Our next Tournament of Pop Culture has the best Summer Movies (movies based in or around summer) as we came live for Always Forward Media to the Urban Arts Expo at the BottomLine in Soulard, MO. Some true heavyweights of Film on this competition and will you agree with the winner? Did you pick it to go all the way. Well we break it down on this Tournament of Pop Culture.
Another exciting week on the Q. Mark Bland is joined this week by an old friend of the show and our co-host Gary Weed. The guest of the week is none other than Sam Arcobasso the head of Sarko Industries.
Sam came to us a few years back with an interesting story and has returned as a man of comfort and ease. Sarko is a company designed to put high end marketing professionals and businesses with clients looking to take their projects to the next level. Sam has been in the industry for a few years and and decided he could help businesses where others couldn't. From Hospitals to restaurants to everything in between, Sarko has been helping businesses for a while and successfully...which is what leads to the second topic.
With the ability to market to many places, Sam also wanted to start helping high school students close to graduating but needing that final credit to get the diploma. So with Sarko and including some great minds, Sam setup a HS graduation program and reached out to local schools to get it started. The students can come work like and intern for Sarko, gain their final credits and walk with their graduating class (which is a big deal for many students). Kirkwood School district has signed on and other schools are currently being talked with about the opportunity. Either way, a great way for kids to get help and learn...all this and more in the discussion about Sam's current doings.
Finally Gary, Mark and Sam discuss some world politics and stories, shortly before finding out that Sam doesn't believe in the government as a body for the people and to help the people. This turns into a discussion about political beliefs and what people should focus on rather than not focus on.
An amazing episode of the Q all primed up and ready!
This is an interesting show. First up Mark and Jonathan May welcome Tuffy Brandon to the show to discuss the current stories of the day.
First up, the guys breakdown some common misconceptions about race and culture in 2021. Mark and Tuffy discuss prejudice and racism, helping map it out better for people out there that might not understand the focus and reasoning for why they boxed and framed the way they are in society.
This leads to the Trump supporters and conservatives newest favorite thing to do....taking Ivermectin, aka Horse Dewormer. Joe Rogan the well known podcaster and UFC host recently went online to explain that he had Covid 19 and was taking ivermectin to kill it off. Of course, the information and proof that it works is always up in the air, because anything that works, gets rerouted into a money making medicine that the FDA approves for the corporations. This is how Mark and the guys know that this Ivermectin is not working at all.
Mark knows all this talk always leads down one road in non-election years...taking the stories and things happening and trying to make the president look like a bad guy. It was much less difficult with Trump since he shot himself in the foot more than anyone could, but with Biden they are throwing everything at him hoping something will sick similar to Obama. Mark realizes that conservatives hate people that are squeaky clean because it means only they (conservatives) are thinkers of bad decisions and ideas.
Finally as with all new guests, Tuffy plays on the Hot Seat to a bevy of questions that he didn't see coming. This leads to more interesting discussions! All of this and much much more on this new episode of the Q show! WHEW!
On this new episode of the Q, St. Louis funnyman and actor Jonathan May joins to discuss the Afghanistan take over by the Taliban.
First up Mark and Jonathan discuss the take over of Afghanistan by the Taliban! As with anything within touching distance of Trump, this entire thing wreaks of bad Trump decisions and trying to leave people holding the bag. The soldiers in the field were already living and working in Afghanistan, so this is nothing new for them. It's new to people in the USA on social media. So the men discuss in realms of American voters and what they should be paying attention to.
Next up, the guys discuss the anti-vaccine people and how their decisions are affecting the day to day life of people in America. Mark forgets his friends name but that brings up the fact that many people are crazy with their hatred of the vaccine. Jonathan brings up Chet Hanks and how his father couldn't possibly be proud to be associated with his son. This leads to a discussion about people that are conspiracy theorists and how they never grab on to educated science in life.
Finally, Mark wants to discuss diversity in media and specifically brings up this past Olympics coverage by NBC and how he is noticing it more and more with the panels of people they are choosing. But things take years to slowly implement and is this being shoved down peoples throats, or are we there now? Mark gets surprised by some info from Mr. May and it may make him understand better. You decide. All this and more from this episode of the Q.
On this episode of the Q.....
Mark is joined by Gary Weed and Jason Kull for this romp through life in 2021....on this episode:
Facebook Jail is an issue for many and they have discussed it multiple times on the show...but this is the current set of stories and reasons why our favorite guests in their current time-outs!
Simone Biles has already achieved more than many in her sport ever will. The consumate professional, she decided to back out of a few olympic events at the last moment. The world went into backlash mode with many accusing her of being weak and taking a spot from someone that deserved it. The guys discuss all of it and the backlash too.
And Finally, Mark cam across a unique post that alluded to something in the Mormon religion. He wasn't sure about it, but decided "hey WTF, why not" and brought it out in the open on the show. Needless to say, it is worth your listening to it. From there things go off the rails but in a good way. And remember we are not prejudice towards any religion or people....but funny is always gonna be funny.
Mark made a decision not to long ago to come back to the sport of Professional Wrestling and this episode just goes through some things he's thought about on his way back into the business. Mark invited Marcus Boston to join him on this forray into discussion and some of the things he's working on.
But not all is lost....Jen Psaki is the press secretary for Joe Biden. And his team is not taking any guff from anyone when it comes to painting things with a veiled brush. Psaki took it to Steve Doocy from Fox News about his way of spinning a question to make it look evil, when in all honesty it is a common thing. Check out the discussion on between Mark and Marcus on that accord. Plus, Trump taking pot shots and they are failing constantly.
Next up is the fact Mark noticed recently that kids don't have favorite commercials like we had growing up prior to 2010. All they know are the commercials that interrupt their Youtube and some late night infomercials. Marcus and Mark take a dive and discuss these things.
But this finally leads to Mark showing how indelible life really is and Mark challenges Marcus to listen to some classic TV shows themes and figure out if he knew them or not. Do you know them...probably...but it's always fun finding out again!
We have a fun thing we have been doing for years on the Q called the Tournament of Pop Culture.
When we were approached by Always Forward Media for some live shows, we decided to break out the format and try it in front of a live crowd. It worked great and people have been asking for more ever since.
On this first live forray, Mark Bland and Gary Weed host the Best Will Smith Movie as their first attempt. So many great movies to choose from and what Mark originally thought was a easy slam dunk...turned into quite the TOPC.
So listen and enjoy....and what do you think is the movie that the people voted on? Also do you agree? What movie surprised you?
All this and much more in this first ever LIVE Tournament of Pop Culture.
Southwest Owes Me for sure. Mark comes home fresh from one of the bigger vacations him and the family has been on for the first time since before Covid. Mark took the kids to Disney World but the Trip did not get off on the right note and Mark is here to spill all the tea on that situation and put Southwest Airlines in their place.
On top of that, Jonathan May joins the show to discuss the Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul boxing match, and the upcoming Woodley vs. Jake Paul fight. Did it live up to the hype that they portrayed in the media...the guys talk about that.
Coming out of Covid, a ton of businesses are finding it tough to staff and fill voids left by the year and half long Covid downturn. Is this the CEO's faults and business owners...OR....are people being more lazy now and is it because of government payouts? Should companies waste there time on trying to lure in new people or spend the time to keep the loyal trained employees happy. The guys discuss this and every aspect.
Since becoming partnered with the Always Forward Media Group, Mark Bland and The Q have some cool things planned.
On this episode of the Q, we debut the show called Another Fxcking Monday. Monday's are different for everyone and everyone has differing mondays in their lives. Some people's Mondays start on Thursday, for others it just the typical Monday is Monday....regardless there is a whole week worth of work that has to be done on your Monday!
First up Marcus Boston and Mark Bland discuss Pride months and their value to society in 2021. Who can have one, who can't and why it all matters anyway. This is is a deep discussion on race and religion and all of it, but it's a discussion deep with conversation and worthy of your ears to make you think.
This leads to a discussion on reparations and how they should be handled in the USA, if they happen at all. Who should get paid? What makes this person worthy and that family not? Mark and Marcus tackle these hard hitting questions!
Finally, Mark and Marcus discuss how people and 2021 should be viewed in the annuls of history. Were we better people? Were we worse people? Was all the in-fighting and insurrection stuff worthwhile or a expensive waste of time?
All this and more will be answered on this special episode of The Q!
Jonathan May and Mark Bland decide to tackle some cultural things like they are used to discussing.
First up Mark has an issue with people coming after him for discussing the Semantic aspect of a online convo he was having recently. People accused him of being insensitive because he discussed the definitions and primitive language of past time periods and how words were and weren't used in specific times. Was he in the wrong, you decide after listening.
Next Mark presents Jon with some Shower thoughts....things that make you go hmmm... and make you think deeper about some things in your world you might not have been thinking about!
Finally, Jon and Mark take on the listeners and their thoughts they write out to Mark on a weekly basis. Sometimes they say amazing things that everyone can agree with...but other times they say things that make you go Hmmm...but the gents break down all the thoughts and ideas and bring you the funny on this new episode of the Q!
Oh another amazing week and another amazing Q show.
Producer Bobby and Jason Kull drop by to discuss all the happenings in the world. The show starts off discussing the recent Always Forward Media get together and how the Tournament of Pop Culture went over so well! This leads to a discussion about Will Smith movies, but not giving away the winner, some of what was discussed on the taping of that TOPC!
Next the guys get into discussing the St. Louis side of things and why they constantly gravitate towards propping up horrible people locally. Whether it be a Josh Hawley or a Leonard Little, or whoever...from the media to the papers, to the online side...STL loves propping up the worst offenders and leaving the decent people by the wayside for a few clicks. But if they worked to promote decent shows like The Q or Journey through LBS, or any other decent program...the notoriety from the market would Triple!
Finally this walks into a discussion about facebook jail and how many people are posting about it. But, as Mark states, is this some attack on morals? Or....is facebook just putting a face and name to people who are too scared to commit offline crime, but willing to show who they really are online? Maybe the people deserve the jail. The guys discuss this and much more on the Q!
Another week and another new Q show. This week Gary Weed drops in and discusses the new things going on in his world and ours.
First up....Mark doesn't want to discuss the next shooting for another week in the country. There seems to be a new one each time and everyone has their wishes and wants for how they are viewed. Mark explains his reasoning for not wanting to discuss the newer shooting stating that nobody is willing to play the rules down the middle like himself. Calling things for what they are. Honesty as people.
Next Mark and Gary discuss tipping in our culture and the value of it as we move into realms where the the business of tipping and ordering has switched up because of Covid. How do you tip people for food orders? What about other types of tips?
Finally Mark and Gary discuss the power of the USA in it's current form. What they can pull off and what they can't. How the other countries should view us...There is a lot of posturing in the world of politics and power, but the target is firmly on the back of the USA! Where should we go with our background and power? Find out what the guys say....plus more questions for us to discuss.
So much to be entertained by!
Ahhh the business of being in media. It sounds cool to a lot of people but that one hour seems to be the toughest in the world to fill even with people driven to do it.
Welcome to the new Q. Mark Bland sits down and goes solo on this newest of episodes.
Mark discusses the Derek Chauvin trial coming to an end...The Daunte Wright situation....the Adam Toledo shooting....Police brutality.....Media company "Questions of the Day".....Maxine Waters....and much much more!
Check out this new Q and let us know what you think.
"No Reasonable Person would ever believe what we were telling them."...This is what Sydney Powell said after she was sued for 1.3 billion dollars by Dominion Voting Systems after she falsified information in a public manner leading to the tarnishment and defamation of their brand. She only said these things in the hopes of making Donald Trump happy. And he is never happy.
On this episode we are greeted and welcome Jason Kull back to the show to discuss the George Floyd trial that is currently happening in Minneapolis. We also touch on the Sydney Powell lawsuit a smidge.
But this show is a rundown of the current events and we start with the death of rapper DMX and the Queen's husband Prince Phillip, who passed at 99 years old!
On the heels of this is the new political story of Matt Gaetz and his need to date and take underage women (aka children) across state lines to hang out and pay them with Venmo...a digital footprint of unbelievable magnitude. This is craziness! And these are the same people reaching out to Trump for support in their down times. Guess what Trump did....listen and find out!
Finally, Mark and Jason take some interesting things and breka them down for the people out there...plus at what point does the political party and the legislature follow through on these treasonous things done on Jan 6th? Is it okay for Trump and lawmakers to get away with starting this issue. There are people that supported Trump heavily that have their lives turned upside down now because they followed trumps orders....but Trump is just fine in his palace in Mar-A-Lago...
All this and much more on this episode of the Q! Subscribe and share with your friends on social media.
On this newest episode of the Q, things get switched up a little! Our guest is none other than Jason "DIRTY" Spurgeon, BattleHawks point man and Wrestling lover. But Dirty comes with his own plan in mind. Jason decides he wants to interview host Mark Bland about himself, on his own show. Never being one to turn down someone's hopes, Mark obliges and the show gets off to a fast placed start!
This leads to a discussion about the infamous Q Anon. Dirty has been watching some documentaries about weird bad people and this leads to a discussion of if the Q Anon people are as bad and scary as some serial killers like John Wayne Gacy? Should we be watching them closely so they don't also go down these more horrific paths after January 6th? This and much more in our discussion about the crazies of the USA!
Finally Mark and Dirty get into a discussion about Tucker Carlson and if he is a good person. This leads to a discussion about "wokeness" in 2021. Have we gone too far too fast with wokeness...is it a bad thing to constantly be attacking everything we disagree with? Also is wokeness being weaponized for the wrong reasons because people are eager to correct the worlds bad habits? Is the pendulum swinging too far back against other cultures in the hopes of pointing out things to be unhappy about?
All this and much more on this interesting episode of the Q!
DJ Gelner is a friend of the Q and hasn't been on in quite some time. But that all changes with this new episode. DJ is back and we are rearing for some more fun on the Q.
Right off the bat it couldn't be contained, DJ and Mark jump into Biden and the job he's been doing since Trump left office. The guys discuss the effectiveness of Biden in the first few months and praise him for the stimulus and deterrents to the COVID virus that he fast tracked.
This leads to another discussion about the treatment of Asian Americans on the heels of a mass shooting in Atlanta, where a man went to multiple spa's and killed 8 people 6 being Asian American. Is there true Asian American hate, or is the story bigger than the argument? But the best part is that he blamed a special thing for why he did it....something you won't believe...find out what!
Finally, This all leads to a discussion on Conspiracy and how it warps the minds of the people that believe it. Mark and DJ discuss the QAnon people, the alien people, the Lizard people, and even the religious fanatics that act the same exact way as the rest of them. All this and much more on this episode of The Q!
Jason Kull comes and goes, but when he is back, he is in the house for one of the more fun discussions...So what's on the agenda for this epsiode....well...
First up, It's nice to have a president that focuses on the country and trying to fix the problems within the country as opposed to ignoring things and letting them get out of control. Mark and Jason discuss the effects of Joe Biden on the country and where Trump failed along the way to help everyone out during the pandemic. This all comes on the heels a of new 1.9 Trillion dollar stimulus package for COVID
Next up, It seems gas prices are starting to become noticeable again, but the reasons are all over the place for why they are necessary (because they are not necessary ever). Mark breaks down how this can affect us as a country over the next few years and we learn from our past mistakes. Plus we pin the blame on who is really to blame, and their name hasn't been uddered in a little while.
Finally, would you sleep fully clothed every night of the week? It sounds weird but there are people that sleep in their everyday clothes. It's part of who they are...But would you do it? We find out this and much more on this episode of the Q!
Gary Weed is fresh off his trip from California where he went home for his birthday, but that didn't stop the news of the world from happening.
First up Mark wants to discuss the student loan forgiveness program that Joe Biden has presented. Mark and Gary weigh out the good and bad of the program with Gary benefitting from paying off those student loans. Will this be a big win for everyone or is this going to divide each other even further in this country?
Next up Rush Limbaugh has died. This is no secret to the rest of the world, but he was a divider of people up till the end. We all knew he was sick and failing slowly so it was no surprise to anyone. But here we sit with the career and life in hindsight and man Rush is not coming off too glowing. Mark and Gary talk about the career and the meaning to their own broadcasting careers.
Finally...Mark and Gary's final debate on Iron Maiden and the Rock n Roll HOF is here. Iron Maiden is nominated and Mark takes on Gary in a discussion of the merit of their nomination. Listen to these two music guys argue and debate the reasoning for Iron Maiden to be in the Hall of Fame...who do you side with? This is the final debate between these two juggernauts on this subject.
Diplomacy seems to be the thing most needed after one Mr. Don Trump left office. For a long time diplomacy was out the window, but with the change in guard also comes a change in perspective and people are looking for that softer vibe for a while.
WELL THAT'S NOT THIS SHOW, sorta...! On this weeks episode, Dirty (aka Jason) joins us on the show to discuss all kinds of stories with Pro-wrestling in the St. Louis Area...as well a deep dive into some politics and other assorted things throughout this 2 hour+ mega show. It was as if the content gods couldn't stop these two from playing in the sandbox when they got together. But that's all for your enjoyment.
First Up Mark and Dirty table some beef right off the bat that really wasn't beef as you will find out (mostly cause Mark is getting old, lol) and this leads to some background on Dirty as he rises in the ranks of St. Louis media and starts to produce different styles of shows. This also leads to a discussion about Dirty and his teams early days on Riverfront Radio where Mark also had a past background dealing with that media company too.
This leads to a discussion about the newest inductees of The Independent St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame and contemporaries of St. Louis Wrestling that were involved with Mark when he was coming up in the business in late 1990's. This leads to a discussion about the different Hall of Fames and how people go about becoming eligible for induction.
But this show doesn't stop, next up is the Political section of the show. And Mark and Dirty do not hold back one little bit when discussing politics. It's almost as if Dirty was released from political discussion jail because he doesn't hold back explaining what he thinks about the current state of politics and the stories within it. Mark picks up that Dirty went down some weird rabbit holes in the search for political truth and this lead to QAnon! Mark and Dirty discuss some of the weirder beliefs that Dirty came across during his time dipping through these rabbit holes.
So much on this show we can't even tag because the show has so much in it. Trust us when we say this is definitely worth checking out!
This week on the show Jonathan May brings his comedic style to the airwaves to discuss more life with Mark Bland.
First up the gentlemen discuss their backgrounds in Social Media and Mark reconnecting with a gentleman named Mike Wilkerson and some of their discussions regarding politics and some of the past stuff from their lives. This leads to a discussion about how Trump is now pouting because he doesn't have a outlet to bent his dislike and is talking about starting his own social media network.
Next up the gents discuss Marjorie Taylor Greene and he recent situation regarding the Capitol Riots and her stances outside of the political spectrum. Mrs. Greene has been seen going around for years antagonizing and attacking people on public streets smearing their names and defaming them. Why? Because she feel she was lead down the wrong path by the people in charge of her party. Nope she's just a racist rural Gerogia lady and Atlanta is too black for her to be happy. So why not be a racist and an ass.
Finally...Mark and Jonathan dig into the past and Jonathan gets thrown on the hot seat for the first time in a long time. He answers the questions but this leads to a discussion about Mark and some Bitcoin he received in 2009. He then sold them off for a little bit of money. Jonathan loses it and boom...the show has another golden moment!
Gary Weed and Producer Robert Hickman join the show today to discuss some major sports world discussions!
First up Tom Brady (Mark's secret love) has made it back to the Superbowl for another shot at a 7th ring! Will he do it, or maybe not....Also Aaron Rogers is in the news for losing and people wondering what happens with his team and his position. The guys also find out that Deshaun Watson is leaving Houston for greener pastures and the guy try and figure out what is going to be the best spot for him in the NFL.
Mark then talks about the pendulum swing of politics and how the world keeps swinging back and forth from extremes. Whether it's from Bush to Obama or from Obama to Trump...it seems the cancel culture is now coming offline and making decisions on the world. Mark and the guys discuss.
Finally we got the world on it's side dealing with Kelly Anne Conway using social media for revenge porn against her own daughter...AND... It seems the online stock guys figured out that they can control the stock market and make a company like GameStop ("GME" on the ticker) worth a ton of cash. Mark and the guys discuss all this and much more!
Well, they set 1000 drop dates between November 3rd and Jan 21, 2021. On this date it was going to be proven that Joe lost and Trump won. Then it was December 14th....then it was Jan 6th (they tried)...then it was January 20th...but you don't get it. The country is bigger than your political ideology. WW2 happened and the NAZI's were the bad guys for forcing people against their will. But January 2oth came and went, Trump left after causing more problems than the world cared for.
Oh well. Times move one and so does the Q. On this amazing episode, Mark welcomes EJ Carter and music artist Z-Major to the show to discuss this new President and their administration, but not before discussing the old administration and their last ditch efforts to be the worst humans on earth.
But before all that, Mark gives a history lesson on BBS systems, the original internet and how some of the Gen X viewed different times and what came out of them. This leads to a discussion about Social media and how it has become the focus of new generations, but there is a cut off app/platform for every generation where the people choose to stop on their own.
This leads to a flub by Mark regarding an old post by EJ Carter coming back but pure radio/podcast gold comes from the tiniest mistake! Listen as the guys prognosticate about the future based off EJ carter getting his record label...in 2019.
Finally the guys discuss the stupidity of the Trump supporters and their attempts at the Capitol building. How many came up off their high horse to denounce Trump while others picked up the reigns and tried to defend Donald. It was all for nothing as they were told from moment one on. But there decision to lay their fate out. But alas, it comes back to normal as Z-Major (aka Zach) must hit the hotseat and answer the tough questions so people can learn about him!
All this to entertain you and inform you! Please RT and Share with your friends!
Well the insurrection is over and the Trump supporters did not succeed at all. They have become the butt of many jokes, but is it the end of Trump?
Mike Eise and Gary Weed joined to do a show and discuss the Capitol Riot fallout and other stuff.
The Guys discuss what is going to happen now. We know there will be a peaceful transfer of power, but will Trump be there or not. The guys discuss the potential for future rioting and insurrection in the US.
People are online and around the world feeling like patriotism wasn't upheld. Do you feel patriotic right now? Or do you feel like your patriotism is gone. We discuss all of this and more on this episode of the Q show!
It's January 6th and Mark Bland, with Jason Kull, did not expect to be doing a show focused around this at all.
See for years Mark has been dealing with a rogue element of politics which is this behind the scenes 4 Chan, QAnon, Trump Supporter conspiracy talk that others aren't researching or needing to watch. Through out the years, Mark has come on the Q and explained that there are rumblings that Trump can do this, or would do this other thing. But those are usually "theory" more than anything that would ever play out....until January 6th, 2021.
Mark and Jason have watched Donald Trump and Guiliani stand at a podium in front of Trump supporters and promote open insurrection against the US Capitol Building where VP Mike Pence is doing the electoral count. Off the well wishes of the US President and others, the seditious FEW have decided to invade the Capitol Building and killing 5 people (at the time of taping only 1/2 were known to have perished) in their wake. Destorying chambers, the rotunda and stealing things while breaking into computers and offices breaking federal laws.
In the wildest of events, Jason Kull and Mark Bland try to makes sense of what is happening and what should be happening from here on out. It's a historic, scary and damaging day for the Republic but many saw this coming....Also, how is a Capitol Building so under-guarded for the amount spent on Social media a day?
Also this and more on this newest episode of The Q.
10 years in and out. It started with Tony Cabral and Ed Reggie being guests...10 yrs later, we got a sitting American President trying to actively plot a coup against the will of the citizens of the USA. And YouTube and Social Media run the world. Which is a great transition for us, because Comedian Steve Hofstetter who made a name on social media joins us as out 10th anniversary guest.
It's been 10 years and we've had a few incarnations of the show through the years (podcast, to broadcast, to syndicated and back to a hybrid syndication/podcast). On this Anniversary we are joined by Jonathan May, Gary Weed and Jason Kull to discuss the past year of 2020 and a little about the past 10 years on the show. Due to Covid, we couldn't have a big party and live show for the 10th anniversay, but we can get a show together for all of you. So much to discuss and too much to type in here, so you just settle in and listen to our current thoughts on Trump and his moves, plus the past and a little telling of the future too!
Finally, Comedian Steve Hofstetter joins the Q as a guest to discuss his new book that he has been working on, plus he talks about how he gained notoriety in the world of social media and comedy. From his early days in Brooklyn until his new future in Pittsburgh, PA...Steve sits down to discuss some of his political views and to make sure you all know that this is just the beginning, buckle in and enjoy the ride!
It's been 10 yrs and the Q Show just keeps bringing it.