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
Frank Harden – Legendary Harden and Weaver Show – WMAL AM630
Frank Harden on "The Senator's" 'Forward March!' one morning -
"That’s right and I think one of the funny things that happened there was the Senator always gave the forward march command and one day we got a call from a representative who said 'When the Senator said "Forward March!", I was stopped at a stoplight! I put the pedal to the metal and took off!'"
A Ockershausen: This is a very special day for Our Town. Frank, we didn't coin that name, it's Our Town. That's the suburbs and everything we grew up with, but it's so special to see Frank Harden and to have a chance to talk to Frank because I lived through those years and the best years of my life. I want to correct part of what he said in a book. That is about the size of the Harden and Weaver audience. I would tell you, Frank, at one time, Harden and Weaver had one out of every four listeners in the Greater Washington area, that is stupendous! Nobody's ever come close to that, even the Super Bowl doesn't do any better than that, one out of every four. Welcome Frank Harden!
Frank Harden: Thank you very much!
A Ockershausen: Yeah. Now, the beauty that I have in my life is when I came to WMAL, Harden and Weaver were here, but they were Frank Harden and Jackson Weaver. They were just guys on the staff and you refreshed my memory by reading what you guys, and how you started. I'm fascinated by how you got into radio and how you got into radio at WMAL.
Frank Harden: Well, I came here in 1947.
A Ockershausen: Right after the war.
Frank Harden: Right after the war and I had been in Denver working at a station out there.
A Ockershausen: KSL, I remember the call airs from your book.
Frank Harden: Oh, do you?
A Ockershausen: Yes.
Frank Harden: Okay!
A Ockershausen: Big powerful radio station, KSL.
Frank Harden: Yeah. You remember more than I do because one of the things that I've lost through all of my infirmities is my memory, I can't remember a lot of things. People say them to me and I say "Are you kidding?"
A Ockershausen: Frank, that's not unusual. You got so much packed in there after all those years. Let's listen to a conversation you had with Tim Brant about earlier days in your military and broadcast career.
Frank Harden and Tim Brant on WMAL in 1999 - D-Day Remembrance
Frank Harden: 9:10 here on News Talk 6:30, WMAL on this 50th ann