The free event will include live music from local multi-instrumentalist Eriq Troi and singer-songwriter Shelby Olive Denton, along with audience participation and the recording of the episode with current hosts Ryan Dyke, Shane Wynn, Cody Stanley and Chris Miller.
The podcast is the longest running one in Akron (at least according to the hosts, who have done little research on the matter), and began over two years ago as a low-fi adventure at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Since those days, Spoils of Akron has welcomed everyone from artists and chefs to maestros, business owners and architects, along with all of the candidates in the 2015 mayoral election (Mayor Dan Horrigan even made a return visit after he was elected).
“Spoils of Akron’s loosely based conversational format allows our guests to truly be themselves,” said host Shane Wynn. “Not to mention that we’re probably the only podcast that plays a live theme song each episode.”
“When we set out to create the podcast, I had no idea we would make it to 100 episodes, but we’ve developed a rapport with our interviewees that helps bring out people’s true personalities,” said Chris Miller, who met Ryan Dyke and former host Ben Arrington while teaching digital media classes at the Main Library.
The podcast’s partnership with the Akronist enables the team to also record live video components for some of the on-location episodes, adding a unique dimension to the interviews. The team recorded two live episodes in the fall of 2015, one featuring live animals on stage.
“What started off as two buddies getting together and talking about Akron has blossomed into something I wouldn’t have dreamed of a few years ago,” said host Ryan Dyke. “The community kind of rallied behind our unique idea and helped us build this into what it’s become.”
“One of the many inviting factors of our podcast is that we get to draw attention to a lot of people, businesses and events that you might not know about otherwise,” said host Cody Stanley. “It’s refreshing, I think, for the community to hear about positive things happening all around them, and people dig it.”
The podcast begins at 8 p.m. Jilly’s Music Room is located at 111 N. Main St.