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Radio personality and voiceover pro Donna Reed chats with friends in her cozy recording studio. Drinks are always on ice; music and media are the conversation starters.Theme song: Mark Sparrow, Song Bird Studios | Booth announcer: Joe Szymanski

Spotlight Conversations Donna Reed

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Radio personality and voiceover pro Donna Reed chats with friends in her cozy recording studio. Drinks are always on ice; music and media are the conversation starters.Theme song: Mark Sparrow, Song Bird Studios | Booth announcer: Joe Szymanski

    Parthenon Huxley talks touring with former band members of ELO, those write ups in Rolling Stone and the truth behind memoir titles.

    Parthenon Huxley talks touring with former band members of ELO, those write ups in Rolling Stone and the truth behind memoir titles.

    Singer-songwriter Parthenon Huxley is in the studio talking about music, songwriting, journalism and more, including his early work with North Carolina music legends Mitch Easter, Jamie Hoover and Don Dixon; working with 'The Blazers' and his own 'Ridiculous Band'; to leaving the Chapel Hill area to make the move to New York and LA, eventually signing with MCA and Columbia Records (plus gigs with Mick Jones of Foreigner and Robert Lamm of Chicago). Currently working on his memoir with a very catchy title (listen to the podcast!) we also  talk about teaming up and touring along with a cool symphonic rock band called 'The Orchestra starring ELO Former Members' with Electric Light Orchestra musicians Bev Bevan, Kelly Groucutt, Mik Kaminski and Lou Clark (as well as Eric Troyer). Join us!

    • 23 min
    Director Troy Carlton talks about his new film 'Birdies The Movie', his love of golf and two words he's famous for saying on the set.

    Director Troy Carlton talks about his new film 'Birdies The Movie', his love of golf and two words he's famous for saying on the set.

    In Hollywood today with Troy Carlton, who talks about his new film 'Birdies The Movie', shot entirely in North Carolina (and now available on Amazon Prime). The Raleigh native sits down in the studio and talks of how his independent movie about "a washed up golf phenom who gets hired as the pro at a decaying country club where catching a buzz is par for the course" really began with his YouTube channel 'Golf Jokes from Tight Lies';  working with comedian Ryan O'Flanagan and actor Nate Panning; his company Crane House Film and more. We also discuss a special screening in June for his movie at the famous Rialto Theatre in Raleigh! So bring along your popcorn, your cleated golf shoes - okay, maybe leave those at home - and listen to a unique back story from one talented director who made a movie destined to be a golf movie classic! 

    • 22 min
    Children's book author and Amazon Best Seller Alysson Bourque talks writing, creativity and why The Duchess of York loves her books

    Children's book author and Amazon Best Seller Alysson Bourque talks writing, creativity and why The Duchess of York loves her books

    In the studio with award winning Alysson Bourque, author of the Alycat Series of children's books. The series has gained loyal followers both in the United States (where her books were included in the Swag Bags at the Oscars AND the Grammy's!) and an equally strong following in the United Kingdom, with the support of Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, who chose Alysson's book series to be a part of the Duchess's 'Storytime with Fergie and Friends' on YouTube. This busy mom (inspired by her children to write) describes a writing journey from elementary school teacher to law school grad, to her work as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Louisiana, combined with hours of hard work and a true passion for writing. Her current book 'Alycat And The CattyWampus Wednesday" (available now on Amazon) delights young audiences with the story of a cat named AlyCat who solves problems '"with a big heart and a creative imagination"'.  We also discuss the story behind Alysson's book marketing company 'Forward Publicity'. It's a writing journey you don't want to miss. Join us!

    Check out the AlyCat Series website for more about how you can help literacy in your community!

    • 24 min
    Embrace the Boom with WRAL radio legend Bill Jordan

    Embrace the Boom with WRAL radio legend Bill Jordan

    Offering sage advice with real life stories on transitioning, former MIX 101.5 FM (Raleigh, North Carolina) morning guy (now author) Bill Jordan discusses his book "Embrace the Boom" which in his words '"empowers, encourages and inspires my fellow members of the Baby Boomer generation"' (and read the special introduction from Duke Men's Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski). We then talk about everything from radio (40 years as a morning show host) to his current voiceover career; the art of social media (and how it relates to radio); aging gracefully; living on less; minimalism, and his work with the Children's Miracle Network. Tune in to this veteran radio broadcaster who serves up an entertaining episode of just how to embrace where you are and own it. 

    • 32 min
    Mystery author Elizabeth Spann Craig talks writing, inspiration and publishing

    Mystery author Elizabeth Spann Craig talks writing, inspiration and publishing

    It's no easy feat becoming a bestselling author, but in today's episode, Elizabeth Spann Craig proves that with determination anything is possible. We discuss her new book - "A Notion to Murder", part of her Southern Quilting Mystery series (available now on Amazon) along with  other novels including "A Dash of Murder" (from the Myrtle Clover Mystery series) and "Frictional Characters" from the Village Library series. A lifelong fan of mystery books (yup, think Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys!) this South Carolina native has read just about every mystery novel she could get her hands on from a very early age, and soon realized becoming a writer was the career for her. Over 40 books later, the Penguin-Random House and Midnight Ink author (who has also published many of her books independently) discusses the truth about marketing a book, new writer challenges, dealing with rejection and learning how to 'stick with it' in a highly competitive industry. Bring along a cuppa and join us! 

    • 20 min
    Narrator Bob Souer talks audiobooks, voiceovers and more

    Narrator Bob Souer talks audiobooks, voiceovers and more

    For many in the voiceover world, Bob Souer is known as 'The Second Nicest Guy in Voiceover", and after spending time at his studio in Pittsburgh, I finally found the true story of how he got that brand started (with a shout out to fellow voice pro and marketing guru Doug Turkel) Listen in on how Bob's start in radio, combined with a childhood love of books and performance, has paved the way to a very successful business, beginning with his first audiobook project: narrating the Bible for Thomas Nelson, a. world leading publisher and provider of Christian content.  With an honest approach to the business of voiceovers and audiobook narration, Bob gives advice on everything from building relationships within the voice industry, why working alongside directors and editors on audiobooks is so important, to ways to keep your business growing and more. The Audie Award and Earphones Award winning performer also talks about his special upcoming project - narrating a new translation of the Bible (published by The Bible Hub). It's a full circle story from a seasoned voice pro you don't want to miss!

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

BillJordanVO ,

Donna’s a natural…..

I was honored to be invited to join Donna on “Spotlight Conversations”.
I never had the sense that I was being “interviewed”, rather we just had a conversation.
Donna truly “listens” and asks stellar followups to move things along.
Our 30 minutes flew by, but with a lot packed into them.
I had a blast.
Thanks, Donna!

Jeff Kinzbach ,

You'll Love Donna's Podcasts!

Donna is awesome. We could have talked to her all day. She's done some great interviews and I highly recommend you check them out. You're going to love them.

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Michael Elliott

Donna is such a natural conversationalist. She is truly engaged with her subjects, making them feel completely at ease throughout the interview. I was already a fan of the podcast and was honored to be a guest. Looking forward to the next one!

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