The Tony Gebhard Show
By Tony Gebhard
The Tony Gebhard ShowNov 23, 2023
Happy Thanksgiving from me to you
The holidays can either be incredible, or, extremely hard for some. Grateful for you and your presence. Always know you are loved.
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Jeff Thompson of Blind Abilities - Success isn't a place, it's being content
In this inspiring episode of the Tony Gebhard Show, we're joined by Jeff Thompson, the influential host and co-owner of The Blind Abilities podcast. Jeff shares his journey and insights into achieving success as a visually impaired individual. With his unique perspective, he delves into the heart of Blind Abilities' mission: bridging the gap between limited expectations and the realities of blind abilities.
Jeff's story is not just about overcoming challenges but also about his passion for woodworking, a craft he has mastered despite his visual impairment. He offers an in-depth look at how he navigates this intricate hobby, showcasing the possibilities that lie beyond perceived limitations. We also tap into Chat GPT and how Jeff was able to figure out what quinoa is for the first time and have it for breakfast.
Set against the backdrop of his life in Minnesota, our conversation with Jeff is both enlightening and heartwarming. He talks about the significance of the Blind Abilities app and website, emphasizing their role in empowering students, employees, and any visually impaired individual. These platforms provide valuable resources for learning, transitioning to college or the workplace, and adjusting to vision loss.
Moreover, Jeff shares how Blind Abilities collaborates with software developers, app creators, and device manufacturers to ensure accessibility, alongside interviewing designers and advocates in the blindness community. This episode is not just a discussion; it's a celebration of the vibrant community that Blind Abilities supports and nurtures.
Tune in for an engaging and fun conversation with Jeff Thompson, where we explore the essence of living a fulfilled life regardless of visual impairment. Whether you're seeking inspiration, practical advice, or just a good story, this episode is a must-listen!
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Precious Perez - A Visionary Musician and Advocate
In this episode of the Tony Gebhard Show, we are joined by the incredibly talented and inspiring Precious Perez. Precious, who is totally blind, opens up about her journey, her music, and her remarkable achievements.
We delve into Precious's early life, where she shares her experiences with retinopathy prematurity, a condition she has conquered with unwavering determination. She recounts her awe-inspiring trip to Coastareeka, where she recorded and filmed her visually stunning new project titled "Rose."
Precious Perez is not only a musician but also a trailblazer in the world of technology. We explore the use of AI in the workplace and how it has played a significant role in her creative process.
Additionally, Precious reveals her heartwarming work as a part-time music teacher for preschoolers, where she imparts her passion for music to the next generation.
One of the highlights of this episode is Precious's journey to becoming the president of RAMPD (Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities). She shares insights into the organization's mission and how they are making a positive impact on the music industry.
To connect with Precious Perez and discover her music, you can find her on various platforms:
Follow Precious on Social Media:
- Instagram: @preciousperezmusica
- TikTok: @preciousperezmusica
- Spotify: Follow Here
- Twitter: @preciouspmusica
- Facebook: @preciousperezmusica
Don't miss this enlightening conversation with Precious Perez, where her journey and music will undoubtedly inspire and uplift you. Tune in now and be part of her incredible story! You can also visit RAMPD's website at www.rmpd.org to learn more about their important work.
Musical Credits for Featured Song:
- Lyrics and Music: Raquel Gómez [@raqemusica] and Manuel Murillo [@maulonthemix]
- Musical Production: Maul On The Mix
- Arrangements: Maul On The Mix
- Mixing and Mastering: Maul On The Mix
- Background Vocals: Raquel Gómez
- Record Label: We Could Be Music [@wecouldbemusic]
This song is brought to you by We Could Be Music, and we are grateful for their contribution to this episode. Be sure to check out their label for more fantastic music.
Navigating the Wild: A Deep Dive with Sam Tupy
In today's compelling episode of the Tony Gebhard Show, we're thrilled to have Sam Tupy in the studio. Sam, the mastermind behind the gripping audio game "Survive The Wild," delves into the game's roaring success, boasting over 800 engaged Discord members. Not one to rest on his laurels, he also opens up about "Constant Motion," his captivating montage of mini-games.
But the conversation doesn't stop at gaming; we get personal, too. Sam shares the strategic life choice to move back with his parents despite being financially secure enough to afford two apartments. The goal? To buckle down, refocus, and unleash even more exciting features for "Survive The Wild" before its public beta evolves into an official release.
Beyond the pixels and audio cues, we venture into the fascinating world of artificial intelligence. We discuss the future potential of audio-described AI, the capabilities of Chat GPT, and much more.
Don't miss this catch-up episode with Sam Tupy, rekindling conversations from our last meet-up in sunny Orlando, Florida, back in 2018. Whether you're a gamer, an AI enthusiast, or just love a good life story, this episode has something for everyone. Tune in and be inspired.
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A miracle from birth! Matthew Whitaker's story on music and praise
Blessed to be joined by my special friend, Matthew in the studio today.
PIANIST / ORGANIST / DRUMMER / COMPOSER / ARRANGER, Matthew's incredible journey towards his musical career will be one to listen to! From releasing multiple studio albums, being the music director for the worship team, and being on tour, Matt's devotion to his craft and faith is unbound! Matthew is totally blind from birth, and has an incredible story of real perseverance.
Affirmations Aloud for June 28th
Welcome back to Affirmations Aloud. Today, we're looking into anxiety. Having the fear of the unknown. We're focused on a super special affirmation that may be able to help you focus in on the present moment and cement a firm foundation for your thoughts.
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Beyond Sight: Dan Bigley's Visionary Path to Resilience
Note: This podcast episode contains discussions on topics related to trauma and mental health. Listener discretion is advised.
Welcome to The Tony Gebhard Show, where I have the incredible honor of sitting down with Dan Bigley, a true inspiration who has conquered adversity and emerged stronger than ever. In this captivating episode, I dive deep into Dan's remarkable journey, witnessing firsthand his unwavering determination and unbreakable spirit.
Join me as I explore the life-altering event that robbed Dan of his vision – a terrifying encounter with a grizzly bear. We delve into the darkest moments of his life, and how he defied the odds to rise from the depths of despair. Today, Dan not only leads as the CEO and president of Denali Family Services in Alaska but also dedicates himself to advocating for mental health, empowering individuals and families across the region.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dan is also a gifted author, with his book, "Beyond the Bear," touching the hearts of readers worldwide. I am thrilled to share the news that Dan's awe-inspiring story will soon be brought to the big screen in an upcoming movie adaptation.
In this deeply moving episode, I have the privilege of guiding the conversation as Dan reveals the pivotal moments that shaped his life, including his journey of falling in love, rebuilding his life from scratch, and discovering a profound sense of purpose. Prepare to be inspired as we uncover the immense strength and indomitable spirit that defines Dan Bigley.
Join me on The Tony Gebhard Show for a truly extraordinary conversation with Dan, where we explore the transformative power of resilience, mental health advocacy, and the remarkable ability to turn adversity into a catalyst for personal growth. This episode is an invitation to witness the incredible journey of a man who has become a symbol of hope and resilience.
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The Rhythm of Inclusivity: Kevin Reeves on Music, Community, and Accessibility
In today's episode, I am thrilled to have my dear friend, Kevin Reeves, join me in the studio. Kevin is not only an incredible musician, but he is also a remarkable Pro Tools instructor and a visionary entrepreneur who operates a thriving business through Air Gigs. What makes Kevin's journey even more inspiring is that he has accomplished all of this despite being totally blind.
Throughout our conversation, Kevin sheds light on various fascinating topics, including AI, Chat GPT, and the unique aspects of blindness culture. We delve into the significance of fostering a strong sense of community within the blind community, tackling a multitude of issues within this sector.
With multiple albums to his name and a regular presence on Michigan's gig circuit, Kevin's musical talent knows no bounds. If you're eager to discover his badass music and explore his digital domain, make sure to visit www.kevinreeves.net
Join us as we embark on an engaging and enlightening conversation with Kevin Reeves, a true embodiment of resilience and creativity.
From Github to Globe-Trotting: A Conversation with Jessica Tegner
In this episode, we are joined by Jessica Tegner, a young and accomplished programmer who is blind and visually impaired. Jessica has a passion for coding and has already made significant strides in her career. Recently, she was accepted into the prestigious Github accelerator program, which has helped her take her skills to the next level.
Jessica is also a seasoned traveler, having recently embarked on her first international trip. Her travels have broadened her perspective and opened up new possibilities for her both personally and professionally.
In addition to her technical skills, Jessica has designed a specialized mark-up conversion that helps those who need to make their documents stand out. Her expertise in multiple coding languages has allowed her to create this unique tool that is making a difference in the lives of many.
We are excited to hear about Jessica's journey and the incredible impact she is making in the tech industry. She may even be speaking at multiple conferences soon, so be sure to tune in to hear more about her work and her vision for the future of technology.
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Affirmations Aloud for May 17th, 2023: Greatness
Hey there, folks! It's your obnoxious friend Tony Gebhard here, and I've got an electrifying episode of "Affirmations Aloud" lined up just for you on the Tony Gebhard Show. Brace yourselves because we're diving deep into an affirmation that'll rock your world: "I am great, and I will put in the work to be great!" Get ready to be fired up as we embark on a journey to unlock your full potential by embracing greatness and putting in the sweat equity required.
Music, motivation, and positively obnoxious!
Power Plays, Pixels, and Potential, Liam Erven on accessible gaming, education, and AI
Good friend, advocate, gaming enthusiast, influencer, and YouTuber. Liam Erven!
Welcoming Erven into the TG Show virtual studio to discuss all things random! Hockey, Chat GPT, Liam's YouTube career, the incredible benefits of individualized learning in the blind community, and the newest and best potential for AI.
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Affirmations Aloud for May 10th, 2023: Honesty and loyalty
Welcome to another episode of The Tony Gebhard Show! In this edition of Affirmations Aloud, we focus on the power of honesty with the affirmation, "I will remain honest. I will tell the truth and all that surrounds it for myself and those in my life." Honesty is an essential value that can positively impact every area of our lives, from our relationships to our careers. Join us as we explore the benefits of living truthfully and how it can lead to greater happiness and fulfillment. Through this affirmation, we remind ourselves of the importance of being honest with ourselves and others, even when it's difficult. So, whether you're facing a tough decision or struggling with a personal challenge, let these words of affirmation inspire you to always choose honesty and integrity in all that you do.
Affirmations Aloud for May 3rd, 2023. Finding strength
In this episode of The Tony Gebhard Show, we bring you another edition of Affirmations Aloud. This time, we focus on the affirmation, "I am capable, I am willing, and I am strong enough." Join us as we explore the power of positive self-talk and the impact it can have on our lives. Through this affirmation, we remind ourselves of our own strength and resilience, encouraging us to pursue our goals and dreams with confidence. So sit back, relax, and let these words of affirmation inspire you to believe in yourself and all that you are capable of.
Affirmations Aloud for March 22
Struggling through the challenges of Seasonal Affective Disorder can be tough. Otherwise known as, (SAD)
However, our attitudes play a huge role in navigating through those obstacles .
The affirmation of the week should hopefully assist in this process.
Remember, you are loved and valued.
Affirmations Aloud for March 8th, 2023
Welcome to this edition of, Affirmations Aloud.
Talking about the Law of Attraction. What you take in, is what comes back at you later.
Let's start saying yes to life!
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You are loved and valued.
EP10, The truth about self awareness and making mistakes
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Self awareness is a crucial element that brings humility and success to our lives. Responding appropriately to our mistakes, practicing self love to better our mindsets during difficult moments in our lives, and finding solid routines to keep them consistent.
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Affirmations Aloud for March 1st, 2023
What is self-love? Changing the narrative around. So many of us are trained along the way to treat ourselves with such negativity.
Let's change it right here, right now.
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EP9, Ben McCandless, I'm not Conceded, I'm Convinced
Welcoming Ben McCandless into the virtual studio. A blind/low vision professional who is a licensed massage therapist. Makes his own lotions, sauces, and alcohol!
Great story, great advocacy.
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Affirmations aloud, bonus episode for February 22
This week's affirmation focuses on balancing a perfectionist mindset. I think many of us battle with this at times.
Affirmations are an excellent way to boost our confidence through verbally exercised quotes that bring good energy and kind thoughts to the heart and soul.
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EP8, Eli Sanchez, whistle while you work
Eli is an AT Specialist from northern California. At just 26 years old, Eli has worked since the age of 8 and is totally blind. Determined, great mindset, and fun to talk to.
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Affirmations Aloud, bonus episode for February 15th
Introducing, Affirmations Aloud. A bonus episode for you every week. I will be sharing an affirmation that you can practice and take into your week for bettering yourself each day.
Affirmations can help strengthen self-worth by boosting both your positive opinion of yourself and your confidence in your ability to achieve your goals. They can also help counter the feelings of panic, stress, and self-doubt that often accompany anxiety.
Come back to the podcast every Wednesday for a new affirmation or mental health tip.
Here's a great article explaining how these things work,
EP7, American Idol's Scott MacIntyre, from Hollywood to Enduring hope,
Happily welcomed a personal friend and mentor, Scott MacIntyre, to the studio.
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"Believe Again” new song on Spotify and everywhere digital music is heard…
From classical pianist to American Idol alum, Scott MacIntyre is an inspiration. Born blind and a two-time kidney transplant recipient, he is living proof that God can take seemingly insurmountable circumstances and work them together for good.
“When I was 19, I found out my kidneys were failing,” says Scott. “The hardest thing for me was not having enough strength to play the piano and sing anymore.”
After a year on dialysis, his piano teacher’s wife donated her kidney to Scott and saved his life.
Eight years later, Scott was in need of a second kidney transplant, when an anonymous living donor offered to undergo compatibility testing after hearing about Scott’s need on the radio.
“To think that a stranger would want to save my life was overwhelming,” Scott remarks.
In 2015, Scott underwent his second successful kidney transplant. The following year, he and his wife Christina welcomed their son Christian into the world.
Having been deeply impacted by the selfless acts of Scott’s two donors, he and Christina set out to help others find hope in the midst of hardship. In 2019 “Scott MacIntyre Ministries” was established to inspire those in need through the arts, and its timely message of redemption is resounding with thousands in schools, churches, and through television and media.
“Just like I was powerless to save myself physically until my kidney donors stepped in, we’re all powerless to save ourselves spiritually, yet Jesus Christ stepped in. I want every person who hears my music and story to understand God’s amazing grace more deeply.”
On August 18th 2021, Scott and Christina celebrated 10 years of marriage and their daughter Stella’s first birthday, who was born on their anniversary the previous year.
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EP6, Thomas Class, Visually impaired certified occupational therapist assistant, embrace your inner chaos monkey
Great friend, inspiring story, and a lot to share from Thomas Class.
Growing up in Alaska, Thomas worked his way through the education system with the help of DVR counselors, teachers for the visually impaired, and the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Thomas found himself battling to stay afloat during his courses with occupational therapist assistant school, however, with the help of mentors and leaders, along with his tenasity, he established employment and has been maintaining steady work for almost 5 years.
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EP 5, Andrea Nelson, The Business Enterprise Program, creating small business opportunities for the blind and visually impaired
A huge thanks to Andrea for being awesome and contributing a voice to those who continue to impact lives.
For additional questions, you can reach out to Andrea for questions. email@example.com
What is the BEP
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EP4, Shining a light on seasonal depression and finding good coping methods for the darker days
Depression is a common mental disorder characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities. It affects an estimated 264 million people worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
Coping with seasonal depression:
Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that occurs at the same time each year, usually during the fall and winter months. According to the American Psychiatric Association, SAD affects about 5% of the U.S. population and is more common in women than men. Light therapy, which involves sitting near a light box that simulates natural outdoor light, is a common treatment for SAD. Exercise can also help alleviate symptoms of SAD.
Therapy and medication:
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and talk therapy are both effective forms of treatment for depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), CBT is a type of therapy that helps individuals change negative patterns of thinking and behavior. Antidepressant medication is commonly prescribed for depression, and it can be effective for some people. However, it's important to note that medication alone may not be enough to treat depression and should be combined with therapy.
Self-care and lifestyle changes:
Self-care is an important aspect of managing depression and should include things like eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and practicing mindfulness. According to the NIMH, regular exercise can help reduce symptoms of depression and improve overall mental health. Similarly, Eating a balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein can also help improve mood.
Having a support system, whether it's friends, family, or a therapist, is essential for managing depression. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), social support can help individuals cope with stress and improve overall mental health.
Navigating the healthcare system:
Access to mental health care can be a challenge for many people. According to the NIMH, many people who need mental health services do not receive them. It's important to find a therapist or psychiatrist who is a good fit for you and to understand your insurance coverage for mental health treatment.
Overcoming the stigma:
Stigma surrounding mental illness is still a major barrier to seeking help. According to the NIMH, the stigma attached to mental illness can prevent individuals from seeking the help they need. It's important to educate ourselves and others about mental illness and to encourage individuals to seek help without shame.
Journaling, Art therapy, Mindfulness, Yoga are some of the coping strategies that have been found to be effective in managing depression. According to the APA, journaling can help individuals process their thoughts and feelings. Similarly, art therapy can help individuals express themselves in a nonverbal way. Mindfulness and yoga have been found to be effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Special consideration for Blind people:
Blind people may face additional challenges when it comes to dealing with depression. Support groups and accessibility resources specifically for blind individuals can be helpful. According to the National Federation of the Blind, there are many resources available to help blind people cope with depression and other mental health conditions.
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EP3 - Shane Lowe from Venom.fm - What's my age again?
Shane joins me in the virtual studio to talk about all things music, philosophy, and his experiences finding passion through broadcasting and musical creations.
An incredible and personable guy, he'll take you on a fun journey with me.
Check out his upcoming band, Mid Air Decision.
Nate Kile -- It's not a sprint, it's a marathon
The TG show welcomes Nate Kile. An incredible motivator, athlete, blind, musician, and business nut. Full of wisdom and years of experiences that may shed a positive light on those needing guidance. Great friend and mentor to me for many years now.
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EP1 - Here's Your Pilot
Welcome to my life! Music, motivation, and positively obnoxious.
Today, we talk success, an eaten potato chip off the floor, and adventures to California for the holiday. Interactive livestreams on Twitch and YouTube. If you want to catch the podcast live before it is published.
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Tony Gebhard Show EP 0 - Intro!
It's an intro!
Thank you for stopping by to check out the show. Music, empathy, motivation, mentorship, advocacy, and current events in my life.