“North Indy Podcast” Sheds a Light on Local Businesses, Nonprofits and More

Writer / Michelle Kaufman
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The “North Indy Podcast” was launched one year ago by Michael Durr, publisher of North Indy Magazine, and John Overton, audio engineer and podcaster at Round Table Recording Company in Broad Ripple.North Indy Podcast

Through the print magazine, podcast and social media, the North Indy brand is focusing on community members and organizations across the northern area of Indianapolis.

“Every publication has their own little niche and I think that ours is unique,” Durr said. “We try to give a platform and a voice to the businesses and organizations that are primarily north of downtown. When my wife and I bought the magazine, it was Broad Ripple Magazine. We wanted it to be broader and more of a collection of neighborhoods, and have Broad Ripple really be the central part of that. I call Broad Ripple the beating heart of North Indy.”

Each episode is designed to connect the listener to community members and share the stories of humanity behind local business owners, organizations and artists.

North Indy Podcast“I wasn’t expecting to become a cohost on a podcast the day I met Michael at the studio, but our shared passion for making something cool, and complementary skill sets, led us to the ‘North Indy Podcast,’” Overton said. “Normally I produce podcasts, so it’s been fun to be on the other side of the mic. Playing a role in showcasing movers and shakers in the community is an honor. I learn something new every episode and hope our listeners do too.”

The episodes are evergreen, meaning listeners can tune into any episode at any time and still hear relevant content. The podcast is designed to complement the magazine while standing independently. The team records at Round Table Recording Company in Broad Ripple and has ventured out for a few episodes to record on location, including an episode that was recorded at Gather 22 inside the Rhino Bus.

“If we do a story on someone in the magazine, we have 750 words max, which isn’t very much space,” Durr said. “Part of the podcast idea was to go in deeper and really learn about the person behind a business or organization. I try to do fun things and talk to cool people.”

Quality is important to the entire team, which includes Engineer Trisha Pittman. “This podcast is special because it brings light to small businesses around Indianapolis,” Pittman said. “The ‘North Indy Podcast’ is an opportunity for businesses around Indianapolis to become known and recognized for their greatness.”North Indy Podcast

Pittman has been involved with the podcast since its second episode. After connecting with Overton, she said she was instantly intrigued by not only the substance, but also the potential of the podcast. Each episode allows guests to explain their passion and how they turned that passion into a career.

“Michael and John do a phenomenal job of composing questions for our guests that allow them to elaborate on their origin stories as well as go more in depth with current events taking place in their lives,” Pittman said. “This podcast not only spreads the word about the exciting things happening in Indianapolis, but also sparks inspiration for listeners to follow their dreams.”

In addition to the magazine, Durr also owns Ripple Media Productions, a company focusing on delivering the highest-quality imagery and video. His broadcast background has helped enhance his storytelling skills that he brings to each episode.

“Everybody has a story, and I feel like whether you’ve opened a restaurant or you’re running a business or you work for a nonprofit, there’s a story there and there’s somebody behind it,” Durr said. “You could do this forever and never run out of stories.”

New episodes of the “North Indy Podcast” are released monthly. You can listen on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, or by scanning the North Indy PodcastQR code. For more content and information on upcoming events, follow @thisisnorthindy on Instagram.

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