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Episode #83 - Galveston COVID Closures, Updates & Six Stages of Coronavirus

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Episode #124 - The Scuttlebutt on Christy's Wish
Mike Dudas spends time with Nick Crow of Christy's Wish and explains the goals and plans of this nonprofit organization.  To donate or get more information visit:
May 13, 2021
Episode #123 - Get the Scuttlebutt on Grand Kids Festival with Mike Dudas and Sarah Piel
May 1st is the 25th Grand Kids Festival and Mike Dudas gets all the details from Sarah Piel of the 1894 Grand Opera House.  For more information visit:
April 17, 2021
Episode #122 - Scuttlebutt on Mark Kelso's efforts to identify WWII Marine Remains
Mike Dudas gets the Scuttlebutt on the efforts of Mark Kelso to identify the remains of WWII Marine soldiers.  Get more Scuttlebutt on the PODCAST page at
March 06, 2021
Episode #121 - Get the Scuttlebutt on Lone Star Legal Aid with Mike Dudas
Mike Dudas speaks with Clarissa Ayala and Leslie Burgoyne about Lone Star Legal Aid’s mission is to protect and advance the civil legal rights of the Texans living in poverty For more information, visit
February 12, 2021
Episode #120 - Get the Scuttlebutt on Bubba Smith, Propeller Club Port of Galveston
Join Mike Dudas as he introduces you to Bubba Smith, the immediate president of he Propeller Club, Port of Galveston. Know someone that would be interesting to be featured on the Scuttlebutt?  Contact is at
January 20, 2021
Episode #119 - Get the Scuttlebutt on Young Entrepreneur Cole Wallace
Mike Dudas sits down for an interview to get the Scuttlebutt on the Island's youngest Entrepreneur, Cole Wallace of Steals & Deals.  For more podcasts, check out the Podcast Page of the Galveston Experience Company, 
January 08, 2021
Episode #118 Mike Dudas' students share holiday memories
The holidays are always a time for reflection, and Mike Dudas captured some great comments from his students from their best holiday memories.  There was an interesting common thread for their best memories.  Give it a listen and hear what is important to them.  Happy Holidays from everyone at the Galveston Experience Company and
December 28, 2020
Episode #117 Holiday Events and The Scuttlebutt on New City Councilman William Schuster
Mike Dudas interviews Galveston's newest City Council Member, William Schuster about his historic campaign for Councilman.   We'll take a look at events happening around Galveston and you can always find them on the Galveston Island Guide at www.Galveston.VIP or the Island Events page at Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season and we look forward to a fresh start and a return to normal in 2021!
December 18, 2020
Episode #116 New Island Lights Bus Tour, Holiday Events and Scuttlebutt on Libbies Place
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas all over the Island.  On this episode you'll hear about many holiday events happening around the Island, and Mike Dudas provides the Scuttlebutt on a great program for seniors 55+ at Libbie's Place. For details, check calendar page at If you are aware of events or holiday support programs happening around the Island, click the SUBMIT AN EVENT button on the same calendar page. 
December 10, 2020
Episode #115 - Holiday Contests, DJ of the Day & Scuttlebutt on Galveston Police Holiday Programs
With the arrival of the holidays there are several contests and special events happening around the Island, we'll discuss several, including the Scuttlebutt on two programs by the Galveston Police Department. is holding the first-ever "DJ of the Day" contest.  Use your cell phone to record DJ segments to be played with your four favorite songs.  Every entry has a chance to win.  Listen to hear your friends and neighbors on the air, and the #1 voted DJ gets $500 along with other prizes and an hour LIVE on To keep up with all the holiday events, download the Galveston Digital Island Guide from the Google or Apple store or at www.Galveston.VIP
December 03, 2020
Episode #114 - The Scuttlebutt Thanksgiving Episode with Students from Ball High
2020 has been a year filled with challenges for individuals, families, businesses and organizations of all types.  Yet, there is still much to be thankful for.  Mike Dudas speaks with some of his students from Ball High School to hear what they are thankful for. At the Galveston Experience Company, we're thankful for you, and everyone we've met since launching our historic, hurricane and ghost bus tours,, our store, www.Galveston.VIP Island Guide and for all of the people we have met in the past year and a half.  From our family to yours, all the best for a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving!
November 26, 2020
Episode #113 - The Scuttlebutt on the Grand Opera House
With the news of Dickens being cancelled for 2020, cruises delayed until at least February 2021 and uncertainty of Mardis Gras, it's great to hear that The Grand will start with limited seating performances in January 2021.  Meet Maureen Patton, the Executive Director of the Grand Opera house as she shares some interesting stories from her 39 years at the Grand.  Hear what they've been up to during the pandemic, and what's to expect in the future.  The Galveston Experience Podcast is produced by - the voice of the Galveston Experience Company. 
November 19, 2020
Episode #112 the Scuttlebutt on First Lutheran Church and Trailer Park Christmas
Join Mike Dudas and learn about the historic First Lutheran Church from Rev. Richard Rhodes as he tells of the first 170 years of the Church history.  ETC Theatre is also performing the hilarious Trailer Park Christmas through December 12th.  Get all the details on this and other events on the Island on Episode #112 of the Galveston Experience Podcast.  For more info, check the Radio Galveston Island Events page at
November 13, 2020
Episode #111 E-Sports Summit and the Scuttlebutt on the GISD Teen Parenting Program
Mike Dudas discusses the GISD Teen Parenting program with Carla Geters, and hear the many events happening around the Island for this first weekend in November.  Be sure and download the Galveston Digital Island Guide which includes several free tours. In the Google and Apple App stores or at www.Galveston.VIP
November 07, 2020
Episode #110 - Mike Dudas provides the Scuttlebutt on the Rotary Club of Galveston
Learn all about the incredible work done by the Rotary Club of Galveston and the great work done globally by Rotary International. Several programs coming up for the holiday season - find out how you can get involved. 
October 28, 2020
Episode #109 - Scuttlebutt on Galveston VFW A/C Fundraiser
Mike Dudas talks to VFW Commander Dean Growcock about how COVID has impacted their operations, and a fundraiser underway to replace their A/C units to allow them to get back into full operation once again.  Listen also for details on how you can win an overnight stay in a Haunted House, win 1 of 13 Ghost Hunts from, Sugar Skull items donated by the Seawall Sugar Skull Shop or surrey, bike or scooter rentals from the Salt Water Gift Shop at 18th and Seawall.  Listen for details on RadioGalveston at
October 23, 2020
Episode #108 Out to Eat for Education
Mike Dudas talks to Brittany Viegas about this great program which allows you to help out our schools and students, just by going to dinner. 
October 17, 2020
Episode #107 The Scuttlebutt on New Ball High School Football Coach Sheldon Bennight
Mike Dudas interviews new Ball High School Football Coach Sheldon Bennight who moves to Galveston from his position as Assistant Coach on the very successful North Shore football program.  The Galveston Experience Podcast is sponsored by the Galveston.VIP Digital Island Guide, putting the best of Galveston in the palm of your hand. Download for free from the Google or Apple stores or at www.Galveston.VIP
October 10, 2020
Episode #106 GOFM Returns to Bryan - Scuttlebutt on Galveston County Food Bank
Episode #106 is all about FOOD.  Get the Scuttlebutt on the great work being done at the Galveston County Food Bank as Mike Dudas speaks with Donnie Van Ackeren - hear how you can support this important effort. And, local food is back at the Bryan Museum with Galveston's Own Farmer's Market. Also, as we get ready for the Spooky Season, hear about the new Galveston Ghost Hunt from the Galveston Experience Company, an App-based, social distancing fun, entertaining and educational historic and ghost hunt around Galveston Island.  More info at and
October 04, 2020
Episode #105 Fully Committed @ ETC and the Scuttlebutt on the Pregnancy Help Center of Galveston
After a wet and stormy week, we deserve the great weekend ahead, and there's plenty to do on the Island including the opening weekend for Fully Committed at ETC.  Details on the Island Events page at Mike Dudas also brings us the Scuttlebutt on the Pregnancy Help Center of Galveston.  For more information visit And, Radio Galveston is now on Alexa!  Just enable the skill by saying "Alexa, enable Radio Galveston" - then you can listen anytime just by saying "Alexa, PLAY Radio Galveston". Thanks to Billy Hill for the great cover photo!
September 25, 2020
Episode #104 The Scuttlebutt on the Lighthouse Charity, Double Feature Drive-in Movie and Tropical Storm
Mike Dudas has a fascinating interview with Scott Gordon, President of Lighthouse Charity Team who have been helping charitable organizations for  over 30 years.  And, given the approaching tropical storm, may be called again soon.  On September 19th, check out the drive-in movie at Stewart Beach, and hear about the many other events on the Island the weekend of September 18th, 2020.  If you know someone who'd be a great guest on the Scuttlebutt, get in touch with us at
September 18, 2020
Episode #103 New Hurricane Tour Launched for 120th Anniversary of Great Storm & Scuttlebutt on United Way Galveston
The Pandemic has caused dramatic changes for us all and Lindsey White, the Executive Director of United Way Galveston joins Mike Dudas to share how they have been impacted. September 8th was the 120th anniversary of the Great Storm that destroyed a third of Galveston and took as many as 10,000 lives.  The Galveston Experience Company has launched a new Hurricane Tour narrated by Dr. Hal Needham, known as "Hurricane Hal" on The one-hour Bus tour celebrates the innovation, resiliency and ingenuity of the people of Galveston to resurrect the Island from a devastating storm.  To book this informative, engaging and entertaining tour, visit The tour departs daily at 12 Noon from the Galveston Experience Company.  Groups of 8 or more can schedule a private tour for up to 20 people. 
September 11, 2020
Episode #102 - The 120th Anniversary of Great Galveston Storm and Scuttlebutt on Covid and Education
September 8th, 1900, Galveston Island was changed forever and we remember that anniversary and introduce and all new Hurricane Bus Tour featuring Dr. "Hurricane" Hal Needham which shows how Galveston was forever changed by that storm.  COVID has also changed the way we learn and Mike Dudas speaks with Carol Langston from Galveston College on this edition of the Scuttlebutt.  Podcasts listeners can also get a $5 per ticket discount on Hurricane tickets through the month of September by using the discount code "1900" when booking online at
September 04, 2020
Episode #101 - Talking Hurricanes with Dr. Hal Needham
Dr. Hal Needham discusses the history of hurricanes in Galveston, including our recent close call with Category 4 Hurricane Laura how that storm compares it to the 1900 storm, whose 120th anniversary is coming up on September 8th.   Learn the amazing work that was done after the 1900 storm to protect Galveston from future storms.  We'll also talk Dan Rather, Ultimate Frisbee and much more on this episode.  #galveston #hurricanelaura #1900hurricane #ultimatefrisbee #1900storm #GalvestonIsland
August 29, 2020
Episode #100 - Naval Museum Reopening, Drive in Movies, the Scuttlebutt on Hospitality ER
When's the last time you went to a Drive-In Movie?  Hear what's coming up at Stewart Beach, plus the reopening of the Naval Museum, weekend events and Mike Dudas gets the Scuttlebutt from Hospitality ER from Caytlyn Stanley and how COVID has impacted their business. will be broadcasting regular updates on the Tropical storm activity in the Gulf of Mexico from Hurricane Hal Needham.  For more on Dr. Needham, visit the Hurricane Hal page at For more information on Island events, download the Galveston Digital Guide from the Apple or Google Stores or at www.Galveston.VIP.
August 21, 2020
Episode #99 - Save Our Seniors Invites YOU to get Involved!
Wyona Wyche stopped by the studios of to introduce us to this new effort to provide a lifeline to senior citizens.  SOS provides a life anchor to help combat loneliness, depression and isolation which has been made worse by the pandemic.  For more information visit: And, check for updates on the Island Events page at
August 18, 2020
Episode #98 The Scuttlebutt with Robyn Bushong and COVID's Impact on Island Nonprofits
Meet "Galveston's Publicist" Robyn Bushong and hear the many Island nonprofit organizations she is involved in, and how they have been impacted by the pandemic. The Galveston Experience Company is a supporter of all types of non-profits and we'll provide details on how we can assist your organization.  For everything happening on Galveston Island visit www.Galveston.VIP and listen to Thanks to Billy "Blues" Hill of G-Town Surf for the awesome cover photo.
August 14, 2020
Episode #97 - Free Clothing, Island Events & the Scuttlebutt on the Gulf Coast Epilepsy Alliance
There still seems to be much confusion as to what is open in Galveston - and the answer is almost EVERYTHING.  Hear what's happening the weekend of August 7th and meet Shena Pearson as Mike Dudas get the Scuttlebutt on the Gulf Coast Autism Alliance.   For more information visit And, be sure and download the Galveston Digital Island Guide for FREE TOURS and everything happening on the Island.  You'll find it in the Google and Apple App stores and at www.Galveston.VIP
August 06, 2020
Episode #96 - The Scuttlebutt on the Galveston Arts Center with Mike Dudas
Dennis Nance of the Galveston Arts Center joins Mike Dudas for an update on the many programs and events ongoing, even through these times of social distancing. You'll also get a sneak preview of the new self-guided Galveston Ghost Hunt which is coming to the Digital Island Guide at www.Galveston.VIP
August 01, 2020
Episode #95 Mike Dudas Provides the Scuttlebutt on Sea Star Base
Sea Star Base is an amazing facility for water-lovers of all ages, as well as a fantastic location for family events, weddings, reunions and much more.  In this episode of the Galveston Experience Podcast, Mike Dudas gets the Scuttlebutt on Sea Star Base from their Executive Director Glen Urbach.  For more information on topics discussed in this episode visit: www.Galveston.VIP
July 24, 2020
Episode #94 Free Clothes Giveaway and the Scuttlebutt on Galveston Realty with Mike Dudas
Anthony Jenson of Zapp Realty joins Mike Dudas to talk about Island realty and how the market has been impacted by COVID.  We also welcome back the Harborside Express and some beach weekend events.  Save the date of August 7th for Free Clothes and breakfast tacos at St. Vincent's House.  Get complete details on Island events, things to do, family friendly events, FREE Tours and so much more on the new digital Island guide.  Download at www.Galveston.VIP - also available in the Google and Apple App stores.  Thanks to Billy "Blues" Hill for the great cover photo for this episode.  Listen for his G-Town Surf Reports at the top of the hour on
July 17, 2020
Episode #93 - Mike Dudas provides the Scuttlebutt on the Galveston Noon Optimist Club
With Galveston events now easily found on the EVENTS page of the new Galveston Digital Guide available at www.Galveston.VIP we focus on the people and organizations that make Galveston a special place.  In this episode, Mike Dudas introduces us to Carol Hodges of the Noon Optimist Club. If you know of someone who would be a good future guest, contact Mike on his page at
July 10, 2020
Episode #92 - July 4th weekend events and Mike Dudas provides the Scuttlebutt on the Seafarers Center
We're pleased to have long-time Galveston resident Mike Dudas join the podcast to bring us the Scuttlebutt on interesting people, places and organizations around Galveston.  On his first episode we'll learn about the Galveston Seafarers Center.  You can learn more about Mike and his history at The 4th of July parade and fireworks have been cancelled, but there are still many activities around the Island.  Download the Galveston Digital Guide from the Apple or Google App stores or at www.Galveston.VIP to keep updated on Island events. 
July 01, 2020
Episode #91 Masks, Art Turtles on Digital Island Guide and Scuttlebutt Preview
The City of Galveston issued a mandatory mask order until September 30th causing conflict between some customers and retailers charged with enforcing the order.  We'll talk about that as well as more new free tours that have been added to the Galveston.VIP Island Guide now available for download from the Google and Apple App stores. And, starting next week, Mike Dudas will premiere a new interview feature called "The Scuttlebutt" - hear those details as well on episode #91 of the Galveston Experience Podcast. 
June 26, 2020
Episode #90 Hurricane Hal's 2020 Hurricane Season Outlook
Dr. "Hurricane" Hal Needham is known for his straightforward no-nonsense forecasting.  He tells it like it is without the media hype and we are fortunate that he is an Island resident, heard every day on  He also has his own page on the new Galveston.VIP Digital Island guide that was just launched this week in the Google and Apple App stores.   Hal is also an avid Frisbee Golf player - you can hear him talk about his love for that sport on episode #41 of the Galveston Experience Podcast. 
June 13, 2020
Episode #89 - SLAB Beach Weekend - Galveston.VIP Island Guide - Free Lawn Care & More
The SLAB's are coming to town.  SLAB = Slow, Low Loud & Bangin' - will be descending on Galveston Island Saturday afternoon.  The event, organized by Galveston Slingshot Rentals isn't scheduled for any particular part of the Island, but look for them all around the Island on Saturday.  Just got word from Apple that our Galveston VIP Island Guide will be live in the App store by June 6th - it's already available as a Web App by opening on any mobile device.  So, with the App replacing the EVENTS section of these podcasts, we'll be focusing more on people, personalities and the many other elements of the Island that make Galveston a special place.  The WE ARE RAISING MEN Free Lawn Care segment of this Podcast is one example of the many ways we can all give back to the Island.  Hopefully you find something, and if the Galveston Experience Company can assist your non-profit efforts, please let us know! non-profit was started by our founder Jim O'Neill in 2008 and teaches disabled kids to skate and supports a Sled Hockey program in Houston for disabled military vets and anyone unable to play stand-up hockey due to their disability.  If you have a person who'd be an interesting interview for the GEX Podcast - have them get ahold of us at
June 05, 2020
Episode #88 - Memorial Weekend - What's Open, Bucket Brigade, Galveston VIP Island Guide Live Music and much more!
Moody Gardens opens Memorial Weekend, hear what's open, who is playing live music, Kayak the Preserve, Free Bucket Brigade on Stewart Beach and much more.  Also, new FREE parking areas on the Seawall, all details available in the new Galveston.VIP Digital Island Guide.  Visit www.Galveston.VIP or open on a mobile device. 
May 22, 2020
Episode #87 Go Topless Jeep Weekend - Cancelled...or Is it? Galveston VIP Island Guide App, Virtual Bay Day and more!
Jeep "Go Topless" Weekend has reportedly been cancelled, but don't be surprised to see a lot of Jeeps on Bolivar this weekend.  Law enforcement is getting ready for a busy weekend.  Hear what we were told when we called Bolivar.   You'll find FREE tours and a lot of great information on the new Galveston VIP Digital Island Guide - Details at www.Galveston.VIP or open on your cell phone. This episode also details Virtual Bay Day, the new Artist Boat Kayak schedule and more.  The Galveston Experience Podcast is produced in the studios of - and, is heard on all major podcast platforms.  Be sure to subscribe to be notified of new episodes as they are released. 
May 15, 2020
Episode #86 - Galveston Island joins Texas in Phase I Reopening
Beach lovers are rejoicing as all Texas beaches reopen on May 1st.  How this will impact the spread of COVID-19 is unknown, but we'll talk about all of the latest updates on restrictions, and introduce you to the www.Galveston.VIP application which we have been working on during the weeks of lockdown.  A web version is available at - open that link from a mobile device and you'll find an excellent resource for all things Galveston tailored specifically for your mobile device with many location based features - and more to come.  The Galveston Experience Podcast is produced by - if you have items you'd like to have included or suggestions for future guests, contact us at
April 30, 2020
Episode #85 - Connecting with COVID Help Resources, Virtual Happy Hour - Quarantini's and more
As the COVID-19 numbers grow exponentially every day, we all need to do what we can to minimize the spread, but more importantly use whatever resources we have to help our friends, neighbors and even total strangers get through this.  It will end at some point, and hopefully the bonds that we make during this difficult time will help make us a stronger community when this is over.  On this episode we talk about where you can go to find resources to help your personal or business situation, and ways to support our local businesses, which will in the end, support our community.  Many businesses are offering deep discounts at this time.  Others, such as the Galveston Experience Company are closed.  To help us recover we are offering a 50% off discount on future Historic, Hurricane and Ghost Bus Tours - use the code TWOFER at We are also airing a Virtual Happy Hour Friday nights from 5:30-6:30pm, grab your favorite beverage and enjoy some great music - we're taking requests at 409-741-3400, press 1 at the main menu - or email  You can also use that contact information to provide any other information you'd like to share.  
April 03, 2020
Episode #84 - COVID Update, Beach Closure, How to find what's open, Health, Employment, Business & Community Resources.
Social distancing in Texas has helped to limit the spread of COVID-19 compared to areas such as New York which on March 30th had more than DOUBLE the new cases in one day as reported so far in all of Texas.  We'll cover the latest statistics, orders and resources in this edition. To find online resources, visit the CALENDAR page at If you have information to report, contact us at 409-741-3400 #1 at the main menu.  Listen to for COVID updates at :30 past the hour as well as the latest weather and community information.  Most importantly, please continue to STAY HOME - STAY SAFE to allow the virus to subside in our area as soon as possible. 
March 31, 2020
Episode #83 - Galveston COVID Closures, Updates & Six Stages of Coronavirus
With no slowdown in the spread of the Coronavirus across the U.S. and Texas, stricter regulations are being put in place.  In this episode we'll look at the latest for Galveston, how Texas compares to the U.S, and how the U.S. compares globally, how we can help, and the six stages of Coronavirus. Individuals needing support individually or for their business can find resources on the CALENDAR page of and on-air updates every hour at :30 past the hour on If you have an update to provide, contact us at 409-741-3400, extension 1 at the main menu. Should you like to support the Galveston Experience Company, we are offering a TWOFER gift certificate with no expiration date.  Purchase on the EXPERIENCES page at website, click on GIFT CERTIFICATE and use the discount code TWOFER when you purchase 4 or more experiences. #Galveston #COVID #coronavirus #GalvestonBeach
March 28, 2020
Episode #82 - Galveston COVID Closures, Restrictions and Updates
With the Stay at Home order in place, many residents have questions about what this means.  On this episode we provide all the details and encourage all to listen to for hourly updates on the latest restrictions, community information and Island Weather. Anyone with information to provide RadioGalveston, the GEX Podcast or online calendar can email or phone 409-in 741-3400 extension #1.  Updates are also available on the Calendar page at with helpful links to community resources and other helpful information. 
March 25, 2020
Episode #81 - Corvettes, Coronavirus concerns, Carol King & Much more
Everywhere you turn people are talking about the Coronavirus but as yet there have been no reported cases in Galveston county and we do encourage anyone who is feeling ill to please STAY AT HOME.  Based on the volume of visitors on the Strand, on the Beach, in our store and on our tours, there doesn't appear to be an impact as yet on the Island.  We've even talked to people who made the trip to Galveston because other events such as the Rodeo and sporting events were cancelled.  So, if you are healthy, come to the beach and enjoy the many events on the Island this weekend, hear all about them on episode #81 of the Galveston Experience Podcast, produced by where you can also hear event updates and Galveston Island weather as well as a great beachy music mix. For more details, click the CALENDAR page at
March 13, 2020
Episode #80 - One Night of Queen, Art Walk, Movie Night, Vollyball & more
Whether you are into history, art, music, boating, or beach activities there is something for everyone on the Island as the first weekend of Spring Break gets underway.  Hear all about it on episode #80 of the Galveston Experience Podcast for the weekend of March 6th.  The podcast is produced by, which is now conducting a fun on-air contest called the St. Paddy's Song Scramble - listen for details every hour from 5am-7pm.  See you on the Beach!
March 06, 2020
Episode #79 - USS Cavalla, Schooner Sunday, Intro to FamilySearch & More weather guru Hurricane Hal forecasts a gorgeous weekend on the Island with temperatures around 70 and plenty of Sunshine.  A great day to check out Seawolf Park and the Naval Museum Saturday morning at 10am for the Commissioning anniversary of the USS Cavalla.  Hear all about that event and other events on this Island this weekend. If you have an event you'd like included on the calendar and Galveston Experience Podcast, use the SUBMIT button on the Calendar page at
February 28, 2020
Episode #78 - Mardis Gras Galveston 2020 Weekend #2
Looking for details on parades and other events for the final weekend of Mardis Gras . Check out this edition, produced by For full event details visit
February 21, 2020
Episode #77 - Mardis Gras Galveston 2020 Parade Events
Galveston is the 3rd largest Mardis Gras Celebration in the USA and from Feb 14-25th the Island will be buzzing with parades and events.  In this episode of the Galveston Experience Podcast we'll take a look at the first weekend parade schedule and other events happening on the island. And, stop into the Galveston Experience Company at 1522 Seawall for your FREE BEADS, FREE PHOTO with our resident ghost as well as a nice discount on future tours! The Galveston Experience Podcast is produced by
February 14, 2020
Episode #76 - Seawall Mural Project, Menardis Gras, Schooner Sunday, Call in the Cavalry & much more!
According to weather guru Hurricane Hal, this will be a spectacular weather weekend on the Island to come down and assist with the Seawall Mural Project which draws attention to the need to restore our Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, or take in a beach run with the 50k or Galveston Marathon & Half Marathon.  Or, if you're up for a slower pace - East End Lagoon guided trail walk, Birding 101, family day at Ocean Star or train rides at the Railroad Museum. For kids, there's Saturday stories at the Library, or Children's roundup at the Bryan Museum. Or start gearing up for Mardis Gras with Menardis Gras at the Menard House, the Mystic Krewe Pardis Gras Ball. On the cultural side, the Bryan Museum presents "Call in the Cavalry", or the Galveston Symphony Orchestra at the Grand Opera House, or the 10 minute play festival at Galveston College. Listen here for all the details, and check out the Calendar page at Next week we'll talk about our new BUS joining our tour fleet, and WE ARE HIRING Bus Drivers - NO CDL Needed, just a Galveston Chauffeur license.  For details contact
February 07, 2020
Episode #75 - Chamber 175th Anniversary, Finding Neverland, New GEX Bus and more!
Congratulations to our Houston Chamber of Commerce celebrating their 175th anniversary with a Gala at the Convention Center Friday January 31st.  For Theatre lovers, Finding Neverland is at the Grand 1894 Opera House this weekend, and "Actually" at the ETC Theatre on Mechanic.  Take a ride on the Harborside Express at the Railroad Museum,  Farmers Market back at Bryan Museum, or check out Schooner Sunday at Sea Star Base.  If you know someone interested in driving Tours, have them get ahold of us at the Galveston Experience Company as we have a NEW BUS joining the fleet in the next weeks.  Contact
January 31, 2020
Episode #74 Galveston Ultimate Frisbee
When the field is too wet to play Ultimate Frisbee, what do you do?  Hit the Beach!  Hear from "Hurricane" Hal Needham and some of the "Ultimate athletes" about the sport everyone is invited to join in Galveston.  It's Free, and a great way to make new friends and burn some calories.  The Galveston Experience Podcast is produced at the studios of - the voice of the Galveston Experience Company (GEX) located at 1522 Seawall.  For information on GEX, our store, tours, tourist welcome center and new Seawall Sugar Skull Store visit
January 27, 2020
Episode #73 - Restaurant Week and Museum Weekend in Galveston
This is one of our favorite weekends in Galveston as Restaurant week begins and it's also Museum weekend with many FREE and BOGO opportunities to visit some of Galveston Island's Treasures.  The Galveston Park Boards and Convention and Visitors Center PR Manager Mary Beth Bassett gives us all the details.  For more information about events on the Island, visit the Calendar page at
January 24, 2020
Episode #72 - Art Walk, Chili and Beer Festival, Polar Plunge & More!
Art Walk returns to Galveston along with plenty of Chili and Beer.  If you're into Birding, the Audobon Society has a Birds of Galveston State Park event, the Oak Ridge Boys return to the 1894 opera house and the Special Olympics Polar Plunge are just some of the highlights this weekend. History Buffs can also check our the Historic Bus Tours from the Visitor Center, 7pm Ghost Bus Tours and Sunday is a special 3pm matinee Ghost Bud Tour - details at Be sure to subscribe to get notified when new episodes are released and if you have a person or event that should be featured, contact us at Enjoy the Island!
January 17, 2020
Episode #71 - Ghost Bus Tour with Ghost Hunter Kate - A Night of Stars - Last Week of Island Christmas Events
One more week of Christmas events at Moody Garden and a gorgeous weather weekend to enjoy many activities around the Island like Farmers Market, A Night of Stars at the Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston Historic Bus Tour or the SPECIAL Matinee Saturday Afternoon Ghost Bus Tour hosted by Ghosthunter Kate, from the Galveston Ghost Podcast - - to share her firsthand experiences around the Island and the many interviews she has conducted with Island residents who have shared their paranormal experiences.  For more details, check out the CALENDAR page at
January 03, 2020
Episode #70 - Galveston Christmas, Final Laser & Lights, Galveston Market, Guns of Glory and more!
The staff at the Galveston Experience Company wishes you and yours a happy, healthy and relaxing holiday season.  So much happening on the Island for the weekend of December 20th including the final performances of Laser and Lights.  Have you seen all FOUR shows?  Christmas music starts at 6pm on with lasers projecting on the American National Insurance building downtown.  The Synchronized Shows start at 6:30pm and run every 30 minutes with the last of the shows at 9:30pm.   Get your last-minute shopping done at the Galveston Market downtown, history buffs will enjoy Guns of Glory at the Bryan Museum, SANTA will be on the Strand at 1pm Saturday at Saengerfest Park.  Hear all about these and the rest of the Island events on episode #70 - and also on the CALENDAR page at Special thanks to Billy "Blues" Hill for his great cover shot of Christmas at the Galvez!
December 20, 2019
Episode #69 - Elfie Selfies, Laser & Lights, The Nutcracker, Santa Hustle & More
Beautiful weather in the forecast for the weekend of December 13th, and so many activities and events around the Island.  Hear all about them on this episode of the Galveston Experience Podcast, more links and details on the Calendar at A Free Fun event is the Elfie Selfie Scavanger Hunt with great weekly prizes and fantastic Grand Prize awarded January 13th.  For all the details and selfie locations, visit:
December 13, 2019
Episode #68 - Laser & Lights, Dickens on the Strand, Pearl Harbor Remembrance and Christmas on the Island
The Holiday spirit has hit the Island with Dickens on the Strand, Fri. Sat and Sunday performances of Laser and Lights (be sure and see all FOUR Laser shows, a new one every 30 minutes) -  Charles Dickens Christmas Carol at the Grand 1894 Opera House, Holiday Homes Tour, Handbell Concerts, Sunshine Center Christmas Sale and SO much more.  Listen for details and also visit the CALENDAR page of the Galveston Experience Company at #GalvestonElfie Update!  The Galveston Experience Company GHOST BUS has been added to the roster of Elfie Selfie Locations!  If you're on one of our Ghost Bus or Historic tours, you will pass a MINIMUM of SEVEN Elfie Selfie locations (only 5 are needed to register for the Grand Prize) so join us on a tour, learn about the History (and hauntings) of Galveston - and register to win weekly and grand prizes.  More details here:
December 06, 2019
Episode #67 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at Galveston Naval Museum
The Galveston Naval Museum Executive Director Ann Hobing and Bryan Lethcoe, President & CEO of the Cavalla Historical Foundation provide details of the events scheduled for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the Galveston Naval Museum located at Seawolf Park, 11am on Saturday December 7, 2019.  The event and parking are both free as we commemorate the bravery of our military and those who fought at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.   Enjoy a musical performance by the Community Band of Southeast Texas, a military airplay flyover, Parade of Colors and full military ceremony with Keynote Address from Tom Gillette, a Pearl Harbor survivor. More information at
December 03, 2019
Episode #66 - Lasers and Lights in Downtown Galveston, Art Walk, Tree Lightings, Bolivar Christmas Festival and more for Thanksgiving Weekend
There’s something new in Downtown Galveston this holiday season – Laser and lights brought to you by the Historic Downtown Partnership and the Park Board of Trustees – every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas from 6-10pm enjoy a laser show projected on the American National Insurance Building Downtown.  There will be a synchronized Laser Light show every 30 minutes with audio streamed on  A special thanks to our streaming sponsors, the Lone Star Rally, Willis Ghandi and, and Galveston’s newest events venue –   Check out episode #66 for details on Laser & Lights and so much more happening over Thanksgiving weekend in Downtown Galveston.  Details also on the CALENDAR page at
November 28, 2019
Episode #65 - Seaside Treasure Festival, Escape Prohibition, Great Dolphin Beer Rescue & Much more for Nov 22nd Weekend
As the Island prepares for Thanksgiving, Christmas events are in full swing as well.   Drink a great beed and do a great thing on Saturday at Galveston Island Brewing for the Great Dolphin Beer Rescue!  A Tuna Christmas is being performed at ETC Theatre Company, the Seaside Treasure Festival is an opportunity to get your gift shopping started, plenty of music events on the Island this weekend as well as a Prohibition Themed Escape Room all day Saturday starting at 11am at Prohibition Red's on Church Street. After a rainy Friday it looks like a sunny weekend is in store with temps in the 60's, a great time to get out and enjoy the Island.  For complete details on these events and many more, visit the Calendar page at and if you're on the Seawall, come into the Galveston Experience Company and check out the great handmade pillows and aprons and get your FREE souvenir photo taken with our resident Ghost or one of our many scenic backgrounds. See you on the Island! PS - Thanks to Billy "Blues" Hill of G-Town Surf for the great cover shot!
November 22, 2019
Episode #64 - Festival of Lights, theater, shopping and historic and Ghost tours for the weekend of 15 November
The cool front has past, and we have a sunny and perfect weekend ahead and SO many things to do on the Island.  Listen to this edition of the Galveston Experience Podcast for details and visit the Galveston Experience Company at 15th and Seawall for you FREE GHOST photo! For more Island events, visit
November 15, 2019
Episode #63 Veterans Weekend Events, a Tuna Christmas and more!
It's already looking like Christmas on the Island with decorations going up along the Strand, and a TUNA Christmas at ETC Theatre Company. We also salute our Veterans this weekend at the Naval Museum at Seawolf Park, and lots of music events and great outdoor events at the State Park, Sea Star Base, Farmers Market at Bryan Museum and much more. Welcome to David, our new driver for our Ghost Bus Tours and Historic Tours at the Galveston Experience Company - he's an Island Veteran and an excellent tour guide - book a tour with him Saturday night at See you on the Beach!
November 08, 2019
Episode #62 - Lone Star Rally Weekend 2019
Motorcycles will thunder across the Island all weekend and there are a host of events associated with Lone Star Rally, including one ALT-Biker event to be held at Prohibition Red's - an Escape Room type event called Escape Prohibition.  Get your tickets at We have a rundown of the major Rally events in this podcast as well as some non-bike events going on over the weekend.  Due to the road closures and volume of motorcycle traffic, the Galveston Experience Company Historic and Ghost Bus Tours will be suspended until Tuesday.  Our full schedule will start up again next week.  For complete Lone Star Rally event schedule visit Enjoy the weekend - drive safely and be alert for our motorcycle visitors. 
November 01, 2019
Episode #61 - Escape Prohibition Island Treasure Hunts Event
The creative minds at Island Treasure Hunt,  have teamed with Prohibition Reds for a new event to be held on Saturday November 2nd during the Lone Star Rally 2019.  More than just an Escape Room event, includes VIP service at "the Hideout" in the Historic Prohibition Reds location in Galveston.  Book your tickets online at In this podcast, David and Grace will let you know what you can expect, and David details the well crafted back story of the event which ties into the history of Galveston, and the historic location of Prohibition Reds.  Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations are encouraged.  Information also available on the Facebook pages for both Island Treasure Hunts and Prohibition Reds.
October 29, 2019
Episode #60 Oktoberfest Weekend in Galveston
We're traveling back from Singapore, but will be back in time for some of the Oktoberfest festivities - hear all about them and of course all details ALWAYS available on the calendar at Know someone who should be on our podcast?  Get in touch online or drop by our studios at 15th and Seawall. See you on the beach! Jim & Lilia. 
October 25, 2019
Episode #59 - ARToberfest, Charity Trivia, Sam Houston, Genealogy Lock-in, Chemistry, Kayaking, Sailing and more - Oct 17-20th
Cooler temperatures on the Island and plenty of cool things to do including ARToberfest.  Plenty of live music around the Island this weekend, and this week we get an EARLY start on Thursday night with Billy "Blues" Hill of G-Town Surf hosting a Charity Trivia Night at Saengerfest Park.  For theatre fans, the Galveston College Theatre department will return to the stage this fall for a three-day run of “More Fun than Bowling,” a funny and eccentrically philosophical comedy.  Show dates and times are Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.  Several great events at the Library, Childrens Museum and Bryan museum as well - hear all the details on the Galveston Experience Podcast, as well as the CALENDAR page at
October 17, 2019
Episode #58 - Galveston Chamber of Commerce President Gina Spagnola - 30th Annual Golf Tournament & 175th Anniversary Preview
It is golf tournament time for the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce.  On this episode of the Galveston Experience Podcast, Chamber President and CEO Gina Spagnola talks about the event which provides an excellent opportunity to network at one of the best business tournaments in the region, Monday, October 28 at the Galveston Country Club in Galveston. Enjoy a day of golf, business networking, delicious food and drinks and fun! The Galveston Country Club is not only the oldest Country Club in Texas; it is also an important part of historic Galveston Island, located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Galveston Bay at Pirates’ Beach. Gina also provides a preview of a significant event in the Chamber of Commerce history - the 175th Anniversary. Be sure to subscribe to the Galveston Experience Podcast to be notified when each new episode is released, including weekly updates on events happening on Galveston Island.  The Galveston Experience Podcast is produced at the studios of - Galveston's only local radio station providing hourly updates on Island weather, events, and a unique Island music blend which can be streamed on devices worldwide, promoting the best of Galveston globally. 
October 16, 2019
Episode #57 - Art, Alzheimers and Labyrinth Walks, Greek Festival, Live Music & More - October 11th weekend events
Cooler weather arrives for the weekend and plenty of indoor and outdoor events around the Island this weekend.  Hear all about them in Episode #57 of the Galveston Experience Podcast, produced at the studios of at 15th and Seawall. Be sure to subscribe for weekly updates, you can also find the events listed on the CALENDAR page at See you around the Island!
October 11, 2019
Episode #56 - Galveston Island Film Festival, East End Garden Tour & Market and more events for Oct 4th weekend
The Fall weather is arriving this weekend with temperatures a bit cooler and plenty of sunshine to enjoy all the Island events including the final weekend of ETC Theatre Company performances of Lobby Hero, Million Dollar Quartet at the Grand Opera House, Movie Night on the Strand, East End Garden Tour & Market, Galveston Island Film Festival & Conference, Adaptive Sailing at Sea Star Base and plenty of outdoor activities including Artist Boat and Bay adventures at the State Park. And, our Ghost Bus Tours, Historic Bus tours and more! For all details, check out episode #56 and visit the Calendar page at See you on the Island! ...and thanks to Billy Blues Hill of for the great cover photo!
October 04, 2019
Episode #55 - Galveston Shrimp Festival, Save the Turtles, Bay Explorations & More Sep 27 2019 Weekend
The weather looks likes it will be cooperating for the big Shrimp Festival in Galveston  with two full days of shrimp, music, friends and fun - activities include a Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, Gumbo Tasting, Official 5k, Lil’ Shrimps Parade, Live Music, Vendors, and a Strand Merchant Walk-About! There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy.  23rd and Strand at Saengerfest Park.  If you're not a shrimp fan, still plenty of historical, athletic, musical and event activities all around the Island this weekend.  Listen for details, and read all the details on the Calendar Page of If you're into Ghosts - as a podcast listener, book online at and use the discount code SAVE20 to save on Ghost Bus Tours this weekend only! The Galveston Experience Podcast is produced by Radio Galveston - listen online or any device at
September 27, 2019
Episode #54 - Family Beach Challenge, Sea Star Base Fishing, Sailing & Adaptive Events, Beach Vollyball & much more
Whether you're looking for something physical like the family beach challenge, Artist Boat Kayaking, Adventures at the State Park or Beach vollyball - OR, if you're looking for educational events at the Bryan Museum or Historic tours from the Galveston Experience Company, there's something for everyone this weekend on Galveston Island.  Listen for complete details, or check the Calendar page at - or listen for updates on the voice of the Galveston Experience Company See you on the Beach!
September 20, 2019
Episode #53 Galveston Island Film Festival
Galveston Island Film Festival and Conference (GIFF-CON) founder Sherrill Hilton stopped by the Galveston Experience Company to let us know the many activities to be held at the Festival and Conference this October 4th - 7th.  A BOI, Sherrill is in her 2nd year with the film festival and this year is bigger and better than ever with more films, speakers, conference sessions, and NEW this year is a Location Tour.  Tickets and more information available at Thanks to Billy "Blues" Hill of for the great cover shot!
September 13, 2019
Episode #52 - New Beach at 61st and a Musical Weekend on the Island
Great progress on refurbishing the beach this week starting at 61st street and heading West.  As of this writing they were up to about 69th street.   BEATLES FANS will be gathering Saturday night at Saengerfest Park on the Strand for the FAB FIVE Tribute Band.  Paul Anka also in town at the Grand 1894 Opera House, and the Harvest Moon Labyrinth Wak at 17th and Seawall.    Plenty of outdoor events at the State Park, Kayaking, and Sea Star Base...check out Episode #52 for details and be sure and let us know if your organization has an upcoming event to feature on the Podcast, online Calendar and See you on the Beach!
September 13, 2019
Episode #51 - Home and Garden Show, Kayaking, Schooner Sunday, Train Rides, Farmers Market & More
Weather has been fantastic all weekend and will continue through the weekend, and traffic on the Seawall, beaches and around town is lighter after the madness of the last summer weekend.  At the Galveston Experience Company we've noticed the visitor profiles have gone from outside of Texas and the USA to much closer in-state Houston, Austin, Dallas visitors.   What better way to start the Fall season than with the Home and Garden show at the Convention Center, while we still enjoy summer temperatures on the beach?  Listen to the podcast for a special DISCOUNT code you can redeem at the Galveston Experience Company at 1522 Seawall or online for our Historic and Ghost Bus Tours at See you on the Beach!
September 06, 2019
Episode #50 Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival - Vollyball Tournament and more for weekend of August 30th 2019
Looking out the window as I upload this podcast - BLUE WATER has returned just in time for the holiday weekend, and it looks like fabulous weather for the Brewmasters Craft Beer festival, Vollyball tournament and many other events planned for the Island this weekend.  And, we just got out BEER & WINE license for the Galveston Experience Company - so stop by and introduce yourself, maybe take a Ghost Bus Tour or one of our highly rated HISTORIC tours that leave daily from the Visitor Center!    And Happy 125th Birthday to the 1894 Grand Opera House! For all the happenings on the Island this weekend - check out Episode #50 of the Galveston Experience Podcast. 
August 29, 2019
Episode #49 Art Walk, Sandcastle Competition, Peace, Love & Music - Woodstock at the Grand - August 23rd Weekend Events
Another busy weekend coming up on the Island for Art fans, the AIA Sandcastle Competition, and great Woodstock music memories at the Grand Opera House - but that's just the start.  Hear all the details on Episode #49 of the Galveston Experience Podcast. will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock all weekend featuring Woodstock artist during the hourly 'Buried Treasure" feature which airs every hour at :15 past.  And, every night it's 70's at 7pm on RadioGalveston followed by 80's at 8pm and after 9pm Rock all night with PIRATE RADIO Galveston. Enjoy your weekend on the Island and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to hear our special interview coming up on the Galveston Island Film Festival (GIFF) happening in October!
August 23, 2019
Episode #48 - Galveston events for weekend of Aug 16th - back to school weekend!
Weather looks like it will cooperate this weekend for several fun outdoor activities including the Sand Crab 5k / 10k evening beach run, Family Beach Challenge,  Kayak adventures, last weekend for Free Sandcastle lessons and much more. Be sure to subscribe to get weekly notifications of podcast releases, including an interview with Sherrill Hilton, Founder of the Galveston Island Film Festival of which the Galveston Experience Company is proud to be a sponsor.  If you're on the Seawall, we invite you to stop into the Galveston Experience Company for free Wi-Fi, free cell phone charging, cheap drinks and snacks and all the information you need to plan your stay in Galveston. 
August 16, 2019
Episode #47 - Galveston Events for Weekend of August 9th
Lots of music happening around the Island this weekend in settings from coffee houses to the Gatlin Brothers at the Grand Opera house.  History buffs can check out the new Historic Bus Tours leaving daily from the Galveston Visitor Center at 23rd and Broadway.  Saturday night is live music on the Strand, another free sandcastle building lesson weekend, family day at the Ocean Star Museum and so much more. Hear all the details for this weekend in Episode #47 produced by and thanks to Billy "Blues" Hill for the great cover photo for this week's episode!  Check out his cameras online at
August 09, 2019
Episode #46 Aug 2nd weekend - Okrafest, Bridal Fair, Casino action, Sand Castles, Vollyball tournament, Final Mamma Mia and much more!
Another JAM packed weekend of events on the Island, and the weather looks to be awesome!  The Turtle Island Restoration network is having a Kendra Scott pop-up party, Bands on the Sand Fri/Sat night at Moody Gardens followed by Fireworks, last weekend for Mamma Mia at ETC. Historic Bus tours leaving daily from the Visitor Center at 23rd and Broadway.  OkraFest 2019 at Garden Verein at 27th and O to benefit GOFM, 7-11pm, silent auction, live music, food drinks and much more.  CASINO for a Cause is Saturday night at Convention Center.  Movie night on the Strand Saturday night - "Ralph Breaks the Internet" at Sangerfest Park 23rd and Strand.  Vollyball tournament on East Beach starting at 9am,  Summer Bridal Show at Bryan Museum 11am-3pm Sunday hear details on all these events or check out the Calendar page at 
August 02, 2019
Episode #45 - Meet City Manager Brian Maxwell & Galveston Experience Company Update
With over 7 million visitors annually to a small Island with a population of fewer than 60,000 residents, Galveston Island has some unique challenges and has overcome many obstacles since being founded in 1839.  As City Manager, Brian Maxwell is the "CEO of Galveston", and as a BOI has a unique perspective on the city's past, present and future. For those who've never had the pleasure of meeting Brian Maxwell firsthand, we invite you to spend a few minutes with him on episode #45 of the Galveston Experience Podcast.
July 27, 2019
Episode #44 - July Cool front? Great Weekend ahead on the Island - July 26th Weekend Events
Everyone seemed to be talking about the UN-July like 70 degree temps three mornings in a row this week on the Island, and while the weather is warming for the weekend, lower humidity should call for a comfortable weekend for many Island events.  Hear all about them on Episode #44 of the Galveston Experience Podcast, including the new Galveston Historic Tours featuring the Port, Pirates & Architecture leaving daily at 10;30am, 12N and 1:30pm from the Galveston Island Visitors Center at Ashton Villa, 23rd and Broadway.  For details, visit  See you on the Island! Thanks again to Billy "Blues" Hill from for another great Island cover shot!
July 26, 2019
Episode #43 - Family Beach weekend, Galveston Historic Tours, Trunk Show & More July 19th weekend
Galveston was named after Bernardo De Galvez, and you can learn all about that history this weekend at the Bryan Museum.  Speaking of history, the new HISTORIC tours start Friday from the Galveston Island Visitor Center, a multi-media event on a bus with dual A/C, which could be helpful this warm weekend.   It's also FAMILY BEACH Challenge at Stewart Beach, also the Surfin' Dog Competition, several great free events for the kids at the Rosenburg Library, and much more on this episode of the Galveston Experience Podcast.  Be sure to subscribe to get notified of our updates.  For more information, check the CALENDAR page at Thanks to Billy "Blues" Hill of for the great photo!
July 19, 2019
Episode #42 Art Walk Galveston
The Galveston Experience Podcast is produced by and we welcome "Hurricane" Hal Needham to our staff and he will be traveling to all major storm events.  Lots of events on the Island this weekend for music, arts and more.  The Art Walk happens Saturday night from 6-9pm, hear more about it on episode #42 of the podcast as well as FREE admission to youth 18 and under at the Sea Star Oil Museum, several events at the State Park,  Basement to Attic tour at Bishops Palace,  Menopause the Musical, Bands on the Sand, Music Night on the Strand,  Mamma Mia the Musical at ETC Theatre, Last Bay exploration at the Beach before the State Park closes the Beach side,  Bingo at the Elks Club, and several Ghost Bus Tours from the GalvestonExperience company . Hear these details and more on this edition!
July 12, 2019
Episode #41 - Hurricane Hal Historic Galveston Hurricane Tour Returns to Galveston
Dr. Hal Needham has been conducting his hurricane tour on the Island since 2017, and has recently teamed up with the Galveston Experience (GEX) Company to provide his tour using the GEX state-of-the art multi-media tour bus experience.  In this episode, "Hurricane Hal" describes how he started his journey into this field, a preview of the tour which provides images and content rarely seen before by the public. To find tour availability, visit the EXPERIENCES page at 
July 07, 2019
Episode #40 - 4th of July Weekend on Galveston Island
Lots to do on the Island and it looks like the weather will cooperate.  Listen for details on the 4th of July parade, fireworks, the Patriotic Concert at the Galvez performed by the Galveston Community Band, several kayaking opportunities from the Artist Boat.   The Beach side of Galveston State Park will close July 15th so this is one of the last opportunities to enjoy Beachcombing 101 at the State Park.  Get a FREE BEER for helping with the Star Spangled Beach Cleanup, lots of music around the Island including Robert Earl Keene, FREE MOVIE NIGHT at the Strand on Saturday.   You can get more information on the CALENDAR page at - and be sure to subscribe to get weekly updates on Galveston Island events. And..THANK YOU to the great Galvez photo taken by Billy "Blues" Hill of Enjoy your holiday weekend!
July 03, 2019
Episode #39 - Hands on History and Island Events for Weekend of June 28th.
Lots of Music and History on the Island this weekend, lead by the "Hands On History" Saturday at the Bryan Museum.  Experience the best living history festival Galveston Island has ever seen!  The Bryan Museum is celebrating Texas history with a hands on event featuring live music, a chuckwagon, Medicine Show, branding, gunsmith, Buffalo Soldiers, games, costumed historical reenactments, , WWII vehicles, delicious BBQ, and more! Hear all about this event and more on this week's Galveston Experience Podcast.  Or, check out the calendar page at for Galveston Ghost Tours, music around the Island, vollyball tournament, beach exploration at the State Park and many more Island Happenings this weekend.  You can also hear Galveston Island event updates hourly on Radio Galveston at
June 28, 2019
Episode #38 Flamingo Fest, Sunrise Labrinth Walk, Sandcastles, Music and more June 21st weekend
Time to break out the Golf Cart for the Flamingo Fest Pub Crawl - hear about this and the many other Island events for the weekend of June 21st, including a peaceful Labrinth Walk on Friday morning at 17th St.  And, Galveston History Buffs - get ready!  The Galveston Experience Company Historic Island Tours start very soon from Ashton Villa at 23rd and Broadway in Galveston.  Be sure and subscribe to be notified of our weekly podcasts, as well as special interviews with Islanders and business leaders. And join us for Ghost Bus Tours at 15th and Seawall - details at
June 20, 2019
Episode #37 - Juneteenth Weekend on Galveston Island
It took two and a half years from Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation for the news to reach Texas.  It was on June 19th 1865 that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.   Several events are planned around Galveston, and we encourage everyone to visit the Juneteenth Statue located at Ashton Villa, in front of the Galveston Island Visitor Center at 23rd and Broadway (image shown on this podcast preview).  Many other events also happening this weekend including the Juneteenth Fish Fry, Beach Patrol BBQ fundraiser, sandcastle lessons, ghost bus tours, vollyball competitions, kayaking, sailing, beach explorations, historic tours, educational presentations, Juneteeenth fathers day BBQ, and much more.  Hear them all on this edition of the Galveston Experience Podcast as well as complete details on the CALENDAR page at
June 14, 2019
Episode #36 - Ghost Bus Tours Return - Family Day at Ocean Star and much more!
The Ghost Bus Tours return to the Galveston Experience Company at 15th and Seawall on Saturday afternoon and evening and lots of other family events on the Island including Sandcastle lessons, family day at Ocean Star - free for 18 and under, volleyball, movie night on the strand and plenty of events at the State Park, Library, and plenty of live music all over Galveston Island.  Tour the Bishops Palace in their basement to attic tour, listen for all details or check out the CALENDAR page at If you enjoy this podcast, please share with your friends, subscribe, and we'd love you to give us a rating and review!  The Galveston Experience Podcast is available on all major podcast platforms. 
June 06, 2019
Episode #35 - May 31st weekend - Sandcastles, Turtle patrol, movie night on Strand & much more
First weekend for most kids to be out of school and there is plenty to do on the Island at the State Park, Sandcastle lessons at Stewart Beach, lots of live music, and the new Ghost Bus Tours at the Galveston Experience Company.  Hear all about this and much more on episode #35 of the Galveston Experience Podcast, produced by
May 31, 2019
Episode #34 - Galveston Island State Park activities overview & July Beach Closure
Park Interpreter Lisa Reznicek talks about the many recreational, and lodging opportunities at the State Park and the Beach side closure starting in July 2019. For a list of daily events happening at the park, view the CALENDAR page at
May 26, 2019
Episode #33 Memorial Day Remembrance Weekend in Galveston, Volleyball, Improv, Sand Castles and MUCH more!
There's always something to do on Galveston Island, but this weekend, there is SO much to choose from both indoors and outdoors, kayaking, vollyball, sand castles, bugfest, turtles, so many music and arts events, and Ghost Bus Tours 20% off - use the code SAVE20 at   And, if you're looking to do some beach treasure hunting you can even rent a metal detector at the Galveston Experience Company.  Listen for all the details here, and on the CALENDAR page at - see you on the Beach!
May 23, 2019
Episode #32 Go Topless Jeep Weekend
Jeeps invade Bolivar Peninsula and will be seen all around Galveston For the Go Topless weekend.  Get all the details on the Calendar page at - many outdoor event including the Family Beach Challenge at Stewart Beach, several lunar events, kayking, several events at the State Park and live music all over town all weekend.  And the GHOST BUS TOURS are up and running.  Hear details on this podcast as well as on the Galveston Experience Calendar.  
May 16, 2019
Episode #31 La Izquirda Surf and Music Festival at Galveston Fishing Pier
Billy "Blues" Hill of G-town surf talks about all the events coming up May 11th for the FREE La Izquirda Surf and Beer Festival.  Hear how it got its name, more details about the Ghost Bus Tours new to the Island, all the bands and a bit of history on G-Town Surf.  More details on the Calendar page of 
May 04, 2019
Episode #30 - Weekend of May 3rd, 2019 - Adaptive Sports and Historic Home Tour Weekend
It's Adaptive Sports Weekend on the Island, hear all about it and find out more information about sports for individuals with disabilities at: and also - a charity supported by the Galveston Experience company to teach kids and young adults with disabilities how to ice skate, and STARskaters also provides a Sled Hockey program for amputees, disabled military and anyone who is unable to play standup hockey due to a disability. If you're into architecture, this is also historic homes weekend in Galveston - click this link for more information: These and many more activities on episode #30 of the Galveston Experience Podcast for the weekend of May 3rd, 2019
May 03, 2019
Episode #29 - April 26th weekend - Cajun Throwdown, Wine Festival, Spamalot & More
Crawfish and Cajun music lovers will be out in full force at 90'th and Stewart Friday night and 11am-11pm Saturday for the Cajun Throwdown.  It's also Wine Festival on the Strand, several events with Kayak Boat, at the State Park and a great Monty Python Lovers event at the 1894 Opera House, and big new for GHOST lovers....the Ghost Bus Tours will start May 3rd - sign up online at - get on the Ghost Bus, and stop by the Galveston Visitor Experience Center at 15th and Seawall for a FREE photo of YOU and our resident GHOST!
April 26, 2019
Episode #28 - Easter Weekend events on Galveston Island
This weekend we say THANK YOU to the First Responders with a Chili Cookoff at Tin Cup Driving Range at 90'th and Stewart Road from Noon-6pm. In this episode we also talk about the Full Moon Labyrinth Walk, several events at the State Park, and the Galveston Island Market downtown at 10am-4pm.  Details on all these and more events on the Calendar page at - and stop by our offices at 15th and Seawall for your Free Ghost Photo and Relax-Recharge-Refresh while you learn about Island events and activities. 
April 19, 2019
Episode #27 - BTR Cajun Throwdown
The Galveston Experience Podcast interviewed Daniel "Tiny" Guidry about a MAJOR Crawfish event coming up April 26-27th at Tin Cup Caddyshack.  More about the event; Bon Temps Rouler Cajun Throwdown LLC is an event owned  and operated by Daniel “Tiny” Guidry, a BOI with deep Louisiana roots.  He wants to bring a Louisiana experience like no other to the island he  so dearly loves! He is not only tied to Louisiana, but deeply rooted  within the Galveston County community as well. He loves giving back to  the kids and those in need. He has been a part of past events, both  large and small. He has helped a lot of people, from hurricane  devastation to small fundraisers for great causes. Tiny loves his Cajun  roots, but he loves Galveston County too!  Their goal for this event is to help boost the Galveston  economy, give back to the local community, and be an awesome place  where families and friends can gather. Once a year it will be an  exciting weekend with a Crawfish Cook-off, Cajun Cuisine, awesome  Louisiana Cajun Music, and a great family atmosphere. When spring time  comes, everyone will know that it’s time for The Bon Temps Rouler Cajun  Throwdown Weekend! Y’all come on! Ca C’est Bon!!! And as always, let the good times roll!  Daniel “Tiny” Guidry
April 16, 2019
Episode #26 - Feather Fest on the Island - Galveston Events weekend of April 12-14th
It's Feather Fest on the Island through Sunday.  For a complete list of activities, check out the CALENDAR page at   Saturday morning a National Crime Victims 5K Run/Walk on the Seawall, several activities at the State Park, Artist Boat, and Sea Star Base as well as Family Day at Ocean Star - FREE admission for under 18 with chaperone.  And, look for the new Galveston Ghost Bus on the Seawall!  Ghost Bus Tours will begin soon! 
April 13, 2019
Episode #25 - April Events at Galveston Island State Park
Galveston Island Park Interpreter Lisa Reznicek talks about the many recreational and lodging opportunities for April on the Galveston Island State Park.  A reminder that the beach side will close in July, so get out early and enjoy the park!  For daily event updates, check the Calendar page at or stop in and visit the Galveston Experience Company at 15th and Seawall to RELAX with free wi-fi, RECHARGE with free device charging and REFRESH with $1 water and snacks.  The Galveston Experience Podcast is produced by 
April 06, 2019
Episode #24 Galveston Events for April 5th-7th, 2019
Ironman weekend in Galveston, along with Grandkids festival in downtown Galveston.  Lots of events for families and kids and Mary provides an update.  For details on all the events, visit the Calendar Page at  We've also added several tours to the Galveston Experience Company website, for more information and to book, visit the Experience page of
April 06, 2019
Episode #23 Meet Blues Musician (and Hockey Player) Oliver Penn
Oliver Penn performs Friday April 5th at the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston as part of his 2019 tour.  In this interview you'll hear more about his influences, and how his interest turned from playing Hockey, to playing Blues music.  And, a bit about his time volunteering to teach disabled hockey players in the Sled Hockey program in Houston.  Follow Oliver's 2019 tour and beyond at
April 03, 2019
Episode #22 - March 29th weekend Events - Galveston Experience Podcast
What's that new yellow building at 15th and Seawall?  It is the new home for the studios of, the voice of the Galveston Experience Company.  Radio Galveston produces these weekly podcasts and this week our kids event reporter Margaret has several great things to do for kids and families on the Island.
March 29, 2019
Episode #21 - Galveston Events for the weekend of March 22nd, 2019
It's our weekly update on what to do on Galveston Island.  This week lots of music and outdoor activities and an update on the new location for the Galveston Experience Company on Seawall Blvd.  The podcast is produced by Radio Galveston with 24/7 commercial free music at - if you know someone who should be featured on an upcoming episode, contact us at
March 22, 2019
Episode #20 - Galveston Island Events for the Weekend of March 15, 2019
Get the family ready for the Beach Challenge at Stewart Beach on Sunday, several events at the State Park, Bryan Museum, Sea Star Base and much more.  For complete details visit the Calendar page at
March 15, 2019
Episode #19 - Galveston Island State Park March events with Lisa Reznicek
Meet Galveston Island State Park interpreter Lisa Reznicek and hear about the many events available every week at the park, and a look ahead at some new April events, including an edible bug hike!   You'll also hear a bit more about what is planned at the new Seawall offices of the Galveston Experience Company, also home to Be sure to subscribe to be sure to be notified of all future episodes including upcoming Park events and meet many more interesting Islanders.  For more information, visit
March 15, 2019
Episode #18 - Corvette Weekend, Artist Boat, Free Pancakes and more for March 8 - 10th 2019
41st Corvette / Chevy Expo on the Island and several outdoor events from Sea Star Base, Galveston Island State Park, the artist boat and more....and many musical events as the Island gets back to a slower pace after Mardis Gras Galveston 2019.  On a personal note, the Galveston Experience Company offices are being built out this week which includes the studios for Radio Galveston, our Galveston Visitors Experience Center and several surprises we have planned.  Subscribe to this podcast and keep update on our progress as well as all the happenings on Galveston Island.  More details at the CALENDAR page at 
March 07, 2019
Episode #17 - Mardis Gras Weekend March 1st - 3rd, 2019
Beads and parades galore this weekend on Galveston Island.  Listen for a rundown of all the parades and a kids event report from our youth reporter Margaret.  For a complete listing of events on the Island, visit the CALENDAR page at
March 01, 2019
Episode #16 Mardis Gras Weekend Feb 22nd 2019
Overview of the parties, parades and events happening on the opening weekend of Mardis Gras Galveston.  Also a preview of the new Radio Galveston studios coming soon to Seawall Blvd in Galveston. For complete details, check out the CALENDAR page at 
February 21, 2019
Episode #15 - Valentines Weekend 2019
5K, Comedy, concerts, Battle of Galveston and much more on this episode and Mary has a list of kids events on this episode of the Galveston Experience Podcast, produced by
February 14, 2019
Episode #14 - Weekend of February 8th
Last weekend of Galveston Restaurant Week, several sailing events, Rugby tournament, several events at the State Park, sailing at Sea Star Base, and a sneak preview of the studio buildout coming soon for 
February 08, 2019
Episode #13 - Feb 1-3 Events - Restaurant Week in Galveston
For details on restaurant week, click on the CALENDAR page of to read about all the deals and details.  Aaron Lewis and Jersey Boys at the Grand 1894 Opera house, several outdoor events and an update from our kids event reporter Margaret.  For more Galveston event information, listen to
January 31, 2019
Episode #12 - Texas Tail Distillery
Galveston now has a Distillery on the Island!  Texas Tail Distillery relocated from Dallas to Galveston recently and produces the highest rated Vodka in Texas along with Whiskey and Moonshine right in their facility at 41st and Seawall.  They also have a tasting room with a creative selection of Craft Cocktails for just $5!  Co-owner Nick Droege tells us how he and his partner got into the distillery business and more about their new Galveston operations. 
January 25, 2019
Episode #11` January 24-27 weekend events
Another busy weekend on the Island and a FANTASTIC opportunity to learn about the Island History as Saturday Jan 26th is MUSEUM DAY on the Island.  All the deals and details on the CALENDAR page at
January 25, 2019
Episode #10 - Weekend events Jan 18-20, 2019
Kids event reporter Margaret with an update on youth events, the Oak Ridge Boys, art events and much more.  For more details check out the Calendar page at or on the air at
January 17, 2019
Episode #9 Weekend events Jan 11-13th 2019
Kids reporter Mary updates weekend events in Galveston for January 11-13th.  More details online at or listen to for weekend events and 24/7 commercial free music.  Photo courtesy of Billy "Blues" Hill and
January 11, 2019
Episode #8 David Gaston and Sea Star Base Galveston
Meet David Gaston and hear about the many programs and events happening year-round at Sea Star Base Galveston, online at
January 09, 2019
Episode #7 Jan 4-6 2019 with Margaret
Margaret's weekly update on weekend events, more details also available at - click on the CALENDAR page. 
January 04, 2019
Episode #6 with Kids Correspondent Mary - Dec 28th weekend events
Updated events for the weekend of December 28th with a report from Kids event correspondent Mary. Complete details at the CALENDAR tab on, also a button to SUBMIT your upcoming Galveston events. 
December 27, 2018
Episode #5 Dec 27-31st 2018 events
Events around Galveston Island December 27th - 31st, produced by - for more details on these events, visit the CALENDAR tab at
December 26, 2018
Episode #4 - Christmas Day events in Galveston
Lots to do in Galveston on Christmas day...especially if you are HUNGRY!  For more events, check out and click on the CALENDAR tab...Merry Christmas from the Galveston Experience Company!
December 25, 2018
Episode #3 - December 21st 2018 weekend events
Hear what is happening around Galveston Island on Christmas weekend featuring our podcast event host Margaret. The weather is going to be AWESOME - see you on the Island!
December 20, 2018
Episode #2 - Meet the Island Girls
Meet Mary and Margaret, two young ladies who spend a lot of time on Galveston Island and will be weekly guests on the Galveston Experience Podcast to talk about upcoming events for kids on the Island.
December 20, 2018
Episode #1 - Livin' La Vida Local
Episode 1 introduces you to step 1 of the Galveston Experience, Radio Galveston, available at and on the LIVE365 app. Just download to your device and search GALVESTON - make it a FAVORITE and you can stream commercial free music from Galveston Island 24/7.
December 19, 2018