Caleb Scott , general manager of The Ozarks Lunkers, sat down with Tom Carlson for an episode of "In Our Town." (Photo by Shannon Cay)

Episode description: Get ready, football fans, southwest Missouri will welcome its new professional arena football team, the Ozarks Lunkers, on June 1, 2024. For the first time, Springfieldians will get the exhilarating opportunity to watch this fast-paced, 6-on-6 indoor version of American football live.

As a kickoff to this noteworthy season, host Tom Carlson sat down with the Lunkers general manager Caleb Scott to discuss the inaugural season and the incredible backstory of how the team came together.

About the podcast: In Our Town is a podcast about Springfield, Mo. issues and leaders, hosted by Tom Carlson, publisher and founder of the Hauxeda.

About the host: Tom Carlson is the publisher and founder of the Hauxeda. An attorney and real estate developer who specializes in affordable housing, Tom was the longest-serving mayor of Springfield, serving 14 years over seven non-consecutive terms between 1988 and 2009.