Episode 115 – Rudy Novotny (runDisney Announcer), Part 2

Rudy NovotnyWe conclude a 2-part interview with runDisney Sports Host Rudy Novotny. In part 1, Rudy shared with us about his history in running, some of his tips for runners, the cool story of how he started doing race announcing and later started doing that for runDisney, some “behind the scenes” of what it’s like to announce the runDisney races, and more!

Now, in this episode, Rudy talks about…

  • A couple bizarre reasons for race delays he’s experienced
  • How they manage their energy on stage when there is a delay or a lot of starting waves
  • What a race announcer or sports host does—what their purpose is
  • What he loves most about the runDisney races
  • Some of the runDisney runner costumes that stand out to him
  • What he loves most about race announcing for non-runDisney races
  • Special memories from finish lines
  • Tips for first-time runners, runDisney and otherwise
  • What he never gets asked that he wishes people would ask him
  • How he feel about people not “bothering” him at events
  • Getting mistaken for Jeff Galloway
  • If he could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be and why—he actually has two
  • How Bill Rogers and runDisney helped him out personally a few years ago
  • What inspires him
  • His advice to you for following your dreams
  • Shameless Plug Time

 

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Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

 

Details about the Listeners, Fans, & Friends cruise can be found in the show notes for episode 114, here.

 

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 114 – Rudy Novotny (runDisney Announcer), Part 1

Rudy NovotnyToday we begin a 2-part interview with someone I’ve been wanting to chat with for a long time: runDisney Sports Host Rudy Novotny. Rudy has been a race announcer for a long time, a runner for even longer than that, and he has some great stories, insights, and much more, so I’m pleased to bring him to you.

 

Announcing the first ever Listeners, Readers, and Friends Cruise hosted by me!

I, through this podcast and through my book Faith and the Magic Kingdom have teamed up with the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast for this epic event!

We’ll be sailing on the Disney Wonder for a 5-night Baja Mexico cruise September 17-22, 2017 and you are invited! We’ll be able to dine together, do a port adventure together in one of the ports, and even do some fun hangouts like a live podcast recording or two, a Faith and the Magic Kingdom chat, and more–all optional, of course! Participate in as many or as few of the group activities as you want to. And the more people we have in our group, the more options we’ll have to do cool things!

Disney Wonder

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Yes, I know September of 2017 sounds like a long time from now, but we need to start planning and preparing now because there’s a lot that goes into this. Also, as the ship fills it will get harder and harder to keep our group together and to get you the best possible price. Besides, you want to have enough time to save for it, right?

More details will come as we have them—including a couple other podcasts we’re working on partnering with and maybe even a special guest or two—but for now, your first step is to get more information from me! Go to storiesofthemagic.com/cruisequote and click on the orange “Get a Quote” button in the upper left to get a free, no obligation quote. You’re not committing to anything, just getting information with that request. In the Comments section mention “Stories of the Magic” so I know you want to be part of our group. Or if you prefer, email me at randyc@cruisingco.com or call me at (714) 697-6755.

We’ve had a good response, but we need more! Yes, September of 2017 sounds like a long time from now, but we need to start planning and preparing now because there’s a lot that goes into this. Also, the ship is filling up, so the longer you wait, the harder it will be for me to keep our group together and to get you the best possible price.

I know a lot of you are thinking, “Well, let me wait until it gets closer and we’ll see if I can do it or not.” If that’s you, I have a suggestion. Any money you put down now is fully refundable until final payment is due, and that’s not until late June of next year. So if you think this is something you even might want to do, contact me for a quote. We’ll select your room category and you can put down your deposit so we can secure your spot, get you the best price and the room you want, and you can be included in the planning and preparation.

Then, when we get close to final payment—or anytime between now and then—if you decide you definitely can’t do it, just let me know and we’ll cancel your reservation. You’ll get your full deposit back and you’re not out anything. On the other hand, if you “wait and see” and then decide next spring you want to go after all the prices will be higher and there may not be any availability at all, and then you’ve missed out. Better to have your spot and cancel if necessary than to wait & see and maybe not get in at all—that’s my suggestion, anyway.

And remember, you can contact me for a quote & more information, and there’s no obligation to that at all!

We hope to see you on the Disney Wonder with us for a truly amazing adventure!

 

Now, in this episode, Rudy talks about…

  • What’s making him smile today
  • The start of his running journey
  • What his first race was, and whether he was “one and done” with it
  • His first marathon
  • Whether he still runs races or not
  • Some long-run running advice
  • How he got into race announcing
  • How he got hired as a Disney race announcer
  • The first race he announced with his co-announcer Carissa Bealert
  • How he recovers after a race weekend & what a weekend is like for the announcers
  • Costumes
  • Working with Carissa
  • Some of the most fun they have on race weekend—it’s something a lot of people don’t really know
  • How they deal with race start delays

 

Find Rudy:

 

Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 113 – Stacey J. Aswad (“Must Do Disney” Host)

Stacey J. Aswad

Today we get a fantastic return visit from Stacey J. Aswad! You know her from Must Do Disney at Walt Disney World, VO Buzz Weekly, and more. The first time she was on, we ran out of time before we ran out of stuff to talk about, so she’s back and we had a lot of fun!

Before we get to her interview, I have an extra special announcement. Drum roll please…

 

Announcing the first ever Listeners, Readers, and Friends Cruise hosted by me!

I, through this podcast and through my book Faith and the Magic Kingdom have teamed up with the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast for this epic event!

We’ll be sailing on the Disney Wonder for a 5-night Baja Mexico cruise September 17-22, 2017 and you are invited! We’ll be able to dine together, do a port adventure together in one of the ports, and even do some fun hangouts like a live podcast recording or two, a “Faith and the Magic Kingdom” chat, and more–all optional, of course! Participate in as many or as few of the group activities as you want to. And the more people we have in our group, the more options we’ll have to do cool things!

Disney Wonder

Image Courtesy Disney Travel Professionals

Yes, I know September of 2017 sounds like a long time from now, but we need to start planning and preparing now because there’s a lot that goes into this. Also, as the ship fills it will get harder and harder to keep our group together and to get you the best possible price. Besides, you want to have enough time to save for it, right?

More details will come as we have them—including a couple other podcasts we’re working on partnering with and maybe even a special guest or two—but for now, your first step is to get more information from me! Go to storiesofthemagic.com/cruisequote and click on the orange “Get a Quote” button in the upper left to get a free, no obligation quote. You’re not committing to anything, just getting information with that request. In the Comments section mention “Stories of the Magic” so I know you want to be part of our group. Or if you prefer, email me at randyc@cruisingco.com or call me at (714) 697-6755.

We hope to see you on the Disney Wonder with us for a truly amazing adventure!

 

Now, in this episode, Stacey talks about…

  • What’s making her smile today
  • A summary of how she got started working with Disney
  • Some of the updates she’s done for Must Do Disney in the last couple of years
  • Whether she’s ever been interrupted while filming a segment, especially now that more people recognize her
  • How she keeps her energy up for an overnight shoot
  • Some things she hasn’t been able to do yet that she really wants to—one of these surprised me
  • Visiting Disneyland for the first time
  • The first time she remembers thinking, “I’m doing something really special.”
  • How her show with Chuck Duran, VO Buzz Weekly, got started and why she feels so fortunate to be a part of it
  • The thing that’s been the most unexpected to her about the show
  • Many of the hats she wears, especially when it comes to VO Buzz Weekly
  • Being an animal lover and advocate
  • How you can get an autographed picture of her and help her support animal welfare and rescue
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company what it would be and why
  • A quick aside mentioning the thematic tie between Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Adam Berger’s interview, part 1, from 36:00 – 37:25)
  • What inspires her
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams
  • Shameless Plug Time – Including promoting my book, Faith and the Magic Kingdom (she made me promise to do it)

 

Find Stacey:

 

Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

 

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

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Episode 112 – Traci Hines (Singer, Hipster Mermaid), Part 2

Traci Hines

Today we conclude a 2-part interview with the Hipster Mermaid herself, Traci Hines. You got to hear some great stuff from her in part 1 about her love for Disney, her cosplay history, the Hipster Mermaid phenomenon, being an introvert, and much more.

After this part of the interview, I’ll play another one of Traci’s songs that she was kind enough to share before wrapping up. Yes, that song.

Traci talks about…

  • Some of the health issues she’s faced
  • Her greatest inspiration: her mom
  • Why she has always felt she identifies with Ariel
  • How she deals with many of those issues and how it actually helps her move forward
  • Why Disney means so much to her
  • Her 3 favorite Disney movies
  • Being into some of the grittier stuff, too
  • A shoutout to and talking a little about Margaret Kerry
  • Characters besides Ariel that are her biggest inspiration
  • Her top 2 favorite Disney villains
  • Her love of animals
  • Her newest original song that she’s working on
  • How her music helped me, and a shoutout to Brianna Hertzberg
  • Favorite covers that she’s done
  • Her cover of “Let it Go,” and some other Frozen stuff she’s got coming
  • Adorkable ApparelAdorkable Apparel
  • If she could have any job working for the Walt Disney Company, what it would be—her answer will come as no surprise to you—and how she’s already had a small taste of living that dream
  • Her advice to you for following your dreams
  • Shameless Plug Time

Find Traci:

Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 111 – Traci Hines (Singer, Hipster Mermaid), Part 1

Traci Hines (Canva)

First of a 2-part interview with the Hipster Mermaid herself, Traci Hines. Traci is enormously talented, incredibly hard working, and has a deep love for Disney and it was great fun to get to talk to her. I had the pleasure of doing this one in person outside the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. The sounds you hear in the background are people at the pool. There was a bit more wind than I realized, too, so sorry about that.

After this part of the interview, I’ll play one of Traci’s songs that she was kind enough to share before wrapping up. And no, I won’t be playing that song—not this time, anyway.

 

Traci talks about…

  • How she got started in performing
  • When her Disney focus started
  • A unique gift she had as a child
  • The Disney movie that was the big eye opener for her
  • Some of her main inspirations
  • How the cosplay part of what she does began
  • Her introduction to anime and anime conventions
  • The Disney character she was compared to growing up—and the first character costume she made for herself
  • What she collects
  • What it was like growing up a bit different from her friends
  • Voice acting
  • A bit of behind the scenes about a recent Hipster Mermaid video
  • Her part in the Hipster Mermaid phenomenon and how it became part of her brand
  • Whether she intentionally sculpted a brand or not and how it developed
  • Some of the contacts she’s had with Disney animators, The Little Mermaid directors, & more
  • How she got connected with Maker Studios and what that means for her
  • Other ways she’s worked for Disney
  • Whether she’s an introvert or an extrovert, how that plays out in her life, and when she realized it
  • How she learned to cherish the times she gets to do the things she loves to do

 

Find Traci:

 

Podcasts Spotlighted in this Episode:

 

I want to hear from you, so please email me, leave a comment below, or call the Listener Feedback line at (734) 23-STORY.

If you call in, don’t worry about having to sound perfect. If you ask me to, I’ll edit out any mistakes so you sound as good as you possibly can. You’re even welcome to start your entire story over again and I’ll use the “take” you want! If you want to submit a story anonymously, for whatever reason you may have, email it to me and tell you me you wanted it shared that way. I’ll read it on the podcast, but keep your name private.

Thanks for listening!

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