Podcast

The Sesquicentennial Episode of Red Belly Radio!

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What do ZZ Top, Modern Lighting, Philadelphia, and a sesquicentennial have in common? Sesquicentennial? My guest on this, the 150th episode of Red Belly Radio, is Bob Montgomery. Bob is the VP of Airport Affairs. This means he knows everything about most airports (that we fly to) but I talked to him about Love Field and the construction going on there now. ZZ Top? Love Field... read more

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The Physics of Santa

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Is this podcast timely? Yes. Accurate? Well, I really don't know. Some years ago an unknown group or individual with seemingly too much time on their hands decided to apply their math and physics skills to Santa and his reindeer. Easy enough. Just run the numbers and report it. For instance one part of this podcast reports: Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks... read more

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5 Minutes with Ellen

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Recently, I had the chance to talk with Ellen Torbert, our Vice President Diversity & Inclusion, at the Southwest Airlines Diversity Summit hosted at our Headquarters in Dallas. I have known Ellen since I started with Southwest Airlines in 1991, when we worked at the Dallas Reservations Center. In this episode of Red Belly Radio, Ellen shares her thoughts on Diversity... read more

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I Was Told There Would Be No Math

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What’s it like to get to tour the Oshkosh airshow?  Well, in early August  (Ok, really late July) I went to the EAA Airventure show in Oshkosh. But I wasn’t there by myself—a couple contest winners joined in on the fun as well. Simple enough, people entered a sweepstakes at southwest.com. To enter, it took little time and required no math. Jennie and Joe... read more

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Jenny and Z From On The Fly

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This episode of Red Belly Radio was recorded at the Center for Alternatives to Summer TV Reruns, (also known as the little studio where we record all sorts of stuff.) Why is this important? Because This episode is about the new TLC show On The Fly and two of the Employees who are featured! I’ve already done the legwork for you. I searched TV Guide and found that this summer,... read more

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An Interview with Tim Leonard on the 737-800

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What’s that? You have never heard of Red Belly Radio? After all, this is the 145th episode. I started Red Belly Radio several years ago and it was a great success. But as successes often does, I became a victim of it and had more on my plate than I could handle. Anyway, the podcast is back and you can look forward to a new release every month. This show is about the 737-800.... read more

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An Update on the All-New Rapid Rewards

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s been close to four months since we launched the All-New Rapid Rewards program! On this episode of Red Belly Radio I interview our Director of Rapid Rewards, Jonathan Clarkson, to get an update on how the new program is performing three months after the launch. As you all know, revamping our frequent flyer program and rolling it out was no... read more

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EWR Rampers—Jersey Style!

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When Southwest (and I assume other airlines) opens a new city, we often send an airplane with some people to get both the airplane and the people to the new city. The people being moved might be people from Communication to deal with media in that new city, a Flight Crew to fly the plane the next day, someone from Fuel Management to coordinate fuel stuff, or maybe a... read more

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These guys don’t know the meaning of “Can’t.”

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Have you ever played the basketball game "Horse?" it may been called "Pig" or any other number of animals or terms, but you play it by making a trick or difficult shot and the other person has to match it or he/she gets a letter. Each miss earns a letter and the first to miss enough to spell the word loses. So imagine playing with some guys who have hit shots (using regulation... read more

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Aviation’s Best Maintenance Professionals-An interview with Coach Tom Zollar

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Have you ever wondered how Southwest Mechanics compare to mechanics at other carriers? Aircraft Maintenance Professionals met last week in Las Vegas and a team of our Southwest Mechanics showed their talent in the fourth annual AMT Society Skills Competition. Teams from China, Mexico, Australia, and the US competed. This was Southwest's second year to compete and they went... read more

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