As he enthusiastically announces at the opening of each show with theme music blaring…
“My name is Dr. Thomas Lamar, ChiropracTOR and Dad of Seven!”
On January 1st, 2010, this chiropracTOR — along with his then 9 year-old audio engineer son, Logan — launched Spinal Column Radio, an Internet radio program about “all-things-chiropractic.” Modeled after his longstanding community newspaper column, Lamar’s target audience initially was the lay public.
Eight months later though, through a string of amazing events, a “shift” happened and Spinal Column Radio found itself in its present format: serving the chiropracTIC profession by delivering content that motivates, supports, and encourages chiropractors world-wide (along with their assistants, students, advocates, and students-to-be), to uphold and revere the principles in which chiropractic has thrived since 1895.
“Ironically, while my audience has seemingly shifted from the lay public, I’m finding that by delivering content that spurns the average chiropractor in the trenches to be the best chiropractor he or she can be, I have not left my post of educating the lay public about chiropractic… about, as I say, ‘to think about their health in a whole new way’ — instead,” Lamar shares, ”I have found a way to leverage my message through hundreds and hundreds of chiropractors all over the planet, which in turn influence their communities. In this sense, the message is being disseminated in a much grander way.”
The show has literally taken the father-son team — with their studio in tow — coast to coast for on location interviews with some of the greatest names and minds in the profession at events such as New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekends, The California Jam, and ChiroFest. With nearly 300 interviews “in the can,” Lamar is quickly living up to the description someone once gave him as being “The Larry King of Chiropractic.”
- as he spouts off in his introduction -
“…spinal education could be THIS much fun!”
Episode 171 — FINALE SHOW — Closing the Safety Pin “ter to TOR” — Graduation, Celebration, and Connection — featuring Esteb, Dubel, Kelly, Flannery, Jones, Waters, BJ, EPOC Underground, and Gold
While some may remember it as the episode that holds the World's Record for the LONGEST Chiropractic Podcast EVER Recorded (7 hours, 41 minutes, and 52 seconds), for others the Finale Episode of Spinal Column Radio memorializes a TRANSFORMATION — a transformation they have witnessed in themselves when it comes to chiropracTIC. Because of the content shared on SCR, they — like the host, Dr. Thomas Lamar — have experienced a "shift." For in their regular listening, they have witnessed in themselves a CHANGE — a change in how they now THINK, TEACH, and PREACH chiropractic. The "safety pin" between their ears has clicked into position and a "CONNECTION" has been made. They now GET the Big Idea. They now GET chiropracTIC and see themselves as chiropracTORs. They have undergone "The ter to TOR Evolution." Have YOU? Join Dr. Thomas Lamar (and Logan) for a final episode that not only recognizes this "shift" with Graduation and Celebration, but CONNECTS it all together with the SAFETY PIN. First Dr. Lamar and Listeners symbolically GRADUATE "ter to TOR" — marking this moment in history — as they join Life Chiropractic College West's Graduation Ceremony LIVE via a mic'ed-up Big TOR on Campus, Brett Jones, to vicariously walk across the platform with him. Not only will listeners "graduate" with Lamar, but he, through the POWER OF THE PODCAST, addresses the actual student graduates at Life West from his SCR Studio on their Big Screen. Afterwards, Life West President, Dr. Brian Kelly, joins the program to share some words with the newly "graduated" SCR-ter-to-TOR-Listeners. Then, if all that weren't enough, Life West Dean of Enrollment, Dr. Mary Flannery joins Lamar in-studio to talk about an exciting new program that allows "ter to TOR"graduate-listeners to CONNECT with Life West through their Safety Pin Project — grafting them in the family as "alumni" of their philosophical, vitalistic, subluxation-based institution. Plus participating SCR Listeners will receive a Spinal Column Radio Safety Pin Certificate, acting as a "diploma" that will remind and tell of this transformation graduation. Then the Finale Show kicks into party mode, as Dr. Lamar and Logan CELEBRATE four years of Spinal Column Radio. They break out STATS and share MEMORIES. Lamar goes Underground at the Tacoma EPOC to CONNECT with some of the Best SCR Backyard Listeners and Chiro Bros on the Planet (Aaron Toler, Seth Anderson, Nathan Wall, and Walt Scott) and then is back in studio to continue the celebration with some special people... people who share a special place in Lamar's 18-year "ter to TOR journey." On the guest list: Bill Esteb, Jim Dubel, Todd Waters, and Reggie Gold. Plus, for some Chiro-Comedy, Todd Water's "BJ" character has some final interactions with the SCR team, and Lamar shares some very fitting words from the real BJ written out of his previously unpublished work, The Great Undertow. And CONNECTING it all together in the spirit of the Safety Pin... is a history segment that was patiently waiting for Lamar to discover. On this episode Lamar pays tribute to Washington State ChiropracTIC Pioneer, Dr. HT Hughes and his Chiropractic Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal. His entire family of 9 drops in for a short stay, and then of course, Lamar wraps the whole thing with some CHARGING FINAL WORDS that are not to be missed.
Spine Bites 028 — Final Time — BJ Palmer Comedy Bits on Spinal Column Radio (part 3)
“Bite-sized nuggets of chiropractic goodness!” A final compilation of BJ Palmer on Spinal Column Radio – niche comedy at its finest – Download the audio version of this Spine Bite by right clicking (control-click for Mac) More BJ Palmer available on BJ TV at SpinalColumnRadio.com/BJTV
Episode 170 — ChiropracTIC History Saga Episode; Mission Possible ChiroFEST 2013; and Sottile and Gorman Interviewed Together
It's the Spinal Column Radio "Saga Episode." Join Dr. Lamar and Logan for their last "regular" show as they "clear the countertop" to make way for the upcoming Finale Show. On this episode they step you back into chiropracTIC's past with a boatload of exciting chiropractic history, and then step you forward into its future with ChiroFEST 2013's Mission Possible. Plus they sit down for with ChiropracTIC's Principled Funnyman and Funnywoman, Dean Sottile and Sharon Gorman, for an unforgettable duo-interview that will have you laughing and taking notes at the same time. History topics covered: DD Palmer's Portland Chiropractic College with Nathan Cashion reporting on location; "A Journey for the TIC Like None Other" — The Searby Saga (the story of Mack and Dorothy Searby's quest to study at the PSC); Gary Street and BJ's Chiropractic Scrapbook; DD's other son (BJ's older brother) Frank Palmer's grave site rediscovered; BJ's Parrot; Fred Barge's Rats in a Dump; DD's Mammoth Tusk; DD visits Seattle; BJ Palmer Mansion (featuring Todd Waters and Joe Ierano); BJ's fascination with elephants, and more. ChiroFest 2013 mini-interviews asking the question of all the event speakers, based on what they shared from the platform, "What is POSSIBLE with chiropracTIC?": James Chestnut, Jeanne Ohm, Fred Schofield, Joe Borio, Liam Schubel, Deed Harrison, Brad Glowaki, Troy Dukowitz, Garret Gunderson, Heidi Farrell, Wendy Dick, Billy DeMoss, Matthew Loop, Dan Yachter, Cathy Colby, and Paul Reed. Plus BTOC (Big TOR on Campus) Brett Jones with Jen Wilhelm, Two Spinal Column Reblogs featuring Drs. Fred Barge and David Jackson, Power of the Podcast, and listener feedback. (Chestnut, Ohm, Schofield, Borio, Schubel, Harrison, Glowaki, Dukowitz, Reed, Gunderson, Dick, DeMoss, Loop, Yachter, and Colby interviews recorded at the 2013 ChiroFest in Redmond, Washington. Interview with Drs. Dean Sottile and Sharon Gorman recorded at the 2012 California Jam in Costa Mesa, California).
Episode 169 — BJ Palmer Epigrams
BJ Palmer, the Developer of ChiropracTIC, is known for many things — one of which is the seemingly countless inspirational and THOT-provoking epigrams he scribed on the walls of the Palmer School of Chiropractic. In addition to impacting and encouraging all who read them, these quotes, in many ways described him... and worked to define him. Join Dr. Thomas Lamar for this very special episode of Spinal Column Radio in which he, along with Drs. Simon Senzon, Robert Borer, and Myron Brown — and of course, the ChiroPicker, Todd Waters — step back in time to discuss this fascinating characteristic associated with BJ of Davenport.
Episode 168 — Dr. Joseph Strauss, Dr. Eric Plasker, and Station WHO
Dr. Thomas Lamar is talking about Old Time Radio again! Join him as he steps back in time to tune in chiropractic-radio-past to talk about the "other" radio station BJ Palmer is known for: Station WHO. Plus he empties the Fall 2012 New Beginnings Interview Vault to share two great interviews. In the number one slot: Dr. Eric Plasker, author of the international best-selling 100 Year Lifestyle returns to share the keys to revolutionizing our patient education. Then, in the number two slot: Blue Books auTHOR, educaTOR, and long time chiropracTOR, Dr. Joe Strauss sits down to talk about drawing lines — demarcating between not only chiropractic and medicine, but chiropractic philosophy and Christianity. At the half way point, Dr. Lamar gives an overview of his "Mission Possible" ChiroFEST 2013 experience and shares an interviewette he did with the well-known GMO Health-Risk Expert, Jeffery Smith. Plus, take a virtual "tour of the mind" through BJ's first radio station: WOC; marvel at the POP; learn all about parachuting cats, and enjoy the radio stories of former President of the United States, Ronald "Dutch" Reagan — Palmer's most remembered station employee. (Interviews with Drs. Eric Plasker and Joseph Strauss recorded at the Fall 2012 New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekend in Long Branch, New Jersey).
Episode 167 — Dr. Dan Yachter, Dr. Miles Bodzin, and the Seattle College of Chiropractic — from the Tree House
Join Dr. Thomas Lamar and Audio Engineer Logan as they podcast from the tree tops in this special Spinal Column Radio Tree House Episode! First they enlist the cohost help of neighboring-town-chiropracTOR, and SCR Listener, Dr. Nathan Wall — who as a fresh grad out of of Palmer Davenport is making his mark and DEFINING BETTER in Silverdale, Washington with a pediatric practice that is in a word: EPIC. Get to know Nathan and how he started his practice with a guitar and a surfboard... in a Perfect Storm. Then from their perch, the trio push the TIC to the masses with Life Changing and entertaining content. Break out your yellow pads, because on this episode it all starts with the Principle with Elevation ChiropracTOR, Dr. Dan Yachter. And then Break Free From The Shackles Of Insurance with Cash Practice Systems ChiropracTOR, Dr. Miles Bodzin. Plus, a history lesson about a forgotten chiropractic college, a "shout out" to the base of the Matterhorn, we travel South of the Border to say Hola to Bill Esteb, and serve up a heavy dose of Spizzerinctum. If all that weren't enough, we've got a dash of BJ comedy, POP, fun animal calls, and a historical reminder for the pharmapractors. (Dr. Dan Yachter interview recorded at the 2012 ChiroFest in Vancouver, Washington. Interview with Dr. Miles Bodzin recorded at the Fall 2012 New Beginnings Chiropractic Weekend in Long Branch, New Jersey).
The podcast that got me into podcast. Love the host and the material!
This is the Juice!!!
I'll be starting in the DC Program at Palmer Davenport, IA in July 2014 and let me just say, if it wasn't for this podcast I wouldn't be where I am today. Thanks to Dr. Lamar and spinalcolumnradio I am on purpose, driven, and fulfilling my calling! This is the BEST podcast in the world!
The best Chiropractic podcast ever!
Very inspirational and informative. This podcast is a wealth of knowledge and is beneficial for everyone in the Chiropractic profession, especially for students.