Listening to Arvada: How one couple is reaching more residents, fostering community by hitting the digital airwaves

Listening to Arvada: How one couple is reaching more residents, fostering community by hitting the digital airwaves

Arvada residents don’t have to go to the native watering gap for the rundown on neighborhood happenings anymore. The watering gap involves them — within the type of a community-focused, weekly podcast.

“Superior Pod – Arvada version” is the creation of husband-wife duo Russ and Kate Rizzo. The primary episode, which debuted in July, spotlighted a neighborhood brewery, previewed a beer pageant and detailed facets of a neighborhood controversy. It included interviews with native workers, residents and officers to inform the tales.

The primary season, which is out there on iTunes, Stitcher and different common podcasting apps, has seven episodes, plus bonus content material. Many of the 15- to 20-minute episodes function recurring segments, reminiscent of “Locations We Like,” the place the Rizzos share their favourite native hangouts; “The Breakdown,” through which the hosts dissect a scorching subject amongst neighborhood members; and “Neighborhood Profiles,” which encompasses a native resident or place.

The flowing dialogue and choice of common subjects is proof of Russ Rizzo’s 10 years of journalistic expertise. This isn’t his first try at a podcast, however it’s distinctive in its objective: to assist join residents.

“The purpose is to convene a brand new dialog right here in Arvada, one that’s hyperlocal,” he stated.

Within the eight months since its launch, the podcast has garnered lots of of standard listeners, Russ stated. The Superior Pod Fb web page has greater than 170 followers, and the newest video put up was considered greater than 500 occasions.

“Townspeople have a disconnect with their city. Again within the day you used to learn the little native newspaper to get the native data and gossip,” stated Jay Baichi, a neighborhood enterprise proprietor and neighbor of the Rizzos. “I believe that’s one thing that’s lacking. Arvada is such an exquisite little city. I believe (the podcast) will assist carry individuals collectively.”

Baichi was a visitor on the podcast Feb. 14 through the season two premiere and the primary stay present, which was hosted at Hunter Bay Espresso Roasters in Olde City and streamed stay on Fb. Becoming a member of Baichi have been Mayor Marc Williams, Jean Gordon of the Arvada Guests Heart, and different native enterprise homeowners and residents who’re energetic in the neighborhood.

“I believe it’s nice to have any alternative for various boards for individuals to have the ability to get data on what’s occurring on this nice neighborhood,” Williams stated of the podcast.

The mayor, together with others on the stay occasion, will probably be season two’s common friends. Williams stated he’s wanting to have one other solution to get the phrase out about essential metropolis topics, together with progress on the G-Line light-rail route, visitors considerations and financial growth efforts.

“We as a Metropolis Council actually do need to hear from our residents, and we work on other ways to get that dialogue going,” he stated through the stay present at Hunter Bay.

Resident David Boersma stated the podcast has been useful as he and his household get to know the neighborhood. They moved to Arvada from Wheat Ridge final April.

“Arvada appears like a spot the place there’s much less transition and extra steady roots which are being planted,” Boersma stated. “I get the sense that it’s plenty of youthful households. It’s people who find themselves nonetheless keen on what Denver has to supply, however are settling into elevating children and beginning households.”

Regardless of a inhabitants of about 120,000, Arvada residents reward the neighborhood’s small-town ambiance.

“Arvada, to me, is a bit, small hometown,” stated A.J. Payne, common supervisor of Hunter Bay. “It’s a spot the place neighborhood comes, neighborhood gathers, individuals from all walks of life come down and say hi there to one another and hang around with one another.”

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Throughout the brand new season, each different episode of “Superior Pod” will probably be held stay at Hunter Bay the place residents are welcome to look at. Baichi stated he hopes it can grow to be regular to listen to individuals on the streets of Olde City referencing the newest episode of “the pod,” as many subscribers are referring to it.

Russ Rizzo stated he can’t perceive why hyperlocal podcasting hasn’t taken off, and whereas he and his spouse work on the undertaking in between their full-time jobs, they hope to see their viewers develop over season two.

“I believe you’ll be able to hear from the mayor and the others an actual curiosity from this,” he stated. “It actually touches on the wants of the neighborhood. It might have true affect right here.”

Listeners of “Superior Pod” say Rizzo is the proper man for the job.

“He’s clearly a really sturdy household man, and … he’s striving to make a optimistic mark on our neighborhood,” Mayor Williams stated.

Rizzo is the primary particular person to welcome new residents to the neighborhood, Baichi stated, recalling the block occasion Rizzo threw to introduce him to their neighbors.

“He’s the right man for this. … He desires to see that ‘community-build’ all through the entire city. The entire level of it, actually, is to have a greater city,” Baichi stated. “Arvada is nice, however like each city, it may be higher.”

In a neighborhood the place metropolis delight is already palpable, some residents see “Superior Pod” as yet another factor to assist Arvada shine among the many remainder of the metro space communities.

“I believe there are plenty of tales to be shared,” Boersma stated. “(Arvada) is clearly a city on the rise.”