The Stories of the Upstate™ #325: (Emily Henning) "I modeled on QVC and interned with the Philadelphia Eagles."

                              WSPA, Channel 7 traffic anchor, Emily Henning brings us our 325th story.

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Emily Hennig spends her mornings scanning 40-50 different screens and cameras to help us navigate the Upstate's roadways, as the traffic anchor for WSPA, Channel 7.  While she didn't find her way to this job through the traditional path, a college degree in journalism, her life experiences definitely pointed to a career on TV.  She did local TV commercial spots growing up; modeled on QVC; hosted a couple sports shows for Comcast and interned with the legendary Philadelphia Eagles sportcaster, Merrill Reese.

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The Downtown Jam™ #33: Charles Hedgepath, Andrew Oliver, Stephen Oliver and Morgan Riley

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™ #322: (Mike Cruice) "I grew up a good Irish Catholic boy."

                         Story #322 comes from Mike Cruice, owner of makegreenvilleyours.com

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"I am always looking to help people," said Mike Cruice, owner of makegreenvilleyours.com.  
For 26 yrs, helping people was pointing them to Christ and addressing their spiritual needs as a pastor with Hampton Park Baptist Church.  Now, he helps folks looking to move to the Greenville area learn all they need to know about this amazing place we all call home.  With makegreenvilleyours.com, Mike takes folks on a three hour tour of Greenville, Mauldin, Simpsonvile, Taylors and Travelers Rest, showing them the history and vision of Greenville County.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #321: (Joshua Jones) "In 2006, I was in the Top 30 on American Idol."

                          Greenville filmmaker and musician, Joshua Jones delivers our 321st story.

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"When you have a beautiful shot on screen and just the perfect music that goes along with it, it will just give you goosebumps and that’s what I want to create," is how Joshua Jones describes how two of his passions come together.  Joshua is a musician, playing guitar and singing since high school and going as far as the Top 30 on American Idol.  He is also a filmmaker with Brando Jones Films.  Joshua's been making shooting videos and small films for years on cell phones, but made a serious commitment to film making when he sold his motorcycle and a PA system to buy a professional movie camera and equipment. 

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2018 July 4th Weekend Music Special

We all enjoy summer and celebrate our freedoms many different ways and this July 4th weekend, we're celebrating with the music of Upstate South Carolina singer-songwriters found on Stories Of The Upstate™ Podcast (iTunes, Stitcher app). We are presenting many local musicians who have played their original songs on Stories Of The Upstate™ Podcast.  Enjoy and celebrate the Upstate music scene by hearing some of the most creative and talented artists in our community right now.  Like our Facebook page @ Facebook.com/StoriesOfTheUpstate and join us anytime on YOUR smartphone.

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Stranger's Love"

On the second Wednesday of each month on Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, the Downtown 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 June 13, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Tyler J. Pearson, Samuel Kruer and Kelly Jo.

Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #318: (Roxanne Cordonier) "As a teen,I was all the boys’ friends, but never any of their girlfriends."

                            Story #318 comes from Roxanne Cordonier with Emrys Foundation.

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"Poetry is the most difficult and most beautiful form of writing," according to Roxanne Cordonier with Emrys Foundation.  Roxanne wrote poetry growing up but had sat that aside as her career led her into radio (in the Upstate with My 102.5 FM).  Attending poetry groups and workshops with the Emrys Foundation got her back in touch with her poetry and made her a better writer.  Nurturing a culture of writing is what Emrys does; nurturing a culture of reading and writing through classes work shops, public book readings and open mic nights.  

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The Stories of the Upstate #317: (Carl Sobosinski) "Growing up, I spent a lot of time baling hay and feeding baby calves."

                         The President of Table 301 Restaurant Group, Carl Sobocinski brings, our 317th story.

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According to Carl Sobocinski, President of Table 301 Restaurant Group, "Dining out is about three things: the food that's on the table, the service we are given and the ambience."   In his role with Table 301, he focuses on the service and ambience, but he did spend a year and a half in the kitchen so he could be knowledgeable about the culinary aspect of his restaurants.  What might surprise folks is that TV's Mike Brady played a major role in Carl being here in Greenville.  Inspired by the father of the Brady Bunch, Carl wanted to be an architect and followed that dream to Clemson University.  It is Greenville's very good culinary fortune that Carl did not continue down the architecture path, instead choosing to bring our community the outstanding dining experiences of the restaurants of Table 301.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #315: (Lauren Stephens) "I learned to spell by jumping rope."

             Lauren Stephens,  Salvation Army's Director of Social Ministries, shares our 315th story.

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Lauren Stephens, Greenville's Salvation Army's Director of Social Ministries told us, "For many marginalized people, there are multiple days in a week where no one even says their name and merely addressing them by their name is encouraging."  She says that showing people respect allows them how to use it in starting over.  Lauren told us that an encounter with a boy with holes in his shoes that she met in a Judson Community day camp when she was in college that committed her to a life dedicated to helping people.  

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The Downtown Jam™ #32: Charles Hedgepath, Tyler J. Pearson, Samuel Kruer and Kelly Jo.

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 ™ #314: (Ryan Heafy) "One year for Valentine's Day, I bought carnations for every girl in my high school, 430+ girls."

                                         Story #314 comes from Ryan Heafy with GVLToday

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What makes a mechanical engineer who's familiar with Black Hawk helicopters work on a community promoting digital platform?  For Ryan Heafy, it's his passions  Ryan told us that economic development, work force development and community growth are his passions and GVLToday allows him to realize those passions.  GVLToday strives to engage and educate the community, not only on economic development or community growth in general, but also how we all can be active participants in our own positive future.

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2018 Memorial Day Weekend Music Special

We love to celebrate local music on Stories Of The Upstate™ Podcast (iTunes, Stitcher app).  This Memorial Day Weekend is no exception.  We are presenting many local musicians who have played their original songs on Stories Of The Upstate™ Podcast.  Enjoy a dip into the Upstate music scene by hearing some of the most creative and talented artists in our community right now.  Like our Facebook page @ Facebook.com/StoriesOfTheUpstate and join us anytime on YOUR smartphone.

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.  Like our Facebook page @ Facebook.com/StoriesOfTheUpstate and join us anytime on YOUR smartphone.

A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out"

On the second Wednesday of each month on Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, the Downtown 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 May 9, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Mark Webb Jr, Adam Carter, Taylor McCall, Jeff Holland and Jeremy Brewer.

Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.