A VOICE FOR DETROIT
A home for storytelling, our podcast studio is all about bringing people together. From the Shinola Runwell Turntable to the wall-mounted Wallace Detroit Guitar—made with reclaimed wood from the old Detroit Fire Department—it’s decorated with inspiration in mind. Easily observed from the street, the studio has hosted prominent voices such as Jesse Hughes of the Eagles of Death Metal and Hillary Sawchuk, host of A Drink With. Whether it’s hosting a local, a hotel guest that’s renting out the room or a celebrity that’s just dropping by, the studio is a place where culture and conversation can flourish.
The views, opinions, and positions expressed by individuals using the studio do not reflect those of the Detroit Foundation Hotel or its affiliates.
Live on Air
Episode 4 – Kelly Rizzo
In Episode 4, Hillary Sawchuk sits down with TV host Kelly Rizzo of Eat Travel Rock to discuss her first visit to Detroit. We talk first impressions of the city and what she is going to report back to her Chicago and L.A. friends. We’ll also dig into what it’s like to turn your passions into a brand, monetizing your Instagram account, how to handle rejection and what advice her boyfriend (Bob Saget) has given her about the entertainment industry.
Episode 3 – Dan Varner
In the third episode of “A Drink With – Detroit,” Hillary Sawchuk sits down with Dan Varner. Dan Varner, the CEO of Goodwill Detroit, has a mission to make Detroit a great place to be a kid and raise a family. We talked with Dan to hear how Goodwill — the original social enterprise — can be the bridge between the revitalization downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Also, we hear one of the best answers to date on what makes a great leader. Dan admits Detroit has broken some hearts but shares how the people of the city pick themselves up again and keep moving forward.
Episode 2 – Algee Smith + Matthew Budman
In the second episode of “A Drink With – Detroit” we chatted with actor Algee Smith and producer Matthew Budman while they were in town for the world premiere of “Detroit.” Listen in on what it’s like to work with Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, what they think of Detroit today and advice for being in the entertainment industry.