Zombies, Pizza Among Daily Buzz’s Most Watched in 2018

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Zombies, food and animals are the subjects of a few of the most popular videos created by The Business Journal in 2018.

The Business Journal’s video team of Michael Moliterno, Maggie Young and Steve Peterson produced more than 260 feature-style videos for our Daily Buzz webcast this year.

Our most popular video is a story about the Living Dead Museum in Butler County, Pennsylvania.

The museum houses a large collection of zombie movie memorabilia, particularly the movies made by George Romero, including “Day of the Dead,” “Dawn of the Dead” and “Night of the Living Dead,” the latter of which, was filmed in Evans City, where the museum is located.

“This movie, that I always thought of as my small-town movie, is influencing everything,” said Kevin Kriess, the museum’s director.

Some of the popularity of the video could be attributed to its timing, as October was the 50th anniversary of the release of “Night of the Living Dead.”

In the video, Moliterno takes a tour of the museum and visits some of the notable nearby filming locations, such as the cemetery where the opening of “Night of the Living Dead” was shot.

Our second-most popular video of the year tells the story of Alex Zordich, a Youngstown-native who was running a test kitchen out of the B&O Station in the city in preparation for the Yosteria wine bar.

“I’ve been making wine ever since I was eight-years-old with my Grandfather,” Zordich said. “I just fell in love with it.”

Zordich has since closed Yosteria and is looking for a permanent location somewhere downtown. You can watch our video on Yosteria here.

Ranking No. 3 on our list of most-watched videos was story on a farm that shelters abused animals.

Karrin Campf, director of Forever Safe Farm Animal Education Center in Salem, says 90% of the animals housed there are the victims of abuse or neglect.

“It’s amazing how all of a sudden they realize they’re safe and they become very beloved by all of us and our staff,” she said.

Campf uses the 26-acre farm to educate the public about animal abuse and how to care for adopted animals. You can see her story here.

Among our other most-watched videos were a tour of the architectural history of downtown Youngstown (watch), a nonprofit group that specializes in dazzling displays of dance and fire (watch) and the story of Sweet Melissa’s Good Eats, a Boardman restaurant specializing in salads (watch).

As 2018 comes to a close, The Business Journal will be posting our most-watched videos – along with some staff favorites – in the Daily Buzz through Jan. 2.

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