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Podcasting in Charlotte

Join us for our third THRIVE Talks quarterly panel as we discuss the growth of podcasting in Charlotte. With thousands of new podcast episodes created daily, podcasting has become one of the most popular ways to consume content.

During the next THRIVE Talks event, we’ll talk with Charlotteans involved in podcasting to learn more about how podcasting can help to grow businesses and create an engaging conversation.

Thursday, september 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

8.2.0 Pizzeria & Bar

THRIVE Talks Moderator:


Larken Egleston

Podcast Host and Charlotte City Councilman

Larken Egleston was elected in 2017 as the Charlotte District 1 representative and is serving his first term on City Council. Egleston is also the co-host of the R&D in the QC podcast.

Egleston represents Republic National Distributing Company as a brand ambassador for Western North Carolina. He has also written for local publications including the Charlotte Observer, Elevate Magazine and Creative Loafing.

Egleston serves on the North Carolina advisory committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, serves as an advisory board member for Central Piedmont Community College's Culinary Arts program and is a volunteer firefighter for the Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

On the Thrive Talks Panel:


Andy Goh

Podcast Host and Instructor

Andy Goh is a dynamic entrepreneur who blends creativity and business acumen to develop podcast content for a range of clients needing to promote the value of their products, services, and operations to wide audiences.

Having published more than 500 episodes as well as having taught podcasting extensively, he built and published content for clients such as Arts & Science Council, Charlotte is Creative, the United Methodist Church, Charlotte Works, Care Ring as well as written work for CLTure, Creative Loafing Charlotte, CRVA, and Charlotte Five.

Andy uses a refined and personable approach to teaching, having led hundreds of students while teaching for Carolina School of Broadcasting, an accredited community college, and SkillPop.

Andy has also worked as a game announcer and on webcasts for the basketball team at Queens University of Charlotte. He is dedicated to philanthropic causes, serving as a member of the Board of He is dedicated to philanthropic causes, serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Playing For Others. In his spare time, he enjoys disc golf, hiking, cycling, travel, reading, photography and music production.

Rod & Karen Morrow

Hosts of The Black Guy Who Tips Podcast

Rod and Karen Morrow are a married couple from Charlotte, NC who host "The Black Guy Who Tips Podcast." The Black Guy Who Tips is a comedy pop culture podcast that discusses race, politics, re-caps TV shows and more. The show was started in 2009 and now has more than 1900 episodes plus more in their premium subscription service. The podcast has been spotlighted in Ebony Magazine, The Huffington Post, Revolt TV and Vice News. They've also performed live in Washington, DC, Seattle and Charlotte, NC.

Yvonne & Jason Ackerman

Co-founder of Scallionpancake Blog and Podcast

Yvonne and her husband Jason have eaten all over the world together, from reindeer in Finland to piranha in Lima. They’ve hugged Massimo Bottura, locked eyes with David Chang (we had a moment), and journeyed to Sicily for a taste of Corrado Assenza’s almond granita.

The couple turned their shared love of food and fine dining into something tangible with the creation of the Scallionpancake Blog in 2015 and the Scallionpancake Podcast in 2017. Now 100+ episodes in, the pod has evolved from two lovebirds bickering in their car for an audience of one (Yvonne’s dad) to a place where hundreds of listeners tune in weekly to hear experts like Kathleen Purvis, Greg Collier, and Mike Knoll wax poetic on Charlotte’s food and restaurant industry.

In addition to blogging and podcasting, Yvonne is a full-time copywriter and maidservant to the couple’s pugs, Frankie and Ollie. Her favorite food is Frank’s hot sauce on saltines, and her least favorite thing is being called a “foodie.”

Brian Baltosiewich

Podcast Producer

An Emmy-nominated writer/producer/director, Brian spent 28 years in broadcast television before developing and launching The Queen City Podcast Network in March of 2018 (

The network has grown to more than two dozen Charlotte-produced podcasts and is regarded as the first hyper-local podcast network in the country.

Brian has been producing audio content on the internet since 2001, and has produced podcasts for The Sporting News and National Pro Fastpitch professional women’s softball. His book, “The Podcast Pep Talk” can be found at

Originally from the Detroit, Michigan area, Brian and his wife Terra lived in Tucson, Arizona before moving to Charlotte in 2010.

Event Schedule

6:00-6:30 - Grab a Drink/Networking

6:30-7:30 - Panel Discussion

7:30-7:45 - Q&A

7:45-8:00 - More Networking