Mark BolognaA New Orleans Insider
Hi! My name is Mark Bologna, and I am host of the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast. I am a resident of New Orleans, a husband, and a proud father of twin girls. I am also an avid runner.
I was born and raised in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, which is situated in close proximity to Lake Pontchartrain. My family owned Teddy's Grill, a beloved local restaurant that was renowned for its slow-cooked roast beef po-boys, stewed chicken, and red beans and rice. The culinary arts have always played a significant role in New Orleans culture, and I am honored to have grown up in a family that contributed to this tradition.
In December 2015, I launched the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast. This biweekly podcast provides listeners with an immersive experience of the diverse and vibrant culture of New Orleans. Through the show, I delve into the history, music, people, and places that make New Orleans such a unique and captivating city.
About MarkAn Insider’s Formative Years
Growing up in the restaurant business in New Orleans was a wonderful experience. I spent my mornings at the French Market with my parents, buying produce fresh from the ships. I learned what it takes to bring a meal to the table, and the value of hard work. As a local institution frequented by people from all over New Orleans, I got to know musicians, chefs, professional athletes, culture bearers, and regular New Orleanians and their stories.
I was also inspired by my Maw Maw, my maternal grandmother. She never learned to drive, but that didn’t stop her for taking us on adventures throughout the city.
What Qualifies You as an Expert in All Things NOLA?
Mark Bologna is an expert about New Orleans because he is a native of the city, born and raised in the Gentilly neighborhood. Growing up, his family owned a local restaurant, Teddy's Grill, which was a community staple known for its delicious food. He has a deep understanding of the culture, history, music, and people of New Orleans, and has spent years exploring and experiencing the city firsthand.
In addition to his personal experience and expertise, Mark also conducts extensive research and interviews with local experts to provide listeners of the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast with a comprehensive and accurate portrayal of the city. His passion for New Orleans and commitment to sharing its rich culture with others make him a respected and knowledgeable authority on the subject.
The Beyond Bourbon Street PodcastWhy Start a Podcast?
How the Sausage is Made
Podcasting is simple, but not easy. You record your voice and maybe that of a guest, then you share it with the world online. The challenge is in the details. What’s your voice? Your perspective? How are you different from the others out there? People are busy. Why should they give you their time?
Once you get past those questions, there is the technology and the gear. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but the resulting audio quality must be high. Even if your topic and delivery is terrific, people won’t tolerate poor audio. Remember, podcasting is intimate; you are in people’s ears. They expect quality.
Podcasting is not an easy or quick way to make money. Focus must always be on the listener. If you do that well, and find a community, money might follow. But you can’t go looking for the money first.
WORK WITH MARK
Look, we have to pay the bills and this brand is my business. However, I’m not content doing only that. Every sponsor is vetted by me using the following criteria:
1) Are they a good fit for you the listener? Do they offer products or services that match what you want based on what you’ve told me?
2) Do I believe in the owners, and do I use their products and services?
3) Would I recommend them to a friend or family member? If the answer is no to any of these questions, I turn them down.
As a result, we have a group of partners and sponsors that love New Orleans like you do, and share our passion for New Orleans. They are people who have become my friends.