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RIGGIN’ AWESOME!


THAT’S


A PODCAST TO BUILD GREATER AWARENESS OF CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION BY: BOB GLENN, EDITOR


Two construction industry veterans – Pat Clark and Mike Walsh – have launched a new video podcast series that serves up energetic discussions on a wide range of topics across the industry. We have been enjoying the program for several months, and while I don’t recall exactly how we first became aware of the show, that name hooked us in right away.


We wanted to learn more about why they created this program, what they hope to accomplish with it, and how it all works. We served up a list of questions, as we often do to kick off our content development process, and they said, “Good questions, let’s make this into an episode of the podcast.” Well, sure - Tat’s Riggin’ Awesome! Before we get there, let’s start with some


background. Te first episode of Tat’s Riggin’ Awesome (TRA) was posted on YouTube on December 10, 2019. In addition to video, the series is available via podcast on numerous streaming services including Apple, Google and Spotify. Even if you’re not using any audio streaming services, and we weren’t, you probably already have an application that can load their entire catalog onto your smartphone in a matter of moments. Having a steady flow of new content is critical to build


and grow an audience, and the show is now releasing a new episode every week. Most episodes have included a guest, and in nearly every case prior to the advent of Covid-19 the guest was in-studio. And those guests have run the gamut from apprentice to veteran expert across the full range of trades often found in construction. Among long-time experts, one episode featured George


“Red” Gilmartin going over his more than forty years of experience as a professional rigger, while another featured Jeff Steiner from Bigfoot, an outrigger pad manufacturer, who began his extensive career as a lineman. Among guests who are just starting out their careers, one episode featured an elevator constructor apprentice, Lorena Rivera, with one month on the job to share her just-starting-out perspective.


32 MAY–JUNE 2020 WIRE ROPE EXCHANGE


Pat Clark interviews an official from Liebherr at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2020


In between those bookends, other guests have


included Steven Brooks of SmartLift® (a maker of glass-handling equipment), a younger guy who has already amassed a great bank of experience, and Journeyman crane operator (as well as wife and mother) Amanda Swenson who talked about how she’s struck an effective work/life balance. And there have been episodes without a guest. Among these, in one of our favorites Pat and Mike reviewed their visit to ConExpo-Con/AGG in Las Vegas. If you attended ConExpo, here’s a good chance to compare your takeaway with what they found most


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