Every week, Andrea Sebastyan brings York County residents "Face 2 Face."
Sebastyan, host of "Face 2 Face with Andrea Sebastyan," has hosted the program for more than four years. Her career in broadcasting began after being a stay-at-home mom to her four children. When her youngest child, Erica, started school, Sebastyan, a Fort Mill resident, entered the Carolina School of Broadcasting to pursue her dream of being in broadcast media.
While in school, Sebastyan interned at CN2 news. When her internship was complete, she found work with the company writing commercials and doing short, 90-second informational segments for the network. A producer approached her about turning one of those segments into a 30-minute show, and "Face 2 Face" was born.
The talk show focuses on local people and events. Sebastyan's guests range from local musicians to average citizens trying to raise awareness about a cause close to their heart. This month, Sebastyan is highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Her guests include breast cancer survivors, advocates and specialists from Piedmont Medical Center.
"It's never the same twice," Sebastyan says. "You learn something from each one. They are all delightful and it's all really, really fun"
Some of her favorite shows are those that feature musicians. "But each guest is memorable," Sebastyan says, "which makes it hard to pick a favorite."
Other memorable guests have been local residents who have a touching story to tell, or a message to relay to the viewers. She remembers one guest in particular that came on the show to talk about Light the Night, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She listened to his story about losing a loved one to leukemia and had to fight back tears.
"Being able to talk to them and seeing if I can help in any way, that to me is part of the joy of the job - bringing this to the attention of people," Sebastyan says. "It's nice to have 30 minutes to be able to do that for people."
Sebastyan moved to Fort Mill 13 years ago from Ottawa with her husband Andrew, a physician in Indian Land. The pair loved the Southern hospitality they found here and have enjoyed making it home.
"The people are really important to us. They made us feel like we could fit in," Sebastyan says. "That Southern charm and hospitality was a big deal."