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Welcome to Our Town, a new podcast produced by Best Bark Communications and hosted by Andy Ockershausen. A third generation Washingtonian, Andy spent his career in broadcasting at the Evening Star Broadcast Group, WMAL and WMAL TV, Channel 50 and most recently Comcast/NBC Universal. Andy’s experience and leadership at major stations has allowed him to conduct business and develop close relationships with individuals including presidents, sports heroes, and influencers in the political, business and charitable communities. Twice weekly, listeners will have the opportunity to catch up with people they consider their heroes, old friends or newsmakers from the past in Our Town. Each guest will share their personal stories and how they view their contributions to Washington, D.C. community. After all, it is what we learn from the past that may help us with the challenges of the future.

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Welcome to Our Town, a new podcast produced by Best Bark Communications and hosted by Andy Ockershausen. A third generation Washingtonian, Andy spent his career in broadcasting at the Evening Star Broadcast Group, WMAL and WMAL TV, Channel 50 and most recently Comcast/NBC Universal. Andy’s experience and leadership at major stations has allowed him to conduct business and develop close relationships with individuals including presidents, sports heroes, and influencers in the political, business and charitable communities. Twice weekly, listeners will have the opportunity to catch up with people they consider their heroes, old friends or newsmakers from the past in Our Town. Each guest will share their personal stories and how they view their contributions to Washington, D.C. community. After all, it is what we learn from the past that may help us with the challenges of the future.

    Matheos Mesfin – Founder and Executive Director of IEA Councils

    Matheos Mesfin – Founder and Executive Director of IEA Councils

    Matheos Mesfin is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for East African Councils of Higher Education. The IEA Councils specializes in college access for immigrant (and first-generation immigrant) students of East African heritage. They are strong advocates of higher educational access and persistence. Matheos tells host Andy Ockershausen that their mantra is “there’s no growth in comfort.” Take a listen to see how it applies. Following is a summary of what you’ll hear:

    • From Ethiopia to Our Town to Grinnell College in Iowa and back to Our Town

    • On Founding the Institute for East African Councils on Higher Education

    • There’s No Growth in Comfort

    • On IEA Councils’ Students Coming Back to Our Town After College to Make an Impact

    • Speaking Their Language Can Make All the Difference in a Young Person’s Life

    • Our Town has the Largest Ethiopian Population Outside Ethiopia

    • Collective Effort to Make Sure Your Neighbor is as Accomplished As You Are

    • IEA Councils’ Students at Ivy League Schools

    • Appreciating the Basic Necessities of Life

    • On IEA Councils’ Students Becoming Doctors and Nurses – They Can Change Their Minds

    • On IEA Councils’ Students and Their Families

    • The Institute of East African Councils Higher Education Program | How to Navigate the College Admissions Process

    • Blain – One Intern’s Experience

    • On Objectively Assessing a College or University and Acclimating to a New Environment (Potential for Culture Shock)

    • How to Support IEA Councils and its Students

    The entire transcript for this podcast episode can be found on our website here:

    https://ourtowndc.com/matheos-mesfin-iea-councils/

    A special thanks to Our Town sponsors Attorney Mike Collins, The Eric Stewart Group, Tony & Joe's Seafood Restaurant and Nicks Riverside Grill.

    • 19 min
    Jimmy Lynn – Entrepreneur, Servant Leader and Georgetown Professor

    Jimmy Lynn – Entrepreneur, Servant Leader and Georgetown Professor

    Jimmy Lynn is an entrepreneur, college professor and servant leader. He’s spent a career in communications and marketing and a lifetime giving back to the community. He and Andy revel in each having the biggest “rolodex” and how that helps them connect the dots all for the good of the Our Town community. Be inspired to do good while listening to this interview. Following is a summary of what you’ll hear:

    • Doing Business in Our Town – Big Fish, Medium Pond

    • Andy O, Jr.

    • American University Communications and Marketing

    • Surround Yourself with Good People

    • The Importance of Internships

    • On the Greater Washington Sports Alliance and Olympics

    • On the Importance of Giving Back to the Community and Board Service

    • Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School

    • Co-Founding Kiswe with Jeong Kim | Mobile Video

    • Teaching at Georgetown University and the McDonough School of Business

    • On AOL Sports Team | Built Largest Internet Sports Site in World

    • WMAL | Tony Bennett and Marvin Hamlisch

    • Community Service and Mentoring

    • “Playing It Forward” Georgetown Hoyas’ Women’s Basketball Day Camps

    • Professional Sports in Our Town Involved in Community

    • Interactive Mobile Video | Kiswe

    • Always Innovating - From Home Team Sports to AOL

    The entire transcript for this podcast episode can be found on our website here:

    https://ourtowndc.com/jimmy-lynn-entrepreneur-kiswe/

    A special thanks to Our Town sponsors Attorney Mike Collins, The Eric Stewart Group, Tony & Joe's Seafood Restaurant and Nicks Riverside Grill.

    • 28 min
    Phil Hochberg – Former “Voice of the Redskins” and Lawyer

    Phil Hochberg – Former “Voice of the Redskins” and Lawyer

    Phil Hochberg, former “Voice of the Redskins” for 37 years and lawyer to major sports leagues, talks about his work both as a lawyer and sports announcer in and around Our Town. Hochberg discusses some of the influence he’s had on regulation and legislation impacting sports and the changes he’s seen especially as it relates to money flowing through sports today. Hochberg discusses the following with Ockershausen:

    • Wilson High School | American University | Syracuse | George Washington Law School | Federal Communications Commission Career Start

    • Practicing Law 54 Years | Member of Firm to Sole Practitioner | NFL, NBA, NHL, Nascar

    • Hochberg 1969 Article on Cable Television in Sports Got NHL's Attention at the Time

    • Stadium Announcer for Washington Senators - 1962 – 1968

    • To Boston with Westinghouse then back to DC and Private Practice

    • Law Practice: Administrative Law, Regulations and Legislation| Senator Pastore and Anti-Blackout Legislation

    • On Developing Legal Representation of Sports in Washington DC

    • On Passage of Copyright Bill in 1976 | Tax Exemption for Priority Seating Plan Contribution to Colleges

    • On What College Coaches Get Paid Today

    • Major League Baseball Making More Money Than Ever Despite Attendance Losses

    • Jack Kent Cook and LA Kings

    • "Voice of the Redskins" for 37 Years - Some Benefits

    • Size Matters

    • Player Representation

    • Baseball's Salary Cap and the "Luxury Tax"

    The entire transcript for this podcast episode can be found on our website here:

    https://ourtowndc.com/phil-hochberg-lawyer/

    A special thanks to Our Town sponsors Attorney Mike Collins, The Eric Stewart Group, Tony & Joe's Seafood Restaurant and Nicks Riverside Grill.

    • 31 min
    Lisa Baden – Traffic Reporter and Radio Personality

    Lisa Baden – Traffic Reporter and Radio Personality

    Lisa Baden, Traffic Reporter and Radio Personality, has been reporting traffic in Our Town for 27 years. She is a favorite radio personality of host Andy Ockershausen, as well as many drivers she’s helped navigate traffic over the years. She’s been on mornings, afternoons, and overnights. She worked at University of Maryland’s radio station while working full time and going to school part time to obtain the experience she needed to be hired on radio and the rest is history. She is grateful for the opportunity to provide such a service and even more so to be able to do it a way that is true to her personality and it works! This upbeat interview touches on the following:

    • Captain Dan

    • Evolution of Traffic Reporting in Our Town

    • Evolving as a Traffic Reporter into Radio Personality Who Reports Traffic

    • Success: How You Perceive, and Approach, an Opportunity

    • Remembering Stacey Binn

    • Native Washingtonian Born to be on Radio

    • Growing Up in Our Town

    • Baden’s Signature and Radio Programming and Commercials

    • No Bathrooms on the “Traffic” Plane and Metro Traffic

    • Rush Hour Changes Construction Start Time the Same

    • University of Maryland Radio Experience Part of the Plan

    • Washington DC Sniper

    • 911

    • Tar Truck and Journalism 101 – Journalistic Integrity

    • Loving Her Career

    • Traffic Reporting: Evolution of Information Resources Over the Years

    • Radio Personality Reporting Traffic

    • Reporting Traffic on 911

    • Making it Personal to Listeners

    • Up at 2:30AM to Avoid Traffic

    • Family

    • The Amish | Tobacco and Traffic Reports

    • A Passion: Always Learning | Can’t Imagine it Ending

    The entire transcript for this podcast episode can be found on our website here:

    https://ourtowndc.com/lisa-baden-traffic-radio-personality/

    A special thanks to Our Town sponsors Attorney Mike Collins, The Eric Stewart Group, Tony & Joe's Seafood Restaurant and Nicks Riverside Grill.

    • 39 min
    Marianne Haney Brennan – Etiquette Coach, Mrs. Brennan’s School of Etiquette

    Marianne Haney Brennan – Etiquette Coach, Mrs. Brennan’s School of Etiquette

    Marianne Haney Brennan is a fifth generation Washingtonian. She founded Mrs. Brennan’s School of Etiquette and is doing what she loves – teaching school children manners. She also does private training and works with corporations. Andy O and Marianne discuss Marianne’s various career experiences and what’s she’s learned about her beloved community over the years. Following are topics discussed in this new Our Town podcast interview:

    • Fifth Generation Washingtonian, Etiquette Coach | Custom Classes for Schools and Corporations

    • Epidemic of Undisciplined Children

    • Family | Uncle Ray Krouse Former Washington Pro Football Player

    • On Becoming a Member of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC

    • On Experiencing Changes to Our Town While Working the Beat as a Police Officer

    • Marianne Haney Brennan | Biggest Regret

    • Georgetown | Past and Present Personal Observations

    • On the Impetus for Teaching Etiquette

    • On Working with Seniors and Help of Our Town Citizens

    • Georgetown’s Senior Center Needs Help

    • Shining Shoes – More Lucrative Than You’d Think

    • Retirement Not in Marianne’s Vocabulary

    • Legacy of John Carroll, Georgetown University

    • “I want to teach these children.” | Manners | Etiquette

    The entire transcript for this podcast episode can be found on our website here:

    https://ourtowndc.com/marianne-haney-brennan-etiquette-coach/

    A special thanks to Our Town sponsors Attorney Mike Collins, The Eric Stewart Group, Tony & Joe's Seafood Restaurant and Nicks Riverside Grill.

    • 30 min
    Tom Davis – Retired Congressman and Rector, George Mason University

    Tom Davis – Retired Congressman and Rector, George Mason University

    Tom Davis, retired US Congressman for Virginia’s 11th District, is currently Rector of George Mason University. He had an impact on Virginia during the 80s, through the 90s and the first part of the new century. He and Andy talk politics, then and now, as well as a little about Tom's background and reason for retiring from his Congressional seat.Following are topics discussed in this new Our Town podcast interview:

    • Tom Davis – 29 Years of Public Service | Former United States Congressman and Fairfax County Board

    Member

    • Reminiscing – Local Political Races

    • On Growing Up | Family and Education | Full Scholarship to Amerherst

    • Middle School and High School – Page Boy for the U.S. Senate

    • Impact on County Board | Won Chairman Seat from Incumbent

    • Rector, George Mason University | Life After Congress

    • On Writing DC Control Board Legislation

    • On Leaving Congress Undefeated and Unindicted | It Was Time to Move On and College Tuition

    • DC and Virginia’s “Destinies Interwined” | Davis Worked to Bring People Together

    • Republicans in Northern Virginia on Endangered Species List

    • Virginia Political History

    • Frank Wolf – Sui Generis

    • Northern Virginia has Changed for the Good

    • Changes in Urban and Rural America

    • On Donald Trump

    • “It’s a Cultural Gap”

    • It’s Social Media

    • New Balance of Power Exists Today – Not Fairing Very Well Right Now

    • Whole Foods or Cracker Barrel – Democrats or Republicans – It’s a Great Country

    • Little League Baseball Player and Clayton Kirby

    • Marshall Hall Amusement Park



    The entire transcript for this podcast episode can be found on our website here:

    https://ourtowndc.com/tom-davis-retired-congressman/



    A special thanks to Our Town sponsors Attorney Mike Collins, The Eric Stewart Group, Tony & Joe's Seafood Restaurant and Nicks Riverside Grill.

    • 27 min

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Andy, his guests, and their stories are a window into a bygone era in DC, when personalities were big and fun and vitriol and animosity were rare. I grew up in DC and remember all of these names, and their stories are priceless. Andy's charm and good humor are the perfect element for these chats. Keep the episodes coming!

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