Entrepreneur KC radio show debuts this afternoon
Entrepreneur KC, a weekly radio show that aims to highlight the entrepreneurial community in Kansas City, airs its first episode this afternoon at 1.
Hosted by Sara Davidson and former Missouri State Rep. Jason Grill, two marketing and media relations strategists, the hour-long show airs on KMBZ Business Channel 1660 AM in Kansas City, streams online and will later be posted as a podcast. Its first set of guests includes familiar names to the Silicon Prairie News audience: AgLocal's Naithan Jones, Polsinelli Shughart's Greg Kratofil, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's Cameron Cushman, RareWire's Kirk Hasenzahl and SPN's very own Dusty Davidson (brother of Sara Davidson).
"The show serves as an experiment to see how a radio and online show can help build a local entrepreneurial ecosystem," Sara Davidson said in an email interview.
The Kauffman Foundation provided an undisclosed amount of seed funding, which, according to Davidson, covered the cost of the show's first four months of airtime on KMBZ. Additional sponsors and partners are being sought out.
The co-hosts said listeners that tune in can expect to hear interviews with startups and entrepreneurs (both in and outside of Kansas City), influencers, thought leaders, ambassadors and investors. "We are here to help provide the support, education, resources and visibility/platform that it will take to really take an idea to the next level," Grill (right) said in an email interview.
Said Davidson (left): "If it works, both Kauffman and (KMBZ owner) Entercom will help scale it to other communities across the country. This is another reason why the Kauffman Foundation was very interested in the concept."
Today's show was taped earlier this week, according to Grill.
Note: Sara Davidson has worked as a freelance contributor for Silicon Prairie News.
Credits: Photo of Davidson courtesy of Davidson. Photo of Grill courtesy of Grill.