We at Choose Local Media here in Portland

have built a podcast studio and platform (a work in progress) called, TalkCastPDX (talkcastpdx.com).

My own podcast debut is imminent. It’s called, Against the Grain. If you have a strong network for promotion and have a great personal story that you would like to tell, I want you for one of my early guests—please send me a message and tell me why you’re a top candidate for this (many have already contacted us, and I am sifting through these messages to find those who fit the bill for my first ten shows).

Here is a preamble idea that I have. Let me know what you think—all feedback, including possible edits, is welcome:

“This show is about Innovators and fighters. Folks who have overcome the haters and the roadblocks that discourage average people. How do they do it? My first win was finding freedom while I was in prison. You can find my story at davedahl360.com. This show is about others’ unique stories that inspire hope and motivation because they have learned to be winners—all of whom have done it by going against the grain.” This will be superimposed over my instrumental song:

Please join me…

Along with the world’s leading bread bakers for an online symposium series that will inform and inspire every level of bread enthusiast, whether you’re a professional bread maker or just want to bake like one. I’m also happy to share a discount code, good for 15% off any ticket you purchase to the symposium. The code is: SPKRdiscount

Check out the amazing lineup and purchase tickets at: https://breadsymposium.com/

Last year I posted about Constructing Hope…

and executive director Pat Daniels, introducing folks to an organization that checks all the blanks for me. They teach people what they need to get started with a meaningful career, which is huge, because their success at placing people in construction-related apprenticeship programs is very high.

Last year, due to the virus, they were crippled because due to the inability to run their program they couldn’t get the grants they needed to survive. when I heard this, I was compelled to make a $50K loan, and then I doubled it. By the end of the year, my donation was dwarfed by corporate donations, and now CH is on fire! Watch this video from last summer and then visit the website for more info.


TalkcastPDX is the name of our newly launched podcast platform.


I’m oh-so-close to debuting my own show, Against the Grain. I’ll be interviewing successful people who got there the hard way, kinda like me.

I’m seriously considering a portion of the attached song (which I wrote in 2005 but updated in 2009 or 2010 with producer Michael Rizzo) to open the show under introductory words. Check out the song and video, and subscribe to my YouTube if you like (I would appreciate it!).

What do you think?

Great interview on our new podcast platform talkcastPDX.

I believe you’ll find Citizen Smith (Ken Smith) entertaining and educational. Check us out at www.talkcastpdx.com and get the app!

I will have my own show, Against the Grain coming along soon. Stay tuned.

An interview with two young documentary filmmakers who journeyed to Ethiopia to document the lives of four women living on a coffee farm

Listen Here

Newly transplanted to Portland, 22-year-old film director Celia Boussebaa, and 23-year-old Chris Hausler, director of photography, share their experience shooting a documentary for 3 months in the Sidama region of Ethiopia, profiling the lives of four women living in a rural village of coffee farms and washing station.

We are moving forward with our endeavor, TalkcastPDX

Which will be a free-speech (no agenda) podcast platform. My show will be called, Against the Grain, and will focus on overcomers and go-getters. I’ve actually been a little surprised at the response to my post asking for stories – there are so many good ones. So I know the show is gonna rock.

I recently was a guest on one of the other shoes that’s already featured on our platform, Citizen Smith. Check it out here:

Listen Here


I’ve had an incredible response…

from my latest post in which I asked for interviewees for a new podcast I’m doing called Against the Grain. Seems there are a lot of great stories of overcoming out there.

Please be patient and understand I’m a little overwhelmed. I didn’t see this coming. But I’m super encouraged that this show is going to rock!


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