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We are thrilled to submit our new podcast “Our Town, with host Andy Ockershausen”. Our Town is a new podcast based on community history of the Washington DC metro 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. © 2016 · Our Town · All Rights Reserved. Use of any image that appears on this website for any purpose requires prior written permission from Best Bark Communications.

We are thrilled to submit our new podcast “Our Town, with host Andy Ockershausen”. Our Town is a new podcast based on community history of the Washington DC metro 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. © 2016 · Our Town · All Rights Reserved. Use of any image that appears on this website for any purpose requires prior written permission from Best Bark Communications.
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We are thrilled to submit our new podcast “Our Town, with host Andy Ockershausen”. Our Town is a new podcast based on community history of the Washington DC metro 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. © 2016 · Our Town · All Rights Reserved. Use of any image that appears on this website for any purpose requires prior written permission from Best Bark Communications.

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Episodes

Janice Ockershausen, and Host Andy Ockershausen – Look Back at Season 3, On to Season 4

5/31/2018
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Janice Ockershausen, and host Andy Ockershausen, on scheduling Joe Theismann as a guest~ "And don't forget, speaking of Charles, we've had Charles Mann, we've had Shawn Springs, we've had Mark Moseley. We're hoping to get Joe Theismann so if anybody knows Joe Theismann and can get us Joe Theismann for Season 4 that'd be much appreciated." How and Why Our Town? Andy Ockershausen: This is Our Town, this is Andy Ockershausen. I think back to that wonderful, beautiful summer day we were driving...

Duration:00:14:56

Burt Cohen – Retired, WMAL Engineer and The Duke of Derwood

5/22/2018
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Burt Cohen on what happened 30 years after his experience with Charles Gibson of ABC News after Gibson's first on air newscast at WMAL ~ "I just thought of a funny story, there was a young newsman, came and did his first newscast on the air, he finished up and I said, 'Man, you better find another line of work, you're never going to amount to anything in this business.' 30 years later, my retirement party, I get an email,'Dear Burt, thank you for your advice, I'm glad I didn't listen to you....

Duration:00:44:18

Tom Buckley – EyeOnDC and Broadcast History Buff

5/15/2018
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Tom Buckley on what to do with broadcast "stuff" that you find but can't identify, or don't know what to do with ~ "You would contact me, my email is eyeondc@gmail.com. Most of the material we get are from talents, sons and daughters, people around in the business. They have stuff maybe in the closet. 'I don't know what this is.' . . . A lot of that. There's people, there's stuff all around." Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen. This is Our Town. I have an opportunity to talk to a...

Duration:00:42:38

Larry O’Connor – Talk Radio Host – 105.9 FM & AM 630 WMAL

4/27/2018
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Larry O'Connor on reaching out to Andrew Breitbart to join his new website~ "And I reached out to him and said, 'Listen, I'm not in TV or film, I'm in theater but I'm conservative and I have stories to tell,' and he immediately responded and said, 'Let's see what you can write,' and I did some writing for him and he published me right at the beginning . . . and then I started doing this live stream radio show on the internet that was on the Breitbart sites and that got a lot of attention and...

Duration:00:37:02

Bob Levey – Washington Post Columnist, Retired and National Champion Bridge Player

4/24/2018
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Bob Levey on Katharine Graham ~ "If you look back at what Katharine Graham accomplished, it is really, as the kids say, awesome. She built a Fortune 500 company centered around this newspaper. She made it profitable. I ate breakfast today, thanks to Katharine Graham, and the profit sharing plan that she put into place. Thank you, Mrs. Graham." Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen. This is Our Town. I keep saying this from time to time, but I mean it. This is very special to me, and...

Duration:00:34:12

Deb Johns – Founder and Creative Director SCOUT Bags

4/19/2018
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Deb Johns on Vogue experience with Tiffany's then Design Director John Loring ~ ". . . you learned every day. We used to have a Tuesday speaker come in. John Loring came in from Tiffany. And the best line I ever heard was he said he was standing at the front of Tiffany greeting customers and a little boy and his mom walked in and he had an FAO Schwartz bag. And he looked out at the broad floor of Tiffany with all the lights and blue boxes and he said, "Mommy, what is this?" And she said,...

Duration:00:27:15

Harry Schnipper – Blues Alley, Owner and Jazz Preservationist

4/12/2018
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Harry Schnipper on upcoming Ella Fitzgerald Voice Competition April 27 - 29, 2018 ~ ". . . Jazz Appreciation Month every April. . . an overreaching program and event that . . . our program at the Smithsonian Institution is April 27-29, 2018. . . The five finalists . . . come from Berlin, Germany; Toronto, Canada; Boston, Massachusetts; and two from the greater Washington Metropolitan Area . . .they'll all be congregating here for the final competition on Saturday, April 28th, at the Museum...

Duration:00:34:50

Ann Hand – CEO, Ann Hand, LLC – The Nation’s Jeweler

4/10/2018
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Ann Hand on her jewelry design philosophy ~ "I think I look at myself as a storyteller because most of my jewelry has a message. That's what I want to do for America . . . I want you to wear it and be able to talk about what it represents." Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen and this is Our Town. I'm so excited to have a very special friend today to talk to you about Our Town. A lady I've known for many, many years who has to me the foremost jeweler of the city of Washington, maybe...

Duration:00:20:35

Arthur Cotton Moore – Architect, Master Planner, Author – Washington DC

4/6/2018
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Arthur Cotton Moore on the Metro and one of his pro bono publico ideas ~ "I'm talking about the homeless because it's a big issue in Washington, and they [Metro] have these cars that they're now throwing away. The 4000 series because they don't have the right propulsion . . .the cars are being thrown away . . . they're paying a salvage company in Baltimore 1.3 million dollars to chop them up. So, they have really negative 1.3 million dollars. I did a drawing, and that's in the book, on how...

Duration:00:52:05

Paul Scimonelli – Author, Musician, Performer and Director

3/29/2018
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Paul Scimonelli on going to watch the Washington Senators play baseball at Griffith Stadium back in the day~ "The only reason to come to the stadium, and that was Shirley Povich and Bob Addy said the same thing, there's no reason to go see a last place team, and the only reason to go there was Roy Sievers. . . He should be in the Ring of Honor, he really did cement baseball in the 1950s when there was nothing . . ." Andy Ockershausen: This is Our Town and I'm Andy Ockershausen, and my wife...

Duration:00:40:58

Ron Paul – Eagle Bancorp CEO and The GW/Ron and Joy Paul Kidney Center Chair

3/27/2018
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Ron Paul on raising awareness of kidney disease, and the need for more education and testing ~ "The key is awareness. We have to find out who needs kidneys. There's thousands and thousands of people that need a kidney that don't even know that they need kidneys. . . No idea. Walking around. They're time bombs. We've done a study, about 68% of the people that we've had come to an event, they do blood work, they do urine analysis, they do a variety of things, but 68% of them leave knowing that...

Duration:00:28:42

Donnie Simpson – Washington DC Radio Icon, and TV and Movie Personality

3/23/2018
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Donnie Simpson honors his brother Harry ~ "My second oldest brother, Harry. . .a fascinating story. . . because of his experiences, he was able to go in and help people that I never could have helped. . .I wanted to mention it because, I honor him. I feel like, maybe that's why God had him in that situation. . .To help people." Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen, and this is Our Town, and I'm so thrilled to be sitting next to a man who, he's the best looking man in radio. I used to...

Duration:00:28:22

Charles Allen – DC Councilmember Ward 6

3/13/2018
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Charles Allen on one solution to close achievement gap in Our Town~ " 'Books From Birth,' . . . delivers a book to every kid in the city, five and under, once a month for free. For a lot of . . .kids in the city, you don't see any books. There's not a book in the home. . . and what was important to us though, is as we figure out which books these are, we've put more than 400,000 books into homes across the District in the last two years." Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen, and...

Duration:00:31:18

Tony Perkins – 2x Emmy Award Winner, Radio and TV Broadcaster

3/8/2018
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Tony Perkins on being back on air with Donnie Simpson and what happens when you make listeners laugh~ "Here’s what Donnie has said for many, many years. When we used to work together, one of the things that he liked about it and I liked about it and the listeners liked about it was we could make each other laugh. We worked with a news guy at KYS who we just lost last week, unfortunately, John Irving, who also could make us laugh. That’s infectious. It’s infectious in the room and it’s...

Duration:00:35:20

John Bowis – President/Owner Chevy Chase Acura

3/6/2018
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John Bowis on the future of the auto industry ~ "Our industry is under assault, it's going to change, but my job is not to fight that change, my job is to figure out a path forward-and embrace it." Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen, and this is Our Town. As a special guest on Our Town, the man whose family epitomizes Our Town. In 1939, the Bowis family started Chevy Chase Cars. I don't know what it was called then, but- John Bowis: Chevy Chase Motor Company. Andy Ockershausen: ......

Duration:00:35:53

George Pelecanos – Author, TV Writer and Film and TV Producer

3/1/2018
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George Pelecanos on his characters and finding the humanity in others ~ "I'm frequently down at the DC jail doing reading programs, but also, to be honest again, I get a lot of material when I'm down at the jail. . . I'm down there quite often and when I travel even, when I'm doing book tours, I will visit the local prisons, even in London . . .you just try to locate the humanity in everybody because it's there." Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen. This Our Town. This is special...

Duration:00:28:00

Nancy Taylor Bubes – Super-Agent – Washington Fine Properties

2/27/2018
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Nancy Taylor Bubes on the building trust in relationships as a real estate agent ~ "Well, it's a relationship business. . . When you really take the time to find the right house for the right family, they're grateful. They love it, and you've got to be able to say, "I'm not sure that's the right house for you." You've got to be able to step in and ... turn it down." Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen, and this is Our Town. Our third year, our third series of shows. We have done...

Duration:00:28:34

Rick Hindin – Entrepreneur | Britches of Georgetowne, Adworks, and Chicken Out

2/22/2018
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Rick Hindin on meeting Ralph Lauren in 1967 when he was selling ties made by a company called Beau Brummell ~ "He had one table, about a 200-square-foot room, and we walked in and we looked at his ties and they were incredible but they were expensive. So, I told Ralph, "Your ties are too expensive." He said, "Well then you're not the customer for my ties. . . we bought his ties and the rest is history. At one point in time, Britches was the third largest user of Ralph Lauren products in the...

Duration:00:46:03

Herbert Miller – Activist and Real Estate Developer

2/20/2018
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Herbert Miller on building opportunity for people in Our Town ~ "This is a remarkable city, but it only works if we all work together. The racial divide, which Marion chopped at needs to be chopped more, and the economic divide, which is, I think, a bigger issue is something DC should, is, will represent as the proper way to deal with housing, to deal with jobs, to deal with opportunity. DC needs to be the land of opportunity. . . You've got to look at the synergy of not real estate as a...

Duration:00:50:49

Doreen Gentzler – Iconic News Anchor and Award Winning Broadcast Journalist

2/16/2018
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Doreen Gentzler on breaking in Jim Vance and George Michael during one of her first days on the job ~ "I think of one of the first broadcasts I did with those guys, brand new, they're all 15 years older than me, they've all been working together for many years. They've got all these inside jokes and everything. I can remember George and Vance would kind of get into it. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah about alimony payments and this and that. . . One of the first broadcasts, they start going off...

Duration:00:31:31