September 15, 2022 | Community Spotlight: Community Spotlight: Staunton Stories | By: Greg A. Beam, Executive Director at Staunton Downtown Development Association |
Greg Beam (SDDA Executive Director) chatting with Ms. Sarah Lynch, owner of Baja Bean Co. and founder of Staunton’s Queen City Mischief & Magic festival which brings thousands of Harry Potter fans to downtown each fall.
is a collaboration between the Staunton Downtown Development Association (SDDA)
and 106.3 WQSV. During the program, SDDA Executive Director Greg A. Beam interviews a local business owner or community member. These are the voices of the folks who contribute to Staunton’s vibrant and unique downtown community. Listeners enjoy hearing the stories, strategies of these individuals and their goals for the future. Ben Leonard, WQSV station manager records and edits the conversations to air for the station.
When I stepped into the role of executive director for the Staunton Downtown Development Association in 2019, I wanted to find ways to showcase what makes Staunton so special — the people behind the scenes. I had been kicking around the idea to host a pod-cast or casual type of radio show that would shed the spotlight on Staunton's business and nonprofit community. I have limited knowledge of podcasting, so I reached out to Staunton's independent radio station WQSV's Ben Leonard to see how to make something like that possible. Ben was open to the idea of WQSV partnering with the SDDA.