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Christian Jones and Regan Bell spent over 10 years in the customer service and entertainment industries along the Gulf Coast. This experience has led them to believe that everyone has a compelling, personal, connection to the things they are a fan of and they are here to uncover the secret fandoms of the Gulf Coast's VIPs.

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    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

Christian Jones and Regan Bell spent over 10 years in the customer service and entertainment industries along the Gulf Coast. This experience has led them to believe that everyone has a compelling, personal, connection to the things they are a fan of and they are here to uncover the secret fandoms of the Gulf Coast's VIPs.

    How Florida Gators Football Inspired Studentloanplanner.com ‘s Travis Hornsby - Pensacola FL

    How Florida Gators Football Inspired Studentloanplanner.com ‘s Travis Hornsby - Pensacola FL

    Join Christian Jones and Regan Bell with their guest, Travis Hornsby, as they chat about his favorite football team: the Florida Gators. Travis is the founder and owner of Student Loan Planner, a student loan advice company. Today, he shares how the team gave him a sense of community and helped him in terms of decision-making. There’s a lot to take away from this episode, so make sure to tune in and enjoy the show!
     
    A Sense of Community
    Sports have always been part of college culture because it unites students. In addition, the university spirit and solidarity bind everyone together despite differences. So Travis felt a sense of community when he started watching the Florida Gators football games. Everyone cheers in unison for their team, and there is belongingness. Having experienced these football games became a defining moment for Travis. One of the reasons he chose to take the path to corporate America was because he was taking a Real Analysis class. Yet, Travis realized he had no time for watching football – a thing he liked – and he was stuck doing math proofs since he had to. That made Travis pivot away from it and end up becoming a student loan consultant. The community he found within the Florida Gators, even only as a mere spectator, randomly touched his life in many ways.
     
    Sports and College Applications
    When a college team wins the championship, it brings pride to the university, even bragging rights. Besides, college is also a formative moment of youth that defines what would be in the adulthood stage. Travis says that from his experience on campus, it was happiness and excitement for him to see all the successful people around him. He was there at the time that Tim Tebow was the star player for the Florida Gators. Travis articulates that when a college football team is doing well, there is a surge of university applications. In contrast, it is the opposite when a college football team is in the dumps; university applications are low. It is one of the reasons why Travis thinks college football, in general, is interesting. There is the fun social benefit of higher education given the atmosphere and entertainment to the students.
     
    About Travis Hornsby:
    Travis Hornsby is a speaker and the founder of Student Loan Planner, which he launched after helping his physician wife navigate ridiculously complex student loan repayment decisions. To date, Student Loan Planner has consulted on over $1 billion in student debt. Travis is a chartered financial analyst and brings his background as a former bond trader trading billions of dollars. Trying to solve the student loan crisis brought him out of his first retirement at 25. Travis brings that same intensity to analyzing the best repayment paths for graduate degree professionals with six figures of student debt. To date, he’s consulted on over $595 million in student debt personally, more than anyone else in the country.
     
    Outline of the Episode:
    [02:44] How Travis retired from the corporate industry at 25
    [07:29] Deceptive advertising of college and student loans
    [08:46] What drove Travis to become a fan of the Florida Gators football team
    [16:15] Impacts of the pandemic to sports
    [20:23] The atmosphere on campus during the Tebow mania
    [23:48] How Travis keeps up with the game scores while abroad
    [26:56] When people have a disconnect for college football
    [39:34] Dangers within the college football fandom
    [44:08] What future Travis sees for the Florida Gators
    [45:26] A brief outline of what Student Loan Planner is about
    Get Raw, Unedited Episodes, from FANtastic People, Access To Our Discord Channel and Submit Questions for Upcoming Guests: https://fantasticpeoplepod.supercast.tech/
    Resources:
    Website: https://www.studentloanplanner.com/
     
    Connect with The FANtastic People Podcast!
    Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/4254286477937983
    Regan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticRegan
    Christian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticJonesy
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    • 50 min
    How The American Classic Film Ghost Busters Inspired the Career of Comedian and Writer Wally Phelps - Mississippi

    How The American Classic Film Ghost Busters Inspired the Career of Comedian and Writer Wally Phelps - Mississippi

    Join Christian Jones and Regan Bell with their guest, Wally Phelps, as they chat about Ghostbusters, his influence when it comes to comedy. Wally is a stand-up comedian from Mississippi. Today, he dives into how the 1984 Ghostbusters film made an impact on his humor on stage. There’s a lot to take away from this episode, so make sure to tune in and enjoy the show!
     
    Who You Gonna Call?
    Ghostbusters first came out in cinemas in 1984. As a child, Wally was at first terrified of the film due to the fact that A Nightmare on Elm Street was also released around that time. The Ghostbusters film did not appeal to Wally at first as he did not find it funny. Additionally, the cartoon series was not even comedic at all but deadly serious. It was a horror show, after all, similar to Are You Afraid of the Dark. Wally only realized the humor in Ghostbusters as a teenager. He hated it at first because his brother liked it, but it eventually grew on him when he watched the VHS his brother bought. Now, Wally credits Ghostbusters as his influence on comedy. Its humor is all situational and contextual. The comedy is natural and makes sense; that is why it works.
     
    Old Versus New
    An all-female cast reboot of the Ghostbusters film was released in 2016, and it received backlash. Wally says there are two groups of people from that film. The first group is those who do not want anything new, and the second group is those who expected Ghostbusters to be all the same. As a result, they regarded the 2016 movie as garbage because it was nothing like the original. But looking at the brighter side, Wally says it still brought people into it, that it introduced Ghostbusters to them, just not in a good way. The new version did not necessarily remove the old version. The original still exists, and it is good because those people who knew of the reboot can still go back to the roots.
     
    About Wally Phelps:
    Wally Phelps is an award-winning comedy writer of the 2016 short film Monsters Anonymous. It tells about the classic monsters in a group therapy session coming to terms with the fact that they aren’t scary anymore. Wally is also a stand-up comedian.
     
    Outline of the Episode:
    [02:28] How peer pressure got Wally into comedy
    [06:33] The 1984 Ghostbusters film as Wally’s influence on comedy
    [11:18] What is the importance of blending comedy and horror in film
    [17:56] Wally’s Ghostbusters costume for his third grade Halloween
    [21:00] How to sell Ghostbusters to someone who has not watched it
    [26:21] Misunderstood things about the film and fandom
    [33:11] Issues and critiques about Ghostbusters
    [41:27] What the future holds for the Ghostbusters franchise
    [44:08] Wally talks about Monsters Anonymous
    Get Raw, Unedited Episodes, from FANtastic People, Access To Our Discord Channel and Submit Questions for Upcoming Guests: https://fantasticpeoplepod.supercast.tech/
    Resources:
    Monsters Anonymous: https://www.facebook.com/helpthemonsters/videos/549864188540269/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wallyisfunny/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealbigWALL
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/biggestWALL/
     
    Connect with The FANtastic People Podcast!
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    Regan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticRegan
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    Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/FANtasticPeoplepod
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    • 49 min
    How Anna Dearmon Kornick, Host of It‘s About Time, Uses a Song From Hamilton to Reset. - Baton Rouge Lousiana

    How Anna Dearmon Kornick, Host of It‘s About Time, Uses a Song From Hamilton to Reset. - Baton Rouge Lousiana

    Join Christian Jones and Regan Bell with their guest Anna Dearmon Kornick. Anna is a Time Management Coach and host of It’s About Time, a podcast sharing stories and strategies to inspire professionals seeking better work, lifeand balance. Anna tells of about a concept called the "Reset Ritual" and how a song from the hit Musical Hamilton helps her reset when things get crazy. There is a lot to unpack in this episode so stay tuned! Get Raw, Unedited Episodes, from FANtastic People, Access To Our Discord Channel and Submit Questions for Upcoming Guests: https://fantasticpeoplepod.supercast.tech/
    Resources:
    Follow Anna on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annadkornick/ Listen to her podcast: https://annadkornick.com/podcast/ 
     
    Connect with The FANtastic People Podcast!
    Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/4254286477937983
    Regan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticRegan
    Christian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticJonesy
    Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/FANtasticPeoplepod
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/fantastic_peoplepod
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticPeopl

    • 57 min
    How A Community Helped Twitch Streamer ThaiGuy Through Pandemic Hardship: Pensacola FL

    How A Community Helped Twitch Streamer ThaiGuy Through Pandemic Hardship: Pensacola FL

    Join Christian Jones and Regan Bell with their guest Thaddeus Jones. To his Twitch followers Thaddeus is known as ThaiGuy. Famous for his positive attitude and determination to connect with everyone around him. Thaddeus began his journey from casual viewer to full time streamer over three years ago. During that time Thaddeus has experienced career changes, loss, and the growing challenges of a global pandemic. During which he dedicated himself to building a community that brings people together and builds people up. There is a lot to unpack in this episode so stay tuned!Get Raw, Unedited Episodes, from FANtastic People, Access To Our Discord Channel and Submit Questions for Upcoming Guests: https://fantasticpeoplepod.supercast.tech/
    Resources:
    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/thaiguy86Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThaiGuy86
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thaiguy86/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJj0s860Xx7jVoK9ApN-7Bw?sub_confirmation=1Discord: https://discord.gg/FpJa4mgDxhTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thaiguy86?lang=en&is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1
     
    Connect with The FANtastic People Podcast!
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    Regan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticRegan
    Christian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticJonesy
    Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/FANtasticPeoplepod
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/fantastic_peoplepod
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticPeopl

    • 50 min
    How Taylor Swift and Doughnuts are Related: With Samantha Eckiss of Le Dough Food Truck - Pensacola FL

    How Taylor Swift and Doughnuts are Related: With Samantha Eckiss of Le Dough Food Truck - Pensacola FL

    Join Christian Jones and Regan Bell with their guest, Samantha Eckiss, as they chat about her love for the queen of pop music, Taylor Swift. Samantha is the founder, owner, and operator of the Le Dough Doughnut truck along the Gulf Coast. Today, she shares how listening to Taylor Swift got her through many bad breakups, her dream to one day make doughnuts with Taylor Swift, and how every doughnut that has ben made in her truck has heard a Taylor Swift song. There’s a lot to take away from this episode, so make sure to tune in and enjoy the show!Get Raw, Unedited Episodes, from FANtastic People, Access To Our Discord Channel and Submit Questions for Upcoming Guests: https://fantasticpeoplepod.supercast.tech/
    Resources:
    Le Dough on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LedoughPensacola/
    Le Dough on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helloledough/?hl=en 
    Le Dough Website: https://www.helloledough.com/
     
    Connect with The FANtastic People Podcast!
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    Regan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticRegan
    Christian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticJonesy
    Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/FANtasticPeoplepod
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/fantastic_peoplepod
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticPeopl#TaylorsVersion #taylorsversi #taylorswift #Taylorsversionred #Swifty #Lover #Reputation #taylorstrong #taylorgirlz #taylorsarmy #doughnuts #Donuts #teardropsonmyguitar #Gulfcoast #Pensacola #foodtruck #Milton

    • 55 min
    How Reading John Grisham‘s A Time To Kill Provided Escape for WEAR‘s Tanner Stewart During His Parents Divorce - Pensacola FL

    How Reading John Grisham‘s A Time To Kill Provided Escape for WEAR‘s Tanner Stewart During His Parents Divorce - Pensacola FL

    Join Christian Jones and Regan Bell with their guest, Tanner Stewart, as they chat about his love for John Grisham novels, specifically A Time To Kill. Tanner is a news anchor and reporter for WEAR Channel 3 News in Pensacola, Florida. Today, he shares why he gets himself lost in John Grisham novels when out of the newsroom. There’s a lot to take away from this episode, so make sure to tune in and enjoy the show!
     
    Hooked In
    Tanner discovered A Time To Kill when he was 16. Although he was not an avid reader, he became fond of the book. For Tanner, the John Grisham novel appealed to him because of the same Southern culture he grew up with. The book reflected much of Tanner’s identity that he could not put it down. It felt as if he was at home. He spent so much time reading the first chapter, and the scene laid out in full detail was his favorite. Having read it twice, Tanner remembers how he envisioned himself becoming a lawyer because of the influence brought by Grisham’s novel. The book also became his escape at the time he faced trouble within the family. His parents divorced, and he was separated from his brother, who went to college. A Time To Kill immersed Tanner into a world where he forgot his problems at the moment.
     
    About Tanner Stewart:
    Tanner Stewart is a reporter and weekend morning anchor at WEAR Channel 3 News. Before moving to Florida, Tanner worked at WXXV News 25 in Gulfport, Mississippi as the evening news anchor. One of his first memories of working in television news came in 2017, covering Hurricane Nate on the Mississippi Coast.
     
    Born in Memphis and raised in the Smoky Mountains, Tanner is proud to call Pensacola his home outside the Volunteer State. Tanner is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Political Science.
     
    When not in the newsroom, Tanner enjoys reading, training for his first marathon, and exploring new places along the Emerald Coast!
     
    Outline of the Episode:
    [03:01] From Tennessee to Mississippi, and finally to Pensacola, Florida
    [05:03] Attraction to media – news, movies, broadcasting, and cameras
    [06:09] A typical day of a news anchor, as told by Tanner
    [08:13] When Tanner came as a reporter a few weeks earlier before COVID
    [11:12] Tanner’s discovery of the book at 16
    [14:32] Started with A Time To Kill and progressed to other John Grisham novels
    [15:41] The problem with film adaptations based on books
    [21:27] Differences between a book and a movie in terms of visualization
    [23:42] How technology has affected people’s reading habits
    [28:00] Tanner’s issues with A Time To Kill’s movie adaptation
    [33:05] A bad experience of Tanner where the book played a role in it
    [34:47] Tanner’s critique about books to mini-series instead of film adaptations
    [39:39] Less interest in crime dramas due to existing ones that are formulaic
     
    Resources:
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGE3YQr9SlShtM9cLLORcTg
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TannerTV
    Get Raw, Unedited Episodes, from FANtastic People, Access To Our Discord Channel and Submit Questions for Upcoming Guests: https://fantasticpeoplepod.supercast.tech/
    Connect with Tanner!Twitter: https://twitter.com/TannerStewartTV
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TannerTVConnect with The FANtastic People Podcast!
     
    Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/4254286477937983
    Regan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticRegan
    Christian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticJonesy
    Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/FANtasticPeoplepod
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/fantastic_peoplepod
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FANtasticPeopl

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

bombfromheaven ,

FANTASTIC PEOPLE FOR REAL

Christian and Regan provide a great opportunity for fans to speak about what they love and how it reflects them. They are literally fantastic people.

whiteywhiterman ,

Love this podcast!

I love how many topics they cover and i have learned about so many different fandoms. Can’t stop listening!

Katie freeman ,

FANtastic podcast

The flow of the conversation is always so genuine. It’s like being a fly in the wall of just great discussion. Even when the topic is something I have either no knowledge of or even not a fan of, the engage between hosts and guests keep you involved and learning things each episode.
Love having this in my Monday morning admin routine to catch up and hold hands with nostalgia or catch my self writing things down to look into.
Regan and Christian do amazing jobs at evening out air time for each speaker. Nothing feels disconnected, it all blends so well. Definitely a quick fun listen any part of the day ❤️

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