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University and Regional Entrepreneurs to be Featured on New WOUB Series

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Ohio entrepreneurship will be the featured topic of a new radio series produced by WOUB Public Media.

The series, “Innovation Conversations,” will air on WOUB 1340 AM and the WOUB FM radio network starting Friday, Sept. 4. The shows also will be available online at and through WOUB social media channels.

“Innovation Conversations” will launch with 15 interviews with individuals involved in the advancement of technology commercialization and entrepreneurship both at Ohio University and throughout southeastern Ohio. The region has attracted attention for its innovative approaches to—and successes in—cultivating startup companies over the last decade.

“WOUB believes it is important to let a wide audience know about the innovations and entrepreneurial spirit that exists in this region.

Innovations create key industries for our citizens—bringing in investment dollars and creating jobs for this area,” said Thomas Hodson, director and general manager of WOUB Public Media. “We need to let people know that this is a beehive of entrepreneurial activity.”

Hodson has interviewed innovation experts from Ohio University programs such as TechGROWTH Ohio, a public/private partnership based at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the Innovation Center, the Center for Entrepreneurship, Edison Biotechnology Institute and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Featured regional startup businesses from Ohio University’s Innovation Center and TechGROWTH Ohio include Molecular Technologies Laboratories, Exeterra, RXQ Compounding LLC and Metal Hippo. The series also will highlight Ohio University student entrepreneurs and representatives from regional and state initiatives, such as the Ohio Third Frontier program and the Muskingum County Business Incubator.

“Innovators exist throughout our region. It is important to recognize their successes or challenges along with the kind of support they receive through an entire ecosystem of providers and funders,” said Jennifer Simon, director of the Innovation Center. “Years ago no one believed that you could have innovators in Appalachia; now we are showing them you can!”

“Innovation Conversations” will air as a series of 30-minute interviews on WOUB 1340 AM at noon each Sunday, and they also will be available at Five-minute segments will be aired Fridays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on all WOUB FM stations throughout the region beginning Sept. 4. For more information about the program, visit