The Eastern Oregon Connection
By Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith and Shannon Hartley host the Eastern Oregon Connection, a show celebrating small town community, and highlighting the people that make it great. They talk with local business owners, nonprofits, city leaders, farmers, and a host of other interesting people. Join them for some personal stories, laughs, local news and events, and an all-around good time.
Dwight Johnson - Pendleton Warming Station
Dwight Johnson is the Chairman and Executive Director of Neighbor 2 Neighbor Pendleton. We discuss the Warming Station, which provides shelter for those in need when temperatures fall below freezing. Learn about Dwight and other selfless volunteers who extend a hand to those in need within our community. Thanks for your continued service! If you'd like to learn more, visit the link below: Neighbor 2 Neighbor Pendleton - Pendleton Warming Station, Day Center, Veda's Cafe (n2npendleton.org)
January 09, 2023
Year 1 Recap with Ryan and Shannon
Ryan and Shannon recall big conversations and inspirations from year 1 guests. They also paint a picture of The Eastern Oregon Connection's future. Happy Holidays friends!
December 22, 2022
Jordan Hillmick is five years into the head coaching role for BMCC's Women's Soccer team (among other duties). A humble leader that has established a culture of hard work, team chemistry, and chasing more than wins on the Soccer field. Our hats are off in respect!
December 12, 2022
Jack Remillard is a true "Jack of all trades." Hear stories of his adventures as a Navy Seabee while stationed in remote Adak, Alaska, and earning bronze in the All-Navy shooting competition. Jack's roots are in Eastern Oregon and he talks about his involvement with the Old Iron Show and The Heritage Station Museum. Old Iron Show link: https://travelpendleton.com/pendleton-events/old-iron-show/
November 28, 2022
Join our intimate conversation of life to this point, from our co-host Shannon's perspective. Shannon talks about his experience growing up in Pendleton, dating his now wife, Jenny, long-distance for four years during college, and plenty more about life.
November 14, 2022
Don't miss Shelby's Buti Yoga fundraiser on Saturday, October 22nd at 5:30 PM. Wear your Halloween attire to the Jr. Jam Dance Studio at 435 SE 1st in Pendleton. Donation only in support of the Doherty family, whose son Ronan is battling Leukemia. Shelby Matthews was born and raised in Pendleton, and aside from her rock n roll vibes, you'd recognize her as an athlete who helped lead Rhythmic Mode to several state titles throughout her tenure. You will enjoy hearing Shelby's passion for moving her body, and loving her family and community, which is now rooted in Heppner.
October 17, 2022
JJ Hill has a unique resume. Director of the local film "Out of Character," a recent appearance on The Voice, and magic wand manufacturing only begins to paint the picture. You won't want to miss a conversation that includes laughs, wisdom, and an inside look at the local arts. For more information on the film "Out of Character," check it out on social media or online at outofcharactermovie.com To catch JJ's appearance on the Voice, checkout NBC's The Voice, or check it out on YouTube. For more info about JJ's wands, keep your eyes out for the upcoming launch of wandculture.com
October 10, 2022
Ryan Smith is the founder of Pendleton Outfitters, and co-founder of The Eastern Oregon Connection. Tune in to hear the raw origin stories of both. The Pendleton Outfitters Mission Statement: "A locally inspired hub for outdoor products and information, for the love of nature." A huge thank you to all who have contributed to making this ongoing adventure a reality!
September 26, 2022
Blake Franklin returned to his hometown of Pendleton after completing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Tune in for a conversation that spans from Little League All Stars to life as a Physical Therapist. A guy who's looking to improve every day, listeners will appreciate Blake's "five F" philosophy: Faith, Family, Fitness, Financial goals, Future Self. He's also launched Kaizen Training and Nutrition, an affordable coaching program for folks who would like to work with an expert on diet and fitness goals. Kaizen Training and Nutrition
September 12, 2022
John Pahlow and family were not born into ranching, but it was a long-time dream. That all changed in 2020 when they relocated to Elgin, purchased property, and became first generation ranchers. Moreover, they are deeply motivated by the practices of regenerative agriculture. Join a conversation that will inspire, inform, and entertain. Here's a link to their website: Pahlow Ranch | Pastured Raised Proteins | 100% Chemical Free
August 29, 2022
Recorded from the Umatilla County Fair, tune in for a great conversation with Ryan Manning. We'll cover family life, bull fighting, disc golf, and much more.
August 12, 2022
Born and raised in Pilot Rock, Chance Norquist is the founder of Goat Window Cleaning. We'll talk about his journey as a new entrepreneur. We'll also talk about sports, family, and more.
August 01, 2022
Kaley Cope is the Communications Coordinator for Pendleton Parks and Recreation. She loves horses, good food, and engaging with the local community. We'll talk about Kaley's path to Pendleton, some of the great events put on by Parks and Recreation, and some exciting ideas for the future.
July 18, 2022
Mitch Thompson is from Hermiston and has coached basketball for a variety of organizations in his young career, currently for a team in Mexico City. We'll talk about coaching, Mitch's love of travel, food, and learning from new cultures. We highlight the upcoming Bilingual Basquetbol camps which begin on July 22nd, and more. Thanks to OMG Burgers in Hermiston for providing us a space to record! Here is the link to the go fund me page for Bilingual Basquetbol: Fundraiser by Adrian Romero : Bilingual Basquetbol (gofundme.com)
July 06, 2022
This episode contains language and adult content, please listen at your discretion. Tanner Carey is a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Pendleton. He's also trying his hand at standup comedy. Tune in for stories that will take you through laughs, hardship, and the value of having the right people around you.
June 27, 2022
Marty Campbell's roles include Rodeo Announcer, Agriculture Teacher and Cowboy Church Minister, just to name a few. Join us in a conversation that includes chasing your passion, fun rodeo stories near and far, hard work and its great rewards.
June 13, 2022
Blaine Clooten is a local attorney at Clooten Law, LLC. He also hosts a podcast and YouTube channel, both titled "Ask a Lawyer." Join our conversation which covers some fun legal questions, work life balance, and what makes our community a great place to live.
May 30, 2022
Bob Stangier is a WWII veteran, pilot, entrepreneur, former Pendleton Roundup director, and lifetime Pendleton resident. We discuss his courageous military service, growing up in Pendleton, the Pendleton Air Museum and so much more.
May 15, 2022
Peter Wordelman is a music professor at Eastern Oregon University. Our discussion includes Peter's path to EOU, music, golf, and so much more. Join us for a conversation with a man who loves his students and community and has made a life from music.
May 02, 2022
Chris Thatcher is the area director for Young Life. He wears many hats including father, husband and track coach. We cover his experience living in Pendleton, the value of Young Life, and more.
April 18, 2022
Kayla Henshaw is a wife, mother, and the owner of the delicious Eden's Kitchen. We talk about her transition from employee to business owner, finding the work/life balance as a young entrepreneur, her love for and utilization of local products, growing up in Pendleton, and so much more.
April 05, 2022
Kricket Nicholson is a long-time guide for the Pendleton Underground Tours. She's also spent many years working for various Nonprofit organizations. We discuss her love of motorcycles, her history in Pendleton, stories from the Underground Tours, her time as a foster parent, and so much more.
March 29, 2022
Addison Schulberg is a musician, cyclist, and manager of Great Pacific (GP). We discuss Addison's journey with GP, our appreciation for music, rock camp, getting musicians and events at GP, growing up in Pendleton, living a more localized lifestyle, the Rivoli Theater and so much more.
March 15, 2022
Greg McLaughlin is the President and founder of McLaughlin Landscaping. We discuss the secret to over 40 years in the Landscaping industry, celebrate employees past and present, sports, college, and so much more.
March 08, 2022
Debbie Kishpaugh has led Pendleton's Rhythmic Mode to numerous state titles in her long tenure as a dance instructor. We explore what it takes to be a great athlete and teammate, the noble pursuit of leadership, and so much more.
March 08, 2022
Dean Fouquette is an athlete, entrepreneur and longtime Pendleton resident. We discuss sports past and present, the fine work of the Pendleton Linebacker's Club, Dean's Pendleton Athletic, and so much more.
March 08, 2022
Let's Get Introduced
Hosts of the Eastern Oregon Connection, Ryan and Shannon share a little personal backstory and their vision for the podcast.
March 08, 2022