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Mike Behind the Mic
18 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: Ralph Stokes
In this week's Mike Behind the Mic podcast, Mike Dubberly has a conversation with former Alabama running back, Ralph Stokes. Ralph played for Coach Paul Bear Bryant in the early 1970's after being one of the first to integrate into Montgomery Lee High School. He was not the first to integrate the Alabama football program, but was one of the first group of black players who followed Wilbur Jackson and John Mitchell. Ralph talks about what he learned from that experience and what he learned playing for Coach Bryant (although his career was limited because of injuries). Ralph eventually succeeded in the healthcare field and then transitioned into a prominent position in the golf world. He's now the Director of Partnership Marketing for the PGA Tour Superstore. His new book is called One of the First, but we start the conversation talking some golf.
14 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: Neil Greenberg
If you're into #FantasyFootball or maybe got talked into joining a league for your first time, we're On Your Side with a little Fantasy Football Draft 101. In this latest Mike Behind the Mic podcast, Mike Dubberly talks with longtime NFL reporter and Fantasy Football Insider Neil Greenberg from the Washington Post. With these tips, hopefully you'll dominate your draft and or least appear to be an All-Pro.
22 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: Mickey Bell
In this week's Mike Behind the Mic podcast, we talk to stand-up comedian, host, writer, and public speaker, Mickey Bell, who as of the release of this podcast on Tuesday August 24th, will be performing at Comedy Club Stardome in Hoover, Alabama. It's part of his One Pound At A Time comedy tour and it's being recorded for an upcoming live comedy TV special. Mickey's comedic career was born out of, by his own admission, some self-inflicted hard times. The former pastor doesn't hide from his sins that became public and resulted in him being removed from pastoral duties. But following that, he fell into a condition so many deal with, but not everyone talks about. Deep depression. Yet, out of that dark time, Mickey found a way to talk about his past and at the same time, make people laugh. As he took time to chat, the Alabama native openly shared his personal story of restoration and second chances, in hopes of encouraging others.
15 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: Danny Wuerffel
Before there was Tim Tebow, there was Danny Wuerffel. In the mid-90's, playing for Coach Steve Spurrier, it was Wuerffel who led the Florida Gators to their first college football National Championship in school history, while also leading the nation in TD passes two straight seasons. And oh by the way, he also won a Heisman Trophy. Similar to Tim Tebow, Wuerffel is a also devout Christian, but perhaps that's where the similarities end. Wuerffel was more low-key and his time in the limelight came before the explosion of social media. Meanwhile, before Wuerffel's journeyman pro career ended, he started working for a non-profit in New Orleans called Desire Street Ministries, which had several programs to help those in impoverished areas get more opportunities. As the organization was recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Wuerffel took over as executive director. He has since moved Desire Street Ministries to Atlanta and expanded its reach to help non-profits already trying to do good work in inner-cities. Despite a busy schedule, Wuerffel took some time out to talk about several subjects, including his time playing QB in the SEC under the old ball coach, that 1994 SEC Championship Game classic, why he thinks Tim Tebow has become such a polarizing figure and how handled being a successful QB in the high-profile Southeastern Conference.
15 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: Kristoffer Carter
Are there things you want to accomplish in life, but something is holding you back? In this week's episode of Mike Behind the Mic, we get some insight into how to overcome those roadblocks from one of the most sought after coaches to the executives, Kristoffer Carter. The author, speaker and consultant has worked with executives with top companies like AT&T, Amazon and Edward Jones and has a book due out this fall titled, Permission to Glow: A Spiritual Guide to Epic Leadership. But instead of yet another discussion on leadership skills, we focused more on people like you and me. Those of us just trying to tackle some challenges to move forward with our lives. Here's our conversation and I hope it helps someone on the fence between standing pat or moving forward.
20 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: Shark Week facts and fiction
Do you remember seeing the movie Jaws for the first time? For those old enough to remember, it was terrifying. It was not uncommon to hear people say they were traumatized to the point they were afraid, not only to go swim at the beach, but had irrational fears of swimming in lakes, even pools for fear a shark might bite them out of nowhere. In fact, before the sequel to Jaws was released to theaters, the movie's promotional campaign was designed to build suspense off those fears with the slogan --"just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water".... and then you hear that familiar movie theme song...duh duh duh duh. Well now years later, with computer generated special effects, the mechanical shark in Jaws seems almost laughable. But the fear was real and we certainly know there have been real-life, tragic events where people have died from shark bites. So it's understandable that people would have anxiety about what they can't see in the water. Joining us for this episode of Mike Behind the Mic, to perhaps provide a better picture of the reality of shark behavior, is Laura Garcia Barcia. She's an environmental biologist who specializes in marine life conservation. She is also part of the National Geographic Sharkfest series that airs on their various TV platforms and partners. Laura examines the Paige Winter story, a shark bite survivor, who lost a leg and a hand. Laura discusses what we can learn from Paige's story and others to avoid or survive a shark encounter, but she also dispels myths and affirms facts about sharks. Just as we wrap up Shark Week, here's our conversation.
11 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with Ice Cube
In this episode, we get a chance to talk with rapper, producer, actor, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, O'Shea Jackson. You probably know him better as Ice Cube. The founder of the Big3 Basketball League was busy getting ready for Season 4, which will be played primarily in Las Vegas, but also New Orleans and some sites to be determined. Sidenote to my local listeners, it won't be coming to Birmingham this season. Though his time was limited, Ice Cube not only discussed restarting the league after cancelling last season, but also his thoughts on the 2019 passing of actor comedian John Witherspoon from the Friday movie series, who he thinks is the greatest basketball player of all time and what does the N.W.A. artist like or dislike about hip-hop/rap music today? Here's our brief conversation with the one and only, Ice Cube.
19 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with Kelly Lang
I think you are really going to enjoy this episode of Mike Behind the Mic, and hopefully be inspired as we talk to nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Kelly Lang about her current standout single “I’m Not Going Anywhere.” It continues to encourage people in the U.S. and across the globe with its positive message. This song was actually written and recorded nearly two decades ago, but has resurfaced in commercials from Ascension Hospital’s national campaign. The commercial has touched people from every walk of life, especially during the pandemic, but also for those experiencing various challenges, either physically or emotionally. However, to paraphrase the closing line from the late syndicated radio host Paul Harvey, now you'll know the rest of the story. Some background on Kelly Lang: she has been writing for and performing with some of the biggest names in the music industry for years, and she will share some stories about working with some of those mega-stars. She also offers some advice for aspiring artists with big dreams of making it big in Nashville. But before all that, we sample part of her song, "I'm Not Going Anywhere," to set up our conversation, and we do want to warn you, grab your tissue.
27 minutes | May 28, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with Trent Richardson
In this episode, I talk with former All-American running back and NFL 1st round pick out of Alabama, Trent Richardson. Trent had a meteoric rise to prominence in SEC football, finishing 3rd in the Heisman voting in 2011 and winning the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best college running back. But for a variety of reasons, his NFL career never took off after he was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns. He is now part of the Mexican Football League, wearing several several hats. I think you'll really enjoy his candor in talking about his kids, the time they capsized Coach Saban's boat, and he shares some wisdom for NFL rookies on what he learned from some of financial losses early in his pro career.
24 minutes | May 14, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with Crazy Cajun John Morgan
In this episode of Mike Behind the Mic, we spend a little time with comedian John Morgan, better known as the Crazy Cajun. If you've ever seen his act, you know why he's earned that moniker. John has a no-holds barred style, with the high energy of a southern Pentecostal preacher and with the subtlety of a train wreck. Normally, once John Morgan gets going, there is no stopping him and there is no person exempt from his hilarious observations of people. But in this conversation, he turns serious at times, talking about his wife, two sons and adopted daughter and also shares some material he gained coming out of a pandemic. He's an open book, but he has a compassion for people and shows it through charitable work and his desire to make people laugh. He's come a long way since earning college degrees in political science and English in his home state of Louisiana. Here's our conversation.
12 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: Mike reflects on April 27, 2011
In this episode of Mike Behind the Mic, Mike Dubberly remembers April 27, 2011, when a massive tornado outbreak caused more than 250 deaths in Alabama, over 2,000 injuries, countless homes destroyed, and even some towns leveled. But amid the tragedy, there were stories of heroism, courage, resiliency and a spirit of unified compassion among volunteers offering help in cleanup and recovery. Mike reflects on that day with two stories from the top-rated morning show in Birmingham, Good Day Alabama. The first is a new perspective from former Alabama defensive lineman, Shannon Brown, who lost his 21-year-old daughter Loryn in the mile-wide tornado that hit Tuscaloosa. How does he look at it now ten years later? Then, Mike introduces you to a couple in Smithfield who lost everything but their faith and love for each other. Melvin and Juanita Kent recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and their special bond offers a message of hope.
24 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with Alex Jones from 'Kickin' It'
In this week's episode of Mike Behind the Mic, it's only fitting I chat with the young man who helped win this podcast a recent Alabama Broadcaster's Association Award for Best Podcast because, oh by the way, he also happens to be a former cast member of the 2011-2015 hit show on Disney called, 'Kickin' It.' Alex Jones, who played Eddie on the Disney show, is now a producer here at WBRC FOX6 News. The Birmingham native joins me to offer some insight into the acting world and how he's been able to avoid the nightmarish problems other child actors have experienced transitioning into adulthood with no big TV show or movie roles coming anymore. So for any aspiring actors out there or parents of aspiring actors, Alex provides you some sobering reality, but also some levity describing the highlights of being on the show.
18 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with Shannon Bream
Mike talks with a cable network news anchor who was once told she would never make it in this business. But while Fox News Anchor and top legal correspondent Shannon Bream addresses that memory, she’s mainly joining the podcast to talk about her new book, the Women of the Bible Speak, and also discusses some of the personal battles she faced that she shared in her first book, Finding the Bright Side.
26 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with Taylor Hicks
In this episode of the Mike Behind the Mike Podcast, Mikes catches up with former American Idol Winner, Taylor Hicks, who has new music out from the movie released in January, Stars Fell on Alabama.
14 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: Will the same pre-pandemic jobs be there after COVID-19?
Obviously, despite the economy slowly regaining strength, many people are still out of work. When the economy does come back, will those who were laid off be able to come back to the same jobs they had before the pandemic caused shutdowns and restrictions? Heather Long, an economics correspondent for the Washington Post, looked into that by talking with leading economic analysts. What she found was a rather dire future in certain industries. Despite the “Debbie Downer” outlook, it’s also a wake-up call for a career pivot. Many Americans will have to try to get retrained for other careers in fields they might not have considered before. And there are already efforts in some states to help with that. Hopefully the conversation will encourage someone out there to start to research their options.
26 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: The Dating Battle
There is a new battle raging. Some of you might say, it's nothing new. But if you spend any amount of time on social media apps like Instragram, YouTube and especially Tik-Tok, you might see if differently. It's gotten nasty. Many of you have experienced it. I'm talking about the dating battle. Singles lamenting, not only the challenging process, but pointing fingers at the other side and blaming them for the reason they can't find an enduring, happy relationship. While that weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth is going on, the short-term, mostly superficial, shall we say, "meetings" to put it discreetly, continue. So what's the solution? Why can't the two sides meet? Will scores of singles stay single into their golden years? Licensed counselor and certified sex therapist, Dr. Misty Smith of MBH Wellness joins me to try to explain why there is not a meeting of the minds, body and spirit in dating. And is there a way to navigate it better. This is the first of several podcasts we'll spend on the subject. So let's dive in.
17 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with Cornelius Bennett
Just in time for the Super Bowl, Mike talks with former All-Pro linebacker and Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist, Cornelius Bennett - known to many by his nickname Biscuit. Cornelius was a RB/TE in high school, got moved to linebacker at Alabama, by head coach Ray Perkins and the rest they say is history. Bennett was the 2nd pick in the 1987 draft by the Colts, but was quickly dealt to Buffalo, where he played in four Super Bowls before moving on to Atlanta, where he played in a fifth Super bowl.
24 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with Barrett Jones
This week, former consensus All-American Lineman and Outland Trophy and Remington Award winning lineman Barrett Jones chats with Mike Dubberly to analyze the College Football Playoff National Championship game between Alabama and Ohio State.
12 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with Joey Mulinaro
In this week’s Mike Behind the Mic podcast, Mike chats with impressionist Joey Mulinaro of Bartstool Sports. Joey, a diehard Steelers fan, has gone viral with his videos, mostly with impressions of Alabama head coach Nick Saban. How does a guy living in Indiana get started doing impressions of SEC coaches? Joey explains that and also goes into character to give a glimpse of what Nick Saban would be like in running a bakery, for example. Enjoy.
18 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
Mike Behind the Mic: A Conversation with COVID-19 vaccine trial participant
Recently, you’ve heard our reports on the encouraging results from the COVID19 vaccine trials by pharmaceutical company Moderna. Moderna is seeking FDA approval after their data shows their vaccine is nearly 95% effective in the human phase of their trials. Almost 90 sites across the country had volunteers participating in the vaccine trials. In this edition of Mike Behind the Mic, Mike Dubberly speaks with one of the vaccine trial participants, Marc Ryan, to go in-depth on what the experience was like, how his family felt about it, and his thoughts after being a part of something that could eventually help in getting our lives back to normal in the near future.
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