January 20, 2021

‘What’s Happening MoCo’ Podcast Helps Residents Learn More About Montgomery County, Featuring Guests Such as Jazz Great Marcus Johnson

Montgomery County residents can learn more about the programs, events and people in their County through the podcast “What’s Happening MoCo.” In past episodes, the podcast, which is hosted by Derrick Kenny, has addressed important subjects while introducing residents to County government leaders, employees and resources. The featured guest on the latest episode is Marcus Johnson, a former member of the Blair High School jazz band who has gone on to become an internationally known jazz artist, producer and author.

Jerome Fletcher, an assistant chief administrative officer for Montgomery County, also joined the podcast to share an update on business and community resources.

New podcasts are released twice a month. The live stream of the newest episode can be viewed starting at 3:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 21, via the What’s Happening MoCo Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhatsHappeningMoCoPodcast.

The podcast also can be heard via several popular podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts at https://bit.ly/whats-happening-moco, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio and others.

Johnson’s music has hit the Billboard Top 10, he has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award and he founded FLO Brands.

He also is the author of “For the Love of . . . Living the Journey of Life with Intention, Love, Passion and Happiness.” The book is a collection of essays that contain personal advice from the musician and entrepreneur who has managed to stay afloat in cutthroat industries, achieving success despite venturing into the saturated markets of live and recorded music and wine and spirits. On the podcast, he talks about his “DEEPER” approach to managing change and striving for success.

About two dozen episodes of What’s Happening MoCo have been produced. Previous podcasts have included County Director of Procurement Ash Shetty talking about how vendors can work to obtain County Government contracts; Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Goldstein sharing safety tips for families, Michele Eberle, executive director of the Maryland Health Connection addressing how uninsured residents can get health insurance; and Mary Beth Dugan of the Access Office of Montgomery Parks discussing programs for active seniors.

Host Kenny, an audio-visual specialist with the County’s Office of Broadband Programs, said the podcast was originated to raise awareness of County Government programs and the range of subjects has evolved.

Residents interested in asking a question or suggesting a topic to be addressed in a future episode are encouraged to engage via the Facebook page or via e-mail at derrick.kenny@montgomerycountymd.gov.

What’s Happening MoCo podcast episode archives can be accessed by visiting the podcast’s webpage at https://montgomerycountymd.gov/CCM/whats-happening-moco-podcast.html.