Taste Test Thursday with Adam Owens

Rick Horvath - Musician / Web Developer / Victors United

An episode of Taste Test Thursday with Adam Owens

By Adam Owens
Every Thursday Adam brings in a guest from his community to discuss their life, work, hobbies and favorite food.
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Dan Paradiso - The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark
Dan is a native of Eldred, NY and worked for 15 years before getting a job as the Director of Sales & Marketing at the all new Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark in Monticello, NY.  He joins Adam to talk all about what's going on at the new Kartrite.  More than 450 new employees have been hired to make the guest experience top-notch and Dan & Adam talk about the Kartrite's 80,000 square foot indoor waterpark, the multitude of activities available outside the water attractions, and the amazing variety of food and entertainment options available just an hour from Honesdale and 20 minutes down the road from Bethel Woods.  Dan and Adam decorate donuts and try out a new twist on an old favorite breakfast cereal.  Learn more about The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark at www.thekartrite.com
June 20, 2019
David Ursich - Honesdale McDonald's
David has been General Manager at the Honesdale McDonald's for the last 5 years, and has worked there consistently since the 1980s.  He joins Adam to discuss all the goings-on both in front of and behind the counter at McDonald's, and discusses the new owners and upcoming construction of a brand-new restaurant in Honesdale PA.  David brings in some items from McDonald's new "Worldwide Favorites" menu, a sampling of menu items from McD's in other countries.  David also brings in a homemade dessert treat that his family enjoys every Christmas.  Adam brings in "Hazlenut Spread" M&Ms and Adam & Dave decide if they really taste like Nutella or not.
June 13, 2019
Tracy Borchert - Pike County Correctional Facility
Tracy grew up in Queens and at age 37 went back to school for a degree in hospitality.  Later on, she relocated to Northeast PA and eventually found herself working in the kitchen at the Pike County Correctional Facility.  Tracy explains what life is like both for her and for the incarcerated individuals she works with.  She brings in her own delicious quiche, some prison-only potato chips, and something called Nutra-Loaf, which is fed to prisoners who are misbehaving as a correctional tool.  Adam gives Tracy the choice between tasting a healthy snack, or a frozen treat, and Tracy chooses wisely.  
June 6, 2019
Rick Horvath - Musician / Web Developer / Victors United
Rick grew up on Long Island and moved to Lake Ariel, PA in the early 2000s.  He is an extremely talented musician and has also spent many years working in web development.  Recently Rick acquired an online Risk game and has been expanding its player base, all while gigging in a variety of bands playing a variety of music.  Rick brings in a guitar, and his favorite breakfast food.  Adam shares something chewy and spicy, but has the foresight to let Rick play a couple of songs before they start chewing.
May 30, 2019
Vince Benedetto - U.S. Air Force / President & CEO Bold Gold Media
Vince spent 9 years in the U.S. Air Force, eventually working in the Office of Special Investigation during and after the 9/11 era.  In 2005, Vince retired from the Air Force and acquired four radio stations in Northeast PA and the NY Catskill region and began Bold Gold Media, which has since blossomed to include 14 stations and an incredible swath of geographical reach in PA, NY and even NJ.  Vince and Adam discuss the military and the importance of local radio.  Later in the show Vince shares Viking Waffles and Viking Butter with Adam and Adam brings in Bacon Maple Donut breakfast cereal.  
May 23, 2019
Todd Stephens - Stephens Pharmacy and Northeast Med-Equip
Todd and his family have been in the pharmacy and medical equipment business for decades in the Honesdale area.  Todd talks about his childhood in Honesdale, one of his first jobs (at 95.3 DNH!!) and his experience working closely with his family to provide personalized healthcare and consultation through the pharmacy.  His mother's meatballs are out-of-this-world, and Todd & Adam try out Reese's Peanut Butter Cups with a fun twist!
May 16, 2019
Chaz Breedveld - Quicklane at Wayne County Ford
As a child Chaz traveled the country (and the world!) as an Army Brat but eventually settled in Wayne County where she works as the manager at the local Quicklane Service Center.  Adam and Chaz discuss Ford's upcoming "Drive 4 Ur Community" fundraiser which will benefit the Wayne County YMCA.  Chaz brings in Watergate Salad which is absolutely NOT a salad, and Adam brings in some of the most disgusting jelly beans ever made.
May 9, 2019
Devan George - Entomologist / Environmental Educator
Devan is a Honesdale, PA native who recently obtained a master's degree in Entomology: the study of insects.  She works at Lacawac Sanctuary, a 500+ acre land preserve on Lake Wallenpaupack which is also home to a "pristine" lake.  Devan and Adam talk about the way that insects fit into nature and also into the diets of 80% of the inhabitants of planet Earth.  Devan shares some insect snacks and Adam brings in homemade pineapple-upside-down cupcakes.
May 2, 2019
Melanie Ann Rieger - Callicoon Volunteer FD / Pecks Markets
Melanie is an 11-year employee at Peck's Markets, the local employee-owner supermarket chain.  She has also been volunteering with the local fire company for several years.  She and Adam discuss the upcoming volunteer recruitment events in Sullivan County, NY and the thing she's learned while working in a grocery store for so many years.  Melanie is a vegan and shares her favorite banana-chocolate-chip muffins with Adam, and Adam brings in a tasty mango snack perfect for summertime.
April 25, 2019
Dr. David Reynolds - Northeast Gastroenterology
Dr. Reynolds joins Adam to discuss his work as a Gastroenterology specialist.  Northeast PA has a higher-than-average incidence of colo-rectal cancer and April is esophageal cancer awareness month.  Adam and Dr. Reynolds enjoy chocolate-covered pretzels and try Reed's new "Strongest" ginger ale and their new zero-sugar sodas as well. 
April 18, 2019
Jericho Wurtz - J3R1CH0
Jericho is a 19 year old graduate of Wallenpaupack Area High School who is making a name for himself as a rap artist.  His Soundcloud page has over 150,000 plays.  He brings in his mom's spicy shrimp and Adam brings a variety of "internationally flavored" M&Ms to taste.
April 11, 2019
Vinny Polise - Paupack Hills Golf and Country Club
Vinny is not a golfer, but that didn't stop him from buying a golf course. Hear how he got from stockboy to pharmacist and then to country club owner. Later in the show Vinny and Adam enjoy New Jersey Specials and sample "Voodoo" flavor potato chips.
April 4, 2019
Brooke Latourette - Cherry Ridge Vet Clinic
Brooke loves Animals and her job sure reflects that!  Hear how her life pointed her in this great direction, and find out how she won a cruise to Bermuda!
March 27, 2019
Mike Minor - Paralympic Snowboarding Gold Medalist
Mike traveled to South Korea for the 2018 Paralympic Games and brought home a gold medal!! He shares his favorite pizza with Adam and talks about his trip to the games and what's in his future.
March 27, 2019
Bob VanDerheyden - Duke of Doo-Wop / C.O.O. Bold Gold Media
Bob serves as one of the corporate officers for Bold Gold Media, the parent company of 95.3 DNH.  He was recently inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall-of-Fame.  He's lived a long and fruitful life, and he chats with Adam about all the ways broadcasting has made important impacts on his life.  Also, cookies.
March 27, 2019
Dr James Cruse - Wayne Memorial Healthcare
Dr. Cruse is a transplant to NEPA from New Orleans, Louisiana.  He brings in some classic New Orleans dishes and talks to Adam about ways to get healthy and stay that way.
March 27, 2019
Susie Kaspar - National Park Service
Susie is a ranger with the National Park Service, stationed on the Scenic Upper Delaware River.  Find out all about river safety and how Susie went from being an outdoors enthusiast to getting PAID to enjoy the great outdoors!
March 27, 2019
Liz Castellano - Guide dog & fine art
Visually-impaired artist Liz Castellano brings in her guide dog, Crom, as well as some of her favorite frozen treats to share.  Learn what's going on when you see a guide dog at work, and hear about Liz's work in art and education.  Also, ice cream.
March 27, 2019
Corey Southerton - CeeJay's Portable Restrooms
In a radio first, Adam and Corey take the broadcast out of the studio and INSIDE a portable restroom.  Learn far more than you ever wanted to know about the port-a-john business and check out Corey's favorite beverage as he shares it with Adam in the studio.
March 27, 2019
Judy Clune - Judy Clune Insurance
Insurance isn't as boring as you think!  Judy joins Adam and tells the story of how she met her husband, and why she decided to start selling insurance to individuals, families, businesses and farmers in NEPA.
March 27, 2019
Penny Luhrs - Luhrs TrueValue Hardware
For years, Penny and her family have operated a chain of hardware stores in Northeast PA.  Penny prepped an amazing meal to share with Adam including Beef Wellington!
March 27, 2019
Brian Wilken - Honesdale National Bank
Brian Wilken from Honesdale National Bank shares his stories with Adam.  Ask Brian about on-the-spot approvals!
March 27, 2019
Chris Marsh - Transplant from the UK
Chris Marsh - aka "Marshy" discusses his recent move from England to Pennsylvania.  Chris brings in a classic British breakfast food and talks about his time driving trucks ("lorries") in the UK as well as his time working in community radio.
March 27, 2019
Erica Davis - Spicy Food Challenge
Erica joins Adam in the studio to talk about her life and work, and the two of them sample SPICY foods!
March 27, 2019
Bob Walsh - White Owl Steakhouse
Bob Walsh, owner of the White Owl Steakhouse in Welcome Lake, PA joins Adam to talk about being a private pilot, driving on race tracks, and what goes on behind the scenes at one of NEPA's best steakhouses.
March 27, 2019
Brian Fulp - Himalayan Institute
Brian Fulp is the Retreat Center Director at the Himalayan Institute just outside of Honesdale, PA.  Brian also coordinated efforts to rescue an Emu which had been spotted wandering the woods near the Institute.  He shares the story and also brings in some great food to share with Adam.
March 27, 2019
Betty Lawson - Children's Librarian @ Wayne County Public Library (originally aired July 5th 2018)
Betty Lawson (or "Miss Betty" as she is known to most of her favorite people) is the Children's Librarian at Wayne County Public Library.  Learn how she turned a part-time volunteer gig into a full-time job that she absolutely LOVES.  You'll love hearing Betty's outlook on raising a family, keeping kids entertained, and her taste in dessert!  This interview was recorded July 5th, 2018.
July 5, 2018
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