We're excited to connect with our alumni through our Darlington Connects series. Today, we hear from Jeremy Powell (‘99), a senior podcast producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting and the host of the "Peach Jam Podcast."
Through a Darlington Career Day speaker, Jeremy made his first contacts in the radio industry at 16 years old. He has since grown into an experienced radio and podcast producer, avid music fan, and vinyl collector who was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for his newest project, "Peach Jam Podcast."
We reached out to Jeremy to learn more about his new role with Georgia Public Broadcasting, "Peach Jam Podcast," and the impact of his Darlington experience.
What do you love the most about your job and the "Peach Jam Podcast?"
As a radio personality, morning radio show producer, and now as a podcast producer and host my career can be boiled down to one word: storytelling. People love stories and people love to share their stories. So, the top things I love about my job are finding interesting individuals, extracting those stories, and putting those stories out into the world. And free concert tickets!
Who is a dream guest you would like to be on the "Peach Jam Podcast?"
The "Peach Jam Podcast" focuses on musicians and artists who call the Peach State home. I really want to have Mastodon play acoustic. Or be the lucky one who gets to have Andre 3000 and Big Boi back together.
For fun - Can you share a list of the Top 5 concerts you've seen?
In no particular order:
Metallica - Olympic Stadium - Berlin (2019)
Jack White - Track 29 - Chattanooga (2012) - His first solo show.
311 - The Cotton Club - Atlanta (2005)
Chris Stapleton/Jason Isbell - Piedmont Park - Atlanta (2015)
Vanilla Ice - Opera House - Rome (2001) - Seriously.
What about your Darlington experience as the most useful skill set in your life today - professionally, personally, or both?
My years at Darlington laid the groundwork for me to be comfortable in any situation with people from all walks of life. In my career, I have had conversations with A-list celebrities, career tradesmen, rock n roll royalty, homeless persons, and powerful political figures. I am skilled in finding common ground with just about anyone. That skill started at Darlington.
Are you willing to support our Darlington Connects community interested in working in your career field?
Absolutely. I've been fortunate to learn about broadcasting and podcasting from some very smart people. I enjoy sharing that knowledge.
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