Collaborative Workspaces Find Air Time
COWORK RADIO is the first and only terrestrial plus internet radio talk-show in the country exclusively about coworking and collaborating entrepreneurs.
Long time Santa Barbara radio personality, Catherine Remak, is collaborating with writer Jane Walker Wood and we had the opportunity to sit down with them and ask some questions.
What is coworking and how is it different from working out of a coffee shop or the business centers of the’ 90s?
Coworking isn’t just sharing a physical work space, it’s also about being part of a community of shared collaborative values. Although Cowork members are usually self-employed and working on independent projects, they’re also helping each other. It’s a very motivating, creative and supportive atmosphere. When I visit coworking locations I’m always so inspired by the positive energy and sense of belonging.
Jane Walker Wood:
I really wish something like this existed when I was a young freelance writer in Canada. For years I worked out of my home and I’d literally go days in my P.J.s not seeing or speaking to anyone – except for my dog. It was very lonely and isolating. Now I love collaborating on projects, like the radio show with Catherine, and The Visual Era, a media company in the Impact Hub.
What is it about Entrepreneurs that interests you the most?
I’ve always admired the minds of entrepreneurs and I’ve wanted to expand into a specialized show for some time. Coworking fascinates me. It’s the fastest growing work movement in the world!
I love anything entrepreneurial. I think it’s in my blood. As a kid I watched my dad build and sell three different companies. It’s still what keeps him young; being involved and having a sense of purpose. Now he’s 87, and still goes to work most days. When I was kid, we didn’t talk about fashion or sports at the dinner table, everything was about business, stock market, bond market and lots of politics.
Catherine, how did you break into radio? So many people want to, but don’t succeed? Any secrets you can share?
Well, the truth is I stepped into it backwards. I wanted to be a rock musician. I was playing drums at 14, then shifted to rhythm guitar and lead singing by 16. My poor parents! I actually remember them asking if they could tempt me to trade my drums in for a piano. I was in several bands, but I soon realized I liked performing better than practicing. When I walked into the college radio station at UCSB for an audition, I had no radio experience, but I was comfortable with a mic. I’ve never looked back. Radio is the greatest medium! It’s immediate and I love helping people tell their stories. But I do occasionally miss those drums!
Jane, you’ve always worked as a writer – why now a radio show?
I always think it’s good to challenge yourself. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m a bit nervous, but Catherine is a consummate professional. Nerves aside, it feels very natural. I went to Broadcast Journalism College after my undergrad degree and have a bit of on-air training. I never considered being a co-host but I just love researching and reading. As a kid I wanted to write stories for 60 minutes and that has motivated me to be a radio host!
Tell us a bit about the format of the show?
Cowork Radio will cover a broad range of topics, not just of interest to coworkers, but also to accelerators, startups, hackers, collaborators, and anyone interested in entrepreneurship. We’ll be covering new business startups, successful coworkers, impactful investors and disrupters – disrupters are probably my favorites! And we’ll cover coworking and entrepreneurial news, upcoming events, educational and business opportunities, plus competitions from local to national and international. It’s going to be a fun and thought-provoking show.
Catherine Remak is a successful radio host and part of California’s longest running morning show team on KLITE 101.7. With over 25 years of broadcast experience, Catherine has also voiced hundreds of radio and television commercials. Well known in the community as a “champion for non-profits”, Catherine frequently emcees events and is a regular guest speaker at various forums. Catherine has received Congressional recognition for her work promoting the community of Santa Barbara through broadcast and has been recognized as a “Woman of Achievement” by the national organization, Women in Communications.
Jane Walker Wood has over two decades of experience in advertising, public relations and marketing. Jane has worked with national and international companies as a corporate writer, media trainer, speech writer and advertising executive. Jane worked in the film industry as a screenwriter and producer and is the recipient of multiple screenwriting and public relations awards. Jane is the Senior Creative Consultant at The Visual Era, a Santa Barbara video communications and training company located in The Impact Hub, Santa Barbara’s largest coworking community.
Starting September 20th, Cowork Radio will air live from 12:00-1:00pm every Wednesday on KZSB-AM 1290. The show will also stream past and current episodes on www.coworkradio.com and www.impacthubsb.com as well as replaying three times weekly on KZSB-AM 1290.
Don’t miss a guest by streaming past and current episodes at Coworkradio.com