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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.




LGBT headlines from around the globe and the Equifax hack

Tim and John look at LGBT headlines and stories from around the globe, and discuss steps to protect your credit after the Equifax hack. But first, Denny's craptastic mascot, Milton Hershey's birthday, and sign language translation fumble. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart Radio: Tunein: Stitcher: Google Play: YouTube: Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook:...

Duration: 01:15:28

How to be happy at work

Are you happy at work? Our guest on The Focus Group will help answer that question. Tim Bennett and John Nash welcome Dr. Annie McKee to discuss her latest book How To Be Happy At Work. But first driverless pizza delivery, Superman logic, and Trump shaped orange ecstasy pills. All out of this world but somehow related we suppose. Shop Talk explores the idea that your passion may not be a path to business success. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart...

Duration: 01:07:48

Tim and John make some Labor Day resolutions

Tim and John talk about the end of summer, and make some Labor Day resolutions. But first, they touch on wild animals getting lose at an auto show, Warren Buffet's odd ways, sole-less shoes, a Dunkin' Donuts rebrand, KLM's Pride marketing miscue, and driving while gay. Try to get all of this somewhere else! We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart Radio: Tunein: Stitcher: Google Play: YouTube:...

Duration: 00:48:00

Kimberly Acquaviva, author of "LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care"

Kim Acquaviva is our guest on The Focus Group. Her new book, "LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care" is the go-to handbook for hospice and palliative care professionals looking to enhance their care delivery or their programs with LGBTQ-inclusive care. But first, Tim and John share what caught their eye and the usual Focus Group banter. Finally, Tim and John share their philosophy on the use of "I." Join us here or on our YouTube channel. We're all business. Except when we're not....

Duration: 01:05:47

Should companies avoid the word diversity if they want to be inclusive?

Kelly McDonald's latest book "How to Work With and Lead People Not like You," launched Monday, and she joins The Focus Group to share her insights on working with others in a changing environment. Perhaps the White House could use a box of books? What Caught My Eye looks at two gay students who had their yearbook quotes pulled and Tim Gunn offers actionable advice on the best way to offer critique we all could use at home or work. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes:...

Duration: 01:09:46

Has "Queer" culture lost its edge, and when is the right time to quit a job?

The Focus Group this week explores two topics that are ripe for multiple points of view. What's happening to gay culture and are there benefits of quitting a job? But first, The Million Mom's boycott a Disney cartoon that features two mommies, a young couple buys up a private street in the Presidio—unbeknownst to the tony San Fran residents, and a town dedicated to cannabis is welcoming all in California. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart Radio:...

Duration: 01:09:12

LGBT News from around the globe & More!

Naughty landlords, a new LGBT animated short film, and lesbian polar bears are just the tip of the iceberg on this week’s Focus Group. Shop Talk explores ways to save some time and money on your job search. Join Tim Bennett and John T. Nash as they continue their tradition of “listen, laugh, and learn” every week on The Focus Group. Learn more and select your audio or video platform of choice at We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart...

Duration: 01:10:30

From DC Cupcakes to Trumps ban on Transgendered service members…sweet and sour.

Tim and John share LGBT News from around the USA—and sometimes the globe—on The Random Sample. They touch on the "B" in LGBT, escorts, refusal of service, hung cities, and new programming at LOGO. How's that for random? Remember to subscribe, like and rate us on your platform of choice. Learn more at We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart Radio: Tunein: Stitcher: Google Play:

Duration: 01:12:42

James Navarrete from The G Life

Tim and John welcome James Navarrete from The G Life—the premiere luxury lifestyle site for the well rounded gay man to The Focus Group. But first, AOL Discs and LEGO Burgers Caught Our Eye. We celebrate a favorite guest of the show, Timothy Mahoney, during our Business Birthday. Shop Talk asks the question: How gay do you want your gay bar to be? We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart Radio: Tunein: Stitcher:

Duration: 01:13:10

TV Producer Terence Noonan, and The One Interview Mistake That's Easy To Fix

Six time Emmy Award-winning Television Producer Terence Noonan joins The Focus Group. Having worked with some of the greatest names in TV, and continuing to discover new talent, Terence shares insights about hard work, persistence, and showing up. But first, our Business Birthday celebrates the greatest entrepreneur of the 18th century and Shop Talk explores the number one thing that can ruin your job interview. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart...

Duration: 01:13:49

What are Tim and John's favorite Costco finds?

It's The Focus Group 4th of July Special! Aside from the usual banter, Tim and John revisit the best of their interviews with Frank DeCaro, Jim Colucci, Derek Hartley and Romaine Patterson. Then Tim and John go to Costco and share their 5 favorite finds-currently. Let us know what you found…if you are a Costco shopper. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart Radio: Tunein: Stitcher: Google Play:

Duration: 01:23:04

Paul Hagen wraps up Gay Pride Month

Paul Hagen, Editor-in-Chief of Metrosource Magazine, joins The Focus Group to put the cherry on the sundae of our June Pride programming. Paul always has a good time with Tim and John. But first, Vera Wang has a birthday, John recaps his Pride march in NYC, a Swiss café gives you a latte and a hummer, and a woman gets fired from her job for being a woman. We're all business. Except when we're not. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart Radio:...

Duration: 01:12:53

LGBT Business Spotlight

Brian Roman, President of promotions and marketing company AdMark360, launches a new quarterly segment that spotlights LGBT owned businesses across North America. On our maiden voyage, we learn about beard and junk oils from John Dodge, founder of J&L Pogonotrophics in Chicago. Then, Michael Jones of Our Community USA, joins us to talk about producing LGBT business and service guides for over 40 US cities. But first, Tim and John talk NYC Pride and corporate exclusivity with listener Billy...

Duration: 01:06:31

Brook Altman, founder of

Brook Altman, CEO and Founder of Prowdr, talks about her latest venture and what it takes to build an LGBTQ welcoming lifestyle brand. Abercrombie and Fitch stubs their toe with a Pride tweet, birthday party cookies go wrong, and our business birthday, for the first time in 9 years, is…Donald J. Trump! Happy 71st. Shop Talk explores Philadelphia's controversial push to add black and brown stripes to the Rainbow Flag. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes:

Duration: 01:13:03

Happy Pride with Derek and Romaine

The Pride Leprechaun says "Happy Pride!" The Focus Group kicks off Pride with a visit from Derek and Romaine. We catch up on their internship program, Romaine's love of money, and Derek's relationship woes while on the infamous DNR Cruise Events. But first, Drag Queens host story time at the local Cherry Hill, NJ Library and Lancaster, CA is betting on Asians and Gays to save the town. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart Radio: Tunein:...

Duration: 01:10:36

Try Really Try! Johnny Quest meets Norman Vincent Peale

The Focus Group this week celebrates the start of summer and Pride season with Tim's recap of Rehoboth Beach and John's trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum to experience the Hanna Barbera Exhibit. Willlllmaaaa! Tim and John share their views on Kathy Griffin, and Donald Trumps former Pastor—Norman Vincent Peale. Peale's book, "The Power of Positive Thinking" was a road map for the Trump Campaign. Enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, enjoy a heartwarming story about Roger Moore,...

Duration: 01:08:28

Summer reading List and weekend road trips

05.24.17 | Tim and John get set for the kick-off of the summer season with books they would like to read and road trips they would like to take. But first, the founder of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and former CEO of VW have birthdays, John Water's is hosting a Summer Camp, Connecticut outlaws Conversation Therapy for LGBT youth, John explores Anthill Art, and Tim reminds us that June 11th is the National March for Equality and Unity in D.C. Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend. Honor those who...

Duration: 01:14:24

Jim Werner discusses and his recent trip to Cuba

05.17.17 | The Focus Group welcomes LGBT travel expert, Jim Werner, to talk about the 5th Anniversary of his travel site Fagabond and his recent trip to Cuba. Tim thinks horror and sci-fi movies are one in the same, John ponders building a Saturn V Lego rocket, and Pick that Flick features summer block busters. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: iHeart Radio: Tunein: Stitcher: Google Play: YouTube:...

Duration: 01:16:20

Author Erin McHugh shares stories from her new book, "Second Chances"

Author Erin McHugh joins The Focus Group, marking our one year anniversary on our new format! Her latest book, Second Chances, is an inspiring collection of do-overs that have made people's lives brighter. Erin reads a few passages that had special meaning to all of us and lets us in on her next book idea. Shop Talk explores business buzzwords that we all hate. Job Flare, a new app that John discovered, will tell you what job or career you should pursue. Tim and John will reveal what they...

Duration: 01:09:23

Delaying Payments To Small Businesses Is Hurting The Economy

This week on The Focus Group we address the trend where large companies are increasingly making small suppliers wait twice as long to get paid as in the recent past. It is having a devastating affect on small businesses when it comes to reinvestment, development, and human resources. But first, get out and help support your local LGBTQ non-profits. Dinning Out for Life and the Keystone Gay Rodeo are two such organizations that raise money for local LGBTQ organizations. Find a "friend"...

Duration: 01:05:13

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