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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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Episodes

TFG Unbuttoned: 20% of first-year students at Harvard & Yale don't identify heterosexual

9/18/2018
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Studies by the campus papers at Harvard and Yale indicate that freshmen more readily identify as LGBTQ than as conservative. 1 in 4 Americans really have deleted Facebook's app, and a study claims that attending a concert once every two weeks can add nine years to your life. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook:...

Duration:00:19:46

Germ Cannons, the Clark Bar returns, and LGBT news from around the country

9/15/2018
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Farrah Fawcett’s son viciously beats a gay man in L.A., a couple is denied a marriage license in New York State, and other LGBT news items are covered in The Random Sample. Bathroom hand dryers are essentially ‘germ cannons,’ and the return of the Clark Bar caught our eye. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow...

Duration:01:07:20

TFG Unbuttoned: Three stories that remind us it’s still all about communication

9/11/2018
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A California restaurant doubles down on their "no unruly children" policy, a same-sex couple feels they were not handled properly in the early boarding phase of a recent flight, and a Houston art gallery uses humor to solve a parking issue with a church across the street. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow...

Duration:00:22:15

Time for some Fall resolutions

9/8/2018
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Why wait until the New Year? Make and keep some resolutions this Fall. A shop was caught sticking googly eyes on fish to 'make them look fresh,' and Star Wars action figures and premium scotch apparently don't mix. Nike's new campaign causes an uproar, French schools ban phones and tablets during the day, and 'placebo buttons' are everywhere. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher:...

Duration:01:05:21

TFG Unbuttoned: Trolling the neighbors with a rainbow-colored house

9/4/2018
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A same-sex couple paints their house in the colors of the rainbow to troll their homophobic neighbors, you might not regret claiming your social security at 62, and college students are rightly outraged over a $999 online textbook. However, the university does have a method to its pricing madness. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on:...

Duration:00:20:42

The PA Ice Cream Trail—12 dairies in two days, and our favorite flavors

9/1/2018
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Tim and John hit the road in the VW Golf Alltrack wagon for two days on the PA Ice Cream Trail. The mission was simple: 12 dairies in two days, plus 12 stamps on our Pursue Your Scoops card for some swag—a t-shirt and an ice cream scoop. First, an unusual part of a whale is used for a custom beer, and Animal Crackers redesigns their box—the animals are out of their cages. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein:...

Duration:00:56:00

TFG Unbuttoned: What do you think of male cheerleaders in the NFL?

8/28/2018
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White Models advertise black empowerment t-shirts, an Iranian LGBTQ asylum seeker in Austria was denied for not knowing the meaning of the colors on the pride flag, and some football fans are not thrilled with the NFL’s male cheerleaders. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/focusgroupradio Twitter:...

Duration:00:20:19

Madonna at 60, and motivation might be misunderstood

8/25/2018
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Madonna turned 60, and we pick some favorite songs from her decades long career. Motivation might not be what we think and celebrating a Business Birthday is Ezra Butler Eddy—he created a business empire manufacturing matches but lost it a few times to fire. Lunch lady sisters made off with $500K, and John “discovers” Charles Busch in “Die Mommie Die,” a must-see for clever camp movie fans. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio:...

Duration:01:02:40

TFG Unbuttoned: Your name can influence your job prospects, and “Hot Wheels” turns 50

8/21/2018
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A company tells a woman via email that her ‘ghetto’ name Disqualified her from employment, and the company later claimed they were hacked. The traditional résumé and its importance might be on the way out, and “Hot Wheels” celebrates its 50th anniversary with an art book that explores the beloved toy brand's past, present and future. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube:...

Duration:00:21:54

New Oreo taste test and loos with a view!

8/18/2018
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Meghan Maury, Policy Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, discusses the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings, being counted on the next national census, religious exemptions laws at the state level, and possible impacts to the community. But first, Rocky Road Trip Oreos get sampled, a super cannabis market in Las Vegas, and France provides outdoor "loos with a view.” We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1...

Duration:01:05:48

TFG Unbuttoned: 5 brands that go beyond June & brace yourself Pumpkin Spice is coming

8/14/2018
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A look at five brands that support LGBT causes all year—you may be surprised. Would you want free McDonald's food for life like Buffet, Gates, and Romney? Then enter to win the McGold card. Pumpkin Spice is already starting to creep into stores and Hallmark is producing more Christmas movies than ever, and one fan has created a Hallmark Christmas Movie drinking game that is pure genius! Yes, it is still August! Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein:...

Duration:00:20:23

Sci-fi and fantasy readers make better lovers

8/11/2018
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It's a business story roundup, from bike sharing programs going bust to shoes made using recycled water bottles. The middle class faces ever tougher odds, and Charles Shultz integrated Peanuts with Franklin 47 years ago. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook:...

Duration:01:06:38

TFG Unbuttoned: Less young people are taking those character-building summer jobs

8/7/2018
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House Republicans Rep. Jeff Duncan introduced the Old Glory Only Act, banning any flag or emblem from flying at United States embassies other than the American flag—including the rainbow flag. Young people are less likely to hold summer jobs now, and more people support allowing businesses to refuse LGBTQ customers, while generally supporting marriage equality. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts:...

Duration:00:24:42

Do you forget someone's name right after hearing it?

8/4/2018
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Shoptalk examines why we forget someone's name immediately after meeting them, and the 50 things everyone needs to master before 50. A study that showed heat may make a man's assets appear larger and the dangers of keeping a parabolic mirror in the back of your car on a summer day caught our eye. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube:...

Duration:01:11:00

TFG Unbuttoned: When TGI Fridays first opened, it was the best singles bar

7/31/2018
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A senior living community rejected two women because they’re a married couple, a recent study shows that gay men over the age of 45 are more likely to be single, and when TGI Fridays opened back in 1965, it was such a huge singles scene that cops had to close the streets nearby. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook:...

Duration:00:21:19

From crime scene cleanup to hoarding, Spaulding Decon gets the job done

7/28/2018
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Brian Roman and the Admark360 LGBT Business Spotlight returns to showcase two unique businesses. Simma Lieberman works with startups and small-to-medium sized companies to help leaders create inclusive cultures that last. Laura Spaulding's Spaulding Decon provides cleaning, remediation and decontamination services to return properties to a healthy status for their occupants. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein:...

Duration:01:06:28

TFG Unbuttoned: Tests of the 4-day work week show surprising results

7/24/2018
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A New Zealand firms test of the 4-day work week found the change boosted productivity among its 240 employees, who said they spent more time with their families, exercising, cooking, and working in their gardens. A text from the boss gets very misread, and a prank in Japan involving compressed air goes wrong. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and...

Duration:00:21:08

Liquid Paper, Distrkt C, and your brain does not like the heat

7/21/2018
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Bruce Yelk, renowned party promoter and producer of one of the nation's fastest growing club events, Distrkt C, joins Tim and John. The inventor of Liquid Paper, and research showing how heat affects cognitive ability caught our eye. Shop Talk asks whether you can get through dinner without checking your phone. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts:...

Duration:01:10:58

TFG Unbuttoned: Caveat emptor when it comes to a used paperback selling for $2,630.00 on Amazon

7/17/2018
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Jimmy Carter says Jesus would probably have been pro-marriage equality, which made pastor Franklin Graham lashes out. Democrats in Congress have filed a bill to outlaw the "gay panic" defense, sometimes used to argue that assailants deserve lighter sentences or even acquittal because they were panicked into committing a violent crime after an LGBT person made an unwanted advance. And buyer beware when it comes to used paperbacks on Amazon. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio:...

Duration:00:21:14

Discover silent films with Ben Model

7/14/2018
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Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, and he works full-time presenting and accompanying silent films in a wide variety of venues around the USA and internationally. His indie DVD label Undercrank Productions has released several discs of rare/lost silent films, including films preserved by the Library of Congress. Tim takes note that McDonald's is starting to sell "Muffin Toppers" and phallic graffiti you can see from orbit caught John's eye. We're all business....

Duration:01:08:06