New 'AudaCity' podcast: Shop/eat local for the holidays, Steve Keenan w/ Omni OKC interview, more

Published Friday, December 18, 2020
by Nate Fisher


VeloCity's new "AudaCity" OKC show aims to bring you the Oklahoma City you should know about and get you the inside scoop on what's going on in your OKC. Whether it's food, beer, bikes, city policy, MAPS, events, new developments, neighborhoods, legislative issues and more, we'll cover it here. Join us in our quest to help make OKC great! Subscribe here: Video - YouTube | Audio - Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Amazon Music

Episode 17 - Shopping and eating locally for the holidays, interview w/ Steve Keenan @ Omni OKC Hotel, VeloCityOKC stories to check out

We are immersed in the sounds of Omni Hotel construction as we visit Scissortail Park before heading across Robinson to the hotel, which opens January 26, for an interview with Omni Oklahoma City General Manager Steve Keenan. Steve tells us about specials and options for residents to take advantage of, as well as some of the special designs and plans for the hotel that will be sure to please. We also talk shopping and eating locally for the holidays and some VeloCityOKC stories you should check out, like Christmas dinner options from Chamber members. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon Music Podcasts | StitcherMP3

Episode 16 - Arts in OKC, Factory Obscura, Oktoberfests in OKC, OKC outdoor/retail update, interview w/ Eddie Walker @ Oklahoma Contemporary

We hit the road to give a quick shout out to Factory Obscura before heading to Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and an interview with Executive Director Eddie Walker, delving into all things OK Contemp and their fantastic new facility. We also talk Oktoberfest options in OKC, a quick retail update, outdoor shopping and more. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon Music Podcasts | MP3

Episode 15 - Conv. Center tour, Cox Center/film production, marathon, Surfin’ OKC, road trippin', more

Once again coming to you safely outdoors from Kerr Park, we discuss MAPS 3 Convention Center construction, Omni Hotel construction, Scissortail Park’s first birthday, what may happen to the Cox Center / growing film & TV production in OKC, how the OKC Memorial Marathon will work in the upcoming days, the new Surf OKC facility, day/road trip options around OK, Elevate professional development conference and more. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | MP3 

Episode 14 - Mask Up OKC, supporting local biz, back to school, good OKC news, Welcome Guide, the '90s; more

We’re back in person (albeit outside and safely distanced from one another)! We talk being back in the office, how much is too much when it comes to mask coordination, our Mask Up OKC campaign, supporting local businesses and some good experiences we’ve had at local shops lately, our educational environment and what districts are doing (and how to hear more from district leaders via Chamber events) in these wacky times, some good news blurbs you maybe have missed, the new OKC Welcome Guide and more. We also discuss a little T. Swift, the return of the ‘90s and other random items. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | MP3 

Episode 13 - Emerging from lockdown; Stand Tall, Shop Small for OKC campaign; #OKCBizBoost web series; virtual event plans; more

Congrats all, unprecedented times have now become somewhat precedented! Now that the great indoor quarantine of 2020 *seems* to be coming to an end in favor of more of an outdoor experience of freedom, we wax nostalgic on our #WFH experience, OKC attractions that have reopened like the whitewater center, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and more, discuss putting a moratorium on particular terms, talk about the Chamber’s new “Stand Tall, Shop Small for OKC” support local businesses campaign, some items from the #OKCBizBoost web series, and how we’re transitioning some of our events in the immediate future given the current environment and restrictions. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | MP3 

Episode 12 – Social distancing edition 2: WFH tips, downtown construction/development updates, supporting local biz, businesses helping to fight the pandemic, more

Our second socially distant episode has more WFH tips for comfort, virtual events and teleconferencing skill development, downtown construction updates, ideas to proactively support local businesses, some of the creative ways businesses and non-profits are supporting efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and more. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | MP3 

Episode 11 – Social distancing edition: COVID-19 resources, ways to support local businesses, video meeting tips, employment opps, more

Like many of you, we’re meeting via videoconferencing and talking COVID-19 resources, how to support local businesses, employment opportunities and how to find them, ways to deal with the monotony of your four walls, keeping up your fitness routine whilst the gyms are closed, conference call tips, tricks ‘n hijinks, and more. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | MP3 

Episode 10 – COOP Ale Works/Daniel Mercer interview, springtime favs, museum exhibitions, more

On location at COOP Ale Works, episode 10 features an interview with Co-Founder Daniel Mercer where we hear about their history and plans for the 23rd St. Armory project and more. We also talk museum exhibitions, development, restaurants and OKC springtime favorites. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | MP3 

Episode 9 – New stuff in Paseo, Mike Knopp/Riversport OKC interview and update, surfin' OKC, economic development, leg. session, more

In Episode 9 of the AudaCity OKC show, we discuss our successes and failures regarding our “trying new restaurants and bars in OKC” New Year’s resolutions and what we’ve found so far. We talk about Chamber member 84 Hospitality’s new Little Market and Burger Punk concepts and other Paseo-area spots, preview the 2020 legislative session, and talk regional economic development. We also have a great interview with Mike Knopp, where we discuss the new Bar K dog park/bar development, new surf facility, Olympic trials, the indoor erg challenge at the Bart and Nadia Sports Experience event and more! Stay tuned for a preview of episode 10, wherein we take the show on the road... YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | MP3 

Episode 8 – Join the OKC Social Squad, Downtown in December, holiday shopping and what’s coming to OKC retail, MAPS 4 passes, more

After breathing a sigh of relief and relaying our excitement about MAPS 4 passing, we thank a new podcast sponsor, tell you about the OKC Social Squad (a great way to win prizes while promoting OKC via your social networks), some of our local holiday favorites, Downtown in December, OSU-OKC Farmer’s Market moving to Scissortail Park in the Spring and other things we’re looking forward to in the new year. We also get a rundown of OKC’s local retail options and some info on what’s coming to the retail scene in 2020 courtesy of the Chamber’s Sr. Retail Development Manager, Tammy Fate. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | SpotifyMP3 

Episode 7 – Interview w/ Mayor Holt on MAPS 4 and the 'Love Your OKC' campaign, Brewfest, Bar Ciccetti, Thunder Up, more

We speak with OKC Mayor David Holt about the MAPS 4 projects and their potential impact on our city. We also discuss the OK Bio Association’s upcoming Brewfest event, Bar Ciccetti and their happy hour/late night menu, OkiMoto motorcycle DIY club, the upcoming Thunder season and more. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | SpotifyMP3 

Episode 6 – Scissortail Park opens, MAPS 3 Convention Center/Omni construction, Oklahoma state meal, Elevate professional development

Episode 6 covers the opening of Scissortail Park and some of the festivities including concerts and a farmer’s market, the renovation of a former transmission shop spearheaded by Chamber member architects AHMM into Social Capital, gives some construction updates on the MAPS 3 Convention Center and the Omni Hotel. We also discuss how awesome the official Oklahoma State Meal is and hear about the recent Leadership Summit as well as the upcoming Elevate professional development conference (including a promo code for a $50 discount!). YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | SpotifyMP3 

Episode 5 – MAPS 4 “Love Your OKC” campaign kickoff, Parlor OKC opens, Hurricane Harbor, State Fair food and more, MAPS 4 projects rundown

Episode 5 kicks off from the “Love Your OKC” MAPS 4 campaign launch! We also tell you about our experience at Parlor OKC’s opening, Eote’s new coffee shop also in Central Exchange, White Water Bay’s transition to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor and the new Wahoo Racer attraction, discuss State Fair food and other items of interest, and give a quick rundown of the MAPS 4 projects and election info. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | SpotifyMP3 

Episode 4 - The Collective/Plant/Midtown dining, Central Exchange, Elevate, Innovation District, Sasquatch snowcones, Tinker / int. w/ Col. Filcek

Episode 4 brings discussion of The Collective, the new food hall in Midtown, as well as Plant in Midtown, and the upcoming Parlor OKC in Auto Alley. We also tell you a bit about the new Elevate professional development conference, give you an Innovation District update, discuss the Paddlesports Retailer convention and the visitor economy, the new OKC Welcome Guide, and Sasquatch Shaved Ice. We end with some discussion of aerospace in OKC and Tinker AFB, and a few snippets of a recent interview with the new Tinker Base Commander Col. Paul Filcek. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | SpotifyMP3 

Episode 3 - Sonic Mocktail Slushes, Goodbye Russ 😞, Intercity Visits, Gun Izakaya, Floating Films, Yale Theater reno, A Better Life OKC relaunch, Tower Theatre Projector Club, events and interview w/ Chad Whitehead

Episode 3 delves into a lot of things going on around OKC: Cookies and other sweets, a taste test of the new Sonic Mocktail Slushes (including the Reaper Spicy Margarita), and a moment of commiseration over the departure of OKC’s favorite adopted son, Russell Westbrook. We also discuss 84 Hospitality’s new Japanese yakitori concept Gun in the Paseo Arts District, free Saturday Floating Films at RIVERSPORT Rapids in August, Steve Mason’s Yale Theater redevelopment in Capitol Hill, the relaunch of, and some info about Tower Theatre’s new Projector Club and an interview with Tower Theatre’s Operating Partner Chad Whitehead. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | MP3 

Episode 2 - Spokies Dash, get involved in river sports, MAPS 4 presentations, legislative recap, more

Today we discuss the new dockless Spokies Dash bikes, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum's Saloon Series, how to get involved in rowing, MAPS 4 City Council workshops/presentations and more. We also welcome Government Relations Manager Derek Sparks for a recap of the 2019 Oklahoma legislative session and talk about the Kings of Leon free concert announcement to open Scissortail Park in September (along with a few current clips of the park). YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | MP3 

Episode 1 - Intro to AudaCity, streetcars, beer, brunch and Steve Mason

In our first episode, we talk about some of our work: some new favorites in OKC we've recently found (apple fritters, deviled eggs and more); our VeloCity interview with developer Steve Mason; using the OKC Streetcar for brewery, caffeine and brunch crawls; an interview with Derek Duty of Anthem Brewing and more. YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Play MP3

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