Retired Shows

Making Living Better: Asia “Mae” Magness

Not every woman gets confused with her grandma, but 31-year-old Asia “Mae” Magness does. Owner of Mae’s Bakery in downtown Maiden, she has reimagined recipes from her two grandmothers so well that people think her Mamaw made them. This mother of three has earned a loyal following thanks to a supportive family, a heart for…

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Making Living Better: Ariel Allensworth

As a rocket systems specialist at Fort Bragg, Ariel Allensworth wasn’t quite sure how a job like that would transition into a real-world career. After attending the first annual “Welcome Home Hickory Metro” veteran recruitment event in Catawba County, he found a great job and a community of people who instantly made him and his…

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Making Living Better: Angela Pisel

From the time she was in junior high, Angela Pisel knew she loved writing. After getting a few articles published, she started kicking around an idea for a novel – but it took a broken ankle for her to finally sit down and take a crack at it. Listen in as host Hal Row unravels…

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Making Living Better: Marietta Burke

Imagine teaching yourself how to make stained glass without the benefit of the internet or YouTube. That’s what Marietta Burke did. Using books and VHS tapes, Marietta learned the craft of stained glass as a teenager. It’s what got her into architecture school – and it’s now the foundation of a successful business that has…

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Making Living Better: Lucy Her

 When she was in third grade, Lucy Her and her family caravanned from California with nine other Hmong families and one U-Haul to start a new life in North Carolina. For Lucy, that life has evolved into a passion for helping others in Catawba County. At Goodwill, she is managing a day program that…

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Making Living Better: George & Soraya Place

He was hitchhiking in El Salvador while on a Peace Corps mission, and she was riding in the back of her cousin’s pickup truck. This chance encounter led to the perfect match (and another stint with the Peace Corps, this time together!) of two highly engaged individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping others…

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Making Living Better: Kelly Stewart

Sometimes it really does take a village. For Kelly Stewart, a village of people in Catawba County helped keep a young boy from a broken home on track toward a solid future. Now a North Carolina State Trooper, this endurance runner is also a loyal husband, father, grandfather-to-be, U.S. Marine, and Rotarian. And in his…

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Making Living Better: David Williams, Barber & City Council Member

How does a barber who comes to Catawba County with just the shirt on his back rise up to become a business owner and elected official? And why exactly is the barbershop such a vital community gathering spot? Host Hal Row learns answers to these questions and more with this month’s storyteller, David Williams.

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Making Living Better: Justin Fox, Farmer & Industrial Designer

From industrial designer to cider maker, Justin Fox transformed his passion for making things into buying an orchard and crafting a life for himself and his family in Catawba County. Justin joins host Hal Row to talk apples and inspiration – and just how crazy his wife thought he was when he announced he wanted…

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Anglers & Appetites Ep 213: Discovering Ted’s Montana

Ted Turner’s Flying D Ranch & float fishing on the Yellowstone River.

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