brandon“Radio saved me.” Brandon J McDermott grew up pretending to be a baseball announcer and ranking all the songs he knew said just this about himself: “radio saved me.”  McDermott, a successful NPR broadcaster in Lincoln, Nebraska, is local host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” and news reporter at NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations. He’s just received a national award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and National Endowment for Financial Education, the 2020 Personal Finance Reporting Award for his story “Nebraska Schools Tackle Financial Literacy."

AB bookBrandon’s life, however, hasn’t always been so focused and productive. His boyhood years were troubled and troubling. His parents were not equipped with parenting skills and subjected Brandon to emotional and physical abuse that no child should experience, but unfortunately many have. Brandon J McDermott tells his story in Abandon Brandon, A memoir.  Along with being a broadcaster, Brandon is an advocate for stepping out of the silence of shame. It has been a key element in his own transformation. Join Suzanne M Lang in conversation with Brandon J McDermott, Sunday, December 6th at 10am PT. Broadcasting at 90.9 and 91.1 and streaming at Radio (

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