This is the sixth year of the Flyer᾿s annual 20<30 issue, and this year᾿s crop of young movers and shakers is a diverse and impactful group. They are taking on the city᾿s major issues — poverty, food deserts, education, and the lack of young leadership. They are enriching the city — with dance, music, art, crafts, and entrepreneurship. They are the future, and they have a common denominator: They each want to make Memphis a better place. These young people have studied, practiced, and traveled. Some have moved here from elsewhere; some have returned to a place they᾿re proud to call home, Memphis. They are faces you᾿ll be seeing and voices you'll be hearing in the coming years. Pay attention. You᾿ll want to know them.
Gil Worth played in bands for years, at one point playing in five at the same time. Music was his passion. Then he became burned out and let it all go within the span of a few months. "I felt really thrown off the horse, so I stopped listening to music and I only listened to podcasts," he says. "And that's when I decided to start one."
In 2012, he started his own. That podcast led to producing casts for friends. Gil's wife, Carla, now hosts "901 Paranormal," and he is on the microphone for the popular "The Game Show" (two guests, two teams, board games, and adult beverages).
Altogether, there are eight in the OAM Audio network (OAM is an acronym for the first letters of his children's names: Owen, Adia, and Mia), making Gil a media mogul of sorts. Other offerings include "Records, Ruckus, and Wrasslin," "Black Nerd Power," and "Dinner and a Newbie." Special guests have included D.L. Hughley, David Allen Greer, and the Dead Soldiers.
All podcasts are produced by Gil and recordings are guerilla-like, with mobile equipment and shows that have been broadcast from garages, living rooms, the Cooper-Young Festival, and even the basement of Minglewood Hall.
Podcasts have become wildly popular lately, especially with the recent media frenzy surrounding "Serial." Gil chalks up the popularity to "freedom of content, being able to say whatever you want to say. It's grown into this thing that's more than just a conversation, you can make art with it."