It's an exciting day for us here at Positively Muskegon and the Muskegon Channel!! Positively Muskegon came along in October of 2015 and The Muskegon Channel in March of 2017.
The idea behind both is that Muskegon is a pretty great place. We don't claim perfection, but, you know...we're a lot better than we're portrayed in a lot of the news. I will say, that I have noticed a shift in the amount of negative news that others report, it's been a step in the right direction but there are those too who continue to only point out the things in Muskegon that are bad and they never even try to offer a solution. I'll say too that in a world where "cash is king" is the motto, we've never used either of the sites to get someone to pay to have their story shared. We've been blessed with a handful of awesome sponsors, they have helped keep the lights on and given us some room to grow. It all started with a GoPro camera and a free blog program. Today, there are a bunch of HD cameras, a mobile live studio, daily news features, weekly programming and collectively between the 2 pages 662,735 page views. We're spreading the news!
All that being said, it's been a group effort. It's the people of these pages that make them happen. We have regular folks who've never really done any reporting here working. They all bring their passion and love for different things. They write about what matters to them, they talk about who and what is part of their life and I am able to help guide them on the "vibe" of how we want to tell our story. Well, in as much as helping an upstart staff is a great thing to help craft a vision, when a seasoned pro becomes available, and that seasoned pro happens to be one of your all time best friends, you jump at the chance. Andy O with Wife Cindy Briggs and Britta
I am beyond proud today to tell you that Britta Cleveland is joining the fold! After an amazing career in over 25 years of broadcasting, Britta took a little time off to decompress and all it took was a phone call and she jumped at the chance to be part of what we're doing. Britta is all Muskegon. A graduate of Puffer and mom of 2 beautiful girls, Britta has spent her entire career finding ways to help people in Muskegon spread the word about what they are doing. Her radio audience was one of the most dedicated there was and to think that she's willing to bring her talents and passion to our platforms....simply amazing.
I sat down with Britta to catch up a little bit at her house, all dressed up for Christmas, take a listen to what she's been up to and what she hopes to bring to our sites.
We're excited. We're thankful and above all...we're honored to know that Britta is home! She's right back where she belongs in Muskegon and ready to share the stories of our hometown like only she can. If only there was a way we could do "The Way Back Lunch" on a website huh? Please, take a minute and welcome Britta. The motto of The Muskegon Channel is "We've Got a New Story to Tell" and we've just added one amazing story teller.