Dennis Spielman

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Gifts from Barkeep - photo by Dennis Spielman

Barkeep Ad Video

I have been fortunate enough to have been hired by Barkeep Supply to make a promo ad for Uncovering Oklahoma and some cocktail instructional videos that they’ll be using on their social media accounts. Barkeep is located in the Oklahoma City Midtown District and they’re a cocktail supply shop specializing in bar tools, drinkware, ingredients, and accessories. Come stock your bar or find the perfect gift and while you shop, enjoy a cocktail. Also, check out their custom gift boxes.

Jonathan Yarbor at Startup Grind OKC

Jonathan Yarbor at Startup Grind OKC

The October Startup Grind OKC session featured Jonathan Yarbor, co-founder and CEO of Nodecraft. Nodecraft has been shaping the future in online video games. Today Jonathan is working to help bring Oklahoma Startups together and encourage others to start their own company in the Silicon Prarie.

For details on the next Startup Grind meeting, click here.

Coffee at Clarity Coffee - photo by Dennis Spielman

Digging Up The Truth

“Sam and Geoff conduct separate interviews with Sam getting a second opinion from Localites OKC on places they’ve visited and Geoff learning about the legendary Chinese Tunnels. Their conversations add new levels of mystery to the tales of Oklahoma.”

This is the second to the last episode of our first season! After the end of the season, we’ll do a Q&A video, so if you have any questions for us about the series, send us a message or leave a comment on social media and we’ll answer it in the video!

As for episode notes, throughout October our schedules were full, especially with Jeff hosting various ghost tours. We recorded the two main interviews last Friday and the last bit yesterday. I’m excited to work on the finale, which will heavily story focused. We do have plans for a second season, which we’ll start recording in the summer of next year. We’ll talk more about season two in the post-show video.

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.

This episode featured the voice talents of Kayla Coffey & Anna Farha from Localites OKC as themselves; Paul Evans as Wendell Holmes; and Mel Roberts as Detective West.

Special thanks to Clarity Coffee and Waving Wheat Bakery for letting us record there.

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EightyThree - photo by Dennis Spielman


Reviving the golden era of arcade games, EightyThree in Moore is a museum-style nostalgic-trip arcade. With games like Tron, Frogger, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Sinistar, and more, EightyThree operates on a flat admission fee for unlimited play of the arcade games, with only the pinball machines being coin-operated. In this Uncovering Oklahoma interview, Dean Wenzel shares the story of why he started the business and what visitors can expect.

EightyThree is a fun place. While I didn’t highlight in the video, along the walls are some of Dean’s arcade history memorabilia that’s he’s collected throughout his years. One of his dreams he told me off camera is to eventually expand with a video game themed restaurant.

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway

On Sunday, my wife and I visited the Talimena National Scenic Byway to see the fall foliage. I made this one-minute video highlighting some of the experiences one can enjoy along this road trip.

Here are a few of my favorite photos I captured as well.

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

A Hiking Trailing Trail along the Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

Talimena National Scenic Byway - photo by Dennis Spielman

If you’re planning a road trip adventure along the Talimena National Scenic Byway, I do have a few tips.

  • Make sure you have a full tank of fuel as there aren’t any gas stations directly along the byway.
  • When driving, be prepared for steep inclines, sharp turns, and sudden changes in speed. Pay close attention to road signs.
  • Bring food and drinks. There are no restaurants directly on the byway.
  • Use the bathroom before you start because there are lovely views but there are few bathrooms, most of which are part of the campgrounds.
  • Pack appropriate clothing and gear for whatever activities you want to enjoy.
  • Have fun!

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