Hi, I'm Rick Bernstein “The Voice of DC” and as a voice actor, live event emcee and fundraising auctioneer, I love telling stories.
The Pod of DC is where I share my personal and professional story, and the stories of so many fascinating individuals I have met along the way as a Gen X'er growing up and now raising a family in/around the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Thank you for listening and sharing!
From the time he learned to read, Steve Trout was following box scores and idolizing his local DC sports teams and sportscaster George Michael as a sports obsessed kid growing up in Reston, VA. On this episode of The Pod, Steve shares how he cultivated his passion for all things sports into calling high school sporting events to pursuing a sports journalism degree at James Madison University and writing articles and columns for the school newspaper. Soon after graduation, Steve found his way behind the camera shooting games and serving as an on-air talent at NBC29 WVIR in Charlottesville and ultimately landing at NFL Films in 2004 where he is a four-time Emmy award-winning Producer/Director from his work on the sports documentary series Hard Knocks and All or Nothing. Steve provides a unique, behind-the-scenes peak into these productions and the storytelling elements that make these series so compelling.
Rob Abbott & Todd Davis from JMU Sports Blog
With thousands of Twitter followers and over 200 podcast episodes published, the JMU Sports Blog continues to provide fresh and entertaining takes on all things JMU Sports both past and present. On this episode of the pod, JMU alums Rob Abbott and Todd Davis share what led them to establish the blog back in 2009, how the blog and the JMU football program specifically have evolved over the years, some advice for graduating Dukes, and their outlook on this (hopefully one and done) Spring football season for the Dukes in 2021.
One of the bright moments of the last year in the DC region was the crowning of JeanAnne Roberts as Mrs. DC America 2020. On this episode of the pod, JeanAnne shares her life experiences growing up in West Virginia coal country, the impact pageants made on her early in her life, traveling the world as a flight attendant, and her work now supporting the Girl Scouts of America to help build strong female leaders for the future.
Marco Jacobs is a CEO, startup investor, and mentor in the thriving greater Washington, DC IT market. Born, raised, and educated in Jackson, Mississippi Marco knew at an early age he loved building things. His love for building landed him as a computer science major at Jackson State where he received a full scholarship as a sonic boomer in the well known Jackson State band. After serving multiple internships throughout college, Marco set up shop in DC and in 2016 established CodeIntelX servicing IT clients, as well as CodeIntelX Labs, to help provide training, mentorship, and real world opportunities for future software leaders.
The healthcare world is fortunate to have professionals like David Daniel in its ecosystem. On the first episode of The Pod in 2021, David shares his journey to serving mission driven healthcare organizations after hitting a crossroads professionally and choosing to volunteer one summer at a camp for children with life threatening illnesses that proved to be truly transformative. We chat about his small town upbringing in Camden, Arkansas, the world of healthcare philanthropy, early 90's Razorback basketball, and the lessons he has learned as a Dad to never say never, to fully embrace his kids' joy, and the resiliency kids will show when given a little space and time.
Patrick Brown might be a familiar face whether you’ve personally met him or not. He’s been a close friend of mine for 25 years and on this final interview episode of The Pod of DC in 2020, Patrick shares what made growing up in Columbia, MD special, his journey to JMU, how he packed up everything to pursue an acting career in California in 2004 and some fascinating behind-the-scenes details on the casting process for film and tv, his transition into a career in real estate and the impact his parents made on him as a man and now family man. I have been alongside Patrick throughout the years and it’s amazing the new things learned when good friends make time for each other, setting aside all the kidding from over the years, and share their story.
Excellent podcast; great slice of life style
This is a great slice of life podcast from a very cool narrator. Interesting content and personalities. Definitely recommend
A natural storyteller
Upfront, know that I’ve been close friends with Rick for 25 years, so it would be natural to assume some bias in my review - but probably not the way you would think. I didn’t expect this podcast to be one I would want to subscribe to, but Rick is a natural storyteller. He’s likable and this podcast is an easy listen.