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Our Town Podcast

The Our Town podcast shines a bright spotlight on all that is great up the city of Huntsville, AL. We will interview a wide range of guests from all areas of the community: business, technology, education, public service, and entertainment, etc.

Chef Tony "Maddog" Maggert staked his claim to fame by changing the flat tire of Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell. Tony is an Amputee who lost his leg in Afghanistan. His good Samaritan story went viral and Tony appeared on every news outlet around the world to share his experience. After retiring from the Military, Maddog pursued his passion of completing culinary school at the famed Institute for Culinary Education in NY. Tony is an entrepreneur having launched the Sausages of Freedom brand and now opening the Korndog Cartel food truck. For more information visit https://sausagesoffreedom.com YouTube:  @chefmaddogmaggert889 ...
Published on: 2024-02-19
By Our Town w/ Troy Bye
Host/Interviewer: M. Troy Bye, Owner, Our Town Podcast Website: https://ourtownpodcast.net Spotify Channel: https://spoti.fi/3QtpT8z Audio available on all platforms - just search for "Our Town Podcast" Follow us on social media: LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/41rlgTt Facebook: https://bit.ly/ourtownpodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ourtownpodcast/ Episode Timeline: 00:00 Start 00:30 Intro/New HQ 02:23 Anna Clem Intro 05:40 John Kvach Intro 08:00 Funding & TAP's 10:30 Non-Profit Roots 13:29 Broadband and Connecting 16:33 Master Trail Plan 18:15 Anna Accepting the Job 23:19 The New Place/Productivity 29:13 Sweet Trails 33:40 NC Exemplar/Epic Trails 37:57 Treasures on the Trail 40:25 Town Creek 45:30 Leighton Lights Story 47:37 Old Town Charm 55:41 Water...
Published on: 2024-02-12
By Our Town w/ Troy Bye
Mike Wright is VP/General Manager of ABC Affiliate WAAY-31 TV in Huntsville, Alabama.  Wright previously served 15-years as VP/GM of CBS Affiliates KBTX (Bryan-College Station), adding KWTX (Waco-Temple-Killeen) to his duties in 2014.  He spent 27-years with KBTX starting as an on-air co-anchor KBTX Morning News. For many years, Wright served as radio play–by–play for Texas A&M Women’s Basketball and later for ESPN’s SEC+ network.  Prior to his move to Huntsville, Wright was the “Voice At Kyle Field” for Texas A&M Football.Wright has served local communities through participation in hundreds of civic events and fundraisers.  He was honored to be named as one...
Published on: 2024-02-05
By Our Town w/ Troy Bye
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Published on: 2024-02-02
By Our Town w/ Troy Bye
Joel Lamp is a Senior executive in sports management with more than 20 years of experience in fund raising, sponsorship, marketing, communications, alumni engagement and community building. Proven team leader with ability to increase revenue and build brands within college and professional sports, as well as the public and private sectors. To learn more about Joel and the Huntsville/Madison Country Convention & Visitors Bureau, visit https://huntsvillecity.org Host/Interviewer: M. Troy Bye, Owner, Our Town Podcast Website: www.ourtownpodcast.net Spotify Channel: https://spoti.fi/3QtpT8z Audio available on all platforms - just search for "Our Town Podcast" Follow us on social media: LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/41rlgTt Facebook: https://bit.ly/ourtownpodcast...
Published on: 2024-01-29
By Our Town w/ Troy Bye
Jack Collison is the head coach of the Huntsville City Football Club (HCFC), the MLS Next Pro affiliate to the MLS Nashville FC. HCFC is about to enter into its second season of competition after a 9-7-12 record in their inaugural campaign. Coach Collison is a former Premier League Player, in which a knee injury cut his career short. In this episode we talk about Coach Collison's adjustment to living in the U.S., his playing career, the state of soccer in the U.S., and his coaching career. The episode was co-hosted by the head coach of the Bob Jones High...
Published on: 2024-01-22
By Our Town w/ Troy Bye
Retired Lieutenant General L. Neil Thurgood is the special advisor to the UAH president for military affairs and technology. Prior to his appointment at UAH, he served as the director for hypersonics, directed energy, space, and rapid acquisition in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (acquisition, logistics, and technology) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. In this role, LTG Thurgood was responsible for the fielding of select capabilities to deter and counter rapidly modernizing adversaries. He oversaw the development of an Army long range hypersonic weapon and led the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office in researching, developing,...
Published on: 2024-01-16
By Our Town Podcast
aAt some point you have seen a movie scene with a crewmember in the back of a helicopter with a personality that could not exactly be defined, yet in an instant cameo appearance, it left an overwhelming impression upon you. There is something about the ones that sit in the back entrusting the two pilots up front with their lives no matter the weather, the mission, night or day. The seasoned flight veterans remain vigilant, cool, calm and collective no matter the environment or risk.In the half-deranged world of a U.S. Army Blackhawk Crewchief, you will gain a deep understanding...
Published on: 2024-01-08
By Our Town Podcast
At some point you have seen a movie scene with a crewmember in the back of a helicopter with a personality that could not exactly be defined, yet in an instant cameo appearance, it left an overwhelming impression upon you. There is something about the ones that sit in the back entrusting the two pilots up front with their lives no matter the weather, the mission, night or day. The seasoned flight veterans remain vigilant, cool, calm and collective no matter the environment or risk.In the half-deranged world of a U.S. Army Blackhawk Crewchief, you will gain a deep understanding...
Published on: 2024-01-08
By Our Town Podcast
One of the most popular guests on the podcast has been Joe Carlucci, owner of Valentina's Pizzeria & Wine Bar. Joe made his first appearance back in 2022 on episode 22 and made an instant impact with the audience. He came back for two more episodes to have Joe update Troy on the progress of his new store and to detail his winning "Pizza Maker of the Year" in Las Vegas. It seems only fitting to have Joe join Troy for the big milestone 100th episode as that store is now complete and Joe will share his plans for the...
Published on: 2024-01-01
By Our Town Podcast
Village of Promise (VoP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Huntsville, AL. Their mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty, one family at a time, and by narrowly focusing on one community at a time. Modeled after the Harlem Childen's Zone, Dana Gillis, CEO, and Danielle Hart, Director of Development & Marketing, discuss the history of the Huntsville chapter and all aspects of the organization, which won the Non-Profit of the Year Award for 2023. For more information visit https://villageofpromise.org Instagram: @villageofpromisehuntsville Host/Interviewer: M. Troy Bye, Owner, Our Town Podcast Website: www.ourtownpodcast.net Spotify Channel: https://spoti.fi/3QtpT8z Audio available...
Published on: 2023-12-25
By Our Town Podcast
Chief Warrant Officer 5, Julian Evans III, died tragically this past July at the prime of his life. You will hear of his amazing story as told by his wife, Josie Evans, and daughter, Te'Yanna Evans. Josie also walks us through her painful circumstance in which she endured 52 surgeries. Shortly after his death, Josie started the CW5 Julian A. Evans III Scholarship Foundation to honor Julian's brilliant mind, big heart, and servant spirit who never met a stranger! Co-hosted by AUSA-Huntsville's own, Col. John Kuenzli (ret), this is a gripping and emotional episode as we continue to celebrate CW5...
Published on: 2023-12-18
By Our Town Podcast
Carl is the Creative Director of Zellus Marketing, an online marketing company that currently shows up #1 in Google for "Huntsville Marketing.” They specialize in web design, social media management, email marketing, search optimization, blogging, graphic design, marketing automation and strategy development. Zellus services a large range of clients from lawyers to a gas department to retail stores, providing a website and maintenance all the way to managing the entire marketing function of a business. We have several well-known clients such as Legacy Homes, LawLers Barbecue, and the Madison Chamber of Commerce. He is also passionate about game design. It...
Published on: 2023-12-11
By Our Town Podcast
Carl is the Creative Director of Zellus Marketing, an online marketing company that currently shows up #1 in Google for "Huntsville Marketing.” They specialize in web design, social media management, email marketing, search optimization, blogging, graphic design, marketing automation and strategy development. Zellus services a large range of clients from lawyers to a gas department to retail stores, providing a website and maintenance all the way to managing the entire marketing function of a business. We have several well-known clients such as Legacy Homes, LawLers Barbecue, and the Madison Chamber of Commerce. He is also passionate about game design. It...
Published on: 2023-12-11
By Our Town Podcast
Ann Kepner is a member of the Core Team for the Huntsville, AL chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace - a non-profit that fully believes that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs. When it was brought to their attention that the need for beds went far beyond their own neighborhoods, they stepped up and took initiative. SHP is a national organization answering the call to a national problem. All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. In Idaho and across the U.S., too many boys...
Published on: 2023-12-05
By Our Town Podcast