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Our most popular blogs and podcasts of 2016

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

gorilla-blog1When blogging became all the rage several years ago, it was common to see corporations and even state and federal government agencies jumping aboard.

But you didn’t see many local governments taking part – and you still don’t.

The reason the City of College Station decided to start blogging in 2010 was simple. It was an effective way to better tell our story. More than five years later, the city blog continues to be a powerful cornerstone of our public outreach strategy.

In our first year of blogging, we averaged just over 800 views per month. In 2016, we averaged about 6,000 views per month, more than a sevenfold increase. Since we launched the blog in August 2010, we’ve published nearly 750 posts, resulting in about 325,000 views and tens of thousands of shares through social media.

Our 122 new blog posts this year attracted about 72,000 views – matching 2015 as our best year to date. Our most-read post of the year was a carryover blog about how to report power outages. That post received 4,600 news views in 2016, giving it 11,400 views since its original posting in 2013. The most popular new post was about how the state’s open carry law would be applied in College Station, which attracted about 2,000 views.

ruiz-podcastWhile blogging is rare for municipalities, you see even fewer cities delivering regular podcasts featuring local government leaders. Public Communications continued its efforts in 2016 with 16 podcasts that received more than 3,030 plays.

The most popular podcasts of 2016 featured Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and were about the rumor and the reality about new restaurants, stores and other development coming to town. Natalie’s two episodes were played nearly 1,000 times.

Our all-time leading podcast remains our very first from 2013, a song about Bryan-College Station that was recorded in the early 1960s. It has had 1,241 plays and 46 downloads since it debuted.

Here are our most popular blogs and podcasts of the year:

Top Blogs of 2016

1.       4,597 views    Your account number is key when reporting an outage
2.       1,950 views    Can you openly carry a handgun in College Station?
3.       1,304 views    Is this a thing? What’s coming to town, and what’s not (episode 1)
4.       1,160 views    Is College Station now THE twin city?
5.       1,100 views    Why gorilla art is permissible but rooftop beds aren’t
6.       1,032 views    Moving out? Consider the options for your unwanted stuff
7.       971 views    Christmas in the Park: An event like no other
8.       913 views    Live Blog: 2016 city election results
9.       823 views    Is this a thing? What’s coming to College Station, what’s not (episode 2)
10.     802 views    10 ways to protect your pipes and irrigation system in freezing weather

Top Podcasts of 2016

1.      644 plays Is this a thing? What’s coming to town, and what’s not (episode 1)
2.      339 plays Is this a thing? What’s coming to town, and what’s not (episode 2)
3.      296 plays Our first look at single-stream recycling numbers
4.      205 plays CSFD’s swift-water rescue you might have missed
5.      165 plays World of Hurt: Retiring fire chief looks back at 35-year career
6.      151 plays How Ed Spillane re-ignited a national dialogue on indigency and courts
7.      130 plays Chuck Gilman: College Station’s deputy city manager
8.      126 plays Jeff Kersten: College Station’s budget man
9.      118 plays Jeff Capps: Former top cop ‘blessed’ in new career
10.    112 plays So, you want to be a city council member…

Happy New Year!


14316755_10108798313965164_2904942172107966680_nAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also been a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.



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Podcast: Mayor Berry reflects on her time in office

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By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

If you live in College Station and pay even a little attention to local government, then you know we have people leaving our city council to make room for the newly elected members.

One of those we’re saying farewell to is Mayor Nancy Berry, who held that office for more than six years before reaching her term limit. But before she gets to work as a Brazos County Commissioner, we wanted Nancy to reflect on her time as College Station’s mayor, including her strongest memories, proudest moments, and even the things she didn’t quite get to before time ran out.

The interview comes in two parts. In Part 1, she talks about her time on the College Station City Council before she became mayor — that was in the mid-2000s — and then her first term as mayor, which was 2010-2013. In Part 2, Mayor Berry talked about the highlights of her second and final term, which spanned 2013-2016.

PART 1

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PART 2

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Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his eighth year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. He’s a native of Breckenridge.


 

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Is This A Thing? What’s coming to CS and what’s not (Episode 2)

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By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

In our second episode of “Is This A Thing?,” City of College Station Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz shares the latest info on restaurants, retail and more that appear to be legitimate “things” for the city:

  • 1:49 – UNIVERSITY DRIVE: OshKosh/Carter’s, Pappadeaux, Chimney Hill, Dunkin’ Donuts, Century Square, new high-rise and much more.
  • 12:32 – TEXAS AVENUE: Windham TRYP and new retail/restaurants, Haverty’s.
  • 14:30 – ROCK PRAIRIE ROAD: Planned retail + Smoothie King and four pad sites for casual dining.
  • 16:27 – TOWER POINT: Carp’s Bar & Grill, Freddy’s, Bahama Buck’s, PetSmart, Gold’s Gym, Jimmy Changa’s.
  • 17:13 – CAPROCK: Zaxby’s, Blue Baker, Mad Taco, Brazilian Steakhouse.
  • 18:30 – New Academy vs. old Academy.
  • 20:47 – Proliferation of walk-in emergency rooms.
  • 23:14 – What Nat hopes to talk about next time.

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Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his seventh year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. He’s a native of Breckenridge.


 

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Podcast: The state of the Zika threat in College Station

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By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Our incredibly wet spring was followed by a bone-dry summer — until the recent round of storms swept through Texas and other southern states. Mosquito populations are expected to flourish, leading many experts with the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control to believe Texas and Louisiana will become the next hot spots for the Zika virus.

In this edition of our podcast, Neighborhood Services Coordinator Barbara Moore talks about the state of Zika in College Station and throughout Brazos County, and how local authorities are approaching this new, and very real, health threat.

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csf_jsocolJay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his seventh year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. He’s a native of Breckenridge.


 

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Podcast: Why our citizen survey results look like others in Texas

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By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Last spring, the city of College Station conducted its first comprehensive citizen survey in four years. The idea, of course, was to measure how College Station citizens feel about the services and programs we deliver, along with other quality-of-life aspects. In the end, the data helps city council and staff make budget and policy decisions.

In this edition of the podcast, City Manager Kelly Templin discusses which survey results really stood out to him and why similar results are being seen in almost every Texas city.

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csf_jsocolAbout the Author

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his seventh year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. He’s a native of Breckenridge.


 

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Podcast: Our first look at single-stream recycling numbers

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By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

College Station’s single-stream recycling program made its debut in January. Since then, we’ve all wanted to see the data. Has participation been good? Are citizens putting the right stuff in their blue bins, or are they fouling up the system by throwing bad stuff in the wrong container?

I’ve been waiting for that data, too. Podcast guest Heather Woolwine, College Station’s Recycling and Environmental Compliance Manager, shares her perspective on the ups and downs of the program’s first four months.

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csf_jsocolAbout the Author

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his seventh year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. He’s a native of Breckenridge.


 

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