Indiana County will be in the spotlight — an audible version of a spotlight — Monday morning when local leaders get in front of a microphone to tout the county’s attractions, amenities and opportunities to a radio audience spread across much of America.
Pittsburgh’s KDKA Radio will broadcast live and remotely from the window of Michael B’s Shoes, looking out onto Indiana’s main intersection at Philadelphia and Seventh streets and the new IRMC Park nearing completion along the first block of North Seventh Street. Morning show hosts Larry Richert and John Shumway have been traveling around western Pennsylvania this month on a “KDKA to Z” tour and Indiana County will serve as the “I” community on their month-long road trip.
The Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana County Center for Economic Operations will host the visit by the 50,000-watt radio station with an audience of millions in 38 states and parts of Canada.
Jim Struzzi, chamber of commerce president, said the visit by KDKA is “an incredible opportunity” to market Indiana County to the state, the region and well beyond.
The show will air from 5 to 9 a.m. Monday, and during that period there will be four 8-minute segments for local business, education, economic development and elected officials to chat with Richert and Shumway about why they think Indiana County is a great place to live, work, own a business, learn, have fun, enjoy great quality of life and raise a family.
A segment on quality of life and attractions from 5:37 to 5:45 a.m. and will likely feature Struzzi or Bob Kane from the Chamber of Commerce; Denise Liggett from the Indiana County Tourist Bureau; and Tim Harley of the Jimmy Stewart Museum.
The segment on downtown and hometown improvements and events from 6:07 to 6:15 a.m. will include Indiana Mayor George Hood; Josh Rosenberg or Jess Bowman of Downtown Indiana Inc.; and Laura Hawkins of Blairsville Trails and Parks.
Dr. Mike Driscoll and Joe Lombardi from IUP, Mark Richards or Steve Wolfe from Indiana Regional Medical Center, Todd Brice of S&T Bank, Mike Price of First Commonwealth Bank and Joan Zilner of Diamond Medical are expected to be the businesses leaders and major employers discussing why Indiana County is a great place for business in the segment from 7:37 to 7:45 a.m.
And the final segment from 8:37 to 8:45 a.m. will focus on economic development with county commissioners Rod Ruddock, Patty Evanko or Dave Frick; Byron Stauffer of the Indiana County Development Corporation; and Sen. Don White and Rep. Dave Reed as possible guests.
People will be able to watch the radio broadcast from outside the Michael Bs window, and Donut Connection and Pizza House will be providing refreshments.
Borough council previously agreed to close North Seventh Street during the live remote broadcast but plans now call for North Seventh to remain open Monday morning.