Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We are at the final shows of 2018 and upon the first of 2019. This week Mark is joined by Andy Echele and Pro-Wrestling friend Jason Patton to discuss all that is merry and bright.
But....(record scratch)...That's not what happens!
Mark Bland met Jason Patton in the late 1990's and they have maintained a relationship ever since. Jason started training at the legendary South Broadway athletic club in 1999 and that's when him and Mark struck up the friendship....BUT HOLD THE PHONE....Jason explains this on the back of a 6 year stint in PRISON! WHAT???
Mark gets it revealed to him for the first time live on this show that his friend Jason not only robbed a bank and went to prison for 6 years, but he was put into the Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth...the oldest in the country. And one of the most notorious in the country to this day. When you think of Shawshank, you are thinking of Leavenworth.
Jason proceeds to explain his gang background and what it is like sitting and waiting in a Federal Pen. What to watch out for and who to watch out for. If you were wanting a background in the prison system of the US, this episode of the Q opens up a world little seen by many.
The guys discuss the difference between state and federal level prisons and Jason talks about the most evil human being he's ever encountered in his entire life. A riveting discussion that surely will open your eyes. Jason opens up about his past and all of it in the hopes that someone listening will change their ways and not want to be in the same spot he was in.
All this on the new episode of The Q!
St. Louis film maker and documentarian Jim Dreyer joins the show to discuss some of his recent documentaries. Jim produced an award winning film on the rise and fall of Ozark Airlines, a midwestern airline that was eventually purchased by TWA 20+ years ago. Jim is currently producing and directing a new film regarding the sport of Disc Golf called "Game of Throws". The documentary focuses on the rise of the sport in the Midwest and some of the history and current state. Jim also discusses his upbringing in the St. Louis area and how he got involved in TV and film making .
Mark also makes sure that the Christmas show doesn't disappoint. Mark and Jim discuss 10 of the gifts you only give to people that you absolutely dislike....but they find themselves also disagreeing with some of the gifts cause of personal preference. Finally we got a letter from a listener and Jim, being new to the show, has to figure out how we help the young man in question with potentially breaking up with his girlfriend before christmas or after.
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Its Christmas time and in a rare change of events, the one with the rant is Producer Bobby! Although he loves his family and the people around him, he is a little jaded with what is the attitude he deals with from others during the joyous season. We will let Bobby explain it himself on the show.
But before any of that, a listen calls into the show to discuss the plan for Boeing to potentially bring their 777 line to the St. Louis area. It could mean big jobs and long term plans for the company in Missouri, but the listener doesn't see it that way. Listen to find out why he thinks it will be the worst move for the area.
Of course during the Boeing discussion the guys find out that the listener is a avid sports and baseball fan. This perks up the ears of Mark who decides to chime in on his mild opinion of certain players and athletes within the St. Louis Cardinals and around the league. Its obvious Mark excels at Pro-Wrestling and MMA talk , but its always interesting to hear his invaluable (and wrong) opinions of other sports.
And finally Mark finds out that the POPE is Time Magazines MAN OF THE YEAR. Once finding that out, he wants to know who also made the list and if the past years made sense in hindsight. Find out who some of the more prolific people were and where they landed on the charts in Mark and Bobby's opinion.
Also on the card is SELFIE-GATE with Obama, the return of BNN with Producer Bobby, another round of GAME ON/GAME OFF and OVERTIME (for the online listeners)
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