Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Neal McCoy (9:47) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the organization’s changing approach for attracting tourists. It embarked on a new strategic plan in 2011 that stressed a consistent approach from advertising, the website, the visitors center and welcome signs to reflect Tupelo’s upbeat vibe. Also on today’s show, reporter Caleb Bedillion (22:10) has the details on Contour Airlines, which will begin offering service to Nashville on April 5. M. Scott Morris (28:41) reviews “Allegiant” and recalls his role on “SpaceCamp.” Derek (37:25) previews what is happening in Northeast Mississippi this weekend.
Precinct data from Trent Kelly’s primary election win last week could foretell a struggle for dominance in the 1st Congressional District between Lee and DeSoto counties. Daily Journal government reporter Caleb Bedillion (9:05) joins Brad and Derek to talk about the two emerging poles in the district — Tupelo and Southaven. Also on today’s show, education reporter Emma Kent (17:02) discusses how superintendents make decisions on whether to dismiss students when severe weather threatens, and photographer Adam Robison (23:30) describes his photo essay on a man who creates restoration light fixtures at J. Britt Lighting and Interiors. Food editor Ginna Parsons (27:26) breaks down this week’s food section — a pilgrimage luncheon, paninis and vegan cooking. And Brad has an idea for a new museum.
Neal McCoy, executive director of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, recently returned from a trip to London to promote Tupelo as a destination of European travel operators. He joins Derek and Brad (3:27) to discuss the trip and the importance of Elvis tourism to Tupelo. Also on today’s show, Ray Van Dusen (18:01) discusses an Aberdeen auctioneer whose collection includes the dress Whitney Houston wore in “The Bodyguard.” William Moore (21:22) talks about the future of Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program, M. Scott Morris (29:02) reviews “Spectre,” and Brad and Chris Kieffer (35:50) talk about what is happening this weekend.