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Episode 22 – Scott Plate

The first #authenticaudio episode of 2017 (Episode 22) features a wonderful conversation with Scott Plate.

​Scott is the Associate Professor of Music Theatre and Area Coordinator for the Music Theatre Program at Baldwin Wallace University. He’s also an award winning actor, director, writer and one of the most gentle and warm personalities I’ve ever come across.

Scott and I talk about his fascinating personal and artistic journey that ranges from New York City, Cincinnati, Montreal, Connecticut, Florida and now in Cleveland. We talk theater, art, education, acting and the emotionally charged ingredients that make up the “Sunday Sauce” that we call family.

All original music & audio production by
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Alex Collier

This Authentic Audio episode is brought to you by
​The City Club of Cleveland

Episode 21 -Dominick Farinacci & Jaymes Poling

12-7-16
Episode 21 of Authentic Audio features a conversation recorded at The City Club of Cleveland with the amazing musician/trumpeter Dominick Farinacci and Staff Sgt. Jaymes Poling. This episode features a story about the power of music and then a conversation about the incredible collaboration Dominick & Jaymes are working on together entitled “A Soldier’s Story”. The project uplifts a soldier’s story through writings and music, helping to facilitate dialogue between veterans and civilians.

Dominick has been called “A trumpeter of abundant poise” by the New York Times

You can learn more about Dominic, his current tour and other projects @ www.dominickfarinacci.com

*Learn, share and contribute to “A Soldier’s Story Kickstarter Campaign*

This Authentic Audio episode is brought to you by
​The City Club of Cleveland

All original music & audio production by
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Alex Collier

Episode 20 – Josh Boose

This new episode of #authenticaudio features a conversation with Emmy winning news personality & journalist Josh Boose. I loved meeting Josh! Although he’s had a very serious career, he is also a really..really.. funny personality. He had me cracking up during our conversation. The episode starts with a story (My Summer with Peter Jennings) about the the first time I witnessed the transformation of news into pure entertainment. Then, Josh and I talk about his career as an on-air personality, his life growing up in small-town Ohio, and his insights into the “news” business.

This episode is brought to you by
​The City Club of Cleveland

All original music & audio production by
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Alex Collier

Coordinator/Digital Outreach
Courtney Wayne

Episode 19 – Nina Turner

I’m not quite sure how to describe this….except…it was just damn inspiring. Nina Turner is an educator, speaker, political star, former Senator, Bernie Sanders surrogate, and Our Revolution champion. The episode starts with an eclectic and humorous story about “truth tellers” and flows into a candid, inspiring and emotional conversation with Nina. During our conversation Nina recalls her past, the family that inspired her and the state of our country today.
​This one is not to be missed!

This episode is brought to you by
​The City Club of Cleveland

All original music & audio production by
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Alex Collier

Coordinator/Digital Outreach
Courtney Wayne

Episode 18 – Laura Wimbels

​I recorded an intriguing conversation with Laura Wimbels . Laura is the photographer behind the amazing images of her latest book of photos entitled Faces of CLE. Faces of CLE seeks to capture “the familiar faces within the spaces of our city”. The episode starts with a story about how “faces” give us an inside look at our universal human experience. Then, Laura and I have a conversation that dives into her past, her journey that led to the creation of “Faces”, and the impact that her upbringing, family and friends have had on her life.

We also explored themes of diversity and if there is a responsibility for artists to reflect the diverse nature of urban spaces that aren’t always represented in the mainstream media.

All original music & audio production by
Ken Wendt D.M.A
www.filmmyart.com

Episode 17 – David Giffels

9-7-16
​This new episode of #authenticaudio features a conversation with author David Giffels. David’s most recent books include: All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House and The Hard Way on Purpose.

David and I had a talk in the solarium of his Akron, Ohio home. You can faintly hear the sounds of cicadas, cars and summer in the background of this meaningful conversation. We talked about the Rustbelt, home, identity, Northeast Ohio and the power of the written word. The episode begins with a short story about trying to survive in the “wilderness” away from the comfort of my Northeast Ohio home.

All original music & audio production by
Ken Wendt D.M.A
www.filmmyart.com

Episode 16 – “Honestly, Most Bios Lie”

This episode of Authentic Audio is a stand alone story. I do this every couple of months to mix it up. In this story entitled “Honestly, My Bio is a Lie” I talk about layers of truth and lies that we create to conform to society and I reveal the real reason why I started doing this podcast.
That truth is found somewhere between a broken marriage, following my dreams and being a father. Is it possible to have it all? Or at least a little part of everything that leads to an authentic and complete life?

Episode 15- Terrence Spivey

Terrence Spivey was the Artistic Director of Karamu House (the oldest African-American theatre in the country) for nearly 13 years. After parting ways with the company a few months ago he is now a free agent and is directing plays including the upcoming “Objectively/Reasonable” (a docu-play about the Tamir Rice shooting). I recorded our conversation in an empty rehearsal hall for the upcoming play in the Waterloo Arts District located Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood. We talked about how growing up isolated in rural Texas helped shape Terrence’s artistic future and explored his time working at art house cinemas in New York City as he honed his skills as a director. Finally, we discuss how he is approaching the raw and emotionally charged material surrounding Tamir Rice and using theater as activism to provide new perspective to audiences.

*More info & tickets to “Objectively/Reasonable” HERE:

Objectively/Reasonable

This episode is sponsored by
www.seeingplacetheater.org

​All original music by:
Ken Wendt D.M.A
www.filmmyart.com

Episode 14 – Steve Sanders

This conversation was inspiring! I recently sat down with former Cleveland Brown & NFL wide-out Steve Sanders for Authentic Audio. As a huge Cleveland sports fan I tried not to geek out too much. Steve is currently a motivational speaker, author & the Metro Director of the Cleveland FCA. We only spoke a few times before I recorded our conversation and I didn’t know what to expect. Needless to say, the conversation was dynamic & Steve was incredibly humble and vulnerable about his experiences. He provided some inspirational insights to his personal journey that you don’t want to miss. And… yeah.. He gave me an autographed copy of his book “Training Camp for Life”.
This episode is sponsored by
www.seeingplacetheater.com/
​All original music by:
Ken Wendt D.M.A
www.filmmyart.com

Episode 13 – Dana Norris

I sat down with Dana Norris for one of this coolest, funniest and wittiest conversations I’ve had thus far. Dana Norris is a writer and the editor-in-chief of Story Club Magazine. She is founder of Story Club, a monthly live lit show held in Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, and Belgrade. We talked about how where we live and work impacts our self -image, the difference between storytelling and traditional performance, balancing family with a creative career in the Rustbelt, and redefining what “making it” actually means.

Dana currently resides in the Cleveland area, where she writes for Role/Reboot and Cleveland Scene. She teaches online at StoryStudio Chicago and has been featured in the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune, as well as on WBEZ and WCPN. In 2015, Dana was named one of Chicago’s top 50 literary influencers by New City Chicago.

This episode is sponsored by Aquage
​www.aquage.com
​All original music by:
Ken Wendt D.M.A
www.filmmyart.com