Phil Haldiman comes to On the Grid via more than a decade of work as a professional journalist and freelance writer, plus a pinch of star power.
He has published hundreds of articles with a number of trade magazines and local publications in the Valley, one of which garnered him a 2017 Best Story Award from The Arizona Newspaper Association. During his seven years with the Arizona Republic he covered a number of beats and geographic regions, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Paradise Valley and Cave Creek. He also brings bankable cult film star status to On the Grid, playing the character of Denny in the “so bad it’s good” cinematic sensation known as “The Room.”
But Haldiman asks that you not hold that against him, as he has not let it stunt his writing abilities or journalistic sensibility. Although he spent four years in Los Angeles unknowingly laying the groundwork for his cult film status, he is a native of the valley and aims to contribute to the growth of the Phoenix area as a 21st century metropolis. This is where On the Grid comes in. He hopes the podcast contributes to the cultural landscape and acts as a conduit for all things great about the area.
Haldiman has a BA from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as a BA in Theatre from Arizona State University. He is currently a News Editor for Independent News Media in the West Valley.
January 4th, 2017 | 37 mins 12 secs
It's a family affair for On the Grid's first episode of 2017. Host @PhilipHaldiman interviews his brother, @SamHaldiman, who is about to launch the second long-form theater in Phoenix, which will help expand an artistic community long-bolstered...
November 29th, 2016 | 41 mins 4 secs
The Trunk Space episode is here! All stripes of artists have found a safe home in this uniquely Phoenix landmark, long located at Grand and 15th avenues. The beloved venue is in a transitional period right now, but it will soon have a new permanent...
October 24th, 2016 | 34 mins 11 secs
The lines of connection are more visible than they've ever been before thanks to social media. Now more than ever it's easier to come together. There is such power in this. And that's the theme of episode 9 of On the Grid, in which we interview social...
September 26th, 2016 | 47 mins 4 secs
On the Grid and Jenny Poon are in cahoots! For Episode 8 of the podcast, we talk to the entrepreneur about her co-working space Co+Hoots, which is expanding to a new midtown Phoenix office with a goal of gaining 1,000 new members. The...
September 6th, 2016 | 49 mins 14 secs
Undertow is the hottest and newest bar attraction in Phoenix and we've got everything you need to know and the man behind it. On episode 7 of On the Grid we sit down with Wesley James to give us the down low. And stick around until the end when we...
June 21st, 2016 | 41 mins 37 secs
Welcome to episode 6 of On the Grid! Lovers of live theater won't want to miss it it. Ron May with Stray Cat Theatre is on to discuss his biggest production yet, Green Day's American Idiot, opening Friday. Put it on your list of things to do this...
May 24th, 2016 | 55 mins 25 secs
The Phoenix Comicon is just around the corner, so in honor of the behemoth pop culture event, the fifth episode of On the Grid brings you the cult interviews. Opening the show is Victor Moreno with Cult Classics and Geekly Phoenix. He'll be talking...
March 20th, 2016 | 53 mins 4 secs
The David Wright House in the east Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia is going dark. But you have a few more opportunities to catch a glimpse of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, including a four-film series curated by No Festival Required...
March 7th, 2016 | 29 mins 32 secs
Be afraid! The Satanists are taking over the world. Or at least that's what they would like you to believe. Actually, you'd be surprised to learn what the Satanic Temple is all about. Virgin sacrifices and devil worship. No, not so much. Learn more by...
February 22nd, 2016 | 44 mins 5 secs
Episode two is all about envisioning. Envisioning what the world could look like outside your front door. Envisioning what you want for yourself, and envisioning what our city could be. Imagine walking Indian Steele Park and envisioning how it could...
January 28th, 2016 | 1 hr 1 min
Welcome to the first episode of On the Grid!
On the Grid is a podcast about the makers, creators and news breakers that are helping to transform Phoenix, AZ into the thriving cultural metropolis we know it can be. Hosted by Philip Haldiman and...