If Glendene Grant went looking for a celebrity to attract audience to her new show, she couldn't have found one better than the Colorado bail bondsman she hosts on Tuesday.
Bondsman Bobby Brown appeared on more than 30 episodes of the A&E TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter before a falling out that led him to sue the network and producers for breaching an agreement. Grant interviews Brown Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on her new streaming-audio blog show.
"I've had people say, 'Why Bobby Brown?,' " Grant said Friday while vacuuming her home.
She has a host of reasons.
Six years have passed since Grant's daughter, Jessica Foster, went missing under mysterious circumstances from her home in Las Vegas. At no point in that time has the Kamloops mom given up hope of finding Jessie alive.
Grant has taken every conceivable step - including an ongoing Facebook campaign, guest speaking engagements across Canada and gaining the spotlight of U.S. TV shows - to engage the public and pressure the police into continuing to investigate what she is firmly convinced is a case of human trafficking.
There have been some tips, including one earlier this year, but no solid leads.
"I still believe Jessie is alive and she could be anywhere in the world. We certainly won't find her in Kamloops," she said of the unending search.
Her latest ally in the search is BlogTalkRadio, a web-based platform founded in 2006 to enable bloggers to communicate directly with their audiences in real time. The streaming audio service hosts a variety of public-interest programming, including Michigan-based Dreamcatchers for Abused Children.
"Dreamcatchers Network was looking for a new shows online and wondered if I was interested in doing one on human trafficking."
With an ailing father, she set the project aside but agreed to proceed with the show in November. Her guests to date have included Mark Price of Kamloops and District Crime Stoppers and Winnipeg MP Joy Smith, who has spearheaded legislation against human trafficking.
The show's live broadcasts or archived podcasts can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers. Hosts simply logs onto a web page with a password, indicates when the show should air and then calls a special number by phone. Using her computer screen, Grant can see the numbers of guests and listeners calling in. At the click of a mouse, she can put as many as six on air at once.
Through the years, Grant has corresponded with Brown, who has encouraged her exhaustive quest. He's a former law-enforcement officer with more than 40 years of experience.
"He's known from Dog the Bounty Hunter and he has a new TV show called Missing Peace." The cold-case series, currently in production, pairs teams of investigators with psychics in an effort to bring closure to victims' families.
"And to have him say yes to be on my next show was very pleasing."
Grant received what seemed to be a promising tip last summer, but the U.S. source went cold over fears of reprisal. She prefers not to pressure people in such circumstances.
"I don't want them to be the next missing person."
As for Brown?
"I'm hoping to put a little bug in his ear about Jessie's case."
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