Podcast Detroit – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:19:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 News Byte Podcast: Detroit To Ann Arbor Bus, Shark Tank Success, Pistons Practice Facility + More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/10/23/news-byte-podcast-detroit-ann-arbor-bus-shark-tank-success-pistons-practice-facility/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/10/23/news-byte-podcast-detroit-ann-arbor-bus-shark-tank-success-pistons-practice-facility/#respond Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:53:48 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=39178

Welcome to your Daily Detroit News Byte for October 23, 2017! We’ve been at this experiment for awhile, but figured we’d pop this up in our regular news feed so you can get a sample.

Our stories today:

  • The University of Michigan has connected Detroit to Ann Arbor with a bus line that’s now open to the public
  • Michigan-located restaurants win awards for locally sourced food
  • Detroit company gets investment on Shark Tank
  • UFO Factory looks to lift back off and get on path to re-opening
  • Two zip codes (and one in Metro Detroit) are among the top ten most desirable in the country
  • A discussion on Detroit Blows, the new Blow Dry salon in Detroit and Detroit retail

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Oh, here’s our other podcast, the Daily Detroit Happy Hour: http://www.dailydetroit.com/podcasts/daily-detroit-happy-hour-podcast/

Thanks to Podcast Detroit for their support: http://www.podcastdetroit.com

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PODCAST: What’s Next For Downtown Detroit? We Talk With Eric Larson Of The DDP http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/07/25/podcast-whats-next-downtown-detroit-talk-eric-larson-ddp/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/07/25/podcast-whats-next-downtown-detroit-talk-eric-larson-ddp/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:19:42 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=37558

Downtown Detroit continues its remarkable transformation, with more and more foot traffic, construction sites sprouting like weeds and new businesses opening up on the reg.

On this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, we caught up with Eric Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, for an update on what’s happening in downtown Detroit, how it’s evolved over time and what the future could look like for the rapidly growing central business district.

“We really have tried to use the downtown quite frankly as that case study,” Larson said. “If it works downtown, we really try and make sure it’s replicable in other areas. Not only in other areas of the city, but quite frankly a lot of the public space activation and placemaking activities that we’ve been doing now for over 20 years are being done all over the country and have become sort of the buzz approaches for continuing to turn around urban centers.”

Among the topics Larson touches on:

  • The DDP’s involvement in the Super Bowl XL in 2006 (around 5:30)
  • How the DDP works with agencies outside the downtown core (just after 8 minutes)
  • The 2016 Downtown Detroit Perceptions Report (around 12 minutes)
  • How downtown is whiter and more affluent than the city overall (around 17:30)
  • Transportation options, including MoGo, the low marks given to the bus systems and last year’s failed RTA transit millage (19:45)
  • The present and possible future of the QLINE (26 minutes)
  • How the new Spirit of Detroit Plaza represents a “civic space where people can congregate” (31:30)
  • How bike lanes will transform downtown (37 minutes)
  • Early results — and future plans — for the “mighty MoGo” bike share (41:45)
  • The future of downtown, vis a vis real estate and autonomous vehicles (46:00)

Friends, this is our longest podcast episode BY FAR, but frankly there was a lot to chew over. Give it a listen and you won’t be disappointed. As always, we welcome your feedback.

Listen to the episode above, or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, via Podcast Detroit or wherever fine podcasts are downloaded. There are also more on our website here.

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PODCAST: Who Is IT In The D, Don’t Be That Guy, And Job Training In Flint http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/04/20/podcast-d-dont-guy-job-training-flint/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/04/20/podcast-d-dont-guy-job-training-flint/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:47:36 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=35499

The Detroit area and the job scene here has seen a fair share of ups and downs over the years. Many folks in the Detroit metro area still have the economic challenges of 2008 seared into their minds.

But since 2001, a group that has been bringing tech professionals together – and helping them get jobs – has been IT in the D.

For our 10th episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, Sven Gustafson sits down with Dave Phillips and Bob Waltenspiel to talk about their new job training initiative with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in Flint, the history of the popular “Don’t be that guy” series of blog posts, not being afraid to say what you think, and more.

It’s an interesting and lively conversation crossing a wide variety of topics. Of course, if you’d like to subscribe for free to the show, we’re on Apple Podcasts here.

Both the Daily Detroit Happy Hour and IT in the D are on the Podcast Detroit network.

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Daily Detroit Happy Hour Podcast: How Data Helps Drive Detroit’s Comeback With Garlin Gilchrist II http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/02/07/daily-detroit-happy-hour-podcast-data-helps-drive-detroits-comeback-garlin-gilchrist-ii/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/02/07/daily-detroit-happy-hour-podcast-data-helps-drive-detroits-comeback-garlin-gilchrist-ii/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 22:17:27 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=34089

Data is playing an important role in shaping the city and working to improve services. Our guest this episode is Garlin Gilchrist II, the City of Detroit’s Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for an interesting conversation about how data has been making a difference in Detroit.

Gilchrist’s resume is impressive. He most recently served as the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org, where he focused on mobilizing MoveOn’s seven million members on issues of civil rights, education, and technology policy advocacy through community organizing and online action.

He also coordinated MoveOn’s 2012 election mobilization program, Voters Rising.

Gilchrist also founded Detroit Diaspora, a network for native Detroiters living elsewhere to connect with one another as well as people doing positive work in the city of Detroit.

During the 2008 Presidential Election season, Gilchrist served as the Social Media Manager for the Barack Obama campaign in Washington. In this capacity, Gilchrist used social networking and text messaging to engage more online volunteers during the final month of the campaign than any other state.

This was recorded with host Sven Gustafson at the Podcast Detroit studios. If you enjoy the episode, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast for free on iTunes.

Happy Hour doesn’t have to end here. Here are some other episodes from the podcast:

Calvin Moore (second from left) leads a tour on Detroit’s riverfront.

Calvin Moore – Showcasing Detroit to out of towners with Seven Point Two Tours, Leading Conversations with Calvin Moore

Khali Sweeney – Changing the lives of Detroit’s children at the Downtown Boxing Gym

David Lingholm – Adopting Fatherhood and parenting in the city of Detroit (in iTunes)

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Calvin Moore Is Leading Tours And Conversations: Ep. 3 Of The Daily Detroit Happy Hour Podcast http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/02/03/calvin-moore-leading-tours-conversations-ep-3-daily-detroit-happy-hour-podcast/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2017/02/03/calvin-moore-leading-tours-conversations-ep-3-daily-detroit-happy-hour-podcast/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:22:13 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=34031 We’re exploring Detroit, one interesting person at a time. For this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast, we visited Queens Bar and interviewed Calvin Moore. He’s the owner of Seven Point Two Tours as well as the host of the podcast Leading Questions with Calvin Moore.

Host Sven Gustafson and Calvin touched on a variety of topics, such as what do out of town talent that companies are heavily recruiting think when they’re brought in; why complaining on Facebook wasn’t doing it anymore for Calvin and so he started a podcast, and a variety of other Detroit topics.

Enjoy! If you want to subscribe to the podcast, click here do it for free on iTunes and get new episodes as soon as they come out. And if you are interested in being considered as a guest on the show, hit up our contact form.

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Detroit’s Media Revolution Will Not Be Televised, But It Might Be Podcasted http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/05/22/detroits-media-revolution-will-not-televised-might-podcasted/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2016/05/22/detroits-media-revolution-will-not-televised-might-podcasted/#comments Sun, 22 May 2016 20:12:53 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=23070 When you drive up, it’s a nondescript building off of 11 Mile Road in Royal Oak. The signs aren’t installed yet. The awning hasn’t been changed in color from red to either the black or green of the network colors. But inside, it’s already a hive of activity.

A number of show hosts and Jessica Rangel, who does studio operations, make their way in to check out the in-progress digs, try out the just installed microphones, and chit-chat in the lobby waiting room that still has a stack of art from the previous studio in Ferndale sitting on the floor off to the side.

Some of the pieces go all the way back to when the flagship podcast, IT in the D, was founded and broadcasted in the Russell Industrial Center. But we’ll get back to the history in a minute.

Under construction inside (with one studio already complete) are four new studios for Podcast Detroit, a podcast network that has gone from non-existent a little over a year ago to more than 50 shows of various kinds with many just waiting for space to launch, anchored by the IT in the D show. Two studios with four microphones, two with eight, with one that can also handle the needs of recording live bands for their shows.

“It was our bowling night,” says David Phillips, co-founder of Podcast Detroit, area technologist and co-host on IT in the D of the founding of the podcast.

Bowling night has turned into 400,000-500,000 listeners a week for the flagship show IT in the D, which is basically Detroit’s morning show for all things pop culture and geek. Although they’re Detroit based, there are listeners from all over the country.

But Podcast Detroit is not a one-show pony. There are a variety of genres represented – from areas like beer culture and storm chasing you might not find often on traditional media; to inspirational, music and sports – with thousands of listeners for shows like Detroit Sports Rag by Jeff Moss as well as Forward Down The Field by the guy who sings the song of the same name at Detroit Lions games, Theo Spight.

Podcast Detroit broadcasting and recording from Motor City Comic Con. Photo via Facebook.
Podcast Detroit broadcasted from Motor City Comic Con. Photo via Facebook.

An Evolution To Revolution

On a June evening in 2013 in a studio in the Russell Industrial Center, after guest-hosting on a couple shows on the now-defunct Raw Radio X online streaming network, the first episode of IT in the D was recorded. Few listened, but that wasn’t the point.

The show started to catch with a crowd looking for media that spoke to them. Folks into information technology, sure, but most of the show is either interesting people from around the Detroit area, or lots of pop culture references.

“We just treat it like we’re just talking at the bar,” said Bob Waltenspiel, a co-founder of the network, and co-host who also does IT sales.

After a couple of years there, the Russell wasn’t fitting their needs. The condition of the building made it “embarrassing” to bring people there, according to Phillips, and they’d have to warn guests what they were getting into before the show as they did their prep drinks at 3rd Street Bar in midtown.

A year ago, thanks to the help and advice of a long-time friend and businessman Neil Nosakowski, they moved to a spot in Ferndale that was in the same building as his companies, Trinet and Activ-8. That building was a few blocks north of 8 Mile near Woodward. That’s when things started to really move.

“After a few weeks there, people started knocking on the door – Hey, can I play? And you have this great studio you’re only using two hours a week,” said Phillips.

With that, they started adding some shows. And that turned to even more shows, after teaming up two months in with Karen Hubbard, known on-air as “K-Hubb,” who brought along some of the shows she had on a nascent online network of her own.

They found there was a group of creative people in Detroit who want to be heard, but didn’t have an easy way to make a podcast, where you just sat down and focused on your show instead of getting caught up in the details of microphones and recording software.

Via Podcast Detroit Facebook Page
Via Podcast Detroit Facebook Page

At Podcast Detroit, shows either rent the studio, or rent the studio and an engineer by the hour, and off they go.

For shows that want to take it beyond a personal passion project, they also work with them to get better, using the knowledge they’ve gained the past three years to everyone’s advantage.

“I would love to have shows that get their own standalone advertising deals, or really take off – this is a platform,” said Phillips.

The new studio started recording and broadcasting last Friday, May 20 and should be completely ready in the month. They’ll be able to do four shows at once – a necessity, we’re told, because they have 15 additional shows that would like to start recording as soon as they can accommodate them.

“Dave and Bob are both extremely passionate about the network and open minded. That definitely shows in the variety of shows that wanted to join,” said Rangel. “They’re excited from day one once they see that other people are enjoying living out their passion and realize that they can do the same. Then there is no question of ‘if’ it’s more of a ‘when.’”

Trying out one of the new Podcast Detroit studios. Daily Detroit photo.
One of the shows, “The Way Station,” trying out one of the new Podcast Detroit studios. Daily Detroit photo.

What’s Next

Media has been going through a lot of consolidation as of late. It seems every three or four months there’s another story about newspaper, radio or TV cutting X people to deal with the “digital shift” and the fact that often, print advertising levels are being traded for just cents online.

There is media in various formats that seem to be beating the crowd, like the independent site the Charlotte Agenda, started with $50,000 in savings; and Brooklyn-based Gimlet Media, that produces the popular Startup and Reply All podcasts.

The current industry trend is that legacy media is taking it on the chin. There have been thousands of layoffs in an age where most information you’ll find on Twitter first and Facebook has achieved their goal of replacing the major newspapers across the country as the front page of news and daily information for most.

A clue may lie as to how to turn that tide in Podcast Detroit. For them, it’s about authenticity in how they’re making money. If someone wants to advertise, the hosts will need to try it. They’ve found that people today are tuned out by the same old same old. In conversations, it’s clear they see their audience as savvy and that they are there to serve them.

Podcast Detroit Co-Founder Dave Phillips (L) with WDIV and Flashpoint Anchor Devin Scillian (R) - photo via Facebook
Podcast Detroit Co-Founder Dave Phillips (L) with WDIV and Flashpoint Anchor Devin Scillian (R) – photo via Facebook

For instance, they do not take political advertising, a lifeblood of many media outlets nowadays, because they know their audience won’t like it.

“We order things before we talk about them. We try them. We would hear about it if we recommended something to people that sucked,” said Phillips.

Their unique version of bowling night in 2013 has turned into a lot more than a few beers and playing their favorite 80s music. There’s now a building of their own. Scheduling. Advertisers. Sponsors.

What’s the strategy going forward? “Smart growth.”

Although they’ve been successful in attracting national advertisers, Podcast Detroit isn’t backed by venture capital or legacy media investors.

“There are only so many hours in a day,” said Phillips, who balances a day job, and a family along with the project. “To me, the challenge is trying to stay ahead of where we need to be without going too far.”

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