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Ep 81- Hollywood East Rises Again (Or not, not really)

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Bob and Ginger of the Central Florida Film Fest talk about this year’s upcoming festival. Bob shares stories from his work with Ringling’s Christmas TV special and the early days of Orlando’s film industry. A lot of focus is on how the film industry has evolved locally. Then Veronica Russo stops by to talk about her new film, Mafiosa. This locally produced film stars numerous Hollywood talent and has received international awards. It will see its’ local premiere during the Central Florida Film Fest.

This week we’re light on the news but heavier on the interview with these three special guests.

We do talk about Taste of the Nation and the Kong themed display that Universal will have this year. Taste of the Nation Orlando, now in its 27th year, will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott this Saturday, August 27th from 6:45p.m to 10p.m.  Tickets are $150.

Show Info

Hosts

Special Guests

  • Bob Cook
  • Ginger Cook
  • Veronica Russo

Recording Date- Originally aired on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park on Friday, August 26th, 2016.

 

Important Links-

Central Florida Film Fest

Mafiosa

WDW’s Western Way Expansion

Joey Fatone’s hot dog stand to open Sept 10

PizzeRizzo gets cool, retro style signage

Taste of the Nation

OrlTaste on Facebook

OrlTaste of Twitter

WPRK

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Ep 80 – Chef Eric Talks Taste of the Nation 2016

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Chef Eric, Director of Restaurant Operations at the Orlando World Center Marriott, stops by Studio B to discuss Taste of the Nation Orlando with us. While the majority of the conversation is focused on this fantastic local fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank, Florida Impact and Coalition for the Homeless Chef Eric also took the time to help celebrate the growing local foodie scene that Taste of the Nation helps showcase.

As one of the lead Chefs at the largest Marriott property in the world Chef Eric is tasked with overseeing 8 restaurants and staff over 400. Together they help create flawless experiences for guests at the resort. This is showcased at Taste of the Nation better than anywhere else. The event fills one of the largest, non-columned ballrooms in the nation with the some of the biggest local talent for a night not to be forgotten all with proceeds going to help alleviate local issues.

Taste of the Nation Orlando, now in its 27th year, will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott this Saturday, August 27th from 6:45p.m to 10p.m.  Tickets are $150.

Show Info

Hosts

Special Guests

  • Chef Eric, Director of Restaurant Operations at the Orlando World Center Marriott

Recording Date- Originally aired on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park on Friday August 5th, 2016.

Music- Song One

 

Important Links-

Taste of the Nation

OrlTaste on Facebook

OrlTaste of Twitter

OrlTaste on Instagram

Orlando World Center Marriott

WPRK

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Ep 79 – Orlando’s Own Brexit

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On today’s show Ken, Robert and Ed are joined in Studio B by Simon and Susan Veness of Veness Travel Media. Simon is the author of ‘The Brits Guide to Orlando,’ the best-selling guide of its kind in the U.K.  Simon and Susan discuss their observations in the changing demographics of Orlando tourism and how the larger trends in Florida are affecting it. Brexit and changes to the OCSC are both discussed in detail.

Show Info

Hosts

Special Guests

Recording Date- Originally aired on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park on Friday July 7th, 2016.

Music- Song One

 

Important Links-

WPRK

Brit Guide to Orlando

Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

OTR Ep 28 – Floating Cars Get Across The Pond

UK vacation time

Orlando demographics

British American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida

HLE updates

Nickelodeon promotes Experience Design execs

Lake Eve Resort on I-Drive sold

MK gets Auto-PhotoPass photo stations

UOR tests out VR with Hulk experience

UOR files paperwork for new 600 room hotel

KSC announces Heroes & Legends to be sponsored by Boeing

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Episode 78 – Ron Schneider Breaks The Silence

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Today we come back from our break with a round-up of the news. Then during the Main Event we have the original Dreamfinder, Ron Schneider, join us to chat about Walt’s Frozen Head, his views on Orlando tourism and the future of the industry.

Hosts

Recording Date: Punch List- June 27, 2016 | Main Event- July 1, 2016

MusicSong One

Punch List

WDW

Beaches reopen with fences after gator attack

Port Orleans food court to get updated

V&A’s Scott Hunnell is promoted to GF Exec. Chef

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique gets a new location

More WDW restaurants test walk-in availability

Universal

Volcano Bay info released

PETS rumors heat up

Not long until Sapphire Falls opens

Other

SeaWorld address sea pens during investor call

Port Canaveral goes up on parking

Hyatt House announced for Caravan Court (136,160 sq ft, 168 rooms, on-site restaurant)

Orlando Attractions Unite

I-Drive plaza sells, redevelopment likely

Westgate Standoff causes ripple effects

ph askes to get bigger

Other Important Links

Walt’s Frozen Head

From Dreamer to Dream Finder

WPRK

Theme Park University

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Ep 77 – #OTRonFM with World of Micah + Disney Bloggers Get Documented

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Today we open with some remarks about the events of the last week here in Orlando. Then we go to two different #OTRonFM episodes plus we have a never before heard Bigger Picture with Kevin Yee about the 5th gate rumors at WDW.  In the first #OTRonFM interview, we sit down with local YouTube celebrity Micah of World of Micah. He talks about his channel, his personal plunge story and tells us about his days at WDW. Then we have Tony, the director of the brand new Dream Finders documentary. We get the inside scoop on what it was like to walk around WDW with the likes of Lou Mongello, Ron Schneider, Ricky Brigante, Kenny the Pirate and JeniLynn Knopp.

 

Hosts

Recording Date: Intro- 06/12/16 | #OTRonFM with Micah 06/03/16 | #OTRonFM with Dream Finders 06/10/16

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Important Links

WPRK

World of Micah

Dream Finders Documentary

Skull Island

Mako Opening

Typhoon Lagoon Expansion news

One Orlando Fund to help our community recover from the Pulse nightclub attack

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