Monday, September 29, 2014

Episode 031 - Tim Riggs

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to play a small role in a local production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. It was an amazing experience and we were fortunate enough to be directed by the very talented Tim Riggs. 

If you're at all familiar with EPAC, then you're more than likely already familiar with Tim (or at least his impressive body of work). "Cuckoo's," though, was Tim's first time in the director's chair and I consider myself fortunate to have watched him at work. To put it mildly, he was a joy to work with. He has a gentle spirit about him and a sincere love for the craft - and story - that makes it more than easy to want to join forces with him to present the best work of theater possible. 

Tim's had a busy year - he's a newlywed and a newly dad - and I was glad our schedules finally aligned to get him behind the microphone to share not only his story, but his approach to acting, directing, and the stage. 

And to also share the story of how John Denver made him miss his class photo. 

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Episode 030 - Maria Walton

Photo by Chris "Tarzan" Clemens
I'm very pleased to have Maria Walton as my guest on this episode. Maria isn't just a runner...and not just a marathon runner. She's an ultra marathon runner with a story that is at times heartbreaking, at times triumphant, but always inspirational.

If you're into the running world, then the name Micah True may be familiar to you (his story is the basis of the book "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall). You'll hear the story of how Maria and Micah met, learn about their work together on the Ultra Caballo Blanco Ultra Marathon (a 50+ mile race up and down the hills of Urique, Mexico of which Maria is still co-race director), and find out how Mariah faced True's unexpected passing.

This is an episode not just for marathon runners but for anyone looking to be inspired by the beautiful mariposa.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Episode 029 - Lachlan Patterson


I'm pleased to join comedian Lachlan Patterson in his garage to discuss the life of being a stand-up comedian. 

From growing up in Vancouver to his move to California - and then back...and back again - to appearing on the latest season of "Last Comic Standing," Lachlan covers it all. 

A genuine guy with an eye for garbage (just listen to the episode, you'll see what I mean), Lachlan makes this installment of the Foot in the Door podcast one that you won't wanna miss!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Episode 028 - Anadel



One doesn't begin playing Telltale's "The Walking Dead" video game and expect to be moved by a song, but that's exactly what happened to Ed. 

In this episode he tracks down the band behind the music and chats with J.T. Bailey, Andrew Arcadi, and Keri Bailey of Anadel (and is treated to a surprise appearance by Steven Bailey at the end!)

Not only does Ed find out how they went from a small band in Napa, CA to appearing on one of the most talked about video games series in recent history, but he also finds some inspiration along the way. 

Visit them online at anadelband.com


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Episode 027 - Sammy Ward

It's been over ten years since Ed has spoken to Sammy Ward but the guys don't have a problem picking up right where they left off. Ed not only gets Sammy to re-tell one of his favorite stories (it has to do with a sack o' ham, that's all you need to know), but he also gets to hear a bunch of new tales as he finds out what Sammy's been up to in the last decade or so.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Episode 026 - Tobin Hyman

Ed is super-excited to sit down with Tobin Hyman and becomes even more excited when he finds out Tobin lives on a boat. When they first met, Tobin was working as TobyMac's PA. A few years have passed and now Tobin is working as a talent scout for NBC's "The Voice." The conversation is encouraging and inspiring as Tobin shares his thoughts on the music industry. Not only is he a super-cool guy, but it's also nice to find someone who is aware of - and thankful for - how truly blessed he is to be where he is, and where he came from.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Episode 025 - Mike Couchman

I was very pleased to welcome radio guru Mike Couchman to the Foot in the Door podcast. From Detroit to Las Vegas, hip hop to country, Mike's not only done it all, but he's done it all well.

I met Mike when I was working at Gotee Records as a radio promoter. Mike was one of the people on my list whom I would call each week and try to get to play the current singles the label was pushing. Mike was one of the names I was always happy to get to. He's a really cool guy to talk with and knows about more then just CCM (as you'll hear)

Mike's carved out for himself a really nice radio career and you can't listen to his life story and not see that it's obvious this is what he was meant to do. He has a real love for the craft of radio; not just for a specific format or genre but for, plain and simply, great radio.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Episode 024 - Paul Valenti



When you're with Paul Valenti, you're with one of the kindest, warmest, funniest people you can be around. He's the human version of "Cheers" and every time he sees you walk in the door he greets you with a happy "Heyyyyy!" and a big hug. We could all use more people like Paulie in our lives.

Of course, when I think of those warm greetings, I think of my time in New York City at the National Comedy Theatre. That's where I met Paul and got to know him, his sense of humor, and his willingness to do anything for a laugh. This is a guy who lives for the laughter and his commitment to it is great to be around. 

As the years have gone by it's been a lot of fun to see Paul and his partner in crime Chris O'Neill really take off as their Chris & Paul Show has taken the sketch comedy world by storm. I enjoyed getting this chance to catch up with Paul and chat with him about comedy, improv, sketch and - of course - The Stooges.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Episode 023 - Jack Wolfe

Jack Wolfe is the pastor at Epic Faith in Duluth, GA. Yes, technically that's a true statement, but to assume that sentence properly describes who Jack is, well...it's not even close.

I first met Jack in the 80s at a church in a small town in Indiana. He was my youth pastor at the time. When you think of a youth pastor, you probably think of a guy with a gotee and bleach-tipped hair who tries so hard to make you think he's "cool," he ends up just making you want to throw up. That's not Jack.

Jack went on to found a church in Duluth, Georgia and just like he didn't fit the mold of stereotypical youth pastor, he also refused to be pigeonholed into what one may think of when one thinks of the guy behind the pulpit. And that's why I love Jack. He isn't the televangelist on TV with the million-member congregation and the stage filled with golden thrones for chairs. 

And that's not who Jack wants to be. 

Jack is a pastor who doesn't talk like a pastor. Or at least, how you might think a pastor talks, mostly because he talks like a regular person (Go figure, huh?). Whether he's teaching on Sunday morning or chatting via Skype for the podcast, this is a guy who believes in being real and honest with people. He goofs up. He gets worried. He gets upset. You know, like an actual human does. He's not an unapproachable holy man; he's a guy who loves to tell a story and share a laugh who happens to have a true passion for God and those around him. Give this one a listen. You may be surprised at what you take away from it.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Episode 022 - Beth Turcotte

I guess it's a little cliché: A kid from a small town goes to college, feels a bit lost, has a professor who's out of the box and cool and warm, encourages the aforementioned kid to see life and the world from a new perspective, and the kid cherishes the life lessons forever.

I suppose the reason I'm such a sucker for that cliché is because that cliché happened to me. I attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN from 1989-1990 (Yep. Just a year) and my theater professor Beth Turcotte (then Beth Vanderwilt for those keeping score at home) changed my life. As you listen to this conversation and hear Beth's passion not just for theater but for people, you'll get an idea how those around her can't help but catch that same passion.

Beth is alive. Everything she does is done with passion and vigor. Life is for living, doggonit. And with the way Beth lives her life, people around her become better for it. She's found a way to live her life that ends up enriching others and that's a lesson you don't have to be a theater major to embrace.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Episode 021 - Adi Blotman

It was Sunday afternoon, February 2, when I spoke with Adi Blotman and news of the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman was just making its rounds through Facebook. Thus begins my conversation with Adi and we were both still reeling from the news.

When I first met Adi we were both living in New York City and performing improv at the National Comedy Theatre. Since then, Adi's been up to a lot: stand-up comedy, voiceover work, moving to California, writing screenplays....she's living the dream!

It was nice to catch up with Adi not only to get the details on what she's doing now, but also to find out where she came from before our paths crossed (HINT: She's read Stephen King novels in Hebrew). Grab a cup of coffee and join us for a conversation that includes...well...everything. Even "Stefan" King.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Episode 020 - David Zach

You know those people who can't help but inspire? I know a handful of folks like that; you talk to them and leave the conversation wanting to read everything by Walden or work on that novel that's been collecting virtual dust on your hard drive or pick up the set of watercolors you purchased years ago with the intention of creating....something.

David Zach is one of those guys who offers you a kick in the butt solely by virtue of who he is: a creative inspiration.

I spoke with the Remedy Drive frontman a couple of weeks ago and, as I write this, he is on his way overseas to begin one of the most admirable reasons to go overseas as I can imagine (more on that in the interview)

Here's hoping as you listen to this conversation about artistry, songwriting, inspiration, and one's approach to the Music Machine it will also strike a chord with you as well. If it doesn't (and seriously, how could it not?), consult a physician. You may not have a pulse.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Episode 019 - Ed Doney

If you ever get a chance to interview your best friend...do it. 

I was able to sit down with Ed Doney, a guy who, in my book, will go down as one of the funniest people alive. Ever. If you live in Oklahoma City and watch the NBC news there, you may not have any idea the guy bringing you the latest stories in his mild-mannered persona is, in reality, flat. Out. Hilarious. 

I've known Ed since my freshman (and only) year of Ball State college life and it's been nothing but laughs ever since. In this episode of the Foot in the Door podcast, I talk to Ed about his career in broadcasting and how someone who's so goofy outside of work balances that out with the gravitas his job requires.

From DC to Illinois to Denver to Illinois to Oklahoma City (with a few other stops thrown in there), Ed's story is an entertaining one that serves as a great primer for anyone looking to get into a career in broadcast journalism. Join us for this conversation! Laughing out loud is totally encouraged.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Episode 018 - Denice Hicks


When you meet Denice Hicks for the first time - or the first few times - you may think you have her pegged. Sweet, soft-spoken, kind, and gentle. Introverted yet quick to laugh, passionate and understanding. All of these are words that would apply, but those aren't the only words to describe her. I found this out during our interview and was pleasantly surprised more than a few times as each fun detail of Denice's life unfolded. 

Denice is the Artistic Director of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and, seeing as how I'm pretty much a Shakespeare noob, I figured there was no better person to ask the questions that before I had been too embarrassed to bring up (or admit I didn't know). Never condescending and always excited to bring things down to a layman's level, Denice is the perfect person to guide someone into the vast world of The Bard.

I was super excited to see Denice again after an eight year hiatus and as soon as I was back in her kitchen (with her arsenal of teas and tea accessories), it was like only a week had passed. Join us - and Denice's pack of household pets - at the kitchen table for a conversation that is simultaneously light, educational, welcoming, and heartfelt.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Episode 017 - Danielle Kimmey




The Foot in the Door podcast returns to The Frothy Monkey in Franklin, TN with a fun conversation with Danielle Kimmey. Although you may recognize her as the youngest sister from the musical group Out of Eden, there's a lot more to the story besides singing and dancing to some really cool songs (although that is definitely a part of her story)

I hadn't seen Danielle for close to 10 years and we picked up like a day hadn't passed. Danielle is quick to laugh - and make me laugh - and if you know me then you know I love hanging out with people who have their sense of humor firmly in tact. 

I enjoyed digging into Danielle's backstory and I relished this opportunity to find out more about her than I'd ever known. It was a great time together and I know you'll enjoy hearing the story of a group that was a true pioneer of the music industry (CCM or mainstream) in more than one sense of the word.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Episode 016 - Hadassah Wilson


Life is full of wonderful surprises and my recent conversation with Hadassah Wilson is a perfect example.

I've known Hadassah for a little over a year now and by "known" I mean "she's a barista at one of my local haunts, Square One Coffee." As it turns out, besides finding out "How are you?" or "How are things today?" I didn't really know much about Hadassah at all.

This weekend Hadassah is competing at The Big East, a part of the US Coffee Championships where the best baristas from across the country gather to show what they can do, share some knowledge, and pull some great shots of coffee. I thought it would be fun to have her on the Foot in the Door podcast to talk about the tournament, coffee, and find a little bit more about her as a person.

I had no idea what was in store and it's an afternoon I won't soon forget. As you'll see, Hadassah is warm, inviting, and quick to share her heart. Our talk together is one that's stayed with me and I'm sure it will resonate with you, as well. Grab a cup of your favorite blend and join me and Hadassah doing what coffee seems to be made to do: Inspiring real, honest, community conversation.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Episode 015 - Jim Chaffee


My guest this week is Jim Chaffee and with this episode I realized how grateful I am to be talking with people in this format. This is a conversation that, more than likely, wouldn't have happened unless the Foot in the Door podcast existed, and I'm glad it happened. Thanks, Foot in the Door podcast.

I first met Jim while I was working at Gotee Records and our paths would occasionally cross from time to time, but it was always on a business level. I never got the opportunity to sit down with him and really connect with him on a personal level and now, after having the opportunity to do so, I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to do it.

After listening to this episode, you'll see why. Jim's a great guy with a fascinating story and I love the fact that he doesn't beat around the bush. He's honest and forthcoming and tells you exactly what he thinks and I find that refreshing. It's something you don't often find in an industry where you have to deal with tender egos, but it's an essential trait to have if you really want to be successful and tackle things head on. Jim has spent time as the head of a record label and has managed some amazing people in the music and literary worlds. Not bad for a kid from Alhambra who used to "air conduct" to John Philip Sousa records. 

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