WELCOME TO THE SHOW
My name is Steve Owens and I meet a lot of people; sometime in my travels, sometimes in my own home town. Several times (quite by accident), I have stumbled into what I consider to be fascinating stories. So after way too many got away, I decided to start recording them. Some of these conversations will be fascinating ONLY to me. Some will be fascinating to you too. In the end, I guess this podcast is just an excuse for me to get to travel, meet, and talk to more people. So if you are so inclined…
Walk with me, down Fascination Street!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know actress Chrystee Pharris. In this episode we chat about when she decided that she wanted to be an actress, (it was younger than anyone I have ever had on the show!). We also talk about her time on the daytime soap opera Passions, she tells a great story about auditioning for Scrubs, and her show Monogamy, which recently finished it’s third season. I ask Chrystee about her one woman show, and the TWO talk shows that she is working on! Of course I had to ask her about her friend and mentor Ted Lange!
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FB: Chrystee Pharris
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know podcaster Chuck Shute.
Chuck is the host of the Chuck Shute Podcast, which features a variety of guests. Everything from world famous music legends, hilarious comedians, ex-Navy Seals, celebrity fitness trainers, and TV & movie stars! In this episode we chat about his career in education, and what made him leave that field to start a podcast. We discuss some of the mutual guests that we have both had on our respective shows, and how our interview styles differ. Then we get into what his hopes for the future of his show are, and the steps he is taking to ensure that it happens.
You can find The Chuck Shute Podcast on Apple, Spotify, everywhere you get podcasts.
Be sure to check out his show on YouTube as well.
Follow Chuck on social media:
Insta: @ChuckShute / @ChuckShutePodcast
Anna Vocino – Comic / Podcaster (Fitness Confidential) / Cookbook Author (Eat Happy & Eat Happy Too)
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Anna Vocino. I first hear Anna on the podcast Fitness Confidential with Vinnie Tortorich, and I finally got her on the show. Anna is an actress, voice over actress, comic, cookbook author, podcaster, and she even sells her own line of foods; like pasta sauces and spice blends! In this episode we chat about all of that, and why she decided to each of these things. We also discuss how she came to be part of the NSNG universe, why she started selling her own branded foods, and what is coming up next for her. We trade Paul Cappelli stories (R.I.P.) We laugh all through this thing! Go get her cookbooks: Eat Happy & Eat Happy Too!
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Marc David Levine – Tony Award Winning Producer (Company / Fly More Than You Fall / American Buffalo)
Marc David Levine
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Marc David Levine. After starting many businesses while growing up, and into his adulthood; Marc found himself in the business of producing Broadway Musicals. Marc has had a hand in producing tons of shows including: On Your Feet, Tina: The Tina Turner Story, Company, Hadestown, Fly More Than You Fall, American Buffalo, and Mr. Saturday Night. Marc won his Tony award for producing Hadestown. In this episode we talk about a few of those musicals, and some of the companies that Marc has started including Gemini Theatrical Investors, Premier Party, and Model Bartenders. Marc shares a fun story about partying so hard he got thrown out of a hotel, and I share an embarrassing story about one of my experiences on Broadway.
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FB: Marc Levine
Follow Gemini Theatrical Investors on social media:
FB: Gemini Theatrical Investors LLC
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know veteran actor Peter Jason. In his episode we chat about why he became an actor, and some of his more memorable roles. We talk about working on 48 Hours with director Walter Hill, his connection to Frank Marshall, as well as working with John Carpenter, and some of the fun he has had on the sets of Deadwood and Baskets.
Then we jump into his new film Deep In The Forest; which is released TOMORROW! (May 31st). NO SPOILERS!! But he does lay out the premise of the film and it sounds FASCINATING!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Stuart Pankin. Stuart is an actor who has been in just about everything you have ever seen. From Not Necessarily The News, to Dinosaurs, to Fatal Attraction, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, and Zenon; you have seen him in everything! In this episode, we chat about why he decided to get into acting, what made him move to Los Angeles, and some of the highlights of his career. We have a ball with him telling stories about working on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and I hilariously get Fatal Attraction confused with Basic Instinct! Finally, we discuss Stuart’s new film Deep In The Forest, which is available EVERYWHERE on VOD starting May 31st.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Moriah Formica. Moriah is the lead singer and guitarist for the new rock band PLUSH. In this episode we chat about how she got pulled into music at a VERY early age, who her inspirations were and are, and how the overwhelming support from her parents has really helped her succeed and thrive in the music business. Moriah and her band mate collaborated on their version of Barracuda (By Heart), put it up on YouTube, and started getting attention from the right people. Shortly thereafter they added a couple more ladies and formed PLUSH. Since then; Plush has played with: Halestorm, Evanescence, Seether, Mammoth WVH, Daughtry, and Seven Dust. Plush is currently on tour supporting Seven Dust for a second time. Moriah tells me what she writes about, or rather WHO she writes about in her lyrics. I made a VERY embarrassing faux pas and look like an ass, and I play the new single from Plush’s self titled debut album.
She also lets me play a song from her first EP as a solo artist when she was 13.
For tickets and tour info, check out: PlushRocks.net
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Joe Lafferty (Rest In Peace Buddy)
Roughly 3 years ago Joe Lafferty reached out to me to see about being a guest on my show.
He is the author of Justin Time: A Memoir of Faith and The Fight For Life; and he wanted me to read it before coming on the show, so he sent it to me.
By the time I finished the book and our schedules allowed recording an interview; nearly a year had passed.
When the interview was completed; it was almost 2 hours long. We talked for another hour after that.
At the end of that 3-hour conversation; Joe told me that we would be friends. As a matter of fact; his exact words were, “We are either going to be friends, or you’re going to change your phone number”.
Then he asked if I would mind being added to his list of morning texts; where he sends texts and inspirational messages every morning to a few friends, and people that are important to him. Of course, I said yes.
Since Joe was an hour ahead of me; his was the very first text I received EVERY SINGLE DAY. His words of inspiration and faith were my first contact with the outside world, every day, for more than two years.
Not long after, he started calling me. Our conversations got longer and more intimate. Before I knew it; we WERE friends. Just like Joe said we would be.
We talked every weekday for two years.
Monday through Friday, we would chat. Sometimes it would be 10 minutes, sometimes it would be 2 hours. Some days it would be a quick phone call once, other days it would be 4 or 5 phone calls in a day. We would talk between his work meetings, or while he was running errands. We would talk while I was working at my job, and standing on a ladder all day.
We would shoot the shit, we would tell each other jokes, we would make each other laugh.
We talked every week day for two years.
Joe has had a lot of milestones in his life.
He coached 15 young men on their way to the NFL. That is to say, Joe Lafferty helped 15 men realize their dream, and help them on their journey to become professional football players.
Joe has many, MANY friends. Some are very famous, most aren’t; but he has A LOT of friends.
When Joe was a small child he beat Leukemia and became a spokesperson for his regional chapter of The Leukemia Society. Later in life, due to a one in a million infection; he lost an eye.
Not long after that, Joe died….. for 7 minutes, the story is more involved than that;, but that’s what happened.
Shortly after that, Joe received a double organ transplant on Valentine’s Day, 2010; and every day after that he lived on borrowed time. Or as Joe would say “Justin Time”; because Justin was the name of the young man whose organs he received.
Joe’s daily goal was to positively affect those around him; as many people as he could. He inspired some, motivated others, cheered and guided where he could.
On May 1st, 2022 Joe was visiting his mother in Pittsburgh, and helping her clean out her garage. That evening he Face Timed his wife, who was at their home in Florida. Shortly after that Joe went to sleep, and he didn’t wake up.
Throughout his life Joe Lafferty was many things, to many people.
*A father figure
*A hard worker
*A man of principle.
*And A man of faith.
But most importantly to me; JOE LAFFERTY WAS MY FRIEND.
I miss him all day, every day; and I didn’t even know him that long.
I can’t imagine what his other friends and family are going through, I honestly can’t.
For those of us lucky enough to have known him, he touched us.
For those of us blessed to have befriended him; we are forever changed, for the better.
What follows is parts 1 & 2 of Joe Lafferty’s appearance on Fascination Street Podcast; joined into one nearly 2 hour long episode with as limited commercial breaks as possible.
This 2 part conversation originally aired May of 2020.
This is how I got to know him, and the seeds of a great relationship with my friend Joe Lafferty.
Please enjoy my conversation with my friend.
You can get Joe’s book at: TheRealBionicMan.com or on Amazon.
Chef Catherine McCord
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Chef Catherine McCord. Catherine is a celebrity chef that can be seen regularly on Guy’s Grocery Games and other shows on The Food Network. In this episode we chat about an early start to her modeling career. Before she was even 16 years old; she had worked as a model in New York and Japan. She quickly went on to work with: Elite modeling, Calvin Klein, Elle magazine, Glamour magazine, and Victoria’s Secret; just to name a few. After that she transitioned into television & hosting; including being a co-host on over 100 episodes of the syndicated MTV dating advice show Loveline (with Dr. Drew and Adam Carolla). THEN, she went to the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City; where she obtained her culinary degree and became a chef. She started a blog and a couple of businesses: Weelicious & One Potato, and written FOUR cookbooks. She has also turned her culinary knowledge and experience into being a recurring judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, and various other Food Network appearances.
I also get her to share her experience of being in NYC on September 11th, 2001.
Check out Catherine’s cookbooks including her upcoming 4th cookbook Meal Prep Magic.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Jeremy Popoff. Jeremy is the guitarist and a founding member of the rock band Lit. In this episode we chat about what made Jeremy want to be a rock star, and how Lit came to be. We talk about the struggle of the early years and their smash hit My Own Worst Enemy. He also tells us about the first time he heard their song on the biggest radio station in the world (at the time) KROQ in Los Angeles. We discuss what makes Lit’s endurance and relevance. Then we talk about Lit’s upcoming new album Tastes Like Gold (6/17), their new singles (I get to play TWO of them!) and the new 2022 Spring Loaded tour!
Follow Jeremy on social media:
Insta: @JeremyPopoff / @LitBandOfficial
FB: Jeremy Popoff / Lit
For tour info and tickets go to: LitBand.com