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Matt & Michele Odyssey

Matt Mittan / Michele Scheve

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Hosted by award-winning broadcaster Matt Mittan and iconic producer Michele Scheve, the "Matt and Michele Odyssey" Radio Show is where you can hear stories of travel, discovery and personal insights. Along the way you also gain unique travel tips, info and ideas about outdoor activities, local shopping and regional farm to table dining - and more! (Matt and Michele are based out of Asheville, NC.)
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From White Lightning to Lightning Fast! The "Wilkesboro: Find Your Back Road" Podcast covers all the people, places, and things that make Wilkesboro a one-of-a-kind Mountain destination. Enjoy lively conversation with hosts as they welcome artists, local business leaders, event organizers and creatives from Wilkesboro. To request an interview spot or to advertise in front of this podcast, email us at info@wilkescountytourism.com. (This program is also aired on BizRadio.US.)
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Ever had a spontaneous purchase lead to a whirlwind of unexpected adventures? That's exactly what happened during our recent visit to Perdido Key, FL when an impulsive kayak buy clashed with unrelenting winds. We kick this episode off by sharing how this mishap ignited an unexpected new excitement for paddling, setting the stage for Michele's surpr…
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Join the journey as Francisco Martinez, a vibrant force in economic development, shares his transformative story from graphic and web design to spearheading growth initiatives in Wilkesboro. Together, we explore the impact of the Entrepreneur Grant Program and the vital role of the Small Business Center at Wilkes Community College in cultivating a …
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Embarking on a voyage through the transformative world of co-working spaces, we're joined by Doren Tripp, the quintessential serial entrepreneur whose life tapestry is interwoven with threads of innovation from Oklahoma City to the bustling optimism of Wilkesboro. With a backstory that spans continents, Doren's eclectic upbringing has honed his sav…
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Have you ever had a road trip take unexpected twists and turns that led to unforgettable memories? Join us as we recount our annual journey to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, beginning with a last-minute car rental and the scenic beauty of the Emerald Coast. From our quirky road trip rituals to the rejuvenating power of travel, we explore how these adve…
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Venture with us as we reel in the stories from the obscured waters of the Southern Appalachians with our guest, Joe Woody, the imaginative force behind Angler Magazine and the captivating TV series, Forgotten Streams of Appalachia. As Joe recounts the transformation of his dream into the spectacular premiere on the Pursuit Channel, you can almost h…
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Have you ever been struck by the allure of a hand-crafted piece of art, only to wish you knew the story behind its creation? That's the magic Jim Lyall and his business partner Steve Key capture in Taupe Gallery, a haven for art lovers nestled in the scenic foothill of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On our latest episode of 'Find your Backroad,' we chat…
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Embarking on a journey with my heart on my sleeve, I invite you into an intimate window of our world, where the waves of the Emerald Coast comforted us amidst the trials of my mother-in-law's cancer battle. Experience the raw beauty and private moments as we tour hidden state park gems and step inside the governor's cabin in Alabama, all while I na…
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From Megan White: We own a Scottish highland cow farm in Hamptonville, North Carolina. We bredScottish highlands and we host events including paint parties, yoga, photographysessions, meet and greets, and educational farm tours. We are passionate abouteducating the public and allowing people to get to know these beautiful animals. A little more abo…
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Are you ready to explore the hidden treasures of North Carolina's Foothills region? Join us as we recap our captivating journey to Happy Valley, where we enjoyed an immersive day of music, art, and local history. We'll share our impressions from the inaugural Coalesce Fest as well as delve into local bands, as we also take you behind the scenes of …
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The Annual Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The Brushy Mountain Ruritan Club owns, operates, and organizes the event each year. The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is not just this club's largest fundraiser, but has become one of Wilkes County's biggest fundraisers. Over 100 civ…
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The Walker Center was created to address Wilkes Community College’s mission components of culture, business, industry, and training. Dr. David Daniel, WCC president at the time, took the lead in the effort to construct the center and WCC’s Foundation, the development arm of the institution, embarked on a fundraising drive that would raise $2.2 mill…
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Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Swan Creek Wine Appellation within the Yadkin Valley, family-owned Raffaldini Vineyards brings Tuscan charm to North Carolina. Known widely as “Chianti in the Carolinas” Raffaldini currently produces only classically dry Italian style wines ranging from reds like Sangiovese Classico, Montepulciano Riserva, Sa…
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FaithFest is a tremendous undertaking and planning is a year-round endeavor. It takes hundreds of volunteers and an army of supporters to make this happen. Organizers say, "this is not a money-making event, rather it is for the single cause of lifting up and glorifying Jesus Christ." Find out more information or grab your tickets at https://faithfe…
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From White Lightning to Lightning Fast! The "Wilkesboro: Find Your Back Road" Podcast covers all the people, places, and things that make Wilkesboro a one-of-a-kind Mountain destination. Enjoy lively conversation with hosts as they welcome artists, local business leaders, event organizers and creatives from Wilkesboro. To request an interview spot …
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The Cherokee National Forest is divided into northern and southern sections by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 650,000-acre forest is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee and adjoins other national forests in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. The forest is home to 30 developed campgrounds and numerous picnic areas, over 70…
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Welcome to Part 4 (Finale) of a Matt & Michele Outdoors mini-series featuring Adventures and Mis-Adventures Along the Gulf Coasts I-10 Corridor. With all sorts of twists and turns, and awesome experiences, from Destin, FL to New Orleans. Go along for the ride with Matt Mittan and Michele Scheve as they bring it all back around in this personal and …
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Welcome to Part 3 of a Matt & Michele Outdoors mini-series "Adventures and Mis-Adventures Along the Gulf Coasts I-10 Corridor". With all sorts of twists and turns, and awesome experiences, from Destin, FL to New Orleans. Go along for the ride with Matt Mittan and Michele Scheve. This program brought to you by: The Angler Magazine Sunrift Adventures…
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Welcome to Part 2 of a Matt & Michele Outdoors mini-series "Adventures and Mis-Adventures Along the Gulf Coasts I-10 Corridor". With all sorts of twists and turns, and awesome experiences, from Destin, FL to New Orleans. Go along for the ride with Matt Mittan and Michele Scheve. This program brought to you by: The Angler Magazine Sunrift Adventures…
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Welcome to Part 1 of a Matt & Michele Outdoors mini-series "Adventures and Mis-Adventures Along the Gulf Coasts I-10 Corridor". With all sorts of twists and turns, and awesome experiences, from Destin, FL to New Orleans. Go along for the ride with Matt Mittan and Michele Scheve. This program brought to you by: The Angler Magazine Sunrift Adventures…
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In case you missed it, Matt & Michele were on location for BizRadio.US for the 2023 Get In Gear Fest, put on by The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC, Prestige Subaru and more sponsors (including BizRadio). For more information about the outstanding organization and to stay in touch for exciting things happening surround the Outdoor Economy of the South…
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In this special episode, Matt & Michele have an open and personal conversation about loss, greiving, healing and hope. They share the impacts and importance that nature plays in their lives and they offer up some insights and observations about how nature fits into making our lives better each and every day, as individuals and as a society. It's wo…
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Why do one Festival in a weekend when you can do two? That's just what we did in Wilkesboro, NC recently. (Actually, it was three festivals but we couldn't fit them all into one episode. - See the "Whippoorwill Academy and Village" episdoe for our day at the Tom Dooley & Appalachian Culture Festival in nearby Ferguson, NC. That was on the same week…
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Whippoorwill Academy and Village is a collection of old North Carolina buildings that have been saved, moved, and restored. The Whippoorwill Academy building was the actual old school house in the Ferguson community. North Carolina Poet Laurete James Larkin Pearson attended Whippoorwill while growing up in Ferguson. We recently spent the day at thi…
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A beloved retreat center in the Western North Carolina mountains Recharge and renew at Lake Junaluska. Come for a personal getaway or family vacation. Host your next conference, wedding, reunion or other gathering. Take part in a retreat, attend a concert or just come for a peaceful walk on our lakeside trail. You can relax and enjoy the lakeside h…
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Getting from Point A to Point B in the quickest manner is often the way we approach travelling. Not anymore. On this episode, we share the stories and insights we gained by switching up our travel routines a bit and decide to get off the main roads and see what lies behind yonder ridge lines and through small towns down the Eastern US. This program…
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In this special "Homecoming" episode of Matt & Michele Outdoors, Matt highlights stories spending his Summer's growing up at his familes 170 year old homestead near Acadia National Park as well as inside tips for the best places you know about - and some off the beaten path - for an exceptional visit to coastal Downeast Maine. For general informati…
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From the company: Ted and Carrie here, creators of the family-owned and Made in America Tarpestry! What drives Tarpestry is the raw majesty of the outdoors and the pleasure of being in it. What does not? A soggy bottom and sunburn. That is why we create products that widen comfort zones – providing a buffer from the occasional unpleasantries in nat…
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From the company: French Broad Outfitters is Asheville’s full-service river outfitter. Celebrating 10 years in the business in 2022, come join us down by the French Broad! Our retail store has the largest selection of paddling gear in Western North Carolina, including boats, paddle boards, rafts, tubes and everything else water based. If you’re loo…
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As the daughter of a minister and kin to a lot of church folk Nikki grew up listening to traditional gospel/christian music and spent much of her grade school days involved in school band playing clarinet and oboe. But, despite her early exposure to music, it wasn’t until the tender age of 28 when she finally began to start making music of her own.…
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(We take a behind the scenes look with studio guest: Jamie Ager, Owner) From the company: Hickory Nut Gap has a rich legacy of food, family, and community on a fifth generation family farm that has been in the same family since 1916. Today, we are proudly helping cultivate a new Appalachian movement. One that combines the richness of our unique App…
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(Studio Guest: Lauren Pyle) From the EEofNC: Our organization grew from the desire of environmental educators across North Carolina to meet and share their experiences, aspirations, and tools. Since its inception in 1990, EENC has grown into something much greater. Our organization represents a network of outstanding environmental educators, indivi…
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On April 22, 2002, Jason Bowman, a military veteran, took the 3,000 bucks he had in his wallet, and his toolbox, and took a chance on an empty building on the banks of the New River in Radford , Va. 20 years later , he's still turning wrenches on some badass rigs in his Pisgah Forest, NC shop. To find out more about OGRE Outdoors or to book a consu…
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Matt & Michele broadcast Live from the 7th Annual GiG Fest at the famous Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. The big event is organized by The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC. Special Guests include: - Eli from ENO (Eagle Nest Outfitters) https://eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com/ - David Huff, Renowned Outdoor Photographer and Trail Master https://www.dav…
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Guest: Thomas Wayne Nicholson, CIV USARMY CESAW This program is sponsored by Wilkes EDC. Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Wilkes County serves as the pivotal hub connecting businesses, communities, and opportunities throughout the region. Visit https://wilkesedc.com/ for more info or to connect. Be sure to visit BizRadio.US t…
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Earl B. Hunter, Jr is an experienced business leader across multiple industries. He has been widely recognized for his ebullient personality, hard work ethic and non-traditional approach to building relationships and closing deals. Mr. Hunter is driven by success and he always plays to win at whatever challenge is presented to him. Mr. Hunter is th…
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Created and written by Tanille Yow Ulm, Rick Balentine and Mark Rickerby of Temple Gate Films, "Wilkes County Line" is an exciting family friendly film centered around the love of racing, the love of family, and the drive to bring back racing to the North Wilkesboro Speedway and revitalize a local economy. Please subscribe to Temple Gate Films to f…
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Guests: Carolyn Baker & Beth Pittman - NC Sassenach Tours is hosting “Springtime at Fraser’s Ridge” at Leatherwood Mountains Resort from May 19-21. In addition to two cast members from the Starz Outlander Series (Murtagh and Jocasta!), we’ll have Scottish Highlands Dance, music and educational programs with Highland Echoes, entertainment from KIR (…
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NC Sassenach Tours is hosting “Springtime at Fraser’s Ridge” at Leatherwood Mountains Resort from May 19-21. In addition to two cast members from the Starz Outlander Series (Murtagh and Jocasta!), we’ll have Scottish Highlands Dance, music and educational programs with Highland Echoes, entertainment from KIR (Kirk McLeod’s Seven Nations Trio) and o…
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Guests: Ashley Barton, Executive Director & Kayla Merrell - Programs & Outreach Director for Wilkes Art Gallery sit down with Matt to discuss the big Art Treasure Hunt and more! Wilkes Art Gallery is a non-profit arts-based organization nestled in the beautiful foothills of Western North Carolina in historic downtown North Wilkesboro. Art exhibits …
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Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith shared his vision for the future of North Wilkesboro Speedway during the Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce 75th Membership Celebration recently. Earmarked within the North Carolina state budget that was passed in November was $18 million toward infrastructure improvements at the historic 0.625-mil…
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Denis Lachapelle is chair of Wilkes Comic Con. A life-long artist, geek, and gamer, for several years he produced fan art and commissions at comic book conventions throughout the state as Coffee Bruin Studios. Together with his co-chair Wendy Harmon, they produce the areas only Geek Culture convention. Now held twice a year, Wilkes Comic Con is an …
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Megan Barnett, Personal Trainer and Advocate joins us to talk about Hive Fitness Studio, personal training, and her work in the community advocating for LGBTQ+ youth, as well as some of her favorite things to do (and eat) around Wilkesboro. Visit https://trainwithhive.com/ for more information. This program is sponsored by Wilkes EDC. Situated in t…
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Christie Younger is an American artist who lives and works in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Her paintings are collected internationally, shown in several acclaimed galleries across the Southeastern United States, and have been featured on HGTV. She has a diverse background and education in fine art along with biological science. This along with…
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Shira Forge offers a variety of hand forged kitchenware, knives, axes, woodworking tools, and whatever else Matthew feels like making. Look him up on his website www.shiraforge.com or his etsy page, www.etsy.com/shop/ShiraForge. If you don't see what your looking for, custom orders are always welcome. You won't be dissappointed! This program brough…
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Wilkes Chamber of Commerce President Linda Cheek sits down to chat with Matt about the upcoming parade, lighting ceremony, shopping events, activities and more. Linda Cheek, a Wilkes County native, has served as the president of the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce for twenty-three years. Linda has and continues to be involved with various boards for bus…
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Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina inspires conservation in Western North Carolina by permanently protecting land and water for the benefit of people and all living things. For more information visit https://www.foothillsconservancy.org/ This program brought to you by: The Angler Magazine Sunrift Adventures Thank you for listening to this prog…
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Presley Barker is seventeen years old and has been singing and playing guitar since the age of seven. Living in the NC mountains and listening to Doc Watson on the radio inspired Presley to begin playing music. He has had the opportunity to be on the “NBC Today Show” with Al Roker. He has played the National Folk Festival, Richmond Folk Festival, L…
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Cynosura works with small to medium-sized companies or brands that want to: Develop a brand and branding strategy for their new business Relaunch or re-brand their existing business or company Work with a seasoned, experienced marketing professional Add a one-stop-shop marketing element to their business (i.e. getting the marketing team without the…
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Over 20 years ago, a group of boaters thought they would have a raft race and enjoy some music with some friends. Everyone had a good time, so they did it again, and then again. Friends told friends, and it grew into the festival we all know and love today. In this episode: - Matt & Michele give their thoughts, highlights and impressions. - Guest: …
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Wilkesboro Tourism Director, Thomas Salley, sits down with Earl B. Hunter, Founder and President of Black Folks Camp Too, for a conversation about destinations, the outdoors and more. This program is sponsored by Wilkes EDC. Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Wilkes County serves as the pivotal hub connecting businesses, commun…
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