27 episodes

Welcome to the Rad Season Podcast where Oli Russell-Cowan and his guests discuss the raddest events and craziest festivals out there. Want to get a feel of what an event is really like? Hear from the people involved at the world's most epic action sports, adventure events and cultural festivals. It's a never-ending series of truly amazing events, there’s always something going on in the world where people come together to create something special. Here at Rad Season we firmly believe that “it’s always the season somewhere.”

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Welcome to the Rad Season Podcast where Oli Russell-Cowan and his guests discuss the raddest events and craziest festivals out there. Want to get a feel of what an event is really like? Hear from the people involved at the world's most epic action sports, adventure events and cultural festivals. It's a never-ending series of truly amazing events, there’s always something going on in the world where people come together to create something special. Here at Rad Season we firmly believe that “it’s always the season somewhere.”

    The Powell Movement Podcast | Mike Powell - Episode 27

    The Powell Movement Podcast | Mike Powell - Episode 27

    In the next episode of the Rad Season Podcast Oli Russell-Cowan chats to ski industry veteran, action sports podcast host and producer of the Powell Movement Podcast, Mike Powell.

    Powell grew up in Washington, DC and went to Radford University in Virginia studying speech communications. He moved to Vail, Colorado after college and got hooked on snowboarding.

    He spent 16 years in marketing, action sports management and working with the world’s best skiers in the world at K2 Skis. At K2 Powell started as International Team Manager then on to Global Marketing Manager and Partnerships. He got the opportunity to MC at skiing and snowboarding events around the world for Red Bull, K2 and Powder Magazine.

    Powell went on to produce and host the Sponsored Podcast for Powder Magazine finding the stories behind the skiers. In 2017 he started the Powell Movement Podcast featuring skiing, snowboarding and other action sports legends.

    Tune in for some of Powell’s best stories over the years including how he got his first job at K2, crazy antics and beer pong at action sports events and how he started and grew the Powell Movement Podcast.


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    • 33 min
    FUEL TV | Don Meek - Episode 26

    FUEL TV | Don Meek - Episode 26

    In the next episode Oli Russell-Cowan chats to media, marketing and entertainment executive Don Meek the Global Chief Content Officer and GM North America at FUEL TV.  

    California native Don started his career at Prime Ticket Network managing a number of sports events including the US Open of Surfing. He then went on to Sony Pictures where he launched international television networks and headed up sales and marketing for one of the pioneering online video platforms at iFilm.  

    Don then became the President of Primedia’s Action Sports Group looking after websites, events and magazines including SURFER, POWDER and SKATEBOARDER and was then head of digital at Tribune Company.  

    Don is currently steering the ship at FUEL TV in the US and is in charge of content going out to 95 countries around the world. He is also an avid surfer, chair of the content committee and board member at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center.  

    Tune in for some of his best stories over the years in the action sports industry and what projects FUEL TV has in store and how he sees the landscape of action sports media changing.


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    • 34 min
    Dew Tour | Courtney Gresik - Episode 25

    Dew Tour | Courtney Gresik - Episode 25

    In the next episode Oli Russell-Cowan chats to Vice President and General Manager of Dew Tour, Courtney Gresik.

    Coming from a financial background Gresik started her career in the action sports industry in 2005 working at TransWorld Media and the World Surf League. Gresik now oversees the business, partnerships, event operations, marketing and content strategy of Dew Tour's contest series of skateboarding and snow events.

    Prior to being the GM she was Director of Business and Partnerships on the Tour which saw her partner with nonprofits, schools and the action sports community. She has been pivotal in relocating Dew Tour Winter to Cooper Mountain and including women to the Tour Team Challenge and Streetstyle Winter 2020 competitions. She is also a member of WISE—Women In Sports and Events.

    Tune in for some of Gresik's best stories over the years at Dew Tour, what challenges they are facing and projects Dew Tour are working on and how she sees the future of action sports events.


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    • 26 min
    Extreme and Adventure Sports | Alistair Gosling - Episode 24

    Extreme and Adventure Sports | Alistair Gosling - Episode 24

    In the next episode Oli Russell-Cowan chats to investor, entrepreneur and founder of EXTREME Alistair Gosling.

    With a passion for extreme and adventure sports Alistair set out on a mission to build a TV distribution company and in 1998 at the age of 27 he had created The Extreme Sports TV Channel which was televised in more than 60 countries worldwide and by doing so The EXTREME brand franchise was born.

    Today, EXTREME spans across events, media, marketing and real estate. Alistair sits on the advisory board of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega project being developed in Saudi Arabia. Alistair is still an extreme sports fan and regular skier, diver, pilot and sailor.

    Tune in for some of Alistair's best stories over the years running EXTREME, how it all began and what he sees for the future of action sports and adventure sports media and industry.


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    • 35 min
    Action Sports Personality | Chris Coté - Episode 23

    Action Sports Personality | Chris Coté - Episode 23

    In the next episode Oli Russell-Cowan chats to action sports events host, musician, broadcaster, writer and podcast host Chris Coté, one of the most recognisable voices in the action sports community.

    Hailing from Southern California, Chis grew up skating and surfing and had a short stint at competing before moving behind the scenes in the surf industry. In the late 90’s he got his big break as the Editor in Chief at Transworld Surf Magazine which he held for 14 years. As well as the host of Fuel TV and playing in punk bands.

    Nowadays Chris can be seen and heard on the World Surf League’s Work Surf Weekly and WSL Surf Breaks. He also gets amongst it as an on air announcer. He is on the board of directors for Yew Media based out of San Diego and Editor of Encinitas Magazine in his hometown as well as the host of his own podcast ‘the Monday M.A.S.S’. He’s still involved in the skate scene as the commentator on the Vans Pro Park Series and is the one-man-media powerhouse of content and production company Cote Media Group.

    Tune in for some of Coté’s best stories including traveling around the world for surfing and skateboarding events and what future action sports projects he has in store.


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    • 41 min
    Event Travel | Andrew Lockhead - Episode 22

    Event Travel | Andrew Lockhead - Episode 22

    In the next episode Oli Russell-Cowan chats to Canadian travel and entertainment entrepreneur, CEO and co-founder of Stay22 Andrew Lockhead. In 2016 native Montrealers, Andrew and co-founder Hamed came up with the concept of Stay22, a location-based and interactive map that helps event-goers and travelers book accommodations and travel experiences near events or destinations.

    The challenge for event and festival goers is there are so many accommodation sites to choose from. The goal was to make travel easy so they created a map to search and compare the hotels and Airbnb’s near the event location.

    Andrew is passionate about revolutionizing the events industry. Tune in to find out how Stay22 got started and get the industry insight from Andrew on how he sees the future of event travel moving forward post-pandemic.


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    • 30 min

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