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S3EP10, Marietta's East Cobb Hit Squad Football Team

In their first year, the East Cobb Hit Squad won 14 games. This spring league team of 8-10 year olds made a name for itself and plan on doing the same thing this spring. Kvalito owner Shahid Hussain hosts a fundraising event for the team and everybody shows up: the players, the coach, the team moms and the cheerleaders. Enjoy this fun...


S3B1, Tiny Bubbles Part 2, Brielle Gaines and Her Mom Felecia

Felecia Prezzano and her daughter Brielle Gaines continue to build their tea empire. Today, they opened their second store in downtown Woodstock building on what they learned from their Marietta Square location. By the time I arrived, they had served over 250 orders and were very busy. But they both had time to reflect on their journeys. We discuss their Instagram worthy restaurant design and the circle (bubble) motif designed by Cassandra Buckalew, the same Cassandra Buckalew from...


S3EP9, From a general store to the governor's mansion and back to Marietta, Roy Barnes

Roy Barnes learned politics from the front porch of his father’s general store in Mableton, Georgia. Storytelling is part of his DNA and Governor Barnes tells many in this informative interview from those humble beginnings to the governors mansion and back to Marietta. Wonder what it was like to remove the confederate battle flag from the Georgia state flag? How about his thoughts about today’s political leaders? What about his wife’s decorations and Governor’s blend pipe tobacco? Enjoy...


S3EP8, From starving orphan to national food writer and culinary judge, Malika Bowling

Malika Bowling came into this world with barely a fighting chance. She was put up for adoption at an orphanage in India and her survival rate was slim. Thank goodness she was adopted by two loving people who practically smuggled her out of the country to nurse her back to health in America. She grew up in East Cobb and graduated from Pope High School. Malika went on to become a food and travel writer, authoring several books, most recently Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best...


S3EP7,Strength through transparency and faith, NY Times best selling author, Mo Isom

Growing up in Marietta, Mo Isom was driven to be the best soccer player around. At age 9, she decided she would get a sports scholarship to college, after hearing a older family friend that he had a scholarship. Several years later she walked unto the field at LSU and she became an all American goal keeper. She even appeared on ESPN when she kicked a 90 yard goal. But all wasn’t as it seemed. Join me as we talk through her Dad’s suicide, her near death in a car wreck and her beginning...


S3EP6, Computer repair Wiz, Damien Daigle

When Damien Daigle was filled with wonder the first time he opened a computer. The fan, the boards, the wires, everything he saw amazed him. But he needed to learn about life the hard way. A failed 3 month trip to Louisiana, where he was a Walmart greeter, a return home and eventually he found himself working on computers and learning to solve seemingly insurmountable problems. Hear the rest of Damien’s amazing story, including his journey to owning and providing for his family through...


S3EP5, Helping Businesses Grow! Marietta Native, Brandon Stiles

Brandon Stiles is a long-time Marietta resident and entrepreneur. From his early days of playing out in the metro area’s bustling live music scene to his current work consulting Atlanta businesses on their digital marketing strategy and implementation- Brandon has seen his share of ups and downs in small business. In this episode, he shares his insights on how to grow and properly market your business. You’ll learn things like: ⁃How to stack your businesses value (instead of...


S3EP4, Local Entrepreneurs, Jen Starks and Christie Clarke

Jen Starks and Christie Clarke met at the Marietta Library. They knew they were homeschoolers because their kids were about the same age. They connected like were like magnets. But their relationship had some bumps. They once went to Asheville during a ice storm and had the longest hug ever when they made it and knew each other was safe. Now they host a Saturday morning connections Meetup at Cool Beans in Marietta and help other entrepreneurs connect with influencers and build...


S3EP3, Creating Marietta’s diverse theater culture, Raul Thomas of Marietta’s New Theater in the Square

Raul Thomas was not prepared to open a theater. He is a chef by trade and when the opportunity presented itself, Raul leaned heavily on his youngest son, Emil to carry him through. But Emil was not going to make it easy. Emil felt that good theater made you uncomfortable and started a conversation. After three years, the theater is thriving and Raul has learned quite a bit from his son. Thanks to this show’s sponsor, Johnny Walker Realty....


S3EP2, From Selling Mangos to Fixing Concrete, Luis Montera of Concrete Design and Repair

Starting selling mangos in Puerto Rico at the age of 12 to help his single mother supplement her factory income. He joined the Army and learned English in a few months. While in the military, he bought his first house. Now he started a concrete business that puts the customer first and aligns with his priorities. I hope you enjoy this inspirational episode! John Forest, Director of Operations 404-313-1369 Jay “Guards” Boudrie — Vice...


S3EP1, From Loss to Advocacy, Missy Owen of the Davis Freedom Foundation

Missy Owen (sorry I said Owens in the intro!) lost her son Davis to the disease of addiction. Davis didn’t fit the mold of an addict; he was class president in high school and loved by everyone. Everything changed when Davis decided to take something from the medicine cabinet when he was having trouble sleeping. That one moment changed everything for Davis and his family. After Davis overdosed, his mom Missy realized that a big gap in recovery was not having anywhere to go after...


S2EP37 Marietta's Conductor, Paul Scanling!

As soon as he could reach the keys, Paul started piano lessons. He went on to the flute, then on to several other instruments (and singing). He also had an ear for music, he could hear a song and play it on several instruments. Now he conducts several groups, teaches private lessons and sings on the choir on Sunday. Busy man! But he believes that classical music has a presentation problem… So now he is conducting the Marietta Symphony Orchestra at Raul Thomas’s Theater on the Square on...


S2B8, Bleeding Pom Poms! The 1967 Championship Team

It was a pouring down freezing rain day in December when the Marietta Blue Devils played in their second state championship game. They battled fierce weather and came together as a team despite integrating with the Lemon Street school that very year. Hear from the players and one cheerleader that were there and what it was like to win one for Marietta High School. Episode includes: Bill Kelly, Bob and Jim Cagel, Mike Welsh, Ken Delk , Freddie Summerour , David White, Vickie Young,...


S2 EP37: Marietta High School Homecoming! Football players, cheerleaders and the athletic director

Homecoming is a huge part of Marietta! The parade and the traditions that really makes Marietta unique. Hear from the current Marietta High School football players, cheerleaders, band members and the athletic director, Paul Hall!


S2B7, Virutal Reality and Chalktoberfest Preview at Markay Gallery!

What is Amber and the rest of the crew at Markay Gallery up to for October’s Art Walk? Well, she has a virtual reality simulation with Anthony Harris (, a new exhibit called Gem, artists Mary Jane Huegel and Don Kolberg and a podcast called Marietta Stories! And it just so happens, Sally Macaulay shows up to give an update on the Chalktober Fest celebration that’s going on this weekend on the Square. Five countries represented! I also speak with the...


S2EP35, Creating a community for bariatric patients to thrive, Anthony Bammer of Synovia Fitness

Anthony Bammer and his partner, Vincent Bracey know how to change bariatric people’s lives. For those who don’t know. bariatric is the part of medicine that uses dieting, exercise and behavioral therapy approaches to weight loss, as well as pharmacotherapy and surgery. Anthony’s and Vincent’s group trust them and enjoy working out and staying in touch over the week, even when they are not hanging out. Some of his clients share their experience and why they enjoy Anthony and Synovia...


S2B6, Northcutt Stadium history and Marietta in the 30's and 40's, Guy Northcutt

What is the story behind Marietta's Northcutt Stadium? Where did the rocks come from for the stone wall around the stadium? Guy Northcutt's Dad was instrumental in the building of stadium. He thought to use klinkers from the hosiery factory to build up the field for proper drainage. (You'll have to listen to find out what a blinker is...) Enjoy this Marietta High School Homecoming bonus episode!


S2EP34, Dirty Jobs, West Side Elementary School Style

I spoke with some kids at West Side Elementary School, Talented and Gifted (TAG) Academy, about their long term projects and the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program. Students at each grade level work on a year-long project that is based on an identified problem that the school/community is facing. Through the West Side TAG program, students are encouraged to use their talents and gifts (TAG) to solve those problems. The 5 graders and 2nd graders interviewed spoke...


S2EP33, Down to the studs: bringing 493 Church St back to life!

On May 30th, 2016 two sisters, Judy Willingham, 72, and Andra Pearce, 69 died in a house fire at 493 Church Street. Approved for demolition in December 2016, the house sat vacant until Sara and Jon Micheletto asked if they could fix it up. Their journey to restore the house includes kicking the critters out, historical documents, 7 dumpsters of material and an indoor pool designed by an architect that built churches.


S2B5, East Cobber Parade marching and mental illness talk, Linda Javadi and Debra Howard

I walked (marched?) in the East Cobber parade along with Linda Jivadi, Debra Howard and some other folks from NAMI Cobb! The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Cobb is all about helping families in crisis and connecting resources for your loved one. Linda and Debra talk about their situations and practical things you can do to support your loved one. Breaking the stigma associated with mental illness is the most important thing you can do. So let’s talk about it and see what...


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