Category: Notable Locals

Episode 74: Activist Jan Moore

Welcome to Asbury Pod and our first in-person recording since March of 2020. In keeping with our observance of Pride month, this week we welcome LGBTQ icon Jan Moore, whose 52 year relationship with her wife Emily Sonnessa was the subject of Robin Kampf’s award winning documentary Love Wins back in 2018. This was a fun conversation and we covered too many things to list here so give it a listen.

Episode 72: Legendary Councilwoman Eileen Chapman

This week with the help of Ming Chen of A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, Amy & Joe welcome Eileen Chapman, Asbury Park City Councilperson, Director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music for Monmouth University, Board Member of the Asbury Park Music Foundation—and member of a long list of other Asbury-centric organizations.
We talk to Eileen about the upcoming Summer Concert Series, Music Mondays at Springwood Park,and along the way hear what it was like to work at and manage the legendary Mrs. J’s, the legendary Stone Pony and the legendary Fast Lane and other equally boring and uninteresting places.

Episode 71: Local Favorites Pony & Legendary Musician Alice Genese of Ov Stars

On this episode, with the help of Ming Chen of A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, Amy & Joe welcome Alice Genese, a pioneer of punk & art-pop, & Pony, who everyone in town knows. They talk about their new project Ov Stars, whose introspective & melancholy tunes are the nonstop soundtrack at Amy’s house these days. They talk about what brought them to Asbury Park and what brought them together, & everyone tries to remember the names of the theaters that used to be in Asbury Park. Check out Ov Stars Sunday, April 24 at the Danny Clinch Gallery at 4:00pm.

Episode 70: Asbury Park Official Historian Werner Baumgartner

On this episode, with the help of Ming Chen of A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, Amy & Joe welcome Werner Baumgartner, Official Historian of the City of Asbury Park. We talk to Werner about what brought him to Asbury Park in the first place and how does one become the official historian of a city? What are the historian’s duties? And what would a historian do if the city gave him $10 million?

Episode 69: Legendary Asbury Park Musician Dolores “Dee” Holland’s daughter Paulette Holland Fant Malunga

should learn a bit more about Dee ourselves. On this episode, with the help of Ming Chen of A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, Amy & Joe welcome Dee Holland’s daughter Paulette Holland Fant Malunga from Texas and we talk about her mom and her trajectory from child prodigy to working musician.

Episode 68: Diane Raver and Lauren Concar Sheehy of the Garden State Film Festival

This week the Garden State Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary right here in Asbury Park—with in person viewings beginning Wednesday March 23 and running through the 27 with online viewings available as well for those who cannot make it to the in-person events. On this episode, with the help of Ming Chen of A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, Amy & Joe welcome Festival co-founder Diane Raver and Festival Executive Director Lauren Concar Sheehy to the podcast and talk about the history of the Festival, how it started and how it lasted 20 years.

Episode 67: Kay Harris & Michelle Gladden of the Asbury Park Museum

This week, with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, Amy & Joe welcome Kay Harris and, for her second appearance on AP Pod, but wearing a different hat, Michelle Gladden, President and Secretary, respectively, of the of the Asbury Park Museum.

The mission of the Asbury Park Museum is to re-introduce, educate and advance an understanding and appreciation of the history of the diverse, progressive, resort and urban community of Greater Asbury Park, New Jersey—the birthplace of both 3-n-1 oil and the song Honeysuckle Rose—two of the many many interesting facts that you can discover at the museum.

Episode 66: Yvonne Clayton & Jennifer Souder of the Asbury Park African American Music Project

This episode starts with the voice of saxophone player Cliff Johnson sharing some memories of growing up and playing music in and around Asbury Park’s Springwood Avenue Music circuit. His is just one of the many oral histories of the Springwood Avenue scene collected by the Asbury Park African-American Music Project (Asbury AMP). This week, with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, Amy & Joe welcome Yvonne Clayton and Jennifer Souder from Asbury AMP to discuss the history of the Springwood Avenue music district and what Asbury AMP is doing to preserve that history and discuss their plans to restore Asbury’s legendary Turf Club.

Episode 65: Bradley Hoffer & Porkchop Save Christmas

Asbury Park art community, Porkchop and Bradley Hoffer, both of whose works feature prominently on the world famous Wooden Walls Project on the Asbury Park Boardwalk and who just this week saved Asbury’s Christmas by creating the remarkable 17 foot high Christmas Tree Sculpture, named “The Giving Tree”, now on display in Convention Hall. We encourage you all to go down and check it out!

Episode 64: Tim Donnelly

Photo by Wes Orshoski
This week, with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, Amy & Joe talk to Tim Donnelly, who together with Danny Clinch, is a founding partner of the wildly successful Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park; which wrapped up its third iteration this past September. We talk to Tim about the festival, and its connection to his history of activism with the Surfrider Foundation and working his way around the county on tour with Lollapalooza.