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Episode 23: Funny Guy. Right Here.

The election is over. The campaigning is done. The ads are gone. We talked about it here and wanted to bring a guest into the Cold Oatmeal studios to help us wrap it all up. So, we invited a stand up comedian, of course. Dwayne Gill, the funny cop, is our guest today, and we don’t spend a minute talking about politics.


Episode 22: Are you being served?

Kositchek’s is a men’s clothing store located in downtown Lansing, a block from the State Capitol building, that was founded the year the Civil War ended. Yes, you read that right. Whatever the business, if you can manage to last from Lincoln to Trump, you’ve got a story to share and David Kositchek will tell us some of that story today.


Episode 21: Next Question!

Anna Heaton just left arguably the high-profile spokesperson job in the State of Michigan. For the last few years, she’s been press secretary for the governor. On today’s episode, her most memorable moments, how social media has changed the press secretary job, and a day in the life of the governor’s communications office.


Episode 20: Reporting "True Evil"

From the beginning, Matt Mencarini has been covering the Larry Nassar sexual assualt scandal as criminal justice reporter for the Lansing State Journal. Today, on the Cold Oatmeal podcast, we talk to Matt about reporting true evil.


Episode 19: Let's Get Ready to RUMBLE!!

Our good friend and Resch Strategies team member, Nick DeLeeuw, is an interesting cat. One of the most unique people we know. So, I guess we should not have been surprised when he told us one of his very best, long-time friends is a six foot, seven inch, 350 pound professional wrestler from “the deepest darkest jungles.” Yes, the one and only, Kongo Kong.


Episode 18: Road Trip!

What’s summer without a good road trip? Today, we kick off summer and wrap up season one of Cold Oatmeal with a conversation with Rick Albin, veteran political reporter for WOOD TV 8 and a podcast visit to the Grand Rapids Chamber’s cool, new digs.


Episode 17: The Michigan Department of Social Media

Today, we truly kick the PR tires of this little communications vehicle and examine the age-old question: What happens when the chaos and creativity of social media meet the procedures and priorities of state government? What we found is that a statewide social media and digital content administrator is born, naturally. Andrew Belanger is that administrator for the State of Michigan, and he is today’s guest on the Cold Oatmeal podcast. What’s it like to ultimately bear the responsibility for...


Episode 16: Topic Twister with Meegan Holland

Sometimes you have good ideas. And sometimes you have today’s episode of the Cold Oatmeal. You, faithful listeners with questionable podcast preferences, be the judge. Let’s spin the wheel!


Episode 15: The Voice

Aw shucks. No Helen Keller truthering on today’s episode. But, our cold open to Cold Oatmeal will give Stormy, Alec, and Ben a run for their money. Ever wonder what it’s like to hear your voice on the radio or TV… every single day? Or, maybe as you walk into stores or catch a plane at the airport? The “Man of a Couple Voices,” Bob Olson, joins the podcast to tell us.


Episode 14: The Big Announcement

I think when we look back at this episode, episode 14 of the Cold Oatmeal podcast, we’re gonna say, “Man, that’s when we really hit our stride.” Or maybe, “Well, it was fun while it lasted.” We do have a big announcement on today’s episode, though. Big. Super big.


Episode 13: What Sandwich Would You Be?

There’s no going back now. Today, we actually have a radio broadcasting profession on the podcast. It’s a little bit like asking a celebrity chef over for some Craft mac and cheese and a nice white Zinfandel from a box. Cheyna Roth, the capitol correspondent for Michigan Public Radio, is our celebrity chef, and we talk journalism movies, sandwiches, fighting crime on the streets of Ionia and what makes for good radio. Our friend Andrea Bitely, Comms Director for Michigan's Attorney General,...


Episode 12: A Podcast About Podcasts

Today, we do a podcast about podcasts. How do you start one? What do you say? Well, the hell if we know, so we talk to Chris Gautz, former reporter for Gongwer News Service and Crains Detroit, now the Public Information Officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections. He also happens to be the co-host of an award-winning podcast.


Episode 11: I Always Wanted To Be In A Band

(Tap... tap... tap) Is this thing on? Ok? Ok. We’ve heard you fans, loud and clear. We’ve turned up the volume a bit and moved closer to the mic for this week’s episode after our experiment last time podcasting in mime… Sorry about that John Reurink. Apparently actually being able to hear a podcast is an important feature. And what better episode to be able to hear than our conversation today with signer/songwriter/lawyer/father Brian Westrin of the band Westrin and Mowry .


Episode 10: How you measure a swordfish, and the true meaning of journalism.

Did you know that if you catch a swordfish and go to measure it so you can brag to your friends, the fish’s sword nose isn’t included in the actual measurement? Did you know you can hop a plane to Mackinac Island in the winter for 30 bucks? Did you know Stephanie is really good at podcast announcing? We learned all these things talking to John Reurink, owner and publisher of MIRS News


Episode 9: Cancer, MSU, Al Horford and Turtles... cause why not.

So what do the Michigan State University response to the Larry Nassar tragedy and cancer have in common? Well, first, they are both pretty horrible. Second, we are going to talk about both on today’s podcast. Sound fun? No?? We have a laugh track.


Episode 8: Say Cheese!

So, cell phones are pretty cool. And I think one of the reasons why is that pretty much all of us are walking around with cameras in our hands with the ability to take pictures of things. But does taking a picture make you a photographer? Ehh. No. Today on the Cold Oatmeal podcast we talk with Khalid Ibrahim. He's a photographer, and a great one at that, and one of the most interesting people we have come across in our work.


Episode 7: Covering the State of the State with Zach and Dave

Ladies and Gentlemen… the state of our state is… oh, who cares. What is important is that Zach Gorchow from Gongwer News Service back on the podcast, and he is being joined by Dave Eggert of the Associated Press. The Governor’s State of the State speech is coming up and on today’s episode we are going to talk with Zach and Dave about how they cover the political pageantry that is this annual event.


Episode 6: Reinventing Your Brand... the Right Way

A new year is always a time when people take a look at themselves, evaluate and look for ways to do things a little differently. Maybe a new look. A new approach. We call them resolutions of course. For a business or organization, it’s called rebranding. It’s obviously a much more complicated and important process than your typical resolution because unlike a resolution, your brand actually needs to last.


Episode 5: 3 Presidents, Detroit, Twitter and Advice

A little more than a year ago, Ron Fournier returned home to Michigan after covering three US Presidents for the Associated Press in Washington DC. He joined Crain’s Detroit Business and today is the publication’s publisher and editor. What was the single more important day he spent covering the White House? How has he found the transition from journalism to the business of journalism? Is social media leading journalists to show too much of themselves? We ask Ron these questions and more.


Episode 4: Hey, Let's Start a Sports Team

Despite what some on this podcast may think, there is more to owning and operating a soccer club than “kicking and stuff.” Today, we talk about the PR behind the PKs (that’s penalty kicks) with Jeremy Sampson, the President and CEO of Lansing United.