Photo Courtesy of Chris & Merideth
Guest Blog Post by Merideth Canham-Nelson, thebeergeek.com
It’s hard to believe that KRML’s Pub Talk has been on the air for one year! What started out as a show pre-recorded in a back booth of Peter B’s has blossomed into a live broadcast prominently located in the bar. Here’s a brief rundown of how it all came about.
With the recommendation of Peter B’s Brewer Kevin Clark, in Fall 2012 KRML tapped my husband Chris Nelson from thebeergeek.com to host Pub Talk, a new conversational show aiming to explore community issues and events from seats at the bar. As Chris’ wife and beer travel partner it made sense for me to come onboard as a co-host, so within the first few shows, I did. At that time the show was recorded on Wednesday nights and aired several days later, a plan that worked but wasn’t the ideal set-up. Community-focused from its inception, guests such as Supervisor Dave Potter, local photographer Steve Zmak, and Monterey-Salinas Transit General Manager Carl Sedoryk helped Pub Talk gain some early momentum.
After a show in early January 2013, KRML General Manager, Mike Hale told us the next week’s Pub Talk would be live. This had been talked about as a future development and to us the future had always seemed far off. The short notice about going live threw us a bit. We had been interviewed on live radio before but the thought of running a live radio show made us nervous. Would we freeze up? Or worse would we let accidental expletives fly? As proof of Mike’s visionary prowess, going live is when everything took off for Pub Talk.
Photo: Early days before Pub Talk was live!
Quite the opposite of our fears, the show became easier and more in line with Mike’s original concept of the show as a conversation amongst friends, rather than formal interviews. The addition of Jeff White, KRML’s Program Manager, not only provided us with a guiding hand, but also the all-important third voice. The chemistry among the three of us was just what the show needed to make it truly great. Pub Talk found its groove and we haven’t looked back.
Of course, the show could not happen without the on-going support from Peter B’s staff and management. Not only has Restaurant Manager Franco Vasquez graciously allowed us to take over a table each week for a few hours, Brewer Kevin Clark and Chef Jason Giles have come on to talk about exciting new things happening in the brewery and kitchen. Even the Portola Hotel’s Food and Beverage Director, Sonny Petersen has made an appearance or two. KRML’s Pub Talk and Peter B’s Brewpub has been a match made in heaven. Both partners have a deep commitment to our local community and we couldn’t think of doing the show anywhere else. Here’s to another year of a great partnership!
Cheers go out to Mike, Carl and Jeff from KRML, everyone at Peter B’s and all the guests for giving us this unique and fun opportunity to be an active part of our community. We look forward to bringing listeners more interesting, community-focused content in the coming year and encourage people to come on down to Peter B’s on Wednesdays 5-6pm to be part of the fun!
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When not on Pub Talk, Chris Nelson and Merideth Canham-Nelson travel the world looking for the next great beer adventure. With over 830 breweries visited, their adventures are chronicled on the website thebeergeek.com and in Merideth’s 2012 book Teachings From The Tap: Life Lessons From Our Year in Beer.