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Clarke Tucker pleads his case on why you should vote for him this November

Clarke Tucker is a 7th generation Arkansan, business attorney, husband, and father of two. A lifelong member deeply rooted in our community, Clarke has dedicated his career to advancing Central Arkansas, serving as a State Representative since 2014 while working with non-profits and charities to make Little Rock Metro Area a better home for our families. Public service has been a life-long calling for Clarke, and now he is running for Congress in Arkansas’s 2nd District. Being raised in...


P. Allen Smith on the payoff of patience and perseverance in business | Ep 108

Kerry McCoy sits down with P. Allen Smith on Up In Your Business Paul Allen Smith Jr., the oldest of four children, was born on March 12, 1960, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He grew up in McMinnville, Tennessee, in the Cumberland Mountains, where his father’s family had farmed for several generations and also operated an ornamental plant business. Smith calls himself a fourth-generation nurseryman and horticulturist. Regular appearances on local radio led to a weekly gardening segment on Little...


Ryan Harris shares his passion of music through the Oxford American Concert Series

Ryan Harris, originally from St. Louis, Mo., graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing and Human Resources from Washington University. He took a job as a financial adviser at Equity Financial Services selling insurance. After two years, he realized music was his passion and went to work for New Music Circle and then Sheldon Arts Foundation, both in St. Louis. While there, he produced concerts with a number of local, national, and international artists and...


Josh Hill gives the facts about being on Jeopardy | Ep 106

Josh Hill is a networking engineer and recent MBA graduate. He resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he has been active in the Central Arkansas Furs Association since its inception in 2005. His alter ego "Bucktown Tiger" is well known among "furry convention" goers. He is a lyricist, keyboardist, and comedian who specializes in furry-themed hip-hop songs, voice overs, and freestyles, as lead shopwrecker of Paw Recognize Paw Studios. Earlier this year, Hill appeared on the game show...


Steve Landers recounts how he began a life in sales | Ep 105

Steve Landers was born in Benton on September 23, 1953 and began selling (newspapers) at 5 years old. He got his first car sales job in 1970, graduated from Benton High school in 1971 (after attending summer school) and married in 1972. He went in with his father and began his own car dealership later that year. By the early 90’s, Landers Auto Group included three separate dealerships. In 1995, Landers sold to United Auto Group for 40 million dollars. In 1998, the United Auto Group hired...


The legendary Bob Robbins speaks with Kerry on his extraordinary life | Ep 104

Legendary Arkansas DJ Bob Robbins discuss his long history on the airwaves. Robbins has been a fixture of Arkansas radio since 1967, when he began working for KAAY in Little Rock and in 1979 moved to KSSN 96 FM. Today he hosts the morning show on the WOLF 105.1 “Home of country legends” where he aptly fits. In 2013, he was named Broadcast Personality of the Year by the Country Music Association, the people behind the CMT Awards. Bob’s life is that of which books are written. He was born in...


Your life is a movie and you’re the star! Arnessa tells you how to act the part.

Arnessa Bennett has been a nationally and internationally life coach, motivational/inspirational speaker and talk show host. She is the executive director and founder of the Arnessa Bennett Personal and Professional Development Institute (ABPPDI), based in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Its mission is to offer specialized training, educational programs and health awareness that empowers and inspires individuals youth and adults to personally navigate through life and develop professionally,...


Janis Kearney talks about being a newspaper woman, the first Presidential Diarist and Wow Publishing

Dreamer and History Maker Janis Kearney talks with Kerry about being the first Presidential Diarist. Born in Gould, Arkansas, Janis Kearney was one of eighteen children of parents Ethel V. Kearney and James Kearney. After graduating from Gould High School in 1971, Kearney attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, earning a B.A. in journalism in 1976. She continued on with her education while working, earning thirty hours towards a M.P.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little...


Warwick Sabin fills us in on his past and his future hopes for Little Rock, Arkansas

Warwick Sabin has spent his professional life bringing energy and ideas to improve the lives of people. During his time in the state legislature, he worked with Democrats and Republicans to reform Arkansas’ ethics laws, promote cleaner energy, and encourage public/private partnerships to create economic growth. He was named one of the top ten legislators of 2013, and the Arkansas Times called him the "Freshman of the session." In 2014, he was one of only 24 national leaders awarded the Rodel...


Madonna Badger talks to Kerry about her story of strength, survival and starting #womennotobjects

Kerry McCoy will speak with New York advertising executive Madonna Badger, creator of the We Are #WomenNotObjects ad that debuted at Cannes Film Festival and has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube. Badger left the advertising industry for more than a year after a tragic house fire on Christmas morning that claimed the lives of her three young daughters and both her parents. After the tragedy, Badger spent a few months in psychiatric hospitals for manic depression and suicidal...


Kerry talks cannabis science and testing with Dr. Brandon Thornton of Steep Hill Arkansas

Dr. Brandon Thornton is Co-Owner & CEO of Steep Hill Arkansas a cannabis science company with a focus on analytical testing. He also provides pharmacist consultant solutions to cannabis businesses, including development of formulations, staff training on compounding methods, and creation of educational materials for patients. He formerly served as the Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for Custom Pharmacy Solutions in Birmingham, AL from 2009-2017. While originally hired as the Director...


Greg Hatcher has us covered with answers to common questions about insurance policies

In September of 1990, with a bank loan, an assistant and 500 square feet of office space, Greg Hatcher started The Hatcher Agency. He signed a 3 year lease on that 500 square feet of office space thinking it would be all he would ever need. At the end of the first year, he had already outgrown his office space and had grown to 7 employees, producing more insurance in his first year of business than any agent in the state of Arkansas. Three years later in 1993, The Hatcher Agency was named...


Judge Vic Fleming talks crossword puzzles and performs live

Judge Vic Fleming was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Greenville, Mississippi. He holds a B.A. in English from Davidson College and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. He has taught at Bowen as an adjunct faculty member since 2003. He was elected as a district judge for the City of Little Rock in 1996, and reelected in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 without opposition. The position is now officially known as State District Court Judge, Little...


Brandy McNair | Ep 0081 | 3-30-18

Listen to this podcast to learn: How Brandy Thomason McNair's lifelong love of beads transformed into Bella Vita Jewelry How Bella Vita Jewelry began as a truly grass roots business How she started her passion project Boss Lady Brandy McNair comes from a long line of entrepreneurs. Born and raised in Harrison Arkansas, she observed the art and struggle of owning a business on both sides of her family from her maternal and paternal grandparents. That same spirit was passed to her father and...


Rex Nelson | Ep. 0079 | 3-16-18

My guest today, Mr. Rex Nelson, is one of the most high-profile writers and speakers in the state of Arkansas….Chances are you’ve read some of his columns or essays in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. And I believe his day job is that of senior vice president and director of corporate communications for Simmons First National Corp. He's the author of three books -- the first full-length biography ever written about Hillary Rodham Clinton, another biography of Arkansas educator Ben Elrod, past...


Kerry McCoy | Ep 0078 | 3-9-2018

This week the tables are turned on Up in Your Business when Wilson Kanaday interviews host Kerry McCoy! Wilson Kanaday has been a good friend of Arkansas Flag & Banner for nearly a decade. He and Kerry became friends through Wilson's various roles working with the e-commerce team at FlagandBanner.com. Wilson is passionate about the American Dream and loves hearing and telling the stories of people who have lived it. So, naturally Wilson and Kerry formed a bond. She originally thought she...


Maxi Dominguez | Ep 0077 | 3-2-18

Maxi Dominguez appeared on our December 9, 2016 show and discussed developing and building a fledgling startup business in today's marketplace. Raiz Apparel was described as a self-started project mixed with hard work and entrepreneur mindset. Dominguez has utilized the internet and edgy photography aimed at a specific demographic as a selling and marketing platform for their clothing line with a website hosted by Square Space, along with Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube...


Mark Abernathy | Ep 0076 | 2-23-18

Mark Abernathy is an idea man, a founder, an owner and the chef of many restaurants; some you may recognize and some you may not: Abernathy’s, The Bijou, Juanita’s, Blue Mesa Grill, Red Door, Bene Vita and Loca Luna. During his 46 years’ experience in the restaurant industry, he has had the distinction of many ‘firsts.’ Mark introduced the first White Cheese dip in America at his restaurant, Blue Mesa Grill. He served Arkansas’ first fajita dish and had the state’s first Wood Fired Brick...


John and Mark of Mainstream Technologies | Ep 0075 | 2-16-18

John Burgess and Mark McClelland, co-founders and President and Vice President, respectively, of Mainstream Technologies went from promising careers as Financial Application Managers at Dillard to starting a new tech business in 1996. Although the internet was young and internet support businesses were few at that time, these two mavericks were brave enough to take that entrepreneurial leap of faith and visionary enough to know their futures would be bright. Mainstream Technologies began...


Bob Bidewell | Ep 0074 | 2-9-18

Bob Bidewell is the founder, Resident Music Director, and Executive Director of The Studio Theatre in Little Rock. He has worked on over one hundred productions with community theatres in Jonesboro, Paragould, Little Rock and North Little Rock. Prior to The Studio Theatre, Bidewell taught public school music for ten years and has served as a church musician for almost forty years. He holds both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Read more:...