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The Ghidotti Podcast
31 minutes | 2 days ago
Joshua Cook: Integrated Communications in a Time of Crisis
From the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to economic uncertainty, there’s been no shortage of dilemmas and disasters for businesses to overcome this year. However, this year has also provided an opportunity to work inside the business and develop an integrated communications plan. “One of the biggest things that people can do as they’re looking at that strategy is integrating and aligning their message,” said Ghidotti media relations manager Joshua Cook. “Businesses can’t control what everyone else says and how they say it, but they can control what they say and how they say it.” With a new year rapidly approaching, now is the time to develop and refine your integrated communications strategy. Tune into the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast as Cook and host Natalie Ghidotti discuss the most effective ways to align your message in a time of crisis.
45 minutes | 23 days ago
Will Trice: The Future of The Rep
The COVID-19 pandemic has made business challenging for many industries, perhaps none more so than the performing arts industry. While restaurants, stores and other locations have been able to resume operations under new guidelines, theaters are left wondering if and when they’ll be able to reopen. “It’s been pretty catastrophic for us as an industry,” said Will Trice, artistic executive director of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. “We made the decision pretty early to not have productions this season. I think a lot of other theaters were holding out hope, but what you’ve seen over the last several weeks and months is those theaters changing their announcements.” Despite the grim outlook, Trice remains optimistic about the future following the success of the Rebuild The Rep campaign in 2019. Tune into the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast as Trice shares more with host Zach Parker, including future plans for The Rep and his background as a three-time Tony Award-winning producer on Broadway.
54 minutes | a month ago
Bill Ott: America's Most Haunted Hotel
The 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs isn’t just one of the oldest hotels in Arkansas. It’s also one of the most haunted, said to be home to a number of ghostly residents and other paranormal activity. “Our guests and employees have told us about hundreds of different paranormal encounters and experiences over the years,” said Bill Ott, director of marketing and communications at the Crescent Hotel. “A lot of these stories have been around for the last 130 years that we’ve been here.” With Halloween just days away, get into the holiday spirit with this Thriller Throwback episode of The Ghidotti Podcast to hear more from Ott about the eerie happenings and discoveries at the Crescent Hotel during a tour of the campus.
52 minutes | a month ago
Joyce Elliott and French Hill: A Conversation With Our Candidates
The race between Joyce Elliott and French Hill to represent Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District is shaping up to be one of the most competitive this election season. Hill is seeking his fourth term as the Republican incumbent, while Elliott aims to be the first black member of Congress elected from Arkansas. Republican and Democratic groups alike see this as one of the most pivotal races this year, as evidenced by the recent six-figure TV advertisement purchases by the Democratic National Campaign Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC. With just a week until Election Day, tune into our bonus episode of The Ghidotti Podcast as host Natalie Ghidotti is joined by each candidate to hear more about their backgrounds and respective views on pressing issues.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Lyle Blackburn: The Boggy Creek Monster
From the haunted Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs to the legend of the Gurdon Light, Arkansas is no stranger to paranormal activity and spooky beings. With reported sightings dating back to the early 20th century, the Boggy Creek Monster in Fouke is no exception. “The first tales of a creature in that general area date back to about 1908,” said cryptozoologist and author Lyle Blackburn. “It’s something that very much is still going on and every so often, I get a pretty good and intriguing account.” The expert on all things Boggy Creek Monster as the author of two books and producer of a documentary, Blackburn shared more with host Zach Parker on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including the origin of the legend and how it might relate to Bigfoot, the Yeti and other famous creatures.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Kara Wilkins: Arkansas Counts
While it’s often mistaken as just a means of calculating the current population, the U.S. Census provides data that is used to make decisions at every level of government. With just two weeks remaining before the Sept. 30 deadline, Kara Wilkins and the Arkansas Counts coalition remain committed to ensuring a complete and accurate census in the Natural State. “The census helps us determine what level of funding we need to make sure that we have this state running efficiently and effectively,” Wilkins said. “Any loss of funds could mean a cut in a program that is critical here in Arkansas.” Wilkins shared more about Arkansas Counts and the 2020 U.S. census with host Natalie Ghidotti on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including why getting an accurate count isn’t always easy and how those who have already completed the census can still help.
38 minutes | 3 months ago
Chris Collier: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and now is the time for all men in Arkansas to get serious about their prostate health. With the disease claiming the lives of approximately 300 Arkansans each year, the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation stands ready to guide men and their families through the prostate cancer journey. “One of the first steps is we try to educate and raise awareness,” said Executive Director Chris Collier. “We participate in health fairs all over the state and the central theme is the need to be screened. That determines your baseline number and what you might need to do going forward.” Collier shared more about the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation with host Zach Parker on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including the full range of free services available through the foundation and debunking some of the misconceptions about screening.
40 minutes | 4 months ago
Terri Beiner: Bowen School of Law
Just days away from the start of fall classes, the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law and Dean Terri Beiner remain confident about their hybrid structure for the semester and its ability to continue to provide the hands-on practice for students. “In some ways, we got lucky because we’ve been doing this since March,” Beiner said. “Once we had that experience, we put our faculty through numerous different types of training for online teaching. I’m looking at it as an opportunity.” Beiner shared more with host Natalie Ghidotti on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including how Bowen’s learning experience differs from other law schools and her thoughts on the notion that there are too many law students and not enough jobs.
55 minutes | 4 months ago
Leo Cummings and Todd Cate: Black Dude White Dude
The Black Dude White Dude Podcast features in-depth discussions on a variety of topics from the differing perspectives of two best friends. From social justice and fatherhood to the NBA and working out, Conway natives Leo Cummings and Todd Cate are tackling it all. “These are conversations that we would normally have,” Cate said. “We started asking ourselves, can we add value to the community around us by having these conversations in a method in which people can listen to it, and I think the answer is yes.” Cummings and Cate joined host Zach Parker for a bro talk episode of The Ghidotti Podcast on everything from the origin of Black Dude White Dude to the never-ending Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James debate, plus their best Joe Rogan impersonation. You won’t want to miss it.
46 minutes | 4 months ago
Travis Napper: Arkansas Tourism
Travis Napper brings experience and enthusiasm to his role as Arkansas’s newest Director of Tourism, but the COVID-19 pandemic has presented its fair share of challenges with travel restrictions, social distancing and self quarantines. “I started on April Fool’s Day, so maybe the joke is on me,” Napper said. “Starting a new job in tourism in the middle of a pandemic with all the staff at home is definitely one of those stories that you wouldn’t believe had we said this six months ago.” Napper shared more with host Natalie Ghidotti on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including how the Natural State’s outdoor attractions have helped it remain a destination for travelers, the outside perspective he brings as a Louisiana native and how he and Stacy Hurst are working together in their new roles.
43 minutes | 5 months ago
Dr. Ben Sells: Take Care, Tigers
As a new school year rapidly approaches, many colleges and universities across the country have already announced plans for holding classes online this fall due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia remains committed to having an on-campus experience for all students. “I have confidence in people at Ouachita and our process, and we’re moving in that direction until there’s reason that we can’t,” said OBU President Dr. Ben Sells. “So much of how this is going to work will come down to students, faculty and staff being responsible, and we’re challenging people to rise to the occasion.” Dr. Sells shared more with host Zach Parker on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including why the on-campus experience is so important at OBU, the course of action should a student test positive for COVID-19 and the ongoing discussion of how to preserve one of the school’s most sacred fall traditions, Tiger Tunes.
23 minutes | 5 months ago
Sarah Catherine Gutierrez: Then and Now
Given the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the unemployment rate and stock market, many people are now placing more emphasis on saving money for the future, something Sarah Catherine Gutierrez has seen firsthand as CEO of Aptus Financial. “We have used this time to talk about emergency funds and for the first time, it feels like people are taking us up on it,” Gutierrez said. “I think there could be some really amazing, lasting outcomes from this if people just put a little more thought into the long-term automation of some of these practices.” Gutierrez, a previous guest in February 2019, shared more with host Natalie Ghidotti on the latest Then and Now episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including an update on her upcoming book and the Save10 Challenge.
23 minutes | 5 months ago
Ken Clark - Then and Now
With the COVID-19 pandemic, a 14 percent unemployment rate and the upcoming presidential election, it’s no surprise that 2020 has brought a wave of fear and anxiety to many people. Chenal Family Therapy CEO Ken Clark introduced a solution in the form of gratitude with the Thanks a Billion Project. “Everybody was scared and we couldn’t tell what was real fear and what was blown out of proportion,” said Clark. “ The project emerged out of the belief that we as a collective group are going to solve this problem a lot better if we are solving from a place of gratitude as opposed to self-preservation.” Clark, a previous guest in August 2018, shared more with host and Thanks a Billion Project partner Natalie Ghidotti on the latest Then and Now episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including his thoughts on the ongoing discussion about race in our country and how he’s guided his team of therapists during this difficult time.
46 minutes | 6 months ago
Chuck Livingston: Hooten's Arkansas Football
For fans in the Natural State, Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine is the go-to source for team previews across all levels in high school and college. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has left the status of this year’s season up in the air, the Hooten’s team remains committed to delivering the same product that Arkansans have come to expect. “There’s going to be a lot more projection in this year’s magazine,” said staff writer Chuck Livingston. “Without a true spring and summer, it’s harder to see that progress that you would normally see in the weight room and on the field. It’s been different in a lot of ways, but we’re making the best of it just like the coaches and players and we’re optimistic.” Livingston shared more about the upcoming season with host Zach Parker on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including how central Arkansas has become the hub of premier high school football and why Razorback fans should be excited about first-year head coach Sam Pittman.
15 minutes | 6 months ago
Dr. Joe Thompson: Then and Now
After starting the year with a mission to stop the teen vaping epidemic in its tracks, Dr. Joe Thompson and the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement have since shifted their focus to educating and guiding Arkansans through the COVID-19 pandemic. “What we’ve done is try to interpret what is going on in an understandable approach so that people can help protect themselves and those that are around them,” said Dr. Thompson. “Four months ago, I don’t think people thought about pandemics, viruses or face masks and now everybody is talking about it because we’re all living it in these uncharted waters.” Dr. Thompson, a previous guest in January, shared more with host Zach Parker on the latest Then and Now episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including how to safely navigate public gatherings and why it’s important to continue wearing a mask when possible.
15 minutes | 6 months ago
Adena White: Then and Now
Having launched the Blackbelt Voices podcast last year to give a voice to Southern black women, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Communications Adena White is proud to see so many others pleading for their voices to be heard at peaceful protests in recent weeks. “This is a movement that we see going on; it’s more than just a moment,” White said. “There’s a lot that has already happened as a result, and I think we underestimate the power of protest. It’s an important tool for us in our democracy and it’s kind of what we were founded on.” White, a previous guest in October 2019, shared more with host Natalie Ghidotti on the latest Then and Now episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including what it means for her to see participation in her home of Conway and how we can keep this moment from passing by without any real change.
52 minutes | 6 months ago
Capi Peck: Community Crusader
Following the tragic loss of George Floyd in a Minneapolis police-involved death, Little Rock has joined countless other cities around the country with peaceful protests and demonstrations in recent days. As the Little Rock City Director for Ward 4, a neighborhood she has lived in for nearly 40 years, Trio’s Restaurant executive chef and co-owner Capi Peck brings a unique perspective to the city’s response. “I think all in all, Little Rock has handled things the best we possibly could,” Peck said. “With everything so political and so polarizing, it makes it hard to put people at ease. We could be in a very different situation right now, so I do applaud the LRPD, Mayor Scott and others for condoning peaceful protests.” Peck shared more with host Natalie Ghidotti on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including how Trio’s has navigated the COVID-19 outbreak, why she has elected not to open the dining room at this time, what she learned about the hospitality industry from her grandparents, the longtime owners of Hotel Sam Peck and her thoughts on the current lawsuits against Little Rock Chief of Police Keith Humphrey.
20 minutes | 6 months ago
Jessie Wilson - Then and Now
As a senior corporate consultant and senior trainer with Dale Carnegie training, Jessie Wilson has had a unique perspective inside the minds of business leaders and executives as they have navigated the uncharted territory of the COVID-19 outbreak “I’ve seen leadership teams really come together and think about how we engage our employees, what does our culture look like and how are we going to respond to get the most out of working from home,” Wilson said. “I’ve seen leaders step up in a way that I haven’t seen in my time with Dale Carnegie.” Wilson shared more with host Natalie Ghidotti on our first Then and Now episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including tips on how to improve your work from home and why culture has become such an integral part of any successful business.
49 minutes | 6 months ago
Mike Shelton: Uptown Barber Lounge
For the community of Bentonville, Uptown Barber Lounge is more than just a place to get a haircut or a beard trim. Highlighting the experience of a barber shop, it provides a sense of community to everyone who sits down in a chair. “I tell people all the time that you can get a haircut anywhere, but you can only experience one at Uptown,” said co-owner Mike Shelton. “We’re really big on our culture and atmosphere. We just wanted to have that environment where people come in and have a good time.” Shelton shared more with host Zach Parker on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including how Uptown Barber Lounge is navigating the early stages of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, future plans for expansion and his previous career as a hip-hop artist.
52 minutes | 7 months ago
Steve Straessle: The Catholic High Promise
While the COVID-19 outbreak threw a wrench into the end of the school year, Catholic High School for Boys remains committed to the principles that have made it a pinnacle of education in central Arkansas. “We knew intrinsically and uniquely that Catholic High is about more than just academics,” said Catholic High School principal Steve Straessle. “The academic delivery is vital without question, but Catholic High School is more than that.” Straessle shared more with host Natalie Ghidotti on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including his working relationship with the Little Rock School District, the role virtual learning could play in the future and Catholic High School’s plans for graduation and other senior traditions.
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