Star turn: A chat with American Stage CEO Stephanie Gularte As I expected, it was a total pleasure to talk with the unfailingly articulate arts leader Stephanie Gularte of American Stage today on dRTB Live. Among the many highlights: • Her excellent answer to a question that’s been bugging me of late: Why do so many professional theater companies hereabouts feel it necessary to […]

Ian Lieberman and Molly duPont.

LoveIVLawrence: Changing the conversation around mental health and suicide When someone dies by suicide, survivors struggle with multiple questions. What could we have done to help? Were there warning signs that we missed? And perhaps the most unanswerable: Why? LoveIVLawrence evolved two years ago out of just such questions, when the death by suicide of auto dealer and philanthropist Lawrence Dimmitt IV, 32, shocked […]

Melissa Mihok of Heels to Heal talks about helping survivors of domestic abuse

I had the great pleasure this week of talking with Melissa Mihok, founder and executive director of Heels to Heal, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse receive free counseling services. She founded the organization in 2009 when she saw a need for added resources to help survivors like […]

WEDU's Paul Grove on dRTB Live: "Programs that are good for your mind"

Lots for Tampa Bay to be proud of in this interview. First, there’s WEDU. One of the leading PBS outlets in the U.S., with the largest reach in Florida of any PBS station in the state, it now has six channels, all free, from The Florida Channel to WEDQ to WEDU World, and a great […]

freeFall Theatre's Matthew McGee talks dream roles and drag

It’s the bald interviewing the bald! Proving once and for all that Matthew McGee and I are not the same person, I had the great, great pleasure of chatting with Matthew about his stellar performance(s) in freeFall’s smash hit production of Pippin, plus his favorite roles over the last 20 years in local theater and […]

See Europe by Porsche? Find out how from Peter Sontag of Fast Lane Travel

If you have ever dreamt of zipping around Europe in a sports car à la Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney in Two for the Road (with all the romance but none of the marital strife), Fast Lane Travel has your back. And your Porsche. Listen to Tom duPont’s dRTB Live interview with the founder of Fast […]

dRTB Live: Dr. Jacqueline Hubbard talks about children's mental health

The St. Petersburg-based psychiatrist Dr. Jacqueline Hubbard is a font of knowledge on how to best ensure the mental health of our children (and adults, too). In this interview for dRTB Live, she and duPont Registry Tampa Bay publisher Tom duPont cover a range of issues, including social media, school resources, the effects of divorce […]

Pilot Bank President Rita Lowman talks to Tom duPont

Rita Lowman, the president of Pilot Bank, wrote a book in 2016 called From the Farm to the Boardroom: Leadership Lessons. As that title suggests, her life has been a pretty amazing odyssey, and she’s picked up lots of wisdom along the way. So it was great to have her as a guest on dRTB […]

Douglas Elliman Real Estate in St. Pete? It's a big deal. Jay Phillip Parker and Tom duPont explain why.

Douglas Elliman, the third largest residential brokerage in the U.S., has bought Strickland Property Group, one of Pinellas County’s most successful real estate firms, and has opened an office in St. Petersburg. The firm has 7,000 agents in 118 offices across the country, including 22 in South Florida. The St. Pete location at 100 Beach Drive […]

dRTB Live: Paul Wilborn talks about his new book, ’80s Ybor and more

He’s the man! The one and only Paul Wilborn! Except there can’t really be just one, can there, because how does one man do all this stuff? Here’s our dRTB Live! interview with the Palladium exec, arts maven, cabaret star, journalist, raconteur, and now published short story writer, talking about his first book, Cigar City: […]