Barbara Foster’s “Barbara … & You” program has been on the air live for 40+ years. Originally hired by Montachusett Cable as paid talent, Barbara helped get local programming started. Now, she half-jokingly says, “I was Public Access before there was public access.” Barbara feels blessed to do her program at FATV and appreciates it also being aired in Leominster, Sterling and Lancaster. She is grateful for consistently having a wonderful crew of volunteers to provide the technical aspects of doing a live TV show. “Barbara … & You” is the longest-running live television program in the USA. A wide variety of programs with a myriad of topics are presented each week. Barbara has had three original theme songs written for her program by Jane Miller, Darlene Bailey and Wil D’Arcangelo.
Over the years she has interviewed many national celebrities including Johnny Cash, Tom Bergeron, Dinah Shore, Michael Dukakis, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. Her long celebrity list includes many Boston sports athletes such as John Havilchek, Bob Cousy, Jerry Remy, Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee, John Hannah and Steve Grogan. There are also Boston TV personalities Hank Phillippi Ryan, Susan Warnick, Jack Williams and authors Robert Parker, Barbara Delinski and Judson Hale. Barbara was honored with FATV’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also the first inductee into the Leominster Access Television Hall of Fame. She has been named as an Outstanding Citizen in the Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel and Enterprise. In addition to her work at FATV, Barbara has served as the host of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce breakfast meetings for over 25 years. She also is a sales agent for Foster-Healey Real Estate. As a free-lance writer, Barbara has published in Woman’s World, Family Circle and Writer’s Digest. She has also taught Writing for Publishing classes and has had at least 50 of her former students become published for the first time. Barbara has volunteered for many local charities including Battered Women’s Resources, Ginny’s Helping Hands, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way. While Barbara wears many hats, she feels her best accomplishment is having raised seven children, and having a dozen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Years ago when she began “Barbara … & You”, she says the title was chosen because ‘you’, the community, are vital to the success of the program. She expresses appreciation to the many viewers and guests who have supported her program. If you wish to be a gueston “Barbara … & You”, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org