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FORTitude FW Podcast

FORTitude FW Podcast

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FORTitude FW is a Fort Worth centric podcast hosted by JW Wilson and Brinton Payne. Each Friday a new episode is released featuring a guest with a FTW tie. From TCU sports to news, politics, entertainment and everywhere in between FORTitude covers Fort Worth. Listen to stories of everyday Fort Worthians doing extraordinary things and those Fort Worthers with athletic and artistic achievements that are national and internationally loved.

FORTitude - Where the Stories Never Die
91 Episodes
Dr. Keith Argenbright M.D.
Eugene Gwozdz joins Fortitude. Remember that time you went to Casa Manana to see an off-broadway production of Spamilton? Remember loving it but thinking, who in the world is that remarkable pianist? Then you met him after the show and asked him to come do a podcast? Then he did and what came out was amazing? Well, here it is! Enjoy. We did.
An in-depth roaming interview with Chief Noakes highlights his life of service and dedication to the people of Fort Worth. Issues within the PD, community involvement, what it takes to keep our city safe, and how to get involved. Think you know him? Now you will. Proud of this episode and the passion in which Chief Noakes leads the FWPD.
Hal "Jay" Harbuck

Hal "Jay" Harbuck


Hal Harbuck, AKA Hal Jay, longtime radio host on WBAP, joins Fortitude. We talk about his brand new heart, talking to God, organ donation, his early radio years with Elvis, flying with Ronnie Milsap, his career on the radio, his laugh, and of course, the beloved Josh. We love us some Hal. 
Rusty Reid, CEO and President of well known Higginbotham. A Fort Worth landmark business celebrates its 75th birthday with Fortitude. Rusty took over in 1986 as its 12th employee and has built the Insurance Agency into the largest in Texas. He knew what he was destined to do from an early age and thus has built a reputation as one of Fort Worth's great business leaders. How did it happen? What makes him go? What makes him successful? Where are the skeletons? Watch and find out. Happy Birthday HIGG!
The DEA has called it the most dangerous drug our country has ever faced. FWPD Narcotics Officer, Jeremy Prescott details everything you need and didn't want to know about Fentanyl. From its source, to its forms, to our schools, to the daily overdoses, to the vastness of the problem facing our country. This one will terrify you. 
On this episode of FORTitude we hear the story of Clint Weber, President & CEO of the Advancement Foundation, Diocese of Fort Worth.  Clint shares memories of his time as a Marine pilot, 9/11 and being in a war zone.  He also talks to his current position and what that job entails.  Another amazing Fort Worthian with a story to share.
Woodrow Blagg - Artist

Woodrow Blagg - Artist


Woodrow Blagg, artist, the greatest Blagg of them all (shared opinion) joins Fortitude by telephone. His art is known throughout the world. His life and stories are not until now. Woody shares his fascinating life with us on Fortitude. If you know, you know. If you don’t, you will love this guy. His art reflects where he’s been and it’s vast and remarkable! Enjoy him and check out his art.
Keith Cerny, Fort Worth Symphony CEO/President joins Fortitude. Keith shares his impressive life and musical education with us. From age 10 playing the piano, to conducting, singing, earning a Fulbright Fellowship, a Harvard MBA, and a PhD at Open Univ. to name a few of his accomplishments. This visionary understands what it takes to run one of the city's most important institutions, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and all its working parts. Take your seats! This podcast is fascinating. You will learn something. Then go see the FWSO!
Eddie Brown, investigative journalist for the FW Weekly, uncovers some improprieties amongst several Tarrant County District Attorneys. Eddie shares several cases, one personal, that outline a lack of oversight amongst those charged with upholding the law. Fascinating!
Cathy Lin

Cathy Lin


Cathy Lin
Psilocybin 101

Psilocybin 101


Jim Smeeding, RPh, stops by Fortitude with his decades of Pharma experience to explain the fascinating and mysterious world of Psilocybin, aka, Mushrooms. The myths that scare us, the stories that entertain us, the positives that help us, the negatives that are pushed on us, the ever changing laws, the on-going research, the methods to sample, and being at the real Woodstock. Smeeding tells us everything you've always wanted to know about those little psychedelic fungi. Enjoy!
In our year end episode we reflect back on all of our guests "Best Day Ever".  Tune in to find out who was number one and who couldn't get the answer right.
Daniel Pullin, TCU's new president, stops by FORTitude. Fresh off his investiture on Nov. 9th, Pullin outlines his amazing vision for TCU. His incredible backstory coupled with celebrating TCU's 150 years of education and its future plans. Pullin leads the "Everything" school forward with his unique perspective, hands on approach, and some damn awesome footwear! Think you know TCU? Check this out! FORTitude FW - Where the Stories Never Die. A Fort Worth centric podcast featuring luminaries and everyday Fort Worthians sharing their story.
Fortitude visits the William Campbell Gallery as part of our new Artist Spotlight Series. Anne Kelly Lewis, gallery director, joins us as we dive into Fort Worth's oldest art gallery. Anne takes us through the longtime Byers location and the new gorgeous Foch location as she introduces us to some of the gallery's rep'd artists and their incredible works currently on display. What an amazing collection to see!  Life is better with art in it. 
Mayor Mattie Parker

Mayor Mattie Parker


The mayor sits down with Fortitude to chat about her job, current priorities, her salary, new city hall, downtown issues, TCU/SMU football, Wes Smith, White Settlement name change, and the literacy rates amongst FW's youth. (it's abysmal) Then we got personal. Enjoy!
Childhood Suicide 101

Childhood Suicide 101


Fortitude sits down with local man, Brad Hunstable, as he shares his tragic personal story. He experienced every parent's worst nightmare and now he fights to bring awareness and prevention to others. Teen suicide is skyrocketing and we can all do more, One of the toughest shows we've had BUT his story and his message need your ears. Parents, talk to your kids. Have the Conversation.    In Memory of Hayden Hunstable. 
Presbyterian Night Shelter CEO Toby Owen talks about the homelessness problem and what the PNS is doing about it. The solution is harder than you may think. Fortitude went looking for answers and were humbled by what we saw. PNS is where compassion lives. Together, we can make a difference. This is a must see! Get involved. 
Over 34 million Americans have diabetes, that's 10%+ of the entire population.  Let's talk about it!  Dr. Paul Thornton, Director Endocrine & Diabetes Program, Cook Children's Endocrinology joins J.W. on this episode of Fortitude and shares information on what he is doing from the research and treatment side of the disease as well as offering useful advice on what parents should look for in their child to assess if they might have diabetes and what can be done if anything, to minimize the risk of your child or anyone from getting the disease.
TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini sits down with the boys of Fortitude to talk about his life and the last 20 years at TCU. Boschini opens up and shares a rare and exclusive look into his divine Chancellorship. He loves his school, his family, his sports, and his alone time. This Cleveland native bleeds only purple along with so many accomplishments including teaching a class and breaks the news, at that time, of the next man who will one day be king. Enjoy! We sure did!
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