Meet Mecca Musick of 256 Today!

Welcome to our regular feature where we introduce you to the great local people who inspire, innovate, and love Huntsville just as much as we do! This time we chatted with Mecca Musik of 256 Today!

TSG: What inspired you to start 256 Today?

Mecca Musick: I love local news and value the opportunity to highlight the North Alabama news that affects our daily lives. I feel like the rest of Alabama and the world is starting to catch on to Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley and 256 Today gets to play a big part in making that happen.

TSG: What is unique about your business?

Mecca Musick: 256 Today’s focus is on North Alabama, from the Rocket City to the Shoals to Scottsboro and everywhere in between. We have a dedicated local team bringing the latest news on business, government, education, and community in the Tennessee Valley.

TSG: When you’re not working, you’re …

Mecca Musick: If I’m not working, I’m usually taking kids to football, baton, tennis, etc. It’s a mad dash out the door many days but I wouldn’t have it any other way. When we aren’t doing lessons or practices, we love going to Trash Panda games at Toyota Field, trying a new place in the ever-expanding food scene here, or checking out a festival, concert, movie night – you name it, Huntsville’s got it.

TSG: What is your favorite thing about Huntsville?

Mecca Musick: We are all the best things about being southern – warm, friendly and inviting, while also being one of the smartest places in the world. It’s the best possible mix.

TSG: Do you have any hobbies? And tell us why you love them.

Mecca Musick: I really enjoy hot yoga and aerial yoga. Moving my body, breathing intentionally and being present in the moment are my favorite elements of the practice. I also love being outside with my kids. One of our favorite pastimes is looking for four-leaf clovers. We’ve found hundreds and hundreds of four-leaf clovers. The magic is in the looking; sitting in clover, watching the bees work, noticing the tiniest wildflower petals, all the things that happen when you stop to look for four-leaf clovers.

TSG: Words to live by…

Mecca Musick: I recently heard this one, “Travel like you’ll be back.” I love that it gives you permission to not rush, to soak it all in rather than marching through a checklist.

TSG: What’s on your desk right now?

Mecca Musick: A giant glass of water, an old radio microphone, drafts of three stories, a bag of Tostones, and a coveted collection of 1801 & Co dry erase, chalk markers that I protect at all costs.

TSG: What do you never leave home without?

Mecca Musick: Chapstick

TSG: Who is your hero and why?

Mecca Musick: When I was a kid growing up in the country, we only had three tv channels. One night there were just a bunch of the same old people talking on all the stations until the most fiery, fast-talking Texas woman I had ever seen came on to speak and it blew my little-kid mind. It was Ann Richards delivering the keynote address at the 1988 National Democratic National Convention. I had never seen a politician like her before. She was powerful, intelligent, and not afraid to speak her mind. To say it had a profound effect on me would be an understatement. When Richards ran for Governor of Texas, I skipped school to see her speak and meet her. It remains a highlight of my life.

TSG: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Mecca Musick: President

TSG: Is there anything else you want us to know/share?

Mecca Musick: The impact you can have in your own community is enormous. I am passionate about local news because being informed is power unto itself. If there is something you see that needs to be changed, fixed, improved – you have the power to do it. Go talk to your local elected leaders, go to council and county meetings, meet with your legislators. I have seen so many times the power of one passionate person and the good they can do.

Thank you so much for a great interview Mecca Musik! We very much enjoyed your insights. If you liked learning about Mecca and 256 Today you’ll love having the best local news, tips, and tricks delivered to your inbox monthly by SIGNING UP FOR OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER!

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