5 QUESTIONS WITH ANDY LUKER: Specializing in media and community relations for the Snakes

September 8, 2013 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI/rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comAndy Luker, director of community and media relations for the Columbus Cottonmouths, is also a musician and leads trivia games around Columbus.

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What are your job responsibilities with the Columbus Cottonmouths?

I coordinate all of our community events involving the team, and I get to work with all of our media sponsors. During the games I will be working with our amazing production team to make sure all of our game elements happen.

Along with that, I get the opportunity to do graphic design and some video editing. Truthfully, though, we have a small office staff so we all work on things together and make sure our goals are accomplished. It's been a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow.

What have you learned about Cottonmouths fans?

We have the greatest fans in the world. They are so loyal and are truly our biggest supporters. Our fans love the team, and they have a passion to see the Cottonmouths win and be successful. It's been fun getting to know them and building friendships with them.

You've been performing on the local music scene for years. How have you grown as a musician and what's next for you?

With my current job I have slowed down my performing, but I still get a chance to perform here and there. Through the years, the biggest way I have grown is learning

how to interact with the audience. I know I am not even close to being the best musician in town, so I try and make sure I can entertain the audience at whatever venue I'm at.

People might also recognize you from trivia on the bar scene. What's the secret to running a good trivia game?

The secret for me has been two things. First, my cohost Brian Beck. Having someone you get along with and rely on has been a huge gift. He and I barely knew each other two years ago when we started, and this past March I got the honor of being in his wedding.

Second, for us it's all about interacting with people playing and keeping it fun. Our trivia is not the hardest, but we want it to be fun. Brian and I both have made great friends just because they came to trivia regularly.

Aside from your job, what's the best-kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?

Besides the Cottonmouths, I would have to say it is our music scene. We have musicians in the area whose talent rivals or exceeds that found anywhere in the world. Besides talent, our musicians have a heart and love for music and sharing and teaching with everyone.

Music is coming alive in Columbus. From the Phenix City Amphitheater to CutBait Music Festival to restaurants around town, you can hear great live music almost every night of the week. I hate hearing people say there is nothing to do because there is so much to do here.

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