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Casey Roman: ‘Clearing the Air’ about her latest special report (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Casey Roman has tackled heavy issues like opioid abuse, prostitution and homelessness in her documentaries and special reports for WECT News. Her latest effort centers around lawsuits filed against hog farms, with multi-million dollar judgments that have put some local farmers out of business.

  Mitchell Slaggert: Meteoric rise from college student to famous face (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Daniel Peddle: Artist, Filmmaker gets inspiration from trips to Carolina Beach ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Bill Vassar: Studio Exec's career spans nearly 50 years ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Kimberly Lawrance: Strongwoman champion trying to lift her sport ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Sam Gore: Former "Voice of the Seahawks" has his dream job at ESPN ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Todd Lewis: Golf Channel reporter covers the game he loves ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

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  Solomon Harvey: Wilmington's Ninja Warrior turned stuntman ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Nanna Rivers: Basketball landed her in Wilmington's Hall of Fame ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Brad Brownell: Clemson Head Coach remembers the UNCW days ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Wilbur Jones: Wilmington's World War II expert ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Bobby Sanguinetti: Playing hockey around the world and in the Olympics ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Joshua Johnson: Getting to know the host of NPR's 1A ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

  Brandon "Bigg B" Hickman: The DJ with a passion for encouraging others ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Brandon Hickman's powerful voice booms through the speakers into thousands of cars and homes every weekday on Coast 97.3. The hard-working DJ known as "Bigg B" takes his listeners on the "Bigg Ride Home" every weekday starting at 3:00 p.m. But on-air work is just part of the impact Hickman has on people's lives.

Beth Troutman: 2018 Queen Azalea left TV to answer God's call ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Plan "B". A well thought out strategy in place only to be used if the primary course of action is unsuccessful. It's sound thinking for most people. Not for Beth Troutman. More than once in her life, she has taken a bold step without any concern for what would happen if she fell short. "One of my theories in life is 'Never have a Plan "B", because you'll use it'," Beth says about the backup option. "If you have a Plan ...

  Chip Mahan: Banking on his customers' success ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

James "Chip" Mahan did not set out to be a pioneer in banking. It happened along his way. When he entered the industry from Washington and Lee University, Mahan asked his boss, 'how do you run a bank?'. The boss had no response.  "So I bought a book to learn about the assets, liabilities and income statement of a bank," Mahan says.

Lyberty Anderson: UNCW's champion golfer finds success off the course ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Lyberty Anderson cannot remember the days without the game of golf. UNC Wilmington's two-time CAA Women's Golf Champion says her father put a sawed-off club in her hands near the family's home in Chesterfield, Virginia when she was five-years-old. She played in her first tournament the following year. That's when the winning began.  "I begged him when I was five to take me with him, because I wanted to know what he was doing," Lyberty says.

  Nina Repeta: Looking back at Dawson's Creek and on her new role as Mom ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Monica Caison: The CUE founder's mission is to find missing persons ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Eddie Biedenbach: Hoops success landed him in the NC Sports Hall of Fame ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

June Davison: Widow of best-selling 'Chappaquiddick' author shares her memories of his investigation ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Johnson Britt: He prosecuted the two men who killed Michael Jordan's father ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast - PART TWO)

Johnson Britt: He prosecuted the two men who killed Michael Jordan's father ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast - PART ONE)

  Dick McGraw: His memories from inside the Pentagon on 9-11 ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Dick McGraw was in a meeting at 9:37 a.m. on September 11, 2001, when he says he felt "a bump". If he'd been inside an office in most places across the country, it wouldn't be a big deal. But, McGraw was working inside the Pentagon, as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Just 30 minutes before, McGraw had been in a meeting near Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's office, when he saw video of a plane hitting the World Tr...

Brandon Beane: UNCW grad follows his passion to become an NFL General Manager ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

It was Brandon Beane's big chance. The Buffalo Bills had contacted his agent, saying the owners wanted to hire the 40-year-old native of Norwood, North Carolina to become the 13th General Manager in the history of the National Football League franchise.  Beane had the qualifications, working 19 years in the Carolina Panthers organization, and he was the Assistant General Manager to Dave Gettleman.

Bill Saffo: How he became Wilmington's longest-serving mayor ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Bill Saffo has been the one constant in the City of Wilmington's elected leadership since 2003. That's when the real estate businessman, and son of Greek immigrants, was first elected to city council, joining the board along with Jim Quinn, Lethia Hankins and new mayor Spence Broadhurst. Council members have come and gone since then, but only Saffo remains. "I just wanted to be part of a group of people that got things done," Saffo said.

Orlando Jones: 'Shut Up!' and other advice he's received ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Orlando Jones says it is some of the best advice he's received in an entertainment career that has now spanned almost 40 years. He was 19 years old at the time, newly hired in Hollywood to be on the writing team for A Different World, the spinoff of The Cosby Show on NBC. "I sat in the writing room for 26 weeks and I wasn't allowed to say anything," Orlando says about the advice he was given by Gary Miller.

MacKenzie Gore: Whiteville's star aiming for the major leagues ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

MacKenzie Gore has had a lot of success on the baseball field. His career includes three state championships at Whiteville High School, four trips to the state finals, being named state and national player of the year, and taken third by the San Diego Padres in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft. Quite a list of accomplishments for an 18-year-old.

Anne Donovan: Champion, Hall of Famer & 4-time Gold Medalist ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Anne Donovan won a national championship as a player on the college level, at Old Dominion University, and a WNBA Championship as the head coach of the Seattle Storm. Anne also has four Olympic gold medals and is the only woman to win gold medals playing for the U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team, and as the team's head coach.

  Hayley Lovitt: "The Gifted" takes her acting career to a new level ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Hayley Lovitt and the rest of the cast members from the Fox Television Network show The Gifted are waiting to see what Season Two holds in store for their band of underground mutants. Fox renewed the hit show in January, after reports showed it was the third highest-rated new drama of the network television season. Lovitt, a 2009 graduate of UNC Wilmington, plays Sage on the show, the biggest role of her acting career. "I'm really excited to see how our cliffhanger leads ...

Victoria Huggins: Destined to be Miss North Carolina ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

'If at first you don't succeed, try, try again'. That old idiom certainly applies to the current Miss North Carolina, Victoria Huggins. But, you can add two more "agains" when you describe the 23-year-old's determination to wear the crown.  "I felt within my spirit this is what I was meant to do," Victoria said in a recent interview.

Gary McNair: The "My Turn, Your Turn" Guy ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Gary McNair will retire next month, ending a broadcasting career spanning nearly 50 years. He spent most of that time behind-the-scenes at television stations. But when McNair interviewed for the General Manager's job at WECT-TV in 2008, he learned the responsibilities would include doing editorials on-air, which became "My Turn, Your Turn" segments. "I said 'you don't want me on TV'," McNair remembers.

Tony Silvagni: Coming off another Top-10 surfing season ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Tony Silvagni's surfing accomplishments would lead you to believe he was born close to the ocean. He wasn't. Tony's father moved the family from Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Kure Beach in 1993, because of the boom in construction. That put the Atlantic Ocean in Tony's backyard for the first time, providing the opportunity for his newfound love of surfing to grow.

Charlie Daniels: Still playing "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

When your records have sold millions of copies, you've more than three dozen awards for songs and accomplishments, you've entertained fans around the world for more than five decades, you were invited to join the Grand Ole Opry and inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame, you have plenty of material to write a memoir. Charlie Daniels put down his fiddle and guitar long enough to write Never Look at the Empty Seats, a look back at his life and career.

Charles “Mark” Gurganus: From Wilmington to the front lines of War on Terrorism ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

In his 37-year decorated career with the United States Marine Corps, Charles "Mark" Gurganus served at installations and bases across the United States and around the world. He rose to the rank of Major General, commanding thousands of men and women on the front lines of America's war on terrorism. Gurganus' career came to an end in 2014. He was forced into retirement, the result of an investigation into a terrorist attack at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Vivian Howard: The star of 'A Chef’s Life' expands her restaurant reach into Wilmington ('1on1 with Jon Evans' podcast)

Vivian Howard has spent more than a decade helping to prepare meals for customers at her Chef and the Farmer restaurant in Kinston. But cooking is just a small portion of what Vivian has on her plate every day. She stars in the award-winning A Chef's Life series, which runs on PBS stations across.the country, and she is considering a follow-up to her best-selling cookbook Deep Run Roots.

Derek Brunson: Chasing a UFC title and training aspiring MMA fighters ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

When Derek Brunson isn't training for his next Mixed Martial Arts battle in a UFC Octagon, he is busy with young men and women who want to follow in his footsteps. Brunson, the seventh-ranked middleweight fighter in the world, opened Brunson MMA and Fitness in his hometown of Wilmington, to give aspiring athletes the guidance he never had.

Marti Peterson: "The Widow Spy" worked undercover for the CIA in Moscow ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Martha Peterson was like any other Mom that did the laundry, bought the groceries, and cooked meals for her family. It wasn't until her two children were well into their teenage years that Martha, known as Marti to her friends, revealed her secret to Tyler and Lora. They learned mom was a spy for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Kevin Maurer: His new book goes inside America's fight against terrorism ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Kevin Maurer was working as a reporter for the Wilmington Star-News last July when a friend reached out about an idea for a book. "You've got to do this one," the friend said, convincing Maurer to listen. Days later, Maurer pulled into a parking spot in front of the Old Navy store off South College Road to take another phone call. On the other end of the line this time was Tamer Elnoury, who would become the centerpiece of Maurer's latest project.

Sheila Boles: A pioneer for women, in Wilmington and across North Carolina ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Sheila Boles recently joined an exclusive club. Hoggard High School honored the former boys' basketball coach and athletic director by dedicating the new gymnasium in Sheila Boles' name.The Sheila E. Boles Gymnasium puts her in select company that includes only the legendary Michael Jordan, who is similarly honored at Laney High School, and Coach Leon Brogden, who won a dozen state championships before being recognized at New Hanover High School.

Tamera Young: Former Laney HS star finds success on and off the WNBA courts ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Tamera Young always wanted to "be like Mike". It's easy to see why. She loved basketball, grew up in Michael Jordan's hometown, and graduated from the same high school as "MJ". Tamera went from Laney High School to James Madison University, where her talents flourished and she became a first-round draft pick into the WNBA.

Carmin Black: How $200 and bullet casings launched Half United to fight hunger ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Carmin Black spent the first part of her professional career telling stories. Carmin and her brother Christian then became the story, founding Half United and joining the worldwide fight against hunger. In the eight years since, the company has provided nearly 700,000 meals to hungry children around the world.

Karen Barefoot: Bringing new excitement, and 313 wins, to UNCW ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Karen Barefoot made the first shot she ever tried with a basketball. Barefoot was six-years-old at the time, and she hasn't stopped shooting since. Barefoot has now brought her "Barefoot Basketball" philosophy, and 313 career head coaching victories, to the UNCW Women's Basketball program.

Emily Minor: Living a career in country music ten years after "American Idol" ("1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast)

Emily Minor has belted out tunes and performed on stages since she was three-years-old. It doesn't matter that the first "stage" was actually the fireplace hearth in her parents' home. To a then wide-eyed, blonde-haired toddler, it was a place to sing. That desire has never gone away for the Wilmington native, who is now a successful country music performer.

Mark Sudduth: Why he will be there when the hurricane arrives (1on1 with Jon Evans podcast)

While hundreds of thousands of people drive away from approaching hurricanes like Harvey and Irma, Mark Sudduth is headed the opposite direction. For nearly 20 years, Sudduth has navigated his specially-outfitted SUVs toward a hurricane's expected landfall. His goal is to capture the sheer power and impact of Mother Nature, to better educate anyone who might someday be in the path of a potentially deadly storm.

Buddy Martinette: WFD Fire Chief recalls responding to the Pentagon on 9/11 (1on1 with Jon Evans podcast)

Seven years before he became Wilmington's Fire Chief, Cecil "Buddy" Martinette responded to the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon. As part of an elite Search and Rescue Task Force, his job was to stabilize the building that serves as the headquarters for the United States Department of Defense.

"Port City's Top Comic" Brian Granger tries to make comedy a career (1on1 with Jon Evans Podcast)

It should come as no surprise that Brian Granger is a performer. The first two-time winner of "Port City's Top Comic" competition watched his father spin records as a disc jockey at a radio station in Wilmington, and Brian's uncle played and toured for years with singer James Brown. With those early influences, Brian became a performer himself, but his avenue is comedy.

New head coach C.B. McGrath looks to keep UNCW's momentum going (1on1 with Jon Evans podcast)

C.B. McGrath spent 18 years as an assistant coach watching and learning from Roy Williams, one of the most successful head basketball coaches in NCAA history. If you count McGrath's career playing for Williams at the University of Kansas, the two were together for 22 years. Williams hired McGrath as an assistant in 1999 at KU, McGrath followed Williams to UNC Chapel Hill in 2003, before UNCW hired him as head coach in April.

Mickey Craft is suddenly famous after taking the World Series of Poker by storm (1on1 with Jon Evans podcast)

Mickey Craft made a living for years helping repair damage done by storms. Hail storms, lightning storms, hurricanes, flooding. After selling his business to become a professional poker player, Mickey Craft took Las Vegas by storm in July, when he vaulted to the top of the standings at the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Trot Nixon is still spending time on the field, but now as a dad and coach (1on1 with Jon Evans podcast)

Trot Nixon roamed the outfield in Boston's Fenway Park for nearly a decade, running down fly balls, diving for line drives and taking head-first tumbles into the stands to catch foul balls. He had a lot of success prior to his days as a member of the Boston Red Sox, while wearing the uniforms of New Hanover High School.

Dan Brawley is taking Cucalorus in another new direction (1on1 with Jon Evans podcast)

Dan Brawley took over as Executive Director of the Cucalorus Festival in the early 2000s. Along the way, he's steered one of Wilmington's signature events in new directions, taking chances without fear of failure. On the eve of Cucalorus 23, Dan talks about the festival's importance on the international stage.

Brownie Harris on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

People all around the world have seen Brownie Harris' photographs. They may not know his eye looked through the lens and caught that split-second in time, unless they search for the copyright. But whether it's John F. Kennedy, Jr. with his chin on his folded hands, Andy Warhol stoically looking at the camera while resting his arms on the back of a wooden chair or Michelle Dockery sporting a blonde wig for a scene in Good Behavior.

Anna Kooiman on the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

Assignments and news stories have taken Anna Kooiman across the United States in the dozen years since she graduated from UNC Wilmington. But, it's not a job that now has the reporter/anchor/host more than nine thousand miles from her childhood home in North Carolina. Anna left Fox News Channel in New York last year, when her husband Tim got a job opportunity in his native Australia.

Keith Rhodes on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

It takes the right mixture of ingredients to create a tasty meal. A pinch of this, a cup of that. Stir briskly. Serve. It's one thing to complete that process in your own kitchen. It's something else entirely to do that for strangers, do it successfully, and have them pay you for your time and effort.  Keith Rhodes noticed early in his life that food could be fun. .

Judy Girard on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

Judy Girard is a creator. She went from creating successful programs and content in the television business, to creating a school for at-risk girls in Wilmington after her retirement. Girard rose to high-level management positions at several networks over her 30-plus year career in television.

Connor Barth on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

Connor Barth has kicked thousands of footballs during his high school, college and professional careers. Like the arcs on those kicks, Barth's fortunes have risen and fallen at different times. But the 31-year-old's confidence in his own abilities has never wavered.

Mike Ashcraft on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

Mike Ashcraft went to college to become an architect. Now, 30 years later, Mike Ashcraft has become a heavyweight. Not in a physical way, but in a spiritual one. He co-founded Port City Community Church in 1999.

Sydney Penny on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

Sydney Penny started playing roles at the tender age of three. Not just the role of a daughter. She began playing the professional role of actor. Her parents were both performers, and it seemed like a natural fit when Sydney started doing commercials while growing up around Los Angeles, years before moving permanently to "Hollywood East."

Howie Franklin on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

For nearly two decades, Howie Franklin served the most powerful men in the world, on board the most recognizable airplane in the world, as Flight Steward and later Chief Steward aboard Air Force One. He made history by working under five different Presidents of the United States.

Kim Munley on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

I first met Kim Munley when her father wheeled her into a Washington, DC hotel on January 26, 2010. It was the day before Munley would attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address. She was in a wheelchair, still recovering from injuries suffered nearly three months earlier on a November day in Texas.

Congressman David Rouzer on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

David Rouzer spent his earliest summers working on his grandfather's farm in Johnston County, about as far away from the political world as you can get. Those experiences would foster what Rouzer thought would be a career in agriculture, and he prepared during his college years at N.C. State University to go into ag-related business, before politics entered the equation. "I always wanted to farm," the second-term incumbent from North Carolina's 7th Congression...

Lenny Simpson on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

They call him “Coach Lenny”. The boys and girls scurrying around the court, chasing yellow tennis balls, look to the 68-year-old for encouragement and direction. Simpson tosses ball after ball toward them, watching as they work to send it across the net, in-between the lines.  “There you go, that’s better! Much better” he says over several hand claps. The praise brings a smile. Lenny Simpson’s days spent with his One Love Tennis program are p...

Tony Rivenbark on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

Actors want to be cast in Tony Rivenbark's productions, take his direction, and learn from a man who has entertained generations of audience members. The accomplished performer and Executive Director of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts is this week's guest on the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast.

A. J. Tata on "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast

Anthony "A.J." Tata retired after 28 years in the United States Army, rising the rank of Brigadier General. Tata now devotes his time, full-time, to writing best-selling thriller novels featuring primary character Jake Mahegan.