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The Rio Grande Sound with Drew Newman & Kenny Riley

It all started with a feeling. Long-time music engineer Kenny Riley and musician/entrepreneur Drew Newman met by chance while Drew was in the Albuquerque area and immediately knew that they would one day work together. At the time, Drew was playing with an LA-based band and Kenny was working as an engineer on various local and national projects. They both have California roots—Kenny was raised in Compton and Drew was raised in Bakersfield and currently resides in Malibu. But, somehow the lure of the southwest brought them together.

“We believe the sound comes from the ground,” says Riley. “It kind of a hippie-thing.” This ethos paired with a strong connection to the southwestern soil in the North Valley of Albuquerque led to the duo purchasing a 300 year-old adobe house that became their studio.

Rio Grande Studios has an impressive list of clients, including Netflix, Disney +, and Lionsgate. Yet, their passion comes from creating music with artists from the region that can extract the sound from underneath their feet along the bosque of the Rio Grande.

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The Founder’s Mind with Adam Mutschler and Dr. Frank

Anyone that has ever started a business will tell you that it’s an emotional roller coaster. Invariably, you will ask yourself if you have what it takes to run a successful business and will question whether or not your product or service is viable. In this episode, Charles invited Adam Mutschler and Dr. Frank to have a candid conversation about starting a business, the importance of “curiosity” in entrepreneurship, the value of engaging coaches/mentors, and the grind that it takes to push through the challenges founders face.

Adam Mutschler is a Partner in The Kedar Group, a coaching firm that supports leaders in the private, nonprofit, and governmental sectors. He also hosts the podcast The Founders Mind that explores all of the dimensions of starting a business with startup founders and field experts. In the true entrepreneurial spirt, Adam recently launched a new podcast Socially Distanced that gives you an intimate, behind the scenes look at what we are facing in the midst of a global pandemic.

Dr. Frank Mirabal is the founder of Mad Scientist Media, a storytelling company that educates, uplifts, and inspires through the lived experiences of people. He currently teaches courses on civic and community engagement as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and has previously served two terms as a political appointee in the Mayor’s Office for the City of Albuquerque.

 

 

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EdTalk with Amanda Aragon

Working in the private sector, Amanda Aragon knew that New Mexico as a state performed poorly when it came to educational outcomes for its children. She was working for a Farmington-based oil and gas company at the time doing corporate philanthropy work that touched on education, but she had a drive and a passion to do more. Upon leaving the company, she took a job working for the Public Education Department for the State of New Mexico where she was now at the epicenter of public policy decisions regarding education. Acknowledging the lack of continuity in four to eight year political cycles when working in government, Amanda founded NewMexicoKidsCAN a nonprofit organization that advocates for education policies that are community-informed, research-backed and student-centered.

Charles recently had the opportunity to catch up with Amanda to discuss NewMexicoKidsCAN’s legislative priorities. This episode was recorded at the tail end of the New Mexico Legislative session, so you will have to visit their website to see how they fared during the session.

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March Madness with A.J. Bramlett

After moving from Chicago to Albuquerque at age 5, A.J. Bramlett quickly developed a love for basketball. That love for the game would eventually lead him to a state championship with La Cueva High School and a national championship with the Arizona Wildcats.

In this episode, A.J. talks about being mentored by legendary coach Lute Olson and how that mentorship led to a successful pro basketball career in the NBA and in Europe. Charles also gets A.J. to make his March Madness high school hoops and college predictions, so be sure to listen up!

 

 

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The Reluctant Entrepreneur: A Conversation with Ayanna Freeman

Sometimes businesses happen by necessity.  Sometimes they happen by chance. In the case of Ayanna Freeman, it was a combination of both. Tired of western approaches to treating ongoing allergy issues, Ayanna began to study the human body and how it worked. At the time, she was designing clothing for Dillard’s and enjoying the comforts of a high-paying corporate career. She also was a wife and a new mother enjoying the fruits of family life. Then things drastically changed. 

“My ex-husband left me. At that point, just like other women could probably relate to this, you have a choice. You’re at a crossroads.” Ayanna chose to pave a new way. With no business experience and very little resources to draw upon, she started creating therapeutic skin-care products. “I literally didn’t know I was starting a company,” she explained. “But when my father kept asking for my products, I knew that I might be on to something.”

Seven years later, Leela’s Body Cocktails is a thriving small business in the Albuquerque area. As the business continues to grow, she is exploring new opportunities to evangelize about holistic skin care. “As I move forward, my goal is to create a certification program that will educate men and women to reach the human population (underserved populations included) regardless of the industry they come from in efforts to reduce the numbers we see from all continents regarding skin diseases and skin challenges.”

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Burque’s Rude Boy: Michael Silva

After being fired from a job he loved, Michael Silva was faced with a tough decisiongo back and take his chances in a struggling, post-recession job market or pursue his dream to be an entrepreneur. He chose the latter.

Michael has built businesses that combine his love for music, affection for his home of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and passion for being MASSIVE in service to others. His many startup ventures have been successful using this formula, including ABQ in a Box, Rude Boy Cookies, and Albuquerque Tourism and Sight Seeing Company. Check out his story on the latest episode of Ashy to Ashley!

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The Beautiful Mind with Erica Davis Crump

In this episode, Erica Davis Crump sheds light on mental health awareness and the stigma around mental health that exists in the African American community. When Erica experienced issues of anxiety and depression as a child and young adult, these issues were often dismissed and even ignored by family members. She has dedicated her life to destigmatizing mental health by raising awareness, offering support, and sharing resources for those in need.

For the past seven years, she has provided training on Healthy Relationships, Mental Health Awareness, and Suicide Prevention in every county in New Mexico, to over 40,000 students and guardians. Shes a two time TED speaker, was recently featured in Forbes, and is an Emerge NM Alumni.

Charles and Dr. Frank also catch-up on all things Thanksgiving, LeBrons infamous walk across half court, the upcoming legacy tours of 2020, and Harlem Capitals VC fund opening at $40 million.  

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Tech Talk with Alonso Indacochea

Alonso Indacochea shares his unlikely path to entrepreneurship. With a story that plays out like an episode of HBOs Silicon Valley, Alonso discusses the journey from coding bootcamp, to starting a business, to eventually selling his business. This episode has some great nuggets of wisdom for those seeking to start a business of any kind.

Charles and Dr. Frank also discuss the Colin Kaepernick NFL tryout, the recent explosion of E-Sports, and Kanye Wests come to Jesus with his new album release. 

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Imma Star with Carlos Contreras

In episode 8, Carlos Contreras stops by the studio to discuss the One Albuquerque campaign, the hustle of a creative entrepreneur, and the daily discoveries raising a 4-year old creative.

Carlos is the Marketing and Innovation Director for the City of Albuquerque, working in the Mayors Office. He also runs an independent production company, Imma Star Productions where he brings the creative community together by curating events, working with local artists and businesses, and developing innovative ways to create community.

Charles and Dr. Frank also discuss the tragic passing of Albuquerque-based artist Wake Self, the Microsoft 4-day work week experiment, and the recent woes of the Cleveland Browns.

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The Funky Drummer with Dr. Frank

In episode 7, Dr. Frank moves from the producers chair to the hot seat to discuss his musical career with Charles. Starting out as an 8 year old sax player, Dr. Frank talks about growing up in a musical family, how he got his first big break in music, how Soul Divine was almost Velvet Jones, and how to create your own lane when one does not exist for you.

Shakes is also back in the studio to talk losing your inhibitions for Halloween and poses the question: when does the holiday season officially begin?