EPCC has planned for Black History Month...including a Performing Arts Night and a one-act play about Martin Luther King, Jr.   Learn more at http://www.epcc.edu/Lists/News/DispForm.aspx?ID=635.  Or call Olga Chavez 915-831-3324, or email ochavez30@epcc.edu.

Dennis also talks with Joseph Ferguson, director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC); and Rosemary Marín of the ScottHulse, Attorneys at Law.  The SBDC and ScottHulse are partnering to present a Labor & Employment Seminar, March 4, 8am-4pm at the EPCC Administrative Services Center at 9050 Viscount.  Learn more and register at http://www.scotthulse.com/labor-employment-law-seminar-presented-by-el-paso-law-firm.

Aired Feb. 14, 2015.


  Dennis & Noemi talk with Dr. Ogechika Alozie, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in El Paso; and Jennifer Wright, Director of Marketing & Outreach at Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange.  All Americans have a right too access their medical records and health information, and we'll hear about the progress being made in El Paso to make it easy and convenient for El Pasoans to access their records.  Electronic access can also help avoid uncomfortable or awkward conversations at a doctor's office.  Dr. Elozie and Jennifer Wright recommend we make sure our physicians have patient portals that we can access.

Aired Jan. 31, 2015.