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Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy
49 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Reprise | Kevin Kresse: Sculptor, Visual Artist
Ep 254 | Aired 7/23/2021 Today’s Up In Your Business With Kerry McCoy is a rerun from our early days in broadcasting, featuring my artist-friend and North Little Rock native, Mr. Kevin Kresse. Kevin’s success, of late, has been making big news. In recent years he was commissioned to sculpt the bust of Helena, Arkansas’s homeboy: singer and drummer Levon Helm. And, before that, Kresse created a seven foot, 1300 lb. bronze statue of the famed US Army Ranger and war hero Gen. William O. Darby of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. But I think Kresse’s most recent commission may have him more excited than any other. Kevin's sculpture of music legend Johnny Cash has been selected to represent Arkansas for the National Statuary Hall in Washington DC. Kevin’s work has been featured in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Arkansas Times, the North Little Rock Times, the Little Rock Free Press, Active Years magazine and Soiree magazine. He’s also been featured in pieces produced by the local affiliates of ABC, CBS and PBS television, as well as a short film by Garret Larkin. Kresse has been awarded painting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts – Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Arkansas Arts Council. He has also been the winner of several awards from the Arkansas Arts Center’s annual Delta competition. Listen to hear how Kevin discovered his knack for painting and sculpture, how he and his wife left everything behind to begin careers as artists, and about the many sculptures of Arkansas legends that live in Kevin’s living room, such as Levon Helm, Al Green, and Sister Loretta Tharpe. See his work, you won’t believe it!
54 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Part 2 | Susan McDougal: The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk
Ep 252 | Aired 7/16/2021 This week on Up In Your Business With Kerry McCoy is Part Two of my telling interview with Ms. Susan McDougal, known as The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk (also the title of her book), during Kenneth Starr’s 1994, media-circus trial of President Clinton and the Whitewater Investigation. Before the interview, I read her book and must shamefully confess that, even though I lived through the Whitewater era, I really knew no more than the sound bites I heard on TV. In today’s Part Two episode, she recounts the widely televised trial and tears up as she speaks of her heartfelt concern for the lost women she meets in prison. And learn what the term “Diesel Therapy” means and how it was tortuously used against her by attorney Kenneth Starr and Judge Susan Webber Wright. In Part One, if you missed it, Susan speaks of her early life. A small town girl who attended Ouachita Baptist College and was swept off her feet by campus professor, Mr. Jim McDougal. She tells of their whirlwind courtship that was filled with impressive parties and introductions to important politicians and successful businessmen. She also discloses that, unknown to both the newlyweds at the time, Jim suffered from a mental illness that would later be diagnosed as bipolar disorder. Listen to hear about Susan’s two year sentencing nightmare. This is a disheartening story. An eye opener into the abuse of judicial power, fake media, and corrupt politics.
53 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Part 1 | Susan McDougal: The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk
Ep 252 | Aired 7/9/2021 Today’s Up In Your Business With Kerry McCoy show is epic! So epic that it had to be edited into a 2-part series. My guest is Ms. Susan McDougal who, in 1994, was the center of attention in Kenneth Starr’s media-frenzied trial of President Clinton and the Whitewater investigation. Ms. McDougal’s story is a real-life Shakespearean tragedy; an eye opener into the abuse of judicial power, fake media, and corrupt politics. Before the interview I read her book, The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk and must shamefully confess that, even though I lived through the Whitewater era, I really knew no more than the sound bites I heard on TV. In today’s Part One interview, Susan speaks of her early life as a young lady from a small town who attended Ouachita Baptist College and was swept off her feet by the flamboyant, worldly, and well-read campus professor, Mr. Jim McDougal. After a whirlwind courtship filled with impressive parties and introductions to important politicians and successful businessmen, Susan found herself married to Jim, a man much older than herself, who unknowingly to both of them at the time, suffered from a mental illness that would later be diagnosed as bipolar disorder. In next week’s Part Two, you will listen as she describes jail life, tears up as she speaks of her heartfelt concern for the lost women in prison, and learn what the term “Diesel Therapy” means and how it was tortuously used against her.
54 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Arkansas River Entrepreneurs with John Burkhalter & Samuel Ellis
Ep 251 | Aired 6/30/2021 News Flash…next week, we’re moving to Saturdays at 11:00 AM on 101.1 the Answer. But our regularly scheduled program at 2:00 PM, Friday on KABF will stay the same. Tonight will be our last show during the 6:00 PM time slot. The staff of Up In Your Business with Kerry McCoy have pulled all the stops out for our last show in this time slot, by combining two interviews of Arkansas River entrepreneurs into one fantastic listening experience. Mr. John Burkhalter, engineer and developer of the new Rock City Yacht Club, talks about the amenities his new yacht club will bring to Little Rock along its Arkansas River shore; boat docks, apartments, recreational rentals and a restaurant. Mr. Sam Ellis, owner and founder of Rock Town River Outfitters, shares his love of the River Market by offering bike and kayak rentals to out-of-towners and residents alike, with maps and tours so you can enjoy a sunset kayak tour of downtown Little Rock along the shores of the Arkansas River.
47 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Reprise | Sheffield Nelson: Businessman, Lawyer, Political Figure
Ep 250 | Aired 06/23/2021 You’ll recognize the name of my guest today on Up In Your Business with Kerry McCoy because he is a long-time activist, businessman, and political figure in Arkansas; Mr. Sheffield Nelson. Born in the Arkansas Delta, Mr. Nelson studied and worked hard to overcome his geographic and socioeconomic station in life and became the president of ARKLA Gas by the age of 32. After a decade as CEO, Nelson resigned from his position at ARKLA and began to dabble in politics. In 1990, he switched from the Democratic Party to the struggling Republican Party to oppose Bill Clinton for the governorship. Unsuccessful at this first attempt, he ran again in 1994 against incumbent Jim Guy Tucker, who became Governor when Bill Clinton resigned for the Presidency of the United States. Though Nelson never held an elected office, he continued to work in Arkansas politics through appointments. He also proposed an increase to the natural gas severance tax to fund highway improvements and opposed the Game and Fish Commission’s attempts to exempt itself from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act in regard to fiscal matters.
45 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Robert "Bob" Traylor: Former AR State Rep, Businessman, Artist
Ep 249 | Aired 6/16/2021 This week on Up in Your Business I had the pleasure of interviewing (to quote from the Dos Equis ad campaign) “the most interesting man in the world,” Mr. Bob Traylor. If you are from North Little Rock, you will know exactly who and what I am talking about. My friend, Bob, is a 94-year-old man who sired 7 children, held the office of Arkansas state representative in 1971, made a living in real estate, smuggled gems out of Columbia, gave up alcohol in his 50’s and proudly became an early advocate of the healing powers of marijuana, all while exploring his talent for painting, discovering his love of art, and showing his works at the Arkansas Art Center’s Delta Exhibition. Listen to this interesting man recount his colorful life as part of Arkansas history.
51 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Reprise | Eric And Ryan Herget. Father-Son Duo of Entrepreneurs
Ep 248 | Aired 6/9/2021 Question: What crazy person nearing retirement age would buy a small, struggling, neighborhood grocery store in Little Rock, Arkansas? Answer: Mr. Eric Herget. A successful veteran of the insurance business, Eric tells the romantic story of how he followed his heart, changed his career, and came to own Terry’s Finer Foods (now known as Heights Corner Market). The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! Also on the show, you’ll hear Eric’s son, Ryan Herget, tell his entrepreneurial story of how he established the widely popular food delivery service, Chef Shuttle. Listen to this father-son duo, Eric and Ryan Herget, talk about the entrepreneurial spirit that built many small businesses.
53 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Reprise | Joey Lauren Adams: Film Actor & Director
Ep 247 | Aired 6/2/2021 This week, you will not only recognize the name of my guest on Up In Your Business with Kerry McCoy but also the voice of film actor, writer, and director, Joey Lauren Adams. Lucky for us, this North Little Rock native was back in “dogtown,” social-distancing from her usual California residence, when we caught up with her. Joey has had an illustrious career in film. She has acted in more than 40 films and 20 TV shows. In 2006, she wrote and directed her own film, “Come Early Morning.” She is not only a hardworking actress but an entrepreneur too, dabbling in booking bands and owning vacation rental property in Oxford, Mississippi. Today, we will have one hour to narrow down some of Joey’s most exciting moments, embarrassing moments, and unravel the strife that has made her the independent and extraordinary woman she is today.
53 minutes | May 27, 2021
Cecelia Wilson, Author of Back to Bremen, with Edith Smith
Ep 245 | Aired 5/26/2021 Today’s guest on Up In Your Business is Ms. Cecelia Wilson, whom I first met when she called and asked to interview me! During our initial phone conversation, Cecelia described herself as a WWII history buff. She said that my parents' story in the fall edition of FlagandBanner.com’s BRAVE Magazine had whetted her appetite to learn more about my family and specifically my father, a Purple Heart recipient. A few weeks later we met. As she was leaving, she gave me a copy of the book she had recently written, Back to Bremen. It is a memoir of her 80-year-old, longtime friend who lived in Germany during WWII and survived Nazi rule led by the madman, Adolf Hitler. Though I am not an avid reader, this book--told from the eyes of a 5-year-old German girl, Edith--I could not put down. In the book, Edith recalls her mother’s courage and self-determination to keep her 7 children safe, fed, and together as they walked, rode, and scurried across Germany, foraging for food, sleeping under the stars, and hiding from Russians and Germans alike. No one could be trusted, except Americans.
54 minutes | May 20, 2021
Reprise Compilation | Walter Hussman & Alan Leveritt
Ep 244 | Aired 5/19/2021 This week on Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy is a conversation with two Giants in Arkansas publishing: Mr. Walter Hussman and Mr. Alan Leveritt. Walter Hussman’s skills as an extraordinary newspaperman are legendary. He won the infamous newspaper war between the Gazette (a morning paper) and the Democrat (his afternoon paper) that lasted through the 1970’s. Then, after overseeing the two papers’ merger, he navigated his paper, now called the Democrat Gazette, through the crippling dot-com boom of the 90’s. Alan Leveritt, as an upcoming writer and entrepreneur, saw this legendary newspaper merger as an opportunity. With the loss of the Gazette, so went the loss of the liberal voice in Arkansas. So, young Alan Leveritt began publishing his alternative newspaper: the Arkansas Times. Like Walter, he successfully kept his publishing company afloat during the dot-com boom and its negative effect on newspaper publication.
47 minutes | May 13, 2021
Chris Tanner Co-Owner/Operator of Cheers, Samantha's Taproom, The Oyster Bar
Ep 244 | Aired 5/12/2021 This week on Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy we are speaking with Chris Tanner, co-owner/operator with his wife of three successful Little Rock restaurants: Samantha’s Tap Room, Cheers Restaurant, and The Oyster Bar. We will ask him what it has been like to be restauranteurs during the COVID -19 pandemic. How did they manage to successfully cope with the drastic changes in their industry? And how did they manage to hold a Grand Re-Opening of the newly revitalized Oyster Bar, a long-standing Little Rock institution, during the peak of the crisis? Learn what it takes to run not one, not two, but three successful restaurants.
54 minutes | May 5, 2021
Arkansas Parks & Tourism with Joe David Rice, Terry Hartwick, & Jim Dailey
Ep 243 | Aired 5/5/2021 This week on Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy, it is Parks and Tourism day! We will listen to three special public servants share interesting tales about some special places in Arkansas. You will hear excerpts from Kerry’s previous interviews with long running Director of Arkansas State Tourism and author of Arkansas Backstories: Quirks, Characters, and Curiosities of the Natural State, Joe David Rice, his replacement after retirement and former Little Rock Mayor, Mr. Jim Dailey; and Terry Hardwick, North Little Rock’s current Mayor and once Director of North Little Rock Parks and Recreation. Listen to learn from three authorities about the great parks of Arkansas and why tourism money is important to the state.
50 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Reprise | P. Allen Smith: Garden Designer, Lifestyle Expert, Conservationist
Ep 241 | Aired 4/28/2021 This week on Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy we are replaying my interview with the well-known TV personality and gardener, P. Allen Smith. We talk about his home, Moss Mountain Farm, his involvement in the local food movement, organic gardening, and his passion: the Heritage Poultry Conservancy that he founded in 2009 to educate the public and preserve endangered poultry breeds. Like so many successful people, Allen has turned strife into success. Overcoming his shy demeanor, he has parlayed himself into a national phenomenon with not one but two nationally syndicated PBS TV shows: P Allen Smith’s Garden Home and P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table. He is also the author of five best-selling books. Listen to learn about his long family history in farming and horticulture and about his childhood passion for urban farming “before it was cool."
50 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Arkansas Beer Ambassador Scott Parton
Scott Parton, known as Arkansas’ Beer Ambassador, was born and raised in the small town of Piggott, Arkansas and attended Arkansas State University in the neighboring city, Jonesboro. He's worked for Stephens as an Operations Analyst for the past 25 years, but his claim to fame has nothing to with computers but craft beer. Scott does not yet own a brewery, though he has dabbled in making his own beer. No, Scott's claim to fame is through enlightening people about different types of beers and being the liaison between local breweries and beer enthusiasts. He co-hosts a show on 103.7 The Buzz called Tap Time that explores the growth of Arkansas' craft beer scene and what it takes to make a good beer. Scott has a passion for writing and has often written articles for various magazines and websites. He runs arkbeerscene.com, a blog all about beer which he uses to keep his readers informed about what is going on in Arkansas' craft beer scene. Scott is also very active on Twitter, and you might follow him and not even know it. His handle isn't his name but instead is @WooPigBrewie.
53 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Spring Gardening with Janet Carson & Chris Olsen
Ep. 240 | Aired 1/14/2021 Today on Up In Your Business with Kerry McCoy we get some gardening know-how from two experts: Master Gardener Janet Carson of Planit Janet and Plantopia owner and landscape designer, Chris Olsen. These two aficionados cover everything from lawn care tips to the best time to prune your crepe myrtle. Listen to hear Janet Carson educate us on how to become a Master Gardener, while Chris Olsen teaches us how to “Jhemajang.” https://www.flagandbanner.com/radio-show/carson-olsen-240.asp
54 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Delving into Religion | Religious Leaders in Central Arkansas
Ep 239 | Aired 4/7/2021 Today on Up In Your Business with Kerry McCoy we pay homage to last weekend’s Easter Celebration by revisiting past conversations from four of Arkansas’s religious leaders: Father Fred Ball, Dean Amy Meaux, Dr. Chris Keller, and Rev. Susan Sims Smith. Each of these deep thinkers tell their story and personal inspiration for choosing a faith-filled life of service. In addition, they tackle the tough topics: church attendance, evolution, the LGBTQ community, and aligning their beliefs with the other varying faiths in America. Listen and hear encouraging words, expand your world religion knowledge, and learn the meaning behind each of the days in Holy Week that leads up to Easter.
50 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Renie Rule & Charlie Mack of Restore Hope and Empowering My Environment
Ep 238 | Aired 3/31/2021 Our guests today on Up In Your Business are Ms. Renie Rule and Mr. Charlie Mack from Arkansas Restore Hope: A non-profit founded in 2016 by Governor Asa Hutchinson to solve the problems of incarceration, recidivism, and over-abundance of children in foster care. Having known Ms. Rule for years, I can think of no one more capable to execute such important societal duties. As Community Outreach Director, Renie is the perfect advocate for Arkansas’s Restore Hope. She has a degree in Social Work and a career that spans decades with reputable non-profits such as UAMS, Arkansas Hospice, and she is the founder of Arkansas’s very successful Paws In Prison program. With her today is Mr. Charlie Mack, another success story who, with four other felons and gang leaders, started their own initiative called Empowering My Environment. Listen and hear about Mr. Charlie Mack’s success story: what led to his imprisonment, his disturbing but fascinating statistics on crime, punishment, and foster care and, my favorite part, his REDEMPTION. If, like me, you feel you are four or five degrees away from any of the aforementioned issues, or that these things don’t affect you, think again. Knowledge and dignity create better families, a broader workforce, lower crime, lower taxes, create stronger communities and economics that trickle up.
50 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Renie Rule And Charlie Mack of Restore Hope and Empowering Your Environment
Ep 238 | Aired 03/31/2021 Our guests today on Up In Your Business are Ms. Renie Rule and Mr. Charlie Mack from Arkansas Restore Hope: A non-profit founded in 2016 by Governor Asa Hutchinson to solve the problems of incarceration, recidivism, and over-abundance of children in foster care. Having known Ms. Rule for years, I can think of no one more capable to execute such important societal duties. As Community Outreach Director, Renie is the perfect advocate for Arkansas’s Restore Hope. She has a degree in Social Work and a career that spans decades with reputable non-profits such as UAMS, Arkansas Hospice, and she is the founder of Arkansas’s very successful Paws In Prison program. With her today is Mr. Charlie Mack, another success story who, with four other felons and gang leaders, started their own initiative called Empowering My Environment. Listen and hear about Mr. Charlie Mack’s success story: what led to his imprisonment, his disturbing but fascinating statistics on crime, punishment, and foster care and, my favorite part, his REDEMPTION. If, like me, you feel you are four or five degrees away from any of the aforementioned issues, or that these things don’t affect you, think again. Knowledge and dignity create better families, a broader workforce, lower crime, lower taxes, create stronger communities and economics that trickle up.
54 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Celebrating Little Rock's Local Eateries
Ep 237 | Aired 3/24/2021 Today on Up In Your Business with Kerry McCoy we are celebrating local eateries by replaying segments from past interviews with Little Rock restaurateurs. Listen to hear Don Dugan of Dugan’s Pub, Sami from Star of India, Sally Mengel of Loblolly Creamery, and others share their start-up stories, successes, and failures in an industry that has seen an exceptionally challenging year. Listen and be reminded of why small business owners are part of what makes America great and why we love our restaurants. And remember to support them in the coming months.
49 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Reprise | Mitch Breitweiser, Comic Book Creator, Allegiance Art
Ep 236 | Aired 3/17/2021 Today on Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy, I have the pleasure of interviewing the youngest indie comic book publishers in America, Mitch Breitweiser. Though we may all feel like comic book characters are everywhere in our blockbuster movies and video games, the truth is that very few new characters are being made and especially not being printed, published, and distributed in the old-fashioned comic book style and business model. In the year of Covid, which we will all remember, this young, brave couple launched Allegiance Art, made a Shark-Tank-like presentation to Walmart and, after a 20-year absence in the comic book industry, Walmart began selling and distributing the Breitweiser’s titles “Norah’s Saga,” “The Futurists,” “Red Rooster” and the Arkansas based “Bass Reeves” in their 3,000+ stores. Listen to find out how Mitch literally broke into the comic business by sneaking into Marvel Comics headquarters, how he and his wife started Allegiance Art, and how they got their best-selling comics on Walmart shelves.
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