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Episode 266: Fayetteville High School Football Coach Casey Dick Reflects on Championship Season

In this special episode of “I am Northwest Arkansas,” host Randy Wilburn delves into the remarkable journey of Coach Casey Dick, the force behind the undefeated season of the Fayetteville High School Bulldogs. From his formative years as a quarterback at the University of Arkansas to his influential role as a coach, Dick shares how his passion for football and leadership shaped his coaching philosophy. He emphasizes the power of building strong, familial relationships within the team, which not only propelled the Bulldogs to a perfect 13-0 season but also strengthened the community ties in Fayetteville, nurturing young athletes into future leaders both on and off the field.

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Episode 265: NWA Transplant Series: Chef Michael Robertshaw Shares His Journey to Opening Pizzeria Ruby

In this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast, host Randy Wilburn dives deep with Chef Michael Robertshaw, founder of Pizzeria Ruby. Renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and New England-inspired flavors, Pizzeria Ruby stands as a culinary gem in the Ozarks. Chef Michael shares his journey from Boston’s rich food scene to creating a beloved dining spot in Northwest Arkansas, driven by his Greek-Italian heritage and a commitment to authenticity and quality.

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Episode 264: NWA Transplant Series: Nick and Meredith Castin Share Their Journey from Southern California to Northwest Arkansas

Nick and Meredith Castin, transplants from San Diego to Northwest Arkansas, advocate for active transportation and sustainable development. The “I am Northwest Arkansas” podcast episode explores their move, community integration, and efforts towards equitable living through “Fayette Forward.”

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Bonus Episode: NWA Transplant Series Introduction with Kyle Kellams

In this special episode, we celebrate five years of ‘I am Northwest Arkansas,’ diving deep into the stories that make this region resonate with so many. Joined by Kyle Kellams of ‘Ozarks at Large,’ we explore the journey of transplants like us, finding home amidst the Ozarks’ natural beauty and welcoming communities. Together, we uncover the transformative power of storytelling in connecting us to our new home, highlighting the region’s role as a burgeoning hub of entrepreneurship and growth.

This excerpt encapsulates the episode’s main themes and the engaging discussion between Randy Wilburn and Kyle Kellams, making it an inviting preview for potential listeners.

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Episode 263: Ozark Beer Company: Brewing Tradition and Building Community in Northwest Arkansas

Lacie Bray, co-founder of Ozark Beer Company, unveils the inspiring story behind one of the Ozarks’ most beloved breweries. With a deep-rooted passion for sustainable brewing and community building, Lacie and her husband Andy Coates have transformed their vision into a reality since 2013. Originating from the picturesque settings of Walla Walla, Washington, their journey led them to establish a community cornerstone in downtown Rogers, Arkansas. Throughout the conversation, Lacie highlights the brewery’s dedication to traditional brewing techniques, eco-friendly practices, and a keen responsiveness to the tastes and values of their local community. Whether it is their staple beers or the innovative introduction of kombucha on tap, Ozark Beer Company’s mission is to craft not just exceptional beverages but also a space where community thrives. This episode not only celebrates their journey but also reflects on the integral role of craft breweries in fostering communal ties, underscored by terms like “craft beer,” “sustainable brewing,” and “community-focused brewery.”

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