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Sep 30, 2017

Detroit has an active and growing Hispanic population, and they have their own Spanish-language and localized media in print and on the radio.

For today's show, Sven Gustafson sat down with people from The Detroit Hispanic Media group. It has four participating news outlets: Latino Press, La Explosiva WSDS 1480 AM, Nuestro Detroit and LaZ 1310 AM. 

They're banding together to share content, resources and more to help serve their communities better and get the word out about what's happening to a wider audience.

Our guests:

  • Elias Gutierrez (Latino Press)
  • Maria Hayes (Nuestro Detroit)
  • Alex Resendez (WSDS-1480am- La Explosiva)
  • Daniella Zamora (La Z 1310 AM/Zamora Broadcasting). 

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Also thanks to our network, Podcast Detroit. http://www.podcastdetroit.com

Sep 25, 2017

More and more in Detroit, bikes and streets for pedestrians are a thing.

With Open Streets Detroit coming up on October 1 — a festival where 3.5 miles of Michigan Avenue and Vernor will be closed to all vehicle traffic and turn into a giant street festival — our host, Sven Gustafson, figured that this was the perfect time to check in with Lisa Nuszkowski.

She is a wearer of many hats. Not only is she part of making the Open Streets Detroit event happen, she is the Founder & Executive Director of the MoGo Detroit Bike Share.

Show highlights:

  • The upcoming Open Streets Detroit this weekend [1m18s] (October 1) and all of the activities running from Beacon Park in downtown Detroit all the way through Southwest Detroit.
  • We get an update on the Detroit bike share system, MoGo [8m54s] that has 430 bikes across 43 stations. We also touch on the distinct possibility of expansion across the city —even possibly into the suburbs. 
  • MoGo Bike share will be offering free rides throughout Open Streets Detroit on October 1. [10m42s]
  • How has education been going [12m01, and what about theft and other challenges? [18m49s]
  • What about funding? [19m58s]
  • Sven asks about expansion to the rest of the city? And maybe the suburbs? It's a real possibility. It's a matter of funding (Editor's note: MoGo is not a government service provided by the city of Detroit. It's has a nonprofit structure). [24m32s]

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Thanks to our sponsor, Bamboo Detroit, for making this episode possible. For more information on becoming a member of their coworking space or private offices, be sure to check out http://www.bamboodetroit.com

And thanks to our network, Podcast Detroit. http://www.podcastdetroit.com

Sep 14, 2017

This edition of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour is very timely as Sven Gustafson is talking to veteran reporter Dave Battagello of the Windsor Star about the bridge projects to Canada, the border crossing, and how it affects thousands of people and millions of dollars every day.

He's been the lead guy covering this issue that most of the Detroit media has been silent on, even though long term, it will affect the livelihoods of many citizens of both countries. Today there's important news.

There are some key points you're going to want to listen for.

  • Under Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, work on the bridge has stalled and lobbying has increased.
  • Billionaire Matty Moroun & The Detroit International Bridge Company is a lot closer to a twin Ambassador bridge than the publicly funded project.
  • The permit Moroun received says he has to complete his bridge within five years; the Gordie Howe span won't be completed for at least six years.
  • Moroun already has the plazas in place and just needs to build the span over the river and a Canadian truck inspection plaza, where there's still a lot of demolition and construction on for the Gordie Howe.

It was great talking to Battagello who has been eating, sleeping and breathing this beat. Be sure to have a full listen.

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And of course, thanks to Podcast Detroit, our network. http://www.podcastdetroit.com

Sep 3, 2017

Narrow Way Cafe is one of the newest additions to Livernois Avenue in Detroit. But, this isn't a podcast about coffee.

In today's episode hosted by Sven Gustafson, we touch on the cafe - but the real secret to success in Detroit is service. 

And who knows serve better than a man who's both involved in business and the church?

That's Jonathan Merritt, a talented man that's part of both Narrow Way Cafe and is a pastor at Straight Gate Church

Narrow Way has quite the journey to opening, including receiving a $45,000 grant from Motor City Match. But the place is built from the ground up to be part of the neighborhood - including having a good number of employees who live within walking distance. 

He's one of the people to watch in Metro Detroit. Although he's gotten a lot done, it's clear this might be only the beginning for Merritt. 

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Also, our network, Podcast Detroit. http://www.podcastdetroit.com. They now have studios in both Royal Oak and Detroit. 

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