24 February 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 65 of the Only In Miami Show featured an interview with elected Miami-Dade County School Board Member Raquel Regalado, who is involved in more than school board issues in Miami-Dade County.
Host Grant Stern talked about Walmart’s continuing plans to colonize all of Miami and the Rally for the Rocklands / Shame on The U protest on Friday, February 27th from 3-6pm at the University Metrorail Station. This Walmart war is over south Miami-Dade’s native pine rocklands surrounding to Zoo Miami which University of Miami recently sold to a developer Ram Realty.
Racquel Regalado joins the show after 7 minutes to speak about her personal #OnlyInMiami story and about the need to preserve our local history and pursue a consensus land use policy. Raquel also disucssed transparency issues in local government and about her fight against the recent courthouse bond question. She also spent a few minutes discussing her recent lawsuit with Norman Braman in opposition to the SkyRise subsidies.
At the beginning of the second hour, VP of Curation Michael Knoll of History Miami joined the show to talk about the Community Photo Gallery, a project he operates with funding from the Knight Arts Challenge.
Finally, Grant was joined by Drastic Fanatic for the Sports Hour, which included a special interview with Mike Heineman, who is the president of the Miami Heat’s development league affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
4 February 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 62 of the Only In Miami Show began with a remembrance of Jackie Jimenez – who ran #WPMIA and was very involved in building the Miami social media community. Jackie passed away unexpectedly this past week at the age of 28.
This episode features an interview with Mike B. Fernandez, local entrepreneur who discussed his recent memoir, Humbled By the Journey, and his personal #OnlyInMiami story.
Mike arrived in the United States from Cuba in the early 70s as a penniless immigrant to a philanthropic business mogul. Since then he’s bought, built and/or sold 25 local companies, the most recent of which being the Navarro Pharmacy chain.
Find the memoir at Books & Book or online here: http://www.booksandbooks.com/book/9780990520528
We also interviewed recording artist Chantil Dukart, who’s performing on Sunday, Feb. 22nd at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival. You can find out more about her music, featured throughout the episode at www.chantilmusic.com and more about the festival at virginiakeygrassroots.org
27 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 61 of the Only In Miami Show featured a special commentary from Grant Stern on developments in Tallahassee, where Governor Rick Scott unilaterally demanded the resignation of Gerald Bailey, the former head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, whose agency is tasked with investigating government dealings to ensure accountability and transparency. Grant urged all Floridians to stand up for good government.
Adam Gersten, the bar barrister from Gramps (@grampswynwood), joined the show to talk about the joys and challenges of being a small business owner in Miami. He also talked about his time as an assistant state attorney in Key West and being involved in the public sector. Additionally, Adam and Grant spent a good deal of time speaking about the state of politics in the city of Miami and about growing up at the New World School of the Arts.
Also in the first hour, Megan Hull called in to discuss the plan to release genetically modified mosquitos into the Keys to combate Dengue Fever, which actually can’t be found in the Keys. The plan is to release sterile males to mate with the native females to produce offspring that will die off. This may endanger the natural balance and have undesired effects up and down the food chain. The Only In Miami Show will stay on top of this story and keep you updated.
In the second hour, Grant was joined by Fabi Patiño of Lanzallamas. The group will be performing at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival in February, and Fabi talked about their inspirations and influences.
Grand then heard from Steve Roitstein, of the Afro-Cuban Funk Band PALO!, who have been nominated for a Grammy for their album PALO! Live. He talked about the differences between the Latin Grammys (for which the band was nominated in 2014) and the “big” Grammy awards.
Finally, Grant was joined as always by the Drastic Fanatic to discuss the wide world of sports, including a little football game coming up in Phoenix this weekend. They also talked about the goings-on in the NBA, including Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, and the Miami Heat (can anyone say, “Hassanity?”).
13 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 59 of the Only In Miami Show began with host Grant Stern presenting an editorial comment on the subject of free speech in the wake of the shootings at the headquarters of the political magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. He argued that free speech is essential to a democracy and must be protected, even when tragedies such as this occur.
Grant was then joined by the Sixth Floor Trio, a group of musicians who originally met at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The trio is responsible for producing the Garden Music Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden, which concludes this coming weekend. They talked about their beginnings as an ensemble and how they began getting involved with the festival. They then performed a couple of their tunes live on the air and talked about their plans for the future.
At the beginning of the second hour, Renyel Rivero joined the show to talk about Federico Britos about their latest recording project, Hot Club of the Americas, which can be found on CD Baby and also in the iTunes store for digital download. Finally, the gang talks sports, including the impressive Heat win against the Clippers.
2 December 2014 Brandon Mowry
Episode 53 marked the first anniversary of the Only In Miami Show! The episode featured studio interviews with the artists @aholsniffsglue and Notorious Nasty, who each talked about their exhibits for the Art Basel festival. Also featured on the show was a telephone interview with the president of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Tony Lawrence, who spoke about some of the events that that organization is involved with, including their annual Christmas party at the Miami Seaquarium. Finally, Drastic Fanatic joined host Grant Stern in the second hour to talk Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, and the rest of the goings-on in the world of sports.