The Stories of the Upstate™ #187: (Jim Bannister) "At 6, I drove a big bulldozer, with a little help from Grandpa."

         Criminal Defense Attorney and Greenville Water Commissioner, Jim Bannister delivers our 187th story.

He is a 4th generation criminal defense attorney, partner at Greenville's Bannister, Wyatt and Stalvey and a Greenville Water Commissioner;a man living his passions for defending the innocent and for preparing for the future of our area's quality of life. Oh, and he practice's his passion for cooking on his three daughters' breakfast choices.

                                       To learn more about Bannister, Wyatt and Stalvey, click here
                                       and learn more about the Greenville Water Commission here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #186: (Johnny Mack Brown) "I played offensive and defensive end in the Shrine Bowl in 1954."

                       Our 186th story comes from retired Greenville County Sheriff, Johnny Mack Brown

He's worked in the Probation and Parole office, served in the Solicitor's office, fought the drug war on a three man drug enforcement task force and been a U.S. Marshall, but Johnny Mack Brown will be forever known as the Sheriff of Greenville County.  He served the people of Greenville County successfully for 24 years making the Greenville County Sheriff's office, the elite law enforcement office in the state of South Carolina.

A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Song: "Walking Shoes"

On the second Wednesday of each month on “Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, theDowntown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the March 8 2017 Downtown Jamwith Charles Hedgepath and True Blues featuring Joe Cash, Pete Cash and Joey Gunter.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #186: (Miranda Asson) "In fifth grade, the kids called me Oprah."

                The Community Relations Director for 96.3 The Block, Miranda Asson brings story #186.

Growing up in Greer, Miranda Asson was a Janet Jackson fanatic, even owning a Rhythm Nation jacket and the famous key earring, so it's no wonder that she's now known as Miranda on the Radio and is the Community Relations Director for 96.3 The Block; as well as a Radio Angel on WPJM 800 am, The Light.

                                                    To learn more about 96.3 The Block, click here
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The Stories of the Upstate™ #185: (Matt Clark) "My first go around at college was a grand failure."

                                        We get our 185th story from the editor of GSA Business Report

A more recent resident of Greenville, SC, Matt Clark is the editor of GSA Business Report which covers what's going on in business in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson and the 10 surrounding counties, as well as producing business networking events like the Power Events Series and the largest manufacturing gathering in South Carolina, the S.C. Manufacturing Conference and Expo.  Matt also hosts the GSA Biz Vibe podcast.

                                                   To learn more about GSA Business Report, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #184: "As a child, I searched the woods with a friend looking for fairies."

                                  Greenville singer-songwriter, Lisa Stubbs shares our 184th story.

Today's guest grew up in Greenville SC, chasing fairies in the woods and letting her imagination run wild.  Today, as a singer-songwriter, her imagination makes beautiful music as part of the band, Mourning Dove.

                                  To learn more about Lisa Stubbs and Mourning Dove, click here
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The Stories of the Upstate™ #183: "As a teen, I was a 60s and 70s wild child."

         Story #183 comes to us from the owner and CEO of Computer Direct Outlet, Gary Underwood.

Our guest today is an entrepreneur who started out mining in the earth and now mines the reaches of virtual reality.  Gaming computers, custom computers like Volta and computer repair are just some of what he provides at Computer Direct Outlet in Greenville SC.

                                            To learn more about Computer Direct Outlet, click here.

The Downtown Jam™ #17: Charles Hedgepath with True Blues featuring Joe Cash, Pete Cash and Joey Gunter

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters walk into a secret location in downtown Greenville.  They only bring their guitars, their stories and their original songs.  They play an entire free concert.  We record it and play it back for you on-demand 24/7 beginning the second Wednesday every month.  We call it "The Downtown Jam" and it's another way to thank you for listening and subscribing to "The Stories of the Upstate  #gvlmusic

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #182: "In college, I was a singer in a group called Hot and Sweaty."

         The former Exec. Dir. of the American Red Cross Upstate SC, Ann Wright delivers story # 182.

Ann Wright spent 3 decades with the American Red Cross helping people through disasters before accepting the position of VP of Advancement for the Greenville Tech Foundation.  This was her last interview before leaving the American Red Cross.

                                          To learn more about the American Red Cross, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #181: "I can solve a Rubik's Cube in 45 seconds."

                            We get our 181st story from Spartanburg singer-songwriter, Keith Groover.

                                                 To learn more about Keith Groover, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #180: "I was a walk-on defensive lineman at Clemson University."

     Commercial real estate agent with McCoy Wright Real Estate, John Wright Jr. brings our 180th story

                                                   To learn more about John Wright Jr., click here.