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Audio Production Careers Find Roots in SC

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While many of our listeners may know our next guest for his annual free music festival in downtown Columbia, SC, many may not know that his recording studio company also teaches an audio engineering certificate program that is launching a variety of careers in sound production.

Mike Switzer interviews Jay Matheson, founder of the Jam Room Recording Studio, the Jam Room Music Festival, and the Midlands Audio Institute in Columbia, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.