Adventures In Venueland

Adventures In Venueland

An EAMC Podcast - Explore the personal journeys and experiences of people in the live entertainment industry. Join hosts Dave Redelberger and Paul Hooper as they talk with guests who work in live entertainment about what they are currently doing, their history in the industry, and the challenges they faced along the way to lead them to where they are today. Adventures In Venueland is a side project of the Event & Arena Marketing Conference, a non-profit organization bringing together people in the field of live entertainment to discuss marketing, publicity and sales trends in the industry. The AIV theme is comprised of elements from the Nine Inch Nails track 16 Ghosts II off the Ghosts I-IV album, and is licensed under a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-SA).

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June 29, 2022 51 min

Plunge into the Land of 1,000 Lakes with our very first LIVE episode of Adventures In Venueland, recorded in front of a live audience in the Twin Cities at the Event & Arena Marketing Conference. We chat with Kosha Irby, Chief Marketing Officer at Professional Bull Riding, and 2022 EAMC Hall of Fame Inductee. Kosha tells us all about his career journey from Conference USA to WWE to PBR, how he fell in love with live events, and...

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Lalaland returns as we collect another guest from the City Of Angels with Samantha Marker, Social Media Manager at SoFi Stadium, YouTube Theater, and Hollywood Park. This episode rounds out our Adventures In Venueland team, as Samantha tells us about her involvement with the podcast as well as the Event & Arena Marketing Conference. She walks us through her career so far, from red carpet hopping as a kid to working at the Greek...

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June 1, 2022 45 min

We hike down to the Grand Canyon State and catch up with Kate Girotti, Regional VP of Marketing for ASM Global and Assistant GM of Gila River Arena in Glendale, for this Venueland adventure. Kate tells us about her roles in ASM, which takes her around to venues all over the country and beyond to assist with marketing strategies, building openings, and optimization. She talks about leveraging the experience and uniqueness of each ve...

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May 18, 2022 27 min

BONUS EPISODE - What's that around the corner? Is it an in-person EAMC conference for the first time in three years? We're only four weeks out from the return of the Event & Arena Marketing Conference, which brings together the brightest minds across live events and venues to discuss marketing, publicity, group sales, and more. For those unaware, Adventures In Venueland was created through relationships built at EAMC. L...

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May 4, 2022 48 min

Start your engines, grab your skateboard, and get ready as we drop into an action sports filled interview with Jessi Armstrong, Director of Marketing & Fan Experience for Thrill One Sports & Entertainment, the company that produces properties such as Nitro Circus, Street League Skateboarding, Nitro Rallycross, and Ridiculousness' Thrill One Media. Jessi talks about what it’s like to work for such a high-energy company a...

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April 20, 2022 49 min

The stars at night are big and bright 👏👏👏 as we head deep into the heart of Austin, Texas to catch up with Jeff Nickler, SVP for Oak View Group, and project lead for the brand new Moody Center which opens with its first public event tonight! Hear how the country roads of West Virginia led Jeff’s career to the hotel industry in Miami, a cutting edge arena in Tulsa, running Arena Alliance in an office with Irv...

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April 6, 2022 66 min

This is no desert mirage, we’re chatting with Gina Rotolo, VP of Marketing & Communications for Coachella Valley Firebirds, a freshly-hatched AHL team who will be nesting at Acrisure Arena, the brand new Oak View Group arena coming to Coachella Valley, California. Gina, who is currently in Texas but will soon relocate, tells us all about the new team and arena, which has a diverse senior leadership team including a strong mix o...

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March 23, 2022 44 min

Oaktown what’s good? For this episode we head to the Bay Area to talk with Lionel Bea, Director of Operations & Co-founder of Bay Area Productions, an urban event production company based in Oakland, with a focus on hip hop, R&B, gospel, blues and comedy acts. Lionel also serves as SVP of Black Promoters Collective, a coalition of six of the nation’s top independent concert promotion and event production companies that prod...

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March 9, 2022 42 min

Kick on the lasers and wait for the bass to drop as we catch up with Jace Cohen, Co-founder of Versa. Jace’s company specializes in talent buying and festival experiences, and he shares how they have adapted and innovated over the last two years. Hear about how they launched the first major festival in Wuhan, China in 2018, bringing huge electronic acts overseas for the massive event. Jace walks us through his career journey, start...

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BONUS EPISODE - Ready… set… race with us to the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as Joe Furin, General Manager, takes us behind-the-scenes of the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum. What’s it like to take a legendary venue that’s 100 years old and retrofit it to host the season kickoff for NASCAR? It’s just about as wild as it sounds. Joe talks us through the ideation, construction, and execution of one of NASCAR’s most ambitiou...

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February 23, 2022 50 min

Head with us to the City of Festivals, Milwaukee, as we catch up with Paul Bee, the Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service for the Milwaukee Bucks. Paul, who also serves as the VP of DEI for the Event & Arena Marketing Conference, takes us through many of the social justice initiatives the Bucks organization are doing as well as his personal focuses as he works to impact his company and the industry as a whole. Coming from ...

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February 9, 2022 39 min

Put on your shades and cruise with us to sunny Anaheim as we chat with Megan Ebeck, Marketing Manager at Honda Center. Megan walks us through her career, including time at multiple venues, handling social for an Olympian, and interning with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. She takes us through the last two years which included a furlough, layoff, new job, resignation and all the highs and lows this industry could throw at her, wh...

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February 4, 2022 19 min

BONUS EPISODE - Lace those skates and hit the ice with us as we talk with Michael Terry, Director, Communications and Media Strategy for U.S. Figure Skating as they head to Beijing to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Michael gives us an inside look into what it's like being involved in the big event, how things have changed due to the pandemic, what led him into working for the national governing body, and some of the ...

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January 26, 2022 51 min

Grab your camera and jump in the photo pit with us as we interview music photographer and tour content creator, Anna Lee. Hear all about Anna’s journey into becoming a tour photographer, and what her favorite things and biggest challenges are while on tour. She walks us through the creation of her #ALMFanCam project where she takes a disposable camera from a super fan around with her at each show, snapping unique behind-the-scenes ...

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January 12, 2022 42 min

For this episode we head to sunny Savannah, Georgia and catch up with Monty Jones, Jr., General Manager for Enmarket Arena and Savannah Civic Center with Oak View Group. Monty tells us all about the brand new arena opening in Savannah next month, and their various initiatives, including having 75% of their event operating income go to local, minority-owned businesses. He takes us through his career adventure, from a parks and recre...

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December 29, 2021 13 min

BONUS EPISODE - Happy holidays Venuelanders! For this bonus episode, we asked people to call-in with their memorable event day stories. Enjoy a variety of anecdotes from previous guests, listeners, and maybe even a host or two. The tales range from Elton John hysterically laughing while riding around backstage to a taxidermied bear being rolled around arena offices. We hope these stories bring you joy and a smile during this holida...

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December 15, 2021 50 min

Learn the true meaning of ‘Minnesota nice’ as we catch up with Kelly McGrath, Director of Sales, Marketing and Public Relations for Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kelly tells us about the Twin Cities, the individuality each city has, and it’s place as a mecca for live music. She talks about plans for the upcoming NHL Winter Classic, which the Minnesota Wild are hosting on January 1, and the NYE concert they’re promoting...

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December 1, 2021 55 min

Podcasters meet podcaster on this episode of Adventures In Venueland as Dave and Paul talk with Dionna Widder, Chief Revenue Officer for Houston Dynamo FC, Houston Dash, and PNC Stadium, as well as host of the industry podcast Women Blazers. Hear Dionna talk about her career journey, which took her to various cities and teams, and advice she gives people starting off in sales and sports. Learn about what motivated her to start the ...

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November 17, 2021 45 min

Lone Star State love takes us deep into the heart of Austin, Texas to talk with Steve Sternschein, CEO and co-founder of Ad.Ventures, an agency representing nearly 100 independent venues, maximizing ancillary revenue through a collective sales approach. Steve talks about what the last year has been like owning and operating numerous venues in central Texas, the formation of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), along w...

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November 3, 2021 46 min

Windy City wonder meets hoop dreams as we talk with Brooke Weisbrod, ESPN Sports Broadcaster based in Chicago. Hear about how the sports broadcasting world has changed in the last year and a half, and how Brooke has adjusted to calling games from her home remotely. We learn all about her career journey, from playing basketball to calling basketball, and what makes the best venues and arenas from her perspective. We talk about chall...

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