436 Episodes

Al's real name is Allen Ray Sarven. He is a well-known figure in the Professional Wrestling industry, BOTH as a performer, trainer & now promoter!

Al Snow

Retired Professional Wrestler/Co-Owner-Ohio Valley Wrestling

Interviewed: 02-23-2024

When she became Louisville Metro Police Dept. chief, she became the 1st PERMANENT female African-American police chief in KY. history!

Chief Jackie Gwinn-Villaroel

Police Chief of Louisville Metro Police Deptartment

Interviewed: 02-23-2024

When a family friend asked her to write blog posts for his law firm, she realized she could make $$$ doing what she loves, & today, Alison is still writing blog posts, website landing pages & emails.

Alison Ver Halen

Content marketer, SEO strategist, Author & Professional Speaker

Interviewed: 01-17-2024

Hailing from the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, & now calls Taylors, South Carolina home! But what sets him apart isn't just his hometown – it's his incredible journey!

Steve (MOBY) Leitch

Adventure/Ultra Swimmer

Interviewed: 10-20-2023

Macrae is the 15th Head of School for Louisville Collegiate School & has spent over 35 yrs. working in independent school leadership!

Dr. Robert P. Macrae

15th Head of School-Louisville Collegiate School

Interviewed: 10-20-2023

an accomplished sports journalist, TV host, & media personality-recognized for her expertise in sports broadcasting. With her skills she developed a passion for sports early on & cultivated her love for football=mainly NFL!

Kay Adams

American Sportscaster/TV Personality

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Tricia is a Canadian actress/former model, starring on the TV Series of Battlestar Gallactica & Lucifer

Tricia Helfer

Canadian Actress/Model

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Tosca is a South African-Canadian filmmaker, producer, & director. She is the younger sister of entrepreneurs Elon & Kimbal Musk

Tosca Musk

South African-Canadian Filmmaker, Producer & Director

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

He has been at the helm of Leading for Diageo Investments within the Black community to achieve the goal of generating $2.4 billion in economic value!

Malcolm Ellis

Head of Diverse Investments-DIAGEO

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

An American singer-songwriter gaining widespread popularity & commercial success for her empowering pop anthem "Fight Song."

Rachel Platten

American Singer-Songwriter

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

an American model/beauty queen from Lexington, KY, a long-standing aspiration to participate in beauty pageants, having dreamt of being on the Miss USA stage from a young age.

Madalyne Kinnett

Miss Kentucky-USA

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

During the Miss USA competition, Romano promoted women in STEM fields & has worked with nonprofits Project Scientist & Smile Train during her reign as Miss USA.

Morgan Romano

Miss USA

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Brand Ambassador for the historic bourbon whiskey brand of Old Forester.

Melissa Rift

Old Forester Brand Ambassador

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

As Gallery Education Manager at the Speed Art Museum, oversees educational initiatives & programs related to the museum & is husband to Celebrity Chef Damaris Phillips

Darrick Wood

Gallery Education Mgr. at the Speed Art Museum

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Chef Damaris Phillips is a "Southern-Style" American Chef & TV Personality known for her Southern-style cooking & charming, warm personality!

Chef Damaris Phillips

“Southern-Style” American Chef & TV Personality

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Robert Pine is an American actor known for his extensive work in TV/Film. Notably he is father to famed movie actor Chris Pine

Robert Pine

American Actor/Sergeant Joseph -"CHiPs" TV Series

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Amber is an American Actress & TV Host starring in The Surfside Girls, N.C.I.S., & WandaVision

Amber Martinez

American Actress & TV Host

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

American TV News Anchor/Political Commentator-best known for his work with Fox News' Channel & their political coverage & authoring several books

Bret Baier

American TV News Anchor/Political Commentator

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

American actress, model, philanthropist/socialite. Best known with twin Priscilla as 1 of 1970's Doublemint Twins. Co-hosts annual Barnstable Brown Gala-high-profile charity event in Louisville, during KY. Derby weekend-renowned for its celebrity guests raising millions in diabetes research.

Richie is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, & producer best known for his work as the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi.

Richie Sambora

American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, & producer

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Edelen is no stranger to being on stage. While juggling teaching & competing in several local & regional pageants, she earned her ticket to the Miss Kentucky competition.

Randy has released over 20 studio albums & charted over 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 16 that reached the No. 1 spot. Songs like "Forever & Ever, Amen," "I Told You So," & "Three Wooden Crosses" are considered staples in the country music genre.

Randy Travis

American Country Music Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, & Actor

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

an American singer known for his country/pop music career. He gained ntnl. attn. at age 11 with release of his debut album "One Voice," which was certified double Platinum in USA.

🎤Billy Gilman🎤

Celebrity American Singer

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Grace studies Nuclear Engineering at the Univ. of Wisconsin & plays the classical violin. She is also a competitive water-skier, loves to travel, & is a foodie!

Grace Stanke

Miss America

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Bobby Flay is a famous American chef, restaurateur, & TV personality. He is known for his expertise in Southwest cuisine & appearances on various Food Network shows, such as Iron Chef America, Beat Bobby Flay, & BBQ Brawl.

Bobby Flay

American Chef, restaurateur, and TV personality

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Ingram has enjoyed a highly successful career, which includes a Heisman Trophy win in college & multiple NFL Pro Bowls.

Mark Ingram II

American (NFL)-professional football player

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

an American former professional football player, widely considered 1 of grtst. running backs in National Football League (NFL) history, playing primarily for Dallas Cowboys/Arizona Cardinals.

Emmitt Smith

American (NFL)-retired professional football player

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

an American actor known for his work in both TV/Film, gaining wider recognition for his recurring roles in TV series like "Teen Wolf"/"Yellowstone."

Ian Bohen

American Actor-Yellowstone TV Series

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

American businessman & philanthropist, best known as owner of Gallery Furniture-a retail furniture chain based in Houston, TX. He has garnered fame for his entrepreneurial acumen & community service efforts!

Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale

American Businessman & Philanthropist

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Harlow developed a love for music early on & started rapping at 12, recording his music using rudimentary software & equipment.

Jack Harlow

American Rapper, Singer, & Songwriter

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

A prominent figure in American TV & became synonymous with ABC's reality dating show "The Bachelor", when he started hosting on its 2002 debut & its subsequent spin-offs to become the face of the entire franchise, hosting "The Bachelorette," "Bachelor in Paradise," "Bachelor Winter Games,"

Chris Harrison

American TV Personality-The Bachelor

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Soozie is an American filmmaker/producer, & has been involved in various documentary & narrative filmmaking projects, having produced & directed Overload: America's Toxic Love Story, By the Wayside & Meant to Be.

Soozie Eastman

American Filmmaker & Producer

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Morgan McGarvey has dedicated his life to public service to make a difference for others, by becoming U.S. House of Representatives, for Kentucky's 3rd Dist.

Morgan McGarvey

U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky 3rd District

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

A distinguished American actor best known for portraying Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver in the iconic TV series "Leave It to Beaver." Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Mathers' early intro to the entertainment world paved way for his enduring career in the industry.

Jerry Mathers

American TV Actor-Star of "Leave it To Beaver" TV Series

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Smokey is an iconic figure in the music industry, renowned as a legendary Motown singer, songwriter, & record producer. Born in Detroit, Michigan, where he later found fame & contributed significantly to the Motown sound.

Smokey Robinson

Legendary Motown Singer and Artist

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Aaron's story began in 1985 when, at 12, a snowmobiling accident changed his life forever. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, presenting challenges that would have overwhelmed lesser souls. But in Aaron, the spark of resilience was ignited.

Aaron Pike

Paralympian Champion/Athlete

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

She charted a remarkable journey that defies the odds & inspires the world. From the challenges of a traumatic childhood to becoming a Paralympian champion, Oksana's life story is a testament to the power of resilience & indomitable human spirit.

Oksana Masters

Paralympian Champion/Athlete

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

An American former professional basketball player, & team member of winning 2013 NCAA Championship Univ. of Louisville team. After Retiring, he became a sports analyst for ESPN & ACC Network

Luke Hancock

Frmr. Pro Basketball Player/Sports Analyst

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Brazilian artist, painter, serigrapher, & sculptor. His work combines elements of cubism, pop art, & graffiti painting, using vibrant colors & bold patterns as a visual expression of hope, dreams, & happiness. Britto is considered the most collected & licensed artist in history.

Romero Britto

Brazillian Artist, Painter, Serigrapher, & Sculptor

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Marcus is a Swedish professional racing driver. He competes in the NTT IndyCar Series, driving the No. 8 Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, & is the 2022 Indianapolis 500 winner. Ericsson previously competed in Formula One between 2014 & 2018.

Marcus Ericsson

Indy 500 Race Car Winner

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Robert is a Canadian-born American board game inventor who created the popular word-guessing game Pictionary in 1985. Since selling Pictionary, he has invented other board games & products.

A visionary behind impeccable service, legendary steaks, & a passion for showmanship! Yet, from a humble beginning at 15, he took control of his life by leaving a fatherless & problematic home, & with mentorship of a high school coach, Ruby mainly raised himself & forged his destiny!

Jeff Ruby

Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt Univ. & earned a Juris Doctor @ Univ. of Virginia School of Law. In 2016, he became KY.'s 50th Attny. Genl., & in 2019, became KY.'s 63rd Governor & is son of 61st KY. Governor & our 292nd guest-Gov. Steven Beshear

KY. Governor Andy Beshear

63rd Governor-Commonwealth of KY. (2019-2027)

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

American Sportswriter, Pundit, & TV Analyst primarily covering the National Football League (NFL).

Ian Rapoport

American Journalist/Sportswriter & NFL Network TV Analyst

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

As Miss Earth USA, she will compete for the Miss Earth title. With a strong sense of compassion for service, animals, & the Earth, she is a global ambassador with Wands for Wildlife to use beauty tools to provide medical aid to wildlife animals.

Danielle Mullins

Miss Earth USA

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Tayan Stansfield-Miss Teen Earth 2023

Tayan Stansfield

Miss Teen Earth

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Mrs. Eden Bridgeman Sklenar is owner, Chairwoman, & CEO of EBONY & JET & Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Manna Inc

Eden Bridgeman

Owner/CEO-Ebony Media

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

Star is an American lawyer, journalist, TV personality, fashion designer, author, & women's & diversity advocate.

Star Jones

American lawyer, journalist, celebrity TV personality, fashion designer, author, & women’s & diversity advocate

Interviewed: 05-06-2023

She became a Champ on Hollywood’s 1st “Reality” TV show—American Gladiators! PLUS, her extraordinary passion for Wizard of Oz memorabilia, now boasts over 3,500 Oz items in her collection—perhaps the world’s most significant, & was a premiere exhibit at Judy Garland's Museum for 5 years!

Cheryl Ann Silich

Former American Gladiator Champion

Interviewed: 03-31-2023

MG Lamberton's time in the KY. Ntnl. Guard culminated in being appointed the 53rd Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of KY. by Gov. Andrew Beshear-on Dec. 10, 2019.

MG Haldane B. Lamberton

The Adjutant General Kentucky National Guard

Interviewed: 01-20-2023

A nonprofit fundraising executive with proven results. She currently serves as Hosparus Health's (Louisville, KY.'s largest nonprofit) as SR. VP/Chief Dev & Mrktg Officer. Under her leadership, the Hosparus completed a $29 million campaign & over her career, Tawanda has raised over $200 million!

Tawanda Owsley

Senior VP/Chief Development & Marketing Officer for Hosparus Health

Interviewed: 01-20-2023

An influencer who brings awareness to religious trauma & is on a mission to become a psychologist by researching religious trauma & helping present & future survivors of spiritual abuse!

Andrew Pledger

Cult Survivor, Coach & Content Creator

Interviewed: 12-01-2022

Born in Pakistan & raised in Southern California, & after only 9 months as Metro United Way's Dir. of Major & Legacy Gifts, she rose to this position!

Gwen is Cave Hill Cemetery's only 6th leader in almost 200 yrs. with roughly 300 acres & an arboretum, under her care! In fact, Cave Hill cemetery is considered by PBS to be 1 of the world’s greatest cemeteries!

Gwen Mooney

President and CEO, Cave Hill Cemetery Co., Inc.

Interviewed: 10-28-2022

A math tutor & frmr. GED Math Instructor with a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Spelman College & an MBA in Mrktg, Communication & Organizational Behavior at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon Univ. Brittany is a proud native of Detroit.

Brittany Rhodes

Founder & General MATHager of Black Girl MATHgic (BGM)

Interviewed: 09-01-2022

Taylor believes life has presented him with challenges many Louisvillians face daily, which uniquely qualifies him to relate to their concerns & motivates him to fix them.

Taylor Everett

Independent Louisville Metro Mayoral Candidate

Interviewed: 08-22-2022

As Mayor of the City of Jeffersontown, KY. Bill has overseen a police department, public works, an economic development authority, parks & recreation, & all other city services.

Craig is a proud Louisvillian, husband, father, entrepreneur, & community leader who believes in thinking big, working hard, and making things happen.

Craig Greenberg

Louisville Metro Mayor-(2022-???)

Interviewed: 08-22-2022

As Host & Creator of The Preacher Boys Eric sits down with brave survivors who shed light on DECADES of physical, mental, & sexual abuse within the Independent, Fundamental Baptist movement.

Dr. Kamal Khiani was instrumental in finding a solution to a rare disease called severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)- a variation of the so-called “Bubble Boy Disease” that made his child wildly susceptible to fungal, bacterial & viral infections.

Dr. Kamal J. Khiani, MD, MEng.

Musculoskeletal Radiologist with DXP Imaging

Interviewed: 12-10-2021

Impassioned after surviving a Sept. 6, 2018, mass shooting in Cincinnati, OH., Whitney cofounded Whitney/Strong-a non-profit focused on responsible gun ownership & ending gun violence by taking a non-partisan approach to legislation, with her husband, Waller.

Gant founded Gant Hill & Associates in 2002, which specializes in enhancing the best interests & outcomes of its clients that own, invest, lease &/or operate real estate.

Considered an expert in human behavior & org. dynamics, his vision is as a result of reading his books, attending his keynotes/workshops; participants are moved to achieve higher levels of performance & their organizations better places to work!

Greg Coker

Author/Speaker & Leadership Development Consultant

Interviewed: 10-15-2021

Rob joined the METALLICA | BLACKENED™ American Whiskey team as Master Distiller & Blender after the sudden 2018 passing of Dave Pickerell -Creator/Master Distiller & Blender of BLACKENED™, hence becoming guardian of Dave's legacy blend.

Rob Dietrich

Master Distiller & Blender of METALLICA | BLACKENED™ American Whiskey

Interviewed: 09-24-2021

A Hill Country blues guitarist & singer/songwriter. Cedric contains within him the legacy & future of the region’s prescient sound stories. At once African & American & Southern & Mississippian, these stories tell about love, hurt, connection, & redemption in the South.

Cedric Burnside

American electric blues guitarist, drummer, singer/songwriter

Interviewed: 08-29-2021

Growing up in Baltimore, MD, Liz never dreamed she would be the Folk-Blues Singer-Songwriter she has become, with her distinctive voice — an androgynous, salty, caramel drawl — captivates one's soul it has been said.

Liz Cooper

Psychedelic Singer-Songwriter

Interviewed: 08-29-2021

A singer-songwriter & native of rural western KY's rolling hills & coal mining communities. After attending the Univ. of KY. & working there for 4 years, Grayson walked away from his salaried job to chase his dream as a full-time musician.

Grayson C. Jenkins


Interviewed: 08-29-2021

A 1st-generation Sri Lankan-American & Owner at Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites™ with Sam's spin on Southern classics & riffs on her mother's time-tested recipes. Tuk Tuk is 1 of the few Sri Lankan cuisine options in the U.S. & reflects Sam’s Sri Lankan upbringing in the American South.

Sam Fore

1st-Generation Sri Lankan-American-Restauranteur

Interviewed: 08-28-2021

Being Master Distiller is something Brent Elliott says is hard to call a job because, to him, “it’s a privilege and a passion to be a part of Four Roses.”

Brent Elliott

Master Distiller at Four Roses Distillery

Interviewed: 08-28-2021

She qualified for Team USA taking her to Croatia, Prague, & Switzerland. After graduating, Leah became a professional figure skater with Holiday on Ice touring in Europe. She then became a Certified Personal Trainer back in the USA & started her own online fitness business.

Leah Travisano

Professional Figure Skater, Personal Trainer, Online Health Coach & Make-Up Artist

Interviewed: 07-30-2021

Tawanda is a native of Zimbabwe, but has become an American immigrant success story! His favorite saying is that he enjoys mentoring young professionals to grow their wings “so they too can fly.”

Tawanda Chitapa

Zimbabwean Immigrant & American Healthcare I.T. Expert, Mentor, and Soccer Fanatic

Interviewed: 05-21-2021

Adria embodies hope, integrity, humanity & has focused her career on lifting some of society’s most vulnerable populations & being of service to others.

Tom was instrumental in having a marker dedicated to Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln memorial.  He also advanced a similar resolution naming Thomas Merton Square in Louisville where Merton had his famous epiphany.

Diagnosed, WEEKS before her daughter’s 1st birthday, with a rare blood cancer called Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm, (BPDCN)-an acute form of Leukemia. This disease is SO RARE & SO AGGRESSIVE; the survival rate is very low! Listen to her story of courage!

Workforce thought leader Cara Silletto, MBA, CSP, works with organizations of all sizes to reduce unnecessary employee turnover by bridging generational gaps & making managers more effective in their roles.

Cara Silletto

Author and Founder/Chief Retention Officer of Magnet Culture

Interviewed: 08-21-2020

A veteran with an Entrepreneur's heart. Jeremy founded the Veteran’s Club & has assisted countless veterans with their nationally recognized Equine Therapy Program, Career Transition, Family Outreach Program, & the Camp Restoration Community to house & heal homeless veterans.

Jarrod started a mobile vending business first as a hot dog cart, then as a food trailer & FINALLY Copper Kitchen Food Truck, also known as Copper Streatery, with year over year growth.

Jarrod Prince

Owner/Chef Copper Kitchen Food Truck & Co-Owner/Pit Master Prince & King Smoked Meats Company

Interviewed: 06-30-2020

Di's personal goals have been to champion small business ownership & success by working to remove the obstacles that keep people from achieving the "American Dream."

Di Tran

Serial Entrepreneur, Computer Engineer, Mentor and Vietnamese Immigrant

Interviewed: 01-24-2020

Growing up in rural South Carolina, his mom & mamaw instilled a passion for food at an early age. After going to culinary school at Johnson & Wales Univ. & working in Charleston, SC., he moved to Louisville in 2004, & felt the food scene had much to offer a young chef & fell in love with the city.

Chef Dallas McGarity

Executive Chef & Owner of The Fat Lamb Modern Kitchen & Bar & Portage House Restaurants

Interviewed: 12-13-2019

Since learning how to draw at the age of 2, Ms. Baker dreamt of becoming an artist. Endowed with a strong work ethic & the support of her parents, she continued to practice art until enrolling in college & graduated Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1964 from Baylor University.

Jill Baker

A Visual Artist & Writer & Owner of Jill Baker’s Artist’s Studio

Interviewed: 12-13-2019

Foster is a business executive & entrepreneur who has been involved with start-up & early-stage business enterprises as well as more mature companies.

T. Vernon Foster

Senior Executive Director/Assistant Dean-The University of Louisville, College of Business

Interviewed: 12-13-2019

He talks about his Sept. 2018 major stroke, & how it taught him Attitude is Everything-no matter what your challenge you need to believe with all your heart & soul you can overcome it. So many people come to their adversity already defeated. I took my recovery 1 day at a time & always had daily goals.

Kirt talks with such various Cosplay characters as Master Chief from Halo Video Game Series, “Steam Punk” Princess Leia, Green Arrow, The Flame Hero named Endeavor, & Rorschach from the Watchmen DC Comics’ series.

Galaxycon Cosplay MoxieTalks

Cosplay MoxieTalks @ 2019 Galaxycon-Louisville

Interviewed: 11-24-2019

Bin Furuya is best known as the original actor behind ULTRAMAN which was first broadcast in 1966.

Bin Furuya

Japanese Suit Actor-best known as “Ultraman”-Galaxycon

Interviewed: 11-24-2019

A living legend in the world of professional wrestling! Since 1970, Jerry has headlined main events across the world for Memphis Wrestling, WWF, WWE, NWA, AWA, World Class Championship Wrestling, United States Wrestling Association, & Smoky Mountain Wrestling.

Jerry “The King” Lawler

American Professional Wrestler Best Known As

Interviewed: 11-22-2019

As bodybuilder, Ferrigno won IFBB Mr. America title & 2 consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles & appeared in bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. As actor, he is best known for his title role in the CBS TV series The Incredible Hulk.

Lou Ferrigno

American bodybuilder best known as “The Incredible Hulk”- Galaxycon

Interviewed: 11-22-2019

Birthed at the Gathering of The Juggalos, & a staple at Juggalo events! Now emerging at other festivals, & beyond. The Mankini is going global! MANKINI IS FOR THE PEOPLE!

Chris Fabritz

aka “Mankini” Character-Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-29-2019

A Louisiana based artist with an addiction to create.

Butch Von Dreaux

Artist/Owner Gallery X-Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-29-2019

Speaking from a platform cast in heavy metal power, hip-hop consciousness, & even a little reggae spirit, this Austin, TX. quintet urge for change through conveying a story that’s both personal & universal.

A.J. Channer

Lead Singer-Fire From the Gods-Heavy Metal Band-Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-29-2019

Take Me Home is a not for profit, volunteer-based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001.

Their kind of honesty has solidified a bond between the Sick Puppies & their fans since day one. To date, their breakout 2nd full-length Tri-Polar has sold more than 500K albums, yielding 2 million single sales including the gold-certified “You're Going Down” as well as rock smashes “Maybe” “Riptide,” & “Odd One.”

Sick Puppies

Australian Rock Band-Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-29-2019

A garage rock band from Louisville, KY. Since their formation in 2014 these guys have been hanging out in basements, backyards, dismantled minivans, music festivals, & rock clubs, writing & performing loud melodic hook-laden rock songs.

Anemic Royalty

Garage Rock Band-Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-29-2019

Phil was a very close friend with Founder Brandon McGuinness, who sadly died at age 27 in 2007. Fuck Cancer - F C Cancer Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Visit the Fuck Cancer homepage to show your support at www.fuckcancer.org/

The Melvins, already known for their shattering mix of punk-meets-metal (including sludge & grunge). To date, they have released 27 original albums, numerous live full-lengths, & far too many to count singles & rarities.

Buzz Osbourne

Co-Founder-The Melvins (A Sludge/Alternative Metal, Grunge, & Punk Rock Band)-Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-28-2019

Checking in at 6-foot one & over 350 pounds, not to mention covered in tattoos, it’s impossible to ignore Jason “Jelly Roll” DeFord in a room & that’s before his booming country-twanged voice enters the conversation!

Jelly Roll

American Rapper-Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-28-2019

Crafting rock hooks with an emotive resonance beyond their years, the scrappy riff-rock trio made their major-label debut before they could legally buy booze!


Alternative Rock Band-Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-28-2019

Blending musical influences of Punk Rock, Irish Folk, Rock, & Hardcore into one loud, raucous, chaotic sound all their own, Dropkick Murphys sees its stage & microphone, & the audience, as one & the same.

Dropkick Murphys' Guitarist-Tim Brennan

Dropkick Murphys- A Celtic Punk Band-Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-28-2019

Danny Kiranos, better known to the masses as his musical counterpart Amigo The Devil, has been challenging the expectations of traditional folk, country music purists, & rock/extreme metal fans alike.

Amigo The Devil

Eclectic Musician- Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-28-2019

While forming Dead Posey, Danyell Souza & Tony F tapped into an intense creative chemistry while quietly working in the studio for nearly a year to hone in on their sound rather than diving into the live show circuit.

The Dead Poseys

Rock Duo- Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-27-2019

Braylyn Stewart, who creates under the artist name Resko, is a mural artist, tattoo artist & conceptual artist living & working in Louisville.

Braylyn Resko Stewart

Tattoo and Mural Artist- Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-27-2019

Phil Anselmo is an American musician best known as frontman of the heavy metal bands Pantera, Down & Superjoint.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals

Heavy Metal Band- Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-27-2019

Pioneers of the big beat genre & innovators of 1990's electronica movement & now ambassadors of the American electronic sound. Once a duo-alongside now retired Ken Jordan, today The Crystal Method lives & breaths as a solo act with co-founder Scott Kirkland at the helm.

Scott Kirkland

Founder-The Crystal Method-Electronic Dance Music

Interviewed: 09-27-2019

A blistering Rock Duo known for their highly energetic live show & incredibly full sound owed to their exhaustive multi-tasking. Cody Bowles drums & sings, while Kevin Comeau plays guitar & plays keyboards with his feet.

Crown Lands

Blistering Candian Rock Duo- Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-27-2019

Amanda has been a judge on Chopped, battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, & competed for title of America’s Next Iron Chef. Her passion for food was fostered by everyone from her grandparents to her high school home economics teacher.

Amanda Freitag

Chef and Author- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-22-2019

Chef Rusty is the executive chef for Zac Brown Brand & host of the renowned pre-concert dinner party, the “Eat & Greet.” Rusty’s most recent accolade was securing a spot as a finalist on season 13 of Food Network Star while continuing to tour around the country with Zac Brown Band.

Rusty Hamlin

Chef and Restauranteur- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-22-2019

Winner of the Cochon 555 nose-to-tail competition, he was the Best New Chef award by Food & Wine magazine. In May 2014, he was honored with the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: Northeast, & named 2016 Massachusetts Exec. Chef of the Year.

Jamie Bissonnette

Chef and Restauranteur- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-22-2019

The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” & “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.”

Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish- Contemporary Blues Artist-Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-21-2019

Born & raised in Los Angeles, CA., Brooke Williamson has carved out an impressive résumé full of leading roles & professional achievement, such as being the youngest female chef to ever cook at the James Beard House & winning Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 14 in Charleston.

Brooke Williamson

Chef and Restauranteur- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-21-2019

A certified Executive Bourbon Steward, Reigler has lead bourbon tastings from Seattle to Savannah as well as tastings to benefit non-profit organizations including Locust Grove, the Falls of the Ohio Foundation, and Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill.

Susan Reigler

Author-“Kentucky Bourbon Country”- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-21-2019

Graham Elliot an award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality & cookbook author. “Food to me, in one word, is ‘creativity’ or ‘expression.’ It’s simple, ‘This is who I am at this point in time, & this is what I want to cook for you.”

Graham Elliot

Chef, restauranteur, television personality and cookbook author- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-21-2019

Her deep love for farm life, as well as her many years working her family’s land, have given her invaluable insight into growing the wide variety of crops used in Jeptha Creed’s products. It has also inspired the distillery’s distinct ground-to-glass maxim.

Joyce Nethery

Co-Owner & Master Distiller- Jeptha Creed Distllery- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys have a passion for bluegrass, with a heavy touring schedule across the United States/ Europe & a recently signed record deal with the esteemed Rounder Records, the Boys are well on their way to becoming the quintessential bluegrass band of their generation.

C.J. Lewandowski

Founder & Bluegrass Musician- Po' Ramblin Boys-Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

Amythyst’s commanding stage presence is matched by her raw & powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant & restless past.

Amythyst Kiah

Eclectic Musical Artist-Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

Matt is a frequent guest chef on The Today Show and has appeared on NBC’s The Chew and DirecTV’s Fantasty Zone

Matt Abdoo/Shane McBride

Chefs & Restauranteurs-Bourbon and Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

Chef Jose Salazar was born in Colombia South America & was raised in Queens NY. Chef Salazar got his start in restaurants as a bartender & waiter at some of New York’s hottest establishments.

Jose Salazar

Chef & Restauranteur-Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

Michael has been recognized as one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs 2013, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, and hosted the Travel Channel series 

Michael Voltaggio

American Chef & Restauranteur-Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

Pearl once again proves how she is every inch a rock chanteuse who seamlessly moves from vulnerable to guttural in one measure. 


California Country Music Artist-Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

This KY. native creates country music with lyrics that pull from real-life experiences. This approach has garnered a lot of attention as Hannah was named to CMT’s Next Women of Country, as well as 1 of Rolling Stone’s “Artists to Watch.”

Hannah Ellis

Country Music Artist-Hometown Rising

Interviewed: 09-15-2019

Like the great American bands that came before them – new Broken Bow Records duo Everette doesn’t follow trends. Instead, the guys of Everette write what they live, weaving gritty tales of struggle and heartbreak alongside fun-loving stories of escapism & mischief.


Country Music Artists-Hometown Rising

Interviewed: 09-15-2019

So what do you do if you are an emerging female country artist in Nashville, & also happen to be the granddaughter of musical icon, Willie Nelson?

Raelyn Nelson

The Raelyn Nelson Band-Hometown Rising

Interviewed: 09-14-2019

IMAJ, is a multi-talented Country singer-songwriter, visual artist, novelist, actress & humanitarian. Born in Miami Beach, FL to a model mother & actor father, 80’s TV icon Philip Michael Thomas (Tubbs of Miami Vice).


Country Music Artist-Hometown Rising

Interviewed: 09-14-2019

The songwriting partnership between Bayliss & Cope continues to grow, mature & blossom. “Over time, you find out a person’s strengths and weaknesses, & it just happened to turn out his strengths are my weaknesses, & vice versa.” ***Co-Founder-Jason "Rowdy" Cope (1979-2021)***

The Steel Woods

Country Music Band-Hometown Rising-***Co-Fdr. Jason

Interviewed: 09-14-2019

She knew that being a traveling troubadour & committing herself fully to music could be a dangerous choice. “In some ways, I wish I had done it sooner,” she says. “But I’m also glad I have the life experience to help fuel my songwriting & survive life on the road.”

Alice Wallace

Country Music Artist-Hometown Rising

Interviewed: 09-14-2019

“It’s been a tough road getting here & it’s taken longer than I would’ve liked, but I’ve always felt confident in setting & pursuing my goals. That work ethic is what drove me to learn how to play, & to go back out and play another show for ten people. Where I’m from, that’s just what you do—you work.”

Clare Dunn

Country Music Artist-Hometown Rising

Interviewed: 09-14-2019

His richly textured voice is capable of conveying the true emotion of a lyric. Guthrie has opened concerts for the likes of Ed Sheeran, & Selena Gomez, & has performed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as well as NBC’s Today Show & The Tonight Show.

Noah Guthrie

Country Music Artist-Hometown Rising

Interviewed: 09-14-2019

Robert is motivated by the form that a dancer gains from training in the traditions of classical ballet, where respect & discipline can facilitate breathtaking strength & freedom.

Robert Curran

Past Artistic Director of the Louisville Ballet

Interviewed: 08-30-2019

Marcia leads the Lean strategy for the business focusing on delivering winning products and services for customers and consumers while minimizing waste throughout ALL functions.

Marcia Brey

Vice President of Distribution at GE Appliances, A Haier Company

Interviewed: 08-23-2019

Since the age of 11, Alex has been leading a bipartisan effort in the Kentucky legislature to end the use of corporal punishment in schools. Alex's MoxieTalk was conducted @ the age of 15, making Alex BY FAR, the youngest guest ever featured on MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs.

Josh celebrates the brilliance & strength of marginalized people including LGBTQ+ & Black communities through photography & collaborative storytelling.

Lee has published over 1300 poems in more than 300 magazines in America & abroad. Produced 9 plays, wrote the script for The Moonshine War (MGM, 1970, starring Alan Alda, Richard Widmark, etc.), & has published thousands of articles & short stories in everything from Playgirl to Mountain Life & Work.

Lee Pennington

Poet and Documentarian

Interviewed: 05-31-2019

She collects, curates exhibitions, writes, lectures, & appraises fine quilts. Zegart has curated many exhibits in the U.S. & abroad, & lectures on all aspects of quilt history & aesthetics.

Namm has been written about in The New York Times, The Economist, Slate, Business Week, Scientific American, The Atlantic & more. Naam is also the multi-award-winning author of five books, including "The Nexus Trilogy" science fiction novels.

Ramez Naam

Futurist & Computer Scientist

Interviewed: 05-21-2019

His ability to analyze complex concepts & translate them into easily understood language has positioned him as an ambassador of some of Alltech’s most advanced technologies & their practical applications, taking him around the world as a much sought-after speaker & expert.

Dr. Richard Murphy

Research Director-Alltech European Bioscience Centre

Interviewed: 05-21-2019

Radke is a fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, South Dakota, who has dedicated her career to serving as a voice for the nation’s beef producers.

Amanda Radke

BEEF Daily Blogger, BEEF Magazine

Interviewed: 05-21-2019

Samantha is an Australian-based Agri-Media Specialist, having worked for such organizations as Fairfax Media, Food Miles Magazine, the Daily Telegraph, & the Glen Innes Examiner.  Based in Sydney, Townsend became the 2019 Runner-Up IFAJ Alltech International Award for Leadership.

Samantha Townsend

Australian Agri-Media Specialist

Interviewed: 05-20-2019

As a lifelong cattle producer, she and her husband have used technology and data for production improvement and increased profitability since the late 1980s.

Deborah Wilson

Senior Vice President-TrustBix, Inc.

Interviewed: 05-20-2019

American multi-instrumentalist, singer, & composer who was a founding member of alternative rock band R.E.M.

Mike Mills

Co-Founder-Alternative Rock Band R.E.M.

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Linkin' Bridge is a musical group consisting of Louisville, Kentucky natives Big Rome, Montre Davis, Shon China Lacy, and Elliot Nicholas

Linkin' Bridge

A Capella Quartet Singing Group

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Zea began her acting career in theatre. Her first major role was on the NBC daytime soap opera  Passions (2000–2002), where she played the role of Gwen Hotchkiss. Her breakout role was on ABC  primetime soap opera Dirty Sexy Money as socialite Karen Darling.

Natalie Zea

American TV Actress

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Lead vocalist of the duo Sugarland, alongside Kristian Bush. She sang eth national anthem at the 145th KY. Derby in 2019. Prior to this, she also charted as a duet partner on the country version of rock band Bon Jovi's 2006 single "Who Says You Can't Go Home," a # 1 hit on the  Billboard country charts.

Jennifer Nettles

Lead Vocalist of Duo-Sugarland & American Country Music Singer, Songwriter, & Actress

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Best known for role of Fez in sitcom That '70s Show (1998–2006) & as Carlos Madrigal in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series (2014–16). He was also host of MTV series Yo Momma (2006–07), He also has a role on NCIS as Nick Torres.

Wilmer Valderrama

Venezuelan American Actor, Producer, Singer & TV Personality

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Richardson was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame along with his cousin and bandmate Brian Littrell on April 10, 2015.

Kevin Richardson

Member of the Backstreet Boys Band, American Singer, Songwriter, Actor, & Model

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American actor and comedian. He is best known for his work on the sketch comedy television show In Living Color.

David Alan Grier

American Actor & Comedian

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American singer, songwriter, & musician from Harlan, KY. Smith began singing in his church choir & continued through his college education. In 2015 he gained natnl. recognition when he won season 9 of the singing competition The Voice.

Jordan Smith

American Singer, Songwriter, Musician, & & Season 9 (2015) of The Voice reality talent show

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American actor, screenwriter, producer, and film director. He is best known for co-writing and producing the film Green Book, for which he received two Academy Awards

Nick Vallelonga

Academy Award-Winning Producer, American Actor, Screenwriter, & Film Director

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American country music singer and songwriter signed to Curb Records. Brice has released four albums for the label

Lee Brice

American Country Music Artist

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

At age 19, he found a guitar after the death of his grandmother and began learning to play and sing on his own. By his sophomore year of college, he had found a few gigs at some local bars in the Louisville/Lexington, KY area and developed a fan-base that eventually landed him on some of the biggest stages in the business, opening for some of the nation’s hottest stars.

J.D. Shelburne

American Country Music Artist

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1989, releasing seven studio albums and a greatest hits package for the label between then & 1999, & has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992.

Travis Tritt

American Country Music Singer, Songwriter, & Actor

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

As an American comedic actor and voice artist, you may know his iconic voice more than his looks. In advertising, he has played a "control enthusiast" in a series of commercials for National Car Rental.

Patrick Warburton

American Comedic Actor

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Former American & Canadian football QB who played professionally for 23 seasons. He spent the majority of his career with the NFL's Houston Oilers & the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos. Moon also played for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, & Kansas City Chiefs.

Warren Moon

(1984-2000) Retired NFL Football Player

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Eddie Montgomery & Troy Gentry began performing in the 1990s with Montgomery's brother, John Michael Montgomery. Gentry then reunited in 1994 with Eddie after Gentry was unable to find a solo record deal & Montgomery Gentry was formed in 1999.

Eddie Montgomery

American Country Music Singer

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Guiney is an american host & was a contestant on the 1st season of The Bachelorette & later appeared as the bachelor in the 4th season of The Bachelor.

Bob Guiney

American TV Host

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

In her role as Asst. Master Distiller, McCall will continue working under the direction of Master Distiller Chris Morris on the innovation & the development of new products within Woodford Reserve.

Elizabeth McCall

Asst. Master Distiller-Brown-Forman/Woodford Reserve

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Rabil is a Lebanese-American professional lacrosse player & founder of a new professional lacrosse organization, known as the Premier Lacrosse League

Paul Rabil

American Professional Lacrosse Player

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the White House Chief of Staff (& later President) Wayne Palmer on the Fox action/drama series 24.

D.B. Woodside

American TV Actor

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Host of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta an American reality TV series on TLC which follows events at Bridals by Lori in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs.

Monte Durham

Host & Fashion Director- Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Steve Huey wrote of Lawrence's musical style that he was "one of a number of rock-tinged honky tonk singers who rose to fame in the early '90s" & "gained a loyal audience for his mix of modern & traditional country sounds"

Tracy Lawrence

American Country Music Singer, Songwriter, & Record Producer

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Trained 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah & 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. Baffert has won 5 KY Derbies, 7 Preakness Stakes, 3 Belmont Stakes, & 3 KY. Oaks.

Bob Baffert

Legendary American Racehorse Trainer & 2018 & 2015 Triple Crown Winner

Interviewed: 05-03-2019

Today the Healing Place campus is expanding & has several thousand alumni with a 75% recovery rate.

2007 recipient of the Bobby Bowden Award, a natl. honor presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes & played college football at Univ. of KY. & was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Tamme also played for the Denver Broncos & Atlanta Falcons.

Jacob Tamme

(2008-2016) retired NFL player & University of KY. Athletics Hall of Fame

Interviewed: 05-02-2019

Chef Thierry Rautureau, nicknamed "The Chef In The Hat", is the chef/owner of restaurants, Loulay and Luc, in Seattle, Washington.

Chef Thierry Rautureau (1959-2023)

Nicknamed- (The Chef in the Hat) & Chef/Owner of Loulay and Luc Restaurants

Interviewed: 05-02-2019

Conrad worked his way through the ranks, rising to Asst. Chief in the LPD & later an Asst. Chief in the newly merged Louisville Metro Police Dept. (LMPD). As a Lieutenant Colonel with the LMPD, Conrad was Commander of the Administrative Bureau. Chief Conrad left the LMPD in 2005 to become Chief of the Glendale (AZ) Police Dept.

Chief Steve Conrad

Former Louisville Metro Chief of Police (2012-2020)

Interviewed: 05-01-2019

Under Barker, TARC was designated as the nation’s Urban System of the Yr by the Community Transportation Association of America.

Her dissertation focused on social networks of parents of students with autism as a proxy measure of social capital. Previously, Dr. Gallagher supervised programming for children with autism & trained school/district/state/national groups of professionals on Evidence Based Practices (EBPs).

Trisha Gallagher, Ed.D.

Former-Administrative Specialist, Exceptional Child Education for the Jeff. Co. Public School System

Interviewed: 03-29-2019

Ferdinand serves as the Executive Director for (TARC), the largest public transit agency in the Commonwealth of KY. Carrying 15 million annual passengers & is responsible for the ldrshp. & direction for all operations in the system.

Dr. Tuckson in 1995 organized The African-American Health Initiative, Inc, (TAAHI). The goal of TAAHI was to improve the "health IQ" or "health literacy” & encourage & foster more responsible participation, by patients, in their own healthcare.

Dr. Wayne B. Tuckson, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Former President- Greater Louisville Medical Society

Interviewed: 03-08-2019

His passion for handcrafted quality is matched only by his dedication to his family. Peerless has remained in family hands for five generations, & the business is now bonded to stay in the family for at least five more generations.

Corky Taylor

Chairman & Founder of Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company

Interviewed: 01-25-2019

Since 1984, Greg has served 35+ years with the Louisville Redbirds, Louisville RiverBats & now Louisville Bats in many diverse roles.

Greg Galiette

President-Louisville Bats Baseball Club, Inc.

Interviewed: 12-14-2018

As President Texas Roadhouse, Inc., which owns & operates more than 575 restaurants in 49 states & 9 countries, Scott joined TX. Roadhouse in 2002 as the Chief Financial Officer-“CFO” & was promoted to Pres. in 2011

Scott Colosi

Past President- Texas Roadhouse Restaurants (2011-2019)

Interviewed: 12-14-2018

How does a South African born beverage entrepreneur, who has founded 3 beverage companies, end up establish their first company actually based in Louisville.

Joe Heron

Co-Founder-Copper & Kings American Brandy Company

Interviewed: 12-07-2018

As ONE OF THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED & YOUNGEST GUESTS we have ever featured, hear how Teddy became a widely acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, & composer.

Teddy Abrams

Music Director-Louisville Orchestra

Interviewed: 12-07-2018

Kilburn became fascinated with the art of distillation during college and claimed it to be the perfect balance of chemistry, biology, & physics. His fascination led him to obsessively research the process & science of distillation.  

Caleb Kilburn

Master Distiller, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.

Interviewed: 11-09-2018

McGaughey has accomplished the rare trifecta of training a Breeders’ Cup winner, her daughter, and her granddaughter in the troika of Personal Ensign, My Flag, and Storm Flag Flying. In 2013 he won his first Kentucky Derby with Orb.

Shug McGaughey

Hall of Fame American Thoroughbred Horse Trainer

Interviewed: 10-30-2018

Smith has won the most Breeders' Cup races of any jockey with 26 Breeders' Cup wins. Smith also is the 2nd leading jockey of all time in earnings with over $300 million. In 2018, Smith rode Justify to the Triple Crown, becoming the oldest jockey to win the title at age 52.

Mike E. Smith

2018 Triple Crown Winning American Jockey

Interviewed: 10-30-2018

best known for winning the 2011 Preakness Stakes with Shackleford and the Breeders’ Cup Turf with Little Mike. He also upset American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers Stakes with Keen Ice. He won the 2012 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer.

Dale Romans

American Thoroughbred Racehorse Trainer

Interviewed: 10-30-2018

Prior to Dick’s philanthropic efforts, he served in the Vietnam War as a combat photographer & graduated from the University of Louisville.

Today the Healing Place campus is expanding & has several thousand alumni with a 75% recovery rate.

Learn more about what makes this multi-instrumentalist sisters' act tick by creating their own brand of Roots Rock 'n' Roll: gritty, soulful, and flavored by their southern heritage.

Larkin Poe

Singer/Songwriting Sisters and Multi-Instrumentalist Duo

Interviewed: 09-22-2018

Learn more about the story of how she became to be known as Phoebe-on the seventh day of a ten-day retreat at a Vipassana meditation center outside the historic Indian city of Kolhapur, Phoebe Hunt intrinsically felt the life leave her namesake’s body on the other side of the world.

Phoebe Hunt


Interviewed: 09-22-2018

Learn more about lead singer & bassist Joe Perry's journey & his 3 other Swimming with Bears' band members of (Alec Conte- Lead Guitar, Jonny Boy Kerr- Rhythm Guitar, Ryan Hannasch- Drums)-which favor a musical genre of Alternative / Soul.

Swimming with Bears

Austin, TX. based musical group

Interviewed: 09-22-2018

Learn what makes Michael tick, when after picking up the fiddle at age 4, Michael’s musical momentum began to propel him forward towards early success., and how he didn't let his blindness deter his musical aspirations.

Michael Cleveland

& The Flamekeepers - Musician, & 2018 National Fiddler Hall of Fame recipient

Interviewed: 09-22-2018

I’m not a stay-at-home wife. I’m an investor in real estate, the tech sector, & lifestyle brands.

Fawn Weaver

Bestselling Author & Co-Founder/Historian Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey

Interviewed: 09-22-2018

Learn the how and why Shawn, and in turn IQS Research, bring precision & scientific rigor to the process of conducting social science research.

Shawn Herbig

President/Founder of IQS Research

Interviewed: 08-24-2018

Learn the story behind how Terry laid the foundation to his now legendary 1985 move to WHAS-Radio.

Terry Meiners

Louisville’s Legendary Broadcasting Icon & WHAS Radio & WHAS-TV Personality

Interviewed: 08-24-2018

Learn more about Mark's career as a licensed marriage & family therapist (LMFT) & COO & Co-Founder of The InnerView Counseling & Consultation Services.

Mark Parrish

Co-Founder of The InnerView Counseling & Consultation Services

Interviewed: 07-20-2018

Learn the underpinnings of why Kirt walked away from a commercial real estate career, and is now solely focused on finding the humanity behind some of today’s most inspiring individuals.

Learn why host Kirt Jacobs considers Jack "the guest that got away."

Jack Hughes Jacobs (1935-2018)

“The Guest That Got Away”…

Interviewed: 02-12-2018

Learn why Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Interviewed: 12-10-2017

Dr. Parsley holds Bd. Certifications from American Bd. of Dermatology, Dermatopathology, of Hair Restoration Surgery AND holds his ACLA certification.

Dr. William 'Bill' M. Parsley

Dermatologist & Founder of the Parsley Waldman Hair Center

Interviewed: 12-10-2017

Dr. Tad Seifert is a neurologist in Louisville, Kentucky and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Norton Children's Hospital and Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital.

Dr. Tad Seifert

Neurologist & Concussion Expert, Norton Healthcare

Interviewed: 12-10-2017

Prior to serving as KY.’s 61st Governor overseeing a$10 billion enterprise 30,000+ employees, Steve served as Attny. Genl. from 1979-83 & LT. Gov. from 1983-87, as well as a KY. House of Reps from 1973-79. In 1987, before his 1st term as Governor in 2007, he joined Stites & Harbison law firm & supervised their Lexington, KY. office.

Ouita Michel has always made locally grown ingredients a priority in her restaurants.

Ouita Michel

Owner, Ouita Michel Restaurants Group

Interviewed: 12-08-2017

Flynn had plans to go into medicine, not to mention his 15 years of military service in the U.S. Army, as well as being based out of Landstuhl, Germany from 2002-2007, but let’s back up, Flynn decided to go into medical equipment & pharmaceutical sales instead, changing the course of his professional life.

Dr. Joseph Flynn

Executive Director & Physician-in-Chief, Norton Cancer Institute (NCI)

Interviewed: 12-08-2017

Learn how Fred overcame PTSD to become a world-reknowned Bourbon author and Bourbon connoisseur.

Fred Minnick

Author, Journalist and Whiskey Blogger

Interviewed: 12-08-2017

How publishing her first work at 10 years old led writer Angela Burton to “Feet to Fire”.

In 2015, he was chosen to lead the KY. Derby Museum, since taking the lead, Armstrong & his “KDM” staff have increased revenue by 22%, along with annual attendance increases.

Patrick Armstrong

President/CEO, Kentucky Derby Museum

Interviewed: 11-19-2017

Angela Leet is an engineer, community leader, mom, and Metro Council member.

Learn how Cynthia overcame crushing grief & how a Motown co-founder inspired the creation of Solid Light.

Cynthia Torp

President/Owner, Solid Light, Inc. (A 100% Woman-Owned Business)

Interviewed: 11-05-2017

Learn how Dr. Allan Parnell rose from a rural one-room schoolhouse to create a trucking empire.

Lukas Dwelly is a social entrepreneur who has worked with some of the largest organizations in our community.

With Maryhurst more than 43 years, Judy is nationally recognized for her work with children who are survivors of abuse & neglect. Since 1990, she has served as Pres. & CEO of Maryhurst, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of abuse for kids & families in KY.

Judy Lambeth

Former President and CEO, MaryHurst, Inc. (Nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of abuse for KY. kids & families) (1990-2020)

Interviewed: 11-03-2017

Summer Dickerson shares her escape from human trafficking and founded Esther’s House.

Summer Dickerson

Founder, Women of the Well Ministry

Interviewed: 11-03-2017

How Amy Leenerts overcame childhood sexual abuse to train the public to recognize and prevent human trafficking.

Amy Leenerts

Founder/Director of Free2Hope.org

Interviewed: 11-03-2017

Her hand print & influence has been instrumental for decades in the “Behind-the-Scenes” work as a consultant or volunteer on such notable Louisville festivals as the Ethnic Heritage weekends in the 1970’s under her company’s banner Visionworks, LLC.

Twyman Clements is cofounder, CEO and President of Space Tango Inc. which enables R&D, bioengineering and manufacturing in microgravity with the mission to create new industries to improve the lives of people on Earth.

Twyman Clements

Cofounder, CEO and President of Space Tango Inc.

Interviewed: 09-28-2017

William Kellibrew IV is an international advocate for civil, human, women, children, and victims’ rights.

William Kellibrew IV

International Advocate for Civil, Human, Women, Children, and Victims’ Rights

Interviewed: 09-28-2017

Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Louisville.

Roman Yampolskiy

Tenured Associate Professor, Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, University of Louisville

Interviewed: 09-28-2017

Growing up in central Illinois, Eric Simanek was surrounded by corn destined for feed or alcohol.

Erick Simanek

Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Christian University (TCU) & Director of the TCU IdeaFactory

Interviewed: 09-28-2017

Rudy Rucker is an American author and a mathematician who worked for twenty years as a Silicon Valley computer science professor.

Rudy Rucker

American Author & Mathematician

Interviewed: 09-27-2017

Jennifer Carter is the Assistant Director of the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University and the Director of SpaceTrek, an all-girls camp dedicated to the empowerment of young women.

Jennifer Carter

Assistant Director of the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University; Director of SpaceTrek-(Space Science Camp for Young Women)

Interviewed: 09-27-2017

CNN chief national correspondent, analyst and anchor of Inside Politics John King offers his thoughts and insights on the increasing polarization of the US electorate.

John King

CNN Chief National Correspondent, Analyst & Anchor of Inside Politics

Interviewed: 09-27-2017

In 1999, Claypool founded Bulldogs in the Bluegrass. a program that provides summer internships in Louisville, Kentucky for Yale undergraduates. Since it began, Bulldogs in the Bluegrass has brought over 570 Yalies to experience Louisville through a total immersion experience. Of those, many have returned to Louisville for full-time employment after graduation.

Rowan Claypool

‎Founder and President, Teach Kentucky

Interviewed: 09-27-2017

Emily Dreyfuss is a Senior Writer at WIRED, one of the top 10 technology news websites in the world.

Anshu Gupta, popularly known as the Clothing Man, is the Founder of an India-based nonprofit Goonj and one of India’s leading social entrepreneurs.

Anshu Gupta

Founder, India-based Nonprofit Goonj & One of India’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs

Interviewed: 09-26-2017

Deep Cotton is an American funk duo based in Atlanta, whose members are Chuck Lightning and Nate “Rocket” Wonder. Part of the Wondaland Arts Society, they are also sometimes called the “Punk Prophets”.

Nate Wonder

Member, American Funk Duo, Deep Cotton

Interviewed: 09-26-2017

The president, CEO, and founder of Answers in Genesis-US, and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum, and the world-renowned Ark Encounter, Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America.

Ken Ham

Speaker, Author, President, CEO, and Founder of Answers in Genesis

Interviewed: 09-26-2017

Nat Irvin, II has taught change management, leadership, future studies, and team dynamics since 2007.

Nat Irvin II

Author, Innovator, Futurist, Teacher, Commentator & Founder of Thrivals at IdeaFestival

Interviewed: 09-26-2017

Wendy Whelan spent 30 years with New York City Ballet, 23 of those years as principal dancer.

Wendy Whelan

Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

Interviewed: 09-26-2017

Fueled by new ideas, Kris Kimel began IdeaFestival and KSTC.

Kris Kimel

Founder, IdeaFestival®& Founder, Humanity In Deep Space

Interviewed: 08-27-2017

Acting is a calling for Ryan Burch.

Ryan Burch (Saviano)

Actor and Student at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

Interviewed: 08-27-2017

A passion for life drives Kinsey Morrison to make a difference.

Fred Noe carries on the 200-year family legacy of Jim Beam® master distillers.

Frederick “Fred” Booker Noe III

7th Generation Master Distiller, Jim Beam Distillery

Interviewed: 07-28-2017

Cole Gallagher is a NSCAA Scholar All American soccer player.

Cole Gallagher

2016 Kentucky High School Goalkeeper of the Year

Interviewed: 07-28-2017

Chef David Danielson applies classic French training with fresh and local flavor.

Chef David Danielson

Former Executive Chef, Churchill Downs Racetrack (2011-2022)

Interviewed: 07-28-2017

For Mary Haynes, meeting the needs of long-term memory impaired people is a calling.

Mary Haynes

President and CEO, Nazareth Home

Interviewed: 07-28-2017

Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee is an American politician, Christian minister, author, musician and commentator.

Governor Mike Huckabee

Politician, Former Governor of Arkansas (1996-2007)

Interviewed: 04-24-2017

Wes Henderson co-created Angel’s Envy craft bourbon.

Wes Henderson

Co-Founder and Chief Innovations Officer, Angel’s Envy® Distillery

Interviewed: 04-23-2017

A passion for wellness fuels Carlos Rivas.

Carlos Rivas

Owner & Chief Encouragement Officer of MyHeadCoach

Interviewed: 04-23-2017

Dr. Brad Calobrace is a leader in the field of cosmetic breast surgery.

Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon, CaloAesthetics Plastic Surgery Center

Interviewed: 04-23-2017

Robbie Bartlett’s signature voice spans R&B, soul and jazz.

Robbie Bartlett

Band Leader, The Robbie Bartlett Band

Interviewed: 03-26-2017

For 20 years, Mike Berry has been at the helm of the Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF), one of the nation’s largest and most notable civic celebrations.

Technology entrepreneur Stacy Griggs is a high energy executive with strong leadership skills.

Stacy Griggs

President/CEO, El Toro

Interviewed: 03-26-2017

Creativity, curiosity and discipline define Delanor Manson’s accomplishments across many fields.

Delanor Manson

CEO-Kentucky Nurses Assoc., Retired U.S. Navy Captain & Owner, Koi Gallery

Interviewed: 03-24-2017

Peng Looi followed his heart and became a world-class chef.

Chef Peng S. Looi

Frmr. Exec. Chef of Asiatique Rest. (1994-2018) & Ptnr. August Moon Chinese Bistro

Interviewed: 03-24-2017

The desire to serve her community and have a greater impact on more people fuels Theresa Reno-Weber to excel.

Theresa Reno-Weber

Past President/CEO, Metro United Way, (2017-2021)

Interviewed: 03-24-2017

A passion for service fuels Jerry Abramson.

Tom Cottingham is a serial entrepreneur who builds successful publishing companies in the digital age.

Abby Drane leads Uspiritus, whose mission is healing the hearts and minds of vulnerable youth and their families.

Terry Forcht is a leading Kentucky entrepreneur and investor and the founder of Forcht Group of Kentucky.

Ian Derrer leads the Kentucky Opera, fueled by a lifelong love of opera.

Ian Derrer

former-General Director, Kentucky Opera

Interviewed: 12-02-2016

Donald E. Lassere leads the Muhammad Ali Center and fosters its mission of building and expanding on the Center’s educational programs, partnerships, and other outreach initiatives.

Taylor Trusty loves building – be it business or digital properties.

Taylor Trusty

Founder, Blackstone Media, Digital Marketing Entrepreneur and Speaker

Interviewed: 11-20-2016

James O’Connor is a former professional soccer player and is head coach of Louisville City FC.

Coach James O'Connor

Former Head Coach, Louisville City FC (Football Club)-soccer-(2015-2018)

Interviewed: 11-20-2016

Conrad Bachmann’s career spans four decades and hundreds of roles.

Conrad Bachmann

Founder, Louisville International Festival of Films, and Hollywood Actor

Interviewed: 10-14-2016

Amanda Duffy’s desire to break boundaries and her competitive spirit to succeed drive her every day.

Amanda Duffy

Past President, Louisville City FC (Football Club)

Interviewed: 10-14-2016

Mitch McConnell has served as U.S. Senate majority leader since 2015. He is only the second Kentuckian to serve as majority leader in the Senate; the first, Alben Barkley, led the Democrats from 1937 to 1947.

Senator Mitch McConnell

United States Senator (1984-Present) Senate Majority Leader (2015-2021)

Interviewed: 08-31-2016

Ingrid Hernandez delivers high quality design while building personalized client relationships.

Donald M. Vowels is a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor with Body, Mind, Spirit Health and Wellness in Louisville. He has an extensive resume in psychotherapy, theology and social work.

Dr. Donald M. Vowels (1953-2017)

Psychotherapist, Spiritual Counselor

Interviewed: 04-01-2016

Sterling Lapinski is an entrepreneur and angel investor.

Sterling A. Lapinski

Co-Founder of Genscape & Founder, Clipperdata

Interviewed: 04-01-2016

When Nina Moseley talks about her work helping those in poverty, her eyes light up with hope and her enthusiasm fills the room.

Nina Moseley

Chief Operating Officer​, Wayside Christian Mission

Interviewed: 04-01-2016

Mitzi Friedlander has spent much of her career bringing stories to life for the blind. After 50 years of recording books, Friedlander holds the record for most talking book titles narrated for the National Library Service.

Rebecca Eaves saves and protects animals suffering from abuse and neglect.

Rebecca Eaves

Past President-(2013-2019), The Arrow Fund (Animal Welfare Organization)

Interviewed: 04-01-2016

Barry Denton is passionate about his hometown of Louisville.

Joey Wagner, Owner of the J Wagner Group, has been putting on some of the biggest events in the city of Louisville and the midwest region for the past 10 years. J. Wagner Group, a full-service event planning, marketing, and promotions firm, serves many well-known and high-end clients.

Joey Wagner

Owner & Event Planner, J Wagner Group & DerbyVIP.com

Interviewed: 12-04-2015

Gale Lively always felt her job was to help people excel in their jobs.

Gale Lively

Executive V.P. (retired), Louisville Apartment Association

Interviewed: 12-04-2015

Ankur Gopal’s desire to make an impact has fueled his success building a technology application company.

A competitive spirit drives Chris Morris in his pursuit for excellence as a master distiller.

Chris Morris

Master Distiller, Brown-Forman Corporation

Interviewed: 11-15-2015

Since Lee W. Robinson was seven years old and constructing scale models, he has had a passion for design and building beautiful homes.

Lee W. Robinson

Owner, The Lee W. Robinson Company

Interviewed: 11-15-2015

Kevin Grangier is driven by his desire to create things that make people happy.

Kevin Grangier

Fdr./CEO-Belle Noble Entertainment Group, LLC.

Interviewed: 11-15-2015

Dan McDonnell loves to compete, loves to win, and loves seeing the growth in his players as he coaches the University of Louisville baseball team.

Coach Dan McDonnell

Head Coach, University of Louisville Men’s Baseball

Interviewed: 11-13-2015

Tom Jurich cites his motivation to do things right and see results as he leads athletic programs at the University of Louisville.

Tom Jurich

Former Vice President and Director of Athletics, University of Louisville

Interviewed: 11-13-2015

Jeff Walz has a passion for excellence that drives him as the head coach of the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team.

Coach Jeff Walz

Head Coach, University of Louisville NCAA Women’s Basketball

Interviewed: 11-13-2015

Heather Howell’s desire to inspire her children and fear of failure power her in selecting her projects and in growing beverage brands.

Driven by conscience and seeing challenges as possibilities drive Jackie Ford as she leads the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.

Jackie Ford

Former CEO, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana (2015-2020)

Interviewed: 10-23-2015

Emily Cleveland has a passion for helping children see past disability through friendship.

Emily Cleveland​

Former-Kentucky State Director, Best Buddies International-(2015-2018)

Interviewed: 10-23-2015

Vickie Yates Brown brings passion to all of her projects – from shaping health care policy to the Nucleus project.

David Nicholson learned the importance of community involvement from his late father, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge S. Rush Nicholson.

David Nicholson

Circuit Court Clerk, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Interviewed: 10-23-2015

Creativity in food, atmosphere and service fuel John Varanese in his career as chef and restaurant owner.

John Varanese

Chef and Restaurateur, Varanese, River House, and Levee Restaurants

Interviewed: 10-23-2015

Love for family drives both Patrick John Hughes and his son, Patrick Henry Hughes, to expand possibilities.

Patrick John Hughes

Inspirational Father and Son Leadership Story

Interviewed: 08-21-2015

Love for family drives both Patrick John Hughes and his son, Patrick Henry Hughes, to expand possibilities.

Patrick Henry Hughes

Inspirational Father and Son Leadership Story

Interviewed: 08-21-2015

Terri Foster knew from a young age she had musical gifts, and now seeks to use her gifts to help other young people develop theirs.

Michael Blowen’s fear of horses grew into a deep love for horses, and for saving their lives.

Michael Blowen

Founder and President, Old Friends Farm – A Thoroughbred Retirement Facility

Interviewed: 07-26-2015

Katie George sees her daily challenge to make herself and others better.

Katie George

Sportscaster & 2015 Miss Kentucky USA

Interviewed: 07-26-2015

The 1993 tragic murder of their daughter, Mary, thrust Pat Byron and her husband, John, into advocacy work for domestic violence victims.

Tyrone Cotton’s love of music and desire to create fuels his music and the songs he writes.

Tyrone Cotton

Singer, Songwriter and Musician, Tyrone Cotton Band

Interviewed: 04-17-2015

Robin Miller grew up in a family active in politics and the community, spurring her to serve in the public sector.

A love for horticulture inspired Lee Squires in his career managing the 300-acre Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Ky.

Lee Squires

President & CEO (Retired), Cave Hill Cemetery Co., Inc. (1975-2015)

Interviewed: 03-27-2015

Diane Medley and her business partner founded their CPA firm to treat people in a way that they can achieve their dreams.

Fun and the challenge of creating a sense of wonderment drive Louisville-native Wayne Hettinger to create memorable events on a grand scale.

Wayne Hettinger

Producer and Originator, Thunder Over Louisville

Interviewed: 03-27-2015

Major General (retired) Robert S. Silverthorn Jr. credits growing up in a military family as his inspiration and drive to achieve excellence.

Matt Jamie’s motto of “Slow. Small. Simple.” guides his company in producing high quality, bourbon-based sauces.

Matt Jamie

Founder and Owner, Bourbon Barrel Foods LLC and Bluegrass Soy Sauce Co., Ltd.

Interviewed: 03-27-2015

As the owner of Joseph’s Salon and Spa, Kelly Flint Campbell sees the growth of her staff and client relationships as her inspiration.

Kelli Campbell

President and Owner, Joseph’s Salon/ Spa

Interviewed: 03-06-2015

Terry Taylor’s drive to bring peace to communities, through understanding each other’s differences, powers his work.

Terry Taylor

Executive Director (Retired), Interfaith Paths to Peace (IPP)

Interviewed: 03-06-2015

Karen Morrison sees her job as president and CEO of Gilda’s Club as winning the job lottery.

Pam Darnall focuses her professional life on helping children and families facing abuse and violence.

Pam Darnall

President and CEO, Family & Children’s Place

Interviewed: 01-30-2015

A commitment to environmental responsibility as a principle of her faith powers everything Heather Warman does.

Judge Erica Lee Williams sees discipline and community service as core values grounding her career.

Judge Erica Lee Williams

District Court Judge, 30th Judicial District in Division 17

Interviewed: 12-12-2014

Elizabeth Kitzito sees her cookie business as a way to provide for her family here and in Uganda.

Elizabeth Kizito

Owner and Founder, Kizito’s Cookies

Interviewed: 12-12-2014

Summer Auerbach is committed to local independent businesses and leads Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods.

Dr. Donna Hargens’ unwavering belief that every child can learn serves her as she leads the country’s 28th largest school system, with more than 101,000 students and nearly 17,000 teachers and staff.

Donna Hargens

Former Superintendent, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS)-(2011-2017)

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

Jim Allen cites leadership by example as his style leading Hilliard Lyons.

Matt Thornton cites his desire to win as the trait that drives him in his roles leading Thorntons and contributing to the community.

Matt Thornton

President and CEO, Thorntons Inc.

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

Cathy Fyock’s belief in being true to your heart sparked her career as an author and human resources consultant.

Cathy Fyock

Human Resources and Author Consultant, Your Possibility Partner

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

Christen Boone is a community connector, social entrepreneur, and leader in nonprofit development and strategic philanthropy.

Christen Boone

Former President and CEO, Fund for the Arts (2014-2021)

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

Tom Partridge thrives on helping businesses secure capital for projects that will have a positive impact on their communities.

Tom Partridge

Former, President and CEO, Fifth Third Bank Kentucky

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

Tom Fawbush began in broadcasting as a teenager.

Tom Fawbush

WBNA TV 21 General Manager

Interviewed: 08-15-2014

Tim Laird loves interacting with people and sharing experiences with food and beverage.

Tim Laird

former “C.E.O” Chief Entertainment Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation

Interviewed: 08-15-2014

Dawne Gee grew up dreaming of working in communications.

Challenge motivates Ed Hart, and business turnarounds meet that need for him.

Ed Hart

President & Partner, Kentucky Kingdom

Interviewed: 04-11-2014

Dr. James Calleroz White wakes up every morning excited about how education constantly changes to stay relevant to a student’s future.

Dr. James Calleroz White

Former, Head of School, Louisville Collegiate School (2013-2018)

Interviewed: 04-11-2014

Dan Rivers sees each day as an opportunity to “do better” and make a contribution.

Dan Rivers

Managing Partner & President, Northwestern Mutual-Louisville

Interviewed: 04-11-2014

Ed Webb thrives on the challenges of business, change and growth.

Ed Webb

Former President/CEO, World Trade Center of KY. (2008-2019)

Interviewed: 04-11-2014

Marty Storch’s competitive nature and commitment to continual improvement shape his contributions at the Louisville Metro Parks department.

Jennifer Adrio desires to do meaningful work and make a positive impact on her community.

Saul Garcia followed his dream of seeing people enjoying themselves while sharing a meal at his own restaurant.

Saul Garcia (1963-2021)

Co-Founder & Owner of the Los Aztecas & Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurants

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Chef Edward Lee wakes every morning with a passion for his work, and for learning and discovering new things.

Chef Edward Lee

Internationally Renowned Chef & Founder of 610 Magnolia & Milkwood Restaurants

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Vincenzo Gabriele and his brothers grew up with a love for fine dining, inspired by their father, a captain in the Merchant Marine.

Vincenzo Gabriele

Founder, Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz experienced the calling and desire to serve others through the clergy while in high school.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz (2007-2022)

Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Theatre director Les Waters’ interest in contemporary art and new plays drives him in his career.

Les Waters

Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville (“ATL”)

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Mark Hogg seeks to end the global water crisis.

Mark Hogg

Waterstep Founder & CEO (Formerly EDGE Outreach)

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

The mantra “You are pure potential,” from his improv mentor, Dr. Martin de Maat, motivates Chris Hartman in his work against discrimination.

Gill Holland’s curiosity has led to careers as an independent film producer, building developer, and former lawyer.

Robert A. Davenport is passionate about helping his clients with their financial needs.

Robert Davenport

CEO, Kentucky Planning Partners & Founder, Louisville Concours d’ Elegance

Interviewed: 04-12-2013

Mark Johnson has a deep passion for the sport and spectacle of horse racing; He calls it the greatest theatre on earth.

Mark Johnson

International Horse Racing Announcer, Kentucky & Epsom Derbies

Interviewed: 04-12-2013

Lynnie Meyer, a well-known civic leader and fundraising executive in Louisville, is fueled by her commitment to the community.

JK McKnight is the founder and captain of the Forecastle festival, a gathering of musicians, artists and activists.

J.K. McKnight

Founder, Forecastle Festival

Interviewed: 12-19-2012

Pastor Joe Phelps feels a call to embody God’s justice and love in the world.

Joe Phelps

Retired Pastor, Highland Baptist Church (1997-2018)

Interviewed: 12-19-2012

Sam Swope has had a historic 60 years in the automobile dealership business.

Sam Swope (1926-2014)

Founder & Chairman, Sam Swope Auto Group, LLC

Interviewed: 12-19-2012

Mandy Connell is a talk radio host who credits her competitive nature as a driver to be her best.

Mandy Connell

Former Host, “Mandy Connell Show” 84 WHAS RADIO (2010-2013)

Interviewed: 12-19-2012

Troy Burden taps his inner drive to help others as the executive director of Highlands Community Ministries.

Troy D. Burden

Executive Director, Highland Community Ministries

Interviewed: 12-07-2012

Driven by the opportunity to make a difference, DeeAnna Esslinger leads the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Deeanna Esslinger

Former Exec. Dir. of Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Alzheimer’s Association

Interviewed: 12-02-2011

David Easterling is a software entrepreneur engaged in a labor of love to bring back an iconic Louisville beer brand.

David Easterling

Past President & CEO, Falls City Brewing Co.

Interviewed: 12-02-2011

Pat Gallagher creates visual art based on the connection he feels when talking with people.

Pat Gallagher

Internationally Renowned Visual Artist

Interviewed: 12-02-2011

Lora Tucker loves leadership responsibility – and making a difference – and has used that love from childhood through her military career and as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.

Angela McCormick Bisig is a Jefferson County district court judge who is driven to get out into the community and make a difference.

Angela McCormick Bisig

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice

Interviewed: 10-28-2011

Growing up Derek Anderson listened to the positives around him. This drove him through his NBA career and the founding of a successful business and charitable foundation.

Derek Anderson

Investor, Philanthropist, Mental Health Counselor, Screenwriter/Producer, & Best Selling Author

Interviewed: 10-28-2011

Gerald Neal credits his parents’ commitment to the community as laying the foundation for his career in politics.

KY. State Senator Gerald Neal

Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate District 33 (1989-present)

Interviewed: 10-28-2011

Jeff Van Note played football eighteen years for the NFL Atlanta Falcons, the second longest for any player on one team.

Jeff Van Note

Retired Center-NFL Atlanta Falcons (1969-1986) & Broadcaster

Interviewed: 10-28-2011

Carol Haddad is driven by a desire to be a participant, not a spectator, in improving education for children.

Inspired by creativity, Bruce Simpson credits the joy of life for what drives him and fuels his career in ballet.

Bruce Simpson

Past Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet (2002-2014)

Interviewed: 05-20-2011

Major General Donald Storm dedicated 37½ years to serving his country with the U.S. Army.

Major General Donald C. Storm

Major General (Retired) United States Army

Interviewed: 05-20-2011

A consistent love for sports and entertainment drives Lynn Abramson-Saltzman in her career.

Lynn Abramson-Saltzman

Past General Manager/Exclusive Marketer of the KFC YUM! Center (2011-2013)

Interviewed: 05-20-2011

A passion for the arts and to make things better by introducing new generations to the art drives Stephen Klein in his career.

Stephen Klein

Former President of The Kentucky Center for the Arts (2005-2013)

Interviewed: 03-25-2011

Over the years, Kent Oyler has started 19 different business ventures and created over 1,000 jobs.

Berk Bryant is fueled by a desire to bring bluegrass and traditional country music to the world to enjoy.

Berk Bryant (1930-2020)

“The Country Gentleman” Bluegrass Radio DJ

Interviewed: 03-25-2011

Madeline Abramson served as Louisville’s first lady for 21 years and is a tireless community volunteer.

Hal Heiner served as a vice chairman of Greater Louisville, Inc., and in 2002, he was elected to the Louisville Metro Council. On the Council, he spent eight years focusing on finding efficiencies in services, shedding light on the inner dealings of Metro Government, and finding smart ways for the community to grow and prosper.

Hal Heiner

Republican Louisville Mayoral Candidate

Interviewed: 07-23-2010

Louisville-born Greg Fischer is an entrepreneur and community leader. In 2008, Fischer ran for the Kentucky Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate and finished second among the seven candidates.

Greg Fischer

Louisville Metro Mayor-(2011-2023)

Interviewed: 07-23-2010

Jackie Green, write-in candidate for mayor of Louisville, focuses on the local economy, central neighborhoods, education, energy, quality affordable housing, local food, safety, health, downtown, and transportation.

Jackie Green

Independent Louisville Mayoral Candidate

Interviewed: 07-23-2010

Living with a core of gratitude and an attitude of caring and sharing, Bernard Trager founded and built Republic Bank, always with a heart to serve.

Ramona Johnson is driven by the desire to help those with mental illness.

John Y. Brown, Jr. credits his father as the prime motivator and confidence builder in his life, driving his later successes.

John Y. Brown Jr. (1933-2022)

1979-1983 Governor of Kentucky & Kentucky Fried Chicken Entrepreneur

Interviewed: 07-16-2010

David Jones Sr. co-founded Humana Inc. and considers the good job opportunities and chance for success that the company ultimately provided as his greatest achievement.

A native of Ireland, Dr. T. Pearse Lyons is driven by making a difference in the world, and has built his company, Alltech, based on doing the right thing.

Dr. T. Pearse Lyons (1944-2018)

President & Founder, ALLTECH, Inc. And 2010 Title Sponsor, FEI World Equestrian Games (held Lexington, KY.)

Interviewed: 06-11-2010

Matt Bevin’s intellectual curiosity and love of learning have led him through several career opportunities in his lifetime.

A Louisville native and self-proclaimed life-long student, Dan Jones has a vision for the future Louisville landscape. And his vision is coming to life.

A custom builder and remodeler, Joe Pusateri thrives on challenge and using his talents to the best of his ability.

Driven by a desire to give back drives Cathe Dykstra to lead the Family Scholar House and help families thrive.

Councilman Kevin Kramer’s compassion for people has led him to be a public servant and educator.

Kevin Kramer

Councilman District 11, Louisville Metro Council

Interviewed: 08-14-2009

Joni Jenkins is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives and serves as chairwoman of the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation.

Joni Jenkins

Representative (D) House District 44 (1995-)

Interviewed: 08-14-2009

As in-house counsel and corporate attorney for GE Consumer and Industrial, India Jewell serves on the employee community fund board at GE, supplying grants to non-profit service organizations.

India Jewell

Past GE Consumer & Industrial’s Counsel for Commercial Law (2006-2010)

Interviewed: 08-14-2009

Louisville-native and restaurateur Kent Taylor has a passion for the food industry and for skiing.

Kent Taylor (1955-2021)

Founder, Texas Roadhouse & Aspen Creek Restaurant Chains (1955-2021)

Interviewed: 08-14-2009

Louisville Metro Council president David Tandy is fueled by the desire to serve his community and to leave it a better place for his children.

David Tandy

Past Louisville Metro Councilman (2005-2017) & 2009 Louisville Metro Council President

Interviewed: 07-24-2009

Dale Orem has an extensive career in politics, civics, sports, and business.

Adventurer, educator and administrator Tori Muden McClure believes integrity is the hallmark of leadership.

Tori Murden McClure

World Class Rower & President, Spalding University (2010-present)

Interviewed: 07-24-2009

Louisville-native Scotty Davenport is enjoying a notable career as a basketball coach in his own hometown.

Coach “Scotty” Davenport

Head Coach, Bellarmine University Men’s Basketball Team (2005-)

Interviewed: 07-24-2009

Curiosity and a love for food drive Joe Castro, best known as “Chef Joe” in his career as a nationally renowned award-winning chef.

Joe Castro (1961-2022)

Former Chef & Executive Chef Training Specialist, GE Experience Center (1961-2022)

Interviewed: 12-22-2008

Connecting people and telling stories fuel Marc Masterson as the artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL).

Marc Masterson

Past Artistic Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville (2000-2011)

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

After watching a close family member go through a painful bankruptcy, Mark Lamkin decided to pursue his dream of becoming a financial planner and made a promise never to let bankruptcy impact someone in his life again.

Mark Lamkin

President, Lamkin Wealth Management & Former 2005 “The Apprentice” contestant

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

Angie Fenton is an award-winning and esteemed writer driven by a passion to serve her community.

Angie Fenton

President & CEO Extol Media

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

A core believer in the servant leadership model, Greg Fischer is a successful businessman and civic leader in Louisville, Ky.

Greg Fischer

Entrepreneur & 2008 U.S. Senate Democratic Candidate

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

Driven by the need for, and impact of, arts education on young people, Paul Lenzi and his wife, Geraldine, co-founded the Blue Apple Players Theatre Group a children’s theatre company.

Paul Lenzi

Past Executive Director, Blue Apple Players (1976-2015)

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

A driving curiosity about the world and the desire to be “a part of the solution” drive Denton Randall each day.

Denton Randall

Chief Development Officer, ElderServe

Interviewed: 10-17-2008

Bob Hill’s motivation to do the best he can at whatever he does culminated in a storied career that began with his decision to be a writer at age 25.

Bob Hill

Retired Courier Journal Journalist (1975-2008) & Author

Interviewed: 10-17-2008

Dave Stone’s passion for excellence and sharing his faith with others drives him in his role as senior minister at Southeast Christian Church.

Dave Stone

Former, Senior Minister, Southeast Christian Church (2007-2019)

Interviewed: 10-17-2008

Driven by the desire to make a contribution to his community, Louisville-native Tom Owen serves as councilman for Metro Council District 8 in his hometown.

Tom Owen

Past Louisville Metro Councilman (2002-2017) & University of Louisville Archivist

Interviewed: 10-17-2008

Bill McNulty is an actor and director who has performed internationally, and enjoys a grounded life with a love for his work and his family.

William “Bill” McNulty

Resident Actor & Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville

Interviewed: 09-26-2008

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney is an American educator, lawyer, businesswoman and public servant driven by seeing the achievements of students and the impact education has on their lives and their families.

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney

Past President, Spalding University (2002-2010)

Interviewed: 09-26-2008

Pat Day is a legendary American jockey in thoroughbred horse racing.

Pat Day

Retired Horse Racing Jockey (1976-2005) & 1992 Kentucky Derby Winner

Interviewed: 09-26-2008

Dr. Wayne Creighton prides himself in helping those trapped in addiction regain hope and reclaim their lives.

Dr. Wayne Creighton (1958-2022)

President & CEO, Interlink Counseling Services (1958-2022)

Interviewed: 08-08-2008

Darryl Isaacs is a family man who learned his work ethic from his father.

Darryl Isaacs

Attorney, Isaacs & Isaacs (aka “The Heavy Hitter”)

Interviewed: 08-08-2008

Brenda Light's desire is to help women not only look and feel their best but to empower them as well.

Brenda Light

Former Owner, Light Touch Day Spa (1981-2009)

Interviewed: 05-30-2008

Jim King believes that success breeds success and that as he achieves more, he is able to do more things for more people.

Councilman Jim King (1951-2015)

Past President & CEO, King Southern Bank & 2011-2015 Louisville Metro Council President

Interviewed: 05-30-2008

Dean Corbett is passionate about seeing people enjoy themselves.

Georgia Davis Powers learned early life that to make changes you must be empowered.

PJ Cooksey believes you should find what you are passionate about in life and go and do it.

Patricia “PJ” Cooksey

Former Female Jockey & 1984 Kentucky Derby Contender

Interviewed: 05-30-2008

Ed Hamilton has always been driven by a need to create and discover something new.

Ed Hamilton

Internationally Renowned American Monument Sculptor

Interviewed: 05-30-2008

Michael Dalby is passionate about business and believes a strong and growing economy lead to a strong community.

John Yarmuth has dedicated his life to public service to make a difference for others.

Ed Glasscock is motivated by three main priorities, love of family, dedication to clients, and commitment to the community.

Jack Conway rejects complacency and is driven to move forward and accomplish his next goal in life.

Jack Conway

Former Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky (2008-2016)

Interviewed: 03-21-2008

Dr. Kevin Cosby is driven to see people grow and see their mind, life, and relationships transformed.

Chris Thieneman is a competitor who loves to dream up new scenarios and strategies for success.

Chris Thieneman

President, Thieneman Real Estate, LLC

Interviewed: 12-05-2007

Denise Vasquez Troutman is passionate about her work and believes there is still so much to do.

Denise Vasquez Troutman

Past President & CEO, Center for Women & Families (2006-2011)

Interviewed: 12-05-2007

Terry Blackwell has devoted her life to helping people realize their potential and inner abilities.

Jennifer Bielstein loves the art form and experience of live theatre and believes that it can change people’s lives.

Jennifer Bielstein

Former Managing Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville (2006-2016)

Interviewed: 12-05-2007

Brian Quail is passionate about the work and mission of the American Red Cross.

Brian Quail

Past CEO, Louisville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross (2003-2009)

Interviewed: 12-05-2007

Steve Trager gets to make a positive impact every day in the lives of his associates and customers.

Glenn Hogan believes fear is a great motivator that will either paralyze you or drive you to success.

Glenn Hogan, CCIM

Past President and CEO, Hogan Real Estate (1987-2016)

Interviewed: 09-26-2007

Dr. James Ramsey has a passion for public service and a vision for education and economic growth in Kentucky.

Diane McGraw loves to create a plan, gather the necessary resources, and watch it all come together.

Diane McGraw

Past Executive Director, Greater Louisville Sports Commission (2006-2009)

Interviewed: 09-26-2007

John Harralson loves to document how people interact at community events.

John Harralson, Jr.

Former Owner and Past Editor, The Voice-Tribune (1987-2005)

Interviewed: 09-26-2007

Teddy Gordon loves a good fight, especially where the underdog is denied fair access and equal opportunity.

Teddy B. Gordon

Attorney, Meredith vs. Jefferson County Board of Education

Interviewed: 09-26-2007

Owsley Brown Frazier has dedicated his life and fortune to improve his hometown for future generations.

John Asher loves the sport of horse racing and is driven to make everything about Churchill Downs the best in the world.

John Asher (1955-2018)

Former-Vice President of Racing Communications, Churchill Downs (1999-2018)

Interviewed: 05-24-2007

Christine Johnson likes to make things happen and connect people who see opportunities to move things forward.

Ben Richmond fills a responsibility to steward his parent’s work in the civil rights movement and to further the principles and values taught by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Maria Hampton is competitive by nature and has a strong passion for success.

Sandra Frazier starts each day thinking about how she can contribute something that will make a difference.

Barbara Day draws her inspiration from being told as a little girl that she wouldn’t amount to much.

Barbara Day

Radio Host & Past Publisher, Kentuckiana Health Fitness & Healthy Woman Magazines (1997-2010)

Interviewed: 05-24-2007

Cynthia Knapek has a tremendous amount of civic pride in her hometown of Louisville and loves doing work that will impact and improve her community.

For Chuck Denny, continuous self-improvement is a driving force that motivates him every day.

Deepak Tiwari lives by the motto: wish, will, and determination is the law of success.

Deepak “D.T.” Tiwari

Indian-Born American Entrepreneur

Interviewed: 03-07-2007

Omar Ayyash sees himself as an ambassador and is passionate about helping people understand that the world is a global village.

Tyler Allen began life with a great foundation and believes that he has a responsibility to give back to the community.

Steve Higdon orients his life and career around his family, striving to be the best husband and father he can be.

Bill Weyland loves finding creative ways to solve big challenges.

Bill Samuels, Jr., is wired to achieve and seeks opportunities that have a beginning, end, and outcome.

Ed Manassah is motivated to succeed when he encounters a challenging issue.

For Denny Crum, competition is a way of life that influences everything he does.

Denny Crum (1937-2023)

Former U of L Hd. Basketball Coach (1971-2001)

Interviewed: 12-06-2006

Allan Cowen takes the long view of life and believes that life is as great as you choose it to be.

Allan Cowen

Past President & CEO, Fund for the Arts ((1976-2011)

Interviewed: 12-06-2006

Heather French Henry is inspired by hard work and dedication and believes that everyone can choose to make a difference with the time they have.

Paul Hornung is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of football.

Paul Hornung (1935-2020)

1956 Heisman Trophy Winner-and former Green Bay Packer (1957-1966)

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

Jim Host loves Kentucky and he believes it has more potential than any other state in the country.

Jim Host

Former Kentucky Commerce Secretary & Founder of Host Communications

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

Dr. Whitney Jones understands the preciousness of time and the need to take action on the things that are most important in life.

Dr. Whitney Jones

Founder of Colon Cancer Institute

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

Francene Cucinello will ALWAYS be remembered for loving to get people talking and challenge them to think.

Francene (1964-2010)

Former-Talk Show Host, 84 WHAS (2003-2010)

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

Growing up in Kansas, Steve Sexton learned a lot about the importance of a strong work ethic and goal setting.

Steve Sexton (1959-2016)

Past President, Churchill Downs (2002-2009)

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

Rowan Claypool is a social entrepreneur who believes that young knowledge economy workers are the future to prosperous communities.

Rowan Claypool

Founder, “Bulldogs in the Bluegrass”

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

Billy Reed believes in the power of the written word and its ability to influence people and events.

Billy Reed (1943-2022)

Nationally Renowned Sportswriter & Author

Interviewed: 05-24-2006

Joe Regan is motivated by seeing lives changed through improved education and expanded employment opportunities.

Kimberly Bunton is a strategic thinker and planner driven by the pursuit of excellence and personal best.

Kimberly Bunton

Past Director, Louisville Metro Government’s Policy and Strategic Planning Department (2004-2009)

Interviewed: 05-24-2006

Jonathan Blue loves finding new opportunities and growing them into successful enterprises.

Jonathan Blue

Founder, Blue Equity, LLC

Interviewed: 05-24-2006

Joan Riehm has dedicated her life to making Louisville a better place to live and work.

Making a difference is what drives Jack Guthrie.

Jack Guthrie

Founder, Guthrie-Mayes Public Relations

Interviewed: 03-30-2006

Craig Greenberg has a passion to make Louisville a better community.

Craig Greenberg

Louisville Metro Mayor (2023-???)

Interviewed: 03-30-2006

Raoul Cunningham has always been passionate about equality and making our system work.

J. Bruce Miller pursues excellence in everything he does.

J. Bruce Miller

J. Bruce Miller Group & Author “Airball”

Interviewed: 03-30-2006

Rebecca Jackson was the first woman ever elected Jefferson County, Ky. judge executive, the county’s highest ranking elected official.

Rebecca Jackson

CEO, Crusade for Children & Former Jefferson County Judge Executive (1998-2002)

Interviewed: 03-30-2006

From an early age, Trey Grayson has been motivated to serve his community.

Trey Grayson

Past Kentucky Secretary of State (2004-2011)

Interviewed: 01-20-2006

Barbara Sexton Smith’s personal mission is to leave the earth better than she found it.

Barbara Sexton Smith

Louisville Metro Deputy Mayor & Frmr. VP, Fund for the Arts

Interviewed: 01-20-2006

At age 22, Bob Russell became the pastor of a small congregation of 120 people called Southeast Christian Church.

Bob Russell

Former Reverend, Southeast Christian Church (1966-2006)

Interviewed: 01-20-2006

Debbie Scoppechio is the founder of Kentucky’s largest advertising agency.

Christopher 2X is driven by the plight of the poor and wants to help them transform their mindset.

David Armstrong is an achiever who looks to maximize everything he can do in a day.

David L. Armstrong (1941-2017)

Former Mayor of Louisville (1999-2003)

Interviewed: 10-20-2005

Stan Curtis wants to inspire and empower people to help those who can’t help themselves.