Brundidge debuts on MSNBC Sunday

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, July 25, 2013

At 6 a.m. Sunday, July 28, clocks all around Brundidge will ring and sleepy-eyed residents will reach for that first cup of coffee and the television remote in anticipation of the town’s debut on MSNBC.

Brundidge had its Main Street temperature taken by MSNBC representatives in mid-June in an effort to know how the small town is surviving during hard economic times.

Early Sunday morning, JJ Ramberg, MSNBC’s “Your Business” host, and Frank Silverstein, producer, will show and tell.

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And Brundidge residents are sitting in pins and needles waiting to see how their town will be portrayed to the rest of the nation.

“We haven’t seen any of the interviews but I understand the trailers have been shown all over the area,” said Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage. “Judson Vaughn, who lives in Virginia, caught a glimpse of JJ Ramberg and me on a Facebook post. He emailed me that it will be exciting to see his hometown highlighted on national TV.”

Ramage said he’s also heard from former Brundidge residents who now live in Detriot and Chicago.

“They’ve seen the trailers and they’re excited just like we are,” Ramage said. “We don’t know what the show will reveal. We’re probably no different from any other small town that has to compete with the big box stores, the Internet and online shopping.

“But we are looking at incentives that we can provide to retail businesses. We are looking for ways to attract businesses that offer items that customers want to touch and feel before they buy.”

Ramage said the arts, both folk and fine, draw people to Brundidge.

“We have a lot going for us in the area of arts and we need to expand and develop those opportunities,” he said. “That’s what we’re thinking and we’re anxious to know what MSNBC has to say about us Sunday morning.”