It’s only a few episodes in, and there have been a couple of (humorous) glitches, but “Talking Brick,” Mayor John Ducey’s Internet radio show, is already a hit with a number of public policy groups who have given the show a prestigious award.
The show was awarded Best Special/Innovative Media in the annual Municipal Public Information Contest, which was held at the recent League of Municipalities Convention in Atlantic City.
“We pride ourselves on being an open and transparent government and take great efforts to inform the public about what is happening in Town Hall,” said Ducey, in a statement on the award. “It is encouraging to be recognized for our efforts.”
The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.com and features Ducey taking calls from residents, as well as a special guest.
The show will complement the township’s efforts to use social media and technology to keep residents informed, Ducey said.
“We have the ability to go live and speak with residents at any time and people can listen on their computers, tablets and smart phones,” said Ducey. “This will be extremely helpful during times of emergencies and severe weather. We will share the information on Facebook and Twitter and then go live.”
There have been four episodes of the show so far. Ducey said recently that the staff has worked hard to get the show up and running and get the kinks out. In one of the first episodes, Ducey himself was cut off from the show for a few minutes, leaving a wayward caller alone on the air, but the show has since found its footing and is proving to be a valuable asset.
Talking Brick shows are broadcast online at www.blogtalkradio.com/talkingbricktownship. All shows are archived and can be listened to at any time. The next live show will be Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at 5 p.m. Anyone wishing to call in with a question or comment can call 347-426-3434 during the show.