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Authentic Conversations. Intriguing Guests. Time Well Spent. Gary Scott Thomas’ “Here’s What We Know” podcast will entertain you, enlighten you, and even possibly inspire you! Listen each week as Gary Scott Thomas engages guests in unscripted conversations where he’ll be just as surprised as you will be with how the talk turns out. So, join him each week and be privy to the captivating conversations that are sure to ensue. Conversations include interviews with Country Music artists, professionals, professional athletes, authors and more.


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Authentic Conversations. Intriguing Guests. Time Well Spent. Gary Scott Thomas’ “Here’s What We Know” podcast will entertain you, enlighten you, and even possibly inspire you! Listen each week as Gary Scott Thomas engages guests in unscripted conversations where he’ll be just as surprised as you will be with how the talk turns out. So, join him each week and be privy to the captivating conversations that are sure to ensue. Conversations include interviews with Country Music artists, professionals, professional athletes, authors and more.




“The Magic of Music and Memorable Moments” with Barry Dean

This week on the Here's What We Know Podcast, we're again shining a spotlight on a remarkable figure in the music industry, the exceptionally talented songwriter Barry Dean. Listen in to hear more of his incredible story as he shares his reflections on his past experiences and the power of collaboration and friendship in his musical journey. Barry believes success isn't merely about individual achievement but rather collective growth, camaraderie, innovation, and resilience against the odds. In this Episode: About Barry: Barry Dean is a highly accomplished songwriter in both country and pop music genres based in Nashville, Tennessee. Barry's remarkable talents have earned him a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Country Song for his work on Tim McGraw's "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”. Barry remains filled with awe every time he hears one of his songs playing on the radio. When you consider his journey, it's astonishing to think that he once thought he might end up working a 9-to-5 job in Kansas. His portfolio boasts an impressive array of chart-topping hits, including two No. 1 singles for Little Big Town ("Pontoon" and "Day Drinkin'"), "Think a Little Less," which dominated the charts for Michael Ray, "Heartache Medication," the most recent #1 hit for Jon Pardi, Ingrid Michaelson's Top 40 sensation "Girls Chase Boys," and an ever-expanding list of country and pop hits. These accomplishments underscore that Barry Dean is undeniably living out his true calling. Instagram: Website:


“A Journey of Unexpected Opportunities" with Michael McLeavy

This week, I had an insightful discussion with Michael McLeavy, a renowned singer from Glasgow, Scotland, who shared his musical odyssey, from forming his own rock band to touring extensively. In the journey of life, it's often our passions that guide us towards a fulfilling career path, and his story is one of determination and seizing opportunities, a testament to how impactful inspirations like Elvis Presley can shape our style and vision. Tune in to hear more about how Michael and his ventures brought him into contact with notable personalities within the entertainment industry, further expanding his network. A key takeaway? Be open to new experiences, as they may lead you down unexpected paths filled with potential growth opportunities. In this Episode: About Michael: Michael McLeavy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and his journey in the world of music began with the renowned Rock N Roll band "The Fireflies." He Came to the United States to further his career and to meet Elvis Presley in person. His fortune smiled upon him as had the incredible opportunity to spend the day with him on the set of one of his movies “Spinout” and backstage at the International (Hilton) in Las Vegas. Notably, Michael had the privilege of performing the American, Canadian, and British National Anthems at the Highland Games in Dana Point California August 24th and 25th 2013. Also, he had the distinct honor of delivering both the American and British National Anthems at the British American Business Council Orange County on December 2nd, 2016. Michael has lived in Dana Point with his wife Linda since 1989. He is an Entertainer and just released his latest CD "Try A Little Kindness" recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. You can find him here: Listen to his music on Spotify here:


“Working with Comedy Legends” with Scott Edwards

This week, our guest is a seasoned entrepreneur with an intriguing journey spanning across various industries—the man behind the laugh, Scott Edwards. We talked about how he started his journey at the age of 17 with a small construction company. And, later transitioned to entertainment as a DJ and opened the 12th full-time comedy club in America by age 24. Listen as we dive into the art form of stand-up comedy, which reveals fascinating insights about creativity, determination, and adaptability. From honing material to understanding audience responses, these aspects are not just crucial in comedy but translate well into many professional scenarios. His story serves as a reminder that resilience in the face of ups and downs is integral to entrepreneurial success. Tune in to hear more of his story about how success doesn't require wealth but hard work, focus, and passion for excellent customer service. In this Episode: About Scott: Scott Edwards has established more than a dozen companies during his remarkable career journey. His ventures have spanned diverse industries, ranging from a humble construction company to ownership of unique establishments like a Submarine & Beach Shack, and even a foray into the world of Disco production. With an enduring passion for comedy, Scott channeled his enthusiasm into producing a wide array of entertainment, including Live Comedy Shows, TV Series, and Concerts. It wasn't long before he ventured into the realm of comedy club ownership, ultimately founding his inaugural club, Laughs Unlimited. Through unwavering dedication and ingenuity, he successfully transformed Laughs Unlimited into a thriving chain of comedy clubs that stands as a testament to his entrepreneurial acumen. Scott's extensive career has afforded him the privilege of collaborating with some of the most iconic figures in the comedy world, including luminaries such as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Saget, and Dana Carvey. His wealth of experience and industry connections continue to shape his enduring legacy in the realm of entertainment. You can find him here: Scott’s Website: Scott’s Podcast:


"Finding Divine Guidance" with Kerri Walsh Jennings

This week, Gary chatted with the legendary Olympic beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings. We dive deep into her journey of rehabilitation post-injury, exploring themes like expectation management, maintaining an active lifestyle for personal well-being, and setting examples for children. Listen as she shares valuable insights on handling adversity in high-stakes situations, teamwork dynamics, and overcoming fear - all while juggling career aspirations and family responsibilities. Tune in to hear more about how she continues to inspire others through her story of resilience! In this episode: About Kerri: Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and a one-time Olympic bronze medalist. She is the beach volleyball leader in career victories as of 2016, having won 135 international and domestic tournaments.


"Breaking Patterns and Avoiding a Dead Bedroom" with Laura Corn, Sex Coach to the Stars

Are you ready for an open and honest conversation about relationships, communication, and the importance of taking initiative? Laura Corn, Sex Coach to the Stars, joins Gary to discuss how to spice up your sex life, navigate challenges, and have those difficult conversations with your partner. With plenty of humor and relatable anecdotes, this episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to improve their relationship and find happiness. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and join us for this candid and entertaining discussion. This episode is sponsored by: Winchester Western Wear is offering 20% off for the GST community! Be sure to tell them Gary sent you In this episode: Bio: LAURA CORN IS THE AUTHOR OF NINE BEST-SELLING TITLES WITH OVER FOUR MILLION BOOKS AND PRODUCTS SOLD. Her fans include Britney Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Heather Locklear who raved about her on Late Night with David Letterman. The girls from The View have given her books as gifts to their celebrity guests! She has spent more than twenty-five years researching the sexual practices and desires of American women and men. She brings to couples everywhere her inventive and arousing strategies for intimacy and hot sex. Her unique approach to writing about sex has made Laura Corn a self-publishing phenomenon. After her award-winning book, 101 Nights of Great Sex topped the New York Times, USA Today, and bestseller lists all at once, it went on to be the number-one-selling sex book in America for over two years. Why are so many people drawn to Laura Corn’s books? Her tone is warm, curious, and enthusiastic. Like her readers, she understands the challenge that comes with keeping sex lively. Laura’s books are for couples to do, not read. Her followers are drawn to the unique Secret Sealed Envelopes for each person to rip out and put into action – an approach that promises fantasy, play, and adventure. It will be a night to remember. Or a day. Or a whole weekend! When Laura is not writing her books or researching them in her “test bedroom,” she is publicizing her books and other products on national and local television, in print media – and relentlessly on radio as she has appeared on more than a thousand radio shows! Laura is ready to spread the word about her seduction techniques that guarantee great sex every week. A frequently consulted expert on hot sex and renewed intimacy, Laura has been widely quoted in national magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Playboy, and Redbook. Guest’s Contact Info:


"Breaking Free from Limiting Mindsets and Embracing Possibility" with Comedian Killer Beaz

In this engaging episode, host Gary Scott Thomas welcomes the legendary comedian Killer Beaz. They discuss their shared experiences growing up in the South and the challenges they faced in pursuing their dreams. The conversation takes a spiritual turn as they delve into their rediscovery of faith and the importance of changing one's mindset. Killer Beaz shares a powerful story of how he and his wife reached out to a couple in need and how their act of kindness had a profound impact on both the couple and those who witnessed it. They emphasize the importance of leading with faith and generosity, and how it can bring happiness and blessings to others. Overall, this episode is a heartfelt and inspiring conversation about faith, kindness, and the power of laughter. Here are three key takeaways from this episode: 1️⃣ Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life: One of the biggest revelations discussed in this episode is the ability to change our mindset. Our thoughts have the power to shape our reality, and by consciously choosing to think positively and let go of negative thoughts, we can transform our lives. As one of our guests shared, "Change your freaking mind. Change that mindset. It's painless and it works." 2️⃣ You Have the Power to Stop Negative Thoughts: We all experience dark thoughts from time to time, but the key is to recognize that we have the power to stop them in their tracks. By acknowledging our ability to choose happiness and not worry, we can shift our focus towards a more positive outlook. As our guest emphasized, "When you have those dark thoughts, you have the power to stop them in their tracks and go not today, not today." 3️⃣ Let Go of Limiting Beliefs: Our mindset can sometimes be like a lid on a jar, holding us back from realizing our full potential. We often limit ourselves with beliefs that are not true or no longer serve us. As one of our guests shared, "You've got to get rid of that mindset because all things are possible for us." By letting go of these limiting beliefs, we open ourselves up to endless possibilities and true freedom. This episode is sponsored by: Habana Cuba (Use "Gary20" to get 20% off your order. About Killer Beaz: Comedian Killer Beaz is currently filming his fifth season as a cast member of the Discovery Channel’s hit series, “Moonshiners”, and returning to his standup comedy tour. He is returning to his tour of his DVD and Download Video, "There's That!", and is looking forward to his tour of clean comedy, “Killer Beaz PRESENTS” featuring the standup of Beaz and outstanding comics handpicked from all over the country With many thousands of radio, television, and stage appearances, Beaz has been entertaining audiences for over three decades. He is an award-winning artist, and has been signed with both Sony and Warner Brothers Records, and received reviews such as: "Beaz is 'Killer!’" - Rolling Stone Magazine “Killer Beaz lives up to his name, “Killing” his audience, night after night, show after show!” - Entertainment Today/Las Vegas, NV “Killer Beaz has a universal appeal that makes him a crowd favorite!” – SHOWTIME/Reno, NV “Gut-busting takes on life! No matter if you live in L.A., New York City or the Deep South, you can relate.” -Country Weekly Killer Beaz has his own, unique brand of “Hard Hitting” – "Laugh out Loud" – “Laugh A Lot” – “HI-PROOF” – “High Energy” – “Everyman” style humor that appeals to any audience. When asked, Beaz says about his shows, “I love the art of stand-up comedy, the performance, seeing the room absolutely erupt in laughter and fun, it’s fun to me, and I enjoy having an effect on the room and making people belly laugh with tears rolling down their face. There is such delight in that! I love my job! I have a ball at my shows!” For more information on Killer Beaz g


Stranger Things' Dr. Sam Owens is a Comedian Named Paul Reiser

In this episode, my guest is comedian and actor Paul Reiser. We discuss his upcoming shows at Cobb's Comedy Club, his tour called the "Big Font Comedy Tour," and how he's glad to be doing stand-up again. We also talked about Paul's various roles in TV and books, including his recent appearance on Stranger Things as Dr. Sam Owens. In this episode: As a seasoned actor, writer, producer, and stand-up comedian, Paul Reiser continues to add to his list of accomplishments. In addition to co-creating and starring in the critically-acclaimed NBC series Mad About You (1992), which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award, and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, his successes also include his book, "Couplehood," which sold over two million copies and reached the number one spot on "The New York Times" best-seller list, and "Babyhood," his follow-up book, which features his trademark humorous take on the adventures of being a first-time father, which also made "The New York Times" best-seller list. He also wrote a follow-up bestseller, Familyhood. Born and raised in New York City, Reiser was drawn to Greenwich Village clubs, which featured, among others, George Carlin, Robert Klein, and David Steinberg. He subsequently attended college at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he majored in music (piano and composition) and participated in drama classes. During his university years, he was active in student theater productions at the Hinman Little Theater, an on-campus community theater organization located in Hinman College, his dorm community. Reiser later began performing as a comedian at the Improv and Comic Strip during university summer breaks. Remembered for notable performances in films such as Diner (1982), Aliens (1986), Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), The Marrying Man (1991), Bye Bye Love (1995) and One Night at McCool's (2001). More recently, he starred in two original movies for Showtime - Strange Relations (2001) opposite Julie Walters, Chazz Palminteri's Women vs. Men (2002), opposite Joe Mantegna and Christine Lahti. His first original screenplay also became his next film, The Thing About My Folks (2005), also starring Peter Falk, Olympia Dukakis, and Elizabeth Perkins. Reiser's development company, "Nuance Productions," has produced several projects for NBC television, including, My 11:30 (2004), starring Jeff Goldblum and Donna Murphy - which Reiser co-wrote with Steven Sater. Also in the works - for the Showtime cable network - is a mock documentary about "The Smothers Brothers" and their battles with television network censorship in the late 1960s. Since then, he has maintained a lower profile, working more as an executive producer and writer than as an actor. He also paired with Steven Soderbergh to star in the Amazon Original Series Red Oaks. Reiser tours the country performing in sold-out venues and was recently voted one of Comedy Central's "Top 100 Comedians of All Time."


Texas Country Artist William Beckmann

Texas Country Artist William Beckmann is this week's guest. If you're not familiar with his music, you're about to be. It's not going to be too long before he's well-known all over the country. He and I dive into the evolution of Texas Country Music and how different artists have shaped the genre over the years. We talk about the unique appeal of Texas Country Music, and highlight the abundance of talented songwriters and the diverse fanbase that spans the vast geography of the state. In this episode: About William: Hailing from the small border town of Del Rio, TX, William Beckmann was raised on classic country as well as the mariachi and Norteño sounds of northern Mexico. He delivers a fresh blend of vintage country, Americana and Latin music with a timeless baritone and an old soul maturity that belies his youth. His new album Faded Memories released in 2022, featuring the slow-burn single “Bourbon Whiskey” as well as a mesmerizing cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” and the haunting “In The Dark.” The album has garnered praise from critics including American Songwriter, Billboard, CMT and more, and his current track “Damn This Heart Of Mine” is Beckmann’s fourth consecutive single to hit the Top 20 at Texas Regional Radio Chart. Beckmann has amassed an incredible fanbase, independently garnering more 670,000 followers on TikTok and over 2 million streams of Faded Memories. He has spent the last year touring with artists including Parker McCollum, Koe Wetzel, Randy Rogers Band and Wade Bowen and sold out three shows at legendary Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX in 2022.


From Adversity to Advocacy: Neal Goldstein's Journey of Triumph and Family Bonds

On this week's inspiring episode our guest, Neal Goldstein, discusses overcoming adversity and finding strength in the most challenging situations. Neal opens up about his childhood, marked by his father's emotional and verbal abuse, and his early responsibilities as the primary caregiver for his mother diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Listen in as he reflects on how these experiences have shaped him, not just as an individual, but also as a parent striving to create the family he never had. In This Episode: About Neal: At sixteen, Neal Goldstein dropped out of high school. It was the last in a long line of defeats for an underprivileged boy, self-raised in a tumultuous home with an abusive father and a mother who was significantly disabled with Multiple Sclerosis. Neal did the only thing he could think to do: quit dreaming of a future, get a job, and look after his mom as well as he could. Once Neal could find the genuine relationships he was searching for, he allowed himself to take the courageous steps of getting his high school equivalency diploma and continued his successful journey. In the book, he shares his moving stories and asks the reader, through the lessons he learned, to look at their own lives through his action steps at the end of each chapter. Now, Neal Goldstein is a partner at the law firm of Goldstein and Bashner and lives with his wife, Gina, on Long Island. He loves to travel and spend time with his family.


From Small Town to Center Stage: Hunter Phelps on Live Performances and Songwriting

In the midst of the gators and the quiet simplicity, Hunter Phelps discovered his refuge in the unspoken language of music. But as his talent took him from the small town of Niceville to the grand stages alongside country music stars, he faced challenges he never anticipated. The unexpected twist in his journey taught him invaluable lessons about the power of perseverance and the true essence of songwriting. Join us as we delve into Hunter's story, unraveling the triumphs and tribulations of live performances and the art of creating music. Brace yourself, for the unexpected twist that lies just beyond the horizon, waiting to be unveiled. In this episode: About Hunter: Hunter Phelps was born and raised in Niceville, Florida, where he was introduced to songwriting at a young age by his father, who owned a small recording studio. When he wasn’t out hunting or fishing the bayous and bays of the Florida panhandle, he spent his days teaching himself to play the guitar and working at a local marina. After high school, Hunter attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he began writing songs. He joined a band, started playing tailgate parties and bars around town, and quickly developed a loyal following. Early in his career, he shared the stage with major label acts like Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Gary Allen, Keith Anderson and Michael Ray. Hunter moved to Nashville in 2012, before ever having visited the town and without really knowing how to break in to Music City’s circles. Armed with his guitar, he honed his craft in the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway and sharpened his songwriting skills in the writers’ rooms of Music Row. In 2014, shortly after his self-released debut EP came out, Hunter signed a joint publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music and hit songwriter Ashley Gorley’s Tape Room Music, where his recent cuts include Florida Georgia Line’s “Wish You Were On It,” recorded for their upcoming album, Dig Your Roots. Hunter is currently writing and recording for his debut full-length album release. Hunter's website: Instagram:


Rediscovering Yourself After Loss with Tom Blake

Imagine leaving everything behind and taking a chance on a new adventure with no guarantees. That's exactly what Tom Blake did when he packed his bags and headed to California with just an MBA and a desire for something new. Little did he know, a phone call from a friend would change his life forever. Without any experience, Tom took on the challenge of managing the first Victoria Station restaurant, leading him down a path of unexpected twists and turns, unforgettable experiences, and cherished friendships. Introducing Tom Blake, the daring adventurer who left his comfortable career in the airline industry for the unpredictable world of running restaurants. Through calculated risks and clever marketing strategies, he was instrumental in building the ever-popular Victoria Station brand. Along the way, Tom's tenacity and charm won him friendships and anecdotes from celebrities like Johnny Cash to John Denver. His exciting life of seemingly impossible encounters and achievements is a testament to the power of pursuing what ignites your passion. In this episode: About Tom: Tom Blake is one of the most knowledgeable people in America on the topic of finding love after 50. Since July 4, 1994, when his first Finding Love After 50 newspaper column was published, he has written more than 3,800 columns and newsletters. Mature singles in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and even 90s are Tom’s audience. For 16 years, Tom was a columnist for The Orange County Register in Southern California. In 2011, Tom began writing his On Life and Love After 50 column for Picket Fence Media, an Orange County, California, syndicate. His articles appear bi-weekly in the Dana Point Times, San Clemente Times, and The Capistrano Dispatch (San Juan Capistrano) newspapers. In February 2016, Tom’s “On Life and Love after 50” article was added to a syndicate of six (Chester, York, Dauphin, Lebanon, Cumberland, Lancaster) newspapers in Pennsylvania called “50 plus Life ( His articles run bi-monthly in those publications. He is the author of four printed books and several Ebooks. See his bookstore on this website. Tom was interviewed by Jack Ford and Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show as an expert on finding love after 50. He has written on every romance-after-50 topic imaginable, always with new information and a fresh perspective from the man’s point of view. To see Tom’s Today Show videos, click here. Tom’s first book is titled, “Middle Aged and Dating Again.” His friend, country music singing legend Johnny Cash, endorsed the book by stating: “In the 20 years I have known Tom Blake, he has become an authority on dating and relationships.” Tom’s second book is titled, “Finding Love After 50: How To Begin. Where To Go. What To Do.” John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” stated, “A unique relationship book that addresses an important and growing niche of singles—those aged 50 and above. Easy to read and informative. Tom Blake is an expert on dating after 50.” Tom also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, live in the NYC studio, interviewed by Diane Sawyer. The topic was finding love after 50, with a focus on Internet dating for singles 50, 60, 70, and beyond. Tom has be


Mastering Mindset: Kristen King on Overcoming Perfectionism and Anxiety

Kristen King's story is one of overcoming perfectionism and anxiety, but what you may not expect is the unexpected twist that led her on this journey. Faced with the sudden death of her younger brother, Kristen found herself spiraling into self-destructive behavior. It was during this dark period that she realized the importance of confronting her issues head-on. Through perseverance and self-reflection, Kristen managed to find balance in her life and overcome her perfectionist tendencies. But the journey wasn't easy, and she had to confront her dual nature of being both an overachiever and a fun-loving individual. How did Kristen manage to find that balance? Listen to this week's episode of Here's What We Know to find out. In this episode: About Kristen: Kristen King, MBA, MPS, is a sweary life and business coach for womxn and femme folx who want to give fewer fucks. Her clients are sick and tired of having to be so freaking perfect all the time, and Kristen helps them reclaim their fucks so they can use them for the shit they actually care about — instead of spending all their time trying to be “good girls” and living up to other people’s expectations. She's on a mission to help 10,000 womxn fall in love with themselves and their lives in the next 5 years. In addition to being a coach, Kristen is also a mental health and wellness facilitator who loves helping people find compassion and connection with themselves as they learn to hold space for their own emotions. Her specialties are perfectionism, people-pleasing, anxiety, overwhelm, and burning down the motherfucking patriarchy one reclaimed fuck at a time. She's mom to 11-year-old twins (plus two cats and two dogs), wife to a hilarious husband who brings her coffee in bed every morning because he thinks she walks on water, and an absolute karaoke QUEEN. Kristen is originally a Jersey girl and now makes her home in Leadville, CO, America's highest city. You can find Kristen at:


Country Music Star Russell Dickerson

The journey of Russell Dickerson is one that's full of unexpected twists and turns. From facing challenges in the industry to learning the intricacies of songwriting, Russell's determination and passion have helped him overcome every hurdle. But just when he thought he had it all figured out, an unexpected twist came his way, forcing him to rethink his approach. What was this twist? How did he navigate it? Join us as we dive deeper into Russell's life and uncover the secrets to his success. This episode is sponsored by: Winchester Western Wear is offering 20% off for the GST community! Be sure to tell them Gary sent you. The journey of Russell Dickerson is one that's full of unexpected twists and turns. From facing challenges in the industry to learning the intricacies of songwriting, Russell's determination and passion have helped him overcome every hurdle. But just when he thought he had it all figured out, an unexpected twist came his way, forcing him to rethink his approach. What was this twist? How did he navigate it? Join us as we dive deeper into Russell's life and uncover the secrets to his success. In this episode you'll be able to: About Russell: A Tennessee native from a musical family, there’s no question that Russell Dickerson has made a name for himself in recent years. After graduating from college, Dickerson felt called to take his music on the road, cutting his teeth while playing shows across the US, frequently for small audiences and an even smaller paycheck. That same drive has made Dickerson the first artist to release four consecutive career-starting singles that reached No. One on the Billboard Country Airplay chart since Luke Combs. He also joins Combs as the second solo artist and fourth act overall to have four or more singles reach No. One on the Country Airplay chart since its inception decades ago. Those back-to-back chart-topping singles include “Yours” (3X Platinum), “Blue Tacoma” (2X Platinum), “Every Little Thing” (Platinum), “Love You Like I Used To” (Platinum), and most recently, Dickerson’s current single “She Likes It” ft. Jake Scott has already been certified Gold with 170 million streams to date. This Fall, he will embark on a sold-out tour in the UK and headline a tour throughout the US starting in November.


Breaking Barriers: Lessons Learned from Trailblazing Alabama Football Player Ralph Stokes

Growing up in a segregated Alabama, Ralph Stokes never imagined he would play for the University of Alabama. But when his all-black high school closed down, he found himself in a predominantly white school, facing challenges of integration. Through perseverance, teamwork, and respect, Ralph became a trailblazing athlete, carving out a path for future generations. This episode explores the lessons learned from Ralph's journey and how his experiences prepared him for life beyond football. Join us as we delve into the unexpected twists and turns of Ralph's story and discover how he transformed adversity into opportunity. In this episode, you will be able to: This episode is sponsored by: Dignity Memorial Reed Animal Hospital About Ralph Stokes: Ralph Stokes is a former University of Alabama running back who made history as part of the first black recruiting class. His incredible personal journey serves as a testament to the power of determination, integrity, and the unwavering drive to succeed against all odds. From his early days playing football at Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery, Alabama, to joining the historically white Robert E. Lee High School, Ralph's story showcases the lessons learned on and off the field that continue to inspire countless others. As a respected executive in the golf industry, Ralph demonstrates that with resilience and dedication, anything is possible. Check out Ralph Stokes' book One of the First and consider sharing it with others.


Mastering Negotiation: Insights from Jotham Stein

In this episode of Here's What We Know, negotiation strategist Jotham Stein shares valuable insights on how preparation and empathy can lead to improved negotiation outcomes for CEOs and high-level executives in Silicon Valley. But what happens when negotiations take an unexpected turn? Tune in to find out. In this episode, you will be able to: This episode is sponsored by: Nugent Family Counseling Centers Habana Cuba Key Moments: 00:00:48 - The Name "Jotham" 00:04:08 - Jotham's Career 00:06:03 - Running for Office 00:09:23 - Silicon Valley 00:14:03 - Themes in Negotiation 00:17:18 - Steve Jobs as an Example 00:19:07 - Negotiating for Oneself 00:24:13 - Maximizing Personal Return 00:25:46 - Nervousness vs. Fea 00:27:38 - Negotiating Executive Contracts 00:29:13 - Protection for Football Coaches 00:34:16 - The Importance of Protecting Yourself 00:35:52 - Determining Your Value 00:39:48 - Navigating the Job Market 00:40:39 - Venture Capitalist Loyalty 00:42:00 - The Powerless Story 00:44:11 - Willful Ignorance 00:47:29 - Metaphorical Babies 00:50:08 - Football Fodder 00:53:32 - College Football and Player Transfers 00:54:10 - Ivy League Football 00:55:04 - Alabama Football and Racism 01:00:11 - Negotiating with Clients 01:03:56 - Vacation Negotiations Introducing Jotham Stein, an accomplished attorney specializing in representing entrepreneurs and top executives in the high-paced world of Silicon Valley. Living and working in the area for more than 25 years, he has had the privilege to witness the growth and impact of numerous startups and innovative businesses. Jotham has a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities that arise within high-stakes negotiations, which has led him to focus on the crucial elements of proper preparation and genuine empathy. As an expert negotiator, Jotham is very much in tune with the needs of CEOs and high-level executives seeking to elevate their negotiation strategies.


Grammy-Winning Producer Dennis Scott

Former child actor turned Grammy-winning producer Dennis Scott, recounts his journey from auditioning for commercials with dyed black hair to producing hit albums for Sesame Street and learning to let the musicians do their thing. With a start on Broadway at just seven years old, Dennis quickly learned what it takes to make it in the business. After his time as a child actor, he joined the New Christie Minstrels, a popular folk group, and began writing songs. Dennis eventually became a powerhouse producer and songwriter in the music industry, working with some of the biggest names out there. With his vast experience and knowledge, Dennis is sure to offer invaluable advice for aspiring musicians. This episode is sponsored by: Beck's Shoes In this episode: Bio: Two-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer/writer DENNIS SCOTT has left no corner of the children's music industry unexplored. His songs have been performed by such diverse artists as Faith Hill, Ray Charles, Sugarland, Alison Krauss, The Muppets, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Trisha Yearwood, Elmo, Charlie Daniels Band, Shari Lewis, Crystal Gayle, Roberta Flack, Ricky Skaggs, and many others. Dennis is also the recipient of two Emmys, a Parent's Choice Award, and a Telly. You can hear his work on television, radio, audiobooks, home videos, and stage productions such as "Clifford the Big Red Dog," "Sesame Street Live," and "The Magic School Bus." Dennis began his entertainment career at the age of 7 as an actor on Broadway. As an adult, he toured with the New Christy Minstrels (playing upright bass and singing). His novelty tune "Captain Kirk's Disco Trek" led to his first serious foray into children's music and a Grammy for "Sesame Country." He has had nonstop assignments since then. Dennis has served a music director for several children's TV shows, including the PBS series "Noddy" and, most recently, "BJ's Teddy Bear Club" which airs on TBN and just earned him his second Emmy award. His album, "Songs From the Neighborhood - the Music of Mister Rogers" won last year's Grammy award as Best Musical Recording for Children. Recently Dennis fulfilled his own childhood dream by spearheading a Beatles tribute band called The WannaBeatles. The band has grown in popularity and was even nominated for a Grammy in the spoken word category for an audiobook collection of interviews with Beatles fans called, "Fab Fan Memories - The Beatles Bond." When your childhood heroes are people like Danny Kaye, Jack Benny and Jerry Lewis, you can't help but have a silly side to you. Creating and producing music, particularly children's music, allows me to be as silly and creative as I want to be. And playing in a Beatles band makes me feel like a rock star. "Now that's my kind of job description!"


Comedian Sandy Stec: Surviving the Lonely Fight for Mental Health

If you're feeling trapped in a cycle of self-doubt and frustration, pouring your heart into your creative passions but never quite achieving the mental wellness you crave, then you are not alone! This week's guest is comedy Sandy Stec. A funny girl... who happens to be on the radio. She's a comedian and morning iHeartRadio personality for KOST 103.5 in Los Angeles. For over 20 years, Sandy has been sharing her humor and heartfelt stories on the air, and she's now ready to delve into the topic of mental wellness, self-love, and self-care. Having experienced her own struggles with loneliness and depression, Sandy is a relatable and compassionate voice in the conversation about mental health. With her engaging personality and genuine desire to help others, Sandy is the perfect guest to explore the importance of taking care of ourselves mentally and emotionally as we wrap up Mental Health Awareness month. In this episode: This episode is sponsored by: Dignity Memorial About Sandy: Chances are, you've heard her voice. ​Sandy Stec is an iHeartRadio personality for KOST 103.5 in Los Angeles; on-air Monday-Friday, 3pm-7pm. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, she was 1/2 of "Marcus and Sandy"- a top-rated morning show on Star 101.3 in San Francisco for 10 years. Aside from her 20+ years radio experience, she's also fantastic event/on-camera host and stand-up comedian! She's worked with Benefit Cosmetics, HP, Cisco, Norwegian Cruise lines, etc; and opened for Chelsea Handler, Kevin Hart, Arsenio Hall, Richard Lewis and many, many more. When she's not on--air or on-stage, Sandy is probably hiking, watching Bravo or TLC, or hoping to hit a progressive jackpot on a slot machine!


Decoding Childhood Depression with Dr. Yuriy Dobry

Decoding our children's mental health can feel overwhelming? Have you been told to just snap them out of it or stop coddling them? It's time to break free from ineffective advice and gain the tools you need to truly understand childhood depression. Join us for this episode where you'll uncover the subtle signs of depression, learn how parenting styles impact emotional well-being, and discover practical solutions for making mental health care accessible for all. Our children don't have to suffer in silence. It's time to take action and equip ourselves with the knowledge to make a difference. Meet this week's guest Dr. Yuriy Dobry, a dedicated child adolescent adult psychiatrist, who has made it his mission to support families dealing with mental health challenges. With a board certification under his belt, he specializes in treatment-resistant depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, and other mood disorders. Growing up with a father who was a psychiatrist, Yuriy was inspired to follow in his footsteps and make a difference in people's lives. His approachable demeanor and expertise in childhood depression make him an invaluable ally for parents searching for answers. In this episode, you will be able to: Dr. Yuriy Dobry's story: Dr. Yuriy Dobry found himself intrigued by psychiatry from an early age, as his father was a psychiatrist who shared with him fascinating insights about the field. Yuriy's curiosity and passion stemmed from a genuine desire to understand the complexities of the human mind, especially when it came to the differences between depression and normal mood changes in children. He knew that understanding these differences could greatly impact the lives of not only the children but also their families. This episode is sponsored by: Winchester Western Wear (Be sure to tell them Gary sent you and get a discount!) You can reach Dr. Dobry at


Mastering Mental Health with Gold Medalist Jason Richardson

If you're feeling frustrated and unfulfilled because you've been tirelessly pursuing your dreams with purpose, but nothing seems to be working out and you're constantly facing setbacks and roadblocks, then you are not alone! This week's guest is Gold Medalist Jason Richardson. After a catastrophic injury, he defied the odds and returned to his passion of racing. But what led him to become a psychologist and expert in sports performance? Join us as Jason shares his journey of soul searching, overcoming obstacles, and discovering the keys to success. But just when it seems like he's found the answer, a shocking twist leaves him facing a difficult choice. Don't miss this gripping story of resilience and determination. In this episode: Meet Jason Richardson, a gold medalist in BMX racing at the Pan Am Games, who has transformed his life after a life-changing injury. With an MBA under his belt and a thriving career in sports psychology, Jason is passionate about helping others find their true desires and cultivate personal growth. As an author of "More, Better, Happier," he shares his insights on overcoming challenges and embracing life's opportunities. As a guest on the Gary Scott Thomas Show, Jason's energy and enthusiasm is infectious, making him a friend you'd want to have by your side in your journey of self-discovery. The resources mentioned in this episode are: This episode is sponsored by: Reed Animal Hospital Nugent Family Counseling Contact Dr. Jason Richardson:


The True Meaning of Depression: Separating Fact from Fiction with Dr. Geoff Nugent

On this episode of Here's What We Know, we're continuing with our Mental Health Awareness series. I'm joined by Dr. Geoff Nugent of Nugent Family Counseling Center. We discuss how therapists provide tools to help individuals heal. Additionally, the importance of instilling strong values within a family is emphasized. The podcast delves into the challenges and freedoms of being a teenager, and the importance of parents setting boundaries for their children's safety. Money and happiness are also explored, with the idea that volunteering can bring joy and balance. The podcast wraps up with a discussion on the value of education and how parents can guide their children into independence while still being parents first and foremost. This episode is sponsored by Habana Cuba. (Use this code to save on Oxtail!) Also in this episode: About Nugent Family Therapy: Nugent Family Counseling Center was founded in 2015 by Geoff Nugent, Ph.D., LMFT, LPCC, BCPC, CSPC, who had been in Private practice since 2009. The practice currently serves clients at three office locations in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, and Reno, Nevada. The team at Nugent Family Counseling Center supports a diverse community of children, adolescents, adults, and families who are affected by conditions such as addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, and grief. They strive to provide clients with the tools needed to understand and acknowledge the effects that their emotions and behaviors have on themselves and their personal relationships. Counseling sessions focus on reminding families what they love about each other and utilize a combination of individual, family, and couples therapies. The innovative therapy approaches offered include dialectical behavioral therapy, psychological testing, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, marriage counseling, and anger management. They are also proud to offer neurofeedback treatments that are used as positive reinforcements for the brain and to teach the brain to change itself. These include positive effects on behaviors, attention, mood, and cognition. Nugent Family Counseling Center understands that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to counseling. The team aims to get to know all clients on a personal level and work together to create informed care plans. They also recognize that clients evolve throughout the counseling process and ensure that sessions and techniques are consistently modified accordingly. To receive further information about the counseling services offered by the team at Nugent Family Counseling Center, call or book an appointment today.