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Downtime in Daytona

Downtime in Daytona

By Steve Gooch
This podcast will focus on the Central Florida Tourism industry. Your host, Steve Gooch, will navigate the ins and outs of the industry and all of its aspects as they affect the overall economy. Steve will interview residents, executives, owners, tourism and advertising officials, and even his Uber and Lyft passengers in his car on the way to their destinations!
Steve and Cassie are the owners of Fun Coast Tours, offering tours in the Daytona area. The goal is to redefine the way we look at life in a tourist town while helping visitors to discover what's available beyond the search engine.
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Episode 15; A Light Unto My Path
Christmas is upon us and Covid is fading away as I sit down to talk to the good people at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum and  Honestly, with a map and a good light source you can see your way out of troubling times so let's not waste any of it and listen to Sherry, Zach and John as the show us the way.
December 20, 2021
Episode 14; Deland Before Time
This episode is dedicated to the gem to the west of Daytona Beach known as Deland, FL. I interview JT Thompson from the Stetson Mansion and I also speak with Larry and Robin French from Great Tasting Tours. Doug Canney joins me to discuss local comedy shows and we learn that his father was, well, never mind you’ll learn more after you listen. Join me on my journey west as we explore the house that a hatter built and eat and drink until we have to loosen our belts. ‘Tis the season. Bon Appetit!
December 07, 2021
Episode 13; Streamlined
This week I am recovered from whatever was ailing me enough to get back on the drop and drop some wisdom on you.  I Introduce (Let's Go) Brandon Letourneau who will be my "Man on the Street"; I will now have someone I can put in harm's way for the glory of the show and to add content for I also have the pleasure of introducing Ashley Zalkin with the Streamline Hotel and Sky Bar.
November 23, 2021
Episode 12; The History of Great Food (or Granada, de nada)
Michelle Lamb from Fun Coast Food Tours talks to me about how they plan to teach visitors about the great tastes of the town in Ormond Beach. Later I get a call from Sue at the Casements, the winter home of the late John D. Rockefeller.
November 09, 2021
Episode 11; Fear and Loathing in Homosassa
This week, Doug Canney and I go down the rabbit hole with Rauce Padgett, a professional touring comic who co-hosts the Jim Colbert Show on Orlando’s Real Radio 104.1; we discuss Rauce being pulled over by the police and being attacked by a police dog (actually 2 separate occasions, one of which he literally asked for). After we call the most haunted house in Daytona, Lillian Place and learn that Doug lives in fear. Question; where would you rather be stranded? Ocala or Homosassa?
November 02, 2021
Episode 10; Dig Doug
This episode I introduce and interview a person I will be entering into a joint venture with and will also have sitting in over the next couple of weeks, Doug Canney. Doug is a nationally touring comedian you may have seen on HBO, NBC, and the WB, he plans to launch a podcast of his own that will quickly outperform mine, but now I can say “I knew him back in the day” and he will be forced to invite me to sit in on his pod. Also, see how I try to turn a rival into an ally, wish me luck.
October 26, 2021
Episode 9; News Makers
On this weeks’ episode I try to interview the candidates for Daytona Beach City Commissioner Zone 2, Larry McDermott and Ken Strickland. I successfully interview Vanessa Cole from Coffee News and do a mild most-mortem on Biketoberfest 2021.
October 19, 2021
Episode 8; Two Drink Minimum
This week we officially welcome Cristy B Comedy and as sponsors and introduce the landing page created for us by the good people at Discover Volusia. Join us in congratulating Brandon Brown on his NASCAR Xfinity Series win, “Let’s Go Brandon!”
October 12, 2021
Episode 7; Southern Comfort Food
Is Florida part of the south? Sure it's in the south, but is it part of the south?  Let's take a closer look at some of the food and music that comes out of the south, I mean Florida, with two great cooks in Ormond Beach; Lee Buckner with Southern State of Mind Food Truck and Patrick LeFils with Southern Fellow.  These innovators have made a same in their respective fields that is to be admired, but are these southern gentlemen actually in the south? I'll let you decide.  
October 05, 2021
Episode 6; Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!
Steve is flying solo on this episode and talks to both Lori McMullin at the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce and Les Drinkwater at Highrollers Casino Entertainment. Things are looking up with new tours on the horizon and new horizons for my tours. Lori McMullin, APR Marketing & Business Development Consultant Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce 126 East Orange Ave. Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Telephone: 386-523-3680
September 28, 2021
Episode 5; Heroic Opportunities
This week we learn why it’s so hard to buy a $5 coffee after 1pm. Frankie Licklichter and Steve Gooch talk to 2 organizations that step up every time they show up. We learn that you can’t be a hero for yourself, you have to be a hero for someone else, and that the only time you can be brave is in the face of fear. Have you seen what’s on the other side of your comfort zone?
September 21, 2021
Episode 4; Boats and Brews
In this episode I welcome Business Consultant Frankie Kicklichter as co-host and we interview Kila Wenkart, the General Manager at the newest brewery in Port Orange, FL, the Dunes Brewery opening October 1st, 2021. I also share an interview with Elliot Hassen from Blue Diamond Boat Rentals and we discuss becoming an accidental tour guide.  Visit us at
September 14, 2021
Episode 3; Enough about you, let's talk about Steve
In this episode I attempt to make amends to Daytona by talking about myself.  Another rideshare interview, no one calls in to share their elevator pitch, and an interview with Georgia Turner, the Executive Director of the West Volusia Advertising Authority discussing the exciting CoolCraft Beverage Trail and my future in it and I discuss potentially sharing the mic with a co-host (potentially...). Odd Elixir MeadWorks & Abbey Bar DeLand Spring Garden Vineyard | 2018 Picking Season Starts Friday August 17th Persimmon Hollow ( Hyder Head Brewery Bandwango - The Destination Experience Engine Welcome to Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe
September 07, 2021
Episode 2; Fast & Curious
On this episode I introduce 2 new segments, "The Elevator Pitch"; allowing listeners to advertise their local business,  and without naming it in the episode, I also introduced "Heavy Lyfting" where I allow recorded conversations with rideshare passengers help tell the stories I will share on the show. This week, the local spotlight is on the  Coke Zero Sugar 400 - Daytona International Speedway and the Flagler Avenue Wine Walk | New Smyrna Beach, FL ( Please visit us at Fun Coast Brewery Tours | Daytona Beach Area Tours | Ormond Beach Tours ( for a tour next time you are in Daytona Beach.
August 31, 2021
Episode 1; Meet Your Guide
Please visit us at,, and as we guide you (and ourselves) through this real-life journey meets business venture meets social experiment.  We will link to promotions and discounts we are able to talk our guests into offering, we hope this podcast will help you in making your decision to visit Florida and hopefully come and see us when you do! We look forward to helping you find your next vacation, stay-cation, or home away from home right here in paradise.
August 25, 2021