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86 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Episode 12: Preservation Realty - Downtown Kankakee Economic Development
Old Midland States Bank Building at the corning of Schuyler and Station Street in Kankakee. Pope Brace Building on South Washington Avenue near Court Street in Kankakee. We take a deep dive into the major economic developments that are currently happening in downtown Kankakee with Preservation Realty. Joining us on this episode is Lisa Wogan, Barbi Brewer-Watson, Dave Baron, and Nicole Smolkovich. Two of the projects included in this endeavor are the repurposing of the old Pope Brace Building and the former Midland States Bank Building in downtown Kankakee. I found it to be really exciting to hear the great things that are happening in order to help Kankakee flourish into a new golden age. The beautiful thing about this is that each one of us can take part in this growth. However, It's up to us on whether we choose to climb aboard or not. Much Love, Jake LaMore P. S. We are recording our very first episode of Kankakee Podcast in front of a live audience on Saturday, August 14th at Heroes, Hogs, and Hot Rods in downtown Manteno from 1:30pm to 2:45pm! This is absolutely FREE to the public. Anyone can come! I'm currently seeking sponsors to help cover the cost of this special episode. If your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, please email me for the details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
62 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Episode 11: 1920s Prohibition from Chicago to Kankakee
Schuyler Avenue in downtown Kankakee in the 1920s. It's that time of the month already where we are joined by the Kankakee County Museum to put out a special episode of Kankakee Podcast! Executive Director, Veronica Featherston, and Research Coordinator, Jorie Walters, take us back to the Prohibition era of the 1920s. As you probably already know, Chicago's Al Capone was one of the most prolific bootleggers of that time in history. Jorie tells us about the possible connections between Capone and the Kankakee area. I'm using the word possible because there is no hard evidence to back this up. It certainly is fun to imagine and talk about though! After all, there is a good chance that these stories are true given Al Capone's character and nature. If it wasn't Capone, it could have easily been another bootlegger from Chicago.
50 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Episode 10: The Globetrotting Martin Sisters with Ryan Hall
Ryan Hall holding a picture of his great great aunts, Mable & Lula Martin. A few weeks ago I received a message on the Jake LaMore Facebook Page from a guy named, Ryan Hall. He told me how much he enjoyed listening to Kankakee Podcast and how he would love to share the story of his famous great great aunts, The Globetrotting Martin Sisters. I had never heard of them before! I did a quick Google search on the Martin sisters and the first thing I found was an article in The Daily Journal from 2018 written by, Jack Klasey. After I read the sentence in the article about how the sisters traveled to over 75 countries, I gave Ryan the green light to come onto the podcast to talk about his adventurous relatives. I live to hear stories like this about Kankakee County residents. Thanks for sending me that Facebook message and being on the podcast, Ryan! Much Love, Jake LaMore Below are pictures, keepsakes, souvenirs, & YouTube vidoes of Mable & Lula Martin that Ryan was willing to share with me. YouTube Video of African Safari in 1953: https://youtu.be/XhsfgjP0K2U
66 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Episode 9: Musa Man (Zion Ali)
Left to Right: Musa Man (Zion Ali) and his good friend, Joe Martin. I've always believed it's super important to support local original music. As you can imagine, it's extremely difficult to launch a successful career writing and performing songs for a living. It's not impossible though as Musa Man, a.k.a. Zion Ali points out in today's episode of Kankakee Podcast. His positivity radiated throughout the room as we sat and talked. It felt good to feel his drive and determination to reach the stars with his music and acting chops. Zion writes and releases his own music under the name, Musa Man. He just dropped a brand new feel good song called, "Got Me In A Dream". His best friend, Joe Martin, helped him shoot the music video for it, which they filmed in downtown Kankakee. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/5-H_8ztf3I8 Thanks for being on the podcast, Zion and Joe! I had a lot of fun talking with you both. I thoroughly believe both of you are going to achieve great things together. Much Love, Jake LaMore
87 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Episode 8: Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Molly Ehrich
Several months ago I saw my fellow 2009 Bishop McNamara High School classmate, Molly Ehrich, post a status on Facebook stating that she was going to hike the Appalachian Trail. Mind you, this isn't some excursion you attempt to do on a Sunday afternoon. The trail is over 2,000 miles long. So when I read Molly's Facebook status, I commented on it saying, "When you finish, come onto Kankakee Podcast and tell me about it!" Molly replied, "I probably won't remember much." When she got back to Illinois, she messaged me right away and said, "I remembered". So did Molly successfully hike the ENTIRE Appalachian Trail? Listen to find out how the adventure ends! Thank you for talking with me, Molly. It was great catching up with you! Much Love, Jake LaMore
59 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Episode 7: The Inception of Kankakee County
High-angle view of downtown Kankakee, taken from the City National Bank building (at Court & Schuyler). View is to southeast, toward Kankakee County Courthouse. Probably taken between 1912 and 1920. Photo provided by the Kankakee County Museum. I’m excited to celebrate “Kankakee Day” for the very first time! I don’t believe I’ve ever celebrated this important day in our county’s history before. It might just be the first time for you as well. It was on this very same day in 1853 that Kankakee Depot was chosen as the county seat. Hence why we call it, “Kankakee Day”. Executive Director, Veronica Featherston and Research Coordinator, Jorie Walters, of the Kankakee County Museum join us to celebrate this historic day. Jorie is also giving a special presentation at the museum today starting at 1pm. KankakeeDay.com is also another great resource to find ways to celebrate this special day. Much Love, Jake LaMore The post Episode 7: The Inception of Kankakee County appeared first on Kankakee Podcast.
147 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Episode 6: Lupe Carroll
When I first started developing the idea of Kankakee Podcast in the fall of 2020, I knew I wanted Lupe Carroll to write the theme song. There was no doubt in my mind that Lupe had the voice and songwriting style I was looking for. So on this episode, we break down how Lupe created the Kankakee Podcast theme song and also dive into his days from being on NBC’s The Voice. Thank you Lupe for creating such an amazing song for the podcast and being a good friend! Much Love, Jake LaMore The post Episode 6: Lupe Carroll appeared first on Kankakee Podcast.
117 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Episode 5: Mike Tomano
I was one year into my broadcasting career when I first met Mike Tomano in 2015. I hosted the midday show on River Country 101.7 FM and Mike was hired to do the morning show. At that point, Mike had been out of radio for a year or so and wanted to give it one last go around. I’m thankful he did. Otherwise, we may not have met. I remembered him from his days at The Kat 105.5 FM hosting mornings with Steve Touhy. I was excited to meet someone like him who was well known in the Kankakee Valley radio market. We quickly learned we had a lot in common and became friends. I also learned quite a bit of radio hosting skills from him as well. Now at this point in 2021, Mike is in his 2nd year hosting mornings on The Valley 92.7 FM and celebrating his 30th year in radio broadcasting. As you can imagine, he has several stories to share. The good, bad, and the ugly. Buckle up because this is a wild two hour ride through Mike Tomano’s life. He was kind enough to open up to me about some sensitive subjects and I’m grateful he did. Much Love, Jake LaMore The post Episode 5: Mike Tomano appeared first on Kankakee Podcast.
74 minutes | May 31, 2021
Episode 4: The Story of Col. James H. Kasler
Colonel James H. Kasler. Photo from the United States Air Force. Today, as we honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, we also learn about the story of the late Colonel James H. Kasler. While the Colonel didn’t pass away during his time in service, he still has an incredible story I think we all need to hear. I had the honor of being at Kasler’s former home in rural Momence, IL a few weeks ago. Seth Burkey, who now own’s the estate, invited me over to share the Colonel’s story with me. I was quickly captivated by the beautiful piece of property. Burkey even built a memorial to honor Kasler called, Aileron Cove. You can see the memorial yourself if you wish. It’s open to the public. I could type all day long about Colonel James H. Kasler’s story. I think it would be best if you listen to this episode of Kankakee Podcast instead to hear Seth tell his story. Much Love, Jake LaMore Here are some photos I took during my visit at Kasler’s former home: The post Episode 4: The Story of Col. James H. Kasler appeared first on Kankakee Podcast.
78 minutes | May 24, 2021
Episode 3: Kent Wade
Kent Wade, Public Speaker. I first met Kent Wade when I was doing a video shoot in December of 2020. Eric Peterson had asked both of us to be in a “Dad Joke Battle” video to support Toys For Tots. It turned out we had something in common other than being fathers. We both spoke to people for a living. Kent being a public speaker and I a broadcaster. After the video shoot was over, he gave me his business card and we became Facebook friends. It was then that I learned about his mantra, “Shake The Fear”. Those words struck a chord with me and I was curious to learn more about Kent. I thought, whenever I start recording episodes of Kankakee Podcast, I HAVE to talk to Kent. Five months later and here we are! It turns out, Kent has an incredible story to tell and I’m grateful he felt comfortable telling it to me. Thank you for being on, Kent! Learn more about public speaker, Kent Wade, at iamkentwade.com. Much Love, Jake LaMore The post Episode 3: Kent Wade appeared first on Kankakee Podcast.
58 minutes | May 17, 2021
Episode 2: Kankakee County Museum
The Kankakee County Museum Campus is beautiful. Especially in the spring when the trees are blooming or in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. It’s a hot spot for taking for photos. We’ve all done it, right? I know we once shot photos there for when my son turned 18 months old. How many of us have actually taken the time to go into the museum though? Not many if you ask me. I know I’m guilty of that. I didn’t step inside the doors of the Kankakee County Museum until March of 2021. I immediately felt regret that I hadn’t visited there sooner. Once a month on Kankakee Podcast, we will be joined by staff members of the Kankakee County Museum to focus on a certain place, person, or topic in our county’s history. This first episode is merely an introduction and overview of what the museum has to offer. I can personally tell you there is more than meets the eye. Please welcome Executive Director, Veronica Featherston and Collections Assistant, Barbara Dubravec, to Kankakee Podcast. Learn more at KankakeeCountyMuseum.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Much Love, Jake LaMore The post Episode 2: Kankakee County Museum appeared first on Kankakee Podcast.
70 minutes | May 10, 2021
Episode 1: Eric Peterson of Project Headspace & Timing
Eric Peterson of veteran nonprofit organization, Project Headspace & Timing. When I started developing Kankakee Podcast in the fall of 2020, I couldn’t decide where to start. Who should be on the first episode? Who should be the first guest? There were so many great places and people to start with. I knew that I wanted Eric Peterson to be a guest at some point. I just wasn’t sure when. Then, one Saturday afternoon a few months ago, Eric volunteered to help move some big desks into the recording space I was setting up in my basement. That’s when it became clear to me that he should be the first guest on Kankakee Podcast. Eric Peterson is a lifelong resident in Kankakee County. He is on a mission to bring veterans together with their communities, nature, and themselves, while affecting change in regard to the mental health treatment of his fellow veterans through his 501(c)3 organization, Project Headspace and Timing. Find out more about Project Headspace & Timing at the following links: Website Facebook Instagram Thank you for being the very first guest on the podcast, Eric! Much Love, Jake LaMore The post Episode 1: Eric Peterson of Project Headspace & Timing appeared first on Kankakee Podcast.
3 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Kankakee Podcast Premieres May 10th
“It’s easy to see your hometown in black and white. However, if you open your eyes and take a second look, you’ll see that it’s full of life and hope.” Kankakee Podcast premieres Monday, May 10th at kankakeepodcast.com or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosted by, Jake LaMore. Logo by, Brandi Price. Theme song by, Lupe Carroll. Promo video shot and edited by, Becky Skoglund. The post Kankakee Podcast Premieres May 10th appeared first on Kankakee Podcast.
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