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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

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

Shawn Springs – Entrepreneur, Innovator, Former Pro Football Player

2/13/2018
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Shawn Springs on his business philosophy! ". . .the way a football team is structured is very similar to how I structure my business. You've got the admin side, and the people who take care of the game experience from the sales, and marketing, and all the different things, the stadium. And then you've got the players. . .Who actually perform on the field. And that's like my engineers, and industrial designers, and people. . . I have one rule I live by. If I'm the smartest person in the room,...

Duration:00:28:12

Mark Moseley – NFL Most Valuable Player Placekicker – Washington Redskins

2/8/2018
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Mark Moseley on how he connected with the Murrell family and Five Guys~ "We loaded up in his car, went over to his dad's house, the rest is history. His dad jumped out of his chair about two hours later, grabbed my hand, and said, "Hey, let's make this happen. Let's have fun doing it." I'm still today, 16 years later, working on a handshake. That's how honest these people are. Jerry and Janie, they are some of the best people." Andy Ockershausen: This is Our Town. This is Andy Ockershausen...

Duration:00:36:28

Gordon Peterson – Retired Journalist and Legendary News Anchor

2/6/2018
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Gordon Peterson on conversation with colleague Glenn Brenner after they began to work together at Channel 9 ~ "He says to me one day, 'I need to talk to you. This is serious.' He says, 'I’ve been fired from every job I’ve ever had for the stuff I’m doing here and you keep throwing gasoline on the fire. I’m trying to figure out if you’re with me or against me.' I said, 'I’m with you, baby, just trust me.'" Andy Ockershausen: This is Our Town with Andy Ockershausen. Like all the rest of us,...

Duration:00:44:36

Charles Mann – Businessman and Washington Redskins 70 Greatest Honoree

2/1/2018
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Charles Mann on how his passion for learning paid off on the football field ~ ". . .that [play] book was thick and I memorized, I mean, I took in all that information and had it down and those last few years of my football career were effortless " Andy Ockershausen: This is Our Town, this is Andy Ockershausen and delightful guest today is, one of our favorites from the glory days of the Washington Redskins, but we're not here to talk about the Redskins. We're talking about a man names...

Duration:00:38:14

David Wilmot – Attorney, Businessman, Lobbyist and Activist

1/30/2018
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David Wilmot on an unexpected meeting at the home of his future inlaws that influenced his decision to go to law school~ "When I went downstairs, I was blown away. Playing poker were the following: Thurgood Marshall, Wiley Branton, a young Vernon Jordan, Floyd McKissick. . . We only read about these folks in Jet Magazine or in Ebony. . .That influenced, inched me towards me thinking about law school." Andy Ockershausen:This is Andy Ockershausen, and this is Our Town. I have a great...

Duration:00:45:31

Tom McMillen – Retired Basketball Pro | Rhodes Scholar | Public Servant | Businessman | Philanthropist

1/25/2018
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Tom McMillen on his former University of Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell ~ ". . .Lefty, I still keep in touch with him. He's indomitable. He's really a special person. He should be in the Naismith Hall of Fame. It's such an injustice. I mean when he retired as an active coach, there were only three other coaches who had more wins than he did. I think it was Dean Smith. . ." Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen. This is Our Town. We have such a special man to talk to today. He's done...

Duration:00:35:04

Bob Ryan, Retired Meteorologist | WJLA, WRC-TV and The Today Show

1/23/2018
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Bob Ryan on being part of the Channel 4 Dream Team ~ "People would say, "Oh, what was it like?" I said, "Everybody loved what we did and didn't want to do anybody else's job." I didn't want to do sports! I didn't want to be an anchor, and sure as heck nobody wanted to have my job." Bob Ryan with Trumbull and Core from the Good Ole' Days Bob Ryan: ... cold tomorrow night, and the weekend's going to start off nice. Sunny and pleasant on Saturday, about 60. I think we'll see a fair amount of...

Duration:00:35:02

Richard Dyer – President and General Manager WUSA – TV Washington DC

1/18/2018
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Richard Dyer on the most important personal lesson he learned from his time away from Our Town~ ". . .how special it was growing up here in Washington DC. At a time where the country was going through tremendous amount of change with the Civil Rights Movement and my parents were able to get a little bit more opportunity as a result of that, which allowed us to have a slightly better opportunity because we had a better education. That . . .expanded my vision of what my life could be. . .I...

Duration:00:33:38

Father Ray Kemp – Georgetown University Adjunct Professor and Priest for Life

1/16/2018
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Father Ray Kemp on why he began teaching at Georgetown University ~ ". . .a guy named Big John Thompson . . . said, 'You gotta teach a class.'. . .'I want a class where these kids can bring their experiences to college and not just sit there and study about all the black adolescent males in trouble. How do you bring their experiences into the equation, into the classroom?' Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen, and this is Our Town. And I'm so happy to have one of my favorite men in...

Duration:00:27:18

Elliot Denniberg – Advertising Wizard

1/11/2018
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Elliot Denniberg on his first time pitching to Giant Food's Izzy Cohen, a classic ! ". . .here comes the big moment and we’re showing the spots to Izzy . . . the head man, and to Alvin, and Izzy looks down. He’s looking down … with his head and listening to the music and . . . nodding . . . Whole thing is over with and I’ve already chewed through my upper lip and he gets up and heads for the door. And I’m going, “Oh, that’s it.” He says, “Alvin, those commercials were obviously shot in a...

Duration:00:53:43

Barbara Lang – Former DC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO

1/9/2018
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Barbara Lang on the need for more women in Congress ~ "Women tend to try to solve problems, and not as much as the politics . . . I’ve talked to a number of women that are in Congress and say, “Why are you there?” They’re not there to be on a power trip. They’re there to solve something." Andy Ockershausen: Hi. This is Andy Ockershausen and this is Our Town. I have the absolute total pleasure to talk to a wonderful, wonderful woman who's been a very dear friend for many years....

Duration:00:30:31

Coach Bob Milloy – A Coach for All Time

1/4/2018
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Coach Bob Milloy on Coach Morgan Wootten's coaching style ~ "He could have coached ping pong if you asked him to, but he was just a people guy. I just watched how he dealt with people and he very seldom raised his voice and he never cursed, but he would say to Adrian Dantley, 'Come on Mary Alice, you’ve got to try a little harder.' Those guys would go through the wall. He was the master of it." Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen and I cannot tell you, you listeners, I hope you...

Duration:00:40:25

Bruce Allen – President, Washington Redskins

1/2/2018
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Bruce Allen recalls an instance when his dad coached the Washington Redskins that demonstrates football's impact on Our Town~ ". . .the one thing my dad was real proud of, and Mayor Washington was proud of, when we beat Dallas on that New Year's Eve game, in the NFC Championship game, it was the only day, New Year's Day, New Year's Eve, that had not one crime registered in Washington D.C., not one crime." Andy Ockershausen: Andy Ockershausen. This is Our Town. And we're a special broadcast...

Duration:00:35:44

John Holaday – Chairman and CEO, DisposeRX

12/28/2017
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John Holaday on a new product that will make it possible to dispose of unused prescription drugs in a safe, convenient and effective way, that prevents their misuse for addiction, and that also prevents their pollution of the environment ~ "So. . .when you get a prescription for an opioid, it comes with a little packet. Same size as the one for the flowers. So, when you're through with the drug, instead of flushing them, which contaminates the environment, or instead of getting in your car...

Duration:00:28:50

Jack Nichols – President, HEROES, Inc.

12/19/2017
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Jack Nichols on HEROES, Inc.® - who it benefits and how ~ ". . .we support the widows and children of police officers and firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty here in the greater Washington area. And HEROES actually stands for Honor Every Responsible Officer's Eternal Sacrifice. . . Whatever they want and they need, we're gonna make sure they get taken care of right away." Andy Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen and this is Our Town. And we have a very important...

Duration:00:31:52

Brian Kelly – Editor and CCO, U.S. News & World Report

12/14/2017
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Brian Kelly on Bill Regardie’s thoughts about publishing controversial stories in his magazine~ “I said, ‘Bill, you've got to decide whether you want to be liked or respected.’ It took him about two seconds and he said, ‘Yeah, I want to be respected. Go ahead and run the story.’ That was always Bill's feeling. Even though he is a Washington boy, grew up here, he knew that as an editor, as a publisher, he had to do the right thing for his readers, which was tell the story.” Andy...

Duration:00:37:28

Carol Schwartz – Former DC Councilwoman and Author

12/12/2017
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Carol Schwartz reading from the back cover summary of her new book "Quite A Life!, From Defeat to Defeat and Back"~ "Carol Schwartz tells it like it was. Warts and all. . . if you want an outspoken, personal autobiography with pictures galore, that also talks about the history of DC since Home Rule, takes you behind the scenes of chaotic campaigns, as well as shows you the inner workings of government, all rolled together, come on this ride with me. . . It's a journey of wins and defeats...

Duration:00:31:06

Joe Hadeed – Entrepreneur – Hadeed Carpet and Rug

12/8/2017
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Joe Hadeed on how he kept his employees working during the slow months his first year as owner ~ ". . .the first January that came up, he kept telling me . . . we don't have any business at that time. We usually lay everybody off and I said I'm not gonna do that. So . . .I put on a suit and tie and went to Cameron Mills Road, one of the exclusive areas in Alexandria . . .and I started knocking on doors. I went door to door for the next three months. . . We stayed busy ever since. Everybody...

Duration:00:28:36

Peter Newsham – Chief of Police Metropolitan Police Department

12/5/2017
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Chief Peter Newsham, Chief of Police Metropolitan Police Department when asked about his predecessor former Chief of Police Cathy Lanier ~ ". . .whenever one of our officers comes up and they tell me a story similar to some of the things that Chief Lanier had to go through when she was an officer, I immediately think of Chief Lanier. You know what I mean? I take it very, very seriously. Nobody should have to go through some of the things that she had to go through in her career." Andy...

Duration:00:29:19

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