About This Show
Local Legends, a National Car Rental podcast hosted by award-winning radio personality John St. Augustine, takes you on a journey into the lives of some extraordinary people and the cities they call home. From a groundbreaking sommelier in Brooklyn, New York, to America’s first concierge in San Francisco, hear the remarkable stories of these individuals in their own words through intimate, inspiring conversations.
Most Recent Episode
John St. Augustine’s Introduction
Jan 9 17
Award-winning talk show host John St. Augustine shares his inspiring story and introduces the Local Legends series Transcript: ANNOUNCER: National Car Rentals Presents: Local Legends, with John St. Augustine. John is an award-winning talk show host, an inspirational speaker, and a best-selling author. But there is so much more to his story. JOHN ST. AUGUSTINE: Legend. A person who’s fame and notoriety makes him or her, a source of inspiration. Someone whose actions make them larger than life. Someone who’s creating a legacy by finding the best in themselves, and bringing it to the world in concrete, constructive ways that creates a ripple effect that basically gives anyone touched by their path and story, permission to find their own higher ground. And that is exactly what the Local Legends Podcast is all about. Conversation that leads to information, to create transformation. It’s the podcast where you’ll cross paths with some of the best and brightest, the most driven and passionate people you could ever hope to meet. I’m John St. Augustine, and I am thrilled to be hosting the Local Legends series, this digital, audio journey we take together. And part of the big takeaway is as a business traveler we often get stuck in majoring in minor things… the millions of details that distract us from seeing the bigger picture. And oftentimes the people, the legends, that are part of creating that picture in ay city we visit, and work in. My radio career that’s 20 years in the making, and it all came from a time in my life when a business failure created an opportunity for me to find pieces of myself I didn’t even know existed. The big deal fell through, I lost everything I’d worked so hard for. At the age of 37, I found myself living in a small motel in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with my family, having left Chicago behind. I felt like a failure, and worse than that, I felt a sense of hopelessness that my life would never again be of value, to myself and to anyone else. Back in 1996 I took a very long walk in the middle of all that chaos, of 1000 miles roundtrip, from the Canadian to Chicago and back again. On foot. It was on that quest the idea to go on radio came forth. I had no experience, no training, no agent, no producers, no sponsors, but I did have one very important thing, I had a new thought. And after completing the walk, I eventually acted on that radio idea