Big Blend Radio

By Big Blend Radio

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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 418+ National Park units and their gateway communities.
735 episodes · since Oct, 2014
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Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, for Big Blend Radio with author, composer, interior designer and gallery owner, J. Ronald M. York. Ron is the author of the new book, "Songs From An Imperfect Life," and a stunning debut memoir, “Kept in the Dark,” which chronicled the discovery of a grim family secret that was kept from him until just a few years ago when he accidentally stumbled across a box of letters between his mother and father. The secret? His father, a Boy Scout troop leader, had been locked up for sexual abuse of a child. Ron grew up knowing nothing about his father’s crime, and this discovery dramatically changed his life forever. “Songs from an Imperfect Life” is peppered with Ron's own poetry, song lyrics and family photos. And it takes readers on a journey through his fractured childhood in Nashville, where at 7 years old he was molested for the first time by a member of his church. Ron weaves in stories about his encounters as a teenager with older men in dark movie theaters, his suicide attempt and a deluge of intense experiences that came along with growing up gay in the South in the ‘60s. Ron’s musical compositions on this episode include: “Belle Meade Proper” and “I Thank The Lord for the Memories”.
May 20, 2018
The number of artists, architects, and craftsmen affected by changes that took place in the 19th century are myriad, and when you see the work of artists today, you may see that the work produced in the 19th century continues to influence contemporary artists. 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 Toast to The Arts show with artist Victoria Chick, who discusses 19th Century art around the world. Based in Silver City, New Mexico, Victoria is a contemporary figurative artist and early 19th & 20th century print collector. Read her 19th century art article and view paintings from that time period on NationalParkTraveling.com.  Music on this episode is ‘Gauguin’ by singer-songwriter Wally Lawder.
May 18, 2018
Clarence Bucaro is an accomplished singer, songwriter & producer, an art advocate, an aspiring author, an entrepreneur and a force in the world of music. On this episode of Big Blend Radio, he discusses his powerful new studio album, "Passionate Kind", on indie 2020 Records. Compelling and honest, the record gives a glimpse into Bucaro’s inner self. The artist grips the listener with profound emotion and bares his soul telling sonic stories from raw personal experience. The genesis of the songs is the state of our current times. True to form Bucaro captures events and crafts lyrics that are topical, provocative and crucial.  His 11th album, "Passionate Kind" was recorded at The Loft in Chicago. It was  co-produced by Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams) and features sensational artists Chris Farney (Josh Radin) on drums, Scott Ligon (NRBQ, Mavis Staples) on piano and bass, and Doug Pettibone (Marianne Faithful, Lucinda Williams) on guitar. "Penetrative & excitingly melodic ... Intimate literate lyrics & velvet vocals." - Rolling Stone This episode was sponsored by the National Parks Arts Foundation who creates unique artist-in-residence programs in park units within the National Parks Service.
May 17, 2018
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, for Big Blend Radio’s SUCCESS EXPRESS business and career show, with SEO marketing professional Brian J. Greenberg who discusses his new book, “The Salesman Who Doesn’t Sell.” This book is an indispensable resource for any entrepreneur, small and large companies or any professional looking to increase business and realize long-term Internet marketing success. “The Salesman Who Doesn’t Sell” shows readers how to build successful reputations by leveraging reviews, social media, websites, and marketing efforts that will spur sales all without ever having to pick up a phone. Brian J. Greenberg, aka The Salesman Who Doesn't Sell, has founded businesses in e-commerce, marketing, and financial services. He has generated over 50 million in revenue from his businesses and collected over 10,000 reviews and testimonials from customers. Brian is the founder and president of True Blue Life Insurance, whose mission is to be transparent, honest and helpful to their customers without ever bugging or pushing them. Brian also runs e-commerce websites at Touchfree Concepts and Wholesale Janitorial Supply. Big Blend Radio listeners can download a free audio version of Brian's book, https://www.brianjgreenberg.com/bigblend/.  Music on this episode is 'Velocity' from the 'Double Take' album by guitarist Micha Schellhaas.
May 16, 2018
What's really, really important in a family vacation? Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, for Big Blend Radio’s Vacation Station travel show with Sarah Elliston, who shares how a Choice Ladder can help a family can plan a vacation together, one that includes the places and activities that mean the most to them. She also shares how a Choice Ladder can work in tourism and community planning. Sarah is the author of the book “Lessons from a Difficult Person – How to Deal With People Like Us”, and is a faculty member of the William Glasser Institute and is a workshop leader and trainer who is certified in Values Realization, Parent Effectiveness Training and Reality Therapy. Read her Vacation Planning Article on NationalParkTraveling.com.  Featured music is ‘Traveling’ by Tucson, Arizona based singer-songwriter Wally Lawder.
May 15, 2018
In 1999, Aaron Baker broke his neck in a motocross accident, leaving him completely paralyzed from the neck down. Despite doctor's grim prognosis, over the next 16 years Aaron decided not to listen to those who said 'he had a million-to-one odds of ever feeding himself again' and instead, through painstaking effort, endeavored to regain as much mobility as possible. This journey through the unknown took him from the depths of depression to the joys of cross-country road tripping via tandem bicycle with his mother and friends, and finally, culminating in his opening a socially conscious low-cost gym focused on increasing mobility for the disabled. Now, in COMING TO MY SENSES, we watch as Aaron takes one final journey which symbolizes his recovery: crossing a 20-mile tract of Death Valley unsupported on foot. But will he make it? Director Dominic Gill and writer/producer Nadia Gill talk with Nancy & Lisa us on Big Blend Radio about their inspiring and award-winning documentary about Aaron. Featured music on this episode is 'Life' by Josh Pfeiffer. Show sponsor is Matt Scott's 'Find Something Awesome' self-help book series for kids.
May 14, 2018
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, for Big Blend Radio’s Toast to The Arts show with acclaimed novelist Mike Nemeth. Hear about his new crime thriller “The Undiscovered Country,” which is a follow up to his best-selling debut novel, “Defiled”.  Published by Morgan James Fiction “The Undiscovered Country” explores the complexities of families, the depth of secrets they hide and the sacrifices they make to keep them buried! Kirkus Reviews is calling it “a precise, elaborate tale that shows just how menacing a family’s history can be.” Featured music is ‘Beautiful Bouquet’ from the ‘Gypsyland: Live at The Mint’ album by Jon Roniger.
May 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 2nd Friday Vacation Station Travel Show focuses on Seminole County, a non-theme park destination in Central Florida. Travel writer Kathleen Walls, who recently visited this natural and historic region, shares her adventures that ranged from kayaking and ghost tours, to Limo cycle tours and German cuisine.See Kathleen's Semiole County travel story on NationalParkTraveling.com.  Along with publishing and writing for American Roads and Global Highways at www.AmericanRoads.net, Kathleen’s articles and photographs have appeared in numerous magazines and online publications. Her in-print travel books include: ‘Georgia’s Ghostly Getaways’, ‘Finding Florida’s Phantoms’, ‘Hosts With Ghosts’ and ‘Wild About Florida: South Florida’, ‘Wild About Florida: North Florida’, and ‘Wild About Florida: Central Florida’. She has also written several online travel guides as well as a number of novels. Kathleen is an active member of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. Music on this episode is 'Silver Ghost' by James Saunders.
May 10, 2018
Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, for Big Blend Radio with singer-songwriter Emily Johnson, who discusses her debut EP ‘Open Your Heart’. Sometimes known as “The Lady of Heart,” Emily is a Bulgarian-born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and composer who has performed around the world for many years. World famous, Grammy Award-winning American producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin) graciously opened the doors of his Tarpan Studios to produce ‘Open Your Heart’ which features four new original songs.  This episode is sponsored by SuperCamp, the world’s leading summer academic achievement program for teens and pre-teens.
May 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 travel show, focusing on Summer in California’s Sequoia Country! Home to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the Giant Sequoia National Monument and Sequoia National Forest, Tulare County in Central California, makes for an awesome vacation offering a variety of outdoor activities, a calendar full of art festivals, and an eclectic selection of shopping and dining opportunities in the local gateway communities. Featured guests from the Sequoia Tourism Council include: Sintia Kawasaki - Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks;  Marily Reese - Sequoia National Forest, Giant Sequoia National Monument & California Land Management; Gary Rogers - Sequoia Parks Conservancy; Sandy Blankenship - Exeter Chamber of Commerce; Donnette Silva Carter - Tulare Chamber of Commerce; Monte Reyes - Porterville Chamber of Commerce.  Featured music is “Going to California” from the RIPE album, by Makana.

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