Podcast by Reelfoot Forward
Podcast by Reelfoot Forward
Ep. 59 Joey Sulipeck, Special Elvis Week Episode
The legacy of Elvis Presley is alive and well with guests traveling from around the world to West Tennessee to experience Graceland his home in Memphis. Joey Sulipeck, Elvis fan and Fox 13 chief meteorologist, has been part of Elvis-related programs and events for the past 20 years. In 2000, he was a co-host of the first live, online broadcast of the candlelight vigil, the “VigilCast” on America Online, and he has hosted the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest since its inception. In this episode, he and Scott Williams commemorate Elvis Week 2020 by taking listeners behind the blue suede curtain. They discuss their personal experiences and favorite memories with Elvis fans and the talented men and women working hard behind the scenes taking care of business for the king.
Ep. 58 Jennifer Horbelt Bonds, WPSD Local 6 News Anchor
As a dedicated journalist and co-anchor of WPSD Local 6, Jennifer Horbelt Bonds delivers the news to households across our region every night. In this episode, Jennifer shares her thoughts on being a reporter during a time of great crisis in our country, the impact of our constantly changing media landscape and some of the reasons local and regional news remains so crucial to the long-term health of our communities. Listeners will also enjoy learning more about her personal history and getting to know the real person behind the anchor desk.
Ep. 57 Scott Conger, Mayor of Jackson
Scott Conger, mayor of Jackson, Tenn., follows three principles when navigating his role as a leader in local government: transparency, efficiency and inclusion. He is the third member of his family to serve as the mayor of Jackson and is passionate about giving back to his community. In this episode, Scott shares how he has learned to pivot at a moment’s notice, communicate more effectively and embrace patience while leading his community through a worldwide pandemic. Listeners are sure to enjoy hearing how he approaches criticism on social media and his advice for other leaders during this challenging time.
Ep. 56, Paula Casey, The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage
Paula Casey, publisher of The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage, has a passion for sharing the story of how Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, making women's suffrage legal in the United States. In this episode, especially relevant as we prepare to commemorate the 100th anniversary on Aug. 18, 2020, Casey takes listeners behind-the-scenes to discover three pivotal players from West Tennessee who fought for women's suffrage and played a major role in "the greatest nonviolent revolution in the history of our country."
Ep. 55 Ted Kluck, Athlete with a Passion for Writing
As a high school football player, Ted Kluck, assistant professor of communications at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., never imagined he would one day become an award-winning author and publisher. An unfortunate injury in college led him to discover his passion and talent for writing. In addition to authoring nonfiction books, memoirs of great athletes and several theological works, he’s dedicated to inspiring and teaching the next generation of writers. In this episode, he shares of bit of that inspiration for listeners who also want to find success in the writing industry. Those aspiring to work in the movie industry will also enjoys hearing a few behind-the-scenes details about “Silverdome,” a film he wrote and that is currently in production.
Ep. 54 Brad Kellum, The Soap Entrepreneur
From paramedic to law school to launching a successful soap empire, Brad Kellum, founder of Buff City Soap, shares his journey of finding a need and filling it. This West Tennessee entrepreneur opened his first brick and mortar store in his hometown of Bartlett, created a one-of-a-kind retail experience and then franchised the business nationally to great success. This episode is full of life lessons for those with a dream and funny anecdotes relatable for anyone who has ever started something new and found both failure and success.
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REEL Good Idea!
Love getting to hear these success stories from West Tennessee’s favorites! Can’t wait for the next one!
The Best of West TN
This is a great way to learn about the rural culture of West Tennessee- not just the attractions that are unique to the area but the heart and soul of who the people are. Thank you Discovery Park of America, this is a great idea