The last time we did a podcast, former Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and the Rome Ga. Cares crew had boots on the ground in Louisiana helping hurricane victims there. We actually did a "pregame" and "on the ground" series of podcasts which became the most listened to in our first season. And it was a great first season with more than 47,500 "listens."
Now we're preparing for season two -- and it will be different. Our goal is to add video for those who prefer to see some faces and maybe some images. We'll do that by using Zoom technology, which allows us to interview area newsmakers using the safest COVID protocols. We'll record these Zoom interviews and make them available on our new YouTube channel.
You'll also be able to listen to the broadcasts in more traditional podcast formats such as on Anchor, Apple and all the others. The broadcasts will be available via one quick click from our websites as well as all our social media.
Our second season is part of our celebrating 17 years of Hometown Headlines. Our website went live on Jan. 28, 2004, and we weren't sure we'd be around to celebrate 17 weeks much less 17 years. We thank you and our advertisers for making that possible.
We'll get back to work learning more about the Zoom options and making it all work on YouTube and the podcast platforms.