Radio personality Oscar Santana Zeballos was looking for a new career opportunity after he graduated from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He happened to see a vacant office location while he was walking down Wisconsin Avenue in his neighborhood in Georgetown, and a thought struck him about opening an audio production studio there.
In 2014, Charlie Birney began a concept called Podcast Village in Gaithersburg, Md. Operating out of coworking spot Launch Workplaces, it essentially created a studio space to record podcasts. Birney asked Santana to come up and see what he was doing and invited him to take a look at the studio he had created in the coworking space. Santana, a podcaster and nationally syndicated radio co-host on the on The Mike O’Meara Show, thought it was worth hearing about. Birney, who also hosts the Bethesda Podcasting Meetup, introduced the concept and Santana thought that scaling and expanding the brand could be a good way to partner.
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