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May 14, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 166 - Mary Walch

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Mary Walch is an Assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Philosophy at FGCU. Originally from the anthracite coal region in Eastern Pennsylvania, Mary has worked in public relations in New York, and met her husband (Episode 81 guest) Sam while working on her doctorate. She also taught us a Russian drinking song!

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May 7, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 165 - Ami Desamours

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Ami is the Chief Financial Officer for the School District of Lee county FL, and has worked for the school district for the last 16 years. We talked about how history and music collide, what it feels like to not understand your kids' music, and how Hip Hop entered the mainstream.

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April 30, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 164 - Annabelle Tometich

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Annabelle Tometich is a journalist and food writer for The News-Press, Naples Daily News and USA TODAY Network. For the last 15 years she hid behind the “Jean Le Boeuf” restaurant critic pseudonym.

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April 23, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 163 - Gwynetta Gittens

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Gwynetta S. Gittens was the first Black person, man or woman, ever to be elected to the school board in Lee County, in 2018 - a position she still holds today. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in psychology from University of Maryland and University of Indiana while living in Puerto Rico, and has a masters of education from Nova Southeastern University.

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April 16, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 162 - Molly Deckart

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Molly Deckart has worked in the nonprofit arts world for the past 15 years, most recently as the new Executive Director at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers. She also founded the Idaho Horror Film Festival.

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April 9, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 161 - Hugh Starnes

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Hugh Starnes is a retired Judge who stepped down last year, in order to speak out about what he sees as, “deep, serious flaws in our society” including systemic racism. 

In his resignation letter to Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice, Charles Canady, Starnes wrote, “My value system will not allow me to sit silently by while our society struggles to deal with these flaws that tear at the very fabric of our society and democracy, and worse, while the upper echelon of our federal government appears to be aggravating these flaws rather than attempting to solve them. This presents an irreconcilable conflict with my position as a judge, bound by judicial ethics that require me to say nothing.”

Musical Artists in this episode:
Sam Cooke
Pink Martini
Garth Brooks

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April 2, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 160 - Rose Govan

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Rose Eady Govan is currently Music Director at Friendship Baptist Church in Fort Myers, and had a 35-year career as a public school music teacher. She came up in episode 151 with Jarrett Eady.

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March 26, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 159 - Mike Kennedy

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Mike Kennedy is an instructor Florida Gulf Coast University and he plays bass, guitar, and sings with The Immokalee Road Band in Naples.

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March 19, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 158 - Ehren Gerhard

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Ehren Gerhard is Gallery Director at the Alliance for the Arts and an Adjunct Professor of Art at FGCU, and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally.

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March 12, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 157 - Adam Molloy

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Adam Molloy is the Coordinator for Community Engagement for the School District of Lee County. He's taught high school US History, is involved in development of a new student assignment plan, and researches demographic trends in post-unitary districts, and the history of desegregation in Lee County. 

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March 5, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 156 - Year 3 Review

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It's the show's anniversary again, and Mike, Richard, and Tara sit down in the studio to talk about how the year went, what we learned, and which songs from our guests are now part of our own musical histories.

 

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February 26, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 155 - Roger Stolle (3SS on the Road)

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Roger Stolle owns Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art store in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Roger has co-founded multiple festivals including the Juke Joint Festival, the Clarksdale Film & Music Festival, and the Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest. He writes for Twoj Blues in Poland and Blues Music Magazine here in the U.S., and he’s author of the books Hidden History of Mississippi Blues, and Mississippi Juke Joint Confidential. He’s also produced albums by Big George Brock, and co-produced several film projects like M for Mississippi, We Juke Up in Here, and Moonshine & Mojo Hands. He also president of the Visit Clarksdale Tourism Commission and occasionally tours Mississippi bluesmen overseas. 

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February 19, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 154 -Clay Motley

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Dr. Clay Motley studies the culture of the American South, particularly its music, literature, and religion. Clay is Dean of the Honors College at FGCU, and he’s currently writing a book on the music history of Clarksdale, Mississippi.  

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February 12, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 153 - Maria Collier

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Maria Collier is a Colombian-born abstract artist who has lived in SW Florida for more than 40 years. She uses music and dance as a guide in choosing her vibrant and lively color palette and says she often names her work after the songs or albums that inspire it because music is such an integral part of her process. 

Her work has been placed in both public and private collections across the United States. She is currently showing her work in a year long exhibition in the Southwest Florida International Airport and in several galleries in Florida, including being represented by Sheldon Fine Art Gallery in Naples, Florida.

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February 5, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 152 - Michael Pinckney

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Michael Pinckney is a multimedia artist who was born in Brooklyn, New York during a pivotal era for the culture of the area. Michael relocated to Chicago in the late 80s, participating in the city's independent music scene, performing with musical outfits, such as Gypsi's Ritual and Anatomic. 

He is the creator of PLEXIMEDIA, through which he works in several mediums including but not limited to; music, fashion, visual art, film and installation. His current musical venture is Singular Fashion, which recently released its Second Full length album called Vagabond Blasphemy.

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January 29, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 151 - Jarrett Eady

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Jarrett Eady Jarrett is a 4th generation native of Fort Myers and an alumni of FSU where he majored in Political Science with minors in History, Urban and Regional Planning, and Black Studies. He also served as Student Body President, was a member of the Florida State University Board of Trustees, and a member of the Florida Board of Governors.

Jarrett serves as Chairman of the City of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board, he’s on the Alliance for the Arts Board of Directors, WGCU’s Content Committee, the Omicron Xi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, immediate past Chair of the Lee County Black History Society Board of Directors, and immediate Past President of the National PanHellenic Council of SW Florida. 

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January 22, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 150 - Torrie Heathcoat

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Torrie Heathcoat (AKA Way too Tall Torrie) is a professional Stiltwalker and Balloon Artist. She's a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 25 years.

Her past work includes: Disney World, Universal Studios, the Boston Red Sox, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, the Fort Myers Miracle, Major League Baseball and NHL All-Star Games, and NCAA Final Four Hoop City.

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January 15, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 149 - Jon Michaels

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Jon is an Emmy Award-winning singer/songwriter whose long career has included three albums, and many writing credits including for artists including Clint Black, Ray Herndon, Keith Urban, Tracy Lawrence, Ty Herndon and many more. He has performed with or opened for Michael McDonald, Paul Williams, B.J. Thomas, The Kingston Trio, John Sebastian, Bertie Higgins and Ronnie Cox.

He’s co-produced PBS shows and documentaries including Born To Explore with WGBH in Boston, Fathers In America with SCETV in South Carolina, Endless Feast with KCET in Los Angeles, Christina Cooks with WHYY in Philadelphia when he performed an original song for each episode plus the theme song, and Cyberwork and the American Dream with KCAL in Los Angeles for which he recently an Emmy Award.

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January 8, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 148 - Mark Massaro

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Mark Massaro is a short story writer, a reader, book collector, and a concert addict. He's also is a Professor of English, teaching Composition, Literature, and Creative Writing. He was born and raised in Danvers, Massachusetts, a small, portside town just north of Boston, and he moved to Fort Myers in 2003, experiencing extreme culture shock. After working many retail and server jobs throughout his wayward twenties, he went back to school, enrolling in FGCU’s English program, eventually receiving his master’s degree. 

Follow his literary journey on Instagram at @bostonmahk4

 

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January 1, 2021 @ 1:00 am

Episode 147 - Cap. Rob Modys

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Captain Rob Modys is a US Coast Guard vet, former sound equipment salesman, former fishing guide and teacher, former host of Reel Talk Radio, and author. After retiring from guiding in 2015, he continued on the radio and teaching classes, and began working on 3 books, the first of which, called “What I Know about Fishing Southwest Florida” came out in November.

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