A monthly glimpse into Kirt Jacobs’ stories of successful human journeys
It would be easy for an interview show to get stale after you’ve hosted nearly 200 guests.
Fortunately, that’s not what you’ll get with “MoxieTalk,” an intimate half-hour interview program that is available online and through podcast, as well as MetroTV, WBNA21 and KET. Since the show first premiered in 2005, host and producer Kirt Jacobs has met with 199 guests and interviewed them about their lives. Though he’s gotten the format of the show down to a science, Jacobs says it’s the guests that keep the show fresh and fascinating.
“They’re like fingerprints,” he says. “No two guests are alike.”
Each guest brings a unique perspective, thanks to a roster that includes a little bit of everyone: community activists, chefs, politicians, educators and more. The long list of guests who have appeared on “MoxieTalk” gives the program variety and offers viewers something new with each episode. Here are some of the lessons that Jacobs has learned from his guests and hosting the show for 12 years:
- Guests will share a personal experience that you don’t see coming. Jacobs does a lot of research about upcoming guests before the interview. He also sends guests the questions he plans to ask two or three months before the “MoxieTalk” taping so they can have time to reflect on the questions and their own life experiences. However, there are still moments when guests will surprise Jacobs with their candor about the events that shaped them. That happened when Jacobs interviewed Heather Warman, the executive director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, and she discussed how the death of her boyfriend years ago changed her perspective on life and helped her see the value of relying on others. At a local TEDx event, Warman describes how the circumstances around the tragic event helped her become more resilient.
- People who appear on “MoxieTalk” are genuine during their interviews. “MoxieTalk” gives guests a unique opportunity to discuss their lives in a way in which other interview shows or formats don’t allow. That allows them to be reflective. And in the end, this gives viewers the opportunity to learn a lot about “MoxieTalk” guests. “There’s a purity there,” Jacobs says. “No facade.”
- An interview might become more important months or years after it debuts. An example is when a guest reappears in the headlines after their interview and people want to learn more about them, such as when past Spalding University President Jo Ann Rooney became Loyola University’s president in 2016. “MoxieTalk” interviews also live on for the friends and family of guests who have passed away. “We’re creating something that will last forever,” Jacobs says. “It’s more than just sitting down with interesting people. It’s important that these stories get told.”
“MoxieTalk” is now on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and you can search for previous episodes by category and watch them on the show’s website: moxietalk.com. Some of the episodes are available as podcasts that are accessible through the “MoxieTalk” website. He’s always looking at new methods to connect with audiences, so stay tuned for more ways to get your “MoxieTalk.”
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