Catch the debut episode of DG Live @5 Thursday.
Have you ever been hit on the head with a ton of bricks? Me either, at least until recently. I was talking with former sheriff J.B. King about his upcoming book about Pulaski County's notorious serial killer, Johnny Lee Thornton when this particular ton of bricks hit me.
We were chatting on Facebook Live with readers and Daily Guide's followers on Facebook watching, interacting, and even stopping by while we were talking when the bricks hit me.
Pulaski County needs a talk show!
My chat with J.B. wasn't the first time this had happened, but it was the first time that I realized how cool, how interesting, and how much potential Facebook Live could be. I've held several forums, done Facebook Live interviews, and facilitated a number of interactive experiences with our Facebook followers in the last year, but we've not done anything as ambitious as what I began considering after my conversation with J.B.
After some discussion, we decided that the Daily Guide really needed to have a talk show, but this wouldn't be a formal talk show. It's not going to be me and a panel of people sitting around discussing the issues of the day or someone's personal problems.
DG Live @5 will be a conversation with someone about Pulaski County subjects. It could be as interesting as local history or the latest issue facing a local town, or just two old cronies sitting around talking about crime, like J.B. and I.
DG Live @5 was born out of the idea that Pulaski County's talk show should be interactive, organic, and a conversation that the audience should feel like they are welcome to become a part of.
It's maiden voyage will actually be today at 5 p.m. on the Daily Guide's Facebook page. We'll be sitting down with Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Executive Director Beth Wiles to talk about all the interesting nooks and crannies of Pulaski County.
Beth and I will be discussing all the very cool things you can find to do in Pulaski County, places to see, and visit, as well as some neat projects that have been in the works for a number of years.
Readers are invited to tune in and watch for free on Facebook and ask questions if you like. One of the best features of Facebook Live is that watchers can interact with a broadcast as it is going on. You can ask questions, make comments, and interact with us as we are conversing.
We do ask that you keep things respectful, engaging, and worthy of posting in a public forum. Beth is a font of information about Pulaski County and all the things to see and do here. This will be a chance to find out about the little things that make our area a great place to live and play.
Beth is a long-time resident of Waynesville and was even born on Fort Leonard Wood. Her father served in the United States Army and she shares the Army Brat monicker with me.
According to Beth, her family always made it a point to explore their surroundings which instilled the desire to travel, experience new cultures and meet new people in her.
She's also available to talk about more serious issues and projects that will help tourism and the economy in the area. She and I are very excited to launch DG Live @5 together and look forward to hearing from you.
Beth and I plan to talk about 30 minutes, but if audience participation prompts that to go longer, then it might. How long the conversation lasts is really up to you, the reader, or in the case of the show, the watcher.
In order to watch, just visit us at www.facebook.com/WaynesvilleDailyGuide. Beth and I will be broadcasting live from the Daily Guide office.