In New York in the 1980s, Chuck Reece had his first job in journalism covering the media industry for Adweek magazine. That meant he got the first look at network television pilots and magazine protoypes, and every time any of those had something to do with the South, he said he only saw a couple of stereotypes.
"One looked like the party scene from the beginning of 'Gone with the Wind' except maybe with updated clothing, and the other one looked like ... 'The Beverly Hillbillies' to 'Duck Dynasty,' most recently," Reece said. "Those two stereotypes just didn't fit the South that I grew up in and knew."
So, in 2013, Reece launched The Bitter Southerner to tell stories that reflected the South he knew – as well as versions of the region that other Southerners knew to be true. Five years later, The Bitter Southerner is taking that vision and turning it into a podcast with Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Reece stopped by GPB to tell "On Second Thought" about The Bitter Southerner's origin story and give us a preview of the podcast's first episode, which is coming Monday, Dec. 10, on iTunes, Spotify and wherever you listen to podcasts.