He was the face of WBAY-TV for more than 30 years, and he’s been retired since 2002.  But we still get the question. “How is Chuck Ramsay?”  We are happy to report he is doing well and living in Brown County with his wife of 62 years Georgia.  In this episode, we find out how he got into television, why he left it (three times!) and some of his memories from his time at WBAY.  

The Action 2 Sports team is taking over the podcast this week!  Chris Roth and Dave Schroeder give us their take on the Green Bay Packers.  With a new coach, new scheme and new players, we have a lot to talk about.  

August 30, 2019

The Rise of Esports

It’s competitive, cerebral, requires practice, sportsmanship and has a growing legion of fans.  “It” is esports, and it may be coming this fall to a school near you.  Esports, according to Bay Port High School teacher Lucas Richards, is the umbrella term for competitive video gaming that’s played against others; as part of a team or solo, competing both online and in person. Luc Richards talks with us in this episode about the growing popularity of high school teams, and the future of the industry.

Justin Ross was a local high school student, a son, and a brother who joined the Army Reserves in 2006, before he even graduated from Bay Port High School. Corporal Ross died serving our country in in Afghanistan in 2011, a story covered extensively by Action 2 News in the days and months that followed.

In this Get 2 the Point episode, we talked with Justin’s parents, Ron and Debbie Ross.  The Rosses tell us how Justin always loved playing cowboy as a little boy.  “He was always the sheriff,” says Ron.  As Justin grew up, he admired those in civil or military service.  “It really wasn’t a surprise when he came home from high school his junior year and started talking about the (Army) recruiter being there. He came home saying that’s what he was going to do.”

Students are getting ready to head back to school—from kindergarten to college.  University of Wisconsin Green Bay students start classes on September 4-th.  Later this fall, a new influx of students will arrive at UWGB--for the day---courtesy of the Phuture Phoenix program.  It's a program with humble beginnings in 2002, and now includes hundreds of students touring campus, dreaming of a brighter future.  We talk with program director Mary Sue Lavin about its mission.

It is a perfect time to talk tourism in Green Bay!  The Packers preseason is underway, and it's been a busy couple of weeks at training camp.  The crowds of people at practice to watch the team are a good example of just some of the folks who are coming here to spend their dollars on hotels, activities and shopping.  We went to the top of the Resch Center for a birds-eye view of the new Expo Center that's under construction, and to talk with the president of the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau-Brad Toll.  

   

Take 200 musical artists, 60+ venues, and 900 shows, and what do you get?  Mile 7 of the Mile of Music in downtown Appleton.  It’s happening this weekend, and we wanted to know more about how this community festival came to be.  In this week’s Get 2 the Point podcast, we talk with Cory Chisel, a singer/songwriter with strong Appleton roots, but who’s also traveled the world as an artist.

It’s been 2 years since George Graphos retired as Chief Meteorologist at WBAY-TV.  After 32, years George stepped down from his full-time gig here, but he’s hardly slowed down.  Here’s the evidence:  George Graphos held his “artist opening” this week.  That’s right, George is showing off his photographs, paintings, and digital skills through art. In this episode: find out what George is up to now, and hear some of his funny, behind-the-scenes stories of life on TV.  

The Fox Cities might not be the first area that comes to mind when you think of Wisconsin tourism.  But the area amassed $493 million in tourism dollars in 2018, and may meet that half-billion dollar mark soon.  In this week's episode we talk with Pam Seidl of the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau about the exciting projects are providing a major boost.  

Right in the thick of tourist season, Door County leaders are looking at what is working and what still needs work, when it comes to boosting the economy.  In this episode, we talk with Jim Schuessler.  He's the executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation.  Schuessler says while tourism is a major part of the county's identity, manufacturing and agriculture have even more important roles in its overall vibrancy.  We also talk about ways to solve the shortage of affordable housing.  

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