Lorenzo Fuller – From Traveling Roadshows to Television Pioneer


Lorenzo Dow Fuller, Jr. was a pioneer. He inherited that spirit from his parents, who were Exodusters, freedmen and their children leaving the South for new opportunities in the west. His mother was the first black child to settle n Rooks County, Kansas. Lorenzo came from a  musical family that traveled the Midwest as the Fuller Concert Company. A young Lorenzo  found his way to New York City and early success, especially in a new field – television. Hear the whole story of this meteoric rise in acclaim of this now unsung trailblazer.





Welcome to episode one of Season Two of Within the Realm! We’re glad to be back bringing you stories from within our realm!

In today’s episode we visit with Nikki and Jared, two Superfans of the CBS reality show Survivor. We hear a little about what attracts them to the show season after season and some profound thoughts they have on the way it has influenced their lives.

Enjoy this episode and the rest of the new season! As always, thanks for listening!

You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine


Here’s a story about the song “You Are My Sunshine.” Because it is so widely known, it has become misinterpreted from it’s original versions. But something happened in my neighborhood that gave the tune a new meaning for some of us…

And I discuss the crossroads Within The Realm finds itself. Listen in….

A Submarine for Oklahoma


Some communities may have a cannon or even a tank on loan from the US military displayed in a memorial park, but Muskogee, Oklahoma has something even more unique – a submarine. Having survived the Pacific Theater in WWII, the ship experienced as many near disasters making her way to the Port of Muskogee. The USS Batfish opened as a museum on Memorial Day 1973 (45 years ago!) Later I discuss my favorite punctuation mark. Listen now!

A Genuine Slice of Frozen Pizza History


Pizza gained in popularity across America following the Second World War. Across the span of decades the Italian inspired dishes became one of the top favorite foods in the United States, with a pizza restaurant never too far away. That wasn’t always the case. Many parts of rural America were a “pizza-less society”  – except for the godsend of frozen pizza! Learn more than you probably wanted to know about frozen pizza in this episode! Then take a trip with Abraham Lincoln to Kansas territory to gain convention delegates for his struggling 1860 Presidential campaign!