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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!
Joey Canyon & Kelly Kantz
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Joey Canyon and Kelly Kantz. Joey is a singer songwriter who began his country music career in the mid 1970’s. Having made a name for himself throughout the decades, he was even inducted into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame in 2021. Kelly is a serial television executive; having helped launch several networks including: RFDTV, BizTalk Radio, BizTv, and U2 America. In this episode, we get to know a little of the back story of these two pro’s, and then we get into why they decided to team up to launch an all-new streaming service called Canyon Star TV. We discuss the need for a family friendly streaming service where you don’t have to be nervous about what might appear on the screen in front of your small children. Joey & Kelly explain the styles of programming that are available on Canyon Star TV, such as: documentaries, classic films, classic TV, sports, cooking, and even music videos and concerts. Joey & Kelly also put out the call for MORE programming. So, if YOU have a project that you would like to be added to their growing list of programming; they explain just how to submit for consideration. Canyon TV is a FREE app that is available on every device with a screen. You can download the app on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Roku, Chrome, and more.
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Laura Casselman. Laura had a dream at the age of 3 to become a Radio City Rockette. Fast forward 20 years, and a lot of hard work…. SHE DID IT! In this episode we chat about how this was even possible, and what she decided to do after her Rockette career ended. Laura is currently the CEO of JVZoo, co-founder of VidaStreet, and co-founder of Hestla Trades. She explains what all of these entities are, and what they do. Of course, we discuss Laura’s new book Trust Your Increments: How Small, Consistent Steps Can Lead to Massive Success. Along the way, we discuss what it is like for women in the workforce, and what both men & women can do to help make things a little more equal in that area. Laura shares the absolute worst job-related story I have ever heard, and we talk about how to move on from something like that. She shares some tips on how to reframe some of life’s jealous moments into some of life’s inspirational ones. Plus, Laura explains the difference between ‘Work / Life Balance” and “Work / Life Harmony”.
James Moses Black #3
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know even more about actor James Moses Black. In this episode we chat about what he has been up to since the last time he was on the show. He tells us all about filming the comedy horror film Renfield with Nicolas Cage, Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina, and James Moses Black. We talk about shooting in New Orleans, and working with some of these fine actors. Then we get into a recent cruise James took, and some upcoming projects he is working on. James tells me about an upcoming short film called POV: An Unforgettable Night; which is the true story of Nat King Cole being attacked on stage by a white hooded fiend! And then we talk some more about the film James is trying to get made called 55. I love the story of 55 and am looking forward to seeing this project come to life!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Nicholas Thomas. Nicholas is the founder of 420pipes.com; an online retailer of cannabis paraphernalia. In this episode, we chat about his growing up in a super religious family and being a member of a fairly strict church. Nicholas explains a bit about his church life, and how that relationship took a pretty sharp turn. Then we jump right into how and why he started his own online cannabis related marketplace. We dig a little into some of the products available at 420pipes.com as well as what the future of the site holds. Nicholas shares some insights on branding, and how to build a following in an industry with so many rules and regulations with regard to advertising. If you are in the market for some of these products, check out 420pipes.com. They just might have what you’re looking for, or didn’t know you were looking for!
Matt “The Motorator” D’Andria RETURNS!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know even more about Matt “The Motorator” D’Andria. In this episode we catch up on what Matt has been doing since his last appearance over 5 years ago! Matt has two automobile centric podcasts: Shift & Steer (with co-hosts Brad Fanshaw & Aaron Hagar), and Car Cast (with alternating co-host Bill Goldberg & Adam Carolla). We discuss what is going on in the electric vehicle space; including Tesla, Rivian, and the Ford Mustang & F150 Lightning. We talk about what companies are doing EV right, and what they could improve on. Then we chat about his new beverage: BRAVAGO! Bravago is a new “Bold” hard seltzer with more flavor and more alcohol than most on the market. Matt tells us all about the struggles of a beverage startup in the age of covid, and what inspired him to get into the industry. Bravago is available TO SHIP to 38 states!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Beau Button. Born and raised just outside of New Orleans, Louisianna; Beau quickly became obsessed with the personal computer. while he was still in single digits, Beau began taking these machines apart to see what made them work, and how he could improve them. He basically never stopped doing that. In this episode, we chat about what got him interested in computers, and why he collects them to this day. We take a bit of a detour and talk about his short stint working at The Piggly Wiggly, before diving headfirst into his company: Atlas Reality Inc. Beau explains what the company is, what the company does, and why he thinks this was a market that need to be addressed. I took the opportunity to grill Beau on the meanings of: Web 1, Web 2, and Web 3; and he helps me understand what the heck all that means. Next, we address the virtual reality space and how he thinks he and his company can make an impact there. Beau explains how the blockchain technology can revolutionize more than just banking. Finally, he tells me all about his location-based gaming company Atlas Reality Inc, and their games Atlas Empire, Atlas Earth, and (coming soon) Atlas Mars. All along the way, we talk about virtual reality, AI (artificial intelligence), NFTs, Pokémon Go, and AtlasEarth.com
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Ethan Song. Ethan is an entrepreneur, who founded the clothing brand Frank & Oak. We talk about why he started a clothing company, what it took to grow it, and ultimately why he sold it. After Ethan ran that company for several years, he sold it and started a new company, in a different field. Ethan is the CEO & co-founder of Rare Circles. Ethan explains what Rare Circles is, and why he decided to get into this particular field. Ethan explains what he feels is missing in the relationship between business and consumer, and how he thinks it can be enhanced. Then we discuss the basic definitions of Web 1, Web 2, and Web 3; plus the differences between them. Finally, Ethan offers to help entrepreneurs in any way he can; by giving advice, making introductions, or just writing a check. Ethan Song is dedicated to not only improving brand & consumer loyalty, but to helping others achieve their dream of starting a successful business, in any field.
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Griff Furst. Griff is: an actor, a producer, a screenwriter, and a director. In this episode we get his origin story. He shares stories from acting class, and how in a ‘domino effect’ sort of way, his career got kicked off from those classes. We chat about being a producer in that role’s various incarnations, where he finds his inspirations for screenwriting, the difficulties managing a film set as it’s director, and what he loves about acting. We cover quite a lot here, but it is all in the name if FUN! We touch a little bit on what it was like growing up on different sets with parents in the business, and lastly, we discuss his newest T-H-R-E-E projects!
Available now on VOD everywhere is Devil’s Peak, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Robin Wright, and Jackie Earle Haley.
Available September (ish) is 57 Seconds, starring Morgan Freeman and Josh Hutcherson.
Keep your eyes peeled later this year is the long awaited sequel Half Baked 2, starring Jeff Ross and Harland Williams!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Vincent Lane, Matt Loucks, and Steve Feliciano from the band ‘reaLation’.
reaLation is a concept based grunge alternative metal band who dedicates itself to seeking the truth.
In this episode Vincent, Matt, and Steve sit down with me to discuss; how they each found music, how they met eachother, and what their music is about. Their music definately has a passion, and a message. Through music, the band seeks to shed light on some of the more problematic real life issues and concerns of our time. The four of us have a pretty good time talking about all things music; from everyone’s first concert, to their newest releases, and projects down the road. They even let me play their newest single on the show! Follow ‘reaLation’ on social media for more music and upcoming show / tour dates.
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Christopher Maher. In this episode, we chat about the family tragedy and events that led to his growing up in a group home built by Milton Hershey, what inspired him to join the U.S. military and become a Navy Seal. Then we follow his path from the military, to studying the practice of traditional Chinese Medicine. We talk about why he made that decision, and what he has learned from these studies. Next, we discuss his True Body Intelligence teachings, and how he helps people find ‘supreme clarity’ by creating a more balanced relationship between one’s yin engergy & yang energy. Finally, we find out what FREE FOR LIFE means, and why he wrote a book about it. We laugh a lot, we get serious a lot, and we get real. I’m sure Christopher will be back, so stay tuned!