The Maine Show

The Maine Show Podcast was launched in August 2015. The goal of the show is to share the stories behind the people, events, and ideas driving the state of Maine forward. For hundreds of years Mainers have come together around campfires, fishing holes, wood stoves, and kitchen tables to tell stories. At its purest form, that is what The Maine Show is all about. New episodes are launched each Tuesday morning at 7:00 am EST.
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Dec 29, 2015
Episode 018 - Tellis Coolong

Tellis Coolong shares his story about writing 85,000 words in one month, publishing, and overcoming challenges including mental illness.  This an honest, earnest talk from one of Maine's diamonds in the rough.  

To find out more about Tellis and his books visit or find him on Amazon at

To subscribe to The Maine Show on iTunes visit  

Follow the show on Twitter @maineshow and find host Ben Sprague on Facebook at or on Twitter @bensprague.  

Dec 20, 2015
Special Edition - Holiday Stories

In this special edition of The Maine Show, Mainers with many different backgrounds share their memories, perspective, and lessons from holidays past. 

This episode features music by Maine pianist Bill Trowell. To listen to more of Bill's music, visit  

Subscribe to the Maine Show on iTunes, follow the show on Twitter @MaineShow, and visit for past and future episodes.  Find host Ben Sprague on Facebook at and on Twitter @BenSprague.  

Dec 15, 2015
Episode 017 - Josh Alves

Josh Alves is an illustrator of comic strips, children's books, and much more.  Hear this graphic designer's story from working at a local newspaper to winning international awards, all from his home right here in Maine and about how he got his first contract through Twitter.  

Visit to see his work or find him on Facebook at or on Twitter @joshalves.  

Find more episodes of The Maine Show at and follow host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague or on Facebook at  



Dec 8, 2015
Episode 016 - Luke Livingston of Baxter Brewing Company

In this episode, Ben sits down with Luke Livingston, President and Founder of Baxter Brewing Company.  The company is about to celebrate its five year anniversary and has already set records, seen significant revenue growth, and had its founder, Luke, end up on Forbes 30 under 30 list.  They have done all this while staying true to their Maine roots and eco-friendly principles.  

To learn more about Baxter Brewing Company, visit or find them on Facebook at, on Twitter @baxterbrewing, or on Instagram at @baxterbrewing.  

Check out for past and future episodes and follow host Ben Sprague on Facebook at, on Twitter @bensprague, and on Instagram at @benspraguebangor.  

Special thanks to the Maine Science Festival for sponsoring this episode.  Check them out at  



Dec 1, 2015
Episode 015 - Alex Gray of Waterfront Concerts

Waterfront Concerts has pumped over $50 million into the Bangor economy since the concerts began in 2010.  In this episode, hear the backstory of how Alex Gray and a group of friends started the company and what advice Alex has for young entrepreneurs today.  

Follow Waterfront Concerts on Twitter @wfconcerts.  Subscribe to the Maine Show on iTunes, find past and future episodes at, and follow host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague or on Facebook at  


Nov 24, 2015
Episode 014 - Bangor Greendrinks

In this episode, Chris Rudolph and Ethan Tremblay tell the story of Bangor Greendrinks, an organization that has given over $7,500 to Bangor-area non-profits for environmentally friendly and sustainable improvement projects.  How do they raise the money? By bringing people together around Maine craft beer.  

To learn more about Bangor Greendrinks, visit  You can follow them on Twitter @BGreendrinks or on Facebook at  

Follow Chris Rudolph Twitter at @notchrisrudolph and Ethan Tremblay @ethanjtremblay.

Check out past and future episodes of The Maine Show on iTunes or by visiting, find the show on Twitter @MaineShow and follow host Ben Sprague @bensprague.  




Nov 17, 2015
Episode 013 - George Smith on the Maine outdoors

If you love Maine and the Maine outdoors, you will enjoy listening to George Smith.  George has spent a lifetime advocating for our state.  In this episode he talks about his career and what he is doing in "retirement" after 18 years as Executive Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.  

George also gives his perspective on a range of topics including the Lands for Maine's Future program and plans for a national park in the Katahdin Region. He pulls no punches in giving his perspective on what Maine needs to do to grow its recreational opportunities and rural economy. 

To follow George online visit  You can also find George as a regular contributor to the Bangor Daily News, Waterville Sentinel, and Kennebec Journal.  

To listen to past episodes of The Maine Show, visit or find us on iTunes.  You can follow Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague or on Facebook at  




Nov 10, 2015
Episode 012 - The Alamo Theater

The vault inside the Alamo Theater in Bucksport is home to over 10 million feet of historic film, most of which was recorded in northern New England.  In this episode, we sit down with Brook Ewing Minner, Executive Director of Northeast Historic Film, which, among other things, owns and operates the 99-year-old Alamo Theater on Main Street in Bucksport, Maine.  

This is a story of a theater, but it is also the story of a community with a rich past that is looking to the future.  

To learn more about Northeast Historic Film and the Alamo Theater, visit  

You can find the Alamo Theater on Facebook at  

Find past episodes of The Maine Show at or find us on iTunes.  Thanks for listening!  You can follow The Maine Show on Twitter @maineshow and @bensprague.  

Nov 3, 2015
Episode 011 - Anthony Ronzio of the Bangor Daily News

Anthony Ronzio, the Bangor Daily News Director of News and Audience, gives an unprecedented look behind the curtain as to how the BDN is navigating an increasingly paperless world amidst changing demand for news content.  Hear Tony's story about how he got interested in journalism and how a boy from Rhode Island ended up in Maine at one of the state's premier news organizations.  

Follow Tony on Twitter @Ronzio.  

Oct 27, 2015
Episode 010 - Kristen Miale of Good Shepherd Food Bank

Imagine a program that buys fresh produce directly from Maine farmers and gives it to hungry Mainers in need. The program strengthens rural economies, helps keep Mainers healthy, and helps Maine students do better in school. In reality, this program already exists and it's managed by Good Shepherd Food Bank. In this episode, the organization's president, shares the story of what Good Shepherd is doing to tackle the overwhelming, heartbreaking, and growing problem of hunger in Maine with programs like "Mainers Feeding Mainers," mobile food fans, and "Cooking Matters" classes.

To learn more about Good Shepherd Food Bank, visit or find them on Facebook at or on Twitter @feedingmaine

This episode is sponsored by The Maine Science Festival, coming to Bangor in March. Visit for more information!


Oct 20, 2015
Episode 009 - Brian Butterfield, Orono native and Red Sox coach

In this episode, Brian Butterfield shares his story of growing up on campus at the University of Maine where his father, Jack, was the baseball coach. We recorded this conversation deep in the gallows of Fenway Park and in it we talk about Brian's minor league career as a player and then his coaching career with the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, and now the Red Sox. We talk about everything from Derek Jeter to the odd angles around the wall at Fenway Park to the advice Brian has for young players today if they want to be successful. Brian brings great insight and a unique perspective as a Mainer who has reached the pinnacle of his profession yet is as humble as they come.

This episode is sponsored by the Maine Science Festival, coming to Bangor in March. Please visit for more information.

You can listen to past and future episodes of The Maine Show at Check back each Tuesday morning for a new episode. 

Follow the Maine Show on Twitter @maineshow and host Ben Sprague @bensprague or at   

Oct 13, 2015
Episode 008 - Tom Shafer of Maine Heritage Timber

Tom Shafer shares his story of being laid off from a Wall Street job and then returning to Millinocket, a place where he had childhood roots, to start Maine Heritage Timber, a company that sells wood that has been salvaged from a Katahdin area lake and sold as flooring, siding, and furniture.  Some of the wood dates back as far as 1824.  Tom's is a story of rebirth and redemption: the perfect metaphor for Millinocket as the region looks to the future.  

Oct 6, 2015
Episode 007 - Dan Cashman

From being the backup Blue Ox mascot for Bangor's independent league baseball team, to an opportunity with Imus in the morning, to a statewide weekly variety show, Dan Cashman shares his story.

Follow Dan on Twitter at @mainedan and @theniteshowME and see more at


Featuring music by Bill Trowell


Sep 29, 2015
Episode 006 - Lucas St. Clair and Katahdin Woods and Waters

Lucas St. Clair of Elliotsville Plantation talks about the plans for a new national park in the Katahdin Region.  

For more information about Katahdin Woods & Waters, visit


This episode features music by Maine-born artist Slaid Cleaves.

Sep 22, 2015
Episode 005 - Jamie Miller of SXSW

Jamie Miller is a senior staff member of SXSW, which is a major arts, music, film, and technology festival that takes place each year in Austin, Texas.  What is so special about Jamie's story?  She and her husband live in Corinth, Maine.  In this episode, Jamie talks telecommuting, rural internet, and injecting some more creativity and an artistic mindset into Maine.  

Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram at @jamiefriggin.  

This episode features music by Maine-based artist Bill Trowell.  Find his recordings at

Sep 15, 2015
Episode 004 - Ryan Gavin of Q97.9 and Maine Memes

Ryan Gavin, on-air personalty at Q97.9 and creator of Maine Memes, shares his story.  From overcoming stuttering to generating millions of pageviews per month on the funniest internet site in Maine, Ryan gives his thoughts on what it takes to be successful and how to build a following in an ever-changing social media landscape. Spoiler: don't count on Facebook.

Find Ryan on Facebook at and on Twitter at @ryangavin.  

Find Maine Memes on Facebook at and on Twitter at @mainememes


This episode features music by Maine-based artist Adam Hosack. Find his music at

Sep 8, 2015
Episode 003 - Cousins Maine Lobster

Jim Tselikis, co-founder of Cousins Maine Lobster, shares the story of how of two cousins from Maine ended up selling Maine lobster out of trucks in California and closed a deal with Barbara Corcoran on ABC's Shark Tank to help them expand nationwide.

Find Cousins Maine Lobster and order fresh Maine lobster at:

Find Cousins Maine Lobster on Facebook:

Find Cousins Maine Lobster on Twitter and Instagram: @CMLobster

Featuring music by Viva & The Reinforcements

Sep 1, 2015
Episode 002 - Steve Vose, the Rabid Outdoorsman

Registered Maine Guide Steve Vose, aka the Rabid Outdoorsman, talks about his winter ascents of Mt. Katahdin, climbing Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, his new found love of photography, why he fell in love with the Maine outdoors, and how he is passing that on to the next generation.

Follow Steve at, on Twitter at @rabidoutdoors, and on Instagram via rabidoutdoorsman. 


Featuring music by Adam Hosack

Aug 25, 2015
Episode 001 - How Bangor Landed the Folk Festival

We know what the Folk Festival has become, but how did it get started?  Past Chair John Rohman and current Executive Director Heather McCarthy give us the back story about how Bangor convinced the Folk Festival to come to Maine and what the early years were like.


For more information on the current Folk Festival, visit their website here:


Featuring music by:

Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy


The Hot Club of Cowtown


Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac


Aubrey and Lori Ghent

Aug 24, 2015
Episode 000 - What Is The Maine Show?

Host Ben Sprague gives an overview of what to expect from this weekly podcast.


Featuring music by Bill Trowell