95. Goodbye to the Asparagus Festival - June 16, 2014

Last week, the Board of Directors for the Stockton Asparagus Festival issued a press release announcing that the 2014 festival, the 29th, was it's final festival. Matt, Susan, Rod, and Greg sat down to talk about what might have happened, and the memories they will cherish. They also had the chance to hear from Podcast Stockton listeners as well as interview Doug Wilhoit and Wes Rhea.

So Long Old Friend

The signature dish, deep-fried asparagus

The signature dish, deep-fried asparagus

It really is hard to believe that after 29 years our signature event is no-more. The Asparagus Festival has meant so much to each of us at Podcast Stockton. When the news broke about its end, we wanted to capture our thoughts, and the thoughts of some of our listeners.

We couldn't contain all of the Asparagus Festival talk into just one episode, so we cut it down to two episodes of around 50 minutes each. We are honored to have you join us for this very special episode. You can listen to both episodes below, from iTunes, or Stitcher.

In the first part, Jennifer Boylan opens up with her thoughts. Later, we hear from Chris Kay. Rod had the chance to ask a couple of Stockton residents, Barbara and Roger, their thoughts on the festival. We also heard from Bill Loyko, Eric Johnston, Jenny Klooster, Melissa Wyman, and Don Maszewski.

In the second part, Greg talks with Doug Wilhoit, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Chamber of Commerce and Asparagus Festival board member. Matt sits down with Wes Rhea, Chief Executive Officer of Visit Stockton and Asparagus Festival board member. Lastly, we hear from Tim Nunes.

Here are some pictures of some of the last few years - 2008, 2009, 2010, 20112011 eating competition.

On behalf of the Podcast Stockton team, both past and present, thank you to Kate Post, Wes Rhea, and the rest of the Board of Directors of the Stockton Asparagus Festival. It is our mission to highlight the great life in Stockton, and for 29 wonderful years, you did just that. We are also very thankful for the support you gave to us since our humble beginning in 2009. When we asked for tickets to give away to listeners, you responded. Every time we asked for interviews, or press access, you granted it with a smile. We did our best to highlight the amazing work you and the hundreds of volunteers do every year and we are truly grateful for the opportunity you gave to us to cover the festival. Stockton is a better place because of each of you that made the Asparagus Festival happen. We have no doubt that our city is better for you and for it, and Stockton will shine even in its absence, even though, for now, as we mourn. Thank you.

To our listeners, what will you miss most about the Asparagus Festival?

89. Miguel Guillen - @stocktonca on Instagram - April 21, 2014

In this week's episode Matt and Rod talk with Miguel Guillen, the creator of the @stocktonca Instagram account. 

They also talk about this weekend's Asparagus Festival and the return of Johnny Milford to the airwaves!

Miguel Guillen

In 2012, Miguel started an Instagram account as @stocktonca. He posted one picture and then ignored it for a while. What he didn't realize then was that he was starting to build a community on Instagram, the social media app and website where users share photos and short videos.

The @stocktonca account on Instagram has over 12,000 followers and features photos with the hashtags #stocktonca and #IGersStockton.

Miguel recently helped organize Stockton's second Instameet, where Instagram users got together at the Stockton Arena

Join the community at instagram.com/stocktonca


Asparagus Festival 2014

This weekend marks the return of the Asparagus Festival. Matt and Rod talk about the upcoming Asparagus Festival. For more information about the Asparagus Festival, visit asparagusfest.com.


Johnny Milford is Back!!!

Last September, Matt and Susan sat down with local radio and voice over legend, Johnny Milford for episode 71

Well, we are so excited because last week Johnny returned to the airwaves as Johnny Stockton on Stockton's new country radio station 105.9 The Bull. Listen to him weekday afternoons 2 PM - 7 PM on 105.9 FM.  Visit 1059thebull.com and find them on Facebook.com/stocktoncountry and Twitter @stocktoncountry.

88. Amanda King and Lucas, April 14, 2014

This week Rod catches up with Amanda King and Lucas,  the talented on-air personalities of The Morning Block Party on KWIN 97.7 and 98.3 FM.

The Morning Block Party and so much more...


As advocates for local youth and sports, Amanda and Lucas are more than just the talented voices on the radio in the morning. They are both truly passionate about Stockton and their listeners and spend time giving back to the community in many ways. 

Find them on the radio, 97.7 and 98.3 FM, on the Morning Block Party, weekdays from 6 to 10 AM. Also, listen live online at KWIN.com and iHeartRADIO.


There's less than one week left of the Great Stockton Asparagus Dine Out. Once again, Visit Stockton has put together a growing list of participating restaurants for this great local event as the perfect lead up the Stockton Asparagus Festival. Matt and Susan talk about some of the great choices out there. The Great Stockton Asparagus Dine Out runs until April 20. Check out the participating restaurants at dineoutstockton.com.

59. Joey Chestnut - April 18, 2011

Joey Chestnut, Asparagus Festival

Joey Chestnut, Asparagus Festival

A wrap-up of the 26th Annual Asparagus Festival. Matt talks to the champion, Joey Chestnut, and Matt Stonie who took third-place in the deep fried asparagus eating contest. With great weather this past weekend, the crowds were out in force this year. Check out the rest of the pictures here and a short video featuring The California Repercussions.

What's the best Pizza in Stockton? We ask our Facebook fans about their favorites and the winner, so far, is Michael's Pizza. Add your vote!

Stockton is Magnificent! The Miracle Mile is hosting this event to show just what we think of their list. Matt sat down with Danielle, a student from Pacific that is helping with the event. Learn the flash mob dance here.

We talk sports with Lowell Tuckerman. SJ Delta Girl's Softball goes undefeated! And the Stockton Ports.

Until next time, make it great Stockton!


Chestnut Does It Again

Joey Chestnut did not disappoint his many fans in Stockton today. He easily beat out the rest of the field this afternoon and earned a new world record. At the end of 10 minutes, he had consumed 9 pounds, 5.2 ounces of deep fried asparagus. Chestnut, the 27 year old competitor from San Jose who took the stage amidst cheers from the crowd, has held the world records for eating pork ribs, steak, chicken wings and Krystal burgers. He already broke the asparagus eating world record in 2008 when he ate 8.6 pounds of our favorite fried veggie.

For those of you that never seen competitive eating up close and personal, here's a short video I shot.

Stonie, Chestnut, and Bertoletti

Stonie, Chestnut, and Bertoletti


Matt Stonie, the 18-year-old new-comer from San Jose, debuted today on the competitive eating scene and took third place just behind second place finisher, Patrick Bertoletti. Come back on Monday for our next episode of Podcast Stockton to hear from Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie.

And check out the pictures from today's event.

58. Kate Post, Emily Ballus, Mark Wills - April 11, 2011

Welcome to Podcast Stockton. This week, we are joined by three special guests. In this episode:

The Asparagus Festival is this weekend! Rod sits down with Kate Post, Asparagus Festival Executive Director, to talk about what's new for this year's event. The 26th annual Asparagus Festival runs Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17 in downtown Stockton. Nothing says springtime in Stockton like deep fried asparagus, and our new favorite, asparagus ice cream! For more information, visit asparagusfest.com.

The Great Stockton Asparagus Festival Dine out was a hit with Matt! There was not enough hours in the day to sample all of the great asparagus dishes at the 25 participating restaurants. There was time, however, to visit Angelina's, Whirlow's and Midtown Creperie & Cafe for some excellent dishes. What a perfect way to lead in to the Asparagus Festival.

Emily Ballus joins Matt to talk about the launch of Q Productions and a couple of concerts coming to the Stockton Empire Theatre. After spending some time with the California Cougars and the Miracle Mile, Emily is now focused on bringing entertainment events to Stockton. This Friday, Q Productions, Food 4 Less and Rancho San Miguel present country music recording artist, Mark Wills.

Mark Wills

Mark Wills

Country Music recording artist, Mark Wills calls into the show to discuss his start in country music and his concert this Friday at the Empire Theatre. His hits include "Jacob's Ladder", "Don't Laugh At Me", "I Do (Cherish You)", and "19 Somethin'". His newest song is "Looking For America". Of course, you can find his music on iTunes. For tickets and information on his show on April 15 at the Stockton Empire Theatre, visit qproductionsco.com or call 209-594-1669.

Until next time, make it great Stockton!


57. Susan Mora-Loyko, Stockton Earth Day Festival - April 4, 2011

Welcome to Podcast Stockton, the show all about the great life in Stockton, and a day early this week. In this episode:

The Great Stockton Asparagus Dine Out. With the Asparagus Festival just around the corner, now is a great time to get out to some of our great local restaurants to try some amazing dishes featuring locally grown asparagus. The Great Stockton Asparagus Dine Out runs through April 10. Check out all of the great menu items here.

Susan Mora-Loyko joins us to talk about the 23rd Annual Stockton Earth Day Festival. This year's festival is on Sunday, April 10 at Victory Park. The festival kicks off with yoga at 10:00 AM and the family fun bike ride at 10:30. There's a ton of great entertainment with The Bad Goods, Baraata, Odessa and Sugar Water Purple. Jeni Swerdlow from DRUMMM will end our event again with her awesome drum circle. Admission is free and there are lots of fun (and educational) things for kids. Oh, and did we mention that Matt will be the emcee again this year. Bring the whole family for a fun day!

Terrestrial radio is still out there. Rod reminds us that radio stations still matter and they're out there in the community with free stuff!

A couple quick things:

The New Life Project Stockton CD release event is this Friday, April 8. Tickets are $10 which includes a copy of the CD.

Stockton City Councilmembers are hosting budget town hall meetings. This week, Dale Fritchen on Monday, April 4 and Paul Canepa on Thursday, April 7. The other councilmembers will be holding there meetings later in the month, be sure to check the schedule.

Until next time, make it great Stockton!


38. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - April 23, 2010

Welcome to Podcast Stockton for Friday, April 23, 2010. On this episode, we cover:

The 25th Annual Asparagus Festival is here. There's still two days left to go out and enjoy the Asparagus Festival.

Sports update from Lowell Tuckerman

Rod and I walked a mile in her shoes to help raise money for the Women's Center of San Joaquin County. We also spoke with Pat Francis from S-Mart Foods, Wes Rhea and Jennifer from the Women's Center. Check out the pics here. Also, check out the video done by the multimedia crew from the Record.

Interview with Miko Jaleel from Delta College TV.

Thanks to TuneStruck Quartet for recording the great stinger for this episode.

What's new on ClosetGoodies.com..

Until next time, make it great Stockton!


36. Stockton Ports Season Kicks Off - April 15, 2010

Welcome to Podcast Stockton for Thursday, April 15, 2010. On this episode, we cover:

The return of the Stockton Ports. Thursday is the first regular season home game for the Ports as they take the field against the Visalia Rawhide at 7:05 PM. Rod will be there, in his first regular season game as the director of on-field entertainment. Come out and support Rod and the Ports.

The Asparagus Festival is fast approaching. We asked our Facebook fans what they like about the Asparagus Festival. We are also giving away a family four pack of tickets to the event. Listen to the episode to find out how.

Help support Autism Awareness. Patt from Elegant Essence is holding a fund-raiser on April 23 5:30-8:30 PM.

Until next time, make it great Stockton!


35. Kate Post, Stockton Asparagus Festival - April 9, 2010

Welcome to Podcast Stockton, episode 35, featuring Rod's interview with Kate Post, Executive Director of the Asparagus Festival. A quick look at the news:

Stockton foreclosure rates are starting to decline.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is helping tax filers, for more info call 209-644-8600.

The US Census Bureau is still encouraging people to return their census forms to avoid a personal visit to your home. Visit 2010.census.gov for more info.

Wes's Stockton activities guide. Go to VisitStockton.org to sign up for the weekly events e-mail and follow @Stockton_CA on Twitter and on Facebook. Be sure to listen, there may be another giveaway.

In this episode:

The Podcast Stockton iPad review.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year's theme is Don't Stand By, Stand Up. For more info on events going on this month to raise awareness of sexual violence, visit the Women's Center of San Joaquin County website.

A mini-interview with Susan Mora-Loyko, event co-ordinator of the Stockton Earth Day Festival. This year's event will be held on Sunday, April 18 at Victory Park. Come out and learn how we can help protect our planet and stop by and say hi to us, we'll be emcees!

Sports with Lowell Tuckerman

Restaurant Review - Fon Wong's Deli located at 3201 West Benjamin Holt Drive, (209) 952-6886, open Mon-Sat 11am-8:30pm.

What's new on Closetgoodies.com.

Rod's interview of Kate Post, Executive Director of the Asparagus Festival. This year, the Asparagus Festival celebrates its 25th year. Visit their official website, blog, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.

This week's question of the week: Do you commute?Plus listener voicemails from Andy. Andy Pinasco, aka @brewery33, will be making good on his trash bet and will be spending one hour (from 8 AM - 9 AM) picking up garbage at Janet Leigh Plaza. Look for him downtown on Saturday 4/10. So, join him if you'd like, or just enjoy downtown Stockton and congratulate him when he's done.

Until next time, make it great Stockton!