Jon of All Trades

Jon of All Trades

I’m Jon, and I love nothing more than listening to someone with an interesting or unusual job talk about the ins and outs of that job. So I created a weekly podcast that features interviews with people from all across the employment spectrum. You’ve likely heard the figure of speech “Jack of all trades” referring to someone who is versatile and adaptable to a wide variety of tasks. That’s what this is designed to be an audio exploration of. Except, I’m Jon, not Jack. Welcome to Jon of All Trades. New episodes post every Wednesday.

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December 8, 2021 62 min
Molly Smith is the Creator and Host of Did That Age Well? a show I was privileged enough to guest on a few short weeks ago talking about the hilariously droll 1999 comedy Office Space. I was introduced to Molly by my good friends at Discussion Combustion and it was during my delightful chat with...
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Kaycee Heid is one of my best friends. I met her when I was 12, and our paths have crisscrossed ever since. We were in our middle school’s improv club together, we stayed pals throughout high school, we got into punk and ska music at the same time, we co-hosted The Bi-Polar Show on KCSU...
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Brandon Kramer (pictured center) is the Director of, and Pete White is a participant in, The First Step, a documentary that follows CNN correspondent/progressive Van Jones, as he controversially crosses party lines to fight for bipartisan support for criminal justice reform and a more humane response to the addiction crisis during a divisive administration. The film...
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My coverage of Denver Film Festival 44 kicks off with Elias Plagianos, Creator of Hudson Falls, and a champion of Independent Television. What is Hudson Falls? Here’s the pitch from their website: The secrets of a small upstate town that revolve around an eccentric scientist (William Sadler) begin to unravel when a private eye from...
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Andy Thomas is Deputy Director of Levitt Pavilion Denver, a non-profit music venue established with the purpose of building community through music. Levitt Pavilion Denver operates on a mission to bridge cultural gaps and to find ways to erase divisions and embrace differences in our community. Andy has been playing music professionally since 2003, and...
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Zach Eastman is my good buddy. Chief among the reasons he’s a good buddy of mine is that he’s just about the only person I’ve ever known (besides my own father) who can talk about W.C. Fields for three hours with me. Which we did on his show! You can find that right here. Zach...
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Jonathan Stine is someone I met because our kids became friends in preschool. Turned out we had a lot in common, and the two of us and our two wives hit it off pretty much immediately. When we’d have parties, he’d ask my friends weird questions like, “Which insurance company do you have?” For the...
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Andrew Orvedahl is the first comedian I was ever close to getting on the show. Seven and a half years ago after I interviewed Brandi Shigley, she asked me if I was interested in interviewing Andrew Overdahl. Of course! was my reply. She called him, left him a voicemail, and then nothing materialized. We were...
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This show has grinded to a halt. Literally, I’m having a hard time generating any momentum with potential guests, my writing process is laborious and tortured, and while I have plenty of TIME, the ideas simply ain’t coming. So, this week is an attempted exorcism. I turned on the mics before I could mentally set...
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I reconnected with Dana Shierstone at my 21st high school reunion and I’m glad I did because this is a conversation with a delightful surprise around every corner. When Dana and I started talking, I knew she worked in the cannabis space, but I had no idea she had a background as chemical engineer for...
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Adam Salzman is the Founder and CEO of AdventureEXP, a company that offers destination work experiences customizable to an individual’s life and career goals. Here’s a bit about their programs from their website: At AdventureEXP, we believe in the power of meaningful travel. We believe in individual potential and how it is empowered when you...
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Peter Moore is someone I respect, enjoy, and deeply admire. I worked with him on what was undoubtedly my favorite client of all-time, Vital for Colorado, and I produced more than 70 hours of radio content with him. Peter not only has an uncanny work ethic, but a sharp sense of humor and the ability...
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Since we’re sort of at a milestone, I thought it a good time to pause and reflect on where we are and where we’ve been. In truth, this is my 351st episode which doesn’t usually warrant any kind of notable extra action. But since we’re at 300 in terms of the ones I’ve numbered, let’s...
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Ashley Garrison is one of my absolute favorite people on this planet. We became pals when I lived in The Woodlands, TX for my junior year of high school through a love of punk and ska music. We would go to shows, drive around listening to our music way too loud like all bored high...
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Courtney Brewer is a fellow alumnus from my same class and high school. As our reunion approached, we reconnected and I’m so happy we did because I feel privileged to get to bring this show to you. Instead of talking about Courtney’s career journey – which, admittedly, we do a very little bit – we...
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Carson Bartsch is Head Honcho at A Perfect Line Painting, which provides headache-free painting services in the Denver, CO area. They’ve been in business for more than three years and their crew has over a decade of experience under their belts. They’re masters in their trade and have all of the resources needed to paint...
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Michael Trundle and two others created Lipgloss 20 years ago. He’s still there getting everyone to dance, and it’s still one of the absolute best parties in Denver. Here’s their description from the website: Lipgloss is the USA’s longest running indie dance party and takes place every Friday night at Milk Bar in Denver, CO....
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Tyler Marshall is a fellow classmate of mine, and he’s had a remarkable journey since we parted ways in high school. Here’s a bit about him: Tyler is Founder & CEO of EYC Labs, which engineers highly innovative solutions which combine progressive & sustainable agriculture practices, with bleeding edge IoT- Internet of Things technologies for...
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Clint (or CJ, as I know him) Latham returns to the podcast for a second almost exactly 3 years after his first appearance on Episode 178. This time we’re talking about something brand new – Lucca Veterinary Data Security! Here’s a little bit about Lucca from their website: Clint’s goal is to help veterinarians realize...
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What’s the first thing Jackie Fouchia might like you to think after looking at or talking to her? Oh, she healthy. That just so happens to be the name of her health coaching business, which you can find at her website. What will you learn when you work with Jackie? In her own words: You’ll...
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