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10 years on the air!

Join us March 1 for our anniversary soiree!

Hoosier History Live - You're invited to our 10th anniversary party.

Can you believe it? Hoosier History Live has been on the air 10 years.
To celebrate, we are throwing another of our famous anniversary parties!

Featured events at the party will include live "History Mystery" quizzes by host Nelson Price, with fabulous prizes. Brief remarks by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Danny Lopez, Deputy Chief of Staff, Indiana Governor’s Office. Musical performances by Herron High School String Quartet and Shirley Judkins. Feel free to wear your historical garb, and/or sport the attire of your ethnic identity. Share remarks and good cheer with our history-loving crowd, which includes listeners, readers and of course many of our distinguished on-air guests.

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Delicious catered cuisine and cash bar provided by MBP Distinctive Catering. Let's celebrate! Click on this RSVP link  today to let us know you're coming.  It helps us out a lot if you use the form to let us know you'll be there!


Feb. 24, 2018 - Upcoming

Weather history with Paul Poteet

The Heidelberg Haus Café on Pendleton Pike on Indy’s east side during the Blizzard of 1978. The mammoth snowstorm was the subject of one of the first Hoosier History Live shows in January of 2008.  
Courtesy Heidelberg Haus Cafe.

During the past three months, Hoosiers have not had to cope with anything akin to the notorious Blizzard of '78 - generally regarded as the worst blizzard in Indianapolis history - but we have endured plenty of bone-chilling days.

Because the ever-changing Indiana weather always is top of mind, we are revisiting a topic we explored four years ago. Rather than sticking to Wicked winter history, as we called the 2014 show, we will broaden the focus and explore all aspects of our weather heritage in the Hoosier state, in the hope that we might hasten the arrival of the balmier days of spring.

To provide insight into the history of Hoosier weather, Nelson will welcome back the jaunty multimedia meteorologist who bills himself as Indiana's Weatherman, Paul Poteet, the Indianapolis-based forecaster, weather historian and veteran broadcast personality.

Paul, who launched his own weather site in 1998, grew up in Huntington in northeastern Indiana and got his start as a teenage disc jockey there.

Since then, he has popped up as a weatherman on various TV and radio stations in Indiana, including nearly 15 years on the morning show of WRTV-Channel 6 in Indianapolis. He's currently a freelance contributor to several broadcast shows, including Daybreak on WISH-TV-Channel 8.

During our 2014 show, Paul and Nelson shared their memories of the coldest day in recorded history for Indianapolis. It was Jan. 19, 1994, when the air temperature dipped to -27° F, not counting wind chill.

According to Paul' s research, the biggest snow season in Indy history was the winter of 1981-82. A total of 58.2 inches had fallen that winter by the time warm weather arrived.

Second place goes to 1977-78, which included the Blizzard of '78. That winter isn' t the snowiest because, as Hoosiers who survived the blizzard will recall, it wasn't just the amount of snow, but instead a "perfect storm" of several factors - including the extreme wind chill - that paralyzed the Hoosier capital.

Some history facts:

  • Paul Poteet owns Weather History Research, a business that provides info to insurance companies and law firms around the country.
  • In the mid and late 1980s, when Paul was doing weather reports for WTTV-Channel 4 in Indy, he shared studio space with Cowboy Bob. The local TV icon (real name: Bob Glaze) was a Hoosier History Live guest on Aug. 6, 2011; he passed away in 2016.
  • According to Paul, the latest day of measurable snowfall in central Indiana happened in 1923. The late-season snow came on May 8 that year.

Check out these audio excerpts from our 2008 show on the Blizzard of '78:

    A note of support

    'We hope to see it broadcast far and wide'

    A particularly nice letter of support came in some time ago from authors James Alexander Thom and Dark Rain Thom. We like to re-read it from time to time!

    To Whom it May Concern:

    Last Spring, my wife and I were interviewed by Nelson Price on his Hoosier History radio program, as authors of frontier and Native American history books. Mr. Price's program was so well prepared and conducted that we feel it should be made available to students and general audiences as widely as possible. His program is well-researched, all questions pertinent to the chosen theme, and moves along briskly. Listeners called in with questions and comments that were intelligent and relevant, a sign of an avid audience.

    As historical writers, we try to overcome the public's indifference to history, to bring alive in any way we can the important lessons of the past, and are enthusiastic about programs and writings that make those lessons interesting. The Hoosier History Live program does that so well that we hope to see it broadcast far and wide over this historically significant State of Indiana. It is an excellent program, worthy of extensive distribution and strong support.

    James Alexander Thom & Dark Rain Thom, authors
    Bloomington, Indiana
    July 14, 2011

    Shows, we got shows

    We have more than 470 Hoosier History Live radio shows completed, as a matter of fact. We certainly welcome underwriting support to get more of our show audio online. Let's help support the hardworking Hoosiers who do the writing and editing for Hoosier History Live!

    No one else is doing anything quite like what we're doing. We are the nation's only live call-in radio program about history. We offer a permanent and growing archive of quality content, available for sponsorship opportunities.

    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Hoosier History Live, click here or call Molly Head at (317) 927-9101 for more info.

    What people are saying about Hoosier History Live

    "Hoosier History Live does more to promote Indiana history than does any single source."

    Andrea Neal, Indianapolis author and educator

    "Hoosier History Live is a fun and interesting way to learn about the heart and soul of Indiana. No boring classes or books here! The production team does an outstanding job."

    Judy O'Bannon, civic leader and public broadcasting producer

    "The folks at Hoosier History Live are able to find great stories and the people to tell them - people and stories that you seldom hear on the national air."

    Dr. James H. Madison, author and Indiana University history professor

    "As museums and educational institutions scramble to make their offerings more interactive, more entertaining and more 'relevant' to today's digitally obsessed consumers, Hoosier History Live seems to have mastered that formula."

    Glynis Worley, rural Bartholomew County listener

    "Hoosier History Live is a perfect place to consider and reconsider history ... not just what happened in the past, but what it may mean in the present. Nelson Price is the perfect host: enthusiastic, curious and knowledgeable. Tune in to Hoosier History Live and be prepared to be surprised."

    James Still, playwright in residence, Indiana Repertory Theatre

    "Hoosier History Live is a fantastic opportunity for people to not only learn about history, but also become a part of the conversation. Much like our mission, the telling of Indiana's stories, Nelson and his guests wonderfully connect people to the past!"

    John Herbst
    President and CEO, Indiana Historical Society

    "The links on the Friday Hoosier History Live enewsletter are a great way to learn more about history, and from a variety of sources."

    Jill Ditmire
    Omni Media Specialist

    "Distilling life experience into stories is an art. Telling stories of life experience for Hoosiers past and present will shape the lives of young people and enrich the lives of all in our state. Mr. Nelson Price brings alive the life experience of notable Hoosiers in Hoosier History Live."

    David T. Wong, Ph.D., President
    DT Wong Consulting, LLC
    Former Lilly research scientist who developed Prozac

    "Nelson Price, more than anyone I know, infuses joy into the pursuit of history. And that joy rings out loud and clear on the radio show, Hoosier History Live."

    Marsh Davis
    President, Indiana Landmarks

    "No, I haven't heard of another call-in talk radio show about history. Our airwaves are now full of the worst vitriol! Give me the phone number for the show. I want to call in!"

    Ken Burns, speaking at a preview of his film "The War" at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, April 18, 2007


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