01 Sep Podcasting: Utica-style
UTICA- After deciding to move back home from New York City a few months ago, Sam Famolaro joked to some friends that he should start a podcast focusing on his native Utica.
The 29-year-old had done some podcasting during his seven years living in Brooklyn, so when he was approached by the creative collective Made in Utica about actually doing just that, he jumped at the opportunity.
“When they pitched it to me, I told them I already had this idea that I wanted to do,” Famolaro said. “I wanted it to be something that allowed us to do positive work for the community … and tell interesting and personal local stories.”
So, Famolaro hooked up with his childhood friend and fellow Utican Kevin Sullivan, 29, and 30-year-old Erin Higgins of Clinton, and began laying the groundwork for the weekly hour-long program he dubbed “The Uticast.”
Recorded in a home studio in Famolaro and Sullivan’s South Utica apartment, the trio conducts long-form interviews with community fixtures such as musician and promoter Anthony “Zee” Donaldson and Tim Schram, owner of The Dev in Utica, and discuss a variety of topics ranging from local concerns to pop culture.
Ryan Miller, director of Mohawk Valley Community College’s thINCubator, who was a guest on the most-listened-to episode of the show, said “The Uticast” and other local podcasts, such as “You Should Be Here!,” are a welcome addition to the local media landscape….
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