Column: News and notes from podcasts and quotes


Commentary by Larry Lannan

I started my local news blog in January 2012, and on Feb. 1 of this year, I started a series of podcasts. There had been no good venue for local people to spend about 30 minutes talking about what they do in the Fishers community, so I began the podcasts to provide just that opportunity.

My biggest surprise is what I’ve learned about local people of note through these podcasts. Here are a few examples:

Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness learned the value of hard work on his father’s North Dakota Farm.

Deputy Mayor Leah McGrath has chased her children around Holland Park, just as I had done with my daughters years ago.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools Supt. Dr. Allen Bourff told me about being at the center of a huge dress code controversy during his days as superintendent in Richmond.

Sportswriter Bob Kravitz described how his wife chose Fishers as a place to live because of the local schools.

Tony Elliott and Dan Domsic of the Parks & Recreation Dept. revealed that thousands of pieces of candy are stored at the parks office at Halloween.

Current in Fishers Editor Sam Elliott told me about his days as a sports reporter during his early journalistic career.

City Councilman Todd Zimmerman and Mike Reikhof described the local mental health initiative and how the project is attempting to remove the stigma associated with mental illness.

Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana Business explained why his operation chose Launch Fishers as their second office location.

Fishers Police Chief George Kehl talked about the old days of Fishers, when the biggest industry in town was a grain elevator.

There are many more examples, but you can see from this list that local people have opened up and talked with me about a wide range of topics during our 30-minute conversations.

You can find my podcasts at, and can subscribe to the free podcasts on iTunes by searching “Podcasts by Larry Lannan.”


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