106. Tod Ruhstaller (2010) and Johnny Milford (2013) - October 30, 2016

Welcome to Podcast Stockton, episode 106. For this episode, we pulled out some highlights from a couple of our past shows. 

This last weekend was the Over the Edge for Community Hospice event, which raised over $100,000 for the organization. 

Election Day is in just over a week. If you are registered to vote, please remember to do so!

Tod Ruhstaller and Riley Haggin Museum

Tod Ruhstaller and Riley
Haggin Museum

In February 2010, Matt and Rod met with Tod Ruhstaller, CEO and Curator of History at the Haggin Museum

The Haggin is currently featuring two great music-inspired exhibits, "Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar", a traveling exhibit from the National Guitar Museum and "Brubeck: Jazz Ambassador" - both on display through January 8, 2017.

For fans of Iret-net Hor-irw, the mummy that used to be at the Haggin, you can see it on display in the “The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine” at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - Legions of Honor running through August 26, 2018.

The original episode can be found here

Johnny Milford

Johnny Milford

Matt and Susan sat down with local radio personality Johnny Milford for episode 71.

It was September 2013 and Johnny had spent nearly 20 years off-the-air. Shortly after his interview with Podcast Stockton, Johnny returned to the FM dial with the local station, KSTN, newly re-born as 105.9 The Bull. Johnny is back on the air and can still be heard on TV and radio spots throughout the central valley.

The original episode can be found here

Follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

The music for today's show is "Red, White & You" by Austin James from his new album, Full Throttle, check it out on iTunes. Follow him on Instagram @austinjames209.

87. Bill and Wendi Maxwell - part 2 - April 8, 2014

In today's episode, Matt and Susan continue their conversation with Bill and Wendi Maxwell. Don't forget to go back to yesterday's show and listen to part one of our conversation.

Wendi and Bill Maxwell

Wendi and Bill Maxwell

Bill tells the story of how he and Wendi met more than 35 years ago and how he got his start in the book business. Bill also worked in a mortuary before  eventually becoming the proprietor of The Bookmark and re-naming it Maxwell's Bookmark. Bill is still an active bookseller and continues his business online. Bill also talks about his current role as Archivist for the Bank of Stockton. 

Lastly, Bill and Wendi talk about their thoughts on a renaissance of sorts going on in Stockton today.

For more information on Maxwell's Bookmark, visit maxwellsbookmark.com.

The music on today's show was "Everything I've Got" by Wendi Maxwell and Tres Hot Jazz. For more information on Wendi Maxwell, visit her website wendimaxwell.com. Also, download the new CD from Wendi Maxwell and Tres Hot Jazz, Help a Good Girl Go Bad on CDBaby or iTunes. Don't miss seeing her and the band perform live in Stockton. Check out their schedule here. Visit newschoolaikido.com for more information on Wendi's local work in Aikido.

86. Bill and Wendi Maxwell - part 1 - April 7, 2014

In this episode, Matt and Susan are joined by Bill and Wendi Maxwell, a truly one-of-a-kind Stockton couple. 

Wendi & Bill Maxwell

Wendi & Bill Maxwell

Wendi and Bill Maxwell have each left their mark on Stockton in their own way, and are continuing to bring positivity to our city as active members of our community. 

In today's episode, we talk with Wendi about being a musician and her professional life before retiring several years ago. Wendi, who is a fourth degree black belt, was recently named manager of Aikido programs at New School Aikido. 

Don't worry, Bill will have plenty of time in tomorrow's episode. Come back then to listen to our next interview and the rest of the Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell story.

For more information on Wendi Maxwell, visit her website wendimaxwell.com. Also, download the new CD from Wendi Maxwell and Tres Hot Jazz, Help a Good Girl Go Bad on CDBaby or iTunes. Don't miss seeing her and the band perform live in Stockton. Check out their schedule here. Visit newschoolaikido.com for more information on Wendi's local work in Aikido.

For more information on Maxwell's Bookmark, visit maxwellsbookmark.com.

The music on today's show was "Better Than Anything" by Wendi Maxwell and Tres Hot Jazz.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to hear the second half of our interview with Bill and Wendi.

71. Johnny Milford - September 9, 2013

Listener Feedback

Gabriel wrote to us in response to our previous discussion about what we were reading. It's good to know that the Nook offers support for sharing ebooks. Thanks for sharing your feedback!


Back to School

It's that time of year again, all of our local school districts are back in session. Matt and Susan discuss back-to-school as each of them have a high school freshman daughter (which should be easy by now since each of them already had a daughter graduate high school). 


Johnny Milford

Johnny Milford

Johnny Milford

If you have spent any time listening to radio or watching television in Stockton, you have probably heard who we consider one of the greatest broadcast and advertisement voices ever! 

Johnny Milford is a voice actor, copy writer, studio engineer & producer, and local radio legend. We were honored to spend some time getting to know the former KJOY and KWIN disc jockey and radio personality. 

Yes, he is the same voice as the one in the Big Valley FordFood4LessRock Bottom World of Furniture commercials.

Johnny talks about his early days of radio as well as some of his thoughts on the current state of the business. He shows off some of his many amazing voices and impersonations. As a life-long Stockton resident, he also tells the story about how he joined the Stockton Ports as an announcer and shares what he enjoys about our city.

Visit his website, prodgod.com , to hear more samples.

Music for today's show was "The Lawn" by Filbert. Thanks to them for allowing us to use their song. Find them on Facebook at facebook.com/filbertmusic. You can also hear their music on GoLocal Radio

54. Alice van Ommeren - October 7, 2010

Welcome to Podcast Stockton, featuring an interview with local history enthusiast, Alice van Ommeren.

In this episode:

The Amazing Fist reaches its funding goal. Adam Messinger is one amazing step closer to publishing his first full length comic thanks to over 100 backers on Kickstarter.com.

Sports update with Lowell Tuckerman

A review of Clear's ClearSpot and Rover Puck. WiFi on the go is available in Stockton. With several product and service options, Clear has a strong showing in the mobile wifi service in Stockton.

Stockton Thunder take the ice! Tomorrow, the Stockton ECHL franchise takes the ice in a pre-season bout against Ontario. Next Friday, they meet up again in the Thunder homer opener of the regular season.

Did you miss the Tweetup? Follow @StocktonTweetup on Twitter to hear about the next one!

An interview with Alice van Ommeren, author, local history enthusiast and instructor. After purchasing a vintage postcard from a local antique shop, Alice set forth to publish Stockton in Vintage Postcards. Alice, a former board member of the Stockton Cultural Heritage Board, is now teaching Stockton’s Golden Era, an extension course at Pacific, running for 5 weeks starting Oct. 14.

Until next time, make it great Stockton!


Links The Amazing Fist on KickstarterThe Amazing Fist on FacebookRover Puck by Clear

ClearSpot 4G Stockton Thunder Sons of Thunder Alice van Ommeren on Facebook Pacific Extension Courses

Stockton History on Facebook Stockton Historic Landmarks San Joaquin Historical Society Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Stockton Vintage Postcards on Facebook

26. Tod Ruhstaller - February 4, 2010

Welcome to Podcast Stockton, episode 26. In this episode, Matt and Rod sit down with Tod Ruhstaller, CEO of The Haggin Museum.

In this episode:

A couple of items from the news: In honor of Black History Month, Stagg High School students will participate in Lend Your Hand’s (501c3) National Black History Bee (NBHB) competition. For more information, call Andres Uyeda or Kathy Davis 209-933-7445 ext. 8471. This Saturday, February 6 at 12 PM, there is a rally and petition signing at the Tuxedo Park Station. The event will be held at 2616 Pacific Avenue. If you cannot attend, but would like to sign the online petition, visit stocktonmiraclemile.com.

Will Susan Eggman shave her head for $5,000? Sparked on Twitter, Council Member and friend of the show,Susan Eggman said she would shave her head if Stockton Twitter users raised $5,000 for kids cancer research.

Thunder + Twitter = #thweetup. Come join local Twitter celebrities, @MikeBravo11, @Abraxas579, @omardesign209, @griffin209, @PGHMatt and more on Friday, February 12 as the Stockton Thunder plays host to the Ontario Reign. Discounted tickets are $7. Visit stocktonthunderandlightning.com/thweetup to get yours!

The sports update with Lowell Tuckerman.

Lights, Camera, Literacy! You are cordially invited to attend the 19th annual Trivia Bee put on by the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County. We will be there to support one our favorite charities in Stockton. We need one more person to complete our three-person team. Are you good at movie trivia? If you're interested, send us an e-mail or call Matt at 483-5199. We are paying the $550 entry fee and if you're selected, we'll pay for your guest to attend as well. Check out the official brochure here and visit sjcliteracy.org. Come help the Library & Literacy Foundation raise some much needed money!

Interested in becoming HAZWOPER certified? Green Works Environmental Services has a couple of spots open for the 40 hour training that starts Monday, February 8. The class normally costs $750 but you can get in for $150. For more information, call Dawn at 603-7104.

Our interview with Tod Ruhstaller, CEO/Curator of History of The Haggin Museum. Learn about the 1st and 3rd Thursdays program and the 79th Annual McKee Student Art Exhibition, visit hagginmuseum.org. Also, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

What's the one piece of tech you can't live without? We get some great responses on Facebook and some voicemails from Kraig, Devin and Gabriel from The Singlemalt Versus Podcast, JonAndy.

What's new on Closetgoodies.com

Next week, we want to know what was your first gadget or electronic toy?

Until next time, make it great Stockton!