Big Blend Radio

Big Blend Radio

Variety adds the spice to quality of life, and that’s what Big Blend Radio shows are all about! Hosted by Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team on the Love Your Parks Tour and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, Big Blend Radio educates, entertains and inspires! Topics include: Music, Books & The Arts; Travel & Recreation; Food & Drink; National Parks & Public Lands; History & Culture; Nature & Environment; Home & Garden; Family & Education; Business & Career; and much more!

Episodes

August 16, 2022 46 min

This episode of Big Blend Radio's 3rd Tuesday "Go to Natchitoches" Show focuses on Briarwood Nature Preserve, a National Historic Place in Saline, Louisiana, which is just north of Natchitoches. Featured guests include Arlene Gould - Director of Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Bayli Quick - Curator at Briarwood Nature Preserve. Briarwood is the birthplace and home of Caroline Dormon, a world renowned...

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On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Steve Piacente shares insights from his LinkedIn article “The High Cost of Staying Quiet" and explains the steps to take to transform that inner critic into a supportive friend so that you can speak your mind. Read his article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/high-cost-staying-quiet-steve-piacente/  

Steve is a former journalist turned life coach, who is certified by the International Coach Fe...

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This Big Blend Radio "Food, Wine & Travel" Show with IFWTWA features travel writers Cori Solomon and Mary Farah who share their wine, food and travel adventures in Central California and Northern Arizona. Cori focuses on the wine tasting experience in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande region of California's Central Coast. Read her story here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/hang-your-wine-glass-in-san-luis-obis...

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European Waterways has become an expert at providing a unique canal cruise offering. The company has 12 barges throughout the many regions in France as well as itineraries and boats on other waterways throughout Europe. A canal barge cruise is unlike any other cruising experience you may have already done. The setting is intimate, and the service is extremely personal and attentive. This episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Friday...

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From bird watching and train rides to cultural festivals and flavors, this episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Thursday "New Mexico Bed & Breakfast Association" Show focuses on fall events and activities in New Mexico, "The Land of Enchantment." Featured Guests: - Steve Hiatt - Bottger Mansion of Old Town in Albuquerque - https://bottger.com/ - Dan Clark - Inn of the Turquoise Bear in Santa Fe - https://www.tu...

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August 10, 2022 44 min

This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Writer's Wednesday" Show with Books Forward features Jeff Seitzer who discusses his compassionate new memoir, “THE FUN MASTER: A Father’s Journey of Love, Loss, and Learning to Live One Day at a Time.” The book shares the powerful story of how his special needs son Ethan changed his outlook on life – for the better. Despite a myriad of health and other challenges, Ethan went on to ...

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This episode of Big Blend Radio’s 2nd Tuesday “Food, Wine & Travel” Show with IFWTWA features Nicole Stacey from Visit Pensacola in Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast region. Pensacola is known for its sugar sand beaches, over 450 years of history, nature and outdoor recreation, fabulous dining, unique shopping, and luxurious places to stay. Pensacola is also home to the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and is known as the "Fall...

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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Music Monday" Show features guitarist Jeff Cotton who discusses his music career, and new album "The Fantasy of Reality," that releases on Aug 12, 2022 through Madfish.

After playing guitar, lap steel and vocals with the legendary Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, appearing on the ground breaking album “Trout Mask Replica” (under the pseudonym Antennae Jimmy Semens), as we...

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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Eat, Drink & Be Merry" Show shines the spotlight on Iris Vineyards who is known for producing quality, consciously crafted wines from some of the best vineyards in Oregon. Featured guests include Big Blend writer Linda Kissam "Food, Wine & Shopping Diva," Iris Vineyards winemaker Aaron Liberman, and wine media specialist Carl Giavanti. Read Linda's article about I...

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Ben Cosgrove is a traveling essayist, composer-performer whose music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment. He has performed in almost every U.S. state and collaborated with artists ranging from rock bands to string ensembles. Ben joins us on this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Toast To The Arts & Parks" Show to talk about his music and writing, and to share his experience of being the Summer 2022 Na...

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Donnette Silva Carter, CEO of the Tulare Chamber of Commerce, joins us on this episode of Big Blend Radio to share what there is to experience in Tulare, an agricultural community and gateway destination to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, and Giant Sequoia National Monument and Sequoia National Forest. Tulare has a charming historic downtown district with lovely tree lined streets, murals, boutique shops, and restaurants...

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Grilling and Barbecue Season is on with this fourth 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. Plus, hear an update on the vineyard, and what the term "Tannins" means. Check out Peggy's recipe for Spicy Grilled Pineapple over Vanilla Bean Ice Cream here: https://blen...

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This episode of Big Blend Radio features Silvano Ancellotti and Lorenzo Testa of the Italian Celtic rock band Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards! The band is proud and excited to release its new album, "The Story So Far" worldwide on Angel Air Records, on August 7, 2022. "The Story So Far" is a compilation album of the band’s most popular songs, which are culled from their previous four critically acclaimed albums,...

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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Military Monday" Show features award-winning military historian and author Mike Guardia, who shares stories and life lessons from three military leaders featured in his books including General Hal Moore, General Paul F. Gorman, and Colonel Jay D. Vanderpool.

Mike is the author of over 20 military history books including “Hal Moore on Leadership: Winning When Outgunned and Outnumbered,&...

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This episode of Big Blend Radio features RZN8R, who discusses his debut album "Closing The Golden Gate." RZN8R (pronounced “resonator”) is the moniker of Oakland-raised, Brooklyn-based producer and singer Derek Buckwalter. RZN8R draws from a wide array of influences, fusing his passions for singing, beats, and new thought spirituality to craft lush, deep, and hypnotic grooves. "Closing the Golden Gate" is a collecti...

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Calling All Travel Writers! This episode of Big Blend Radio focuses on the upcoming Annual International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) Conference & Marketplace held Sept. 18-21, 2022 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Featured guests include Chris Cutler - Travel Writer and President of IFWTWA, and Wayne Atherholt, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg. Welcoming members and non-members, th...

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This episode of Big Blend Radio's 4th Thursday "Jefferson Highway" Show focuses on the jazz history and current jazz scene along 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 at...

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Did the U.S. Supreme Court’s Viking Decision Smite the California Private Attorney General Act (PAGA)? On this episode of Big Blend Radio, San Diego employment attorney Ward Heinrichs discusses how PAGA works and how the U.S. Supreme Court decided federal law can preempt it. Read his article here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/did-the-u-s-supreme-courts-viking-decision-smite-the-california-private-attorney-general-act-paga/

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From gardens and hiking trails to local dining, cider and wine tasting, and a unique bed and breakfast stay, this episode of Big Blend Radio's "Vacation Station" Travel & Leisure Show features travel writer Debbie Stone who tells us about the good times she had in Wenatchee, Washington. See her photos and story here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/get-ready-for-good-times-in-wenatchee/

Debbie Stone appears on B...

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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Music Monday" show features prolific songwriter Brian Woodbury who talks about his music and latest release "Rhapsody & Filigree," the fourth and final volume of his "Anthems & Antithets" series.

Brian Woodbury is a songwriter who straddles the avant/pop/theater/comedy divide. His eclecticism ranges from writing Disney cartoon themes and children’s TV songs, to ...

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