Hey Amarillo is a weekly, one-on-one interview podcast hosted by Jason Boyett, and featuring the people and stories of Amarillo, Texas.
A conversation with Skylar Gallop, a former TV news reporter and anchor who now serves as the Texas Panhandle Regional Advocacy Director for Raise Your Hand Texas. A WT graduate, Gallop spent several years in the San Angelo and Tyler media markets before returning to this area. She shares with host Jason Boyett about her TV news career—and why she stepped away from it. She also details her stint as the Communications Director for the Williams Group in Amarillo and why she now advocates for public schools across the Panhandle. This episode is sponsored by PestTex Pest Control and KWTS “The One.”
A conversation with Leslie Massey, a Farmers Insurance Agent in Amarillo and co-owner of The Shop, an event venue. After an early career selling online advertising for the newspaper, Massey changed careers after the 2008 financial crisis. She explains to host Jason Boyett how she built up her insurance business, the challenges the industry is facing today, and why she also helps manage an event venue. They also discuss her home, which was originally built by the legendary gambler Amarillo Slim. This episode is sponsored by SKP Creative, KWTS “The One,” and La-Z-Boy Furniture.
A conversation with Donivan Blair, an Amarillo resident who lives here but travels all over the world as the bassist for the rock band The Toadies, which he joined in 2008. Over the past couple decades he has recorded 17 albums—several with the band Hagfish, which he founded—and performed in hundreds of venues. Doni also holds a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo, is learning Jiu Jitsu, and is the author of the memoir Even If It Kills Me, a book about martial arts, rock and roll, and mortality. This episode is sponsored by Discover Amarillo, KWTS “The One,” and Purpose + Passion Boutique.
A conversation with Rickie Johnson, a motivational speaker in Amarillo who specializes in financial literacy seminars. His family moved frequently when Johnson was a kid—he grew up in Pampa, Tulia, and various stints in Amarillo. He tells host Jason Boyett how his upbringing in a low-income household convinced him most families didn't struggle with a lack of income, but a lack of knowledge about how to handle money when it was available. Johnson's work in sales and exposure to colleagues making better financial decisions inspired him to help others learn good money habits. This episode is sponsored by Wieck Realty and US Cleaners.
A conversation with Lilia Escajeda, a retired banker and long-time community leader. Born in El Paso, Escajeda arrived in Amarillo in the 1970s. Upon being hired by Amarillo National Bank, she became the first female loan officer of any bank in Amarillo. She spent decades at ANB before retiring in 2010, after which she served elected terms as the first Mexican-American woman on the Amarillo College Board of Regents as well as the Amarillo City Council. Escajeda shares with host Jason Boyett about her upbringing, why she's so involved in the community, and how she believes Amarillo needs to continue to grow. This episode is sponsored by Shemen Dental and Book Puma Online.
A conversation with Randy Ray, Director of Broadcast Engineering at West Texas A&M University and a Canyon City Commissioner. A native of Pampa, Ray graduated from WT before spending the next 15 years in Nashville, where he ended up managing the huge Sunset Studios. He returned to WT in 2002 to help design the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex. Ray shares with host Jason Boyett about his stint in a prominent Christian rock band, the opportunity that brought him back to the Panhandle, and why he's excited about Canyon's future. This episode is sponsored by Purpose + Passion Boutique.
Great content and flow
I have just started listening to the Hey Amarillo podcast and have really enjoyed it so far. It is great to hear the stories of people I may know or have contact with in our area. Also, it is great to hear how they are impacting our community, and how we can in turn make a greater impact. I look forward to getting caught up and hearing what comes next! Thank you Jason for taking the time to create this content!
Learn the region through its people.
West Texas is flat, it’s windy and it’s dry. So, why would anyone want to live here? The people. Jason Boyett has capitalized on the best way to know Amarillo: know it’s people. This relaxed and conversational podcast is an easy listen that allows you to become more familiar with the area’s movers and shakers. Highly recommend for those of us in the Panhandle or for anyone who has strong ties to the Panhandle!
Fascinating podcast. Kudos for putting out such a different topic. 😊