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
Attorney Michael Collins and Dr. Joseph Novello – Our Town
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Our Town host Andy Ockershausen interviews two outstanding professionals, Attorney Mike Collins and Dr. Joe Novello, in this all new Our Town podcast episode. Andy introduces both men to us by telling us about their very different career paths, then segues into a long laundry list of what they have in common.
Up first is Attorney Mike Collins. He is managing partner of The Collins Firm and host of Legally Speaking radio show on WMAL. Andy prompts Mike to talk about his alma mater Notre Dame. Mike provides insight into his early years growing up in Chicago’s school system, and how he started Notre Dame at 16. They go on to talk about Mike’s Dad, the first Notre Dame fan Mike ever met. Although never having attended Notre Dame, his Dad had season tickets with 9 friends and he attended every home game for 49 years. The group was cut off from the tickets when the person whose name the tickets were in passed away. Mike went through a letter writing campaign to get his Dad reinstated and was successful. His Dad ended up with four season tickets for his lifetime, which Mike had to acknowledge and promise not to contest down the road.
As founder of The Collins Firm, Mike has been conducting estate planning seminars throughout the DC Metro for years. He used to charge for them, but not any more. Mike has made it his mission to educate people 50+ about estate planning. Mike realizes that most folks don’t want to think about planning their estate although they know it should be done. His free seminars are the perfect way to get people motivated to get their affairs in order starting now.
You’ll be entertained as you listen in to Mike describe his entrepreneurial experiences in Southern California. He and a partner started the first skate park and waterslide park there. Toward the end of his interview, you’ll laugh as you listen to Mike recall stories about his waterslide investment. These successful ventures resolved community issues for young and older people alike and made life more harmonious between the two groups.
Mike wraps up this first part of his interview with Andy by recalling his major and the changes that took place during his four years at Notre Dame, before he attended law school at Georgetown University.
Next you'll listen in to a personal conversation between Dr. Joseph Novello and Andy. Andy is quick to thank Joe for his help with Andy's then teenage son