Rebecca Sounds Reveille with Lisa Antonini

The spotlight shines on guest Lisa Antonini, the “Criminal Justice Reform Advocate” of “Concrete Pillow,” who earned both her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Everest University. Her journey in reform began when a family member became incarcerated under the “Felony Murder Rule,” more commonly known as the “FMR.” She explained that under the “FMR,” it states that if you are present during the commission of a crime, and in the commission of that crime someone were to lose their life, you, as well as everyone else there, will be charged with first-degree felony murder. (Florida statutes and several other states). She then went on to become a “Criminal Justice Reform Advocate” with “Concrete Pillow” and utilizes her production company “Beach Bum Productions, LLC” to further offer education and an experience, but not legal advice, as there are no attorneys there, to those who experience a loved one incarcerated for a crime they did not commit.

Here are a couple of excerpts from the show:

Lisa shared- “So, while all this was going, on I’m going to call libraries and I’m trying to absorb as much as I can about the felony murder rule… and learn what I can …and find out if there’s a way that I could count that I can, got to be able to do something. And I ended up going back to college and I ended up with associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and then a master’s degree in “Criminal Justice” so that I could really understand this.”

Lisa talked about her family member- “he was 18 years old at the time and he was with some friends. A friend had called asking for a favor and he got a group of other friends together to help this other friend out, and I wasn’t there, I can’t tell you exactly everything that took place during that meeting but, I can tell you that someone was there who was armed, he had a gun and one of the many ended up shot.” Rebecca asked, “Okay, let’s just stop right there so that we can make sure this is really clear. So here’s a situation where you have a family member that is in an area, he himself did not have a weapon but, somebody else did.”

The situation Lisa describes becomes more clear during the show and there is a lot of information that may be new to you. Often times, we go about our lives without enough knowledge about various things and use information passed onto us from what we hear. You may have heard the term “ignorance is no excuse of the law.” Meaning just because you did not know, does not mean you are excused from it. Therefore, what we can and cannot do and how it will affect us is important to know. In the event we find there is something that is unjust, then we have the knowledge and choice to decide if we want to take the steps to make a specific law change or “become just.” Though in the meantime, we still must abide by the law. We cannot sit and complain about something we do not know accurate information about or do not want to put the effort in to learn and expect to understand or have changes made. We have to become educated and use the legal process to make a change. We may not necessarily always like the way the justice system works, but this is our system and we are the best nation in the world.
Lisa is an example of one who made the decision to become educated on the legal system and laws, began taking steps to make a change, and offer support to educate others. Check out the show! This is very informative! * please note “FL” is not listed in the show link and must be entered as you see in this link to get to the correct page.

Rebecca Sounds Reveille with Sam Kwasman

This episode of Rebecca Sounds Reveille, host Rebecca L. Mahan, talks with guest Sam Kwasman who has been an icon throughout the film industry. He is a veteran actor and voice over artist who is known for being a professional dancer in the movie Mame with Lucille Ball and even on stage in the musicals like Hello Dolly with Martha Raye. He earned an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance on Bob Newhart and has also appeared on the tv show Family Ties along with many others. He has also been been known for his vocals, as he is the voice of Little Quacker for the new Tom and Jerry Show. You can find him appearing at the Geffen Theater in the new hit show Letters From a Nut by Ted L. Nancy. Letters From a Nut was produced Jerry Seinfeld.

Rebecca Sounds Reveille with Nikita Breznikov

This magnetic episode brings incredible insight into the life of retired police officer, WWE Wrestler, author, actor, producer, casting director, and production designer Nikita Breznikov. Before entering the entertainment world, Nikita served his city by becoming a police officer and eventually retiring as a Detective Sergeant of the Baltimore Police Department after 27 years of exemplary service. His first break in entertaining came in the form of professional wrestling with the friendship of WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff during his time as a Detective Sergeant. The friendship evolved into a manager/protégé partnership that would guide these two comrades for 11 years. At times, Nikita donned the tights and the two would tag team. He was an officer of the law by day and wrestler by night. It was the love of pro wrestling that led Nikita to entertain. After he retired, Nikita began acting full time in films, such as “Brush with Danger,” “The Wrestler,” and “Heroes of Wrestling,” and also appearing in documentaries. Nikita is the author of “When it Was Real,” taking you back to an era when wrestling was presented from an entertaining but legitimate competition manner and from two perspectives – a starry-eyed fan and as the manager and tag team partner of the legendary Nikolai Volkoff.

During the show, Nikita keeps you on the edge of your seat with stories from how a “7-Eleven” cardboard sign would become a staple of his life to what it was like of moonlighting as a wrestler by night and an officer by day. One of the stories he said to Rebecca, “that night that we were leaving, there was a blizzard on the horizon and it was coming from the north so Nikolai said, ”You think we should go?…” and then talks about what was filmed on the top of the World Trade Center in Baltimore. From Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking to much, much more., you are gonna be engaged! This is an amazing show!!

Rebecca Sounds Reveille with Bill Foster and Jeffrey Small

This double-header episode shines the spotlight on two fascinating guests that are sure to capture your attention, inspire you, and move you! Opening the first reel, guest, Bill Foster, who is an actor, director, producer, writer, and retired Superintendent, shares life as a Texan who married his college sweetheart Linda (30+ together). Bill graduated with a B.S. and a M.Ed. from East Texas State University (Alpha Gamma Rho) and spent 33 years in public education as an Agriculture teacher, Principal, and Superintendent. He has authored children’s books, western novels, and a theatrical play. After retiring Bill appeared in AMC’s “The Son,” HBO’s “The Leftover’s,” and has also wrote, directed, and filmed “Showdown on the Brazos,” “Showdown on the Guadalupe,” “I Heard the Quail Whistle,” “I’ve Got Your 6,” along with others.

During the show, he talks about how he got where he is, including the challenge of getting published and then how much his children’s books were in demand and why, along with what he has coming soon.

Bill’s accomplishments are not only things you‘ll want to “be on the lookout” for cuz “everything’s big in Texas,” but he is someone to emulate. Know there is always more to dream and achieve!

Out of the second gate comes guest, Jeffrey Small, President of “Arbor Financial,” and author of “Turning Financial Planning Right-Side Up,” an Amazon bestseller that has helped thousands of readers master the inside game of investing, as well as avoiding Wall Street and media bias. He is a Market Watcher, Energy Analyst, and occasional host of the national TV show, “The Income Generation.” Jeffrey has been working with clients and their families for almost 30 years. Arbor Financial is a “boutique of Financial Investment’s” and Jeffrey is licensed with the “Florida Department of Financial Services,” a “Certified Senior Advisor” through the “Society of Certified Senior Advisors” and recently completed the requirements to become an “Investment Advisor Representative.” Both he and Arbor Financial are also members in good standing of the “Central Florida Better Business Bureau” and “The National Ethics Association.”

During the show Jeffrey talks about the things many people don’t talk about when it comes to giving out financial strategy. Here is an excerpt from the show…
“we are hyper yield interest rate dividend focus, but we are not stock market specifics, so the average portfolio in our office here will be generating greater than a five percent net yield after fees, but there’ll be 85 percent uncorrelated or disconnected entirely from the stock market if not more than that as a percentage and so that is where folks today should be modern with their money.” Now if you are feeling a bit confused here is something Jeffrey says that you may never have heard an advisor say, “I always tell everybody is they should go out and find three advisors, I even tell my my own perspective or potential customers this, they should find three advisors, they should show them their best their best risk off approach with their highest yield arrived, and so if they can get a four or five percent net yield and be risk off and that’s a good advisor.” Jeffrey goes into so much detail about how the current state of the economy may affect you and how you can address it. The great thing about it is he is able to explain this in a way that is easy to understand and may allow you to rethink how you want to strategize your finances.


Rebecca Sounds Reveille with Michael and Brett Wall

This episode brings a father and son duo, and Brett Wall (a dynamic duo), who has been entertaining about 2 million monthly followers through their Facebook page and website under the tagline of “A Safe Haven for Your Inner Geek Meisterkhan” and their show, “Too Opinionated.”

Their show is a way to share discussions and opposing views just like a father and son would do. Michael Wall is a former comic book store owner, a life long connoisseur of science fiction and fantasy, and he’s an avid reader of sports, with what he says is an “encyclopedia of knowledge of useless trivia.” Brett Wall has turned his love of books into a job as a librarian and he enjoys working children. He finds joy in helping them to read and teaching them to play chess, along with performing for their amusement. Brett is an accomplished writer with an absolutely vivid imagination that crosses all kinds of genres. He hopes to turn his writing into screenplays and see them come to life in Hollywood. He also attends college, is writing a book about “the four horsemen,” has launched a second of their podcasts called, “Too Spooky” and their “YouTube channel, Meisterkhan.” While tackling these things, he also edits all of their podcasts himself.

During the show, Rebecca engages the two’s inspiring stories which bring you lots of chuckles, much insight, and things that may make a difference for you.

The take away: “You just don’t know what can happen in life. Things surprise you and can be very unexpected. When they happen, they always seem to happen at the right time. Don’t harbor ill feelings because in the long run, does everything really matter in five years from now? Think about it! In the meantime, check out “Too Opinionated” and “Too Spooky.”