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Radio Guest List—Franklin, Tennessee—September 23, 2017

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This week, the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show broadcasts from City Farmhouse in The Factory at Franklin in Franklin, Tennessee. The stylish space plays host to many community events including pop-up fairs, vintage and antique roadshows, and workshops. J.T. Thompson, Executive Director of the Lotz House Civil War Museum, joins the show to discuss the lasting impact of the city’s Civil War history. Kevin Griffin, Lead Singer of Better Than Ezra & Co-Founder of the Pilgrimage Festival, talks about the morning-after-Thanksgiving run that led him to the epiphany that Franklin needed a curated, family-friendly music festival. Dr. Ken Moore, Mayor of Franklin, discusses what originally brought him to Franklin, and why he’s stayed. There’s all of this and more when the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show broadcasts from City Farmhouse in The Factory at Franklin, in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Patrick Smith, Author, Pilot, and Founder of AskThePilot.Com, talks about plane punctuality and some of the tricks airlines use to stay “on time.” He expresses a need to get real-time statistics from air carriers to keep them accountable.

Dr. Ken Moore, Mayor of Franklin, says that while Franklin is one of the most unique places he’s visited, he confesses that he moved there because his wife wanted to. He discusses Civil War history, the quality of life, and his desire to alleviate the city’s traffic problems.

Jack Stewart, Senior Writer at WIRED Magazine, talks about what Boeing and airlines like Delta are doing to gather information about turbulence and flying conditions. He also discusses the future of the automobile, Tesla, and electric motors.

J.T. Thompson, Executive Director of the Lotz House Civil War Museum, talks about The Battle of Franklin, in which 10,000 people died within five hours. The Lotz House, which was the central point for the fighting, is just five miles from downtown Franklin and still has visible bloodstains. It serves as a reminder that Franklin is still affected by its Civil War history and the generation of men lost.

Mark Dunkerley, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, explains how the new wave of Chinese travelers is going to define world tourism. He talks about how this impacts Honolulu as a travel hub.

Kevin Griffin, Lead Singer of Better Than Ezra & Co-Founder of the Pilgrimage Festival, talks about the morning-after-Thanksgiving run that led him to the epiphany that Franklin needed a curated, family-friendly music festival. In addition to country, the Pilgrimage Festival also showcases gospel, rock, and soul.

Glenn Johnson, Deputy Fire Chief at the Franklin Fire Department, talks about the innovations that have been made in fire rescue and how they’ve come about because of money constraints. He explains that fire service isn’t just a job, it’s a passion. A firefighter becomes a part of a community. He dishes on some of his favorite local restaurants as well.

Heath Clark, Owner of H. Clark Distillery, spills about Tennessee’s past as the first state to ban whiskey twice. He elaborates on his work with a senator to get whiskey production legalized and the distillery’s limited distribution.

James Crutchfield, Author & Historian, shares some Franklin history from its Civil War past, Antebellum society, and Jack Daniels. He gives details about what he considers to be the bloodiest battle in the Civil War and  confesses that the city’s rich history has kept him local.

Bari Beasley, Director of Franklin/Williamson County Heritage Association, talks about the formation of the Heritage Association in response to the destruction of an historic building in 1967, and the Association’s current headquarters in the former prison.

Andy Marshall, President of A. Marshall Foods, discusses his role in the reintroduction of Piggly Wiggly’s to Franklin, and his love of the city’s Main Street and its walkable traditionality.

Shain Shapiro, CEO of Sound Diplomacy & Director of the Music Tourism Convention, discusses the origins of the Music Tourism convention and the need he saw for the music industry and tourism to work together. He says music is often taken for granted and discusses music’s role in city planning as a reflection of heritage.

By Mara Marski for PeterGreenberg.com

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