From movie studio to flood shelter


red bayou showThis week, Scott and I talk with Executive Director of Celtic Studios, Patrick Mulhearn. Patrick tells the story from start to finish of how the movie studios he runs turned into an evacuation shelter for upwards of 4000 people seeking refuge from the flood. He talks about the response by the Governor, by Lieutenant General Russel Honore, and most importantly, by the people of Baton Rouge. He talks about the challenges they faced along the way, how they overcame them, and basically, how a bunch of motivated, caring people can make something amazing happen. I even asked Patrick if he thinks the story would make for a good movie… Of course it would!

After the interview, Scott and I break down who they feel were the winners and losers of the last few weeks. Who stepped up and rose to the occasion and who left a lot to be desired.

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Brian Haldane

Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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