Podcast creator plans to spark conversation within community

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To promote and encourage discussion about topics relevant to the City of Westfield, resident Curt Whitesell has launched a new podcast, “What’s up, Westfield?”

“I think there’s no real conversation about what’s going on in Westfield,” Whitesell said. “There’s people reacting to all kinds of things about development, politics, who’s just doing stuff, and I think we are missing that from an ongoing conversation. There’s a whole bunch of people that have cool stories, whether it’s historical or why they’re doing business here or how they grew up in Westfield, and I just want people to tell their story.”

Whitesell

Whitesell’s first podcast guests were Pat Chittenden and Chad Huff. He plans to produce biweekly episodes. He said he does not have a specific topic agenda.

“I want to interview people that normally don’t have a voice, like stay-at-home moms, and get their viewpoint or the (city) council,” Whitesell said. “I want to hear their viewpoint on things that aren’t political or development-related.”

Whitesell can create the podcast from anywhere.

“The next one will be at Jan’s Pizza,” he said. “We have a lot of cool spaces.”

Whitesell also wants to involve local young professionals in the podcast and interview political candidates.

“One thing I do want to spend time on is candidates in the next couple months,” he said. “It’s hard to decipher between candidates in Westfield.”

Whitesell said he doesn’t necessarily share opinions of podcast guests but wants to provide an avenue for people to have a voice. He said the podcasts will be a mix of serious discussion and fun.

“What’s up, Westfield?” can be found on the Podcasts mobile application on Apple products.   

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