Any City Can Be a 'Smart City' With Syndication of Award-Winning Show

Any City Can Be a 'Smart City' With Syndication of Award-Winning Show

Coletta & Company/Smart City Radio

May 9, 2003 (Memphis, TN) – Smart City, the award-winning public radio interview show on urban and community issues, is now available for broadcast on public radio stations nationwide through distribution by the Public Radio Satellite Service.

Smart City is an hour-long, weekly show that examines issues such as urban design, marketing cities, downtown revitalization, the growth of biotechnology centers, smart development, reforming public schools and other topics critical to metropolitan areas.

Host Carol Coletta brings together the brightest minds from all over the world for honest, thoughtful and thought-provoking interviews on the issues that affect cities and the people who live in them. Past guests have included urban planning pioneer Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk; "The Rise of the Creative Class" author Richard Florida; philanthropist and social entrepreneur Jacqueline Novogratz; business strategist Gary Hamel; Hans Butzer, designer of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and many others.

Smart City is produced in Memphis where it has shaped regional thinking. Also, listeners from all over the world tune into the show's live webcasts. Each week the Smart City newsletter is emailed to subscribers throughout the U.S., plus the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Russia – even the Republic of Georgia.

With the launch of "Smart City" to the satellite, the program will now be available to public radio stations at no charge. As part of its promotional efforts, Smart City is asking its web listeners to contact their local public radio stations to request the show.

For more information on Smart City and satellite distribution, visit the web at or contact Dan Campbell, director of radio at WKNO FM, at (800) 766-9566 or email him at [email protected].

History of Smart City

It started out as a forum to gather ideas for Carol's hometown of Memphis by talking with experts from prospering cities about trends and projects that were working in their regions.

Smart City aired its first show on Feb. 4, 2001 on WKNO FM in Memphis, Tenn., with guests U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., and Richard Florida, professor of regional and economic development at Carnegie Mellon. The topic: What draws high-tech business to cities in the new economy? It was an instant success.

But in just a few months, the show went through a transformation of sorts. Realizing that cities across the nation were dealing with many of the same questions and problems as Memphis, Smart City went from having a local focus to one that had value to civic leaders and residents of cities all over the U.S.

Related Link: Get 'Smart City' in Your City

For more information contact:

Sheila Edmundson
Coletta & Company/Smart City Radio
1317 Elkwood
TN 38111

Phone: 901-412-4351
Fax: 901-452-0778
Email: [email protected]

Posted May 9, 2003

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