The Destination Salem Podcast

The Destination Salem Radio Show airs on North Shore 104.9 every Saturday at 9:30 AM. Join executive director Kate Fox for this weekly conversation about the people, places, activities, stories, and history that make Salem a unique place to visit and a great place to live. If you can’t listen to it live, you can listen to the podcast anytime!

Salem’s Cookin'!

Episode 26: November 27, 2021


Guests Rinus Oosthoek, Director, and Jeff Swartz, Assistant Director, of The Salem Chamber of Commerce and Karen Scalia, founder and owner of Salem Food Tours, join Kate to talk about the new cookbook, Salem’s Cookin’, published by the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Holiday Shopping at Pamplemousse

Episode 25: November 20, 2021


Nate Townsden, store manager of Pamplemousse in Salem, comes on the show to share holiday shopping ideas. If you are looking for wine, housewares, gifts, cheese, or British specialty items, be sure to check out Pamlemousse!

Exploring the "Streets of Salem" with Dr. Donna Seger

Episode 24: November 13, 2021


Salem State University History Professor, Dr. Donna Seger, comes on the show to talk about her favorite chapters of Salem’s history, teaching a freshman seminar about the Salem Witch Trials, and her blog,  Streets of Salem.

A "Sweet" Conversation with Harbor Sweets CEO Phyllis LeBlanc

Episode 23: November 6, 2021


Phyllis LeBlanc, CEO of Harbor Sweets, comes on the show to talk about Sweet Sloops, Dark Horse chocolates, Cocoa Santé, holiday shopping and the history of Harbor Sweets in Salem.

Halloween and Haunted Happenings Update

Episode 22: October 30, 2021


Kylie Sullivan, executive director of Salem Main Streets and John Andrews, owner of the Creative Collective join Kate to talk about Halloween and Salem Haunted Happenings, including an update on the October information booths that are managed by Salem Main Streets and staffed by Salem resident volunteer ambassadors.

Content Creators

Episode 21: October 23, 2021


Sam Stair of Halloween Happy, Matt Obey of Purely Salem, and Jessica Haught of Pumpkin and Gray share why they love Salem, especially during the spooky season.

Salem Trolley

Episode 20: October 16, 2021


Mark Scalia and James Morfis-Gass, from Salem Trolley discuss trolley tours and the return of the Trolley Christmas Carol this winter.

Salem State Center for the Arts

Episode 19: October 9, 2021


Karen Gahagan, Director of The Salem State Center for the Arts is on to discuss fall programming at the Salem State Center for the Arts, which include World Music and theatre.

Salem Haunted Happenings with Mayor Driscoll

Episode 18: October 2, 2021


Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll joins Kate for a discussion about how the City of Salem is preparing for Salem Haunted Happenings in 2021.

VampFangs & Maison Vampyre

Episode 17: September 25, 2021


Alexis Pharae and Benjamin Addam from Vampfangs and Maison Vampyre discuss Salem’s Vampyre community, their businesses, and the Endless Night Vampyre Ball.

The Historic Hawthorne Hotel

Episode 16: September 18, 2021


Claire Kallelis, General Manager of The Hawthorne Hotel, joins Kate to discuss what’s happening at the Hawthorne Hotel, and how the hotel is recovering from the impacts of the pandemic.

Salem Literary Festival

Episode 15: September 11, 2021


Diane Stern and Susanna Baird, from The Salem Literary Festival discuss highlights from the 2021 Salem Lit Fest.

Climate Change and Preserving Salem

Episode 14: September 4, 2021


Guests: Patti Kelleher, Preservation Planner for The City of Salem,  Susan Baker, Collections Manger of The House of the Seven Gables, and Barbara Warren, the Director of the Salem Sound Coast Watch, talk about the Keep History Above Water: Salem conference.

Salem Arts Association

Episode 13: August 28, 2021


Jim Bostick, Executive Director and Heather Steward, President, of the Salem Arts Association.

An update on the National Park Service sites in Salem and Saugus 

Episode 12: August 21, 2021


Susan Russo and Gavin Gardner from Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.

Talking about retail with Hauswitch Home and Healing and Circle of Stitches

Episode 11: August 14, 2021


Erica Feldmann of HausWitch Home+Healing, and Ana Campos of Circle of Stitches.

All Things Destination Salem

Episode 10: August 7, 2021


Stacia Cooper, Assistant Director, and Brittany DiCologero, Communications Manager at Destination Salem share insight and operations from the Salem Office of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

Turner's Seafood

Episode 9: July 31, 2021


Jim and Kathi Turner, owners of Turner’s Seafood discuss being a Gloucester fishing family that operates three restaurants, including the one in Salem’s historic Lyceum Hall. There may be a ghost story here, as well!

What's happening at the House of the Seven Gables

Episode 8: July 24, 2021


Kara McLaughlin, Executive Director, and Julie Arrison-Bishop, Director of Community Engagement at The House of the Seven Gables discuss current and upcoming programs at The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association.

Modern Witches in Salem

Episode 7: July 17, 2021


Sandra Mariah Wright, Manager of Hex and Omen, and Leanne Marrama, owner of Pentagram join Kate for a discussion about witch shops and their new books, Reading the Leaves and Lighting the Wick.

Salem Food Scene

Episode 6: July 10, 2021


Karen Scalia of Salem Food Tours and Peter Endicott of The Cheese Shop of Salem join Kate for a delicious discussion of Salem’s food scene and the popularity of Aussie Magic.

The Peabody Essex Museum

Episode 5: July 3, 2021


Peabody Essex Museum curators and heavy-hitters, Jane Winchell, The Sarah Fraser Robbins Director of the Art & Nature Center, Dan Finamore, Associate Director – Exhibitions, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, and Siddhartha Shah, Director of Education and Civic Engagement and Curator of South Asian Art, come on the show to discuss what’s happening at PEM in 2021.

Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre and Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery

Episode 4: 2021


Erik Rodenhiser, owner of Gallows Hill Museum/Theater, and James Lurgio, owner of Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery, share their favorite things to do in Salem, in addition to their attractions, of course!

Juneteenth and the Negro Election Day exhibit at Hamilton Hall

Episode 3: June 19, 2021


Doreen Wade, executive director of Salem United, joins the show to talk about the history of Negro Election Day, which has been known as “Black Picnic,” in Salem, and the exhibit on the topic that she created for display at Hamilton Hall.

The Value of Tourism

Episode 2: June 12, 2021


Tina Jordan, executive director of the Salem Witch Museum and Tim Maguire, proprietor of  Salem Night Tour, Remember Salem, Wynott’s Wands, and the Halloween Museum come on the show to talk about the importance of Salem’s tourism industry.

Salem Arts Festival

Episode 1: June 5, 2021


John Andrews of Creative Collective and Kylie Sullivan of Salem Main Streets were the show’s first guests! They joined Kate Fox in June to talk about the 2021 Salem Arts Festival.


Christmas in Salem history home tour weekend 
Guest: Simeen Brown, Historic Salem, Inc.
December 4, 2021 

Holiday Shopping: Hive & Forge Collective
Guests: Rachel Chandler and Jennifer Cerretti, co-founders, Hive & Forge
December 11, 2021 


The Destination Salem Radio Show is part of Salem’s recovery marketing efforts, which have been funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration that is administered by the City of Salem.

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