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What's the Chirp? Brought to you by the California Association of Public Information Officials, join co-hosts Paul Hosley, Communications and Media Officer for the City of West Sacramento, and Scott Sandow, Public Information Assistant for the County of Placer, as we connect with industry leaders, game changers and those advancing public communications.
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April is APR Month
April is APR Month. It’s a time to learn about how becoming Accredited in Public Relations can help advance your career. CAPIO members Connie Cochran, APR and Laurie Huelga, APR and provide some valuable first-hand advice and information about why the APR is a game-changer. Discover more about earning your APR by visiting
April 18, 2022
Be a Happy Leader in 2022
Tia Graham, Inspirationist and Founder of Arrive at Happy, joins CAPIO Chirp co-hosts to share her knowledge as a master motivator, executor, communicator, and business development professional. She also discusses her book "Be a Happy Leader," sharing with listeners how to stop the overwhelm, thrive personally, and achieve killer business results. Learn more about Tia at
March 17, 2022
Episode 3.3: Burning Communications - The Recovery
During the final episode in our three-part mini-series, Burning Communications, CAPIO Chirp co-hosts Scotty and Paul connect with the City of Santa Rosa's communications officer to examine the communications during and after The Tubbs Fire. The Tubbs Fire was a wildfire in Northern California during October 2017. At the time, the Tubbs Fire was the most destructive wildfire in California history, burning parts of Napa, Sonoma, and Lake counties, inflicting its greatest losses in the city of Santa Rosa.
November 09, 2021
Burning Communications - Flood after fire
First comes drought, then comes fire, and now the rain. It's Flood Preparedness Week, and CAPIO is sharing how public information officers and crisis communicators can prepare the public for heavy debris flows in burn areas. Four years ago, Santa Barbara County experienced deadly debris flows. Now, with another large fire ravaging the area, what's next? Tune in to hear from Lael Wageneck, APR, and Public Information Officer for Santa Barbara County Public Works Department.
October 18, 2021
Burning Communications - California's wildfire season
As we kick off Fire Prevention Week, CAPIO is launching a three-part series about the role of communicators before, during, and after some of California's greatest threat incidents - wildfires. Listen as we connect with Placer County Fire Chief Brian Estes for an overview of current wildfires, critical preparation, and the role that communicators play before and during these devastating incidents.
October 05, 2021
Status Go: Redefining the workplace of the future.
Do we need to return to the office to communicate effectively? With the Governor's announcement of a statewide reopening anticipated for mid-June, what does a "return to the office" look like for public agency communicators across California? In this episode, Paul and Scotty interview Christopher Jordan and Kristyn Laurence from the City of Elk Grove to discuss the City's innovative workplace of the future plan. The City of Elk grove took this opportunity to re-envision how their employees could remain responsive and effective with a 90% remote working environment that provides employees a work-life balance while still maintaining top-level service for their community and stakeholders.
May 24, 2021
The Pandemic and the PIO: A look back on communicating through COVID
Take flight as CAPIO launches its new podcast, the CAPIO Chirp. In this episode, our co-hosts Paul and Scotty interview Brad Alexander, Assistant Director of Crisis Communications and Media Relations at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) on the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.  We take a look back on a year of crisis communications and how the government communications field has been impacted forever by the pandemic.  
May 04, 2021