We can’t let Officer Parker – “OP” – retire this month, after 34 years with Plano PD, without making a splash. He’s become a beloved Plano character and was one of our favorite podcast interviewees ever. We’ve pumped up our February 2017 Valentine to OP episode with previously unreleased excerpts as our tribute to this very special man. Hear for yourself why Officer Arthur G. Parker means so much to the community of Plano.
The holidays are here! Hop on our Plano Podcast sleigh as we explore some unique Plano Christmas traditions. Hear about a local shopping destination for people who want to celebrate a Scandinavian Christmas. Take a look at the solumn Midnight Mass in area Catholic churches and the traditional Latino Catholic procession of Las Posadas. And find out why thousands travel to Plano from around the U.S. for a spectacular Christmas program at Prestonwood Baptist Church.
Episode 45 | Plano Christmas Traditions opens the door to some great Christmas traditions both local and international. Not sure what lutefisk or a Lucia celebration is? Never heard of Las Posadas? We’ve got answers. Think all Christmas church services look and feel the same? We take you from one end of the spectrum to another- from Midnight Mass to the Broadway-style production of The Gift of Christmas. Any way you choose to celebrate, we wish you the Merriest of Holiday seasons.
Haunted Plano. Yes, it’s a thing. Do spirits of those who lived in Plano long ago still haunt the halls and streets of our city? Many who live and work in the buildings in historic downtown Plano are convinced there’s ghostly mojo afoot. We take you to three of Plano’s Most Haunted Places and hear stories from Jamey Jamison and Leesie Pool – two residents who’ve encountered spooky shadows from the past. The author of Haunted Plano, Texas – aka Plano Podcast producer Mary Jacobs – is our guide.
Collin Creek Mall is headed for a bright new future. But for the “mall rats” who grew up at the mall, the memories live on. We talk to the founder of the CCM An Era Gone By Facebook group – 7000 strong — that’s keeping those memories alive; we meet the security officer who’s walked the halls of Collin Creek Mall since 1992 ; and we discover an urban explorer who clues us in on the Stranger Things going on underneath the mall. So dig out your hair scrunchie and Z Cavaricci’s and take a trip to the past with Plano Podcast.
Photo Credit of all tunnels: Eric Kuhns | Koonagi Media
On this historic 50th anniversary of the NASA Apollo 11 Mission- we give you more from our December, 2018 interview with Plano resident Phil Pollacia. This special Plano Podcast Extra goes in depth with Pollacia about his hand in the space program while at IBM working a NASA in Houston, and shares facts about the Apollo Mission.
The story of Greg Matthews Wild Awakening is more that meets the eye. All his life, Greg J. Matthews felt the need to prove himself as a man — until a horrifying, near-death encounter with a grizzly bear put him on the path to healing. Hear this Plano resident’s amazing story, and why he wrote the book Wild Awakening: How a Raging Grizzly Healed My Wounded Heart.
Greg’s story was featured on Animal Planet’s “I Was Prey” series, Season Two Episode Six.
In affluent Plano … do we really have homeless folks? We tagged along for the annual census of the homeless in Collin County to find out. Plus, we met the volunteers who serve the homeless when the weather turns cold and talked with Plano ISD’s liaison to homeless students and their families. Plus, a success story: Ron Bultongez, former resident of Plano’s shelter for homeless teens, and now a rising musical star.
LAUNCH! That’s our theme this episode, taking you on a journey into new horizons. Meet Plano resident Phil Pollacia who played a key role in the early days of NASA’s space program – and two women launching the Plano pickleball craze. Finally, we take you behind the scenes at North Texas Performing Arts – as one of us attempts to launch their community acting career in Scrooge- the Musical.