Visalia information goes ‘On Air’ with new podcast
Visalia offers city hall news, community interviews, and positive reinforcement on “Visalia On Air” podcast
By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN
VISALIA – The City of Visalia is now on the air, the digital airwaves to be precise.
Last month, the city announced the first episode of “Visalia On Air,” a podcast with a tagline to “inspire, inform, educate and entertain”. The show is co-hosted by Shelly Ellis, general manager of the Visalia Convention Center, and Allison Mackey, communications manager for the City of Visalia, and is recorded from Zach Green Films Studio on Main Street in Visalia.
The first episode kicked off with a segment disseminating City Hall news with the announcement that Visalia’s roll out of a three-can system in March 2019. The City Council voted in March 2017 to replace its split refuse/recycle cans with separate cans. Greenwaste containers will remain the same.
The second segment of the show is an interview with “guests who contribute to make Visalia the great place it is to live, work and play.” Historian Terry Ommen, who has researched Visalia history for more than 30 years and authored four books on the subject, covered topics ranging from the old saddle rings on Main Street, to notorious residents and visitors to Visalia, as well its founder Nathanial Vise. The final segment of the program, called “I Love Visalia” asks the guest what they love most about the town they live in. Ommen’s answer was the friendliness and closeness of the city, which give it a much smaller feel than its 130,000 population would suggest.
The show closed out with reminders of the city’s monthly Dump On Us events, where residents can discard their unwanted items, and the upcoming San Joaquin Industrial Summit held on Nov. 15 in Tulare.
The link to the monthly podcast will be distributed through the Inside City Hall e-newsletter and episodes and descriptions can be found on www.visalia.city under the “About” section. The podcast can also be found on most apps and online directories.