DQ Confidential is a no-holds-barred look at life in the fast food lane

DQ Confidential co-hosts David Gomez and Lolli Sanchez record short podcast episodes twice a day, reporting on subjects like day-to-day happenings, love stories and even the paranormal. Photo courtesy of David Gomez

MARFA – Marfa’s latest entry into the podcast landscape is DQ Confidential, a candid series of conversation among crewmembers of Marfa’s local Dairy Queen, where episodes rarely top ten minutes and often cover the regular ups and downs of service work.

“It originally started just so we could get the DQ name out there and give people the specials and what’s going on with our rules and regulations that we go by now,” says Marfa Dairy Queen manager David Gomez.

Gomez uses a podcasting application to record episodes, add soothing musical scores and post episodes in almost real time, usually covering the daily challenges and funny moments of working at the local DQ.

Of his 19 staff members, the manager says most are still in high school or just out of it. “We have some employees that are shy and not ready to be on the podcast, but they’ll warm up to it,” he adds. And he hopes that having his younger staff on the podcast eventually translates to them becoming more comfortable during their interactions with customers. Gomez says he considers the staff a family and he “would like them to get to open up more to our customers, that way the customer feels like they’re at home as well.”

One of his staff members (and co-host) Lolli Sanchez, is not new to podcasting. Sanchez took a broadcasting class at Marfa High School and even won a competition with her podcast about the deportation of a family member.

According to Sanchez, “We don’t have anything planned. We go with the flow and whatever happens is happening. We don’t have an actual script, we just know what’s going on in the day, or our lives, and let the listeners know.” Part of that is how the local eatery is handling COVID-19 precautions.

Dairy Queen employees, who were thrust into the role of essential, frontline workers during the outbreak of coronavirus, are dealing with the challenges of providing food service safely, and through the podcast, providing their own viewpoints on the matter.

“When the ordinance first came out, we had a really big issue with masks,” Gomez says, “but I think people now are coming around. They see our signs, but most people already have their masks on.” Gomez called the virus “pretty scary,” and although the podcast takes most things lightly, the manager says COVID-19 is “not anything to joke about.”

But with multiple episodes released every day, the podcast is already covering a wide range of subjects. One recent episode, “The love story of Jose and Kim,” details a “true DQ love story.” According to recent episode descriptions, listeners who tune in will hear “how obsession ruins things,” “just talking about our days and our lives,” and in one nearly half hour episode, “our paranormal experiences here at DQ.”

Listeners can tune in where podcasts are available, through Anchor and on Spotify.