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TWR Listeners Lounge - Kristen Gates

The Wilder Ride

Release Date: 06/23/2020

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The Wilder Ride

In this episode we are joined by Christopher Korman, the son of the late actor, Harvey Korman, to talk about his life and his struggles being learning disabled. Our goal was to focus on Christopher's life and upbringing. We talked a lot about Chris having to come into his own and still fighting moments of resentment over the shadow his dad cast. However, with time, he has come to cherish the legacy and how it is being used to help combat learning disabilities.

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In this episode, we welcome two podcasters from 60MW, Ben Ford and Chris Jellyman, who each put out a myriad of shows and content. He got involved with podcasting when he stumbled across Chris on Twitter. Chris's story begins with a show called, The Same Coin. The video game podcast lasted for several years before running it's course. But, as one door shuts, another opens. Chris joined with the podcast 60MW, then called 60 Minutes With. They each host several shows between them.

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In today's episode we are joined by fantasy author JW Webb, chatting about his books set in the world of Anzu. Jim grew up close to London but it wasn't until he moved out to Cornwall when his first book came to life. He is now putting the finishing touches on his 12th book in the ever-growing list of books set in the world of Anzu.

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In this episode, we are joined by long-time political analyst, Bill Crane, on WSB-TV and WSB Radio. He also owns a PR firm, CSI Crane. He has been involved with politics and business his whole life. He also worked for the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in the years leading up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He then moved to a public relations firm before deciding to start his own company in 2009. We wrap up the interview with some of the people and personalities he's met along his journey.

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In today's episode, we bring the husband and wife podcast team of Pete and Sandra Marchese to our Listeners Lounge. We learn a little bit more about them before diving into their show, breaking down the film Blade Runner, one minute of the movie at a time. We then invited them both to hang out and comment on some strange and funny news stories. We close the episode going though a round-up of what we are watching, reading and listening to.

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Stephanie is a regular voice on the Radio Labyrinth podcast and an active member of BarkVille Dog Rescue. We learned how an early internet chat room led to love and marriage. She became an avid listener of The Regular Guys radio show and befriended Tim Andrews. Their friendship grew and it led her to being invited to join his podcast. Stephanie has done stand-up comedy and improv. At her core, though, Stephanie is an avid dog-lover and can be found volunteering as much as she can with BarkVille Dog Rescue.

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We welcome musician Ben Cramer of the band Old Sea Brigade. In the way-back machine, he and some friends created a Green Day cover band as young teenagers. His music abilities grew and led him to a tour with the rock band, Kansas. Upon his return from his touring, Ben decided to refocus his efforts and created Old Sea Brigade. Working out of Nashville, Ben has seen his career grow incrementally and steadily and he would not have it any other way. He has a new album releasing in August of 2020.

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Today we welcome a pair of guests to our show, Doug Greenberg and Jason Hanes, hosts of the Rocky Minute podcast. They both also happen to be police officers for nearly 20 years, serving in New Jersey. We started the discussion with how they were drawn to law enforcement. They discussed the wave of pro-police sentiment that existed post-9/11 and where it is today. Along the way, they both realized they shared a love of the Rocky franchise and they decided to start a podcast about it.

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Today's show welcome's Randi B. Okray, aka, Randi-O to the Listeners Lounge. Randi started off her career getting a degree in broadcast journalism. She found her way to Atlanta and began working in internet radio while working several other jobs. Eventually, her no nonsense hustle got her in front of an HR manager for Cox Communications, leading to a job with WSB Radio. You can hear her on the podcast, "Black, Educated and Broke," and, "The Power Pod."

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Today's guest in our Listeners Lounge is, Dean Sharp, aka Dean of the Dead, who discovered a love of creating new and invetive hot sauces. Before Dean sits down with hosts Alan and Walt, Walt recounted a story of a friend who went to Jamaica. Someone had broken into their room and ransacked the place, but nothing was missing. The camera had all the pictures taken on the roll. The couple didn't really learn the whole story until the film was developed weeks later.

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Today Alan and Walt welcome special guest, Kristen Gates, morning host on 94.9 FM The Bull in Atlanta. They first open with a short week in review, discussing work, family and dogs. This leads to Alan talking about having to put down their eldest dog, Rufus. Once Kristen joins, it's all about her career starting back in college. She was originally going to school with a pre-med curriculum. A counselor in her senior suggested she might want to try a few other things and it lead to some communications classes and a radio internship. She has been in radio ever since, now hosting one of the biggest "new country" stations in Atlanta, 94.9 The Bull.

Along the way she has learned a lot, being a female talent on-air. She has also had to deal with real life issues, like getting divorced, being a single mom and trying to hold a career. Then, in March of 2019, she had to have brain surgery to remove a golf ball sized tumor. She is more energized than ever about life and her career in morning radio. They all move on to some wacky news items before closing with some movie and podcast recommendations.

Walt once again recommended Fake Doctors, Real Friends. Kristen did a shameless plug for their morning show found on iHeart Radio. Alan did a shout out to the Andromeda Strain Minute hosted by long-time podcaster, Jim O'Kane.