Coming up on the show

There are many incredible people in the Orlando area, and I get to talk to at least one every week. Here’s a list of the next few episodes. Want to get in on this? Learn more about being a guest. If you’re on a device, click here to hear! This Monday: Amy Green The Monday after…

Bad Business Ideas – July 2017

I’m not one for hyperbole, but the 10 BBIs presented to guests this month represented some of the best new startup concepts that have ever been or will be. Having said that, here they are in alphabetical order: Bite Owl – Late night local treats Bulk Bank – The advantages of buying large quantities without…

Heather Georgoudiou

Finding another Georgoudiou to have on the show was easier than you would think! It helps that she’s related to me. Heather also discusses her role at OneBlood, social media, gift bags, and more.

This episode was recorded on August 7, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Expert Timing – Jeff, Katrina and Gibran

Expert Timing’s Jeff Snyder, Katrina Snyder, and Gibran Colbert take to the airwaves on this episode. They offer some great insight on making music, touring, breaking into people’s houses, and much more.

This episode was recorded on July 31, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Bob Kodzis

If you need a jolt of energy, this is the episode for you. Bob Kodzis, improviser, inspirational speaker, and master facilitator spends some time with Nick. Good stuff, give it a listen!

This episode was recorded on July 24, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Frank Vertolli and Ryan Fitzgerald

The co-founders of Net Conversion, Frank Vertolli and Ryan Fitzgerald, keep on keeping on with Nick on this episode of To a Certain Degree. We talk starting a company, continuing a company, but not the end of a company. Not quite a story arc…Yet.

This episode was recorded on July 17, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Saint Joan

It’s a very special episode of To a Certain Degree. Not after-school very special episode, but you will learn something. Jeremy Seghers and Theresa Hanson stop by to discuss their upcoming play Saint Joan, performed at the Fred Stone Theatre from July 28 through August 5.

This episode was recorded on July 10, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Chris Castro

Sustainability waits for no one, so it’s a condensed episode with Chris Castro, the Director of Sustainability at the City of Orlando. He’s also an ecopreneur, urban farmer, smart cities architect, nonprofit executive, and brand new dad. That he could find an hour to sit down is pretty remarkable, as is what he had to say!

This episode was recorded on July 10, 2017, on WPRK FM. Learn more about the show at toacertaindegree.com.

Mark Freid

Happiness Counts! That’s a strong message from Mark Freid, who developed it after extensive research and from his own work experiences. He and Nick chat about the importance of being happy at work, shame as a motivator for bad business ideas, and all the studies that say running is bad for you.

This episode was recorded on July 3, 2017, on WPRK FM. Learn more about the show at toacertaindegree.com.

Our Orlando Artists Panel

On the July 10, 2017, episode, we shared some highlights from an artists panel courtesy of The Mennello Museum of American Art. The panel featured four of the five artists taking part in the Our Orlando show. From the museum’s website: OUR ORLANDO presents the work of five rising local artists who have shaped the visual fabric…

Hannah and Sue

Two of the people behind Orlando Shirts, Sue Hannah and Hannah Zuk, come to the studio to talk fashion, bad business ideas, and what makes Orlando Orlando. Which is what Orlando Bloom would be named if he married Tony Orlando.

This episode was recorded on June 26, 2017, on WPRK FM

Your Big Break

Have you ever been in a meeting, especially running a meeting, and it’s not going the way you want? Maybe the energy in the room in waning a bit because people need some coffee. Maybe they aren’t paying attention because your idea is really hard to understand. Maybe you don’t even really have an idea,…

Terry Olson

Orange County’s Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Terry Olson, shares insight from his more than three decades as a producer, writer, and performer in the central Florida area.

This episode was recorded on June 19, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Snappy Campers

Summer camps have come a long way. Robotics, filmmaking, chinchilla-hurtling. These are just a few of the examples of educational opportunities available to students while out of school. And sure, they’re learning valuable skills, but, are there other skills out there that kids really need to work on to be successful in this corporate culture?…

Tisse Mallon and Jack Graham

Living Room Theater visits To a Certain Degree, with Tisse Mallon and Jack Graham offering insight into their in-house experience. It’s a fun conversation that covers saying yes, songwriting, and glitter confetti. Enjoy!

This episode was recorded on June 12, 2017, on WPRK FM. Learn more about the show at toacertaindegree.com.

Rachel Simmons

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, artist and art professor Rachel Simmons joins Nick for a talk that ranges from Cyndi Lauper to the language of birdwatching to a studio in the LSU stadium. It’s like a coat of many colors, except a radio show. And the patches are topics. Actually, it’s not like that at all. Enjoy!

This episode was recorded on June 5, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, A Tribute

Legends are tenuous at best. They begin, exist and sometimes thrive based on the number of people who believe them. More importantly, believe in them. It’s that belief that makes the underground music artist something more than he is – or what he should have been all along. Rahsaan Roland Kirk. #blackexcellence #rahsaanrolandkirk #radioafrique #tomorrownight…

Dandy Darkly

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, the Orlando Fringe is still running, and an out-of-town guest (two guests sort of) stops in to talk about his show. Dandy Darkly, along with his alter ego Neil Arthur James discuss the writing process, perform an excerpt, and are good for quite a few laughs to go with their insights.

Along with that, Dandy decides on which Bad Business Idea he wants to represent. Listen up!

This episode was recorded on May 22, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Ryan Rivas

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Ryan Rivas of Burrow Press joins Nick to talk about Orlando’s growing literary scene and the community that has sprung up around central Florida in support of authors. Come for the words and stay for the sounds!

This episode was recorded on May 15, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Alien: A Sequel to a Prequel to a Remake

Every year the Orlando Fringe Festival comes and goes, and I think to myself, “You should write something this year.” After many years of not doing that, I’ve done that. Now I realize that I should have been writing this months ago because I can’t get it in for this year, but the important thing…

Victor Davila

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Victor Davila stops in to talk about art, teaching, Orlando’s flag, and much more. He helps design some Bad Business Ideas, and we spend a lot of time talking about movie soundtracks as well. Listen up!

This episode was recorded on May 8, 2017, on WPRK FM.

The Fringe Festival

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, a number of guests are in the proverbial house to talk about the 26th annual Orlando Fringe Festival. There’s an interview with the festival’s producer, Michael Marinaccio. Leesa Castaneda talks about writing and performing her first one-woman show. And the husband and wife team of Ana and Sam Hammersley get all up in your puns.

“Tokyo Love Song” used with permission by the Arrogant Worms. TACD music by Erik Elmore.

This episode was recorded on May 1, 2017, on WPRK FM.

The Perfect Cover Letter

Dear Sir or Ma’am: I would like to apply for a job with your company. I’ve contacted your Human Resources Department and, unfortunately, the opportunity I’m looking for isn’t open right now.  I hope you’ll keep this letter and attached resume on file. If the position does open, I’m sure you’ll find me more than…

Art in Odd Places

Julian and Rachel discuss the Arts in Odd Places festival, how Orlando has evolved, and more!

John Hunter

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, John Hunter confesses to his candy obsession, throwing cow tongues at hockey games, and meeting Wayne Brady. He provides some scoop on SAK Comedy Lab, wades through several Bad Business Ideas, and much more!

This episode was recorded on April 24, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Not a Mall World

When faced with the option of spending an afternoon in a closed box, surrounded by stores that time has passed by, more consumers are moving online or to micro-retail to get their shopping fix. And this exodus is causing many central Florida malls to scramble to stay relevant. Sales, special promotions, and minor aesthetic updates…

Kristine Murtz

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Kristine Murtz provides some great perspective on hospice services, end of life transitions, and the opportunities for volunteers there. She’s also been involved with pet rescue for some time, so she also runs the group’s Pet Peace of Mind program, keeping pets and their owners together for as long as possible.

This episode was recorded on April 17, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Ancestry: An Essay on Remembering

I remember my grandparents well. It seems like only yesterday I was sitting on their porch, watching the reflection of the setting sun in the nearby lake, crimson, sometimes like fire. We used to spend many a summer evening on that porch, the piquant smell of my grandmother’s duck bouillabaisse heavy in the humid air….

Amanda and Emily

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, we have Amanda and Emily. Stars of their own podcast and a monthly live show at SAK Comedy Lab, they join the show at the height of their power. Their 7am on a Monday morning power. It’s early.

And also, a lot of Bad Business Ideas™, April the Giraffe, and more!

This episode was recorded on April 10, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Chelsea Hilend

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, Chelsea Hilend joins Nick to discuss improv, trying to get people to come to the theater, and more. A graduate of both Rollins College and SAK Comedy Lab, she has done her fair share of performing in and around central Florida. Now the marketing and box office manager for Annie Russell Theatre, she gets to deal with the business side as she earns her MBA.

As always, Bad Business Ideas™ walks the line of being ethical, then goes right over to the other side. Also, more!

This episode was recorded on April 3, 2017, on WPRK FM.

Brian Luft

On this episode of To a Certain Degree, we get serious about video games. Seriously. A mainly self-taught developer, Brian Luft is a composer and audio engineer who is working on an underwater game that can be played with your eyes closed. Not because it’s so easy, but because the game is an audio experience that anyone can play, even people with visual impairments.

Added bonuses include Bad Business Ideas™ (audio-related edition), Queen, and more!

This episode was recorded on March 27, 2017, on WPRK FM.