Hearing the word "spin" is every public relations professional’s worst nightmare. From an outsider's perspective, hearing the term "public relations" means, "crisis communications", "media" or even the dreaded "spin" word itself... we're here to clear up those stereotypes and misunderstandings. Long-time PR pro and President of Maroon PR, John Maroon hosts SPIN is a Four Letter Word, a no-fluff, cut-to-the-chase show that gets to the heart of the industry today and the different issues impacting our world.
In Season 2, we are exploring the topic of relationships and how relationships drive PR and business. We often hear from clients, friends, and partners ... “I like those guys” … and that notion has provided the foundation for Maroon PR’s brand over the years. We are the agency that clients want to have a beer with. In this season of SPIN is a Four Letter Word, we are doing just that: having a beer with guests as we discuss everything from hot topics in PR to how relationships drive growth. Join us for the journey - Cheers!
January Hot Topics in Sports
With dry January upon us, we’ve temporarily pulled the tap on our regular Let’s Have a Beer With episodes and are turning our attention to the wild world of sports. From the Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos situation to the drama surrounding college football bowl games, there is a lot to discuss when it comes to public relations. Listen along as we kick off 2024 with a lively discussion around some hot topics in sports PR.
Let’s Have a Beer: Bill Hooper, Vice President & GM of WMAR-TV
In this episode of Let’s Have a Beer, we are joined by Bill Hooper, the Vice President and General Manager of WMAR-TV in Baltimore. A Baltimore native, Hooper has worked exclusively in Baltimore media for 40 years. He joined WMAR in 2004 as general sales manager before taking the top leadership role in 2007. Listen along as we discuss Bill’s journey as a media executive, the state of broadcast media and how he has been leading WMAR’s approach to in-depth, community focused reporting in recent years.
Let's Have a Beer: Jamison Hensley, ESPN Baltimore Ravens Reporter
In this episode of Let’s Have a Beer, we are joined by Jamison Hensley, a Maryland native covering the Baltimore Ravens for ESPN. He joined ESPN in 2011, covering the AFC North before focusing exclusively on the Ravens beginning in 2013. Jamison won the National Sports Media Association Maryland Sportswriter of the Year award in 2018, and he authored a book titled: Flying High: Stories of the Baltimore Ravens. Grab a beer and listen along we as discuss Jamison’s career and the intricacies of covering a team, the evolution of the media and current topics in Maryland sports.
Terry Hasseltine, Executive Director Maryland Sports Commission
In this episode, Terry Hasseltine, Executive Director of the Maryland Sports Commission, joins Jen and John to discuss the career path that lead him to the Maryland Sports Commission and the relationships he built along the way. The trio also discusses current happenings with the Commission and the purpose it serves in our state.
Let’s Have a Beer: Journalists Kristen Berset-Harris & Brent Harris | 7
She’s an award-winning journalist and host of WUSA’s Great Day Washington. He’s a long-time sports broadcaster and hosts a show on WBAL radio. And when their career paths collided years ago, they became partners in life. Join us for a beer as we have a special conversation with Kristen Berset-Harris and Brent Harris to discuss their careers and how they have evolved with the media landscape, managing their own relationship and how they approach relationships with PR professionals. Cheers!
Let's Have a Beer: Hollywood Casino Perryville GM, Amy Brennan
At Maroon PR we like to say that we are the agency that clients want to have a beer with. In this season of SPIN is a Four Letter Word, we are doing just that: having a beer with business leaders as we discuss everything from hot topics in PR to how relationships drive growth. Join us for the journey - Cheers! Episode 6 of SPIN is a Four Letter Word, Season 2.
Hollywood Casino Perryville entered the gaming landscape as Maryland’s first casino in 2010 and was purchased by Penn Entertainment in 2021 just as Maryland’s online sports betting was legalized. In this episode, we sit down with the Casino’s GM, Amy Brennan to learn about her path through the Casino industry, and how relationships have played a role in her professional growth and continue to drive her leadership style. We also discuss how the gaming industry has evolved, and what’s next for the Casino as they continue their transformation into a full entertainment venue.
The show’s content is cutting edge with thought provoking topic discussions. The hosts are thoughtful and likable.
Great Insight To Public Relations
This podcast is an excellent example of how PR should be thought of. In today’s “report it first, get facts later” mentality, true public relations begins early on. Enjoyed the first podcast and look forward to many more down the road.