As you know, this has been a busy few weeks at OZY, as we have been filming and producing our new daily TV show, The Carlos Watson Show. It’s been a wild ride for all of us, and I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with more fascinating people than I could possibly list here — not only our fantastic guests like Roxane Gay, Tan France, Baker Mayfield, Jamaal Bowman and Bethenny Frankel — but also the fantastic crew and OZY staff who work tirelessly to put the show together.
I’ve been so humbled by the fantastic reception we’ve received so far, with kind words from Good Morning America, the LA Times, Deadline and the Breakfast Club to name but a few, and being named the “fastest-growing talk show in YouTube history.” But more than the numbers or the press, what always puts the biggest smile on my face are the wonderful comments I’ve seen people leaving on the episodes.
After all, this show has always been about you (despite the fact it’s named after my dad, who likes to remind me that I’m only borrowing this name from him). As many of you might remember, this show was borne out of a desire to meet the moment — this scary, turbulent, saddening, changeful moment — which is something you all inspired me to do with your overwhelming response to our Reset America campaign. On the show, we’re not always talking about politics, because this moment of change is not solely political; it’s about technology, relationships, identity, belonging, health and so much more.
So now that we’ve heard from more than 25 of the people I selected as the most important voices you need to hear at this moment in history, I wanted to turn it over to you: Who do you want to hear from next? What do you want to learn more about? What has surprised you most about the conversations we’ve had so far? What has frankly disappointed you about the show? Nine months into this crazy year, what else can OZY do to meet the moment and help you make sense of it all?
I’d love to hear from you. Please let me know by replying to this email, or by messaging me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or feel free to shoot me a DM on my (still growing!) social accounts on Twitter or Instagram. As always, I’ll be sure to read and respond to each of you directly.
I can’t wait to hear from you.
OZY co-founder & CEO Host, The Carlos Watson Show