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Fletcher Hardware Closes Doors, Within The Realm Reflects On Interview With Owner

November 3, 2019

Fletcher Hardware, the oldest business in the City of Stilwell, Oklahoma, closed it’s doors for the last time yesterday (Saturday, Nov. 2.) The Store had been at the same location, in the 100 block of Division Street, since 1906, when the store had been moved to the new railroad city from Mayes, Cherokee Nation.

A tour of the store and an interview with the current owner Bill Roedenbeck was featured in an episode of the podcast last year.

“The place was a real institution,” said WTR host Steve Garrett. “it was a family store that tied our town’s history back to the days of Indian Territory and Judge Parker’s Court,  They certainly aren’t building businesses like that anymore.”

The interview with owner Roedenbeck highlighted the values that went into making the family run business a local institution, said Garrett. A link to the episode is provided here:

Within The Realm’s newest episode features interview with author Micheal Wallis

October 1, 2019

My interview with Micheal Wallis, the author of “David Crockett, The Lion of the West was immediately having a chat with an old friend.  Taking time out of his busy schedule, working on his 20th book, a biography of the “Bandit Queen” Belle Starr, Wallis was warm, inviting and entertaining.

The interview was done for an episode of Within The Realm, “Go Ahead: Crockett Takes on the President,” released on September 30.

My goal was to discuss the political career of David Crockett which featured his opposition to Indian Removal and an ugly break with Andrew Jackson. We were able to accomplish that.  The political courage displayed by Crockett, according to wallis, was an outgrowth of his personal credo: “Always be sure you are right; Then Go Ahead.”

Wallis delivered a great interview rich with insight into the subject of David Crockett’s break with Jackson, which ended his political career and directly led to his death in Texas. But he delivered a lot more.

In addition to our discussion about Mr. Crockett, we spoke a little bit about some of his other books, his work as a voice actor with the Cars franchise and where we grew up and how Davy Crockett crashed into our lives as an entertaining, larger than life figure when we were kids, but how we came to admire the man as we saw the real Crockett.

It was like talking with an old friend, a kindred spirit. It’s an interview I won’t soon forget.

Check out our show notes section for more info on Wallis’ other books. He’s an entertaining and engaging writer. You’ll enjoy them.

Within The Realm podcast to return in February for Season 3

Within The Realm with Steve Garrett is currently working on a new season of episodes for the coming spring. The new season will continue the wide range of topics offered up by the podcast, but hopefully will also offer up a few surprises.

“We’re always learning new tricks to improve the podcast,” said host Steve Garrett. “Our goal is to provide an outstanding listening experience that is entertaining as well as educational and inspirational.”

The idea grew out of the stories he shared with friends. They centered on wild characters he has known or strange circumstances that defy belief.

“I would tell these stories about my experiences and people would doubt that all these colorful things could happen to one guy,” he said. “I decided to turn there stories , all that are within my realm of experience, into a podcast.”

Some of the stories have featured an elite female Highland games athlete, a husband and wife team of personal trainers that give their stories about living with Crohn’s Disease and living with someone living with Crohn’s Disease and a colt revolver that is said to have belonged to cowboy performer Will Rogers, now a family heirloom.

“The revolver story was special. A good friend of mine inherited this revolver from his Dad who had inherited it from his uncle. It had this story that it had been owned by Will Rogers. I grew up in Will Rogers country, so this story really appealed to me. We set out to do some detective work to verify this story,” he said.

“You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find the answer,” he offered.

Garrett said he is looking forward to bringing another season of similar content to the podcast. “We have some really great stories yet to tell,” he said.

Within The Realm is available on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify. You can contact Steve Garrett at the show’s website, withinpodast.com.

 

New Podcast Episode features up and coming Kansas City singer-songwriter Courtney Ann Hall

The latest episode of the Kansas City-based podcast Within The Realm (released November 16, 2018) features a story about Courtney Ann Hall, an emerging songwriter-performer on the local scene. The episode features an interview with Hall and the audio engineer overseeing the recording of her EP, Alex Garnett.

“I was lucky enough to be in the audience the night Courtney sang her first original song for an audience,” says Within The Realm’s host Steve Garrett. “Now, just barely a year later and she has developed into a capable act and has released a single, with a full EP soon to follow. That’s a meteoric rise!”

Hall has been a regular performer at NKC’s The RINO’s Monday Night “Song Lab” and has recently performed for a Sofar Sounds event and other venues around the Metro. Her single, “Bottom Shelf,” was released earlier this month (available on Spotify and other streaming music sources) and will deliver a complete EP in early 2019.

Within the Realm features stories from off the beaten path but finds relevance in each of them. The podcast’s website can be found at withinpodcast.com

 

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