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Get Real With Rick Dancer

Get Real With Rick Dancer

By Rick Dancer
I'm a former Television News Anchor and Reporter and once ran to be Oregon's Secretary of State. Now, I'm an organic storyteller and Pacific Northwest Traveler who is unedited, unfiltered and real.
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Critical Race Theory....Let's talk about it
An assignment in Springfield Oregon gave students the chance to watch a video on Critical Race Theory and comment....but the video also surprised some parents and they want answers. In this podcast we bring you conflicting views. One from a parent who is black and who's wife is white. The other from a black activist in the area.  Watch Video
June 11, 2021
Oregonians being asked to look long and hard at a petition called IP 13......Please listen.
To read the headline makes this proposed ballot measure sound like a good thing, but when you start digging in the weeds you will discover it impacts hunters, cattle producers, chickens, fishing, dairies and even the breeding of your animals. This video will explain what Initiative petition 13 is trying to do and help you take action to stop it.  Click here for video
June 10, 2021
Leaven No Trace: Much More Than Trash Clean up
The man you are about to meet know in his soul that trash and garbage are destroying this earth we live on. Leaven No Trace is a group he created and what he does is as interesting as why he does it. This is not just a story about trash clean up it's about finding something you are passionate about and sticking with it even when those around you think you are crazy. Click here for video
June 9, 2021
We've Lost Our Comedic Edge but this guys is bringing it back "Warning, may offend you"
What happened to all the comics in the world during the cancel culture movement we are experiencing? While the big names apologize and bow some, like the man you are about to meet continues to  push the limits in the name of finding answers. Video click here
June 8, 2021
Small Towns In Oregon Declare Time For Change
Lots to tell you about on a Friday night. Baker City Started a move and now other rural towns follow with modified state of emergency declarations over covid response. A local brewery is fed up with Oregon's unemployment situation and he's speaking out plus Relay for Life is coming soon.....Priority One Heating & Air Conditioning has a fundraiser tomorrow. Click Here to Watch Video
June 5, 2021
Fentanyl is killing our kids.....
Two local moms are out to warn you that your kids are in danger. Both their girls thought they were taking a mild drug but ended up with a pill laced with Fentanyl.  There is something you can do but you need to watch this video to learn more.  Click Here to see video
June 4, 2021
Honor, Shame and Racism.....A conversation with a Sage.
The man you are about to meet calls himself a professional gopher but to the University of Oregon where he still works he is so much more. I met Herb Yamanaka recently while working on a video project. We talked about honor, shame, his Japanese Culture and racism against Asians.  He agreed to share his wisdom with us tonight. Click Here for video
June 3, 2021
The Lost Boy: 32 years after Oregon's Largest Search and Rescue Effort
Anyone who lived in the Northwest in the late 80's remembers the case of Nathan Madsen. The 9 year old was lost in the wilderness and thousands of strangers converged on the rangeland near Chemult Oregon to help the family find him. Joining us tonight, Jerry and Sarah Madsen. Click here for video
June 2, 2021
Local Scouts Honor Lane County Veterans
Local scouts and others from the military gathered at cemeteries all over Lane County to place flags on each grave of a war veteran. The Boy Scouts help every year but why? We followed a few today to find out. Click Here to Watch Video
May 27, 2021
Old Time Timber Company Diversifies into the Brewery Business
The owners of an old lumber mill near Monroe Oregon are stepping it up. They used that mill to build a new restaurant/brewery in downtown Monroe and it's proven to be quite the hit. We talk with the owners about the history, the beer and the dream. Click here to see the place.
May 27, 2021
Oregon Ghost Towns Chitwood, Oregon and Idiotville, Oregon
We love to visit old forgotten ghost towns around Oregon. When I was a reporter I did dozens of stories on these place. So we're bringing some of them back thanks to Elements Health Clubs Lane County.   Click Here for video
May 26, 2021
Salem wants to tax our PPP loans, give our more unemployment and talk of a covid passport.
There is a lot going on right now and we're gonna fill you in a few issues in Salem that have us scratching our heads. Climb aboard but I don't think all of you are going to like this. Click here for video
May 26, 2021
Crime In Eugene Is Out of Hand
A local businesswoman was attacked by a transient and she says its time the city council pay attention and do something. She's not alone, thousands chimed in after we aired this story. This is not against anyone it is a call for a return to following the law. Click Here for Video
May 25, 2021
The Thurston High School Shooting: Why We Remember
If you forget history you have a tendency to repeat it. No one wants to go back and repeat this tragic school shooting. So, what do we learn from such a horrible event? How does it relate to what we are going through today? Can we come together? To watch video click here.
May 21, 2021
The COVID Death No One Talks About
The woman you are about to meet lost her son to COVID. Not the virus but the cultural reaction to the virus. He was having a tough time, got better, was doing well, but he couldn't take the despair of the lockdown. This is his story.  Click here to watch video
May 21, 2021
The Mental Health Crisis, Ignoring It Won't Make It Go Away
Mental health is a big issue in our country but also right here in our backyard. The streets are filling up with unhoused folks, many who struggle with addiction and mental health issues. This month is National Brain Month so it's only natural we'd have New Leaf Hyperbaric's and Wellness Center as our sponsor. Click here for video
May 20, 2021
Governor Brown You Push Too Hard
Small businesses in Oregon are once again burdened by the governors latest set of rules aimed and "encouraging" Oregonians to get their COVID shot. Perhaps it's time the governor find someone else to do her dirty work because small businesses are done. 
May 19, 2021
The Power of Courage To Give Us A Voice
The man you are about to meet could say just a couple of words at age six but through massive amounts of courage and love and acceptance, George Beverly not only found his voice he found his life.  To watch the video click.
May 18, 2021
Are We Human or Are We Dancer?
Someone posed this question from the Killers song which caused me to do a little research on the topic. Plus we talk about recovery and why one former Oregonian says he won't be coming back to the Willamette Valley because it's too easy for people to get addicted in this community. Click here for video
May 17, 2021
Barter: Not What You Think
Barter is becoming big around the country especially after the last year of covid. We talk with an expert about how it works. Click Here For Video
May 15, 2021
Writing Your Story: Bob Welch
Bob Welch is one of the best storytellers I know. He explains to us what you need to really dig and figure out who you are.  Get ready for the adventure.  Click Here for Video
May 14, 2021
Oregon Leadership Inconsistencies Confuse Constituents
I think Oregonians are confused. Our governor keeps changing the goalpost in the middle of the game leaving many wondering is there really a standard. Also, as we speak of inconsistencies, Eugene City Council appears to call out cowardliness when it happens to some of their own but where were they when small businesses needed them? Click here for video
May 13, 2021
Prineville Girl Ends Up In Emergency Room Over A Mask
A track athlete from Prineville, Oregon ended up in the emergency room last night after passing out wearing a mask at practice. The mom is not happy and ready to fight this mandate.  Click Here to Watch Interview
May 12, 2021
Governor of Oregon Changes Her Mind and Lakeview is Excited
Lakeview Oregon did it's homework, put together a presentation and then worked real hard to bend the governors ear.....and it worked. Today she took Warner Creek Correctional Institution off her chopping blocks.  
May 11, 2021
I'm Positive This Works
We hear so much about what we need to do to prevent covid but we don't hear a lot about some of the things we should do to also help prevent all sorts of other diseases. Let's talk about that for a change. 
May 10, 2021
Skyrocketing Housing Prices in Eugene, Oregon...>Why? Listen
There are many reasons but lets tackle one of the more controversial, the Urban Growth Boundary
May 7, 2021
Stan Pulliam Explores Run For Governor and talks about lawsuit against current governor.
There's a lot going on in oregon and the man you are about to meet is exploring a run for governor in our state. He also talks about a lawsuit against our current governor over covid, filed earlier this week. If you'd like to watch the video click here.
May 6, 2021
Women's Football is no softball program
It's the real deal, football for women and 26 have joined the team. You can do. Why? Listen and find out. 
May 6, 2021
OSHA Permanent Covid Rules, Unpacked.
What it the world is OSHA doing? They have a hearing scheduled today on the agencies permanent covid rules but made them permanent yesterday? How is that due process?  We found a local expert to unpack what this means. Click Here for Video
May 5, 2021
Kids Need A Summer Break: The Scouts Has a plan
Kids are tired of the lockdown, just like their parents, so what can they do this Summer? The Boy Scouts of America has lots of opportunities for boys and girls. 
May 5, 2021
People are darn Frustrated with Lockdowns and would like to see the numbers
It seems a lot of sketchy things are going on behind the scenes of Oregon's reaction to Covid. Even some congressional folks from Oregon, on the D' side of the isle express concern. Let's talk about it.
May 4, 2021
Bike Rules and Rural Oregon Speaks out about Extreme Risk From the Governor.
What is and is not proper rules when riding a bike around town or on the open road, we get some help from an expert. Plus, Oregon just put out a new grant to help restaurants survive the governors Extreme Risk Rating for 15 counties, but some are finding that plan no help at all. We go to Richland Oregon for that story. To see the video click here.
May 4, 2021
Family Of Missing Man Suspect Foul Play
A year ago this week a 25 year old man disappeared and his two daughters and his siblings suspect foul play. They haven't had a lot of information from authorities so they reached to us and we are reaching out to you. To see video and pictures of Chase and his car click here
May 1, 2021
What Happened to Follow The Science Governor?
Here we are back in the extreme lockdown situation and gym and restaurant owners are left carrying most of the burden. If there were proof cases are spiking out of control and people were contracting COVID from these places, you might find more people backing the governors decision. But that fact is, the facts don't add up. Click here for video interview
April 30, 2021
Extreme Frustration Over Extreme Risk Declaration
Restaurants and gyms are pretty frustrated that they are being hit the hardest by the governors new restrictions and there's nothing to suggest people are transmitting covid from their businesses. Also, local leaders around the state question the governors matrix and are asking for a halt, a pause and a reexamination of what is going on here.  Click here to watch video
April 30, 2021
Is The Lockdown Tide Turning?
Businesses in Oregon are done. They can't keep opening and closing and expect to survive. A move is underway to put some pressure on the governor to be open about the expectations and stop changing the metrics.   View Video Here
April 29, 2021
Concealed Permits/Catching Up On Cottage Grove/ COVID Closure Frustration.
We talk about gun permits, covid frustrations in Cottage Grove and other things that will excite you. 
April 29, 2021
How Do We Get Involved in Political Change?
More people are starting to think about politics after the last year we've spent living in a mess. It's a good thing but if you are young or have never done anything like this where do you begin?
April 28, 2021
The Insiders view of What's going on in Salem. Warning, this is raw
It's not often a sitting state senator in Oregon will be upfront, honest and to the point so much that it hurts. But that's what this conversation is about. WTH is happening in Salem in terms of budget, COVID, Control and everything else? Get ready for an earful.  To See Video Click Here
April 28, 2021
Covering Up Physical Scars while Opening Up To Mental Ones
A local tattoo shop specializes in covering up scars for folks who've attempted to take their lives by suicide. And then there are folks who work with people to help them uncover the mental scars. This is a great interview that everyone should hear. 
April 27, 2021
Remembering A Fallen Hero Chris Kilcullen
On April 22, 2011 Eugene Police Office Chris Kilcullen was shot to death doing his job. Tomorrow the community will remember him. Tonight we speak with his father about Chris, police, the attitude some have about police and much more.  To watch interview click here
April 22, 2021
Got To Let Off Some Steam on KPNW Today
Once a month we do an interview with KPNW to share what's going on in the world of Get Real with Rick Dancer.  Take a listen if you dare. 
April 21, 2021
Dead And Dying Timber, The Clock Is Ticking
What Oregon chooses to do with thousands of acres of dead and dying tree's left by the devastation of fire from Labor Day is a conversation we need to have now. There's a lot to consider. It's not just about feelings. This is about our kids, future homes, future communities and the very air we breathe. To watch the  video click here.
April 21, 2021
What is living on the Spectrum?
We hear a lot about people on the spectrum but what does that really mean. The woman you are about to meet puts this in terms that only someone who lives there can understand. If you have someone in your life who lives with Autism, you should watch this interview.  To watch the interview click here. 
April 21, 2021
Gang Mom Story Lives On: Eugene Getting More National Attention
A story of murder, manipulation, lies and duping an entire community is in the national spotlight again. In 1994 18 year old Aaron Iturra was murdered while sleeping in his bed. The case is filled with twists and turns and here to talk about them is Aaron's mother. She and I will both appear on an Oxygen special that airs this Friday night at 8pm. Here's a way to watch the interview.
April 20, 2021
What if Oregon's borders were moved?
Rural Oregonians are frustrated that the I-5 corridor runs the who state. They feel voiceless and underserved. Perhaps that's why a move to change Oregon's borders and make much of the state part of Idaho is gathering attention.  Watch the interview here.
April 16, 2021
She Lost Her Leg To A Tragic Medical Issue and Now Hyperbaric's is helping her heal.
She lost her leg in January do to some pretty horrific medical issues and now shares her touching story with us. The reason she's on our New Leaf Hyperbarics & Wellness Eugene show is she's been a client for years getting treated for arthritis. Now the new tank, bigger tank, is what she needs to make this work well. To see the tank and watch video click here
April 15, 2021
The Story Behind the Tap & Growler
Elements health clubs in Lane County are teaming up with Tap & Growler to bring you some really fun times. listen.
April 14, 2021
Let's Catch Up With Former KEZI Weatherman John Fischer
John and I worked together for 19 years. He was the weatherman at KEZI but so much more. People loved the guy and you will too. If you'd like to see what he looks like today, you should, go click here. Check Out John Fischer's Beard!
April 13, 2021
Learn about Oregon Lighthouses, A Get Away to Yachats Oregon, Native American History and Intolerance.
We're heading to the Oregon coast to take you on the last trip to well known island and a lighthouse that is now unapproachable from land. We also introduce you to a man who lived on one Oregon's most dangerous lighthouses and then built his own. You can win two nights in Yachats, near Jim Gibbs lighthouse and some free food. And we'll talk about intolerance. Watch the video here.
April 9, 2021
A Big Issue To Rebalance Oregon
Redistricting is probably one of the most important issues this year, to me and it should be to you. Oregon is out of balance and we need a way to bring us back together and find compromise.  Watch Interview
April 8, 2021
The Artist Who Paints With Her Teeth
Her story is amazing. She wasn't expected to ever paint but then those who had low expectations didn't understand Julie Ann Mills. If you like to view the interview and see how she does this, go to our Youtube page linked right here.  Rick Dancer
April 7, 2021
Eugene Area Movie Producer Talks About His Latest Documentary
Ryan Welch is no stranger to making movies but his latest documentary has landed him in a whole new place. Listen to this interview with Ryan and you'll hear the trailer to the film as well. To watch you can find it on youtube. Alaskan Nets Interview  Rick Dancer
April 6, 2021
Concealed Weapons Permits in Oregon
Iowa, just today, ended its law to require a permit in order to carry a concealed weapon. In Oregon it's still on the books. We'll talk about that and how you get yours, in this episode.
April 2, 2021
Hunting Celebrity Cameron Hanes Talks About His Life
Cameron Hanes is someone millions have heard of because of his writing and blogging on the top of bow hunting. He grew up in Marcola, Oregon and joins us to talk about his live. 
April 2, 2021
Two Free Nights on the Oregon Coast
Deane's Oceanfront Lodge, the Drift Inn and Ona Restaurant and Lounge want you to visit. Here's how you win. enter View Video Podcast
April 1, 2021
Radio Interview with KPNW EUGENE
Bill Lundun from KPNW recently had me on his show. We talked about a lot of things so i thought this might be a good lunchtime podcast to feast your ears on.
March 31, 2021
Bay Ocean Oregon, The states saddest Ghost Town Story
We produced this video back when I worked at KEZI. It's a very unknown story about a town that had lots of hope but a run in with mother nature spoiled everything. Watch. To view the video go here. Rick Dancers Videos
March 31, 2021
OSHA Wants To Make COVID Rules Permanent
OSHA proposed making and expanding the current COVID rules and small businesses are pretty upset about it. We talk with a local attorney who deals with employment issues and get some good advice on how to fight this. 
March 26, 2021
Baker City Tells Oregon's Governor "We Want Our Voice"
Baker City Oregon is challenging the governor. The city council adopted a resolution last night that makes a pretty straight forward argument for shutting down the lockdown. They know this alone won't change anything but if others do the same, the power is in the people. 
March 25, 2021
Let's Talk Gun Control and Mask Reduction
This wasn't a planned broadcast. People are frustrated that every time there's a shooting, the political types seem to use it as an opportunity to push their agenda (right & left). We talk about that. Plus, the mask thing......Enter at your own risk.
March 25, 2021
Girls and Boys Make Up The Boy Scouts of America
For decades boys and girls have been in some way part of the Boy Scouts of America Organization. But recently girls became even more a part of the organization. We did a show on the topic so take a listen.
March 24, 2021
7 Year old News Anchor Takes the Show
We found Racin Sign online doing a little newscast for his school. We started checking and discovered there was much more to the story. This is something you need to watch when you can just be still and know that everyone has a gift and everyone matters. 
March 19, 2021
Tough Days Translate into Tough Talk
Sometimes you just have those days you can't keep it in anymore....and so you vent. This is one of those kind of podcasts. You've been warned. 
March 18, 2021
Win $100 Dollars to Addi's Diner in Springfield Oregon
March Madness Runs March 1 - 31st 2021 The folks at Rogers Gardens know how difficult this year has been for local restaurants and want to help them out. So they are giving us 10 - $100 restaurant gift cards to someone YOU nominate! ​ We Want YOUR Nominations! Place your Nomination Name in the box on our website at and follow instructions You can nominate yourself! Also, give us a little short story about why you nominated that person. Winners will be selected on April 5, 2021. ​We'll be introducing our restaurants all month thanks to some of our amazing sponsors. ​ Restaurants: Pig&Turnip  March 9th Addis March 17th Craigs Lucky Logger March 22 Twisted River Saloon March 24th Gryffs March 31st Sponsors: Bucks Sanitary Service Coburg Road Car Wash Any Lab Test Now Eugene Priority One Heating & Air Conditioning CrisDental Family Dentistry The Hydrate Bar
March 17, 2021
Size Really Does Matter when it comes to Hyperbaric's
New Leaf Hyperbaric's & Wellness understands size matters.....and they just put all the other kids to shame with their new, bigger chamber. Check this out. 
March 17, 2021
Local Veteran ,98 years old, says people burning the flag is unacceptable.
This interview is about a book that a local author wrote about his fathers experience in the war. But he brought on another man, a 98 year old man who talks about what is so frustrating to him right now about people and freedom. 
March 16, 2021
Mckenzie River Fire Victims are Upset with REGULATIONS & Meet Springfields New Mayor
Folks burned out of their homes along the McKenzie are upset. More rules, more hold ups and they need help. They're holding a meeting Monday night at 6 at Mckenzie High School and they need your body at that meeting. Also we meet Springfields new Mayor and get an update and a wishlist from him. 
March 12, 2021
One Families Story of Suicide.
Her name is Jennifer Baker. Today would have been her 40th Birthday. But Jennifer took her life at the age of 16. Her parents started a program to help the rest of us who go through this and Darlene Baker Joins us live  Our website : www.jenniferbakerfund.orgDarlene Baker 541-970-0176  Prevention Lane County : Warning Signs:  How to help someone in Crisis:
March 11, 2021
I Had A Dream Last Night
I don't often remember my dreams but this one I can't quite seem to shake. What do you think it means?
March 10, 2021
Pig & Turnip: Local Restaurant that is "German-is"
March Madness Runs March 1 - 31st 2021 The folks at Rogers Gardens know how difficult this year has been for local restaurants and want to help them out. So they are giving us 10 - $100 restaurant gift cards to someone YOU nominate! We Want YOUR Nominations! Place your Nomination Name in the box below and give us your email so we can contact you and get the nominated person's information. You can nominate yourself! Also, give us a little short story about why you nominated that person. Winners will be selected on April 5, 2021. We'll be introducing our restaurants all month thanks to some of our amazing sponsors. Restaurants: Pig&Turnip  March 9th Addis March 17th Craigs Lucky Logger March 22 Twisted River Saloon March 24th Gryffs March 31st Sponsors: Bucks Sanitary Service Coburg Road Car Wash Any Lab Test Now Eugene Priority One Heating & Air Conditioning CrisDental Family Dentistry The Hydrate Bar
March 10, 2021
Black Man Says: "Current Cancel Culture Narrative is Not HIS?"
Race is a huge issue in this country so imagine what this Black man must feel like when he has totally different ideas about race relations and gets grouped in with cultural thought. We talked with him in this very raw, open, difficult conversation. 
March 9, 2021
What? The Oregon Legislature wants to Raise the Beer Tax by almost 3000%?
There's a house bill in Oregon that will raise the beer tax almost 3000% and the tax on wine almost 200%. We talk with Ninkasi owner and brewer Jamie Floyd about what this could do to the industry and your pocketbook and how you can help.
March 4, 2021
The Hydrate Bar: WTH is a Hydrate Bar? You'll find out.
Okay, big cities know all about Hydrate Bars but this is a first for Lane County. You can get the treatment at other places but not like this.....How is it different and what the heck is a Hydrate Bar? Listen. 
March 3, 2021
We talk about why more can't be done to change government. And What Can be Done.
What can be done to change the current culture of government as it relates to covid19. Douglas County is standing up and asking for a change. And in Cottage Grove people might be understanding how important it is to run for office. You'll love this story.
March 2, 2021
Let's Find Out What Rick Thinks
One of my clients decided it was time to turn the tables on me. I'm always asking people questions so this time it was his turn and the audience got right in on the action. We answered everything I think. Enjoy. 
February 26, 2021
Eugene Rapper Tells His Story and talks about a new song that talks about the struggles of COVID 19
When I first heard this song I cried, not just a little but a lot. Then we tracked him down and in this interview you will hear the most amazing stories of life, abuse, restoration and rejuvenation.
February 25, 2021
Days Before Reopening State Cracks Down On Challengers
Two days before Lane County Opens up for inside dining a few local restaurants that challenged the governors orders, get slapped with some of the largest fines ever and a local saloon gets it's liquor license pulled.  What's up? We'll find out.
February 24, 2021
People who lost their homes to wildfires in Oregon feel like their being screwed, again.....Plus heartwarming stories of people who live there.
In this episode we show you why some up the Mckenzie River feel like they are being screwed by a new country ordinance. Many lost their homes to fire and now this. Plus, free water testing for fire victims, a story of survival along the river and covid numbers. 
February 23, 2021
A Real Conversation About Race
What if we are not as divided as some would like us to think? What if we truly can change this? This is one of the best race related conversations this journalist has ever had. Bright moments in our times. Watch, share, listen, and do.
February 20, 2021
Back The Blues: Time To Build Trust
There's a lot of trust that needs to be built between the community of color and police. How do you start? Where do you start? Where don't you start? Let's start the conversation. 
February 19, 2021
Boy Scouts of America? We'll it's a lot more than boys
This is a great interview if you are one of those parents struggling with kids who are depressed, sad and miserable thanks to the lockdowns and the reaction to Covid. The Scouts now provide programs for girls as well as boys and once you listen to this you will want to get your kids involved, especially in this world lacks so much connection right now.
February 18, 2021
The Inside is so much more important than the Outside.
We all have people in our lives who touch us, change us, mold us into something new. Let me introduce you to a couple of really important people in my life. 
February 17, 2021
Community Comes to the Rescue of War Veteran and His Family
He served in Iraq, came home, struggles with many issues and finds out the contractor he hired destroyed his home. The local building inspector just can't say no and you will be amazing with what they've done and are doing.
February 16, 2021
Mental Health and the Reaction to COVID 19
People really need to talk about how they are feeling about the lockdown, the pandemic, the reaction to covid and all of it. But we are afraid and that is not good for our mental health. A local counselor sheds some light on what we may need to do.
February 12, 2021
What is Hyperbaric Treatment, How does it work and is it as expensive as we hear?
Using oxygen to heal the body is a pretty natural thing to do. So how does Hyperbaric's work and who does it work on? We ask a local expert to fill us in. 
February 11, 2021
On This Episode: Tree Cutting on Private Property Along The McKenzie & Questions over the Oregon Lockdown
Folks along the Holly Farm Fire are nervous. Tree's are coming down and some say they had no idea, and those tree's are on their property. Also, why is the lockdown continuing in Lane County when 33% of the covid cases are coming from the U of O.
February 10, 2021
Two Part: Part One, Staying Healthy During Covid Part Two: Lane County Commissioner Speaks Out about Vaccine Rollout in Oregon
Why do Lane County numbers keep rising? A lane county commissioner joins us to answer that question, that's later in the interview but first staying healthy as a way of preventing covid. 
February 9, 2021
"Map Out Your Life But Do It In Pencil
Life rarely turns out the way we plan. So when I read in an email that I should "Map Out My Life But Do It In Pencil part of me laughed. Then I started thinking about my own life, the ups the downs the heartache and decided to share a few stories. 
February 8, 2021
The Little Town That Helped Save It's Favorite Coffee Shop
The owners of the Koffee  Kup in Cottage Grove didn't have the money to open up to outside seating. There's a lot of expense to do something like this and it wasn't until the city jumped in that it happened. This is a story that will make your week. 
February 8, 2021
What We're Doing is Not Working: Saving Small Businesses
There are two very different positions when it comes to the reaction to COVID. Small businesses are paying the price and a growing number of people would like to see us talking more and find new ways to get Oregon reopened. 
February 5, 2021
Free Well Water Testing Plus Great information About Water Quality
The Oregon Health Authority is paying for folks impacted by forest fires in Oregon to get their well water tested for free. Now, this is not going to last and you need to get in on the program now. Watch to find out how it works. 
February 4, 2021
Get Real with Rick Dancer: The Lessons Of My Life
What I've found to be true in my life is that those the world considers to be lesser are usually much greater. I've been blessed to have experienced these angels in the most amazing ways. Their vulnerability is so freeing and their soul is there to breathe new life into our being. Problem is, we fail to recognize greatness, so perhaps this will shed some light on these rare but life changing moments. 
February 3, 2021
Kids Need To Go Back To School
Parents are frustrated that the lockdown has gone on so long and their kids, many of their kids, are not learning as much as they wish. Some local school districts are opening up and some are not. We talk with a mom about her concerns in this episode of Get Real With Rick Dancer. 
February 3, 2021
Let's Talk Honestly and Opening about Race.....Yep all of us
There are so many questions we need to be asking one another about race in America but we stuck on words and fail to listen. I brought to men on the show tonight to talk about white and black issues that are not black and white. This is a challenging conversation but one that needs to continue.
February 2, 2021
The "Other" Less Talked about Costs of Closing three Oregon Prisons
The governor wants to close three Oregon prisons in the very near future. The communities surrounding those facilities are not happy all. It means a big loss to their economies but also to those these prison serve. We recently did an interview with some of those folks in the Coos Bay area. In this report you also hear from a couple of graduates of the program who say they wouldn't be here today without that program.
February 1, 2021
Oh, This Is Not Going To Sit Well With Some of You Taxing your PPP Loan?
A local legislator (Lane County) has introduced a couple of house bills that have a lot of folks pretty upset. We talk with an expert out of Salem about what the bills could do and what the likely hood is that they will ever pass. This is probably going to irritate you.
January 29, 2021
Douglas County Business Fight To Reopen
They are out to protect their rights, their freedom of speech and their ability to make a living. They have support and they have folks who are mad at them. This is their story, this is their reason.
January 29, 2021
Crazy Times We Live In: Time To Vent A Little
We live in crazy times. People use their passive aggressive skills out of fear as they try to control people's conversations. This happens because those same people believe, truly believe they hold the key to the right information and anyone who disagree's is uninformed. We'll that's not true and we talk about that and have some fun at the same time. Oh, we also have a little snow forecast in this show.
January 27, 2021
Sex Trafficking In Western Oregon: We talk with an expert Get Real With Rick Dancer
A lot of people have the wrong idea about sex trafficking. It's happening all over Western Oregon but most of us don't see it so we pay little attention. An expert out Bend is joining forces with a local organization to offer information to protect your family and our community. 
January 26, 2021
Who Truly Saw The Real You And Taught You The Most
There are three men I can think of, two I didn't well, who saw me for who I was/am and gave me the spark to find my life.  Let's Get Real and talk from the heart about what that means, how it happens and how we can lead by example. I'm Rick Dancer and this is Get Real with Rick Dancer. 
January 25, 2021
What I've Learned from the Reaction to COVID
My business coach asked me yesterday: "Rick, what has COVID taught you?" So I sat down last night and thought long and hard about it. This is just a few of the points but I'd be interested in what you've learned about culture, our world and yourself. 
January 22, 2021
Local Pet Supply Store Giving out $500 Bucks worth of Supplies to those in need
CrisDental Family Dentistry sponsors a "Get Real Feature" on a business every month. This month the business is All American Pet Supplies in Springfield Oregon. In this interview we talk about animal health, proper feeding and its your chance to win one of 10 $50 dollar gift cards for people displaced by Oregon Wildfires or who have lost their job due to COVID reaction. 
January 22, 2021
What's Behind The Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy?
The Boy Scouts of America has had it's share of bad press over the last few years. We sat down with our local Scout Council to talk about some of the misperceptions about the scouts and the bankruptcy.  The media tends to focus on the short soundbites leaving large holes where truth is hidden, here we uncover that truth. 
January 21, 2021
We Must Speak Up In Firm Kindness
Too many people are too afraid to speak out right now. I think that's wrong. I think we need to find unity by agreeing to disagree not simply trying to silence those who disagree with us.
January 21, 2021
A Different Take on What we know about the virus
A while back I heard a doctor on a local radio station saying things about Covid 19 that I had not heard from a professional before. He's a professor at Stanford University and is part of a larger organization seeking to dispel some myths and talk about things we don't hear a lot. You may not agree with him and that's okay. In a world of hyper-censorship I believe we all need to start looking for additional sources of information. 
January 20, 2021
Divide & Conquer? Don't Let Them Do It.
The world is a crazy place right now but despite what you hear from the loudness of the multi-media's, there are people who are thinking about life, like you think of life. Here's just a few thoughts before I head home to have a beer with my wife and get lost in a good book or maybe an  episode of Yellowstone. 
January 20, 2021
Get Real with Rick Dancer: A Homeless Youths Story.
The young man you are about to listen to, does not hold back. He's made mistakes, he still has demons but he also has something's called hope. Where did he get it? How can we help give that same hope to others? What was his life like growing up? It's all in this next episode of Get Real with Rick Dancer. share it please.
January 19, 2021
Living Kindness Naturally Amelia Abel
Her name is Amelia Abel. I met her 15 to 20 years ago and she's been a part of my life I cannot explain. She makes me more kind. She makes me more patient. Amelia makes me softer. Watch she may do the same for you.
January 19, 2021
Get Real With Rick Dancer: Introduction. Who is Rick Dancer Anyway?
For those who are not from Western Oregon, Rick Dancer maybe a new name for you. No, he's not a stripper he's a guy who worked in television journalism most of his life, ran for statewide public office and now produces interviews and videos online for an audience of over 400k a month. But his younger audience is asking for sound only (am I that ugly lol) so that's why we started this podcast. Also, on here we plan to get even more real because.....we can. 
January 18, 2021
The Art of Listening: Can It Be The Driving Force To Bringing Us Back Together?
This is a pretty raw topic for me. As a former television journalist freedom of speech is huge. Asking questions is just part of my life. When major platforms begin censoring you and me red flags go waving in the wind. I'm trying to find some common ground with people and that is what this podcast is all about. 
January 15, 2021