The Uptown Community Podcast started in the fall of 2019. Ben Tompkins started the Uptown Community Podcast with the intention of spreading understanding. A deliberate and methodical approach is the hook for this podcast. Education is how Ben is keeping ideas alive. Ideas of culture, social justice, faith, and humanity are at the forefront of this podcast. This goal went hand in hand with the Peoples Church of Chicago which was the first partnership of this podcast.
Rev. Dr. Preston Bradley was a preacher at Peoples Church and built the iconic building at 941 W. Lawrence. He was the first radio preacher to gain a huge following. His broadcast equipment was stored in the same room where 95 years later the Uptown Community podcast would start to record its first guests.
In the Media:
- 2019: Block Club, neighborhood news, published a story about the launch of the podcast.
- 2020: A year later Block Club another story was published about the work preserving Preston Bradley amongst the sale of the building.