Dennis Spielman

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2×12 Enid’s Ghost Stories

Unbeknownst to Sam, Geoff has been researching other hauntings in Enid. The professor meets with Sam at the studio where he shares the stories he learned about a spirit that’s still trying to fix an elevator, an explosion sound that haunts a school, a boy trying to keep people away from a lake, and more.


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.

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2×11 Touring The Ghosts of OU

With Sam recovering from the flu, Geoff took the University of Oklahoma Ghost Tour and recalled the ghost stories to Sam. The tour included tales about Holmberg Hall, where a music professor is said to play in the night, footsteps on the glass-plated floors of the library decks, a little boy roller-skating through the third floor of Ellison Hall, and Mex the Dog still cheering for the football team.

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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.

If you love what we’re doing, want us to keep being artist owned and patron supported, click here. In return, you can get bonus content, including early access to other shows I produce.

Thank you for listening to Tales Unveiled! We would love it if you would leave a rating and review of the show on your favorite podcast provider. Your reviews do help other people discover the show and get noticed by the providers for possible collection features.

Behind the Scenes Commentary (Spoilers)

Doing an episode about OU’s ghost stories has been a back-up plan for us. Since Jeff himself would be the person Sam and Geoff would interview, we’ve put the episode off. With some interviews falling through and with me getting hit with the flu last week, I decided to do this episode to keep our weekly schedule. I came up with the story plot device of having the professor go on the OU ghost tour and recall the stories to Sam, who missed the tour because he was sick. I also came up with an idea where we could “call Jeff” for additional questions, but we ended up not doing that.

One of the things I’ve noticed in this episode when reflecting back on our first season was how much more back and forth Sam and Geoff have with each other. This episode isn’t all Geoff talking but has Sam asking questions and making comments. I really like that element.

This episode only covers a few of the stories Jeff himself shares on the tour as well as a bonus story about Mex the Dog. Fun Fact: I did an episode about Jeff’s OU ghost tours on Uncovering Oklahoma years ago. The photo used to represent the episode was a still frame captured from that tour. 

Parlor OKC

In this in-depth Uncovering Oklahoma episode, Jabee and Dana Gillett interview the people behind Parlor OKC and its restaurant concepts in Automobile Alley. They visit with Burger Pig, El Guate, Graffiti, Mother Clucker, Pachinko Parlor, Providence Pizza, and Sura Eats, as well as Parlor’s lead bartender, Katie Prouty.

I took what learned from filming my episode on The Collective and sought to make this one better. Trying to interview everyone in one day wasn’t going to work, so I broke this into two days. For variety, pacing, and scheduling, Dana interviewed everyone on the bottom floor while Jabee took care of the second. Dana and I spent four hours while Jabee and I spent two. Technically, I spent more than two days filming as there’s also b-roll from my various visits, like the media preview event. I could’ve used more b-roll, which I didn’t realize what I was missing until editing it this week and I wanted to get it out today. Originally, I wanted to release it last week, but I had the flu and I didn’t get much of anything done.

Overall, I’m happy with how well this episode turned out! I think it’s an improvement over my last food hall themed episode, but we’ll see how it performs.

I hope you enjoy this 25-minute long episode of Uncovering Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Venture Forum for November 2019

If you missed my announcement on social media, I’ve partnered with The Golding Group to record the Oklahoma Venture Forum podcast! OVF is a non-profit organization providing entrepreneurs and growing ventures in Oklahoma access to capital and management development through education, networking, and other resources.

For November, I recorded the Pritch Pritchard interviews in December, I’ll be taking over hosting duties interviewing Oklahoma entrepreneurs. The November episodes have been released today.

Transparency, trust, and transformation at the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma. How does an Oklahoma organization anticipate its 90th birthday? In the case of the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma, it stays true to the core values established in 1930 while continually adapting its services to the business community. “Transparency is one of the core values of our business,” says Kitt Letcher, the CEO and President of the Bureau. “And our standards of trust must be met before a business can earn BBB accreditation. But we’re also really trying to transform our image to business owners.”

After earning his Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin, Rob Reynolds began his career as a university faculty member teaching languages and literature. He has also served in university administration, as a textbook publishing executive, and as a co-founder and/or leader of multiple educational technology startups. Reynolds currently serves as Executive Director of TEL Library, a non-profit, public library dedicated to providing affordable learning to anyone, anywhere.

TEL Library continues to innovate content management and publishing with a goal of making high-quality education affordable and easily accessible for everyone, everywhere. They are currently building a library of high-quality, low-cost learning content that can be repurposed and distributed quickly and efficiently across multiple product types and markets. In the next phase, TEL Library’s long-term goal is to leverage its structured data framework and make its structured content available to third-party AI systems to make high-quality, affordable education accessible worldwide.

2×10 The Tombstone Tales of Enid

Under a full moon, Sam and Geoff arrive at the Enid Cemetery for the town’s annual Tombstone Tales event after receiving an invite from Visit Enid. The next day, the two meet Russ Frazee and Errol Wofford at Garfield Furniture to learn more about the town’s history and connection to John Wilkes Booth’s death there.

 This episode of Tales Unveiled is brought to you by Visit Enid. No matter what you’re planning, Enid has plenty of fun things to do and lodging options ranging from popular chain hotels to historic bed and breakfast inns. Get suggestions on what to see, eat, and do at VisitEnid.org

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Recreation of the room John Wilkes Booth died at in the now Garfield Furniture building - photo by Dennis Spielman
Recreation of the room John Wilkes Booth died at in the now Garfield Furniture building – photo by Dennis Spielman

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.

We would like to thank Visit Enid for the travel accommodations and itinerary. Also, a thank you to Russ Frazee and Errol Wofford for sharing stories with us.

If you love what we’re doing, want us to keep being artist owned and patron supported, click here. In return, you can get bonus content, including early access to various shows!

Thank you for listening to Tales Unveiled! We would love it if you would leave a rating and review of the show on your favorite podcast provider. Your reviews do help other people discover the show and get noticed by the providers for possible collection features.

Behind the Scenes Commentary (Spoilers)

I was invited by Visit Enid to spend a night in their town to do stories for both Uncovering Oklahoma and Tales Unveiled. This episode of Tales Unveiled was the main feature of the trip. Visit Enid provided dinner at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant (which was good by the way) and hotel stay at Country Inn & Suites (also nice).

The way Jeff and my schedule’s worked, we did the last Tombstone Tale on Saturday night for the season. As we commented in the cold open for the episode, we did have a full moon for the occasion. Since I didn’t have control over the tour, I had to be mobile and capture it from an audience perspective. I also switched from recording parts with my audio recorder and parts with my camera. In the episode, I featured three clips from the tour although I recorded more.

Visit Enid arranged the interview with Russ Frazee and Errol Wofford at Garfield Furniture that we did the next day. As discussed in the episode, what is now Garfield Furniture was the supposed place John Wilkes Booth died. After the interview, we got to see the recreated room where Booth stayed.

This was the first time I was invited by a tourism group to do stories about a city, so I hope I get to do more projects like this one. 

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