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Variety is the spice of life, and that's what Big Blend Radio shows are all about! Hosted by Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, Big Blend Radio educates, entertains and inspires! Topics include: Music, Books & The Arts; Travel & Recreation; Food & Drink; National Parks & Public Lands; History & Culture; Nature & Environment; Home & Garden; Family & Education; Business & Career; and much ...
 
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On this episode of Big Blend Radio, British instrumental solo artist, composer, producer, and son of Be-Bop Deluxe frontman ‘Bill Nelson’, talks about his debut album “As He Now Appears,” that pushes his music to the brink of sonic. More: https://elliot8.bandcamp.com/releasesBy Big Blend Variety Talk Radio
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio's Garden Gossip Show, Patricia Evans gives an overview Longwood Gardens. Located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Longwood Gardens is the most visited public garden in America, and spans 1,100 acres featuring 20 indoor gardens, 20 outdoor gardens, meadows, and woodlands showcasing more than 11,000 types of plants.…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio features Wisconsin singer-songwriter Peggy James, along with producer Jim Eannelli, who share some of the songs and stories behind her new album, "Paint Still Wet." Peggy James defies categories. There is a lot of country in her songwriting and her voice— but a lot of other elements as well. On her fifth album, Paint…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio was recorded on-site at the Watson-Curtze Mansion at the Hagen History Center on historic Millionaire's Row in Erie, Pennsylvania. Featured guest historians are Executive Director George Deutsch and Museum Educator Jim Sherry who share the history of the Mansion, and talk about the various exhibits in the History Cen…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio was recorded on-site and features Teresa Jacobson, innkeeper /owner of Azalea Inn and Villas in historic Savannah, Georgia. Hear about the Inn's history and amenities, as well as what there is to see and do in the area. More: https://azaleainn.com/By Big Blend Variety Talk Radio
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio was recorded on-site with Bert and Rebecca Powell, innkeepers and owners of Rosevine Inn Bed & Breakfast and Extended Stay Suites in Tyler, Texas. Hear about the Inn's history and amenities, and what there is to experience in Tyler including the Tyler Rose Garden, Tyler State Park, and Lake Tyler. More at: https://ww…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Dr. Gary Weitzman, a pet expert and author, advocate and veterinarian, and also President & CEO of the San Diego Humane Society, shares advice on training dogs and cats, as covered in his latest two books with National Geographic Kids:“Fetch! A How to Speak Dog Training Guide” and “Pounce! A How To Speak Cat Trai…
 
Tiffany’s Bed and Breakfast is a lovely log-cabin style bed and breakfast, beautifully situated in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains in Bismarck, Arkansas. Recorded on-site, this episode of Big Blend Radio features innkeepers Robert & Tiffany Bertram, who share what there is to see and do in the region, as well as the highlights of their B&B …
 
Innkeeper Lynn Pechuekonis discusses Rockhaven B&B and Harpers Ferry attractions and activities, and shares the history of educators William Allen Saunders and his wife Inez Marie Johnson, who lived in the two-and-a-half-story stone foursquare now called Rockhaven. Rockhaven B&B in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia is the perfect place for a tranquil ge…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Jennifer Farrar shares the various environmental education programs and four season outdoor recreational opportunities offered at Asbury Woods in Erie, Pennsylvania. This beautiful 205 acre park and public land encompasses wetlands, forests, fields, streams, and historic properties, as well as The Nature Center, …
 
During World War II, thousands of Americans sent their pets to Fort Robinson in western Nebraska where the U.S. Military established the Fort Robinson War Dogs Training Center, training over 17,000 “dogs for defense” and deploying them to battlefields and installations all over the world. On this episode of Big Blend Radio, author Trevor Jones disc…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio features Milton Howery of Memphis Tourism who shares all there is to see and do, year-round, in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is home to over 60 unique attractions, famous musical destinations, indoor and outdoor art galleries, museums and cultural districts, numerous parks, and over 100 barbecue restaurants! Visit htt…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio features an on-site conversation with Steve and Karen Wilson, owners and innkeepers of The Lion & The Rose, an historic Bed & Breakfast in the heart of the Montford Historic District in Asheville, North Carolina. This 1898 Queen Anne/Georgian style inn has been restored to its original splendor, evoking the classic a…
 
Through a first encounter between a Neanderthal woman and the Modern Human she called Traveler, to the emergence and destruction of the world's first cities, Rob Swigart discusses his book “Mixed Harvest: Stories From the Human Past” that tells the tale of the Sedentary Divide, the most significant event since modern humans emerged. More: http://ww…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio was recorded on-site with Steve & Lisa Freysz, innkeepers and owners of The Spencer House Bed & Breakfast, located in the heart of historic “Millionaires Row" in Erie, Pennsylvania. Hear about the Inn's history as well as what you can experience year-round in the greater Erie area including Presque Isle State Park, L…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio features author and poet Lisa Samia, chosen as a poet-in-residence at Gettysburg National Military Park. Created by the National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) through a unique partnership between the Poetry Foundation, National Park Service and Gettysburg Foundation, this Poets in Parks residency was designed and cura…
 
Author Annette Valentine discusses her historical fiction series that includes "Eastbound from Flagstaff" and its sequel, "Down to the Potter's House". More: https://annettehvalentine.com/ Featured music is “Please Remember Me”, written by southwest artist Ted DeGrazia. This segment was part of Day 5 of Big Blend Radio's "History, Heritage & Cultur…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio was recorded on-site at The Brewerie at Union Station in Erie, Pennsylvania, known for being Erie's Original Brew Pub & Restaurant that serves up fresh handcrafted ales paired with a unique menu of exceptional quality. Featured guest on this beer tasting conversation is owner Chris Sirianni, who along with talking ab…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio was recorded on-site at Courtyard Winery in the heart of Lake Erie Wine Country, right on Route 20 in the historic town of North East, PA. The winery specializes in small lot, hand-crafted award-winning wines. Featured guests on this wine tasting episode include Courtyard Winery winemakers/owners Randy & Laura Graham…
 
The 1985–1991 policies of perestroika and glasnost marked a new age of openness and transparency in the USSR, leading to an increased mutual curiosity between ordinary Americans and Russians. American educator Frank Thoms discusses his memoir “Behind the Red Veil: An American Inside Gorbachev’s Russia” that details what he learned about Russian cul…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Glynn Burrows, historian and owner of Norfolk Tours UK, shares some of the historic architectural styles in Norfolk and East Anglia, England. Read his article and see photos here: https://blendradioandtv.com/listing/historic-architecture-england/ This segment was part of Day 4 of Big Blend Radio's "History, Herit…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Sandy Blankenship, Executive Director of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce in California’s Sequoia Country, discusses the public art and murals in downtown Exeter. More: http://www.exeterchamber.com/ Featuring guest co-host artist Victoria Chick, this segment was part of Day 4 of Big Blend Radio's "Celebrate The Art…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio features UK-based singer-songwriters Robert Sword and Simon Thomas of Sandtimer folk-rock band, who discuss their new music and upcoming release of their full-length album. Placing a decisive emphasis on intricate guitar lines, close vocal harmonies and sparse, Appalachian-influenced arrangements, Rob and Simon forme…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio features Isolde Fair, a 16-year-old singer, composer, and musician who discusses her latest single “Rise”, a song of empowerment and resilience. “Rise” is a collaboration between Isolde and her multi-talented parents: her mother, the esteemed pianist and composer Starr Parodi, who co-wrote the song with Isolde; and J…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Dino Jag joins us with his new single "Can't Keep Still" released as a Facebook Video and featuring some of his dancing fans / supporters. Dino Jag is one of Australia’s favourite sons, entertaining not only there, but around the world. His 2016 EP “Breakthrough” receive…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, thriller and mystery author August Norman discusses his latest novel “Sins of the Mother: A Caitlin Bergman Novel” along with his writing, acting, and comedy careers. More: https://augustnorman.com/ This interview is part of Day 2 of Big Blend Radio's "Celebrate Music & The Arts Festival." Hear the whole show her…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, literary publicist Ellen Whitfield of Books Forward discusses the company’s 20-year success and recent expansions, as well as book marketing and promotion. She also talks about the Books Forward giveaway for one free full-service, customized author publicity and book marketing campaign valued at $20,000. Entry fo…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Chip Schutzman, President of Miles High Productions, discusses how bands and musicians can build online audiences through engaging content. Chip founded Miles High Productions in 2002 to assist music artists, managers, record labels and entertainment based projects in need of social marketing support. They are on…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, photographer Tanya Ortega, founder of the National Parks Arts Foundation, talks about the organization’s unique 1-month artist residency opportunities in national parks units that include Death Valley, Hawai’i Volcanoes, Haleakala, Gettysburg, Dry Tortugas, Chaco Canyon, and Fort Union. More: https://www.national…
 
Jen Rodriguez, Director of Tourism & Hospitality at the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau in Central California, talks about the region’s attractions and activities including Pinnacles National Park, Fremont Peak State Park, the De Anza Trail, Hollister’s downtown public art and architecture walking tour, local wineries and cu…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, hemophiliac film director Patrick James Lynch along with documentary subject Chris Bombardier discuss their film “Bombardier Blood” that chronicles Chris’ remarkable journey as a hemophiliac mountaineer who embarks on a historic mission to complete the Seven Summits, and inspire an international community to help…
 
Ceramic artist Andrea Boswell gives an overview of the Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour happening Nov. 14-15, 2020 in Fayette and Coweta Counties, Georgia. More: https://www.shastour.com/ Featuring guest co-host artist Victoria Chick, this segment was part of Day 4 of Big Blend Radio's "Celebrate The Arts" Festival. Hear the whole show here: https…
 
July 1967: At the Moscow Air Show, the Soviets unveiled six new state-of-the-art aircraft. From among this lineup of new fighters and interceptors stood the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25—purportedly capable of outrunning and outmaneuvering any aircraft in NATO’s inventory. On this episode of Big Blend Radio, military historian and award-winning author Mi…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, we chat with innkeepers Ken and Ruth Andrus who share the history of Leonard at Logan House Bed & Breakfast located in the historic neighborhood of Heritage Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hear about what there is to see and do in the region including art and architecture, restaurants, and the world-renown Freder…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, we catch up with Johnny Mastro, harp player and founder of Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys blues band of New Orleans, who are releasing their new album "Elmore James for President." More: https://johnnymastro.com/ This segment is part of the Day 1 broadcast of Big Blend Radio's "Toast to Music & The Arts" Festival. J…
 
Al Hemminger, owner of The Hotel Saugatuck, talks about the incredible amenities and history of the award-winning 18-room bed & breakfast. An Historical Landmark on Michigan's Art Coast, the B&B is located on the edge of Kalamazoo Lake and at the gateway of Saugatuck's Historic District. More at: https://www.thehotelsaugatuck.com/ The Hotel Saugatu…
 
Blues guitar great Joe Louis Walker talks about his brand new album “Blues Comin’ On” released through Cleopatra Records. https://www.joelouiswalker.com/ Featuring special guest co-host Johnny Mastro, this segment is part of the Day 1 broadcast of Big Blend Radio's "Toast to Music & The Arts" Festival. Hear the whole show: https://www.blogtalkradio…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, award-winning author Rebecca Whitehead Munn discusses her new book "All of Us Warriors: Cancer Stories of Survival and Loss" that shares twenty stories from the front lines, and offers valuable support to those facing cancer. More: https://rebeccawmunnauthor.com/By Big Blend Variety Talk Radio
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, innkeepers Brad and Cindy Eck chat about their historic and beautiful Wild Wisteria Bed & Breakfast, and what there is to see and do in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania including Longwood Gardens, and Brandywine Battlefield. More: https://www.wildwisteriabnb.com/ The Wild Wisteria B&B is a recommended lodging destinatio…
 
Los Angeles based singer, songwriter, recording rock artist, and producer, Zachary Kibbee discusses his new album "Life in Low Fidelity" an exploration of the nuisances and ecstasy implicit in relationships. More: https://www.zacharykibbee.com/ Featuring special guest co-host Johnny Mastro, this segment is part of the Day 1 broadcast of Big Blend R…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio is all about the annual Monster Day in Greeley, Colorado with Amy Dugan - Visit Greeley, and Ed & Marsha Edmunds - Distortions Unlimited. Celebrating all things Monster and featuring Greeley the Gremlin, Monster Day is a popular family-friendly anti-bullying event held every August in Greeley, Northeast CO. This year…
 
Day 5 of Big Blend Radio's "Toast to Music & The Arts" Festival focuses on the world of Music, Movies and Photography in Tucson, Arizona. Featured guests include singer-songwriter Michael Ely, photographer Mark Navarro, and Hollywood Historian Steve Schneickert.By Big Blend Variety Talk Radio
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, travel writer and nomad Norm Bour shares his travel adventures during the COVID-19 pandemic. A member of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), Norm became a Traveling Nomad after leaving the US permanently in February 2019 at the age of 64. His goal was to Travel the World Six Weeks a…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Linda Kissam, President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, discusses tourism and travel writing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers AssnTM (IFWTWA) is a not-for-profit global network of writers, authors, bloggers, content creators, editors, radio &…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio features Ed Miller, a 60 year veteran truck driver who discusses the world of truck driving and his memoir “A Trucker’s Tale: Wit, Wisdom, and True Stories from 60 Years on the Road.” Out now through Apollo Publishers, the book reveals ‘behind the highway’ secrets, stories, and gossip, and gives an inside look at the…
 
On this episode of Big Blend Radio, travel writer Debbie Stone shares her adventures In Northwest Nebraska, where she explored important landmarks for pioneers making their way out west during the mid-1800s, including Chimney Rock, Scotts Bluff, Legacy of the Plains Museum, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, and even Carhenge. Tens of thousands o…
 
This episode of Big Blend Radio was recorded on-site at Georges on York Bed & Breakfast in Taneytown, Maryland. Innkeepers Chris and Sharon Tillman discuss the Inn's history, guest amenities, and what there is to see and do in the area such as Gettysburg National Military Park, Carroll County Barn Quilt Tour, along with the regions unique architect…
 
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