The Polk Experience
All my rowdy friends…kick off season 3

All my rowdy friends…kick off season 3

August 5, 2022

Today, we kick off season with a visit from Neal Duncan and Ryan Buckley.

Topics included Ken Riley and the NFL Hall of Fame, Pete Rose, and the upcoming IWWF World Water Ski Show Tournament, to be held on Lake Silver in Winter Haven Oct. 18 to 23.

For more information on the World Water Ski Show Tournament, visit worldwaterskishow.com.

For more on Central Florida’s Sweetest Spot, Polk County, visit www.visitcentralflorida.org.

Dr. Jennifer Stoll on the power of Sports Tourism

Dr. Jennifer Stoll on the power of Sports Tourism

June 23, 2022

Industry expert Dr. Jennifer Stoll, the executive director of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission, joins us to discuss not only the powerful impact of sports on a community, how the growth of travel teams is good for the tourism industry, and how to improve this segment going forward. 

Remembering Norm Benn

Remembering Norm Benn

April 12, 2022

Polk County and Florida Southern sports legend Norm Benn recently passed. 

Having spent a lot of time with Norm up to his enshrinement in the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame, we felt that re-releasing what might be his last interview was the least we could do.

Quick witted with a sharp sense of humor, Norm will be missed.  

Haines City’s dynamic duo helps shape the northeast corner of Polk County

Haines City’s dynamic duo helps shape the northeast corner of Polk County

April 1, 2022

Despite what you saw on television, parks and recreation is serious business. 

In Haines City, Terrell Griffin and Ryan Ritchie use a mix of attractors and activities to not only infuse their city with visitors, but to shape the future of Polk's northeast corridor. 

Polk County legend Scot ”The Rocketman” Ellis comes in for a landing

Polk County legend Scot ”The Rocketman” Ellis comes in for a landing

February 16, 2022

Perhaps the greatest water ski jumper of his generation, Polk County legend Scot "The Rocketman" Ellis is calling it a career. Find out how a globe-spanning career started in Lakeland with .49 cent tacos and his plans for the future. 

Women, Softball and Sport, with THE Spring Games CEO, Alison Strange

Women, Softball and Sport, with THE Spring Games CEO, Alison Strange

February 4, 2022

Alison Strange, CEO of THE Spring Games, joins Kevin Smith and Jack Cormier to discuss the upcoming event in Polk County, the long last influence of sports tourism on a community and how the past two years have changed the game for events in general. 

That’s a fivehead

That’s a fivehead

January 28, 2022

On this roundup episode, we discuss if the Rays should come to Polk County, upcoming sports events including RussMatt and PFX, and the recent Major League Baseball Hall of Fame winners and losers. 

A preview of the Central Florida Classic STOL Competition

A preview of the Central Florida Classic STOL Competition

December 2, 2021

If you like planes - especially takeoffs and landings - this is the event for you. 

STOL stands for Short Takeoff and Landing, and its the hottest aviation competition category going. 

Joining us is Anitra Goddard of the National Stol Series to talk about the Central Florida Classic STOL Competition going on in Lakeland Dec. 3 and 4 as part of the Sun N Fun Holiday Fly-In and Car Show. 

Josh Hicks takes us on a tour of Davenport‘s newest community center

Josh Hicks takes us on a tour of Davenport‘s newest community center

November 24, 2021

Growing by leaps and bounds, Davenport needed a community center.

Josh Hicks has been there since the doors opened and shares the town's vision for their future.

Artist and entrepreneur, Lakeland‘s Gillian Fazio

Artist and entrepreneur, Lakeland‘s Gillian Fazio

November 19, 2021

Both artist and entrepreneur, Gillian Fazio has paved her own way to success. Her murals can be found throughout Central Florida and even on the Central Florida Visitor Information Center in Davenport. Listen in to how, just four years out of college, she's created her own career path. 

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