For the Love of Duluth Podcast
Tour Guides to the City
Tom Jamison and Yvonne Myers
For the Love Of Duluth podcasts highlight what makes Duluth such a vibrant and exciting place to live or visit. Two current Duluthians, “one transplant and one lifelong resident,” as they describe themselves, discuss a broad range of what Duluth has to offer, including the art, culture, food, breweries/cideries, and, of course, the city’s fabulous views.
Tom Jamison was a business litigation attorney for 25 years in the Twin Cities. When he decided to retire from the law, he bought a medical supply company, Lake Superior Medical (LSM), and moved to Duluth.
“I enjoyed the business world and decided that being an entrepreneur would be more fun, in 2015, I decided to buy my own company. I have always enjoyed visiting Duluth, and so the move was a great one for me.”
Yvonne Myers was born and raised in Duluth. Myers graduated in 1986 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She worked for 11 years at St. Luke's in the Cardiac department. Since then, she has done Marketing for Lake Superior Medical Equipment, with a stint in Home Care Nursing added in as well.
Tom and Yvonne started the podcast in August 2021 with a short introductory podcast.
“I have really enjoyed working for Lake Superior Medical, and Tom and I have become good friends,” Myers said.
Jamison added, “You won’t find two bigger fans of Duluth than Yvonne and I. We both love the city. When the pandemic hit, we saw many companies stepping up. With LSM we decided to do everything we could with fund-raising, volunteering and donating food."
Then, in the fall of 2021, they hit upon the idea of starting and hosting their own podcast to highlight all the wonderful people, sights and vistas that Duluth has to offer. LSM became the sponsor of the For the Love of Duluth podcast.
“We wanted to talk about people doing interesting things in Duluth. We know we will never run out of ideas, with so many wonderful folks in all walks of life,” said Jamison. Destination Duluth’s own Managing Director, Jerry Thoreson, was a recent guest on one of their podcasts.
Other guests have included include Zach Schneider of Grandma’s Marathon; Josh Stotts, owner of Sir Benedict’s; Sarah Maxim of Lake Superior Brewing; Dan Hartman Executive Director of the DECC musician Charlie Parr; Tom O’Rourke, Executive Director of Hartley Nature Center; and Jason Wussow, owner of Wussow’s Concert Cafe.
Jamison and Myers tape their 45-minute podcasts every month at Wussow’s Concert Cafe, on Central Avenue in Duluth, a coffee house that features live music, an espresso bar, food menu, and beer and wine.
The two are now in their third season of For the Love of Duluth “Each of the podcasts is a labor of love and we learn so much each time,” said Jamison.
Myers says she especially enjoyed an interview with Duluth author, Alex Messenger, who related a breathtaking story of a frightening grizzly attack he survived in the Canadian Tundra.
Jamison and Myers enjoy getting e-mail feedback and mentions on Facebook and Instagram from their listeners after every podcast. The people they feature also spread the word on their own social media.
Reflecting on his own love of the area, Jamison said, “As much as I absolutely love the local music scene, I also enjoy being able to get out into the woods with the peace, the waterfalls and the beautiful scenery. The parks, the trails for biking and hiking are other favorites.”
Seeing the city through the eyes of a tourist is how Myers reinforces her love of Duluth. “You have to start with the beauty of Lake Superior. Every reference point always begins and ends with the Lake.”
They both agree that the food and beverage scene and the area entertainment attractions are on their top five lists as well for other aspects of what they refer to as the “hidden gem of the Northwest.”They even note they don’t mind the extremes of the seasons.
“When For The Love Of Duluth was in the planning stages, one thing was certain: we wanted Duluth to be the star of the show and the podcast to serve as a tour guide for those looking to visit Duluth or a resource for those who already call the beautiful town, home,” noted Jamison.