Our Town with host Andy Ockershausen - Homegrown History
About This Show
Welcome to Our Town, a new podcast 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.
Most Recent Episode
Lyles Carr – Senior Vice President The McCormick Group – Leadership Greater Washington
< 1 day ago
Lyles Carr on community service -
"I get much more credit than I’m due. To me, it’s the almost irrationally committed leaders and staff of the community service organizations in this Region and their supporters that really deserve the applause. They’re the ones that do the real work. We just try to support them."
A Ockershausen: This is Andy Ockershausen and this is Our Town and we have the pleasure, a distinct personal pleasure to me to talk with a very dear friend who's made a great impact on the city of Washington. A name most of you don't know but you should is Lyles Carr is with The McCormick Group. Lyles, welcome to Our Town.
Lyles Carr: Andy, I'm pleased to be here although I figure you needed some comic relief at some point so that's how you got me.
The Early Years
A Ockershausen: Until we talked, I had no idea you were a suburban guy. I always thought of you for whatever reason as Northern Virginia and DC. Then I started talking to you and found out you're from Palmer Park.
Lyles Carr: Yeah, it's interesting.
A Ockershausen: It's incredible.
Lyles Carr: I was born over in Eastern Maryland and ...
A Ockershausen: Waterfowl country.
Lyles Carr: Yep. My mother's family is from down there and my mother's still there and so I feel like Easton Maryland's home but my father and our family moved into Palmer Park in 1957 when I was six or seven years old and at the time we were the first family into the second section of Palmer Park.
A Ockershausen: They expanded.
Lyles Carr: That was really the farthest outlying suburb. Well, there became five sections all together. This is pre Bowie and so I grew up in there. I used to take music lessons down on Minnesota Avenue and go to church in Seat Pleasant.
A Ockershausen: You don't go there now do you?
Lyles Carr: Actually I do go there but it's for different reasons.
A Ockershausen: It's a different world.
Lyles Carr: My friend Butch Hopkins down there then ran Anacostia Economic Development Partnership and down and around Marshall Heights with some of the non profit work.
A Ockershausen: Those names are so familiar to me. I'll give you my little story and then I'll let you get yours. Charlie Brotman a very dear friend of mine started representing ... He said, "I've got a kid out here that's going to be so great in Palmer Park and