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Entertaining stories from Milwaukee’s legends to up-and-coming game changers, Milwaukee Uncut, formerly The GoGedders (2016-2023), features the uncut, unfiltered, entertaining stories of those working to move Milwaukee forward. Hosted by local entrepreneur Richie Burke and produced by Story Mark Studios, located in the heart of Walkers Point--the roots in Milwaukee run strong. Milwaukee Uncut is produced by Story Mark Studios and sponsored by Central Standard Distillery and Nicolet Law Offices.
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The staggering underrepresentation of people of color and women in the tech, startup, innovation and entrepreneurial spaces has been well-documented. Large companies promise they’ll do better, but still struggle to attract and retain diverse talent. In "Diverse Disruptors," we talk to leaders who found their own way to innovate and did so with inclusion and accessibility at the forefront, rather than as an afterthought.
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In Our Words

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Welcome to in our words black entrepreneurs speak Wisconsin. The mission of this podcast is to provide a more holistic understanding of the African American entrepreneur in the state of Wisconsin. Specifically, we seek to gain in-depth understanding regarding challenges faced and overcome by black business owners, while also providing success stories and strategies implemented along the way that have helped grow their business startup and growth resources. This podcast is also a platform for ...
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Mention any risk, anywhere in the world, and you’ll find a connection to water. The Water Sessions podcast curates discussions with guest moderators and experts in the water community that are meeting water challenges head-on, sharing captivating stories and perspectives that you won't hear anywhere else. Water Sessions is produced by The Water Council, a nonprofit that spurs water sector growth through partnership, innovation, talent and stewardship programs in the heart of the world’s fres ...
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Not sure what to do on Valentine's Day in Milwaukee? From gifts to dinner spots to where to go out to we've got recommendations. Maybe your single like and looking for that perfect opening line or pick up strategy at the bars like Joe Villmow, we cover that. Want to hear a story about a man who drove 18 hours up from Florida to meet a woman in Milw…
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Grace Weber's journey in the music industry has been an amazing ride. From her appearance on Oprah in college to collaborating with Chance the Rapper and winning a Grammy with him and Kanye to signing with (and parting ways with) Capitol Records. And now, with the release of her new album "Paper Flower," Grace continues to evolve and make waves in …
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From growing up in the 53206 to becoming the youngest elected and first Black elected Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley has an amazing story. In this episode we cover his back story, go behind the scenes of what is going in Milwaukee, the challenges, the progress that is being made and what is to come in 2024. For Additional Clips and Conten…
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The final episode of our series with Dr. Raymond Prior to help you crush 2024 is on a variety of topics. In this episode, we cover: 2:05- Habits of high performance of the top .1% 10:15- How to get effective sleep and the importance of sleep 22:00 - Caffeine: How it actually works, how to use it, and what NOT to do 28:00 - Cold Exposure/Plunging 32…
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Dr. Raymond Prior is back to talk all things anxiety and how you can get better. After listening to this episode you’ll Have a clear understanding of what anxiety is on a psychological, neurological, and cultural level The difference between anxiety and nerves and how being nervous can actually help you perform at a higher level while anxiety canno…
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Why do most goals fail and what can you do moving forward to actually set meaningful goals and make lasting change in your life? Those are two of the questions we set out to answer in today's podcast. Dr. Raymond Prior, PhD, covers a wide range of topics when it comes to setting and achieving goals and gives you strategies backed by science. In thi…
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Former Miss WI USA Danika Holt and Grace Scalzo join this episode of Milwaukee Uncut as we answer your questions and break down crazy dating stories from the Cream City! To submit future questions and stories for Dating in Milwaukee Round 2 message us on Instagram (or just follow us for the video clips): https://www.instagram.com/milwaukeeuncut/ On…
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One day in 2010, John Frank Hamann was approached by a stranger at Veterans Park who excitedly came running up to him with his cell phone “You're the Milverine!” the man said. The newly appointed Milverine was a combination of amused and confused. The jacked, power-walking construction worker had no idea that he had a dedicated Facebook fan page an…
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Join us as we sit down with the legendary Wisconsin native, Charlie Berens. From a very humbling start to his career to his current status as a viral sensation, starting with the Manitowoc Minute to now selling out stages across the country on his current tour! This episode delves into Charlie's career highlights, hilarious stories of the come up a…
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Bishop Hines has some incredible stories: the man was once pronounced dead after his heart stopped beating for forty-five minutes, he once jumped out of his car to stop his future wife on the street, and he went on to found Christian Faith Fellowship Church on Milwaukee’s north side, which now hosts up to 2,000+ people every Sunday. Additionally, h…
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Shawna didn’t follow a typical path to becoming one of the most in-demand live entertainers in sports. In the last few years alone, she has been one of four DJs in the NBA Bubble, has opened for Lizzo and Shaq, was the official DJ of the Ryder Cup, and much more. It wasn’t long ago that the now 40-year-old was cold-calling bars and clubs in Milwauk…
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Get ready for an exclusive insider’s look at the Wisconsin State Fair! Join CEO Shari Black as she takes us on a journey through her role since 2016, the 11-day extravaganza, unique competitions, and the delicate balance of tradition and innovation. Discover the 104 new food items, including the legendary cream puffs. Hear about overcoming challeng…
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Ever wonder what it’s really like to be on a reality TV show? How do you get on, what’s daily life like, and what actually happens when you get kicked off (this will surprise you)? Chef Adam Pawlak shares his story about how after a very brief stint in college he got his start working in Milwaukee restaurants and worked his way up and his big break…
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When his Kia Boys documentary was released, Tommy G was only a month away from having to give up his dream of being a full-time YouTuber. Luckily, that video now has over 6.7 million views, and he has amassed a following of over 700k subscribers. That said, Tommy G was far from an overnight success, he was actively posting YouTube videos for years …
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Mayor Cavalier Johnson, Milwaukee's first black-elected mayor, has been busy actively shaping the city since he was elected in April 2022. In this candid conversation, we delve into important topics such as the truth behind dropping crime rates in Milwaukee (though traditional media seems to hide this fact), strategies to attract people to the city…
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Two Marquette basketball legends, Steve Novak and Travis Diener, share their journey to Marquette, their unforgettable Final Four run with Dwayne Wade, playing under Tom Crean, their NBA careers, their impactful work with Be The Difference NIL Collective, and much more! Get ready for an engaging and informative episode packed with fan questions. Wh…
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Richie and special guest Bre provide an update on our journey since signing off as The GoGedders. They discuss our move to a new studio in Walker’s Point, rebranding GGMM to Story Mark Studios, and what’s in store for Milwaukee Uncut. Join them for an exciting update and a sneak peek into the upcoming content! Story Mark Studios: https://storymarks…
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After six years and 200 episodes I’m signing off. I do want to genuinely thank everyone who has listened to the podcast, come on the show, come to any of our events and supported us in any way! Although this is the last episode of “The GoGedders Podcast” this will not be the last episode on this feed and this is not goodbye forever. Listen to the e…
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2022 was volatile. Will this year be more of the same? Like it or not, it is officially 2023 and to help you prepare for the year ahead, we’ve invited Brian Andrew, Chief Investment Officer at Johnson Financial Group on the podcast to discuss the economic outlook for 2023. In this episode, we hit Brian with some tough questions like are we heading …
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Today on the podcast, we sit down with John McHugh, the Director of Corporate Communications at Kwik Trip, to answer the question that those who have never been to a Kwik Trip may be wondering: How did a gas station develop such a cult following?? Obviously, for those of us that have experienced the luxury experience that is Kwik Trip, this seems l…
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If you’re like most people, with the New Year came some new health and fitness goals… AND if you’re like most people, these goals get thrown out the window mere days after January 1st. So what is it that makes maintaining these goals so difficult, and what should we be doing to make these goals more achievable? Fitness guru, Wade Ritchie, joins us …
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Milwaukee is known for many things: cream-colored bricks, beer, the Bucks, and a ton of construction. Though that last point tends to be a sore topic for most, there is a bright side to one of the biggest construction projects you may have noticed on Kilbourn and North 6th: The Wisconsin Center is expanding! Budgeted at $456 million, the expansion …
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What’s the key to navigating your finances amidst inflation? I’m joined by two financial experts from Johnson Financial Group to discuss the ins and outs of inflation. Brian Andrew, Chief Investment Officer, and Jackie Ruppel, SVP Private Banking Manager, break down the state of the economic market today and provide actionable recommendations to en…
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Wisconsin Tech Month is right around the corner. To prepare, we’ve invited two leaders in the tech community, Nadiyah Johnson and Ben Juarez, to discuss their efforts to bring diversity into the tech industry. Our conversation focuses on the lack of diversity in the tech industry and how to bring funding, access, and resources to those that are und…
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Now, more than ever, it’s critical to reevaluate your brand and adjust accordingly, and who better to learn about this from than an expert in the industry, Christine Specht, CEO of Cousins Subs. Though an iconic brand, Cousins Subs has faced several hurdles over the last decade and has had to make a number of tough decisions to reinvent their busin…
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Episode 1: Radaya Ellis and Sean Lewis - I've made mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. This mistake doesn't define me. I realized at a very young age how I wanted to live. And, you know, I went for it. And I know the safety net, you know, there's nobody. There's no one there for me to run to if it didn't work. So I had to go forward even when it fel…
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Podcasting is a rapidly growing form of media that presents unique opportunities for both individuals and businesses. But what are these opportunities? How can you make money through podcasting when you’re just starting out or aren’t interested in paid advertising? In this episode, I answer this and more. This past May, Podfest invited me to speak …
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Welcome to a special crossover episode with Fast Break presented by M3 Elevate. Fast Break is a podcast hosted by Matt Cranney, Partner and Executive Vice President of M3 Elevate, that discusses strategies you can use to grow and protect your business. Matt invited me to be a guest on Fast Break to share marketing tactics and some background on how…
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In this episode, we're joined by two experts in the field of content creation, Alex Wehrley and Kristin Brey. Alex Wehrley (@alexwehrley) and Kristin Brey (@kristinbrey and @asgoeswisconsin) specialize in Wisconsin-based content, and cumulative, the two have over 107K Instagram followers, 161K TikTok followers, and 2.3M likes on their TikToks. The …
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Tour of America’s Dairyland is back for its 13th year Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 26, 2022! Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) began in 2009 as a “reboot” of Wisconsin’s Superweek, a multi-day cycling race that first started in Wisconsin in 1969. ToAD has then gone on to become the largest competitive road cycling series in the U.S., hos…
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In the ever-changing housing market, it’s hard to stay up to date on the latest news. Not to mention, getting accurate information from a credible source is a whole ‘nother ball game. That’s why we’ve brought in financial expert Steve Greiff, Senior Vice President and Director of Mortgage at Johnson Financial Group, to give us the lowdown. Steve br…
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Rajon Hall talks with Dasha Kelly-Hamilton, a writer, performance artist, curator, facilitator, and owner of Stillwater Collective and Officer KC Brown, a 14-year experienced police officer from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, as well as the founder of Life Enforcement, a volunteer project that focuses on leading by example and taking care of those in the …
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On today’s episode, Rajon talks with J.D. Murphy, owner of Mentor Systems located in the Green Bay Area, and Ambrose W.B., a mental performance coach. J.D. has been conducting character development training for 23 years and Ambrose is the owner of MISPIBO Fitness. J.D. and Ambrose share their stories about their challenges and successes and offer a…
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Brandi Iberia, owner and CEO of Luminocity Media Group in Milwaukee, and Tasha Greenleaf, proprietor of Urban Cultural Arts in the Green Bay area, are both guests of Rajon’s in this episode. Today’s episode taps into black girl magic and how the arts influenced them to move into business and growth. Brandi and Tasha bring their voices to the forefr…
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Friend of the show, Michael Sheppard (Shep), has finally reached the caliber required to be on the show! But in all seriousness, we’re excited to have Shep join us and share his powerful story. He took the bull by the horns and shaped his life around success. Shep didn’t have any easy past; having dealt with the death of his biological mom and the …
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Anthony Kazee and Phillip Bennett, join together with Rajon Hall, to discuss how patience, discipline, growth mindset, authenticity, and networking are essential to entrepreneurship and success. This is real. This is authentic. This is In Our Words podcast. Highlights 06:33 In my mind, I feel like I can do anything. I tell people today, if you push…
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Albert Walker and Bobby Drake share their inspiring stories as black entrepreneurs of Wisconsin. It's inspiring to hear the stories of two black entrepreneurs from Wisconsin. They talk about integrity, faith and mentorship as well their music production skills with host Rajon Hall. This is real. This is authentic. This is In Our Words podcast. High…
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Feel the energy and be inspired by the words of Chris Kimbrough and Walter Matthews, both black entrepreneurs. Together with host Rajon Hall, they talk about business growth, sustainability, networking, setting boundaries, and how entrepreneurs can grow stronger together. This is real. This is authentic. This is In Our Words podcast. Highlights 03:…
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Sometimes it's easier to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the crises happening across seas; however, we must educate ourselves on the current environment we're living in. In fact, we're already starting to see the Russian-Ukraine war's impact within the states, and according to Doug Davis, this is just the beginning. Doctor Doug Davis shares h…
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In this episode, Rajon Hall talks with Arletta Allen, a government official, national award-winning professional speaker, social influencer, TEDx speaker, and owner of Authentically Arletta, and Samantha Collier, an educator, healer, and advocate. Sharing their personal journeys to becoming a successful entrepreneur, as well as the challenges they …
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We've got some special guests today for our listeners. Two doctors join us on this episode to discuss their experience in the realm of entrepreneurship. This is going to be something remarkable. Dr. Monique Liston and Dr. Kadihjia Kelly, both black doctors and entrepreneurs, are interviewed by host Rajon Hall about their triumphs, hardships, strate…
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In this episode, host Rajon Hall talks with Robin Scott, Executive Director at We All Rise: African American Resource Center in Green Bay and Jamila Riley of Milwaukee, owner of J.Riley, a crochet brand that uses vibrant and unusual accessories, garments, and home goods to encourage self-esteem and build confidence. Listen in to hear about their pe…
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Welcome to the premiere of In Our Words podcast. The goal of this podcast is to see a more holistic view of African-American entrepreneurs in the state of Wisconsin. We seek to gain understanding of challenges faced and overcome by Black business owners, while also providing success stories and strategies implemented along the way that have helped …
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Welcome to in our words black entrepreneurs speak Wisconsin. The mission of this podcast is to provide a more holistic understanding of the African American entrepreneur in the state of Wisconsin. Specifically, we seek to gain in-depth understanding regarding challenges faced and overcome by black business owners, while also providing success stori…
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From a tragic ski accident in 2021 to skiing over 37,000 feet in one day in 2022: Blair Williams shares his life-altering story and what it’s been like for him post-stroke. He discusses dealing with chronic pain and the drastic changes he’s had to make; however, there are certain things he isn’t willing to give up, like skiing, golfing (albeit one-…
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Milwaukee Buck Pat Connaughton and his childhood best friend now business partner, Joe Stanton, return for the highly anticipated part 2. In this episode, we hear more untold childhood stories, learn why Pat turned down $2million in high school, and have a lightning round full of fan-submitted questions. For more content follow The GoGedders on Ins…
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The experience of winning the NBA championship is like no other. It’s like that show “Entourage”, you’re experiencing the joys of life together with the people you love. Pat Connaughton and his childhood best friend, now business partner, Joe Stanton, are living that show. Pat Connaughton is a notorious figure in the Milwaukee community, not only o…
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Managing your investments–and emotions–amidst a volatile market can be stressful. Joe Maier, SVP Director of Wealth Strategy at Johnson Financial Group, breaks down the consequences of making financial decisions solely based on emotion. Joe discusses the psychology of loss aversion, regret aversion, and herd mentality and how these all factor into …
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