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Riverscream - photo by Dennis Spielman


Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District has been struck by terrestrial gamma-rays, transforming RIVERSPORT into RIVERSCREAM. Help contain the zombies before they escape and terrorize the city by maneuvering the challenges on the six-story Sky Trail to find explosive transformers proven to reverse the effects of the gamma-rays.

Mike Knopp, OKC Boathouse Foundation Executive Director; and John Riggs, Senior Director, Operations and Events share what courageous citizens can do at the family-friendly RIVERSCREAM on Fridays and Saturdays in October.

I had fun filming this story on Friday. I believe it was Mike’s idea to have a zombie in the background for the interview and it was my suggestion that the zombie attacks him at the end. I’m happy with the creepy fog shots I was able to obtain. With my camera, I couldn’t harness up and do the sky trail, however, there was a spiral staircase that I was able to use and get some great shots. As both Mike and John said in the video, climbing the sky trail at night is a different experience.

For more Halloween attractions and events, be sure to check out Uncovering Oklahoma’s Halloween Guide.

Fries at Hopdoddy - photo by Dennis Spielman

A Minute with Hopdoddy

Dennis here for a Minute with Hopdoddy. Hopdoddy Burger Bar describes themselves as “a creative, from-scratch burger and beer joint with a friendly neighborhood vibe.” I was invited to the opening of their second Oklahoma location at Chisholm Creek in Oklahoma City where I tried two of their burgers, the parmesan truffle fries, Oreo Milk Shake, and lemonade. All of which I have to say was delicious and I’m thankful that they had paper towels at the table.

Dinner at Hopdoddy - photo by Dennis Spielman

Fun Fact: They can booze up all of their milkshakes for you. On the subject of booze, they also have a selection of local and regional craft beers to go with your meal. While Hopdoddy is in several states, they do source items locally, including making their buns in-house.

The Ahi Tuna Burger from Hopdoddy - photo by Dennis Spielman

Now for the Burgers. Wanting something different, I ate two of their untraditional burgers, the Llano Poblano and the Ahi Tuna, with the latter tasting like sushi in burger form with an added crunch from the nori chips. The Llano Poblano had Applewood Smoked Bacon, Tillamook Pepper Jack, Seared Poblanos with chipotle aioli.

The Llano Poblano Burger from Hopdoddy - photo by Dennis Spielman

If you want something unique for a burger or a new burger joint to visit, consider checking out Hopdoddy.

This video is for a new segment I’m calling A Minute With Series, in which I’ll be doing short videos about interesting things to consider visiting.

Spare Tire

How To Put On A Spare Tire

Today I’m sharing an instructional video on how to put on a spare tire if you ever get into such a situation while having an adventure. Knowing how to install a spare tire yourself can save you time and money. I made this for a video contest hosted by CARDONE. Be sure to vote for my video over on their site!

To vote, go here and click on that Vote button. That’s it. There’s no need to sign up or give your email. Just press that Vote button. You can do it once per day until the contest ends. If I win, it will help me get the equipment to achieve my goals. Thank you!

Whiteout photo by Dennis Spielman

Whiteout by Erwin Redl

New Uncovering Oklahoma story on Whiteout, an installation by artist Erwin Redl that uses a grid of 550 suspended LED bulbs to animate Campbell Art Park next to Oklahoma Contemporary. The bulbs turn off and on according to a computer program, creating a series of moving patterns that work in tandem with the surrounding environment.

I had a fun filming this light installation last night. In addition to this video, I had also planned to do a story on the Scantuary Haunt, however, they were hit by a tornado. Later tonight, weather permitting, I’m doing another Halloween themed story on the new RIVERSCREAM.

Downtown Guthrie - photo by Dennis Spielman

Walking Around Guthrie

“After being invited to join another podcast group at the Stone Lion Inn in Guthrie, Sam and Geoff arrive early to Oklahoma’s most haunted town to gather more stories while there. Local residents give personal experiences of downtown and Stacey Frazier of the Guthrie Ghost Walk shares a treasure trove of stories about a town where the truth is even more shocking than the legends.”

Miss Lizzie's in Downtown Guthrie - photo by Dennis Spielman

Jeff and I recorded both this episode and the Stone Lion Inn one on the same day, which was a huge time saver. We walked around, trying to get a few people to be interviewed about the area, but we were meet with people not wanting to be recording or didn’t have any stories. It was a Sunday afternoon when we went to Guthrie and a few places were closed. The fabric store, which we had both visited last year for Uncovering Oklahoma, had closed up shop to our surprise. We did manage to get a couple of stories and a great interview from Stacey Frazier.

I’ve been enjoying this mini-arc leading up to the Stone Lion Inn. The voice mail from Brain in this episode was a happy accident. Though miscommunication/misunderstanding, Brain spoke as if we were coming today when I wanted a line to be used before in the last episode on Bricktown. Another happy accident was the timing of the train in the background right when we were talking about the train station. We did comment about it during the interview, but I cut it out for pacing.

Hope you enjoy this episode!

Tales Unveiled is a production of The Show Starts Now Studios and is produced by me, Dennis Spielman. The voice of Sam Saxton is Dennis Spielman. The voice of Professor Geoff DeRoot is Jeff Provine. Featuring Tammy, Art, Stacey Frazier, and Brian Gililland as themselves.

Want to learn more about the ghosts of Guthrie? Take the Guthrie Ghost Walk. Visit for tickets.

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