Magic City Spotlight podcast
The Magic City Spotlight is the Official Podcast of the City of Birmingham, Alabama. Sponsored by the Office of the Mayor.
info_outline Page Pals: A Community Response to Literacy 02/19/2024
Page Pals: A Community Response to Literacy We highlight the powerful collaboration between the City of Birmingham, Birmingham City Schools, and our vibrant community, united by a common mission: enhancing student reading proficiency.
info_outline What Will $50 Million Do for Smithfield 01/29/2024
What Will $50 Million Do for Smithfield Join our conversation with the visionaries behind Birmingham's $50 million effort in Historic Smithfield. Learn about their strategies, upcoming projects, and how they're collaboratively shaping the landscape of our neighborhoods.
info_outline State of the City 01/23/2024
State of the City Kick off the new year with a special edition of Mayor Woodfin’s State of the City! Get a pulse on everything Birmingham. Mayor Woodfin will provide show listeners with insight into the city's plans, aspirations, and key initiatives for 2024.
info_outline StrongHer (Part 2) 04/13/2023
StrongHer (Part 2) Each March, the City of Birmingham publishes daily StrongHer profiles featuring under-recognized women who are leading our community. Join Mayor Woodfin and his friends as they celebrate five years of StrongHer and share stories of the women who inspire us. Guests: Chanda Temple, Senior Project Manager, City of Birmingham Mayor's Office Andrea Parker, StrongHer Honoree Parker is the president and CEO of Parker and Associations Investment Co. This new project is allowing Parker to stretch her wings as she focuses on developing underserved communities, by starting with Ensley. she purchased five acres near 22nd Street and Avenue E in Ensley, which is where she plans to break ground on a multi-use facility by 2024. The space will be home to condos, eateries and an incubator space for small businesses. Terri Harvill, StrongHer Honoree Terri has worked for the YMCA of Greater Birmingham for more than 30 years, first working while she was in high school. Serving the community has always been her focus, which is why a new project in Roebuck means so much to her. She and a team of volunteers and staff worked to raise nearly $3.6 million during the pandemic to help revamp the eight acres where the current Northeast YMCA sits in Roebuck.
info_outline Financial Literacy 04/13/2023
Financial Literacy Did anyone ever talk to you about money? Mayor Woodfin and leaders of the Birmingham Financial Freedom project will be discussing wealth building and what Birmingham youth and their families can do enjoy financial prosperity. Guests: Isaac Cooper, CEO, IMC Financial Samantha Williams, CEO, The Birmingham Promise Judy Wood, Wellness Coach, OperationHope
info_outline StrongHer 04/13/2023
StrongHer Each March, the City of Birmingham publishes daily StrongHer profiles featuring under-recognized women who are leading our community. Join Mayor Woodfin and his friends as they celebrate five years of StrongHer and share stories of the women who inspire us. Guests: Chanda Temple, Senior Project Manager, City of Birmingham Mayor's Office Jacqueline McKinney - StrongHer Candidate Retired dressmaker, housekeeper and caterer Jacqueline McKinney has taken it upon herself to pick up trash in her neighborhood after failing to get a larger dumpster for her Woodlawn apartment complex. Once she is done in her neighborhood, the 69-year-old hits First Avenue North to pick up litter. She does all this, despite health issues. She also volunteers to cook to help loved ones when they've lost someone. Allison Sanders - StrongHer Candidate Made her stage debut at the Alabama Theatre at the age of six in the Sound of Music. Singing opera and performing with various groups, including the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the New York City Opera, Opera Memphis, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Allison was a soloist during the closing ceremony of the World Games in Birmingham.
info_outline Entrepreneurs 04/13/2023
Entrepreneurs Many of Birmingham's biggest innovations have come from entrepreneurs. They are our family members, they are our employers and they are investing in our neighborhoods in every corner of Birmingham. Meet today's leading entrepreneurs as they share their challenges, triumphs and advice. Guests: Kellie Clark, CEO of Appthink Shegun Otulana, founder and CEO of Harmony Venture Labs and CEO of Copysmith AI
info_outline History In The Making 04/13/2023
History In The Making Entrepreneur, mogul, teacher, marketer, broadcaster, owner, investor, survivor, philanthropist, husband, father, civil rights pioneer, son of Mattie C. At nearly 90-years-old, Dr. Stewart continues to share his voice, wisdom, and love with Birmingham. In an exclusive, one-on-one discussion, Dr. Stewart and Mayor Woodfin will discuss the history, present and future of the City of Birmingham as the city celebrates the 60th commemoration of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. Guests: Dr. Shelley Stewart, Radio pioneer, civil-rights activist, business owner and author Uche Bean, Deputy Director, Division of Social Justice and Racial Equity
info_outline The Next Movement 04/13/2023
The Next Movement Birmingham was forever changed by the courageous efforts of it's youth. Today, there are young people creating new movements in neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, and many other issues important to their generation. Guests: November Boler, student at Woodlawn High School participating in the Woodlawn Early College program, and the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association (WNA). Ethan Hill serves as the 11 year old Founder of Ethan's Heart, a social change agency serving unsheltered residents. Rylen Dempsey serves as President of the Alabama Key Club. Shuntasia Williams, student at Wenonah High School active in Student Ambassador for Black Women Roundatble, and the Youth Peace Action Builders.
info_outline CEO Roundtable 04/13/2023
CEO Roundtable Birmingham is being led by a core of young CEOs and Chairpersons of public agencies, including Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. Learn more about what is happening in their agencies and what it takes to lead during turbulent times. Guests: Deon Gordon, President and CEO, TechBirmingham Anthony C Hood, PHD, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer of First Horizon Bank & Chairman of Board for the Housing Authority of Birmingham. Mashonda S. Taylor, Executive Director Woodlawn United
info_outline NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION: CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP 08/23/2022
NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION: CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP The Woodfin Administration and Birmingham City Council are driving an unprecedented number of dynamic neighborhood revitalization projects in neighborhoods across Birmingham during one of the most dynamic periods of growth in the city’s recent history. Join Mayor Randall Woodfin and his special guests as they share, celebrate, and engage this pivotal moment.
info_outline Cash On Hand: How the City of Birmingham Support Our Residents 08/17/2022
Cash On Hand: How the City of Birmingham Support Our Residents Join Mayor Randall Woodfin and his friends as they discuss money. How to get it, how to keep it, and what the City of Birmingham is doing to ensure the next generation of residents can improve their quality of life and financial futures.
info_outline Back To School 08/08/2022
Back To School Join Mayor Randall Woodfin and his friends as they welcome Birmingham City Schools students and their families back for the school year. Learn what the City of Birmingham is doing to support students and families on issues such as mental health, financial literacy, and job opportunities.
info_outline Support Local Artists! 08/02/2022
Support Local Artists! Local artists are the life blood of local culture. Many of our local artists go on to national and international fame. Meet many of the people that help make many of your favorite memories in local social spots to performing at your wedding — get the inside scoop on what it is like to be a performing artist in the City of Birmingham.
info_outline Small Business, Big Vision 07/27/2022
Small Business, Big Vision Entrepreneurs are the unsung heroes of our community. Their courage, innovation, and skills create jobs, products, and services for Birmingham residents. Hear inspiring stories of triumph as well as updates about new programs and resources from city leaders.
info_outline South Got Something To Say 07/18/2022
South Got Something To Say In 1995, Andre “3000” Benjamin of the group Outkast proclaimed, “The South Got Something to Say!” Since then, the South has become dominant in music, film, and publishing. Join Mayor Randall Woodfin and friends as they discuss the art of storytelling.
info_outline Neighborhood Revitalization: Can't Stop, Won's Stop 06/27/2022
Neighborhood Revitalization: Can't Stop, Won's Stop Hosts Mayor Randall L. Woodfin Isis Jones Guests Kelvin Datcher, Senior Advisor for Special Projects, City of Birmingham Department of Community Development Mashonda Taylor, CEO, Woodlawn United Lisa McCarroll, CEO, Navigate Birmingham *** Selected Neighborhood Revitalization Partners North Titusville Neighborhood Association – Michael Broadnax, President - Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham - Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama - Alabama Power Smart Neighborhood - Housing Affordability Trust - Design Initiative - Titusville Development Corporation - Build UP for Urban Prosperity - Common Thread - City of Birmingham Parks and Recreation Memorial Park - Birmingham City Schools Booker T. Washington K-8 School - UAB Live Healthsmart Alabama
info_outline Black Fathers Love Strong 06/22/2022
Black Fathers Love Strong The love of a father is like no other! Despite the challenges in our communities we know there are examples of fathers who will work, love, pray, and fight for their children. Join Mayor Randall Woodfin and friends as they share stories and resources that will be sure to brighten your day and your family's path to success.
info_outline Summer Series: Crime-stoppers 07/07/2021
Summer Series: Crime-stoppers Join Lady Woo, Pastor Thomas Beavers and Frank Barefield of Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama and the mother of the eight year old shot on Warrior Rd to tell you about the $25,000 reward being offered in the unsolved shooting case and break the "no snitching" culture.
info_outline Summer Series: Neighborhood Leaders 07/03/2021
Summer Series: Neighborhood Leaders This weeks Episode is about leadership. Tune in as Lady Wood talks with Alice Williams, Deputy Director of Community Resources, East Thomas neighborhood association secretary, Everett Ferguson and Thomasine Jackson, President of East Thomas neighborhood association. Tune in!
info_outline Hometown Heroes, a look at a BHM Fire Department Story 05/28/2021
Hometown Heroes, a look at a BHM Fire Department Story Welcome to the Magic City Spotlight! I’m your host, Eunice Elliott. We’ve got a great show for you today, highlighting our Hometown Heroes. We’ve got a special guest here this week. Firefighter Charles Covington and of course we have the Mayor himself in studio.
info_outline Birmingham Under 30 05/14/2021
Birmingham Under 30 On this episode we have some young professionals who are doing great things throughout the city. Alexus Cumbie, Tyrin Kirkland, Alana Baumann, Samra Michael and this weeks guest host Mya Jolly share some insight into living in Birmingham post graduation.