Talking the Talk in the ‘Middletown Township Talks’ Podcast – theportonline

What are they talking about in Middletown Township? The ADA-accessible playground at Cobalt Ridge Park, home improvement projects, climate change, or the city policewoman?

In fact, all of these topics — and more on the township’s own podcast, “Middletown Township Talks.” He recently celebrated his first birthday and is doing quite well, show organizers say.

“Middletown Township Talks provides residents with exclusive information about township events, projects and other community events,” is how the township promotes its show. “Tune in for monthly episodes online or search ‘Middletown Township Talks’ on your favorite streaming platform.”

Recent episodes have featured Township Police Chief Joe Bartorilla on “National Night Out,” Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Patrick Graham on new programs and events; Director of Construction and Zoning Jim Ennis on the approval process for a home improvement project, and Police Constable Melissa Robinson on a typical day as a township police officer.

The township says, “The Middletown Township Talks podcast features interviews with township board members and employees about what’s going on.”

Special Projects Manager Christina Bernhardt was not interviewed on the podcast, but by The Advance.

The Advance: When and why did the podcast start?

Bernhardt: “The podcast officially launched in September 2021 and was one of our post-pandemic efforts to engage our residents. It is important for us to continue to expand our communication channels to ensure that we reach all of our residents. This mode of communication is also a way for us to reach a younger audience.

The Advance: Is it popular?

Bernhardt: “Middletown Township Talks has a growing audience month by month. Interestingly, our analytics show that our new listeners will listen to our old podcasts as well as the new episodes.

The Advance: Which episodes were the favorites?

Bernhardt: “One of our most popular episodes was with Middletown Township President Mike Ksiazek. The episode was a recap of 2021 and our accomplishments, and looking forward to 2022. Another popular episode was with Supervisor Dawn Quirple and Director of Parks and Recreation Paul Kopera discussing the new ADA accessible playground in Cobalt Ridge Park.

Advance: what awaits us?

Bernhardt: “Anyone interested in listening to the podcast can tune into their favorite streaming platform by searching ‘Middletown Township Talks’ or anchor.fm/Middletown-township online. Our next episodes are an update on the fire strategic plan and capital improvement projects coming in 2023.

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