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City Announces Innovative New Podcasting Partnership with 850WFTL/Alpha Media
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (November 27, 2017) -- The City of West Palm Beach Department of Communications has joined forces with Alpha Media station 850 WFTL to create the "What's Up West Palm Beach" podcast. This innovative joint media partnership provides West Palm Beach residents, visitors and anyone with an interest in the City with another option to obtain the newest information about and from the City. Hosted by award winning local news anchor and West Palm Beach resident Karen Curtis, "What's Up West Palm Beach" will explore key City issues and provide residents with important information about public services, events, and more.

“Being able to connect, communicate and engage with our residents helps us, as a City, receive valuable feedback from residents to help us to build an even better City for all,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We are grateful to 850WFTL/Alpha Media for partnering with us on this innovative podcasting effort to deliver City information to our residents and, also, to reach an even broader global audience with an interest in West Palm Beach.”

Given studies showing that at least 1 in 5 people listen to podcasts at least occasionally and that podcast listeners tend to stay tuned in longer than with other types of content, the City of West Palm Beach sees this partnership as a valuable way to inform and engage with the public. The podcasting format will enable guests to discuss topics in depth, unlike in very short soundbites found in more traditional broadcasting mediums.

The “What’s Up West Palm Beach” podcast is recorded at the 850 WFTL studio in West Palm Beach at least twice a month, and listeners can tune in to the podcast by visiting the City's website (http://wpb.org/News-Video/What-s-Up-West-Palm) and 850 WFTL's website (850wftl.com). 850 WFTL will also feature elements of the "What's Up West Palm Beach" podcast during its daily morning radio news programming.

“What’s up West Palm Beach” will be the podcast that allows our listeners and the City of West Palm Beach to stay connected,” said WFTL Program Director Paul Mason. “We are excited about this great relationship with Mayor Jeri Muoio and the City.”

“As News Director of 850WFTL, I love being plugged in directly to the City of West Palm Beach and enjoy being able to tell the residents of the City about what is going on in their own backyard though the podcast," said What’s Up West Palm Beach host Karen Curtis.

Already, the City and 850 WFTL have recorded three podcasts which are available for listening online. During the very first What’s Up West Palm Beach podcast, Karen Curtis interviewed Mayor Muoio about the state of the City and her vision for the City’s future. Listeners can also hear Community Events Manager Mary Pinak’s interview on the City’s very iconic Sandi Holiday Tree, which has generated international attention and will debut soon. Most recently, Karen checked in with Economic Development Director Christopher Roog to discuss Flagler Shore, the temporary pilot project that activates space along the waterfront on Flagler Drive.  More podcasts will be uploaded soon. Stay tuned!

The City thanks Alpha Media and 850 WFTL for its generous support of this podcasting initiative and our many City events!