Bill Nye once said, “Everyone you meet knows something you don’t.” For Helena Tafuri, the Science Guy’s saying served as inspiration for The Wavelength, a new podcast by South County Tourism Council.
“My team and I were having a meeting, brainstorming how we could continue promoting our region and Rhode Island as a whole,” explains Tafuri, who acts as social media coordinator for the Council. The goal was to create exposure for local nonprofits and businesses in a new way, and Tafuri floated the idea of a podcast. Armed with the team’s support and an avid podcast listener herself, she hit the ground running.
“Not only is South County and Rhode Island filled with knowledgeable people, but it’s also filled with people with remarkable stories,” Tafuri says, laying out the premise of the podcast. “I’ve been lucky enough to sit down and learn about some fascinating subjects and industries right in our backyard.”
The format of the podcast is casual and conversational: “almost like getting coffee with a friend,” Tafuri adds. Her first guest was Lorén Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, who chatted with Tafuri about programming, the museum’s history, and inspiring Indigenous figures. She’s also spoken with Chris Fox from the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association, naturalist Mark Bullinger, executive director Jim Crothers of the South County Museum, and astronomer Scott McNeill from Frosty Drew on topics as far ranging as Narragansett in the Gilded Age to what stars can be spotted in a Rhode Island winter sky. The most recent episode digs into aquaculture and the start of Matunuck Oyster Bar with owner Perry Raso.
“In this small state we have so many compelling stories and fascinating people,” says Tafuri, “and I can’t wait to talk to all of them.”
Listen to The Wavelength on Sound Cloud and learn more about South County Tourism Council at SouthCountyRI.com.