May 26, 2022
From outlaws like Bonnie & Clyde and Belle Starr, to historic routes and trails like the Pony Express, Butterfield Overland Stage Route, and Santa Fe Trail, this episode of Big Blend Radio focuses on some of the historic highlights and happenings on the historic Jefferson Highway. Created by the Jefferson Highway Association which was originally founded in 1915, the Jefferson Highway is an international highway, also known as "The Pines to the Palms Highway," that runs from Winnipeg, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn more about the revival of this highway and find out about the upcoming 2022 JHA Conference held June 1-4, 2022 in Pittsburg, KS : https://jeffersonhighway.org/
Featured guests include:
- Roger Bell - President of the Jefferson Highway Association
- Robin Cole-Jett "The Red River Historian" - See: https://www.redriverhistorian.com/
Featured music on the show is "Texas Blue Moon" by Shelley King - https://www.shelleyking.com/
Special thanks to the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau who represent Louisiana's Oldest City, which is also on the Jefferson Highway. See: https://www.natchitoches.com/
May 23, 2022
This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Music Monday" Show features world-renowned bassist Chuck Wright who discusses his new solo project "Chuck Wright's Sheltering Sky." Out now through Cleopatra records, the full album features over 30 guest performers including members of Mr. Big, Skid Row, Tesla, Dream Theater, Janes Addition, Asia, Jefferson Starship, acclaimed solo artists Allen Hinds, Toshi Yanagi, and many others. It covers a wide range of genres, from Jazz Fusion, Prog, Funk to in-your-face Hard Rock.
Chuck Wright has worked alongside everyone from Alice Cooper and Slash to Gregg Allman and Carmine Appice, and has toured the globe as a long-time member of metal giants Quiet Riot. He's involved in seven film scores, and appeared on over 100 worldwide record releases, playing bass and producing albums of various styles, including ambient trance, reggae, rap, country, and rock. Wright is the creator of Ultimate Jam Night, a long-running weekly live music show at the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood. More: https://www.chuckwright.com/
Special thank you to the National Parks Arts Foundation - https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/
May 21, 2022
This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Toast to The Arts" Show features contemporary figurative artist Victoria Chick who gives us an update on the development of the Southwest Regional Museum of Art and Art Center (SWRMA) in Silver City, New Mexico.
SWRMA & Art Center is destined to be a cultural jewel for communities within this geographic area and a magnet for art lovers traveling in New Mexico. It will offer exciting educational opportunities and enjoyment in looking at art, studying art, and making art. The Museum’s emphasis in its permanent collection is American Art from 1850 to contemporary times. Invitational exhibitions may include art of other cultures and times. Learn More: https://swrmart.org/
Victoria is based in the art community of Silver City, New Mexico and also shares some of the local spring and summer events and activities. She appears on Big Blend Radio every 3rd Saturday. See her work here: https://victoriachick.com/
May 21, 2022
Cask & Kettle produces well-crafted hard coffee and cider cocktails in a pod which offers an easy way to prepare and serve a complete hot cocktail. Everyone’s tastes are covered with cozy flavors like Irish Coffee, Mint Patty, Hot Blonde, or Mexican Coffee and Spiked Cider.
Cask & Kettle started thanks to a joke made at an afternoon office meeting in Michigan when co-founders Lucinda Wright and Pete Borozan were in an all-team budget meeting. The group was asked if they would like some coffee and Lucinda quipped only if it included alcohol. That got the creative juices percolating and before long they created a prototype that led to the birth of the company that is now elevating coffee with a variety of spirits for any occasion. On this episode, Lucinda Wright talks about Cask & Kettle's hot cocktails and what it's like to be a woman in leadership in the beverage industry. More at https://caskandkettleusa.com/
This interview was part of Big Blend Radio's Happy Hour Show, which aired live on May 20, 2022 from Bend, Oregon.
May 19, 2022
This episode of Big Blend Radio features Lea Brovedani "The Trust Architect" who discusses Trust in the Food & Beverage Industry. Read her article about how her 5 Tenets of Trust (Caring, Commitment, Consistency, Competence and Communication) can help boost customer satisfaction and employee loyalty, and provide a positive economic return: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/trust-in-the-food-and-beverage-industry/
Lea is a speaker and workshop facilitator on trust who is recognized as a Top Thought Leader on Trust for by the organization Trust Across America, and is the author of “TRUST Me – Restore Belief & Confidence in an Uncertain World” and “TRUSTED – Secret Lessons from an Inspired Leader.” More: https://leabrovedani.com/
Listen to "Trust Talk with Lea" every Third Thursday on Big Blend Radio.
May 18, 2022
Focusing on the heart-healthy benefits of practicing a Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, this episode of Big Blend Radio's Quality of Life Show features Dr. Jacqueline Eubany.
Dr. Jackie is a board-certified cardiologist and electrophysiologist, and author of the best-selling book, "Women and Heart Disease: The Real Story." More: https://womenandheartdiseasebook.com/
Sharing heart health tips and advice, Dr. Jackie appears on Big Blend Radio every third Wednesday.
May 17, 2022
From looking for "lost treasures" to hiking, boating, and festival fun, this episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday "Go to Natchitoches" Show focuses on what to experience in Summer in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Featured guests are Arlene Gould, Director of the Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Jason Summerlin, co-owner of the Dark Woods' Lost Treasure Mining Company - see: https://www.darkwoodsmining.com/
Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-tish) is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory and is part of the Cane River National Heritage Area. More: https://natchitoches.com/
May 16, 2022
This episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Toast to The Arts” Show aired live from Bend, Oregon and features the fabulous Michelle Tomlinson, an award-winning actor, acting coach, and director. Along with many other fun topics of conversation, hear about her current and upcoming film projects "Edge" and "Portales," both set in her home state of New Mexico. More at http://www.michelletomlinson.net/
Featured music is "Fiction Theatre" by Red Wedding.
May 14, 2022
This episode of Big Blend Radio features NYC based singer-songwriter Arthur Lamonica and his keyboardist/vocalist wife Kathy Lamonica. Since the 1970s, the songs Arthur's penned and performed, including a CBGB jukebox favorite - The Shirts “Tell Me Your Plans," have inspired countless fans worldwide. Fast-forward to 2022, and his dozen songs on the new album “Days Of Carefree Living” focus on a tight pop rock sound as its title track suggests.
The band with Arthur’s wife Kathy Lamonica as the main contributor in keyboards and vocals, hopes to be back on the road in 2022 with tour dates across the UK and Europe, specifically the Netherlands where Lamonica’s sound continues to gain popularity. More at https://rome56.com/
May 13, 2022
On this episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Friday "Food, Wine & Travel Show," travel writer, tour guide, and author Amy Bizzarri chats about her new book "Iconic Hollywood: Dishes, Drinks & Desserts." Los Angeles is a city where film mingles with food. From healthful salads to sweet treats inspired by California's agricultural bounty, the innovative fare mirrors the rise from a sleepy, western outpost to celluloid dream, where food has always played an award-winning role.
Special thanks to the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) - https://www.ifwtwa.org/
May 12, 2022
Welcome to the first episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Thursday "New Mexico Bed & Breakfast Association" Show! Sharing an overview of Bed & Breakfast lodging and travel experiences in New Mexico, this show features NMBBA board members:
- Steve Hiatt - Bottger Mansion of Old Town in Albuquerque
- Becky O'Conner - Casitas de Gila Guesthouses in Silver City
- Walt Wyss - Four Kachinas Inn and El Farolito B&B in Santa Fe
Stay New Mexico True and Visit: https://www.nmbba.org/
May 11, 2022
This episode of Big Blend Radio features author Marie Sutro who discusses her latest Kate Barnes mystery novel, "Dark Obsessions."
Troubled but tenacious San Francisco Police Detective Kate Barnes is back in "Dark Obsessions," the much-anticipated follow-up to Marie Sutro’s bestselling and award-winning debut, "Dark Associations." Detective Barnes must overcome her own trauma to rescue a group of innocent victims, without becoming one herself. Peppered with surprising twists and turns, "Dark Obsessions" offers an immersive, fast-paced escape for fans of psychological whodunnits. More at https://www.mariesutro.com/
Big Blend Radio's "Writers Wednesday" show with Books Forward airs every 2nd Wednesday. More about Books Forward: https://booksforward.com/
May 10, 2022
On this episode of Big Blend Radio’s 2nd Tuesday “Food, Wine & Travel” Show with IFWTWA, Sherrye Wyatt discusses the various park and outdoor adventures one can experience on Whidbey and Camano Islands, as well as their new trail guide and app for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. We also talk about becoming a regenerative and transformational travel destination.
Located in Washington State, Whidbey and Camano Islands are located in the middle of Puget Sound and an easy drive from Seattle. A great antidote for big city pressures, these rural islands feature wide-open beaches, scenic vistas, outdoor adventures, great art, fine dining, and more. See: https://whidbeycamanoislands.com/
For more about the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) visit https://www.ifwtwa.org/
May 9, 2022
Airing live from Eugene, Oregon, this episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Music Monday” Show, features Riot Act guitarist Rick Ventura. Out now through Global Rock Records, Riot Act’s new and debut album “Closer To The Flame” comes with a 12 track bonus CD of classic 1979-1981 Riot tracks recut. These recordings feature the final ever recordings of Lou Kouvaris, who tragically passed away of Covid 19 in early 2020.
Riot Act features former Riot guitarist Rick Ventura, talented lead vocalist Don Chaffin, Paul Ranieri on bass and Claudio Galinski on drums. Ventura was a member of the classic lineup of Riot from 1979-1984. The original Riot was formed in Brooklyn in 1975 by guitarist Mark Reale. They were then and still are a criminally underrated and influential band (Metallica and Iron Maiden have been big fans of Riot for decades) that endured its share of hardships throughout the years, while also attaining a level of success, respect, and a devoted fan base along the way.
May 7, 2022
Focusing on Arizona's Fresh Foodie Trail, this episode of Big Blend Radio features Zoey Shircel of Visit Mesa and travel writer Linda Kissam "Food, Wine & Travel Diva."
Made up of the towns of Gilbert, Mesa, Florence, and Queen Creek, The Fresh Foodie Trail is an Arizona touch-feel-smell culinary education featuring innumerable mouthwatering treats in a 10-stop tour. It's a culinary-themed road trip that takes visitors along freeways and back streets to experience the region's countryside charms. Read Linda's article about it here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/arizona-finds-fresh-foodie-trail/
Linda Kissam appears on Big Blend Radio every first Saturday.
May 6, 2022
From Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Fort Union National Monument, this episode of Big Blend Radio's First Friday "Toast to The Arts" Show features a reunion conversation with composer Andy Jarema and photographer Stan Honda, both National Parks Arts Foundation artists-in-residence.
Andy Jarema is a music educator, composer, recording artist, and trumpet player. More: https://www.andyjarema.com/
Astrophotographer Stan Honda is an experienced photojournalist who now works with natural landscapes — usually night-time panoramas — that fuse sky and earth. More: https://www.stanhonda.com/
Learn more about the National Parks Arts Foundation's month-long artist residences here https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/
May 5, 2022
Tina Rice, CEO of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, joins us on this episode of Big Blend Radio to share what there is to experience in Exeter, a gateway community of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, and Giant Sequoia National Monument and Sequoia National Forest. Exeter is an agricultural community known for growing citrus and deciduous grapes. It welcomes visitors to explore its charming historic downtown that features over 30 murals, along with restaurants and boutique shops, and various annual events and festivals. More at https://www.exeterchamber.com/
This episode is part of Big Blend Radio's 4th Thursday "Travel Tulare County" series with the Sequoia Tourism Council. More: https://www.discoverthesequoias.com/
May 4, 2022
Welcome to the first episode of our new Big Blend Radio "Wine Time with Peggy" series featuring Peggy Fiandaca, who along with her winemaker husband Curt Lawrence Dunham, owns and operates LDV Winery in Arizona. This new series will air every 1st Wednesday at 4pm PT / 7pm ET.
From transforming cities to nurturing grapes, serendipity describes the LDV Winery evolution. As professional community and strategic planners, LDV owners Peggy Fiandaca and Curt Dunham made a career assisting clients in creating successful plans. A strong game plan is vital in any industry, but more importantly, success results from responding to possibilities. That life journey of possibilities is what led Fiandaca and Dunham to develop a vineyard in southeastern Arizona that is now producing distinctive, hand-crafted wines. Read Peggy's Success Insider Q&A here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/wine-success-insider-peggy-fiandaca-ldv-winery/
Learn more about LDV Winery at https://ldvwinery.com/