Society & Culture

Russell Hobbs and The Big Picture

Profiling interesting people in arts and entertainment, watching this show will change your life!

Frank Myer

Frank was born in Maryland, grew up in the Philadelphia area and has lived in Dallas for over 30 years. He earned his MBA from Temple University and has a long career in financial planning. Lately Frank has spent all of his time on his writing projects. Gingersnap Christmas is planned to be released this year as a film on a streamer. He has a TV show and other projects he's developing with other talented artists. He was the President of Dallas Screenwriter Association in days gone by and looks forward to new projects making their debut. Frank writes and promotes projects that will entertain and uplift the audience. He believes we are here to let our light shine and encourage others to be more creative.

Rev. Horton Heat

Deep Ellum success story Jim Heath a.k.a. Reverend Horton Heat is from Corpus Christi Texas, played in many bands including Teddy and the Tall Tops and the Polytones. While doing sound at the Theatre Gallery in 1984 during the inception of the modern Deep Ellum scene Jim was writing songs about divorce, played some for Russell Hobbs in the backyard of The Prophet bar, Russell pushed Jim on stage, named him Horton Heat and Monday night at The Prophet bar was the place to be. Reverend Horton Heat blew up started playing locally, regionally and has become internationally recognized as the modern day “godfather of rockabilly”. Jim Heath has made his mark on modern culture carrying the torch of real music to multi generations. 12 important albums including Smoke Em if You Got Em, Liquor in the Front (Sub Pop) It’s Martini Time (Interscope) Whole New Life (Victory Records) Movie soundtracks highlights- Ace Ventura When Nature Calls, Free Willy the Rescue, Flintstones Viva Rock Vegas TV appearances- Late Night Conan Obrien, John Stewart Show, Drew Carey Show, Dexter New Blood. Video games- Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3, Guitar Hero 2 Reverend Horton Heat tours internationally every year to satisfy his die hard ever-growing cult following.

Greg McCone

Greg McCone is a Food & Beverage operator, now retired and enjoying life with his wife, Abby, their children and a grandchild. He has lived in Dallas for 63 years after growing up in Trumbull, Ct. Greg is an avid collector of such things as vintage musical instruments, baseball memorabilia, 50s & 60s recordings and all forms of art from around the world. He and Abby have only lowa left to complete their travels to every state. Greg began his F & B career bartending for Mariano Martinez with the worlds first frozen margarita machine, now in the Smithsonian Museum. After getting into management he spent the next few years gaining operating experience in all phases of the industry at such places as: The Getty Corporation - Don the Beachcomber, Inc. Pistachio's Private Club, Houston, Tx Amfac Hotel, DFW Airport - The Branding Iron Rest. & Club The Ambassador Hotel - Food & Beverage Director. Opportunity arose to work with a group of investors on a project to try to create the best nightclub in the world and following two years of construction the Stark Club was born eventually becoming a world class entertainment venue with Greg as GM. Greg is a former President of the Uptown Exchange Club and a present member of the Board of Directors of the Memories of Dallas websites.

Turner Cavender

Turner Cavender was born in Dallas Texas and struggled with a hearing disability and always made the effort to become a normal kid in life and school. At 6 years old he got hearing aids and was assigned a speech therapist. Childhood was challenging but never slowed Turner down. Turner had tons of energy and found his passion in Motocross, a very demanding and individualized sport. Turner went on to have a successful Motocross career as a sponsored rider at the professional level. 2007 Turner retired from full time racing and entered Texas Tech University to pursue his passion of fitness and helping others feel amazing. Graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in nutrition. Turner then opened Fit Body Boot Camp his own gym. From 2013 - 2020 Turner worked with thousands of clients as a personal life coach helping people live a healthy lifestyle and transformed many lives. In 2020 Turner took his exit from the fitness industry and sold the gyms to pursue a new career in real Estate and produces his global podcast. Now happily married to Stephanie Cavender and living his life in their beautiful home on the lake in Forney Texas with his Golden retriever, the perfect little family.

Raymund King

Dr. Raymund King worked his way through college as a professional magician before going to medical school. After practicing medicine for 10 years in Oklahoma City as a head and neck surgeon, he decided to become a lawyer after he treated victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. As a practicing attorney for almost 22 years, Dr. King practices both entertainment law and corporate healthcare law. Eight years ago, he began producing inspirational films and acting. To date, King has produced 22 films, and acted in 26. In 2019, Dr. King and his childhood friend Thomas Sanchez reconnected to form Mariposa King Studios in New Mexico. The following year, they formed Mariposa King Studios in Texas. Last year, Dr. King formed Kappa Distribution, a film distribution company in California that distributes inspirational, faith and family films worldwide.

Frank Campagna

Frank Campagna has been a professional artist in the Dallas area since 1979. Campagna began his career in the music and nightclub industries, providing artwork for legendary, live music venues such as the Agora Ballroom, Starplex, Bronco Bowl, Verizon Theater, Gypsy Tea Room, and currently for House of Blues. He has also created on-demand works for acts such as the Rolling Stones, Guns & Roses, the Eagles, U-2, and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame, as well as festivals such as Lollapolooza, SXSW, and Edgefest, for which he gained national exposure on MTV in the early 1990s. Campagna has been instrumental in the revitalization of the historic Deep Ellum neighborhood from an abandoned warehouse district to it's present day reputation as a mecca of art and music, beginning with hosting musical acts in his visual art studio in 1982. In 1993, 1994, 1999, and 2000, he led over 150 artists in the Good Latimer tunnel mural project. In the early 2000s, Campagna played a key role in negotiating the replacement of the Good Latimer tunnel on behalf of the neighborhood with Dallas Area Rapid Transit to create a 'new gateway' to Deep Ellum, resulting in the Traveling Man project. In 2005, Campagna founded Kettle Art Gallery, offering North Texas creatives a venue that is 'inclusive as opposed to exclusive' which continually mentors and introduces 'new blood' into our city's culture. In addition to the gallery, Campagna currently serves as an advisor to Foundation45, a project he initiated in 2011 to provide mental health services to creatives, and in 2017 and 2018 as a muralist in the ‘Dallas in Prizzi’ project in Sicily.

Jennifer Styers

Jennifer Styers is a Relationship Coach, Personal Matchmaker, Founder and CEO of Love Jenn, a Coaching and Elite Matchmaking Service and the host of The Loveability Show. Jennifer shares her insights about love on the airways every week, speaking on many National Radio and TV shows and has served as a Relationship Expert for FOX NEWS Radio and the National Television Networks for the last 15 years. Jenn hosts her own show called The Loveability Show. Every week she talks love, relationships, dating, sex, marriage and everything in between! It airs every Friday on Facebook Live and is broadcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google and more. Jennifer also enjoys regular television appearances on Good Morning Texas, WFAA News, Fox 4 DFW, Fox 23 Tulsa, CBS 11 DFW, CW33, Eye-Opener TV, The Tomi Lahren Show, WFAA Daybreak, Broadcast TV Show Dallas, NBC 17 Illinois, CBS 7 Odessa as well as many more NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX Morning and Evening News Programs across the US, to discuss the ever changing "rules of engagement" for finding, understanding and keeping love. Jennifer has been voted by Match.Com as the TOP Matchmaker and Relationship Expert in DFW for over 10 years and one of the Top 10 Relationship Experts in the Nation.

Sir Earl Toon

From the world of Soul, R&B, Funk, Dance, Pop, and yes, Hip Hop, let us introduce to you, Earl Toon, Jr. a.k.a. ‘Sir Earl Toon’ and ‘Poppa Grand’. Earl recorded and performed with the multi-platinum Funk, Jazz, R&B, Dance and Pop group, Kool & the Gang, which sold over 75 million albums and singles world-wide and has influenced the music of three generations. The group has earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. In 2014, Kool & the Gang received the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award which was one of his proudest moments as a member of the world-renowned band. In 2016, Sir Earl Toon was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame with the likes of Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Louis Armstrong, Fleetwood Mac, John Coltrane, Blondie and the Grateful Dead. The same year he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the 44th President Barack Obama, which he received at a ceremony in 2017 in New Orleans. Sir Earl co-wrote, co-produced, co-arranged and performed the American treasure and classic song, “Celebration,” as well as the classic hits “Ladies Night”, “Too Hot”, “Get Down on It”, and many more of the band's billboard hits. According to Quincy Jones, “Celebration” is the biggest celebratory song that has ever been written by a composer or songwriter in America, or for that matter, in any other country on the planet! When you sing “Yahoo!!!, Celebrate Good Times C’mon, We’re Gonna Celebrate Your Party With You, Celebration”, you have just sung a few words and the melody Earl Toon Jr. introduced to the world in 1980. After world tours with Kool & the Gang, Sir Earl independently produced, arranged, and wrote music for Atlantic, Arista, Polygram Records, Warner Bros. Communications. When asked whether he is still a part of the band “Kool & the Gang”, Sir Earl always replies without a doubt his motto, “Once a Gang Member, Always a Gang Member”. To his credit, Sir Earl h

Matthew JC

Matthew JC is the owner of 1307 Productions and an Award winning Director, Writer and Producer. He is also founder of 501c3 Veteran Charity- Operation Rock The Troops. His programs to heal veterans through music has taken his band and songwriting healing camp on 7 World Tours to 15 Countries, 40 military bases and over 1000 shows. Currently producing new content and Hosting Industry events such as 1307 Production Networking Film Event

Ashley Berges

Ashley Berges is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Live Your True Life Perspectives. Live Your True Life Perspectives has been on the radio since 2012 and can be heard on USA Radio and Westwood One. Ashley discusses topics such as relationships, psychology, mindfulness, self-worth, and the list goes on. Perspectives is also a worldwide recognized podcast. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and Spreaker amongst others. Ashley is the host of The Celebrity Perspectives on Amazon Prime. She engages with amazing celebrities while they are being honest and true about themselves, how they feel, and what they want from life. Ashley is the Live your True Life Coach, Toxic Relationship to Divine Identity Coach. Her latest book is The 10 Day Challenge to Live your True Life. The 10 Day Challenge is a lifetime guidebook to making the most out of your life, understanding your pure identity, and becoming the best version of yourself. Throughout Ashley’s lifetime of work, she has realized the value of working with children. Ashley believes that it is vital to children’s development to help them see their value, develop a better understanding of their feelings and emotions, and understand the value of animals, friends, family, the planet, and the world around them. After years of wanting to begin a non-profit, Ashley was able to start, the Live Your True Life Foundation. Live your True Life Foundation is the vehicle to help encourage and motivate children to connect to their feelings, emotions, and thoughts. Ashely believes that helping positively shape a child’s future is a duty we all need to perform. Ashley has dedicated her life to searching, advocating, and offering a powerful and practical perspective for people to live a more rewarding life. She helps individuals identify their true selves.

Michael Cain Interviews Russell Hobbs

Russell Hobbs is an iconoclast innovator, with four decades of experience in the entertainment industry having created, launched, managed, and sold ventures, including several live music venues, record companies, an artist management group and restaurants. Hobbs, the illustrious catalyst that resurrected modern day Deep Ellum from a ghost town to become the most popular entertainment district in Dallas. Hobbs pioneered the modern day Deep Ellum in 1984 founding the legendary Theatre Gallery, The Prophet Bar and in 1998 The Door launched and showcased original music 20 years, creating a destination which has profited multitudes of real estate developers, business owners and created millions in tax revenue. Hobbs appeared in Newsweek, Billboard, many local and international publications casting his vision to promote the arts, individualism and freedom of expression. Hobbs as head of these ventures led in design, funding, permitting, management, staffing, team building and most importantly booking relations with talent agents in New York, LA and Nashville. He has produced countless concerts and festivals, discovered and introduced many visual artists and recording artists to the people of Texas, such as The Flaming Lips, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy, Jane’s Addiction, Rev Horton Heat, The Lumineers, Dua Lipa, Ron English, Bill Haveron and many more. Currently Hobbs works with various movers and shakers through his Imperishable media group to produce inspirational movies, television, concerts and various media genre. Now Available for appearances

Mike Rhyner

Mike Rhyner spent 32 years in radio in the Dallas-Ft Worth market, commencing in 1979 at KZEW. He spent 7 years as producer of the LaBella & Rody show watching things blow up around him before moving to WBAP, then KZPS. Probably best known as the creator of the Ticket, he spent 26 years there, primarily helming the perennially dominant afternoon drive time show the Hardline. In December 2019 he stepped away from the Ticket, announcing his retirement in a surprise video still talked about today. He presently hosts ‘Your Dark Companion’, a podcast which can be found at VokalNow.com

Eric Couch

V. Eric Couch has had the great privilege to share the stage with Martha Stewart, Nigel Farage, Ice-T and Coco, Michael Gerber (E-Myth), Walter “Scorpion” O’Brien (world’s smartest man), George Ross (Trump's attorney) speaking at recognizable locations like London Stock Exchange, Carnegie Hall, NASDAQ, Citibanamex and Royal Society of Medicine. He host the podcast, Living a Legacy, Guest include: George Lopez, Les Brown, Kevin Harrington, Kathy Ireland, Jack Canfield, Clint Black and many more! Eric is a multi-year member of Forbes Finance Council and 2020 & 2021 inductee of the Dallas 100 (fastest growing privately held companies in Dallas)
For over 20 years, Mr. Couch has been the guy behind the curtain with the answers to life’s retirement questions, along with his nationwide army of financial advisors, having protected over $1 Billion in just the last 3 years.

Ron Hall

Ron Hall’s life was centered around a successful career as an international art dealer and a passion for his Rocky Top ranch on the Brazos River. All this changed in 1998 as a result on an encounter with a homeless man, Denver Moore, who was threatening to kill everyone in the Fort Worth, Texas homeless shelter where Ron and his wife Deborah had begun to volunteer two weeks earlier. After the death of his wife in November, 2000, Denver Moore moved in with Ron and lived with him for the next ten years. This life changing encounter, featured on many television and radio shows inspired Ron to write his first book SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, a story of hope and redemption. The word of mouth hit became a New York Times platinum bestseller and stayed on the list for more than three and a half years. In 2007, President Bush appointed Ron to the State Department Cultural Property Committee to advise the President on diplomatic matters regarding international art and antiquities. He served through December 2011. Currently, Ron is a screenwriter and producer of the movie version of his book SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME. It opened in theaters across America by Paramount Pictures October 20, 2017. He recently published SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, Children's version and WORKING OUR WAY HOME, the story of the ten years he and Denver lived together. He is currently writing the sequel for the movie. Ron and his wife Beth, reside in Dallas where they direct the Same Kind of Different as MeFoundation, SKODAM.org, established to raise money and awareness for the homeless.

Michael Cain

MICHAEL CAIN is dedicated to changing the world for the better based on the belief that media can change people’s hearts and minds toward positive solutions. Michael directed and produced TV Junkie for HBO’s Addiction series, winning the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize as well as producing more than twenty feature films for HBO & SHOWTIME. Michael was named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the Top 10 Film Festival Leaders and by the Dallas Observer as one of the Top 100 Creatives among cultural entrepreneurs in Dallas. He was also nominated, with Liener Temerlin, as Texan of the Year by The Dallas Morning News. Michael is the US Advisor to the WaterBear Network & the Resilient Foundation. M3 Films, the company his wife started and he is President of is currently producing the US Premiere of The Way of The Rain: Hope For Earth with Sibylle and Robert Redford, EarthX, EarthxFilm and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on Half-Earth Day, October 22, 2022. He is a lucky husband and devoted father to two amazing daughters!

Jeffrey Liles

Russell Hobbs profiles Jeffrey Liles (aka Cottonmouth, Texas): an American writer, storyteller, and member of the abstract hip-hop group Decadent Dub Team. Currently the artistic director at The Kessler Theater in Dallas. EDITOR'S NOTE: this is a re-upload from an earlier version.

Andrea Reich

Russell Hobbs profiles Andrea Reich, entrepreneur and the owner and designer of Diadem Jewelry. She is also a devoted mom, an artist and involved in several philanthropic pursuits

Paul Salfen

Paul Salfen is a Dallas-based TV host, producer, editor, writer, content creator, consultant, and entrepreneur who currently holds the positions of producer and co-host of Drew Pearson Live/The Ultimate Hail Mary and producer/writer for AMFM Magazine. Salfen is also seen internationally an international correspondent for OSN in Dubai, which is seen in 22 markets in the Middle East. He has spent the past 20 years interviewing a wide variety of the biggest and brightest stars in film and music including the likes of Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, Harrison Ford, Angelina Jolie, The Rock, Will Smith, Willie Nelson, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Tiesto, and Sandra Bullock, as well as a series of sports, travel and business articles including features on luminaries like Sir Richard Branson.