Smart Talk

Smart Talk is a daily, live, interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers and experts in a variety of fields and exploring a wide range of issues and ideas, including the economy, politics, health care, education, culture, and the environment.  Smart Talk airs live every week day at 9 a.m. on WITF’s 89.5 and 93.3.

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Host: Scott LaMar

Encore: Successful downtowns/Antiques Roadshow producer

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 10, 2017 4:17 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, May 10, 2017:

Wednesday's Smart Talk is an encore of a previous episode.

For ten years, Kelly Withum served as executive director of Venture Lititz, the economic development agency that drove that town's successful re-development.  Withum facilitated events such as Taste of Lititz and the Lititz Beer Fest as well as attracting new, locally-owned businesses to Lititz's downtown corridor.

Kelly Withum - Executive Director, Lebanon's Neighborhood Improvement District Management Association

Withum is now helping the City of Lebanon revitalize its downtown with new businesses and development.  She appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk to talk about what worked for Lititz and what could work for other "downtown corridors."

Also, twenty years ago, PBS debuted Antiques Roadshow - a seemingly simple production where people brought arts, family heirlooms and pieces of folk, sports and cultural memorabilia to be appraised.

But the production of Antiques Roadshow is anything but simple.  Its a carefully choreographed event where people's belongings are categorized and they are trafficked towards specific experts in a variety of fields.  Sometimes they find valuable treasures from the attic, sometimes they find the only value an object has is sentimental.

Marsha Bemko - Executive Producer, PBS's Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow is coming to Harrisburg, June 3rd, for three episodes.  Executive Producer Marsha Bemko joins us on Smart Talk to discuss the show from behind the scenes and offer some tips about which relics and bric-a-brac to bring.

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