Big Blend Radio

Big Blend Radio
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About this podcast
Variety radio hosted by Nancy Reid and Lisa Smith, publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Mag and Parks & Travel Mag, and travelers on the Big Blend SPIRIT OF AMERICA Tour - a quest to visit and cover all 417+ National Park units and their gateway communities.

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Latest episodes
Feb. 23, 2018
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, for Big Blend Radio’s Vacation Station Parks & Travel Show! On This Episode: - California’s Sequoia Country – Sintia C. Kawasaki-Yee - Public Affairs Officer of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Denise Alonzo - District Public Affairs Officer of Giant Sequoia National Monument & Sequoia National Forest, and Gary Rogers - Communications Director for Sequoia Parks Conservancy. - Whidbey Island in Washington – Travel writer Hilarie Larson explains how there's something inexplicably magical about Whidbey Island, Washington - a mystical quality that makes locals linger and visitors never want to leave. Discover the beauty and flavor of this Pacific Northwest paradise.
Feb. 22, 2018
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, for Big Blend Radio’s Vacation Station Parks & Travel Show! On This Episode: - Trail Riding in the Sequoias - Wood N Horse Training Stables is a full service stable offering trail rides in Three Rivers, California, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s and just 6 miles to the entrance to Sequoia National Park. Owner, trail guide and world champion trainer Christy Wood talks about her trail rides, clinics and events happening this spring and summer 2018. - Gear for National Park Junkies – Jodi Canter, national park traveler and owner of WanderlustMark.com, talks about her gear designed especially for national park junkies including hoorags, t-shirts, decals and bandanas. A portion of her proceeds are donated to the National Park Foundation, and they are also contributors to the National Park Conservation Association. - Hello Alvin - Hello Alvin is the perfect solution to get the healthcare you need while being away from home. Hello Alvin is a doctor in your pocket, where ever you go. Arif Razvi, co-founder of Hello Alvin, discussed how this service has changed the way people can access quality healthcare while traveling.
Feb. 15, 2018
Filmmakers Darroch Greer and Ron King discuss their documentary THE MILLIONAIRES UNIT about a privileged group of college students from Yale who formed a private air militia in preparation for America’s entry into World War I.  Known as the First Yale Unit, and dubbed ‘the millionaires’ unit’ by the New York press, they became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve and were the first to fly for the United States in the Great War.   This Big Blend Radio interview originally aired live on BlogTalkRadio.com on Feb. 14, 2018.
Feb. 15, 2018
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, for Big Blend Radio’s Happy Hour variety show! On This Episode: - Roll the Dice – What happens when one of America’s biggest rock stars leaves the Las Vegas stage to run for the United State Senate?  Author Wayne Avrashow discusses his critically-acclaimed thriller, “Roll the Dice”. Wayne is an attorney, former campaign manager in Los Angles politics, government commissioner, and author of numerous op-ed articles on political and legal issues. - The Millionaires’ Unit – Filmmakers Darroch Greer and Ron King discuss their documentary about a privileged group of college students from Yale who formed a private air militia in preparation for America’s entry into World War I.  Known as the First Yale Unit, and dubbed ‘the millionaires’ unit’ by the New York press, they became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve and were the first to fly for the United States in the Great War. - Left-over Wine? Hilarie Larson shares tips on what to do with left over wine. Hilarie is a Sommelier and wine educator, the co-owner of Northwinds Wine Consulting, and one of Big Blend’s expert food, wine and travel writers and radio contributors.
Feb. 12, 2018
From increasing overall health and fitness to boosting focus, creativity and happiness, Jason Karp, PhD - “Chief Running Officer” of Run-Fit.com, talks about the numerous benefits of running, and how to get started. Jason is the creator of the REVO2LUTION RUNNING™ certification for fitness professionals and coaches, and author of 8 books, including: The Inner Runner, Run Your Fat Off, and Running a Marathon For Dummies.  This Big Blend Radio interview originally aired live on BlogTalkRadio.com on Feb. 11, 2018.
Feb. 12, 2018
Based in Jacksonville, Florida, The Gunboat Diplomats are known for their melodic music that's rich in harmonies and rocks a distinctive vintage vibe. Along with some lively chit chat about bourbon, history and movies, “Gunboat Smith” talks about their latest album Fine State Of Affairs, and the new singles from their upcoming album, Manifest Destiny.  This Big Blend Radio interview originally aired live on BlogTalkRadio.com on Feb. 11, 2018.
Feb. 12, 2018
From the main protein to the buns, garnishes and accountrements, 5-Star Chef Ivan Flowers shares his cooking tips and secrets to building the ultimate burger, including beef, portobello, chicken and veggie burgers. He also shares his Mushroom Provolone Burger recipe, which is available on BlendRadioandTV.com.  A long-time Big Blend expert and radio guest sharing recipes and cooking advice, Five-star Chef Ivan Flowers likes to keep food simple and fresh! Though his food is influenced from countries around the world, he combines a love for French and Italian cuisine with a passion for Mediterranean – what he likes to call “global fusion”. This Big Blend Radio interview originally aired live on BlogTalkRadio.com on Feb. 11, 2018.
Feb. 11, 2018
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, for Big Blend Radio’s Champagne Sundays variety show! On This Episode: - Run Fit! – Hear about the benefits of running and how to get started, with Jason Karp, PhD - “Chief Running Officer” of Run-Fit.com, creator of the REVO2LUTION RUNNING™ certification for fitness professionals and coaches, and author of 8 books, including: The Inner Runner, Run Your Fat Off, and Running a Marathon For Dummies. Jason is a USA Track & Field certified coach, has taught USA Track & Field’s level 3 coaching certification, and has led elite coaching camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. - The Gunboat Diplomats – Known for their melodic music with rich in harmonies anda distinctive vintage vibe, “Gunboat Smith” discusses the indie group’s latest album Fine State Of Affairs, and the new singles on their upcoming album, Manifest Destiny. - Burgers on the Menu! 5-Star Chef Ivan Flowers shares his tips and secrets to grilling the ultimate burger! - The Peanut Patch – From peanut farming to making peanut brittle, Donna George talks about what you’ll experience on the free seasonal tours at The Peanut Patch in Yuma, Arizona.
Feb. 10, 2018
Oxford is a culturally rich city with a vibrant downtown that revolves around the Oxford Courthouse Square Historic District. This charming locale was home to Nobel-Prize-winning author William Faulkner and esteemed 19th century statesman L.Q. C. Lamar, as well as the University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss. It is an established art mecca and also has a burgeoning culinary scene.  Travel and lifestyle writer Deborah Stone talks about her adventures in historic Oxford, Mississippi. Read her article on NationalParkTraveling.com.  This Big Blend Radio interview originally aired live on BlogTalkRadio.com on Feb. 9, 2018.
Feb. 9, 2018
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, for Big Blend Radio’s Vacation Station Food, Wine & Travel Show! On This Episode: - Wild Galapagos Islands – Travel writer and photographer Melanie Votaw talks about her wildlife and birding adventures in Galapagos. Melanie is an award winning author of 28 non-fiction books, publisher of TripOutonTravel.com, and a member of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. - Historic Oxford, Mississippi – Travel writer Debbie Stone shares her experience in jistoric Oxford, Mississippi, known as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”. - Movie Magic in Natchitoches, Louisiana – Natchitoches, Louisiana’s oldest city, is celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the filming of Steel Magnolias. Katherine Johnson - Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Kelly Jackson - Cane River Film Festival, discuss the Natchitoches film trail, and upcoming festivals that celebrate the arts. Plus, hear Steve Schneickert’s Louisiana Hollywood History segment!