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Zandra Zuraw

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, our host Gary Scott Thomas dives into the art of home design with our special guest, Zandra Zuraw, the podcast host and founder of Slow Style Home (formerly the Style Matters podcast by Little Yellow Couch). She is an interior design coach for everyday homeowners. Zandra shares her philosophy on why design matters and how it intertwines with personal happiness and mental well-being. She emphasizes that it’s not about filling rooms overnight; it’s about crafting spaces that tell your story over time. 

So if you’ve ever felt like your home is just a house filled with ‘stuff’ rather than a reflection of you, then this episode is for you! Tune in now!

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In this Episode:

  • Find out how Zandra transitioned from being self-taught to becoming an expert in helping others find their unique style.
  • Discover how to create a home that reflects your unique personality and the importance and impact of home design on our daily lives.
  • Learn how to approach decorating room by room and gain insights about the common mistakes people make in interior design, such as buying everything for a room all at once. 
  • Understand the importance of layering your home with pieces that tell your story over time. 
  • Gain insight into how COVID has influenced our relationship with our homes and the rise of disposable decor trends.
  • Learn that design is not just about aesthetics; it’s deeply connected to how we feel and live within our spaces.
  • Discover Zandra’s coaching process, which involves abstract thinking while connecting emotions to come up with concrete design decisions.
  • Personal anecdotes from Zandra and Gary about their families, home design, and more.

Quotations:

“If you still want a beautiful home, what you can learn is how to make really good choices that lead to a home that’s not like anyone else’s.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“Why does style matter? Why should we care about this stuff? Because for many, many people, it’s so superfluous. It’s so first-world problem. It’s so, you know, and I really wanted to answer that question.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“Art is put up on a big, taller pedestal, understandably than style, but it’s the same reason, it’s the same reason. It’s about beauty, it’s about understanding how humans crave beauty in order to feel happy, feel fulfilled, feel motivated, and feel ready to take on the day.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“I wanna let people know that you have it within you, the ability to create beauty.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“Different rooms have different purposes, you’re going to change your style, it’s going to shift a little bit according to the purpose, according to the time of day that you’re using it, and according to who’s using it.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“So helping people pay attention to what they love, then being able to articulate why they love it so that they can then superimpose that on the next design decision they make is the process.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“When you collect things over time, you’re really layering your home with stories of who you are or where that thing came from.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“I’m gonna start at an antique store or a thrift store because that’s where I might find something that somebody discarded from a while ago, that means it’s going to be better made, first of all, if it’s made from 50 years ago and earlier.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“My favorite place to go, and I know it’s not for everyone, is a thrift store or an antique store. Because that’s where I’m gonna find the one-of-a-kind things.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“If they’re happy in their homes, if they’re getting what they want out of their homes, and their homes are actually doing something for them and aren’t just a noose around their neck with a mortgage, that’s what I really want. I want everyone to be happy in their home.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

“I’ve been through about six different yellows in the same room trying to get the right yellow because the light changes everything and what looks good in the store doesn’t look good on my walls.” ~ Zandra Zuraw

Bio:

Zandra Zuraw is the podcast host and founder of Slow Style Home (formerly the Style Matters podcast by Little Yellow Couch). She is an interior design coach for everyday homeowners. With 30+ years of experience teaching herself how to create beautiful, meaningful homes, she has developed her own step-by-step Slow Style approach to teaching others how to do the same. Along with the podcast, Zandra has also created a monthly membership called “The Slow Style Society,” she teaches an online course called “Master The Mix,” and hosts in-person signature style retreats.

Little Yellow Couch has been featured on many media outlets, including iTunes, Dominio, Better Homes & Gardens, USA Today, and Podcast Magazine. Zandra has also been a speaker at several creative business conferences in the US and Canada.

Guest Contact Info:

Website: https://www.slowstylehome.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slowstylehome/

YouTube: @slowstylehome

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zandra-zuraw-83323b174/

Mark Lundholm

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, we sit down with the hilariously insightful and widely known recovery comedian, Mark Lundholm. Known for his unique blend of humor and mental health advocacy, Mark shares insights from his life’s journey—from dysfunctional beginnings to becoming one of just three people in the country who do what he does (and arguably doing it best). With anecdotes that range from humorous to profound, he reflects on personal growth through experiences and his unique perspective on life. Now, he’s sharing the tools he uses to captivate, entertain, and educate audiences around the world.

Whether you’re looking for laughs or life lessons—or ideally both—this episode promises plenty of each, courtesy of one of the most distinctive voices in stand-up today. Tune in now!

This episode is sponsored by:

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In this Episode:

  • Discover shared interests between Gary and Mark bond over their mutual love for cigars and a specific shop they unknowingly frequented together.
  •  Learn about Mark’s unique niche that combines humor with mental health advocacy. As one of only a few in his field, he shares insights on using comedy as a platform to educate and enlighten.
  • Reflect on how age brings experience over energy, particularly in comedy. With years spent touring different countries and all 50 states multiple times, hear about what longevity has taught him.
  • Explore Mark’s language fluency across audiences: From inmates to politicians, Mark prides himself on speaking ‘all languages’ due to performing for diverse groups.
  • Dive into personal stories from Mark and Gary that reveal their youthful misadventures and learning curves.
  • Discover how growing up in Oakland during turbulent times shaped much of his perspective on making mistakes—and learning from them collectively rather than individually.
  • Stories about playing golf—including an enlightening moment with an older golfer—Mark draws parallels between sportsmanship, business ethics, integrity, and personal improvement.

Quotations:

“If you’re young, you’ve got a ton of energy for something. When you get old, you’ve got a ton of experience for something.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“Golf and lovemaking are a metaphor for everything in life.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“You can’t hide for 18 holes. You finish 18 holes, you know whether you would ever play with that person again, do business with them, introduce them to your family, tell them anything intimate. So it’s a very, very good finding out.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“If I do really well, then I’ll put pressure on myself.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“I’m not afraid to fail and failure is really mental anyway.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“And so the road will tell you who you are, who you’re not, and who you are today.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“Comedy has a fine edge to it where you know too much you cut something; it’s like a scalpel too much you cut somebody deep just the right amount you cut just deep enough to get them to do their work.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“I am disappointed if I don’t do as well as I could have, would have, should have because this is what I do for a profession. So if I don’t do well, I know now. If I’m an eight on a 10 scale, I’m okay. Anything less than an eight on a 10, I feel like I should give some of the money back.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“Anger is a human emotion. Anger is one of the greatest tools I have because I’ve discovered that anger becomes a passion to change something.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“So dysfunctional can mean I wasn’t informed very well. Turns out misinformed sometimes leads to mistreatment.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“So the simple twist is trauma is a teacher or it’s a perpetrator. Sometimes a perpetrator starts out as a teacher.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“If what you don’t forgive, you will become.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“People are real insecure when it comes to you doing their job too. So what I learned from that is I could forgive them and say, well, okay, or I can become them and beat the crap out of the next person I work with.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“So know your place. And I don’t mean that in a demeaning way, but I know my place. I’m very happy with my little niche corner of the comedy market. Nobody does what I do better than me, but nobody else is me. I’m the only one of me that’s ever gonna be in this universe just like you. And people are listening. There’s never gonna be another you in this universe.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“Funny and smart, they were like two bullets in a gun that only had two chambers for bullets, you know, boom, and I’m done.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“High IQ equals more failure for some of us because I’m going to rely on my intelligence instead of my experience or my ears. Smart people don’t listen as, as well as we should.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“Trauma is a teacher, disappointment is a teacher, poor example is a teacher.” ~ Mark Lundholm

“When the truth shows up, the excuses disappear. When the truth shows up, the denial is lessened because if enough people are telling you something, it’s probably got a relative amount of truth to it.” ~ Mark Lundholm

Bio:

Mark Lundholm is a comedian, author, mentor, sponsor, father, and ex-husband. He has been performing stand-up comedy focused on the challenges, struggles, and experiences of those struggling with addiction for more than 30 years.

Soon after attaining sobriety, Mark began professionally entertaining others with his irreverent and spot-on humor about life, relationships, perceptions, and challenges as someone who grew up in a dysfunctional, traumatic home environment. Before long, his popular comedy performances created national and international demand, and Mark continued to grow his audience. As of 2019, Mark has performed in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries and has presented his stand-up comedy for Presidents and other heads of state, world-renowned musicians, and Fortune 500 companies, from audiences of less than a dozen to more than 20,000 people.

In addition to his work in stand-up comedy, Mark has written and performed his own one-man show off-Broadway, achieving critical acclaim from the New York Times and Chicago Sun Times among many others, and has also appeared on Comedy Central, A&E, CBS, and NBC.

From the beginning, Mark performed his stand-up comedy in jails and prisons, addiction treatment centers, homeless shelters, and recovery conferences, and this work helped to cultivate his capacity for working with individuals in early recovery. This work eventually evolved into day-long workshops at leading addiction treatment centers, where Mark works with groups in early recovery, ranging in size from a dozen up to more than a hundred clients in early recovery. Mark’s skill at reading and working with the audience has enabled him to help clients identify and hone in on challenges that prevent individuals from achieving their goals, and work to overcome those challenges to long-term recovery.

More recently, Mark continues to perform stand-up comedy at theaters, clubs, and special events worldwide, while also developing materials for professionals. These tools are designed to assist in using humor to enhance recovery and enable counselors and therapists to more effectively reach their clients and help them to attain and maintain long-term sobriety and recovery. Whether it is his clinical stand-up comedy products (“Humor in Treatment, the 90-minute clinical comedy series that has sold over 5,000 copies, or “Family in Treatment”, the six-hour video set of interventions, interactions, psychoeducation, and tools to help families and primary clients more effectively understand each other), his clinical products for professionals (“Recovery 101”, a comprehensive curriculum utilizing humor to address the common underlying issues contributing to addiction; “Recovery Bingo”, a clinical game that fosters understanding and openness; “Doing Good Group”, a video and written guide to more effective group facilitation strategies, injected with humor), or his practical psychoeducational tools (the forthcoming “Shortcuts”), Mark possess a rare gift for identifying challenging issues, helping others to see them and to learn effective strategies for improving their lives and achieving long-term sobriety and recovery.

Guest Contact Info:

Website: https://marklundholm.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marklundholm/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marklundholm/

X: https://twitter.com/marklundholm

Randy Hahn

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas had a wonderful time sitting down with the legendary television play-by-play broadcaster of the San Jose Sharks NBC Sports California National Hockey League, Randy Hahn. They dive into a reflective conversation about their long-standing careers in broadcasting. With over three decades behind the mic for the San Jose Sharks, Randy shares his journey from radio beginnings to becoming an iconic voice in sports.

So, join us as we skate through memory lane with one of hockey’s most enduring voices! Tune in now to this episode filled with fun and nostalgia!

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In this Episode:

  • Randy spills the beans on how his broadcasting career started in 1991, and never in his wildest dreams did he imagine staying put for over 30 years. Talk about passion and dedication!
  • Discover the challenges and unexpected twists of longevity in the industry from two veterans who have seen it all. These guys know the ins and outs, and they’re ready to dish out all the behind-the-scenes stories.
  • Ever wondered why certain game moments stick out to fans? Randy shares his thoughts and reveals why those interactions during live broadcasts hold a special place in the hearts of broadcasters like himself.
  • Uncover the importance of connecting with fans and creating unforgettable experiences during games and events that resonate beyond the final buzzer. Get ready to feel that sense of community and camaraderie we all love about sports.
  • Randy opens up about making tough career moves, handling rejections early on, and eventually finding stability in a turbulent industry. His journey is one of resilience, which aspiring broadcasters can learn from.
  • Find out what ignited the passion in these seasoned pros for the world of broadcasting, from the magic of AM radio to influential figures like Johnny Carson‘s producer, Fred de Cordova. Inspiration awaits!
  • Learn how growing up Canadian shaped Randy’s path toward becoming a hockey broadcaster. Discover the unique influences that made him the voice we all know and love today.
  • And of course, you won’t want to miss the valuable advice these experienced voices share on building authenticity and self-confidence, essential traits for success in the media industry.

Quotations:

“You gotta move around to move up the ladder, and then sometimes you take a step down or go sideways or whatever, and you’re right, to be in one spot for 30-something years.” ~ Randy Hahn

“Thousands of times you’ve done that job, you kind of focus on that day and then you do it. And then somehow parts of it just leave you because you have to make room in your brain for the next game the next day and the next show. So it’s a lot of, do the material, flush it, and move on.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s part of the great thing about the job that fans remind you of moments that maybe weren’t the iconic big moments for the Sharks in their history.” ~ Randy Hahn

“To them, that was a special moment. And you may have forgotten it. And it does remind you of it. And it just shows you that it’s a journey. And it’s a thing that means a lot to a lot of people. And for me, it’s a job. But to the listener and the viewer, it’s their joy, it’s their fun, it’s their escape, and they remember those special things that might not be iconic to anyone else, but to them. And it’s fun when you get reminded of that.” ~ Randy Hahn

“They’ve heard the same two voices for 30 years. And to just change that for no good reason, most people wouldn’t do that. So we’re very blessed in that the longer we’re around, in some ways, the more valuable we become.” ~ Randy Hahn

“And for anybody to just come in and decide to make a change for change’s sake, they better be very careful with that.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s not instant; it takes a long time, but when you have it, it’s a great, great thing. And it’s what I always tell the young broadcasters: you have to get comfortable enough to where you are yourself on the air.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s a process and it’s just about any walk in life. It takes repetitions. You just have to keep your nose down and grind out day after day, week after week, year after year of getting good at something.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s very hard to be instantly authentic. That takes reps. You’ve got to repeatedly do what you do for a while and get comfortable and get confidence. You know, our business is crazy. And I’ll bet you I’m singing to the choir here when you have to have a lot of self-confidence and believe in yourself because not many people pat you on the back. There are a lot more people who are waiting for you to stumble or look to criticize. So, you know, you have to have that self-belief and you have to have that level of self-confidence to keep doing what you do every day and every game. And that’s where the authenticity comes in.” ~ Randy Hahn

Guest’s Bio:

Randy Hahn is a Canadian-American play-by-play commentator for the San Jose Sharks on NBC Sports California and has held that position for over 30 seasons. He has over 40 years of broadcast experience, mostly in hockey. Celebrating a milestone, he called his 2,000th Sharks game on December 13, 2022, during the matchup against the Arizona Coyotes in San Jose.

Teaming up with analyst and former partner Drew Remenda, Hahn secured five Northern California Emmy Awards in the “On Camera Sports” category, with victories in 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2008. Beyond hockey, Hahn served as a play-by-play announcer in Konami’s NHL Blades of Steel ’99 and 2K Sports’ NHL 2K9, NHL 2K10, and NHL 2K11. Hahn and Rick Davis provided commentary for the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup final in Guangzhou, China, broadcasted on SportsChannel America in November 1991. Some of his other TV and radio work has been with the San Diego Sockers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers.

Currently married to Andrea Buswell Hahn, owner of the Frost Cupcake Factory in San Jose, Randy Hahn continues to contribute his expertise and passion to the world of sports broadcasting.

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Franco Finn

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas shared another captivating conversation with the legendary ‘hype guy’ and on-court host of the Golden State Warriors, Franco Finn. He shares his passion for basketball and takes us back to the unforgettable year of 2015, a pivotal moment that marked the beginning of a dynasty. Plus, get ready to uncover surprising truths behind the spotlight of some celebrities through intimate experiences shared by Franco.

So tune in now for all these fascinating stories where entertainment meets athleticism!

This episode is sponsored by:

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(Use code “Gary” to get $89 off any Mike Counsil Plumbing and Rooter service!)

In this Episode:

  • Golden State Warriors 2015 Championship Legacy Rekindled
  • NBA Star Power Dynamics, Drafting, and Team Development highlighting Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, and more.
  • Discover the Coolest Things Backstage
  • Behind the Scenes with Celebrities like NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, Raven Symone, Shia LeBeouf, Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Garth Brook, and Taylor Swift.
  • Industry Evolution Reflection and Creating Value in Radio Production
  • The Story of Our First Radio Commercials

Quotations:

“And the wonderful thing about 2015 is people didn’t expect us to win.” ~ Franco Finn

“I don’t know what today’s gonna bring, it’s a different day. I don’t know what today’s gonna bring, it’s a different day.” ~ Franco Finn

“But some people you see on TV, we all know, doesn’t necessarily mean that’s who they are in real person. They are actors, and actresses, playing goofy, funny characters, and when they’re in person, it’s a whole new ball of wax.” ~ Franco Finn

“These child stars, actors, whatever, they go through, I mean, things that adults would go through, but at their tender young age, they’re not even processing emotions. I mean, they barely have been on this earth, and they’re having to deal with pressures of money, pressures of fame, pressures of jealousy. I mean, you name it, like, we’re still learning, and we’re, you know, we’re older. And you imagine these kids are getting all this at once, thrown at them at one time, and not everyone can handle it. They will crack. And that’s just the unfortunate thing about it.” ~ Franco Finn

“It all kind of comes back to the roots and how you grew up and how you viewed the world.” ~ Franco Finn

“These kids viewed the world so young, so early, where they had money, fame, and everything else, that it may break you, and a lot of times it will and you go through like a rebellion period, right?” ~ Franco Finn

“I think that’s what fascinated me about this business is that you don’t see things right. You only hear it right because it’s the radio but the stories behind it, you know, are insane because you just there’s no visuals So you gotta be creative of the mind.” ~ Franco Finn

“Just take it, give it your best. They may or may not like it, but in that case, I was an artist, I was in my mode, and they freaking loved it.” ~ Franco Finn

“I don’t have to be that guy. I’m this guy I’m my own guy. And so that’s how you got to create your own value where you’re your own brand.” ~ Franco Finn

“That’s why radio, to me, was one of the most powerful tools, and it really did penetrate countries and people more than TV did at the time because people started on radio.”

“Don’t be afraid to just give it a try.” ~ Franco Finn

“I was always like the little guy Station, but that gave me the kind of like everything the know-how to just adapt and go and make a splash. You know how you’re like a big, small mouse with a big voice? I literally was a small mouse with a big voice.” ~ Franco Finn

“I’m different, I’m making some noise, and I know my crowds very well. I don’t care who I’m up against, but this little voice, this mouse, could roar, and that’s how my career started, really.” ~ Franco Finn

“I’m still a student. I don’t care if I have 20 years, 30, 40 years, I can still learn from others that I can apply to myself. And that’s where I think if you’re able to absorb like a sponge, take it in your own way, and then you do it the way you need to do it, but you could always learn from others.” ~ Franco Finn

Guest’s Bio:

Franco Finn is a first-generation San Francisco native. Growing up, Franco attended a bilingual French-American school where he learned to speak fluent French, and that’s where he began his passion for the arts.  Franco graduated with a B.A. in Communications at Santa Clara University, studying television, and film production. Franco has been working in the aviation industry for the past decade, working in a variety of capacities during his aviation career, from Brand Marketing, Partnerships, Communications, External Relations & Employee Engagement. Currently, Franco manages the Community Relations & Engagement efforts for the state of California at Alaska Airlines, while also serving as their company media spokesperson, host, and travel influencer.

Franco is an active member of the San Francisco community, where he also serves on the Executive Board of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, board member for the Hotel Council of San Francisco, and now recently a Commissioner for the City & County of San Francisco’s Film Commission.  When Franco is not working his business and corporate jobs, people may also recognize him and his voice over the last 20 years as the in-arena MC/Host and TV Personality for the NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors. Now in his 20th season, many fans of the beloved sports franchise fittingly know him as the “Hypeman” at the new Chase Center in San Francisco, where he energizes and entertains the often sold-out crowd of 18,000+ fans every night. You’ll hear him introducing the team’s starting lineup, hosting the pre-game show “Warriors TV,” and conducting all the contests and promotions at the arena. Franco is also the first and only Filipino/Asian American “Hypeman” in the NBA. 

Franco Finn is also a well-known professional auctioneer, nicknamed the “Hypeman Auctioneer,” where he shares his voice and influence at many charity benefits, galas, celebrity events, and all types of fundraiser events all around the San Francisco Bay Area, the country, and beyond.  He’s a graduate of the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in North Carolina, as well as a member of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) with a Benefit Auction Specialist (B.A.S.) designation. Franco has been involved in a multitude of fundraising events for many years, working with some of the most recognizable non-profit charities and organizations, including the American Red Cross, the March of Dimes, The Ronald McDonald House, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, just to name a handful, helping to raise millions of dollars and counting in his career!

His media background and experience include being a current segment host on KRON 4 TV, where you can see his recurring “Franco On The Fly” travel segments. He also works as a freelance MC/host for the San Francisco Giants’ special events department for the past 14 seasons. He is a local and national MC and has hosted a variety of signature events as well as sporting events, from NASCAR to Red Bull’s extreme sports competitions.  His previous stints include being an on-air personality and host for TV and radio for entities such as CBS, Comcast SportsNet, the Oakland Raiders (NFL Network), KOFY-TV, Radio Disney, KGO AM 810, and guest appearances on ESPN Radio.

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