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Walk This Way with Ronnie Bachman

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Sometimes in life you are fortunate to meet a kindred spirit. Someone you know in the depths of your core being that you're meant to meet. Jane felt exactly like this when she was introduced to Ronnie Bachman. In all the years in broadcasting they had never crossed paths. As serendipity would have it, they finally met at their mutual friend and mentor Dick Kernen's 80th birthday celebration in Detroit just last month. A spark was ignited. Join Jane and Ronnie as they explore their new friendship and talk about possibilities, hope for the future and most importantly, kindness. Walk this way with Ronnie Bachman and Jane Asher on Voices of Vision!

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ron_bachman_crowd_251036698.jpegRonnie Bachman was born on July 19, 1957 to Robert and Sally Bachman, an ordinary couple raising a family in the 1950's. At the age of four, Ronnie's parents made the decision to amputate his deformed legs in hopes of a better life for their son. At an age when other children learned to walk on their legs, Ronnie learned to walk on his hands. Soon after the amputations, Ronnie was fitted with artificial legs that he wore while at school. At the age of 18 he threw away the legs and decided to live life on his terms. Far from being depressed by this, Ronnie was delighted!Now he could move faster, climb higher. Even as a little kid in northwestern Detroit, Ronnie had "places to go and people to see." He loved life and encountered it with joy and determination. He quickly learned how to live a "normal" life despite his circumstances and the world's baffled stares and often cruel remarks.

Ronnie has two brothers, Bill and Bob, both born without complications. Being only 18 months younger, Ronnie's brother Bill was more like a twin than a kid brother. When Ronnie couldn't reach something, Bill lifted him up. When Ronnie couldn't pedal a bike, Bill rode him on his handle bars. His mother Sally called him "the mouth" because Ronnie talked a lot. That gift of gab has carried him through life during many difficult and challenging situations. "I came from a family where there was no whining," Ronnie laughs. "Today, everything is a pity party, but my folks were fantastic. They literally told me that this was my lot in life, that indeed it was a terrible thing, but it could be worse and to get outside and find some friends--and that's exactly what I did. I was very blessed to have a lot of friends at a very early age."

Ronnie went to Oakman School for the Handicapped during Elementary and Junior High School. From there he attended Cody High School in Detroit, MI. Shortly after high school, Ronnie began working at different companies such as General Motors and Burroughs Corporation. In 1979, Ronnie married and in 1980 his daughter, Alicia Marie was born. After four years of marriage, Ronnie and his wife decided to call it quits and Ronnie was faced with the challenge to win custody of his daughter. His success in the courtroom started a new chapter for Ronnie as a single Dad.

While watching his daughter blossom and grow, Ronnie tapped into his own childhood dream of working in broadcasting. In 1988 he enrolled in the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts where he learned radio and television broadcasting. Upon graduation he worked at a number of different radio stations throughout southeast Michigan. A documentary film made about Ronnie’s life was released in 1998, which got him out speaking to young people throughout Michigan. Never before did he think that he would intentionally face kids because of the taunting and teasing he experienced at the hands of other children. The larger the audience became, the bigger the impact he had on their lives. Ronnie will be starting his 2014 Walk This Way Tour and is scheduled for 200+ shows throughout the U.S. and Canada. By the close of this tour, Ronnie will have reached well over 7 million people with his message of tolerance, diversity and anti-bullying.

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About Jane Asher:

Jane Asher is a natural connector, who got her start in the media world through radio in Michigan in 1980. She soon migrated west and has worked at legendary radio stations such as KTYD Santa Barbara, KGB, KSON and KIFM in San Diego. She was awarded the prestigious Marconi Award for her work at the Smooth Jazz station KIFM in 2005.

She researched, wrote, edited and produced the highly regarded and award-winning public affairs program San Diego Update. The Advertising Council recognized Jane for her continued commitment to effecting positive social change. While Jane's network continued to expand, so did her desire to grow her own business. She branched out into the world of voice over with a home studio in the 1990s. She is currently the voice of Cartier, Ferragamo and Michigan State University's program RELAX-Alternatives to Anger.

In 2010 her natural curiosity led her to expand her knowledge and business again, by including marketing and social media for businesses and non-profits. When anyone asks her what she does for a living she responds; "I connect inspired people with one another, especially those with a desire to help others." Helping to elevate other people is one of her personal passions.

Jane has been involved in many international missions. She is part of a team that has been building homes for the impoverished over the past five years in Tijuana. She has traveled to El Salvador to feed the homeless on a humanitarian mission in 2011. Recently, she traveled to Malaysia to help build a school on Borneo. She was so moved by her visit; upon her return, she raised money to pay for the education of thirteen children in a school in Keningau.

Her vast connections across all media platforms bring a wealth of passionate and empowered individuals to her show. If you are doing something to make this life experience more rewarding for others...she wants to talk to you.