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The Experience Milwaukee podcast highlights the people and places that make Milwaukee great. Hosted by Steve Glynn and Adam Derus, the two keep things light and humorous, often making fun of themselves and the things they share with listeners. Maybe that’s because the podcast is typically (ok always) recorded over a few drinks! (opinions are our own)
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We've partnered up with our friends at MKE Black on this episode, part of a mini-series that will be launched on their own platform soon, too. A. Good Man's Desserts - Calories that you deserve!" In this episode of the MKE Black Podcast, we're taking a sweet detour into the world of desserts with Alan Goodman, the inspiring entrepreneur behind A. Goodman's Desserts. A family tradition, a skipped library session, and a love for basketball set the stage for a journey that would lead to one of Milwaukee's most beloved dessert businesses. Hear from Alan as he shares the humble beginnings of his business, born in his mother's kitchen back in 1982. As a young boy, Alan found himself grounded for choosing hoops over books, but little did he know, this punishment would turn into a passion. He was tasked with learning to cook and bake from family recipes, sparking a love for creating delectable treats that would stick with him for life. Fast forward to 2018, Alan took a leap of faith and turned his lifelong passion into a thriving business, launching A. Goodman's Desserts with a mission to deliver happiness and satisfaction right to people's doorsteps. Dive deep into the significance of desserts in our lives as Alan illustrates their role in our most cherished celebrations - weddings, baby showers, family reunions, and more. Learn why a great dessert is not just about satisfying our sweet tooth but also about evoking warm feelings, wonderful childhood memories, and a sense of love and togetherness. Join us as we explore the secret behind Alan's success, his commitment to preserving the old-fashioned taste reminiscent of our grandmothers, and his aim to leave his customers not just with delicious desserts, but with a soulful experience, a satisfied sweet tooth, and the "calories they deserve!" Don't miss this rich and flavorful journey into the heart of Milwaukee's dessert scene, only on the MKE Black Podcast. Links: A Goodman’s Desserts: MKE Black: Ambition Center Recording Studio: Audio Moguls Media: Experience Milwaukee:
J. Leinenkugel’s Barrel Yard is a one-of-a-kind restaurant and brewery overlooking left field at American Family Field. This episode features the amazing food available there and how you can experience it all for yourself. Steve chats with Tom Hecht, Vice President of Consumer Experience for the Milwaukee Brewers and their Executive Chef, Loren Rue. Super fun and fast-paced conversations. Learn everything you need to know then get over to the Barrel Yard!
In this Work in MKE episode you'll get a behind the scenes view of what it’s like to work in tourism and hospitality in Milwaukee: two critical pieces to bring people here to experience the city. This episode pulls together few conversations with members of the VISIT Milwaukee team as well as representatives from Lakefront Brewery and the Bartolotta Restaurants. What is it like to work in hospitality and tourism in our great city? What kind of transferable skills are acquired through this great work? What are the cool perks of the job, and, is it a requirement that you love the city to be successful in Milwaukee’s tourism and hospitality scene or is that something that comes through in the passion for the work? Even more, what did Steve learn from this experience? All of this and more is answered in this insightful and entertaining episode. One last thing: this episode was sponsored by our friends at VISIT Milwaukee!
Hey, hey, hey, look out! This episode features special guest co-host Tim Dickson, CIO of Generac. Tim is a much appreciated show collaborator and an even better friend. In this episode, we’re also joined by the one-and-only Kenny Ansel of the Green Bay Packers. This is part 2 (the first included the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks) of a preview of a more in-depth panel discussion Tim will host with all three of our world-class professional sports teams at Summerfest Tech in June. You'll LOVE this episode. Which is why we kept the mics on for a bit longer than usual. It’s worth the listen because the trio discusses things like… What does sports tech look like? What kind of people and skill sets are needed? How does Kenny and his team work with the NFL, media, and others in the high pressure, high visibility of game day tech? What happens if the tech fails? All of this and more is answered in this insightful and entertaining episode. Tech in MKE is brought to you by Harley-Davidson, The Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition, Expedient, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Brooksource.
This episode is part of our Work in MKE series where we showcase the dynamic culture of companies in greater Milwaukee. This show features a one-on-one interview with Northwestern Mutual’s Chief Communications Officer, Joe Mandacina. Steve was lucky enough to get invited to the top of Northwestern Mutual’s tower for a beautiful view and even better conversation with Joe. During the chat, Joe and Steve explored Joe’s professional journey to Northwestern Mutual and Milwaukee. They also talked about the new tower that Northwestern Mutual is building and its impact on Milwaukee and Milwaukeeans. Why is a new building at this time significant for Milwaukee businesses and residents? What about Northwestern Mutual employees? For NM itself to attract and retain talent? What was Joe’s biggest learning as he led this announcement? Finally, what excites Joe about the next horizon at NM? These are just a few of the things they talked about during this informative and fun episode. If you’d like to join Steve on a Work in MKE episode, you can get in touch at Thanks for listening. Love you, Milwaukee.
Looking for something to do tonight or any night? You've come to the right podcast. Check out this fun episode on how you can be a regular at the Explorium Brewpub. Even if you've never been there. In this episode, Steve has an entertaining and informative chat with Explorium owner, Mike Doble. Mike shares everything you need to know to have the best time at Explorium. Jump in, then get over to either of their locations to experience it for yourself. Check out their menus and make a reservation here:!
Welcome to another episode of Tech in MKE: conversations with business leaders who have a connection to Milwaukee where we chat about the state of technology in their organizations, what makes a city “techie”, and Milwaukee's connected tech scene. In this one, I sit down with Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) president, Dr. John Walz. MSOE is a school that contributes to the net "brain gain" in Wisconsin. A school that attracts students from across the country and around the world. Dr. Walz and I touch on the usual topics about MSOE, of course. But, we also dig into how MSOE is doubling down on tech - specifically emerging technologies. Will those investments pay off? Will Milwaukee be better for it? Jump into this one for the answers. Tech in MKE is graciously sponsored by Harley-Davidson, The Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition, Expedient, Brooksource, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
In this episode, Adam and Steve catch up with Henry from MobCraft Brewing. This year, MobCraft turns 10! And there is a lot happening, including their 5th annual Sour Fest on March 25 and expansion to new cities. Jump in to this one to get all the details. Then head over to for more info on everything happening at Sour Fest 2023.
Jump into this informative episode with Adam, Steve, and Heidi from New Barons Brewing Cooperative for all that's happening in and around the taproom this month. From news on Black Bier to events you need to check out, get all that's brewing right here each month with Heidi. So, what is happening in March? Welp, glad you asked. There's the New Barons / Experience Milwaukee Glow Party, Women's Month celebrations, a rare bottle sale, member happy hour (which will release a brand new beer, Dan's Trash!), and more. Oh yeah, and the member owner drive starts on 3/14 and runs through 4/14 with upgraded perks and a limited price until 4/14. Get all of this, some beer backstories, and the scoop on Adam's tramp stamp. Who loves ya? We do. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!!
This is it, everyone! Our very first episode of a new content stream called Tech in MKE.  Check this one out as Adam and Steve hang out with Tim Dickson (Chief Information Officer at Generac Power Systems), Derek Hyde (Vice President of Information Technology at the Milwaukee Brewers), and Robert Cordova (Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at the Milwaukee Bucks). Maybe even a special guest appearance from Lena DeLaet (Director, Sales & Summerfest Tech at Summerfest).  In this episode, get the preview, sneak peek into topics you'll get to dig into at Summerfest Tech 2023. Oh, and the backstories on Derek and Robert including how they landed these sweet gigs. Even more, how they evaluate the tech talent they need for operations and game time pressure situations. This is a fun one and includes some early details on Summerfest Tech. Thanks to our presenting sponsors Harley-Davidson, The Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Expedient for helping to make this content possible.  Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!!
WELCOME TO THE MILWAUKEE ATHLETIC CLUB! In this episode, Steve goes solo at the Milwaukee Athletic Club (MAC). We patched together three conversations with a few MAC teammates: Joe Kurth (Chief Operating Officer), Leslie Cadillac (Food & Beverage Manager), Tom McGinty (Executive Chef), then back to Joe to close it out. In the process, we learn about this 140 year old club. No, it's not old. In fact, newly renovated and focused more than ever on reflecting the faces of the city within the club, the MAC is hitting its stride as a downtown Milwaukee hub! Centered on $1M of athletic equipment (with classes and trainers), you can roam this spacious yet cosy building for events, meetings, networking, golf practice, socializing, an overnight stay in one of the hotel rooms, and so much more. And here's a secret: you don't have to be a member to stop by! Jump in to get the details then head over to for more!
Though full of information about cheese, this is not a cheesy episode. Yep, Adam and Steve have the pleasure of chatting with Bob Wills, Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker and owner of Clock Shadow Creamery. How did Wisconsin become so good at cheese? Do Chicagoans make their way to Milwaukee for Clock Shadow Creamery? Will cheese with Skittles ever come to be? What's Bob's take on Wisconsin and cheeseheads? Jump in for all of this and more about Milwaukee's first (and only?) cheese factory including how you can get your hands on this delicious cheese. And you can always head over to for even more.
Hop into this episode with Adam, Steve, and Lauren from The Wicked Hop, located at the corner of Weekend Brunch and Bloody Mary ( or Broadway and St. Paul in the Third Ward)! The trio quickly chat about the launch of The Wicked Hop's annual Ice Bar. Even though the weather might be cold, the Ice Bar is a must see and must stop for you while you're out and about. The Wicked Hop has made it wonderful and cozy and you'll be greeted with a smile from behind the Ice Bar. Oh, and there's awesome music playing. Shout out to Max from Art Below Zero ( for the dynamic work making the bar!
What do you get when you mix Adam and Steve with Milwaukee's own John McGivern? Endless laughs and amazing stories. In this hilarious episode you'll hear the backstory on John's career, inspiration for his stories, and what it is about Milwaukee that puts a smile on his face. Speaking of faces, ours still hurt from laughing so much. John is an incredible human being. Oh, and keep an eye out for a future Milwaukee morning show featuring the three of us!
Happy new year!! Ok, the news is out. Check this hilarious episode for all the details from Adam and Steve along with Heidi and John from New Barons Brewing Cooperative. Also, you might catch that the podcast is now presented by VISIT Milwaukee (yay!). And that we have new show music from NEWSKI! Take a listen then block your cal for January 19th!!!
In the spirit of ramping up for the new year, we thought we'd drop an episode for all of you who participate in dry January or those of you seeking some moderation in adult beverage balance. In this episode, Adam and Steve have some fun tasting KUL MOCKS craft mocktails with founder and CEO, Danielle Goss. From the KUL MOCKS origin story, to how delicious each mocktail option is, and everything in between, you'll have a blast with them and feel great in the morning! To learn more, buy your own, or just follow along, visit!
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Meet the Ski Team


OMG you guys, we know this is longer than our normal episodes but this one is so fun and entertaining. Adam and Steve have drinks and eat pizza with Lynne Fraser and Ryan Dembroski, co-founders of Ski Team, a video content agency here in Milwaukee. Learn about their journey to starting their own company, including interactions with Conan O'Brien, weird chemistry professors, the 54th floor of 30 Rock, theater class, agency life, and more! You'll be smiling from start to finish with this one. And after you take a listen, head over to to connect with Lynne and Ryan and get some cool work done.
This episode is great companion to the audio and video episodes with Charter Manufacturing employees. Here, Adam and Steve dig in deeper in a fund conversation about what Charter Manufacturing is like from the perspective of its CEO, John W. Mellowes. Charter Manufacturing is a fourth-generation family-owned group of differentiated metals manufacturing businesses founded in 1936 with more than 1,200 employees in Milwaukee. Check this out then check out the many careers available at You'll want to become part of the family!
This Work in MKE video episode features our friends at Charter Manufacturing, an amazing place to work. You'll hear the voices of numerous Charter Manufacturing employees, who explain what it's like to be part of the Charter family. Charter Manufacturing is a fourth-generation family-owned group of differentiated metals manufacturing businesses founded in 1936 with more than 1,200 employees in Milwaukee. Jump in and watch, then take a listen to the accompanying audio extended episode!
This Work in MKE episode features our friends at Charter Manufacturing, an amazing place to work. You'll hear Adam and Steve recap the numerous conversations with Charter Manufacturing employees, who all explain how they're part of the Charter family. Charter Manufacturing is a fourth-generation family-owned group of differentiated metals manufacturing businesses founded in 1936 with more than 1,200 employees in Milwaukee. Jump in and take a listen, then check out the accompanying video highlight episode!
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