Podcast Stockton

Local cyclist, Tyler Young, is the leader of the Great Ride Series bike rides from Stockton's Performance Bicycles in Lincoln Center. More than just a cyclist or ride leader, Tyler is one of the most well known cyclists in Stockton. His dedication to his riders is unparalleled. He started cycling again just a few years ago and used it to lose weight and get back in shape. Since then, he has used his passion for riding to encourage people all over Stockton to get out on their bikes.

Every Saturday, Tyler leads a ride from the Performance store. A family-friendly ride that often gets up to 50 riders, Tyler takes his fellow cyclists through north Stockton neighborhoods and on to the Calaveras bike path before heading to University of the Pacific and the turn-around point at Starbucks on the Miracle Mile. 

To get an idea of what Tyler means to local cyclists, I spoke with a few of his riders, Kelly Rose, Kiel Penrod and Karen Jordan, during a recent Saturday morning ride.

Tyler's impact on local cyclists is clear. Talk to any of his riders and they will tell you he is the reason they continue to get out on their bike.

Tyler has a ride for all cyclists, no matter what "tribe" they belong to. His Saturday rides have every level of cyclist, from families riding with small children to die-hard lycra-clad road cyclists. He also leads a weekly mountain bike specific ride and a Sunday road bike specific ride of varying distances.

Be sure to check out his ride schedule on Meetup and look for him and the rest of his riders on Strava. Here's a video from a recent Saturday ride.

Follow Tyler on Instagram, @roguefreeman.

"He doesn’t care if you’re slow or fast, he just wants you to be there."

-Kiel Penrod, local cyclist

"I push myself to show up because of Tyler. This has become a big part of my life."

-Karen Jordan, local cyclist

The music for episode 103 is "Calaveras Super Highway" by Michael Klooster & Ernest B. Mancuso, featuring Justin Anderson. 

There is a new podcast in town, Fat City Establishment. Their first episode was released last week and focuses on Stockton politics. Stockton needs more independent voices and we are excited to have a new show in town. Congratulations to Fat City Establishment on their inaugural show. Listen and subscribe on Soundcloud and iTunes.

We're always open to your feedback and comments. Leave us a message anytime, or text us, at 209-565-3229 or send your e-mail to PodcastStockton@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @podcaststockton and Instagram @podcaststockton.

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Podcast Stockton is Matt Beckwith, Susan Spracher, Rod Villagomez, Greg Bahr and Manuel Montes.

Direct download: 103_103._Tyler_Young_-_September_18_2016.mp3
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Even though Jenny-Faye Klooster and her family moved from Stockton four years ago, her ties to Stockton run deep. She is a multi-generation Stocktonian now living in Southern California but still considers Stockton her home.

A fixture on the Miracle Mile, Jenny-Faye first worked at, and then eventually owned and operated San Francisco Floral.

After moving, Jenny-Faye started a blog, The Swearing Mom's Guide to Life, what she calls, "A menagerie of opinions and ideas of lifestyle and social relevance through the eyes of a potty mouthed Mama". 

Her blog is well-written and full of wonderful food and drink recipes. But its biggest draw is the personal stories and opinion pieces. 

On a recent visit to Stockton, Jenny-Faye sat down with Matt. Before they started the official interview, Jenny-Faye made a drink, one that she had recently featured on her blog, a Hard Cherry Limeade

Jenny-Faye also began releasing videos, showcasing some fun cocktails. Honey Lavender LemontiniThe Ginger Greyhound and Blackberry Bourbon Smash have been very popular. 

Amongst the recipes are some very personal posts, such as The Fattest Girl in the Room and A Villain, a Mom and Two Little Boys.

Follow the blog at swearingmom.com and on Facebook at  facebook.com/theswearingmom.

The music for episode 102 is "Brand New Revolution" by Icarus Jones.

We would love to hear your comments. Leave us a message anytime, or text us, at 209-565-3229 or send your e-mail to PodcastStockton@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @podcaststockton and Instagram @podcaststockton.

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Podcast Stockton is Matt Beckwith, Susan Spracher, Rod Villagomez, Greg Bahr and Manuel Montes.

 

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Stephen Bentley, a deacon at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Downtown Stockton recently opened HUB, Helping Urban Bicyclists. A lifelong cyclist and twenty-year resident of Stockton, Stephen has spent years helping the homeless and near homeless members of our community. 

Episode 101 of Podcast Stockton is hosted by Susan Spracher and Rod Villagomez. 

Before opening HUB, he would occasionally help people in need by fixing a bike chain or flat tire but he had bigger goals. He set out to open a bike shop downtown that would serve the often forgotten members of our community. 

HUB opened in April and, with the help of volunteers and generous donations from the community, he has been able to provide people in need with bike repairs and, in some cases, their own bikes. 

Stephen talks with Podcast Stockton's Matt Beckwith about why he started HUB and what it means to be able to provide this service to the people of Stockton. 

HUB is always accepting donations of bikes, bike parts and cash. They are located at 131 E. Miner Street, just east of El Dorado Street. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 4 PM and on Wednesdays from 1 PM to 4 PM. 

facebook.com/STOCKTONHUB

Stephen is also a very talented comic artist and write the daily comic strip, Herb and Jamaal. Matt and Stephen talk about the work involved with hand-drawing and lettering a daily comic strip and if Stephen identifies more with Herb or Jamaal. You can read the daily comic strip at gocomics.com/herbandjamaal.

The music for episode 101 is "Lakeshore Drive (Guitar Jazz Version)" by Stockton based band, Pushers & Thieves. Find them on Facebook and ReverbNation.

We would love to hear your comments. Leave us a message anytime, or text us, at 209-565-3229 or send e-mail to PodcastStockton@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @podcaststockton and Instagram @podcaststockton.

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Podcast Stockton is Rod Villagomez, Matt Beckwith, Susan Spracher, Greg Bahr and Manuel Montes.

Direct download: 101_101._Deacon_Stephen_Bentley_-_August_21_2016.mp3
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Welcome to season three of Podcast Stockton! Our entire team is back and we are all excited to bring you more of the people and the stories that make Stockton great!

For our 100th regular episode, we are very happy to be joined again by Wes RheaCEO of Visit Stockton. We are all thankful for Wes  and his incredible supporter of Podcast Stockton since the early days!

Matt and Wes discussed what has changed in Stockton, and with Visit Stockton, in the past two-and-a-half years since the last time he was on the show. 

They also discussed the bold, new Visit Stockton logo, why it's important to also market Stockton to people in Stockton - "The number reason people visit a community is to visit friends and family", the progress in Downtown Stockton, some upcoming events and more.

There are always so many fun things to do in Stockton and Wes and his team work hard to organize the area's best events calendar. Don't forget to sign up for the weekly Visit Stockton newsletter, you won't be disappointed. 

Some upcoming key events:

Stockton Beer Week Brew Fest, September 11, tickets on sale now

Stockton Beer Week, September 16-25 

Stockton Arts Week, October 14-23

NCAA Women's Division 1 basketball, March 24-27, 2017

Follow Visit Stockton on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and their website, VisitStockton.org.

Thank you, again, to Wes Rhea for all of your support through the years, for your tireless dedication to presenting Stockton in a positive light, and for being our guest for episode 100.


Music for this episode, "I Told You I Love You, Now Get Out" courtesy of Wendi Maxwell. Visit her website wendimaxwell.com and follow Wendi Maxwell and Tres Hot Jazz on Facebook


We would love to hear your comments. Leave us a message anytime, or text us, at 209-565-3229 or send your e-mail to PodcastStockton@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @podcaststockton and Instagram @podcaststockton.

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Smack dab in the middle of Stockton Beer Week, in this week's episode Susan and Matt talk with Lauren Sage, a bartender at The Abbey Trappist Pub, and beer blogger at Beer Up Your Life.

True Beer Geek

Lauren talks about the craft beer movement in Stockton and the rest of California. 

She also brought along some great California brews for us to sample:

Dust Bowl's Hobo Pilsner

Sudwerk's Dry Hop Lager

Russian River Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada Beer Camp's Yvan the Great Belgian-Style Blonde

21st Amendment Brewery Brew Free or Die IPA

Lauren works at The Abbey Trappist Pub which has been on the Mile for three years. With eight beers on draft and around 70 different bottles on hand - many of which a from brewers within an hour and a half drive from Stockton - there is a beer there for every type of drinker.

She worked alongside other brewers and the crew at Dust Bowl Brewing to help create Stockton Session, a hoppy red ale available just during Stockton Beer Week.

Don't forget to come to The Abbey on Saturday for the Local's Only Beer Fest

Follow @beerupyourlife and @theabbeytrappist on Instagram.

Stockton Beer Week is still here!

From August 22 - 31, the team at Visit Stockton bring us so many opportunities to celebrate beer in Stockton during Stockton Beer Week. There are great events scheduled from Friday through next weekend. Visit stocktonbeerweek.com for all the details.

We'd love to hear your comments. Leave us a message anytime, or text us, at 209-565-3229 or send your e-mail to PodcastStockton@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @podcaststockton and Instagram @podcaststockton.

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Smack dab in the middle of Stockton Beer Week, in this week's episode Susan and Matt talk with Lauren Sage, a bartender at The Abbey Trappist Pub, and beer blogger at Beer Up Your Life.

True Beer Geek

Lauren talks about the craft beer movement in Stockton and the rest of California. 

She also brought along some great California brews for us to sample:

Dust Bowl's Hobo Pilsner

Sudwerk's Dry Hop Lager

Russian River Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada Beer Camp's Yvan the Great Belgian-Style Blonde

21st Amendment Brewery Brew Free or Die IPA

Lauren works at The Abbey Trappist Pub which has been on the Mile for three years. With eight beers on draft and around 70 different bottles on hand - many of which a from brewers within an hour and a half drive from Stockton - there is a beer there for every type of drinker.

She worked alongside other brewers and the crew at Dust Bowl Brewing to help create Stockton Session, a hoppy red ale available just during Stockton Beer Week.

Don't forget to come to The Abbey on Saturday for the Local's Only Beer Fest

Follow @beerupyourlife and @theabbeytrappist on Instagram.

Stockton Beer Week is still here!

From August 22 - 31, the team at Visit Stockton bring us so many opportunities to celebrate beer in Stockton during Stockton Beer Week. There are great events scheduled from Friday through next weekend. Visit stocktonbeerweek.com for all the details.

We'd love to hear your comments. Leave us a message anytime, or text us, at 209-565-3229 or send your e-mail to PodcastStockton@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @podcaststockton and Instagram @podcaststockton.

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Leading up to Stockton Beer Week, in this episode, Matt and Rod sit down with with Steve Altimari, President and Brewmaster of High Water Brewing.

Beer

One of the best things about doing an interview with a brewmaster is, well, the beer. Steve brought some of his beers in to the Outback Studio for us to sample while we talked. 

We opened the show with Hop Riot IPA and then moved on to Hop Logic, Aphotic Imperial Porter, and then ended with High Water's best-selling brew, and a favorite of Matt's, Campfire Stout.

Career Change

Steve started as a home-brewer while working in information technology and then eventually attended America's Brewers Guild at UC Davis before working at Stockton's El Dorado Brewing Company which he eventually bought and turned into Valley Brewing Company. He eventually sold Valley Brew and is now a full-time brewer.

High Water Brewing beers can be found all over Stockton. On the Mile, you can often find a selection at Mile Wine Company and The Abbey Trappist Pub. You can also find High Water bottles at BevMo, S-Mart and even more retailers. 

Learn more about High Water Brewing at highwaterbrewing.com.

Stockton Beer Week is back!

From August 22 - 31, the team at Visit Stockton bring us so many opportunities to celebrate beer in Stockton during Stockton Beer Week. There are great events scheduled from Friday through next weekend. Visit stocktonbeerweek.com for all the details.

We'd love to hear your comments. Leave us a message anytime, or text us, at 209-565-3229 or send your e-mail to PodcastStockton@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @podcaststockton and Instagram @podcaststockton.

Listen below or click here to download the audio. Or right click / control click to save the audio.

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Leading up to Stockton Beer Week, in this episode, Matt and Rod sit down with with Steve Altimari, President and Brewmaster of High Water Brewing.

Beer

One of the best things about doing an interview with a brewmaster is, well, the beer. Steve brought some of his beers in to the Outback Studio for us to sample while we talked. 

We opened the show with Hop Riot IPA and then moved on to Hop Logic, Aphotic Imperial Porter, and then ended with High Water's best-selling brew, and a favorite of Matt's, Campfire Stout.

Career Change

Steve started as a home-brewer while working in information technology and then eventually attended America's Brewers Guild at UC Davis before working at Stockton's El Dorado Brewing Company which he eventually bought and turned into Valley Brewing Company. He eventually sold Valley Brew and is now a full-time brewer.

High Water Brewing beers can be found all over Stockton. On the Mile, you can often find a selection at Mile Wine Company and The Abbey Trappist Pub. You can also find High Water bottles at BevMo, S-Mart and even more retailers. 

Learn more about High Water Brewing at highwaterbrewing.com.

Stockton Beer Week is back!

From August 22 - 31, the team at Visit Stockton bring us so many opportunities to celebrate beer in Stockton during Stockton Beer Week. There are great events scheduled from Friday through next weekend. Visit stocktonbeerweek.com for all the details.

We'd love to hear your comments. Leave us a message anytime, or text us, at 209-565-3229 or send your e-mail to PodcastStockton@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @podcaststockton and Instagram @podcaststockton.

Listen below or click here to download the audio. Or right click / control click to save the audio.

Direct download: 98._Steve_Altimari_High_Water_Brewing_part_1_-_August_18.mp3
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In this episode, Greg and Matt sit down with local comedian and comedy show promoter, Reggie "Thuggdork" Galindo.

"I can do this"

Before getting on stage for the first time in San Jose in 1997, Reggie saw a comedian perform at a festival "I can do this". 

Even after doing shows locally and out on the road, Reggie doesn't consider himself a comedian. He enjoys doing comedy but doesn't necessarily identify with the title. As an addict in recovery, Reggie tells some personal stories of what his road has been like. 

After some time performing comedy, Reggie started promoting shows and found that he could successfully bring in the crowds to see other comedians as well.

Thuggdork is hosting Comedy BASH 2 at Empire Theatre next Friday, July 25. 

There are still tickets left, but get yours now before they are all sold out. 

Call 209-986-8960 to get your tickets.

We'd love to hear your comments. Leave us a message anytime, or text us, at 209-565-3229 or send your e-mail to PodcastStockton@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @podcaststockton and Instagram @podcaststockton.

 

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In this week's episode, Matt interviews Tim Viall. After moving to Stockton 23 years ago to work for the Record, Tim went on to work for the Chamber of Commerce, was the first Executive Director of the Downtown Stockton Alliance, and after 10 years, recently retired as the Executive Director of the Emergency Food Bank.

Busy In Retirement

Tim has remained busy in the community, serving as a board member for the Friends of the Fox Classic Movie Series and San Joaquin Bike Coalition. Tim has also completed the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

Last year, Tim started a travel blog, Little Places I Know, where he writes about his trips throughout the country. His travel blog is now featured as a Record Community Blog. Tim has also written several pieces that have appeared in the travel section of the Record's Sunday newspaper (his recent article about Redding).

Tim can be reached by e-mail at tviall@msn.com.

Stockton on another list

Stockton is no stranger to lists of all kinds. In fact, Podcast Stockton started, more than 5 years ago, as a response to our city being named to a list that I won't bother naming. Throughout the years, Stockton has appeared on many different lists, most of which are probably just designed to get website views for the companies making the lists. Last week, there was a lot of buzz about Stockton being named home to the country's hottest women

We'd love to hear your comments. Leave us a message anytime, or text us, at 209-565-3229 or send your e-mail to PodcastStockton@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @podcaststockton and Instagram @podcaststockton.

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