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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

Valentine's Day with The Bear Naked Chef

2/17/2018
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Tim and John welcome Adrian De Berardinis—The Bear Naked Chef—for the very first Focus Group cooking show. Adrian prepares a Prosecco and Pomegranate cocktail, followed by Pappardelle with Bacon and Peas. George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., inventor of the Ferris Wheel, has a Business Birthday, and Tim puzzles over how often certain clothes items should be cleaned. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW...

Duration:00:58:25

TFG Unbuttoned: The Obama Portraits, The Olympics, and The Cure For Baldness

2/13/2018
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Tim and John give their thoughts on the Obama portraits, and how it was odd that the sitting President and First Lady were absent... They also talk about gay Olympians vs Vice President Mike Pence and Pence's terrible track record of hiring White House staff. Lastly, the guys talk about the breakthrough cure for baldness which is fast-food french fries! iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube:...

Duration:00:21:01

Can your passion pay your bills?

2/10/2018
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Tim and John discuss the role of first impressions and how to steer them in the right direction, and wonder if passion puts food on the table. John Deere celebrates a Business Birthday, and a version of Monopoly for cheaters catches our eye. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook:...

Duration:01:09:53

The Focus Group: Unbuttoned. Spontaneous and immediate

2/6/2018
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Tim and John quarterback the Super Bowl advertising and reveal their hits and misses. The Alabama Senate votes to stop issuing marriage licenses in favor of just filing a record of your union with the state. Does it matter? Join The Focus Group: Unbuttoned every Tuesday, for a no holds barred dive into politics, pop culture, and whatever else comes to mind. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW...

Duration:00:20:19

Stuart Elliott talks Super Bowl advertising. Do brands get their money's worth?

2/3/2018
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Stuart Elliott has spent more than three decades covering advertising, marketing and media. He is best known as the advertising columnist of The New York Times, and joins Tim and John to talk about the Super Bowl ads. But first, cannabis caught our eye—from a major employer no longer screening for it, to how much it's taxed when you buy it. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google...

Duration:01:11:26

Christianna Silva of Newsweek looks at the billions states lose with anti LGBT laws

1/27/2018
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Tim and John are joined by Christianna Silva, a Staff Writer at Newsweek who focuses on civil rights, with a particular look at LGBT issues. She talks about the billions of dollars lost to states due to LGBT discrimination, and how states that foster diversity might be better fits for the new Amazon HQ. A photographers take on sexist ads from decades past, and some surprising facts about plastic straws caught our eye this week. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes:...

Duration:01:08:12

The Pittsburgh Potty and job search mistakes to avoid in 2018

1/19/2018
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Tim and John learn about the "Pittsburgh Potty," discover a delivery service called GoPuff, and celebrate the Business Birthday of the man who invented the cardboard egg carton. Shop Talk covers the mistakes not to make on the job search in 2018, and do you have a personal brand? We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim...

Duration:01:08:31

Tim & John bids Out In The Vineyard's Mark Vogler a bon voyage to Antarctica!

1/13/2018
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This week Tim and John look at new marketing programs from McDonald's and Ikea. Roy Disney is our Business Birthday and Shop Talk explores business buzzwords that make you sound stupid. Mark Vogler, from Out In The Vineyard, updates us on what's in store for this summer's events. GayTravel.com has Awarded Gay Wine Weekend the Best Event of the Summer and we agree. Mark introduces us to The Velvet Mafia and how LGBT networking finally got him selected for an eight week Antarctica program...

Duration:01:07:49

What 5 questions should you ask yourself to determine whether it's time for a new job?

1/5/2018
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Tim and John kick off 2018 with two important articles related to career and LGBT advancement. But first, maybe the Whitehouse is a dump, and Apple's retail mis-step in Chicago caught the eye of the Focus Group. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/focusgroupradio Twitter:...

Duration:01:10:29

Tim and John talk with best-selling author Kelly McDonald about the business trends of 2018

12/30/2017
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Best selling author of "How to Work With and Lead People Not Like You" Kelly McDonald joins The Focus Group to talk about the year that was, and the trends in business for 2018. As one of the country's top speakers, Kelly offers a unique perspective on the positive changes organizations are making in the workplace. We're all business. Except when we're not iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW...

Duration:00:38:12

Tim and John celebrate the Holiday Season

12/23/2017
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A gay, married, interracial Santa book that people love or hate, John’s Star Wars snowglobe, and LGBT Stories you may have missed are just a few of the topics covered on this edition of The Focus Group. Caught My Eye explores a cash stealing cat and a radio reporter who lost his voice. The Random Sample advises against careless hooking up through apps, and takes a look at gender neutral clothing. We're all business. Except when we're not iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio:...

Duration:01:09:55

Keith Price shares his top NYC Theater picks

12/15/2017
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Theater Ambassador and host of the podcast "Curtain Call" joins us to share his theater picks should you find yourself in NYC this holiday season. But first, Venezuela is selling knock-offs of familiar brands, a freelance writer tricks Trip Advisor and his shed is named best restaurant in London, and Shop Talk explores a sporty manager that wants everyone to share her love of sport—or they will get dinged on their performance review. We're all business. Except when we're not iTunes:...

Duration:01:10:28

Executive Coach Michael Mellen, and some advice for Lauer, Weinstein, and Spacey

12/8/2017
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Tim and John welcome Career Coach Michael Mellen to the show as we steam toward 2018. Happy Birthday to Irv Robbins of Baskin-Robbins fame. We are still the only show in the universe that celebrates Business Birthdays. Why are there 31 flavors and what was the 31st? Shop Talk explores a gay governed Palm Springs, don't hang mistletoe at the Holiday Party, and China has a bike disposal problem. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1...

Duration:01:10:14

LGBT entrepreneurs are profiled on this week's Business Spotlight, brought to you by Admark360

12/2/2017
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Join The Focus Group this week for The LGBT Business Spotlight brought to you by Admark360. Brian Roman profiles three varied businesses where each person left the comforts of corporate America and started their own venture. But first, Tim and John wish a Happy Business Birthday to Patrick Byrne from Overstock.com and Eugene Polley the inventor of the tv remote. John plays with a demonic Santa and Tim thinks eating Birthday Cake Oreos has a side benefit. We're all business. Except when...

Duration:01:12:53

How to thaw and cook the perfect turkey with Butterball, the Turkey Talk-Line, and The Focus Group.

11/25/2017
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Butterball Turkey Talk-Line Co-Director Nicole Johnson joins Tim and John to talk…turkey. Cooks can reach the Turkey Talk-Line via social media, by calling 1-800-BUTTERBALL, or texting their questions to 1-844-877-3456. Ad exec Donny Deutsch celebrates a Business Birthday, and John graduates from Animation Mentor. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW...

Duration:01:11:46

We recommend ending the 8-hour work day for creative professions.

11/17/2017
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Listen, laugh, and learn this week with Tim and John as they address company boycotts based on celebrity, procrastination, gender neutral public announcements, and the lady things of Jimmy Choo. Robbie Rogers retires and Walmart gets dinged on the HRC Corporate Equality Index for 2018. In Shop Talk, the 8-hour work day is explored and while necessary in some professions, it is outdated for creative types. As John said, "I never came up with a great ad campaign sitting behind a desk!" By...

Duration:01:17:48

Oreo Cookie New Flavors—World Wide Debut only on The Focus Group

11/11/2017
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Tim and John get their hands on two new, yet to be released, Oreo cookie flavors that will make their debut in 2018! Thank you to listener Chris and Mondelez for giving us the inside scoop. Former Speaker of the House, John Boehner letting down his guard caught John's eye, Tim recommends skipping a safari for the zoo, and Steve Jobs schools us on how to respond to insults. It's an embarrassment of riches for our Business Birthdays with 3 this week! You probably know one as a household...

Duration:01:15:15

Kim Scott, author of "Radical Candor," shares her thoughts on leadership`

11/4/2017
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We're all business. Except when we're not, was never more revealed than with this week's Focus Group. The Sea Witch Parade, a man with an unfortunate endowment, discounts at a restaurant based on female assets, and Tim Cook turns 57. Career Coach and author of "Radical Candor," Kim Scott, talks leadership and hiring diamond cutters in the old Soviet Union. Enjoy. We're all business. Except when we're not. Also we posted our 2017 Listener Survey. Fill out this quick survey for your chance...

Duration:01:17:03

4 Expressions to avoid at work and Mystery Oreos

10/28/2017
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It's a Random Sample show. Check-in to the VW Beetle Hotel—if you dare, the ugly sneaker trend, and androphiles are explored. What's the flavor of the Mystery Oreo? Tim and John seem to think there is an orange tinge while the rest of the crew thinks Fruity Pebbles! Enter to win 50K with Oreo if you get it right. The Focus Group 2017 Listener Survey has launched and we would appreciate your feedback. Shop Talk looks at 4 Expressions to avoid that make you look clueless at work. Also we...

Duration:01:11:00

Founder of the Teeth Tomorrow Network Dr. Michael Tischler

10/20/2017
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Tim and John speak with Dr. Michael Tischler, owner of Tischler Dental Laboratory as well as the founder of the Teeth Tomorrow Franchise Network. Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, celebrates a business birthday, Apple Pie Oreos get mixed results and the seven ways to end your day on a good note. We're all business. Except when we're not. iTunes: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Play: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a...

Duration:01:12:37

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