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Creating a Branded Podcast (Panel) – Chicago Podcast Day (Episode 738)

Small businesses… big companies… entrepreneurs… it seems like the demand for branded podcasts is at an all time high. In a panel recorded at Chicago Podcast Day in May, 2022, I was joined by Patrick Brower (Contest of Challengers) and…

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From Word of Mouth to Paid Ads: How to Best Use Social Media (Panel): Chicago Podcast Day (Episode 737)

You’re on social media. Your audience is on social media. So how do you effectively nurture your community and grow your audience? That’s the focus of this Chicago Podcast Day panel, which includes true masters of the social space: Erik…

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What Can Digital Audio Learn From Traditional Media (Panel): Chicago Podcast Day (Episode 736)

This episode features the audio from a panel held at the first-ever “Chicago Podcast Day” event held at 2112 on May 21, 2022. “What Can Digital Audio Learn From Traditional Media?” was the focus, and my guests were prolific creators…

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The future of non-alcoholic beer is… delicious. Meet Jeff Stevens of Well Being Brewing (Episode 692)

Non-alcoholic beer was stigmatized for decades. Problem was, most NA products weren’t worth drinking. The craft beer revolution’s led to companies like Well Being Brewing, which for the past 5 years has been leading the way for non-alcoholic beer. Joining…

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Time to get fit: Enter CHI-SOCIETY (Episode 571)

The pandemic has found me leaning on some bad eating habits that I’m anxious to undo before I rejoin the general population. CHI-SOCIETY is a locally-based fitness streaming platform, and co-founders Bobby Gouse and Sye Young join me tonight to…

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Claudia restaurant has a new ‘forever home’ for Chef Trevor Teich’s culinary innovations (Episode 561)

Award-winning chef Trevor Teich is opening a new, permanent location for his celebrated restaurant, Claudia, in Bucktown this summer. He joins me tonight to talk about Claudia’s path from its pop-up beginnings through the present. Be prepared to drool as…

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Tequila seltzer has arrived in Illinois! Cracking open Freshie with Paige and Ryne Ismenger (Episode 551)

Tequlia seltzer? Will it make this cold, miserable February feel more like summer? We’re in. Freshie sparkling tequila seltzer is a locally-created entry to the world of seltzers. Creators/entrepreneurs/tequila imagineers Paige and Ryne Iseminger are on to talk about launching…

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Stupid Rad entrepreneurship: The merch world of Simeon Meyer (Episode 542)

Bands need allies, and a trusted merch partner is everything. Over the past several years, Stupid Rad Merch has become a major go-to for local and touring musicians. But how did Stupid Rad find its footing and make its way…

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AWOLNATION/Distillers tour manager launches skateboard company (Episode 518)

Finless Skateboard Co. is in the home stretch of its Kickstarter campaign to produce eco-friendly decks with vintage feels and a modern twist. Dan McKay is a tour manager for bands like Cypress Hill and the Distillers. When the pandemic…

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The smells of Chicago come alive in candle form at Beverly Dry Goods (Episode 513)

I love candles. If you watch the FB Live broadcasts, 9 times out of 10 there’s a candle lit behind me. Imagine my excitement when I learned of Beverly Dry Goods on the South Side, selling candles with fragrances like…