It Happens at STN: Series Premiere

The first episode of STN’s brand new show features the return of the network’s discussion-driven reporting focused on solving systemic issues in the greater Phoenix area.

In this episode:

1:45 – Welcome

2:55 – Community Collaborative

5:45 – Ability360 Impact Feature

10:22 – AFCU Action Panel

19:21 – In the Room

29:11 – McQuaid Mission

36:04 – HSC Leader Profile

38:47 – Mercy Care Action Panel

46:00 – Project Greenprint

New show premiere brings familiar solutions-based programming to a brand new format

PHOENIX, Ariz. (STN) – Following months of development and weeks of rehearsals and fine tuning, STN officially debuted their new, streaming show, It Happens at STN, this week.

Recorded in front of a live studio audience at the STN studios in downtown Phoenix on September 1, the premiere episode features the solutions-based storytelling the network is known for, in a brand-new, hour-long format.

The evolution allows STN to continue their revolutionary community action programming, while providing space, both on stage and off, for further collaboration between the network’s growing stable of community partners.

After a quick welcome and explanation of the new formatting, host and Managing Director Eric Sperling led the guests and the live audience through several conversations around major issues facing the greater Phoenix area and how STN’s community partners are teaming up to address them.

Here’s a quick look at just some of the very important discussions you can explore and learn from in episode 1 of It Happens at STN:

2:55 – 5:44
Black Chamber of Arizona President Robin S. Reed and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Monica Villalobos, joined Sperling on stage to chat about the momentum they are building with the Community Collaborative series and how they hope to increase involvement and impact with the new show. Specifically in how local businesses and organizations approach diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Manny Garcia from Arizona Financial Credit Union speaks with Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Monica Villalobos and It Happens at STN host Eric Sperling during premier episode of new show. (STN/Braxton Apana)

10:22 – 17:44
The first action panel of the evening featured Manny Garcia and Chad Forkenbrock from the recently rebranded Arizona Financial Credit Union. They discussed how employee resource groups at AFCU play a vital role in developing new leaders and the ways in which being community-focused has made AFCU a more successful operation.

19:21 – 27:58
In the season premiere of In the Room, host Lloyd Hopkins sat down with the Executive Director of All in Education, Stephanie Parra to talk about the importance of mentorship and to take an
in-depth look at the the story of another local organization, and STN partner, New Pathways for Youth.

29:11 – 36:03
The first McQuaid Mission segment of the new season featured a discussion about homelessness and affordable housing in the valley with Human Services Campus Executive Director Amy Schwabenlender and Jackson Fonder, the CEO at UMOM. They discussed the numbers of unsheltered people living on the streets of Phoenix, the growing waitlist for services for families experiencing housing issues and how a new product called “Sprung Structures” could provide viable solutions.

38:47 – 44:59
Members of the leadership team from Mercy Care: Christie Macmurray, Heather Brown and Tenasha Hildebrand took part in the second action panel of the evening. They talked about how the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated job loss, housing concerns, substance abuse and other behavioral health issues and how Mercy Care is stepping up to assist those in need.

UMOM CEO Jackson Fonder on stage during the premier episode of It Happens at STN. (STN/Braxton Apana)

46:00 – 54:33
The first episode concluded with the season debut of Project Greenprint. Host Kristen Keogh chatted with United Food Bank President and CEO, Dave Richins, and Waste Not Executive Director Hillary Bryant about why Arizona is the largest producer of food waste in the country and what steps can be taken to curb that disturbing trend.

To see the entire first episode of It Happens at STN, click here. To see the entire It Happens at STN content catalog, click here.

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