Meet Your Interesting Neighbors in The Kansas City Podcast

I may be biased since I moved here when I was three, but Kansas City is a pretty great town. I love its ability and drive to evolve, while also appreciating its traditions. Someone else who loves this place is Cole Lindbergh, who launched The Kansas City Podcast last year. If you’d like to hear about “unique, interesting, and fun Kansas City people,” read on!

How would you describe your podcast? Who is your audience?

The Kansas City Podcast is a weekly show where we interview a one-of-a-kind Kansas City native. We showcase our guest, talk about Kansas City, play some games, and have some fun.

It’s a quirky show, but at the heart of it all is our love of Kansas City, so anyone who is up for hearing from some unique, interesting, and fun Kansas City people will enjoy it.

When was the podcast launched?

It launched in August of 2017

What made you want to launch a Kansas City podcast?

I’ve always wanted to host a podcast and I have a book full of podcast ideas but I could never find the time to get started. At the beginning of 2017, a good friend of mine named Matt B. Davis started a podcast. He lives in Atlanta, and guess what, it was called The Atlanta Podcast. I thought he had a great idea and he was showcasing a lot of great people in the Atlanta area. I pitched doing the KC version to him and the rest is history.

How often do you publish shows?

Once a week, every Monday, occasional bonus episode on Thursdays.

What do you discuss in your shows? How do you choose topics?

The show is very guest-driven. We’ve had artists, comedians, musicians, a world champion boxer, a local nonprofit organization, balloon artists, chefs, playwrights, and an air guitar world champion, so the topics of conversation are always changing.

We always spend some time getting to know our guest and then usually play “The KC Quiz”, which is a wide-ranging questionnaire all about the city, from favorite restaurants, sports teams, bars, local events, and places to hang out.

How long are your shows?

45 minutes to an hour, sometimes longer, but 45-50 minutes is the sweet spot.

What equipment and software do you use to produce your show?

Zoom H6 recorder, SM58 mics, and the show is edited in Audacity

What makes your show unique?

I think the thing that has been the most fun about making the show is getting to travel all over Kansas City and meet people. I’ve gotten to record in some really interesting places and see some things that I didn’t even know existed in Kansas City. It’s really made me love my city even more and opened up so many cool things that you can do in town that I’ve never known about, even though I’ve lived here my whole life. I think when people listen to the show, they will not only learn something new, but I think they’ll get some great recommendations of things that are happening all over town.

Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in your show.

I’ve found that I’m easily entertained by the stranger things. For example, we had balloon artists Peyton Westfall & Darren Huffman on the show, and they were preparing to host the World Balloon Convention in San Diego. They were telling me about this crazy world of balloons and my mind was blown (pun intended).

I also loved speaking with World Air Guitar Champion Eric “Mean Melin” Melin. To hear his story about how he ended up Finland performing air guitar is crazy.

I got to throw axes at Blade & Timber, that was a blast!

Lastly, I really enjoyed my recent interview with David Johnson who was a major streetcar advocate. I learned so much more about the streetcar from him than I ever would from a newspaper. It was a really enlightening conversation on both KC public transportation but transportation in general.

What podcasts do you enjoy listening to? 

I’ve got a list that’s way too long. Right now I’m really enjoying NPR’s More Perfect, which is all about the Supreme Court. 

What future plans lay ahead for your show?

Right now we’re trucking along with some great guests. I think the success of the show will continue to depend on the quality of guest and the conversations we’re having. I’m adding more silly games to the show which is always fun. I would love to do the show live someday, maybe a one-year anniversary live special?!

Where can someone find more information about The Kansas City Podcast?

What’s something you love about Kansas City?

I love that Kansas City is a growing city, but it still feels small, and there’s still that hometown feel that you don’t get in other cities. I hope KC continues to keep its midwestern charm.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Please subscribe to the show, give it a listen, recommend a guest. The success of the show depends on the people who listen to it, so please check it out, listen on your lunch break, write a review. It’s a lot of fun!

What makes #KansasCity fun, unique, and interesting? The people! Meet some on @KansasCityPod! Inside peek here -> Click To Tweet

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Angie Pedersen

KC Geeks is hosted by Angie Pedersen, a Kansas City native and passionate geek. Angie started on her geek path early, watching episodes of the original Star Trek series with her dad. She is a regular contributor to GeekCrafts, and the author of The Star Trek Craft Book. You can find Angie here at KC Geeks and on Twitter (@kcgeeks and @angiepedersen).

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