Photo by Mary Pat Collins
Tara Lewis and Andy Ockershausen
Tara Lewis and Andy Ockershausen

Ernie Bauer, Wendy Reiger, Mark Tuohey, Lucille Bauer (Photo by: Mary Pat Collins) Ernie Bauer, Wendy Reiger, Mark Tuohey, Lucille Bauer

After four months in production and over 34 interviews ready for release, Best Bark Communications and host of OUR TOWNAndy Ockershausen kicked off the podcast series on Wednesday evening at Tony and Joe’s Seafood at Washington Harbour with over 100 guests in attendance. Those who came out for the launch included: Sonny Jurgensen, Mark Russell, Tommy McFly, Cary Hatch, Tim Brant, Cherrie Doggett, Mark Tuohey, WMAL’s Chris Plante, Bill Regardie, Wendy Rieger, Bob Pincus, Harry Jaffe, Michael O’Harrro and more. 

 

OUR TOWN is presented by Best Bark Communications and hosted by local Washington, DC personality Andy Ockershausen. A third generation Washingtonian, Andy grew up 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 has given him the privilege to develop close relationships and conduct business with individuals including: US presidents, sports heroes, and influencers in the political, business and charitable communities. 

Dr. Joe Novello and Mark Russell (Photo by: Mary Pat Collins) Dr. Joe Novello and Mark Russell

 

OUR TOWN will feature a different personality each episode. Andy’s deep understanding and knowledge of the recent history of Washington, DC during the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90’s and his close relationships with the guests, bring a unique perspective to their story. Andy interviewed characters who have made an impact in the DC Metro for more than five decades. 

Jen Richer, Tommy McFly, Shari Gonzalez, Chrys Kefalas (Photo by: Mary Pat Collins) Jen Richer, Tommy McFly, Shari Gonzalez, Chrys Kefalas

 

Each podcast is a half hour. New episodes will be released on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.

 

Season One will feature more than 30 interviewees, the following is a sampling of the wide variety of influencers who have had a major impact on the Washington DC Metro: 

 

●  Sonny Jurgensen, NFL Hall of Famer as QB and the Voice of the Redskins

●  Bill Regardie, Publisher of Regardie’s Magazine

●  Frank Herzog, Sports Hall of Fame, Radio and TV Sports

●  Charlie Brotman, Sports Publicist

●  Maurice Cullinane, DC Police Chief during the Hanafi Siege of 1977

Maurice Cullinane, Cherrie Doggett, Stu and Sherrie Long (Photo by: Mary Pat Collins) Maurice Cullinane, Cherrie Doggett, Stu and Sherrie Long

Whether it’s catching up with newsmakers who impacted the community in the past or those making news in the present, by the time each interview is over you will understand from each guest how their contribution has made a difference in the Washington, D.C. community.

Janice Ockershausen and Chris Plante (Photo by: Mary Pat Collins) Janice Ockershausen and Chris Plante

Cary Hatch and Miles Mawby (Photo by: Mary Pat Collins) Cary Hatch and Miles Mawby