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Past Shows

July 23: Curve Magazine & Worst Summer Jobs

Merryn Johns, Editor in Chief of Curve Magazine, joins The Focus Group to discuss a wide range of topics related to the importance of print media and what she sees as issues currently confronting women and lesbians in this election season. But first, Tim ponders the idea of joining the Mile High Club on Flamingo Air and John shares his least favorite summer job.

July 16th: Nathan Richardson, Co-Founder of Trading Ticket

Nathan Richardson, Co-Founder of Trading Ticket, Inc. joins The Focus Group this week to talk about Trade It, new mobile technology, and its importance to the financial market. Tim advises John to be careful if he travels to Machu Picchu and John shares some new ways doctors are diagnosing prostate cancer. Then, in what may be the funniest bit ever on The Focus Group—and that’s hard to do—listener Chuck from Atlanta accidently hit a button on his device while listening to a past show. You have to take a listen as Tim and John sound like they may have had too many libations or took a trip to Colorado.

July 9: Mike Wilke & Shanghai Oreos

Mike Wilke, LGBT Advertising Expert, founder of The Commercial Closet and AdRespect joins The Focus Group as we explore the evolution of LGBT marketing. Kellogg’s opens an all day Cereal Restaurant, Kim Jong-Un is stress eating, and Tim and John sample Oreo’s from China thanks to listener Don in Orlando…who calls in to talk through the tasting.

July 13: Tim & John visit Jelly Belly!

Jelly Belly Special with Jana Sanders Perry and John Jamison. In this Focus Group Special, Tim and John recap their trip to the Jelly Belly Candy Factory and Tour in Fairfield, California. Jana tells us how long it takes to make a Jelly Belly Bean…and it’s longer than you think. John tells us a story about Dirt Flavored Beans, and Tim and John introduce Bean Boozled as a recurring feature for guests on The Focus Group. Thanks again to Jana and John for hosting us at Jelly Belly and we loved the Pancakes and Maple Syrup Flavored Beans as well!

July 2: 4th of July Weekend & U.S. Small Business Administration

Eugene Cornelius, Jr., Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), joins us this weekend. Eugene is the architect of LGBT inclusion in the Federal Government providing equal access to all entrepreneurs. Find out how to take advantage of all the SBA resources available to every taxpayer in the USA! John thinks Tim needs a hobby and Walmart celebrates the opening of its first store. Happy Canada Day and Happy Fourth of July—or as the British call it-Good Riddance Day!

June 25: Remembering Orlando & Joe Putignano

Former Olympic Gymnast hopeful, Joe Putignano, joins The Focus Group and explores his harrowing journey from the US Olympic Training Center to homeless shelters to shooting heroin on the job to being declared dead. His memoir, Acrobaddict delves into addiction, triumph, and despair. Thankfully, there is a happy ending. But first, once again corporations take the lead in bringing about acceptance as companies show their support to the victims of Orlando. June 25th is National Catfish Day and Barbed Wire was patented.

June 29: Gay Wine Weekend from Out in the Vineyard

In this Focus Group Special, Tim and John recap their trip to Sonoma for Gay Wine Weekend. This was the biggest event yet with people representing 16 US States, the UK, Canada, and Australia to drink some wine, meet new friends, and have a great weekend in one of America’s most beautiful settings. Out in the Vineyard Founders, Mark and Gary, join the show to let us know how much money was raised at the Recovery Brunch Auction for Face to Face…the local HIV/AIDS organization dedicated to ending HIV in Sonoma County. Tim and John share some photos of the trip and plan to attend next year…and you should too! Thanks again to Mark and Gary for creating and producing such a unique event.

June 18: Pride Con 2016, Virtual Goggles and More!

Thai Pham, CEO and Co-Founder of Pride Con 2016, joins Tim and John to discuss this new venture of all things pop culture, comics, anime, and cosplay with an LGBT focus. Tim and John ponder making omelettes at Julia Child’s French get-away. John introduces virtual goggles that Cadillac thinks will drive sales, which Tim thinks is idiotic and Comrade Valentina Tereshkova shows her “wares” in the Week in Science. Shop Talk looks at productivity levels of workers who sit all day versus standing at their desk—should the Focus Group record while standing?

June 11: John Lake, Vice President and LGBT Segment Manager for Wells Fargo

John Lake, Vice President and LGBT Segment Manager for Wells Fargo Enterprise Marketing, joins us right in the middle of Pride to remind all of us of Wells Fargo‘s almost 30 Year commitment to the LGBT consumer. Tim and John try the latest Oreo flavor-Fruity Crisp-apropos for Pride! Tim announced he’s “Trans-Ethnic”, John wants the new Star Trek Dollies, and we celebrate the birthday of the Founder of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, with an image of her being force fed at a French Cafe. And, what was the name of Jacques Cousteau’s boat? ShopTalk proves that everything old is new again when it comes to “Cause Marketing”. Please like us, rate us and subscribe!

June 4: Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride

Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride, joins Tim and John to talk about the ever evolving event that takes place annually the last week of June. New York City Pride is known as a “Destination Pride Celebration” and everyone should experience it at least once. Shop Talk tackles the question as to whether you should, or should not, “come out” on your resume. Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland, a dog dyed dark green, Francis Crick, adult website habits of conservatives, and a billboard gone wrong. That’s alotta show!

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