Chris Poole Works For (And Lives With) Cole & Marmalade, Two Rescued Cats Who Have Become Internet Sensations
My guest Feb. 20 on “Talking Animals–airing 10 am to 11 am ET on Tampa NPR affiliate WMNF (88.5 FM)–and streaming live online here–will be Chris Poole, a Tampa resident probably best known
for, as he describes it, being owned by cat phenoms, Cole and Marmalade.
And when we say “cat phenoms,” we mean this pair–the jet black feline and orange tabby, respectively–are flat-out internet sensations, with a combined three-million-plus followers on their Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube accounts.
Their feline fame has extended into other areas. For example, a few years ago, Marmalade received enough votes to win the Star Cat Contest, landing on the cover of Modern Cat Magazine, while some of their videos have been featured on “Ellen” and other TV shows.
In some ways, it makes perfect sense that cat videos are at the center of this Cole and Marmalade popularity, given that Poole moved from his native England to Tampa more than a decade ago, to take a job as a videographer for Big Cat Rescue.
These days, Poole functions as an advocate for big and small cats, and with his wife, Jessica Josephs, run the Cole and Marmalade juggernaut, where a central ethos is the importance of rescuing and adopting cats–which is how both Cole and Marmalade entered their lives.
I’ll speak with Chris Poole–live, and the interview will stream on Facebook Live–on “Talking Animals” this Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Please tune in 88.5 FM in Tampa, or listen live online here at 10 am ET…7am PT.
And to join the conversation, you can call 813-239-9663, email DJ@WMNF.org, or text 813-433-0885