Right Down the Street with Mayor Bryan K. Barnett

Right Down the Street with Mayor Bryan K. Barnett

It’s the people that make Rochester Hills, Michigan great. This podcast celebrates the ideas and perspectives, the creativity and passion, and the backgrounds and vocations of our people. It raises the awareness of the diversity of our neighbors, introduces us to new ways of thinking, and familiarizes us with those we didn't know, or didn’t know much about. It’s about investing time and getting to know people -- people who literally live right down the street.

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June 24, 2022 34 min

Beautiful homes in friendly neighborhoods. Access to premier shopping, dining and services. These are all part of what makes Rochester Hills the pre-eminent place to live, work and raise your family. Dave Walker (Realtor with Brookview Realty), Corey Roediger (Mortgage Consultant with Hancock Mortgage) and Margaux Keusch (Senior Leasing Director for the Village of Rochester Hills) discuss the housing market, property values, the re...

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Zena and Mena Nasiri share a passion for improving the world around them. Through their nonprofit organization, Girls of the Crescent, the Nasiri sisters collect books with female Muslim main characters and donate them to schools and libraries, supporting representation of our diverse population. Their initial desire to help other young girls in their community has transformed into a mission with a global reach. Zena and Mena have ...

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Take a peek behind the courtroom curtain during this exclusive interview with the Honorable Julie Nicholson and the Honorable Nancy Carniak, both judges at the 52nd District Court - Division 3. Together they have 75 years of experience and insight into the criminal justice system. Judges Nicholson and Carniak discuss with Mayor Barnett their paths to the bench, unbelievable stories from COVID Zoom hearings, the infamous Crumbley ca...

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April 13, 2022 31 min

Can you guess what is the oldest continually running business in
Rochester Hills? If the iconic red barn with lines out the door all
season long came to mind, you correctly guessed Yates Cider Mill.
Proud owner, Mike Titus, shares the history and speculates on the
future of Rochester Hills’ beloved Yates Cider Mill.

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March 31, 2022 31 min

“Celebrate Differences” is the theme of Autism Acceptance Month and also the driving force behind Right Down the Street. In this episode, Mayor Barnett is joined by two strong autism community advocates. Ron Sandison is a life-long Rochester Hills resident who was diagnosed with autism as a child and is now a published author and sought-after speaker on the topic. Kristin Rohrbeck is the Director of the Joanne and Ted Lindsay Found...

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March 18, 2022 30 min

Not all athletes lift weights and run laps. Rochester Hills resident, Jon Schneck, has made a name for himself as a college esports athlete, drafted for his proven skill as a League of Legends competitor. Out of the 180 million League of Legends players worldwide, Jon (itsjon) is currently ranked in the top 0.01%. Jon unpacks for us the structure, scope and potential of online competitive gaming. With a growing market currently val...

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February 22, 2022 35 min

Businesses of all types are choosing Rochester Hills. Mayor Barnett sits down with three entrepreneurs to hear their unique stories and perspectives. Jeff Jermyn, CEO of BlueBrier, LLC, Lee Padgett, owner of Busted Bra Shop, and Tej Yale, owner of ThinkImpact, Inc all weigh in on what it takes to be your own boss and why they brought their business to Rochester Hills.  

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February 15, 2022 33 min

Winning an Olympic gold medal is an unreachable dream for all but the most elite athletes. Mayor Barnett talks with four-time Olympic medalist swimmer and Rochester Hills native, Peter Vanderkaay, about the Olympics and life beyond the Olympic spotlight.

This conversation was recorded on February 15, 2022 during the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

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January 25, 2022 36 min

Problem-solving, making local government easier to navigate and improving the day-to-day lives of residents are three of the many subjects covered in Mayor Barnett's conversation with the newly elected Mayor of the City of Pontiac (MI), Tim Greimel. 


Mayor Greimel, who enters his position with an impressive track record of public service, speaks about his goals of standing up a youth recreation and enrichment program, investing ...

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January 12, 2022 32 min

We're entering a new year amidst ongoing change. What's ahead for businesses in 2022?  New Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce President Maggie Bobitz and Economic Development Manager for the City of Rochester Hills and Chamber Board Member, Pamela Valentik, join Mayor Barnett to discuss what to expect and how they can help. Strategies, partnerships, resources, and reasons why the Rochester Area remains so attractive -- ...

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December 8, 2021 30 min

The tragic event at nearby Oxford High School in Oxford, MI led to Mayor Barnett's discussion about grief with funeral director and local community leader John Modetz. Modetz offers advice on how to respond to death -- and particularly the death of a young person -- and how best to support their families and loved ones. Modetz indicated that at a time like this, priorities change. "Everything we thought was so important is ...

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September 20, 2021 28 min

Mayor Barnett talks with Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter about the unconventional path that led him to his current role and the common passion the two have for serving as mayor. County Executive Coulter shares an approach to leadership that includes hiring the best and allowing employees to make occasional mistakes, as long as they learn from them. The Mayor asks Dave to describe the dinner he hosted at his home for Mayor Dug...

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September 8, 2021 30 min

Mayor Barnett and Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, MD, President of Oakland University, discuss the school year ahead, the efforts made to keep students, faculty and the administration safe, and Oakland's four strategic priorities: Student success; research and scholarship; community engagement; and diversity and inclusion. Dr. Pescovitz shares the importance of family and faith, the values instilled in her growing up and the civil discou...

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August 20, 2021 24 min

NASCAR great and Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski talks to Mayor Barnett about growing up in the Brooklands neighborhood of the City, his favorite subject in high school (auto shop), and the high value he places on community and philanthropy. Despite Brad's remarkable motorsports career, it's clear that Michigan and Rochester Hills continue to be incredibly important to him and his family. Hear about the current seaso...

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June 18, 2021 33 min

Healthcare executive Chris Palazzolo, President & CEO of Ascension Genesys Hospital and Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, talks with Mayor Barnett about operating a hospital during a pandemic - addressing constant change - and the importance of collaboration, even amongst competitors. The pair also speak about the future of healthcare, discussing inevitable industry consolidation and dispelling myths; the significance of...

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April 26, 2021 32 min

From Meadowbrook Elementary, West Middle School and Rochester High to the Mission Control Center of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Mayor Barnett sits down with Fiona Turett, a member of NASA's latest class of Flight Directors. Imagine being at the forefront of everything that humans do in space: That's what Fiona does. No pressure at all. Hear her remarkable story and the importance of training, preparation, te...

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April 12, 2021 30 min

New Day Foundation for Families co-Founder and President Gina Kell Spehn and her son, Sam Kell, share their unspeakable, unimaginable and unbelievable story -- and how they continue to turn tragedy into triumph. Their family's narrative is profiled in the NY Times bestselling book "The Color of Rain" and a Hallmark Channel movie by the same name. Hope, inspiration, faith, helping others through health and financial cris...

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April 12, 2021 31 min
Oakland University instructor of Islamic Studies, Aly Lela, talks with Mayor Barnett about the prayer, fasting and meditation that occurs during the month of Ramadan, dispels some of the misconceptions about Islam and the Muslim religion and why he chose Rochester Hills to be home for he and his family. This podcast was recorded on the first day of Ramadan, April 12, 2021.

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March 29, 2021 25 min

Detroit broadcasting legend Frank Beckmann joins Mayor Barnett to talk about how he realized his childhood dream, the people that guided his career, breaking the news of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance, his passion for UofM football, his philosophy on giving back, and the things that make our community so special. 

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March 15, 2021 30 min

Mayor Barnett sits down with Chris Brooks, Senior Pastor at Woodside Bible Church, to discuss Pastor Brooks' journey, what and who inspires him, the importance of leadership and hope, and his love for the church, his family, his community -- and his Michigan State Spartans.



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