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Have we lost faith in faith itself? 05-17-18

• May 17th, 2018

We produce a fascinating show called The Next Chapter that tries to answer (from a practical and philosophical point of view) what comes next...particularly for us aging baby boomers who've been gifted with a whole extra inning in life.  As a group, we baby boomers will live longer than any generation in history with many of us making it well into our nineties or beyond.  So what will we do with that bonus time and  our new found next chapter?  Hosted by former CEO coach and evangelical minister Charlie Hedges, this show took an unexpected turn the last three weeks into exploring religion.  Will our aging group of baby boomers find our way back to the "faith of our fathers" (as the end grows nearer).  Or will we stick to our "enlightened" agnosticim and/or scientific athesim?  Or find a "new religion" in some new age "force" to make sense of the universe and our place in it. These are (after all) the age old questions that have gnawed at man since the dawn of time.  Who are we, where did we come from and where are we going?  The so called "meaning of life".  But as I note in this post series summary, we seem to be entering into a strange new world where a growing number of people just don't care about these questions at all anymore. Meaning we've lost faith not just in our leaders but in faith itself.  We trust no one and believe in nothing.  So it's not just a battle between "believers" and "non-believers" (in politics, religion, philosophy, democracy or any belief system you can name) but the emergence of a new category never seen before...NO belevers.  People for whom "none of the above" is the default answer to just about any question you can ask.  Where the majority of voters (here in Orange County and elsewhere) are now listed in the voter roles as "decline to state". And where a growing majority of people would rather stick a needle in their eye than talk about politics, philosophy, religion or anything "greater than themselve". So do you agree with my gloomy assessment that we're in some strange new "post belief" world. Where facts are all fungible, news is all fake and the experts are all wrong?  And is this just a transition  to some new "age of enlightenment" or the new normal.  A new dark age where anything goes, chaos rules and the old rules or belief systems just don't apply. Or even interest us anymore...

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Don’t Miss This Weekend’s FAMILY PET EXPO

• April 25th, 2018

Don't miss the worlds largest PET AND PET PRODUCTS EXPO this weekend (Friday, April April 27 thru Sunday, April 29th) at the OC Fair and Event Center.  Listen to this week's OC SPOTLIGHT as we share all that you'll see including bldgs full of cats and dogs, birds and reptiles (this being the largest reptile exhibit around). Watch the police dog demos, catch the SplashDog demos (as they judge which dog will jump the farthest into an above ground swimming pool to catch a frisbee) and see a world of animals you've only dreamed of. You can even checkout the dozens of dog and cat rescue organizations placing pets with families like yours right there, on the spot. It's all there and more at the world's LARGEST PET AND PET PRODUCTS EXPO, this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds.  

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Confident ROI launches weekly podcast w/Alex Vorobieff 04-24-18

• April 24th, 2018

Confident ROI launches weekly podcast w/Alex Vorobieff here on OC Talk Radio.

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Check out DISNEY ON ICE

• April 23rd, 2018

Got a chance to chat with one of the cast members for the latest DISNEY ON ICE production skating thru SoCal this week.  This version focusing on the film FROZEN won't make it to OC this tour. But for those willing to make the drive to Citizen's Business Bank Arena in Ontario next weekend (April 26-29), I can tell you (as one Disney fan to another) the trek is well worth it!  For more info, visit https://www.disneyonice.com/frozen

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OC’s LARGEST MIXER

• April 5th, 2018

For those of you that couldn't make it to the OC Fairgrounds recently for OC's LARGEST MIXER, you missed one heck of a party.  Thousands of people packed into a bldg at the Fairgrounds sampling local cuisine and connecting with the most amazing cross section of OC business owners imaginable including OC TALK RADIO (that was priviliged to be a media sponsor and streaming live from the event from 4-8pm.)  Check out their website to see all that you missed. Get more information on next year's event and reserve your space and place for 2019 soon.  It definitely sells out quickly...

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Learn all about CAL OPTIMA

• March 13th, 2018

Can you name ALL the people Cal Optima covers and serves here in Orange County including DREAMERS, Foster Kids and the severerly disabled?  Tune into this week's OC SPOTLIGHT and hear Claudia Shambaugh (OC Talk Radio's Public Affairs Director) talk with CAL OPTIMA CEO Michael Shrader about the size and scope of their organization and mission.  For example, did you know that Cal Optima currently serves 1/4 of our OC population?  Then tune in and you'll be surprised at all they do (and who they do it for).  Only on Orange County's only online community radio station, www.OCTalkRadio.net.

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All About South Coast Repertory

• February 19th, 2018

This week our OC SPOTLIGHT is shining brightly on our next door neighbor, the incredible South Coast Repertory Theatre, one of the few places promoting, developing and producing original plays here in Southern California.  Our Public Affairs Director Claudia Shambaugh talks with SCR's Public Relations Director Tania Thompson about the theatre's 50 year odyssey from "beachfront to Broadway" and their Tony award winning history. Plus their upcoming Playwright's Festival and new productions and all their other wide ranging community outreach programs.  Hear the whole story  of where they've been, what they're doing and where they're heading as SCR continues to grow in stature and success here in our community (and across the country). On Orange County's only community radio station, www.OCTalKRadio.net.

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The Power of Podcasting for Marketers Today

• February 15th, 2018

Matt Heinz from Heinz Marketing talks about the success of his podcast SALES PIPELINE RADIO and how he went from being a skeptic to a fanatic about the power of podcasting to brand yourself, build an audience and create meaningful engagement with prospects and customers alike.  As he says, "what's it worth to get 30 minutes of someone's time to tell your story?"

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How to Bullet Proof Your Marriage

• February 9th, 2018

On this week's OC SPOTLIGHT we talk to a long time forensic accountant, John Stirling Kinross, who has collected and chronicled his most amazing divorce cases in a new book specifically for women entitled HOW YOUR HUSBAND SCREWS YOU IN DIVORCE (and how you can protect yourself by BULLET PROOFING YOUR MARRIAGE). In it he gives fascinating case studies ("horror stories" as he calls them) of affluent, intelligent women who in the name of love did NOT treat their marriage as a real contract nor insist on the same level of clarity, transparancy and legal protection that they would in any other form of partnership.

"We prepare for all types of disasters," says author John Stirling Kinross. "So why not divorce?"  Learn from the mistakes of others in this series of real life examples (none of which you'll ever believe could possibly happen to you) and take the simple, precautionary steps John recommends to truly protect yourself from the "doomsday scenario" that you hope and pray will never happen.  Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.  And thereby BULLET PROOF YOUR MARRIAGE from the disaster of divorce.

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United to End Homelessness

• February 7th, 2018

There is a united way here in the OC to tackle homelessness and it's being led by the actual UNITED WAY of Orange County.  With a wide assortment of public and private partners in business, churches, cities and community groups, their goal is to solve this persistent problem once and for all (or at least make a meaningful dent in the size and suffering of this persistent population). 

We recently invited United Way-OC's new President and CEO Susan Parks into our studios to talk about their ambitious initiative (one of the few we can think of that unites people from all across the different political and economic spectrums of this county) as part of our OC SPOTLIGHT series of weekly public affairs programming, hosted by Claudia Shambaugh...longtime KUCI host and our newest Public Affairs Director here at OC Talk Radio (Orange County's only community radio station).

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