I’ve been in Arkansas for 15 years this month. It was just a few year after my arrival I met Lanny Beavers. Mutual friend Mike Capshaw connected us with the intent of working on a major print project.
The project fell through, but I gained a trusted confidant, and eventually we did work together. Through the years I’ve had a front row seat as Lanny has grown Hogville.net into much more than just the gathering place for a few close friends.
I’ve also seen Lanny, an surveyor by trade, delve headfirst into the media business. He credits me as helping him break in. In 2002, I was doing some work for a small sports station in Sherwood. I introduced Lanny to station general manager Arlen Horne, and soon Lanny launched a radio show.
That’s also where he got to know young program director Shawn Arnell, and then THV weekend sports anchor Wess Moore. The pair have become friends with Lanny and worked with him on different projects.
Since that time, Lanny has had a hand in different radio and television projects and handles the Pulaski Academy radio broadcasts with play-by-play man Jay Jones.
As my roots grow deeper in Arkansas, I’ve been blessed to meet some great people in the media business. Lanny is included in that group.
Recently, I caught up with Lanny (barely) for a Q and A that ran in the Aug. 28 edition of Sync Weekly. Check it out — http://www.syncweekly.com/news/2013/aug/27/mayor-hogville/ and pick up the free hard copy in central Arkansas at a stand near you.