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Memorable class clowns in high school. Revolutionary LGBT marketing and advertising executives. Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter, unique voices and smart content. The marketing and advertising duo turned radio personalities are best known for creating Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT consumer. Their efforts forever changed the way corporate leaders viewed the LGBT market, and ultimately, gay Americans. The Focus Group is a weekly live-to-tape program dedicated to business, career, the consumer culture, and marketing from an LGBT point of view. Popular segments such as Shop Talk, What Caught My Eye, and long form guest interviews will are an important part of the program. The Focus Group with Tim Bennett and John Nash: We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

Memorable class clowns in high school. Revolutionary LGBT marketing and advertising executives. Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter, unique voices and smart content. The marketing and advertising duo turned radio personalities are best known for creating Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT consumer. Their efforts forever changed the way corporate leaders viewed the LGBT market, and ultimately, gay Americans. The Focus Group is a weekly live-to-tape program dedicated to business, career, the consumer culture, and marketing from an LGBT point of view. Popular segments such as Shop Talk, What Caught My Eye, and long form guest interviews will are an important part of the program. The Focus Group with Tim Bennett and John Nash: We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

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Memorable class clowns in high school. Revolutionary LGBT marketing and advertising executives. Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter, unique voices and smart content. The marketing and advertising duo turned radio personalities are best known for creating Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT consumer. Their efforts forever changed the way corporate leaders viewed the LGBT market, and ultimately, gay Americans. The Focus Group is a weekly live-to-tape program dedicated to business, career, the consumer culture, and marketing from an LGBT point of view. Popular segments such as Shop Talk, What Caught My Eye, and long form guest interviews will are an important part of the program. The Focus Group with Tim Bennett and John Nash: We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

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English


Episodes

TFG Unbuttoned: Money for nothing, but the chips are free

4/19/2021
A New Jersey high school principal and wrestling coach is listed as the head of a company whose stock is trading at levels that give it a valuation of more than $100 million—and all it owns is a single deli in NJ. Something is not adding up. Also, a Bethel, CT coffee shop has its Pride flag stolen, burned, and returned and the town is rallying around the shop owners. Finally, Michael Dubin of Dollar Shave Club fame offers some sage business advice. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify:...

Duration:00:22:41

Three Percent Challenge

4/16/2021
Shop Talk asks 12 questions regarding social security benefits and only 3% of people quizzed were able to get all 12 correct. But first, our Business Birthday wishes Volvo Cars a happy 94th today. Caught My Eye from John looks at a woman in Texas with unimaginably long nails. How does she eat, wash, walk, and just function? Tim shares some letters he found while cleaning. We’re all business. Except when we’re not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio:...

Duration:00:47:49

TFG Unbuttoned: The more things change, the more they stay the same

4/12/2021
Russian President Putin bans same-sex marriage and assures himself power until 2035. Poland’s “free of LGBT” towns have second thoughts as other member states of the EU pull financial support and cultural exchanges. Finally, a new scientific study looks at the aging process in three distinct steps rather than a continuous process, giving some future promise to treatments for cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s disease. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio:...

Duration:00:22:58

Companies Want You Back in the Office, Soon

4/9/2021
Shop Talk looks at corporations that believe we will be back in the office sooner than we think. Also, a new book of lessons learned from Mom and NASA. Hint: It's all about respect. But first, LEGO inventor Ole Kirk Kristiansen is our Business Birthday. A heartwarming story about a gay couple that adopts a baby found on a subway platform in NYC and a man pranks his fiancé with repeat wedding proposals throughout Disney World. We’re all business. Except when we’re not. Apple Podcasts:...

Duration:00:47:43

TFG Unbuttoned: VW shocks industry

4/5/2021
VW tried to play along with an early April Fool's Joke that revealed that the brand would now be known as Voltswagen. The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and Auto News did not find the joke funny. Fire Island and other resort areas are already pushing the season and opening early. If you have not rented for this summer, it may be too late to get the dates or property you desire. Finally, KFC is borrowing other brand slogans until “finger-lickin’ good” can be used again. KFC—Just Do It! Apple...

Duration:00:22:30

Apple reveals its most valuable product

4/2/2021
Shop Talk covers 11 common grammar mistakes we all should avoid, and we reveal what Apple says is their product of most value. But first, Designer and first woman to lead a Fortune 500 company, Liz Claiborne, is our Business Birthday. Pepsi and “Traditional family Peeps” create a too sweet marshmallow soda. A woman makes a fortune ghost writing for dogs on Fiverr and the ship that got stuck in the Suez drew a penis in the ocean before getting stuck. We’re all business. Except when we’re...

Duration:00:47:50

TFG Unbuttoned: Cox Blocks Porn

3/30/2021
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signs a divisive measure that would require cell phones and tablets sold in the state to block all pornography, deemed a public health crisis. Five other states must enact similar laws for the measure to take effect. Then, congratulations to Rachel Levine on becoming the first out transgender person to win Senate confirmation. Finally, a Georgia man receives his final paycheck for $915 in the form of 90,000 greasy pennies dumped in his driveway. Apple Podcasts:...

Duration:00:18:28

Resume tips and jargon to avoid

3/26/2021
Shop Talk comes from The Ladders this week and helps us avoid overused phrases and jargon that recruiters despise. But first, Joseph Roland Barbera, of Hanna-Barbera fame, is our Business Birthday. A Lutheran Church member bilks 150K out of his church because he was lonely and thought he was helping the amateur porn stars out. Rep. Boebert of Colorado continues to be unfit for office and social media reminds her that her husband, Jayson, was arrested for exposing himself to two women. We’re...

Duration:00:47:42

TFG Unbuttoned: Our bodies changed in 2020

3/23/2021
A Florida man dies while cycling over an open draw bridge despite the gates being down and obvious danger. A new study looks at various aspects of how the pandemic of 2020 has taken a toll on our bodies from our brain to our feet. Finally, a lack of shipping containers globally has created a shortage of cheese at Costco and many other international goods such as furniture, olive oil, seafood, and garden supplies at other retailers. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify:...

Duration:00:21:39

How to update your resume for 2021

3/19/2021
Shop Talk looks at six things you should remove from your resume ASAP. But first, German Industrialist Gottlieb Daimler is our Business Birthday. The rubber band was given a patent today in 1845 and the inventor of the cassette tape, Lou Ottens, died this week. Caught My Eye informs us that the Texas Rangers are going to stop using hypnosis in interrogation and singles are pleasuring themselves more than ever since the event. Deep Discount releases the much-recommended Promising Young Woman....

Duration:00:47:47

TFG Unbuttoned: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

3/16/2021
A Georgetown Law Professor is fired for saying her black students don’t do as well as others in class while on a Zoom call with another colleague. Stay tuned for an HBO Special about Paul Reubens of Pee-Wee Herman fame and can you believe he is 68 years old? Finally, Amazon is being sued for rescinding job offers for some applicants that test positive for cannabis without letting them know that they would be tested for it. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart...

Duration:00:21:59

Top five interview questions to ask

3/12/2021
Shop Talk looks at 5 questions some career experts wish job candidates had the guts to ask during interviews. But first, we have two Business Birthdays. Joe Gold, the Founder of Gold’s Gym, and Alfred Peet, the founder of Peet’s Coffee and the person credited with starting the specialty coffee revolution in the USA, both born on March 10th. Caught My Eye looks at new proposed legislation in California where large retailers will no longer be allowed separate boys and girls toys or childcare...

Duration:00:47:46

TFG Unbuttoned: Openly Gay or Out

3/9/2021
An Advocate writer believes “openly gay” is an offensive term and “out” would be a better description. Tim was suspect and John thought it linguistic gymnastics, but they both understood the nuance as the article further explained. What do you think? Then, a Texas school’s Chivalry lesson goes astray, and just when you think you knew everything about Camelot a new old Kennedy revelation re-emerges. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio:...

Duration:00:21:47

PowerPoint banned at Amazon

3/5/2021
Shop Talk looks at why Jeff Bezos despises PowerPoint and has banned it at meetings. But first, Garrett Morgan Sr., a prolific inventor, is our Business Birthday and beware of business service scams coming to the house. An ancient Chinese bowl from a yard sale and Jeep is asked to drop the Cherokee name Caught Our Eye this week. (P.S. don't buy cheap batteries.) We’re all business. Except when we’re not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio:...

Duration:00:47:44

TFG Unbuttoned: Potato, Potahto

3/2/2021
Hasbro does the right thing by dropping Mister from its Potato Head toy brand but stubs their toe in explaining why. But first, Mayor Pete—Secretary of Transportation in the Biden Administration—is sampling the bike share program in DC and some are critical. Then, hook-up app Grindr smartly uses PR to let us know that once the event is over it is full steam ahead. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher:...

Duration:00:20:50

The Most Unfriendly State in America

2/26/2021
Shop Talk reveals the most unfriendly state in America. Do you agree? Also, check these websites to see if your email address or password has been compromised—Avast’s “Hack Check” site and “Have I Been Pawned.” Jan Koum, Co-Founder of WhatsApp, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks at the expected revenge shopping at the reimagined mall and out-of-date emojis. Tim and John also share a lot of anecdotes and stories in between—as usual. We’re all business. Except when we’re...

Duration:00:47:49

TFG Unbuttoned: Biden and his Junkyard dogs

2/23/2021
Tim has a scare while talking with John before the show. A Michigan RV camp only allows men with certain equipment—to foster a like-minded atmosphere. Newsmax hosts label the Biden’s 2 dogs as dirty, disheveled, and unpresidential. Finally, a former Facebook employee confirms that some of their ad metrics were inflated due to duplicate and fake accounts. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher:...

Duration:00:23:04

Breathe In.

2/20/2021
Shop Talk looks at the recent alleged DUI scandal with Bruce Springsteen which had Jeep pulling their recent ad featuring The Boss. Then a story from Inc. Mag about a woman whose business was ruined by internet trolls. Guillermo González Camarena, color TV inventor, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks at the dark side of the Chippendales and a man falls asleep and swallows one of his AirPods. We’re all business. Except when we’re not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify:...

Duration:00:47:45

TFG Unbuttoned: Words Matter

2/16/2021
Words have gotten people in trouble this week. The Director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games had to resign for making disparaging remarks about women, and an employment ad for a museum in Indianapolis seeks a director who would maintain its core white art audience. When asked to clarify, the museum's chief executive said the use of “white” was intentional. Find out why and see if you agree. But first, there is a pet food shortage to add to paper towels, toilet paper, and bleach. Apple...

Duration:00:21:51

The Big Game 55 is a Wrap

2/13/2021
Shop Talk covers Super Bowl 55 and the favorite spots from Tim and John as well as a few that missed the mark. Also, the top 5 LGBTQ TV spots from years past according to Mike Wilkie. James Edward Maceo West, microphone technology inventor, is our Business Birthday. He is also the son of one of the “human computers” featured in the movie Hidden Figures about the African American women that worked at NASA and got America into Space. Caught my eye looks at a preacher that can eliminate mildew...

Duration:00:47:45