Thursday, October 13, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ending on a High Note
Also...
Tom Booth's Haunted Theater
Brandon Wilemon's Wit and Wisdom
Michael William's 'Illumination'
Glenn Payne's 'Zion'
click the box in the upper-right for a podcast of this program

This program originally broadcast October 6, 2011 from SuperTalk Mississippi studio WWMR.
Hosted by Mike Russell, with producer Brenda Mitchell.


SEGMENT 1 @ 00:00
Larry's Anderson's Thank-a-Teacher
The Footloose Remake -- the official website
Chili Fest 2011

SEGMENT 2 @ 10:13
Tom Booth from Tupelo Community Theater
6th Annual "Haunted Theater" at the 100+ year-old Lyric Theater downtown. Did you know it's actually haunted by the ghost of "Antoine?"

SEGMENT 3 @  21:18
"Mr. Sports" Brandon Wilemon talks about the MLB, SEC, and the NFL. He's the CEO of the FYI (and just about every other acronym we could think of).

SEGMENT 4 @ 32:50
Filmmakers Glenn Payne and Michael Williams talk about their recently released films -- and about living their dreams.

SEGMENT 5 @ 45:02
Saying goodbye for the last time. Keep the vision of a prosperous, collaborative Mississippi!

PROGRAM ENDS @ 50:42

All that and more...one last time.

Enjoy today's program and feel free to leave comments at "DeltaTalk" on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to leave a message or record feedback.

Thanks for listening for the past year -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, aired Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.

It's been a pleasure serving you!


Thursday, October 6, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday, October 6, 2011


Brandon Murphree: Special Effects Savvy
Monsters for the Movies!!
Also...
I Got a Job - ICC Partners with High Schools
R.I.P. Steve Jobs
Facebookers

This program originally broadcast October 6, 2011 from SuperTalk Mississippi studio WWMR.
Hosted by Mike Russell, with producer Brenda Mitchell.


SEGMENT 1 @ 00:00
DeltaTalk Radio's one-year anniversary
Sprint vs. Wendy's -- Customer Service Wars
Chili Fest 2011
Courageous a winner

SEGMENT 2 @ 10:44
Will Kollmeyer and Brad Boggs from Itawamba Community College -- along
with John Oxford from Renasant Bank -- talk about a unique career expo.
Itawamba Community College Website

SEGMENT 3 @  24:07
Monster Man Brandon Scott Murphree talks about making a living with the undead.
(Part 1)

SEGMENT 4 @ 34:38
We conclude our interview with Brandon

SEGMENT 5 @ 44:37
Tribute to Steve Jobs, the visionary creator of Apple Computer

PROGRAM ENDS @ 50:42


All that and more...

Enjoy today's program and make sure to follow DeltaTalk Radio on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to leave a message or record feedback we might use on the air.

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo. This podcast is generally published between 3-4pm Central Time on the day of the broadcast.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday, September 29, 2011

David Ball: 'The Numbers Don't Lie'
"Courageous" Opens Nationwide
Also...
Tupelo and the Manhattan Film Festival
Lee Bailey -- Walking in Big Shoes
Facebookers

This program originally broadcast September 29, 2011 from SuperTalk Mississippi studio WWMR.
Hosted by Mike Russell, with producer Brenda Mitchell.


SEGMENT 1 at 00:00
Introducing today's DeltaTalk Radio
Intro to the Manhattan Film Festival
Facebook's Influence

SEGMENT 2 @ 9:20
Pastor David Ball talks about inspiring men to become courageous.
Courageous Movie website

SEGMENT 3 @ 23:30
Film Commissioner Pat Rasberry talks about Tupelo and the Manhattan Film Festival.

SEGMENT 4 @ 33:49
Opera singer Lee Bailey talks about creating the Tupelo Performing Arts Academy.

SEGMENT 5 @ 46:39
Our favorite Facebook posts.

PROGRAM ENDS @ 50:11


All that and more...

Enjoy today's program and make sure to follow DeltaTalk Radio on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to leave a message or record feedback we might use on the air.

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo. This podcast is generally published by 3pm Central Time on the day of the broadcast.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bill Frakes: Sports Illustrated
Preeminent Sports Photographer
Also...
Peggy Webb & The Tropical Double Trouble
Filmmaking in Mississippi
Juju for Kenny
Facebookers

This program originally broadcast September 22, 2011 from SuperTalk Mississippi studio WWMR.
Hosted by Mike Russell, with producer Brenda Mitchell.


SEGMENT 1 at 00:00
Introducing today's DeltaTalk Radio
Intro to the Manhattan Film Festival
Film Mississippi Car Tag
ICC Homecoming

SEGMENT 2 @ 8:20
Bill Frakes and Larry Anderson Interview - Part 1
Larry Anderson's e-book: Leading Your Own Photo Safari
Bill Frakes' Website
Bill is a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated, LONG known for its imagery over the years. He’s based in Florida, though he has a MS connection. He has worked in more than 125 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients, including Apple, Nike, Nikon, CocaCola, Kodak, and Reebok (just to name a few). He also directs music videos and television ads. Editorially, his work has gotten just a LITTLE notice – in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. His still photos and short documentary films have been featured on hundreds of websites as well as on most major television networks. He has also won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition.

SEGMENT 3 @ 25:43
Bill Frakes and Larry Anderson Interview - Part 2 (conclusion)

SEGMENT 4 @ 38:20
Peggy Webb Interview
Peggy's Website
Peggy has been writing for 26 years; millions of her books have been published - in 17 languages. She's taught writing (at Mississippi state). She's won AWARDS for her writing. She's written under the name Anna Michaels (The Tender Mercy of Roses), and now she's here on DeltaTalk Radio with a FOURTH book in her Elvis series, coming out next week called Elvis and the Tropical Double Trouble.

SEGMENT 5 @ 49:02
Our favorite Facebook posts

PROGRAM CLOSE @ 54:00
The Gratitude Song

All that and more...

Enjoy today's program and make sure to follow DeltaTalk Radio on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to leave a message or record feedback we might use on the air.

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo. This podcast is generally published by 3pm Central Time on the day of the broadcast

Thursday, September 15, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday, September 15, 2011

RENAISSANCE WOMAN
Tara Priest: hard-workin’ singer
Also:
Jason Palmer — layin’ ‘em down 
Major League Baseball PR “Thing” 
The Walmart Greeter 
Facebookers

This program originally broadcast September 15, 2011 from SuperTalk Mississippi studio WWMR.
Hosted by Mike Russell, with producer Brenda Mitchell.


SEGMENT 1 at 00:00
Introducing the Show
9/11 Tribute Show revisited (Jim Cowen - Hero)
The Help — All-Time Movie Leader
Calendar of Events

SEGMENT 2 @ 8:54
Tara Priest interview — Part 1
Tara's Website
(includes 3 cuts from her album)

SEGMENT 3 @ 22:50
Tara Priest interview - Part 2 (conclusion)
(includes 4 cuts from her album)

SEGMENT 4 @ 35:52
Jason Palmer — drummin’ up a storm
Brenda’s Walmart Greeter story
Major League Baseball (MLB.com) PR debacle 

SEGMENT 5 @ 45:30
Our favorite Facebook posts

PROGRAM CLOSE @ 49:28
We close with another of Tara’s songs — “The Sweetest Thing”

All that and more...

Enjoy the program and make sure to follow DeltaTalk Radio on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to leave a message or record feedback we might use on the air.

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday, September 8, 2011


9/11 TRIBUTE SHOW 
A Survivor's Story of the Pentagon Attack
What Mississippians Remember
911 Memories from Around the Country


This program originally broadcast September 8, 2011 from SuperTalk Mississippi studio WWMR.
Hosted by Mike Russell, with producer Brenda Mitchell.


SEGMENT 1 at 00:00
Introducing the Show
A Smithville Bright Spot

SEGMENT 2 at 8:20
JIM COWEN, Washington, D.C. — Jim was a naval officer on assignment at the Pentagon as Deputy Public Affairs Officer for the Chief of Naval Operations. His office was perilously close to the impact zone, though he was not injured by the crash of American Airlines Flight 77 into the west side of the U.S. military’s most secure installation. He joins us by phone from Washington, and describes in careful detail the chaos and emotion the followed the attack ten years ago.

SEGMENT 3 at 36:40
MISSISSIPPIANS REMEMBER 911 — What do Mississippians remember of the surreal day in September of 2001? I asked them, ‘Where were you on that day and what was your reaction?”

SEGMENT 4 at 44:50
Via Facebook — which didn’t exist at the time of 9/11 — the memories of 14 Americans around the country.

PROGRAM CLOSE @ 51:20
We close with country singer Alan Jackson’s Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)? It was written about 9/11 shortly after the attack and introduced at the Country Music Association's awards show on November 7, 2001.

All that and more...

Enjoy the program and make sure to follow DeltaTalk Radio on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to leave a message or record feedback we might use on the air.

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday, September 1, 2011


BACK IN THE SADDLE…
Slings and Arrows with Kollmeyer
The Big Match-up in Pontotoc
Gourmet Grillin’

This program originally broadcast September 1, 2011 from SuperTalk Mississippi studio WWMR.
Hosted by Mike Russell, with producer Brenda Mitchell.

After a couple of weeks off, we’re back in the saddle:
SEGMENT 1
On Stage with Tom Booth at Tupelo Community Theater
Saturday Morning at Smithville
Tribute: Hubert Schitoskey (Dad) 1937-2011

SEGMENT 2
ITAWAMBA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - We’re joined by Will Kollmeyer (public relations director) and Dr. Jan Reid-Bunch (Dean of Academic Instruction) at ICC. Today, we’re discussing the ARROW program, allowing maximum flexibility for students to bend their school schedules around their lives — yet another reason why ICC is leading the other 14 junior colleges in Mississippi in educational excellence.

SEGMENT 3
BRANDON WILEMON — Brandon’s the SuperTalk HS Football King in Northeast Mississippi. We take a quick look at the big HS match-up of the week, and do a little prognosticating at the other levels, too. This guy knows the game!

SEGMENT 4
In another lifetime, Lizzette Van Osten was a high-tech start-up specialist in California. But life brought her to Mississippi, and she’s bringing the gourmet life to The Magnolia State. She runs Tupelo’s first and only gourmet grocery, Home Chef Market.

SEGMENT 5
Our favorite Facebook posts of the week, including posts from Annette Lothian Martinez, Joyce Siddall, and Brandon Murphree.

All that and more!

Enjoy the show and make sure to follow DeltaTalk Radio on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to leave a message or record feedback we might use on the air!

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday, August 11, 2011


WHAT DO YOU "MEAN?"
(debunking the media with management guru Tom Peters),
Kodachrome!
The Premiere
and Who LETS the Dogs Out?
This program originally broadcast August 11, 2011 from SuperTalk Mississippi studio WWMR.
Hosted by Mike Russell, with producer Brenda Mitchell.



Shows like THIS one are a real ball to produce. Great content, great guests, and lots of “moving parts!” Featured on this show (with timings in min/sec):

SEGMENT 1 @ 00:00
  • The Economy’s So Bad That…
  • Debunking the Media with Tom Peters
  • You Need a Break today…(special hello to three listeners)
  • Calendar: Down on Main concert #2, Police Chief Tony Carleton’s “Equalizer” program

SEGMENT 2 @ 11:30
PHOTO WORKSHOP - PART 1: We’re joined by Dr. Larry Anderson, founder and director of the National Center for Technology Planning. He’s also an accomplished photographer and new publisher of a free e-book called “Leading Your Own Photo Safari.”  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD LARRY'S E-BOOK. You can view some of Dr. Anderson's photography work at:
 And to see some of Mike's work, go to Facebook and look for "DeltaTalk Radio," then go to the link for "Photo 1 Mike Russell."


SEGMENT 3 @ 26:30
The Help” — the film inspired by Kathryn Stockett’s bestseller book - is now in theaters nationwide. We’ve seen the film and discuss it live on the air, hear from a few moviegoers at the Mississippi premiere, and hear a new song from the soundtrack from Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige.

SEGMENT 4 @ 33:32
Ruth Haugan, founder and owner of Whole Dog University, says she can train any dog, and gives them a bachelor’s degree to prove it(and a MASTER’S if they’re really good)! Check out our DeltaTalk Facebook page for pictures of Ruth in action.

SEGMENT 5 @ 45:06
Our favorite Facebook posts of the week, including posts from listener Tom Mares in Denver, and author Peggy Webb in Tupelo.

All that and more!

Enjoy the show and make sure to follow DeltaTalk Radio on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to leave a message or record feedback we might use on the air!

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.

Friday, August 5, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday, August 4, 2011

"The Help" (filmed in Mississippi),
The Tomahawk Chop,
Tuesdays with Morrie,
and God Save the Queen!
August 4, 2011, WWMR (SuperTalk Mississippi) - Hosted by Mike Russell, with producer Brenda Mitchell

A packed show, to be sure — but a fun one! Featured on this show:

"THE HELP"
The film inspired by Kathryn Stockett’s bestseller book -- opening soon at a theater near you. We roll in the 2:25 featurette during the interview. The film -- set in 60s Mississippi -- was shot almost entirely in the state. Here's a link to the official movie site.

WILL KOLLMEYER
HAROLD PLUNKETT

Itawamba Community College
Big things happening at the college — things that'll have a huge impact on Northeast Mississippi. This ain't your average junior college! Trust me on this!

TOM BOOTH
“Tuesdays with Morrie”
Tupelo Community Theater
www.TCT.ms (662-844-1935)
Remember the book? The movie? Well, it’s coming to Tupelo Community Theater. In this interview with Tom Booth, we also hear from Tuesdays with Morrie author Mitch Albom, reflecting on Morrie Schwartz himself.

ANASTASIA HANRAHAN
 Born in Ireland, reared in England, Anastasia lives in Amory, Mississippi and works in Tupelo. A classic from the “You-Don’t-Sound-Like-You’re-From-Around-Here category."

All that and more!

Enjoy the show and make sure to follow DeltaTalk Radio on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to leave a message or record feedback we might use on the air!

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday, July 14, 2011

Reggie Furtick, Aerial Photographer, Aero Studio (Boonville) 662-554-5199
HomeSavers, WACKO, and Sky-Cammin’ 
July 14, 2011, WWMR (SuperTalk Mississippi) - Hosted by Mike Russell, with producer Brenda Mitchell 
(click here for a direct download link)

Some shows are just pure pleasure to host! This was one of ‘em!! Featured on this show:

STEVE TYBOR
A Tupelo man helping tornado-stricken families recover more quickly.

IZALDA ANDERSON
662-620-5213 
Izalda’s one of five people in the whole state of Mississippi helping Mississippi homeowners in danger of losing their homes…STAY in their homes.

LUJEAN HOWARD
www.HopeChurchTupelo.com (662-844-8522)
The Director of Children’s Ministries at Hope Church Tupelo, Lujean is helping kids go wacko on PURPOSE next week.

REGGIE FURTICK
www.AeroStudio.biz (662-554-5199)
Aerial photographer from Boonville, Mississippi. We went IN the air with Reggie a few days ago. Now he goes ON the air with us! A man who combined both his true loves into one profession.

All that and more!

Enjoy the show and make sure to follow DeltaTalk Radio on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to record feedback we might use on the air!

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday, July 7, 2011

Just one of Tom Peters' excellent books
Rockets, Tom Peters, Tupelo, & A.D.D.
(click here for a direct download link)

July 7, 2011, WWMR (SuperTalk Mississippi) - Hosted by Mike Russell, with guest-host Brandon Wilemon

 Another great show -- and I was glad to have my friend Brandon Wilemon, subbing for producer Brenda Mitchell.





Featured on this show:

MIKE RUSSELL
taking a ride on the space shuttle Atlantis (well.. kind of).

PRESIDENT OBAMA
Speaking of inviting leaders on both sides of the aisle regarding the August 2nd debt ceiling deadline.

TOM PETERS, management guru
I've always admired this business maverick, whose thoughts about business, business management, creativity, branding, and marketing have always rung true with me. In this show, we have two major soundbites from him -- and talk about how "Too Much Talk, Not Enough Do" translates to Tupelo' decision to table the new revitalization program, at least for now.

WILL KOLLMEYER, Mktg Director, ICC
CLINT GANNON, graduate
A month ago, the Daily Journal wrote about Itawamba Community College's extraordinary success at graduating students. We invited Will and Clint in to talk -- from an inside perspective -- about ICC's singular achievement.

DR. NED HALLOWELL
On July 4th, armed with only an opinion, and absolutely no scientific credentials, a national radio host made absurd comments about the condition known as Attention Deficit Disorder. With that as the background, we discussed this disorder, and played 8 minutes of an extraordinary discussion between one of the country's premier A.D.D. researchers -- Dr. Ned Hallowell (Driven to Distraction, Delivered from Distraction) and Allan Gregg, a Canadian interviewer. Both Brandon and I have experience with this disorder; we've been researching this topic -- and will continue to follow up (here's a link to the entire interview on YouTube).

All that and more!

Enjoy the show and make sure to follow DeltaTalk on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to record feedback we might use on the air!

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio -- Podcast -- June 30, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

A great show, featuring Mississippians who clearly serve our region and our area with a big Mississippi heart!


Featured on today's show:

Leigh Ann Mattox, recreation director for Tupelo Parks & Recreation. She's just one of the people responsible for Tupelo's 25th Anniversary "All-America City Family Picnic in the Park" on the 4th of July. She gives us some insight into The Big Bang, and a little behind-the-scenes on the 18 facilities run by the Parks people.

Megan Hines, education coordinator for the Greenville Arts Council. We had her on at the beginning of the month to talk about her clever use of social media to raise money to buy musical instruments for one of the poorest regions in the state (and in the country, for that matter). www.Greenville-Arts-Council.com.

Scott Burns, former U.S. Marine, a disabled vet, camping out at the Mall at Barnes Crossing to raise money to buy long distance calling cards for GIs overseas who still have to pay for their own calls! (www.ISupportTheTroops.org).

All that and more!

Enjoy the show and make sure to follow DeltaTalk on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to record feedback we might use on the air!

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio -- Podcast -- June 23, 2011

  













THE ALL-AMERICAN HOMAGE AND THE "50-POUND SICKNESS" 

(click here for the podcast)

What a great week it was! Last week, we talked with Tupelo's mayor live from Kansas City, where a 35-person delegation was prepping for its All-America City Award presentation. The next day, it was official; Tupelo -- for the 4th time -- took the title. In this show, we look back on the excitement with Dr. Jay Dey, Zell Long, and Anna Freeman Wyatt, three members of the team that helped take Tupelo to the top.

Also, creativity guru Josh Mabus (mabusagency.com) and I talked about the infamous "50-Pound Sickness" suffered by business owners and lesser-experienced marketers. They're trying to get bigger bangs for their marketing bucks, but in reality, they're giving their customers a case of the yawwwwwns.

Kay Mathews, long revered in North Mississippi for her selfless work at Tupelo's Regional Rehabilitation Center, stopped by for a quick chat (http://regionalrehab.org).

And author/poet/civic cheerleader Patricia Neely-Dorsey -- one of the most upbeat people we ever had on the show -- read from her book of poems "Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia." You can catch up with her at http://patricianeelydorsey.webs.com.

All that and more!

Enjoy the show and make sure to follow DeltaTalk on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to record feedback we might use on the air!

Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

DeltaTalk Radio -- Podcast -- June 9, 2011






Featured: 
- Sherri Stevens, President/SRG
- Rex Harsin, Silent filmmaker
- Megan Hines, Social Media Maven
     
    by Mike Russell, host of DeltaTalk Radio
    Another packed DeltaTalk Radio broadcast on Thursday, June 9, including a final follow-up/send-off of the 2011 Elvis Festival, and interviews with three Mississippians who are making positive change the biggest constant of their worlds.

    We start with Sherri Stevens, president of Stevens Resource Group (SRG), a Canadian firm that specializes in workforce development for the automotive industry. Stevens has recently moved SRG's corporate headquarters to Tupelo. There, she's constructed a virtual skill center where newcomers can build familiarity with the Toyota Production System (TPS) and thus gain confidence before SRG places them into her client companies.

    Next we talk to Rex Harsin, silent filmmaker (yes, Virginia…I said SILENT FILM, that form of storytelling is still very much alive and well). Rex was live in the studio to talk about the silent film he’s produced and is taking to Italy later this year.

    And all the way from Greenville, Mississippi, 180 miles southwest of Tupelo, but still very much a part of our incredible state -- Megan Hines, an enterprising young lady at the Greenville Arts Council – joins us to talk about her ingenious use of SOCIAL MEDIA to raise money to buy $50,000 worth of musical instruments for her part of the state. A musical “collective” she calls it. She’s a go-getter, you’re gonna love her. Trust me on this… 

    Enjoy the show and make sure to follow DeltaTalk on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to record feedback we might use on the air!

    Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.

    Thursday, June 2, 2011

    DeltaTalk Radio - podcast: June 2, 2011

    Cody Slaughter (right) Elvis Tribute Artist, with Daphene Hendricks
    “ELVI” IN THE HOUSE  
    (click to listen)
     

    Featured:
     - Cody Slaughter
     - Brandon Bennett
     - Daphene Hendricks
     - Will Kollmeyer
     - Mande Miller
     - Mike Pittman


    by Mike Russell, host of DeltaTalk Radio
    Another packed DeltaTalk Radio broadcast on Thursday, June 2, the first day of the 2011 Elvis Festival. 33 Elvises floating around, each one vying for the top spot as Tribute Artist. Where else but Tupelo, Mississippi, huh?  (okay…Memphis works, too). Brandon Bennett and Cody Slaughter — two of those hopefuls — joined me on the air, along with Daphene Hendricks from the Tupelo Elvis Festival office.

    Will Kollmeyer and Mande Miller joined me from Itawamba Community College with some timely summertime (feels like, anyway…) tips for adult learners.

    And Mike Pittman, Tupelo’s Mr. Coffee, joined me live in studio. He’s created a coffee company over the last couple of years to help in his ministry efforts. We sampled it during our segment.

    Enjoy the show and make sure to follow DeltaTalk on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com. You can also call our message line at 662-205-NEMS (6367) to record feedback we might use on the air!

    Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk, a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM in Tupelo.

    Saturday, May 28, 2011

    DeltaTalk Radio Podcast -- Thursday, May 26, 2011

    RheaKesha Vaughn, contemporary gospel singer
     AN "OVERFLOW" OF SPIRIT
    Featured:

     - RheaKesha Vaughn
     - Dr. Rayfield Cameron, Sr.
     - Zeke Listenbee
     - Anne & Jason Palmer
     - Mary Jo Tate




    by Mike Russell, host of DeltaTalk Radio

    Another packed DeltaTalk Radio broadcast on Thursday, May 26. Joining us in the studio, RheaKesha Vaughn, a rising star in the world of contemporary gospel music. She's just released her first album -- "Overflow" -- a lively collection of diverse gospel songs, produced by Zeke Listenbee, who joined us on the phone from North Carolina, where he both ministers to a church congregation and produces music and other artists on his own. Also in the studio, Dr. Rayfield Cameron, Sr., RheaKesha's father and executive producer. By the way, you can find RheaKesha's music on Amazon.com and on iTunes.

    Also featured in this broadcast are filmmakers Anne and Jason Palmer, owners of Palmtree Productions. Their production company, one of the busiest in the region thanks to Anne and Jason's continuing diligence and creativity, are working with RheaKesha to produce the region's first BlueRay DVD, a concert piece to be released later this year.

    And last -- but certainly not least -- joining us in the studio was Mary Jo Tate -- author, book coach, teacher, and home schooling expert. An articulate and energetic guest, she's host of the “Homeschool Spotlight” show for the Homeschool Channel, has been educating her sons for thirteen years—the last nine years as a single mom. A published author, book coach, and international editor, she also teaches homeschoolers, single moms, and work-at-home moms how to create balance between family life and home business. We'll have Mary Jo back on the show soon to discuss homeschooling in more detail, but suffice to say that there aren't many people more "schooled" in the subject than she. She completely turned me around on the concept in a very short time. I'm sure you'll find her comments enlightening.

    Enjoy the show and make sure to follow DeltaTalk on Facebook and Twitter (@DeltaTalk). As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com.

    Thanks for listening -- and for helping to make positive-media programming possible on the SuperTalk Mississippi Radio Network. DeltaTalk a one-hour show, airs Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.FM.
     

    Friday, April 29, 2011

    Tornado Sirens Again

    DeltaTalkRadio
    on SuperTalk 102.9FM
    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    (click here to go directly to a commercial-free podcast of our last broadcast)

    TODAY'S SHOW FEATURES:

    NORRIS “PIGGIE” CALDWELL:
    Well-known Tupeloan, survivor of the 1936 tornado that killed so many people. Also a friend of Jim Ingram, for whom this year’s 5th Annual Jim Ingram Memorial Golf Tournament and Scholarship Social is named.

    CONNIE HAYGOOD:  Special Events Manager for Le Bonheu Children’s Hospital, and organizer of Le Bonheur’s Father-Daughter Gumtree Ball on June 25th.

    MICHAEL LINDSEY: Sr. Vice President of Retail Banking for BancorpSouth, the major sponsor of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s Father Daughter Ball.

    KORY HUNTER:
    President of the Lee County Ole Miss Club ad organizer of the 5th Annual Jim Ingram Memorial Golf Tournament and Scholarship Social. From Renasant Bank.

    DR. LARRY ANDERSON: Founder and CEO of the National Center for Technology Planning.

    Thursday, April 21, 2011

    SOLVING THE EDUCATION CHALLENGE

     A podcast of our DeltaTalk Radio broadcast on April 21, 2011

    (click here to go directly to our podcast)

    TODAY'S SHOW FEATURES:

    SALLY GRAY, Parents for Public Schools
    Parents for Public Schools (PPS) is a national organization of community-based chapters working with public school parents and other supporters to improve and strengthen local public schools.

    BARBARA TRAVIS, Mississippi World Trade Center
    The Mississippi World Trade Center is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to assisting Mississippi businesses with all aspects of international trade.

    ANGIE CAYSON, filmmaker
    A mother of seven becomes an unlikely filmmaker. We followed up on Angie’s kick-off awareness event for her new film “Hell’s Bend.”

    PAT RASBERRY, Tupelo Film Commission 
     A regular on our show, she brought us up to speed on the Mississippi High School Film Competition, which she coordinated.

    THOM EASON & MIEKO KIKUCHI, Japan-America Society of Mississippi (JASMIS)
    Thom and Mieko brought us up to speed on JASMIS’s fund-raising efforts to help Japan in the middle of its post-quake, post-nuclear, post-tsunami disaster.

    We hope you enjoy DeltaTalk Radio. Join us Thursdays at 9am on SuperTalk 102.9FM. Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, too! As always, you can contact me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com.

    Enjoy the show!

    Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    Interesting (and Positive) Days at TPSD

    Last week, as I interviewed Rob Hudson, President of LEAPS (Leaders Engaged for the Advancement of Public Schools), and now as I reflect on his nomination to the Board of Trustees for the Tupelo Public School District, I believe we're in store for interesting -- and positive -- times in North Mississippi's academic circles.

    To be honest, the results of the survey were anything but flattering. 1500 people polled, 81% believes the district truly desires strong academic achievement, but only half of those (42%) believes that five years from now, TPSD will provide a better education than other NEMS school systems. And when it comes to safety and discipline, the numbers are even more grim.

    On the other hand, I'm optimistic. Hudson put himself waaaay out there by gathering the best and brightest for the 14-person board of LEAPS. The group was formed little more than a month before the presentation of last week's survey results, and yet the survey was accomplished with dispatch and a certain informational eloquence. Knowing that, three things are obvious to me:
    • Hudson, a successful businessman, can make things happen.
    • He cares about collaborative advancement, not confrontational competition, and strongly believes in solutions, not continuous complaint.
    • He's surrounded by people in the community who are equally concerned about education and are willing to roll their sleeves up, too.
    As I also interviewed interim superintendent David Meadows, I instantly felt he would -- in the short run -- have a soothing effect on academic tension in the community. He was glad for the unexpected turnout at the survey presentation, preferring to interpret the numbers as a show of well-meant concern rather than a wall of resistance. Such optimism and diplomacy will, I think, work wonders toward healing long-standing wounds in the community, bringing people back together and opening their minds to solve educational issues in our midst.

    I met Dr. Randy Shaver a while back and heard him speak energetically of growing TPSD's influence on students. I shook his hand that day and believed his innermost motivations were good ones. Why would they not be? He's an educated man with nothing to gain from his students' complaints, and those of their parents. But without buying into the drama and conflict surrounding his brisk departure, if anyone must communicate well, it has to be the head of a school district. That clearly was not one of Mr. Shaver's strengths. And while I would not have preferred such a politicization of a school superintendent's agenda and ultimate "dismissal," I have to agree that the court of public opinion has spoken. The constituencies of TPSD -- namely, the parents, teachers, administrators, and district's residents and businesspeople -- have come together in a generally-positive way to forge the way for change and expansion. Even Mr. Shaver's closing contract negotiations went relatively smoothly.

    Make no mistake, I don't believe that any of our educational challenges will be solved overnight. There's too much history and regressive inertia for that, not to mention that no matter what the motivations are, some people just don't like change.

    But at the end of the school day, I'm optimistic that our collective motivations are good ones. I'm confident that we've learned something from this experience. I believe we'll harness the Tupelo Spirit we're known for. I think we'll live up to our 2011 All-America City nomination (we won the award in 1999) and close the book on the past and -- as I'm sure Mr. Hudson would agree -- get on with the business of shaping our children's futures for the (much) better.

    That's a good thing...

    NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN -- UNLIKELY FILMMAKER

    PODCAST - DeltaTalk Radio
    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    (click here to go directly to the podcast)

    Welcome to DeltaTalk. Today's program features two primary segments:




    (1) Tupelo Neighborhood Reinvestment Plan
    Jon Milstead, who administers the planning division for the Community Development Foundation (otherwise known as the CDF), talks about an innovative new plan to invigorate the city of Tupelo. For some, it's a controversial plan. For others, it's exactly the right plan to help Tupelo live up to its "All America" designation.

    (2) Mother of Seven - Unlikely Filmmaker
    Four and a half years ago, Angie Cayson's 16 year-old son Bryant Camp took a late-night joyride in her SUV. Blue-lighted by a Tupelo police officer, he panicked. At high speed, he crashed the car and was pinned inside as the car caught fire. Ultimately, he lost his legs from the knee down. Now, he's about to be the lead actor in a Christian film about that experience written and to-be-produced by his mom. The two sat down with me in the studio to discuss the film and its backstory. By the way, let me just say that despite the trauma of that accident and all that's happened since, this pair is a shining example of personal strength. Needles to say, much of that strength is faith-based. But there's more to that story and much of it will likely make it to the big screen. Enjoy the interview!





    We hope you enjoy DeltaTalk Radio. Join us Thursdays at 9am on SuperTalk 102.9FM. Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, too! As always, you can contact me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com.

    Enjoy the show!



    Mike Russell
    Host

    WEB-ONLY AUDIO RECORDING -- LEAPS SURVEY RESULTS

    LEAPS SURVEY
    RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT -- AUDIO RECORDING AND PODCAST
    (click here to go directly to the podcast)

    On April 14, 2011, LEAPS, a newly-formed community group -- Leaders Engaged for the Advancement of Public Schools -- announced the results its recent survey about the on-going challenges in the Tupelo Public School District. Nearly 200 people were gathered at the Summit Center in Tupelo to hear those results, announced by LEAPS president Rob Hudson. Here, in a special web-only recording of the entire proceeding, is that announcement:

    00:00 to 04:30 - Recorded introduction to the presentation by DeltaTalk Radio's Mike Russell

    04:30 to 45:16 - The entire reading of the LEAPS Survey Results

    45:16 to 45:54 - Recorded introduction of interview with LEAPS president Rob Hudson

    45:54 to 50:29 - Interview with LEAPS president Rob Hudson

    50:29 to 50:52 - Recorded introduction of interview with TPSD interim leader David Meadows

    50:52 to 53:14 - Interview with TPSD interim leader David Meadows

    53:14 to 54:30 - Closing remarks by Mike Russell 






    Thanks for listening. Join us on DeltaTalk Radio, Thursday mornings at 9am on SuperTalk 102.9FM. Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. As always, you can reach me at Mike@DeltaTalkRadio.com.

    Friday, April 1, 2011

    Elvis Lives!! (Are you...like...SURPRISED ??)

    ELVIS LIVES AGAIN! 

    (click here for a short soundbite from Lucia Randle, the artist who created this year's official Elvis Festival poster. )

    ELVIS LIVES! -- Always a popular festival - and a tribute to the King of Rock N' Roll born here in the "biggest little town in the south" - the Elvis Festival kicks-off each year with the release of the official artwork. This year's version is by artist Lucia Randle. Here's the official news release from the Downtown Tupelo Association (aka "The Elvis Presley Festival Office"):



    RELEASE FROM DEBBIE BRANGENBERG
    Executive Director
    Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association
    March 31, 2011

    Producers of the 2011 Elvis Festival are excited to share the 2011 image for this year’s festival. The image was unveiled last night at a gala featuring local artist and friend of the festival, Lucia Randle.
    Since the inception of the Elvis Festival in 1999, local artists have been chosen to design the artwork for two consecutive years. Lucia Randle was contracted for the 2011 & 2012 image and was very honored to be chosen.

    When talking about the 2011 image, Randle said she had a hard time deciding which direction to go. During the unveiling ceremony, she stated “I bet I started over twenty times, but I really wanted it to be special. I kept coming back to this positive image of Elvis.” The fun, whimsical image features a smiling, laughing full face image of Elvis anchored on one side with a collage styled composite of the festival title and all the details to the left.

    “You cannot look at this and not smile and laugh,” said Randle, “It shows humanness, life, and fun. Its whimsical, and I think the Elvis Festival represents all those things about Tupelo.”

    The 2011 Tupelo Elvis Festival will be held June 2 – 5 in downtown Tupelo. Kicking off on Thursday, June 2nd at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway and wrapping up on Sunday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church with a Gospel Concert.

    Featured tribute artists at the Lyric Theatre are all previous winners of the Preliminary Ultimate Tribute Artist (UETA) Contests in Tupelo and two are also the winners of the UETA Contest in Memphis. In addition, the competition will feature thirty-five of the best Elvis Tribute Artists competing. ETA’s are coming from all over the country as well as Canada and Australia. These events are all ticketed. For ticket prices go to the website or call the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association Office. The concerts and finals on Saturday night have already sold out.

    The “All Elvis All the Time” venue on Broadway will feature food, fun and Elvis music all day long along with food and arts & crafts vendors. Children’s activities, the pet parade, a photo booth, and the replica of the Birthplace of Elvis Presley are just a few of the highlights.

    On the Fairpark Stage we have a number of bands scheduled to perform. Friday night’s featured performers are Ty Herndon and Crossin’ Dixon. Others include Blackberry Smoke, Busted Screen Door, Ironwood Bluff and Jordyn Mallory. On Saturday, local bands will start at Noon followed by a great lineup in the evening with featured performers Spin Doctor and Jonathan Singelton & The Grove. Others for Saturday night include Jamie Davis & Soul Gravy, John Milstead, Hobo Hippie and Crashing Broadway.

    Tickets for the Fairpark Stage are available on Ticket Master. The price is $15 a day or $25 combined if purchased prior to May 31st. For more details or information, visit the website at www.tupeloelvisfestival.com or call the Downtown Tupelo Main Street office at 662-841-6598.

    DeltaTalk Radio Podcast -- Thursday, March 31, 2011

    UP, UP & AWAY!  IT'S OUTTA HERE!

    click here for a podcast of this show

    Featured on this show (originally recorded on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at our SuperTalk studio) are:


    GARY DARBY 
    Ole Miss Baseball Radio Network and Mississippi Select Sports -- Veteran broadcaster Gary Darby joined us live to talk about MLB’s opening day and the coming Cotton States Baseball League season, its third.

    RACHEL BECKER 
    Organizer, Up, Up, & Away Hot Air Balloon Festival — It’s no small feat to pull together an event of THIS magnitude — 400 volunteers, 20 hot air balloons, 12 musical acts, food galore, and activities for the kids. But this festival is all that and more, thanks to Rachel. Click here for a link to the festival.

    KEITH HENLY 
    Organizer, Azalea Festival — Rachel’s co-organizer and president of the Presley Heights Association, sponsor of the Presley Heights Azalea Festival.

    FRANK ANGER
    Hot Air Balloon Pilot — Frank is flying in this year’s Up, Up, & Away Hot Air Balloon Festival (check our “DeltaTalk” Facebook page for a few pictures).

    KRISTYN ARMOUR, MARLEY MAHARREY, & CASEY DILLARD
    West of Shake Rag (Improv) — These three wacky women, all members of Tupelo’s own improv troupe WEST OF SHAKE RAG, showed up to have a little fun on the air with us.

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    DeltaTalk Radio Podcast -- Thursday, March 24, 2011

    TUPELO'S CONNECTION TO JAPAN
    (click here to go to the podcast)

    Featured on today’s show are:


    ZELL LONG, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi — It’s always good to catch up with Zell. Long time city employee, she recently left to lead the Boys & Girls Clubs. We caught up a little, talking about the BGC and about tomorrow’s fish fry! Zell and Co are doing an amazing job in a recessionary economy, raising funds for Mississippi kids and constantly developing new ways to develop them into leaders and solid citizens. DeltaTalk supports BGC, and host Mike Russell is a member of BGC's community advisory board.

    JACK REED, JR, Tupelo Mayor — We featured the mayor three times on today’s show, getting his feedback on the Tupelo economy, on the horrific events in Japan and their connection to Mississippians, and on Tupelo neighborhoods and the city's proposal for revitalization.

    NORMA COTHER, Crye-Leike Realtors — We invited Norma on the show to speak about events connected to Tupelo’s revitalization plan, called "Tupelo's Neighborhood Reinvestment Plan," just released this week. She's a member of a task force advising the city. She’s also been the managing broker of Crye-Leike Realtors for over 10 years -- and currently is on the Mississippi Professional Standards committee. And she serves as Northern District vice president for the Mississippi State Association of Realtors. Who better to understand that aspect of development than someone so invested in the front line?

    THOM EASON & MIEKO KIKUCHI
    , Japan-America Society of Mississippi (JASMIS) — Thom and Mieko are helping to coordinate JASMIS’s Japanese relief fund in this area. Mieko’s story is one of pure determination! Years ago, she came to the U.S. from Japan without knowing a word a English -- and she earned a Master's Degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, then began work at a first-tier Nissan supplier near Jackson, MS. These days, she's the Japanese Liaison for Renasant Bank and works also with the Community Development Foundation (CDF). As if all that wasn't enough enough, she teaches Japanese language classes at the Tupelo campus of Ole Miss, and tutors Japanese children in English. Her husband Thom -- a software engineer and analyst by trade (advising large companies like AT&T) -- has been involved with JASMIS since 2004 when he was asked to document thew Sakura planting ceremony at the Mississippi state capitol grounds with Nissan and the Consul-General's office. Afterward, he began reporting directly to the board of directors as he worked to expand the JASMIS presence in Mississippi.

    ELIZABETH TAYLOR tribute by PAUL NEWMAN — We said good-bye to a Hollywood icon with a stirring tribute by another movie legend, Paul Newman, recorded a few years ago. Elizabeth Taylor, described as perhaps the biggest movie star of all time by USA Today, died March 23rd. She was 79.

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    DeltaTalk Radio Podcast -- Thursday, March 17, 2011

    HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY...AND WANNA WAKE YOUR SOUL?

     

    Click here to go directly to the podcast



    We started off the show with a little visit from St. Patrick himself, then spoke to the Girl Scouts /Heart of the South about THEIR version of “Green.” Then on we moved to our main feature segments about Sacred Harp music, a unique but relatively obscure (until now) form of singing. Featured on today’s show are:

    ST. PATRICK HIMSELF — From Dublin Ireland, that revered icon of St. Patrick’s Day joined us live. He even blessed the people of Tupelo (in his own way, don’tcha know).

    NATALIE WILSON, Girl Scouts/Heart of the South — The Girl Scouts, in tribute to their 100 years of scouting and because they long ago began thinking green, are holding their first ever “Green Festival” this weekend. Natalie joined us live in studio.

    PAT RASBERRY, Tupelo Film Commission — Returning to trumpet this month’s IndieFilm project, Pat hosted Matt Hinton, producer of “Awake My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp.”

    MATT HINTON, producer — Matt joined us live via mobile phone from the road, driving in from Atlanta to host tonight’s screening of his film “Awake my Soul.” (after the fact: More than 125 people attended that screening).

    CARROLL LUNSFORD, Sacred Harp Singer — In a bit of serendipity, producer Brenda Mitchell’s father Carroll just happens to be a long-time veteran of the Sacred Harp style of singing. He joined us live via phone from his home in the San Diego suburb of Santee, California.

    THOM EASON, Japan-America Society of Mississippi (JASMIS) — Thom and his wife Mieko Kikuchi are part of a Mississippi society helping to deepen a bond between the Magnolia State and a country that, as of the airing of this program, is in deep turmoil because of the 9.0 earthquake, resulting tsunami, and nuclear events. We spoke to him about a relief fund they are helping to coordinate. They’ll join us live in studio next week to explore a bit more.

    BRIAN MITCHELL, birthday boy — Producer Brenda Mitchell’s son Brian turned 12 the day before this show aired. We invited him into the studio live for a little birthday fun to close to close the show.

    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    IT'S OSCAR TIME -- MEET THE PROFESSIONALS

    Click here for a podcast of today's DeltaTalk Radio show (February 24, 2011)




    IT'S OSCAR TIME!!!

    It's Oscar time this Sunday -- and in honor of the Academy Awards and this year's bumper crop of amazing pictures, we invited some of Mississippi's most talented production gurus to be on the show. We also talked a little business, too. Featured in today's DeltaTalk show are (in order of appearance):

    Tommy Green
    Community Development Foundation 
    The Community Development Foundation's newest Vice President (Chamber of Commerce). In a short telephone interview, we talked to Tommy about the success of this year's "Business to Business Connection" at the BancorpSouth Arena.

    Daniel Odom 
    DBO Animation 
    Daniel -- who lives and works in Starkville, Mississippi -- is a premier animator. He uses high end software to do the kind of corporate animation work being done in much larger cities. His work rivals that of animators anywhere, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

    Pat Rasberry
    Tupelo Film Commission
    Pat's the head of the Tupelo Film Commission, the key organizer behind the Tupelo Film Festival in mid-May this year. She knows every key filmmaker and agency in the state, and then some! No one's working harder to build the film community in North Mississippi than Pat Rasberry. She is perhaps the best "connector" there is, connecting people, projects, and resources (and recognition for them all).

    Ward Emling
    Director, Mississippi Film Office 
    An accomplished actor (Ward's appeared in such series as St. Elsewhere, Knot's Landing, Matlock, Matt Houston, and in many feature films), he's shepherded film projects in Mississippi since 1990. Since returning to the Mississippi Film Office in 1990, Ward has guided the in-state productions of THE GUN IN BETTY LOU'S HANDBAG, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN, SISTER ISLAND, A TIME TO KILL, THE CHAMBER, GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI, MY DOG SKIP, COOKIE'S FORTUNE, RED DIRT, THE RISING PLACE, O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?, JOHN JOHN IN THE SKY, THE PONDER HEART, BIG BAD LOVE, WALK THE LINE, and BALLAST, in addition to several short films, documentaries, and commercials.

    Anne Palmer
    Owner/Producer, PalmTree Productions 
    Perhaps Tupelo's most accomplished -- if not prolific -- producer. She's worked with Toyota, Coke, Atmos Energy, The Community Development Foundation, Tupelo Public School District, and many more companies and institutions. Anne says she "wears a lot of hats. I'm the bookkeeper, videographer, editor and plumber!" Sixteen years of working in the corporate world has helped her bring a lot to the table for her clients. "More and more, customers come to me to create a video-and we end up talking about sales strategies and the many ways that their video can be packaged to reach a target market-whether that's on a thumb drive, DVD, Blu-ray, web video or any number of other formats. The digital age we live in is so exciting. The tools are available to us-we are only limited by our imaginations!"

    James Hull
    Multimedia Consultant 
    A writer at heart, James Hull is another of Mississippi's most accomplished media professionals. A graduate of Ole Miss, he's worked in virtually all forms of media for 30-plus years -- an award-winning writer, political consultant, producer/director, media relations professional, and communications advisor.

    Thursday, February 17, 2011

    ABEL RAISES CAIN

    CLICK HERE FOR THE PODCAST OF THIS SHOW


    So how do you start off a radio show with the perhaps the most famous American media hoaxers of all time as your exclusive guest? Why, with a HOAX of course! We welcomed "Irwin Leba," the creator of a new plan to replace our Federal income tax with an "apparently" popular system that instead determines your tax rate based on your weight; the more you weigh, the more you pay.

    Well, of course there is no such plan. And there's no Irwin Leba, either. Our guest was in fact famed--and prolific--media mischief-maker Alan Abel, who came to our studio with his daughter. HE...is the man responsible for irking the likes of Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, and hundreds of others network and local TV newspeople with stories like "Citizens Against Breastfeeding" and the "Society for Indecency to Naked Animals" (SINA). SHE...is the producer of Abel Raises Cain, a hugely compelling documentary about her father's hijinks. That documentary was screened in Tupelo as part of South Arts' "Indie Film Series" (click here for more info).

    Our interview could have gone on for at least another hour, to say the least. Between our two guests, we were completely "en-Abel'ed," armed with enough stories and questions to fill at least TWO shows. But alas, we were confined to only 25 minutes in this segment. But it was a lively 25 minute, that's for sure!

    Enjoy the podcast, and by the way, here's what Wikipedia has to say about Alan Abel, the media prankster:

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    From Wikipedia...
    Alan Abel (born 1930) is an American prankster, hoaxter, writer, mockumentary filmmaker, and jazz percussionist famous for several hoaxes that became media circuses.
    Education and early career 
    Abel graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. in Education. One of Abel's earliest pranks took place in the late 1950s. Abel posed as a golf pro who taught Westinghouse executives how to use ballet positions to improve their game.

    Beginning May 27, 1959 with a story on the Today Show, the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals (SINA), was Abel's most elaborate hoax. SINA's mission was to clothe naked animals throughout the world. They are best known today for their tagline: "A nude horse is a rude horse". As spokesman for the group, Buck Henry appeared on television and radio several times, including the CBS Evening News on August 21, 1962. The hoax began as a satire of media censorship but took on a life of its own with sympathizers offering unsolicited contributions (always returned), citizen summonses for walking naked dogs, and sewing patterns for pet clothes.

    From 1966 to 1967 Abel wrote a weekly syndicated humor column "The Private World of Prof. Bunker C. Hill" that appeared in the San Francisco Examiner and several other newspapers.
    1970s 
    Following the Watergate scandal, Abel hired an actor to pose as Deep Throat for a press conference in New York City before 150 reporters. Literary agent Scott Meredith offered $100,000 to buy the rights to his story. At the news conference the Deep Throat impostor quarreled with his purported wife, then fainted and was whisked away in a waiting ambulance.

    In the early 70s, Abel appeared on the gameshow To Tell the Truth with his head wrapped in bandages, as it turned out not so much that he would not be recognized, but so the panel would not identify his two imposters -- Larry Blyden and Tom Poston.

    Abel wrote, produced, and directed two mockumentaries – Is There Sex After Death? (1971) and The Faking of the President (1976).

    In 1979 Abel staged his own death from a heart attack near the Sundance Ski Lodge. A fake funeral director collected his belongings and a woman posing as his widow notified the New York Times. The Times published an obituary January 2, 1980[1] (a rare example of a premature obituary). On January 3, 1980, Abel held a news conference to announce that the "reports of my demise have been grossly exaggerated".

    Omar's School for Beggars was a fictional school for professional panhandlers. As Omar, Abel was invited to numerous television talk shows including the Tomorrow Show hosted by Tom Snyder, as well as Morton Downey, Jr., Sally Jessy Raphael, Mike Douglas and Sonya Friedman, who was especially upset because Omar ate his lunch on camera. The hoax was a satirical commentary on the rise of unemployment and homelessness in America. Omar's TV appearances spanned the period from 1975 to 1988, even though he had been exposed several times.
    Live from New York 
    Abel was behind one of the most talked-about incidents in The Phil Donahue Show's history - on January 21, 1985, soon after the show's well-publicized move of its operations from Chicago to WNBC New York.

    On that day's program, seven members of the audience appeared to faint during the broadcast, which was seen live in New York. Donahue feared the fainting was caused by both anxiety at being on television and an overheated studio on a morning that was cold and snowy outside. He eventually cleared the studio of audience members and then resumed the show.

    It turned out the fainting "spell" was cooked up by Abel in what he said was a protest against poor-quality television.
    Parodies 
    In 1993, when euthanasia and Jack Kevorkian were common topics in the news, Abel set up the bogus Florida company "Euthanasia Cruises, Ltd." which would offer cruises allowing suicidal participants to jump into the ocean after three days of partying. He revived this hoax in a column in 2006.

    In 1997 Abel launched a new venture, CGS Productions, to promote gift-wrapped pint jars of Jenny McCarthy's urine. (A parody of McCarthy's role in a shoe commercial where she appeared sitting on a toilet.) The name of the communications director for CGS Productions was Stoidi Puekaw – "Wake up idiots" backwards.

    Abel once ran for Congress on a platform that included paying congressmen based on commission; selling ambassadorships to the highest bidder; installing a lie detector in the White House and truth serum in the Senate drinking fountain; requiring all doctors to publish their medical school grade point average in the telephone book after their names and removing Wednesday to establish a 4-day workweek.
    Not quite retired 
    At the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Abel introduced a campaign to ban all breastfeeding because "it is an incestuous relationship between mother and baby that manifests an oral addiction leading youngsters to smoke, drink and even becoming a homosexual." After two hundred interviews over two years, Abel confessed the hoax in U.S. News & World Report.
    Documentary 
    In 2004, his daughter Jenny Abel along with Jeff Hockett made a documentary film of Abel's life called Abel Raises Cain, which played at the Boston Independent Film Festival and the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival where it won first prize for Best Documentary. It has been released on DVD, and is also on Hulu.