Hi Mike, we are more than happy to help you work with the Footer controls in Crio!
In order for Footer Colum 1 to start displaying text you will first need to add a Widget to that footer area.
Navigate to Widgets > Footer Column 1 in your website Customizer. Once you have the Footer Column 1 controls opened you should see the Add a Widget button and clicking that button will allow you to select which kind of widget you want to add to that area of your footer.
You can select from a variety of different widgets, including navigation menus or blog post lists, but if you just want to add some text to your footer then you should be able to use the Text or Custom HTML options to accomplish that.
I hope that this helps you get your content added to your footer and please let us know if you have any other questions for us!