“Unprecedented.”  You’ve heard that word multiple times over the last several weeks; when it comes to the coronavirus, unemployment, the economy and the shutdown of business and schools.  We are in uncharted territory, and "unprecedented" seems to be the best way to describe it.  On this episode, we are looking into the potential economic fallout of COVID-19 and what opportunities are also coming from it.   Our guest is Marc Schaffer, associate professor and  the director of the Center for Business and Economic Analysis at St. Norbert College.

Sports Director Chris Roth takes over the podcast this week, with special guest Rob Demovsky from ESPN.com and a WBAY Cover 2 contributor. 

Hear their takes on the Packers draft picks, the schedule, and opinions on what the NFL season could look like, because of COVID-19.

Renee and Jason Natzke and their daughter Ella, lost their son and brother Jack to an unknown illness in 2015.  He was five years old.  Jack became ill very suddenly and died after several days in intensive care.  In the years since, Renee has talked publicly about faith, healing and the circle of grief.  This is our powerful and raw discussion about Renee Natzke’s journey since Jack’s death and becoming ‘Jackstrong.’

When the 'Safer at Home' order took effect in Wisconsin in March, it was a change for all of us.  Organizations and groups supporting others in our community had to pivot the way they provide services.  That was especially true for Golden House located in Green Bay—which provides help and services for people affected by domestic abuse.  In this episode we talk with executive director Tonya Dedering about ways they are reaching out.  

There are many issues going on surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  People are worried about their health, about their families and about their jobs.     Many of us are trying to work from home, while at the same time, helping their children with eLearning for school.  In this episode of our Get 2 the Point podcast, we are talking about ways to navigate through all of this with Lisa Tutskey, a licensed marriage and family therapist with Prevea Health. 

March 20, 2020

WBAY News: A New Normal

COVID-19 has affected everyone’s lives.  Work, school and socializing have given way to social distancing, work at home and online learning.  When it comes news gathering, we have the responsibility to report the newest factual information from this quickly changing landscape.  We are doing it utilizing technology and new strategies which allow our employees to follow health instructions, while also getting the latest information to you.  In this episode, hear from several WBAY employees who give you behind-the-scenes details of the adjustments here at Action 2 News. 



David Frerking of Appleton is a new author, and you might recognize the story he is telling.  His son Jacob, a young man with autism, was granted a wish to become a law enforcement officer through the Make-A-Wish foundation.   Jacob was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, law enforcement officers from across the Fox Valley embraced Jacob and made him part of their community.    

Hear more about Jacob Frerking’s journey through his father’s eyes in this episode of Get 2 the Point podcast. 

Amanda Reitz had a dream, to start an animal sanctuary to give pets the best possible chance at finding a forever home.  But at the time she was still in college and people weren’t quite sold on the idea, including her own family initially. By 2006, Amanda had her parents involved transforming family property in Marion for a spacious sanctuary for animals. A couple years later, brother Marcus Reitz joined on with HEA full-time and they raised funds for a new adoption center in Ashwaubenon.  Hear the humble beginnings of HEA, from a Basset hound named Walter, to the plans to help animals across the country find forever homes.  

On April 7, voters in the city of Appleton will elect a new mayor, the first new one in 24 years.  When the mayor-elect is sworn in on April 21, current mayor Tim Hanna will find himself out of that job.

Our Get 2 the Point podcast conversation with Mayor Hanna continues this week, as Hanna looks back at his career in government. 

This April, the city of Appleton will have its first new mayor in 24 years.  Tim Hanna made the decision to not seek re-election.  After a long career in government, Mayor Hanna has a lot of stories to tell. 

Hanna details the failed basketball tryout that got him interested in government, his time on the city council when he asked a question and got an answer that left him stumped, to the 1996 mayoral election that ended up before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.   Hear much more on these stories in this week’s episode.

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