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TCNW 400: Michael Oliver Interview

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Two Chairs No Waiting

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:28:05

Two Chairs reaches the 400th episode milestone this episode and I got a special gift form listeners Mark & Mary Enger to help me celebrate.  I try to describe the gift but if you watch the video version of the podcast, you’ll be able to see what he sent…I’m not sure words do it justice.

The focus of this episode is an interview with Michael Oliver who is our Gomer Pyle tribute artist.  He and Kenneth “Otis” Junkin joined me during the 2016 Mayberry Cruise to talk. Michael is an amazing addition to the family of Mayberry tributes and I know you’re going to enjoy hearing from him because, like the rest of us, he’s a BIG fan of TAGS and that is where his portrayal of Gomer begins…in the heart.

 

 

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #400: Mark Enger

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Two Chairs No Waiting

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:22:45

This is the final episode of our series of episodes listening to the memories of some of the Mayberry Tribute Artist.  Those in the room while I was recording were David “The Mayberry Deputy” Browning, Kenneth “Otis” Junkin, Tim “Goober” Pettigrew, Jeff “Howard” Branch, Phil “Ernest T” Fox, Bob “Briscoe” Mundy, Michael “Gomer” Oliver, and myself.

This episode you hear from Tammy Branch who is the mom of former Opie Taylor tribute artist Jamie Sullivan.  Tammy also appears as the character Millie Hutchins (and other characters) at Mayberry events keeping the Mayberry tradition alive and in the family.

Following the wrap up of the tribute artists memories, I’m going to play a special segment for you of the very first time I ever did the character “Floyd” in public.  It wasn’t just in public…no…it was on a local early morning television show here in Huntsville, AL and it was more than 20 years ago.

I hope you enjoy these memories because it’s sure been fun sharing them with you.

“Mayberry” is alive and well in our hearts so spread the love.

 

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Two Chairs No Waiting

Two Chairs No Waiting

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:21:12

We’re continuing our series of episodes hearing memories from Mayberry Tribute Artist.  Those in the room while recording were David “The Mayberry Deputy” Browning, Kenneth “Otis” Junkin, Tim “Goober” Pettigrew, Jeff “Howard” Branch, Phil “Ernest T” Fox, Bob “Briscoe” Mundy, Michael “Gomer” Oliver, and myself.  You’ll hear us talking about the actors from the show but also about the wonderful Mayberry fans we’ve met through the years.

I hope you enjoy these memories because they mean so much to the tribute artists that they wanted to share them with you.  I also hope you see that “Mayberry” is alive and well in the hearts of many people throughout this country.

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Two Chairs No Waiting

Two Chairs No Waiting

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:15:11
This week we continue our series of episodes where we hear Mayberry Tribute Artist join me in sharing their memories.  Recently David “The Mayberry Deputy” Browning, Kenneth “Otis” Junkin, Tim “Goober” Pettigrew, Jeff “Howard” Branch, Phil “Ernest T” Fox, Bob “Briscoe” Mundy, Michael “Gomer” Oliver, and myself sat down and we spend almost an hour recording our memories of performing as the characters we all love from The Andy Griffith Show.  You’ll hear us talking about the actors from the show but also about the wonderful Mayberry fans we’ve met through the years.

I hope you enjoy these memories because they mean enough to the tribute artists that they wanted to share them with you.  I also hope you see that “Mayberry” is alive and well in the hearts of many people throughout this country.

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #301: Gaither Harwood

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Two Chairs No Waiting

Two Chairs No Waiting

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:23:42

On October 11, 2008 the Two Chairs No Waiting Podcast was launched and with this episode we reach the 6 year and 300th episode milestone!  It’s hard for me to imagine that you have joined me for 300 episodes of a show where we  visit and talk about The Andy Griffith Show and we still find new things to discuss.

Because of The Andy Griffith Show and this podcast I have been able to meet and get to know you and so many other fans of our “home town.”  You are the salt of this earth and it is because of you that I take time to find a topic for us to discuss each week.  You are what makes Two Chairs happen and I thank you for it.

This week we begin a series of several episodes where several Mayberry Tribute Artist join me in sharing their memories.  David “The Mayberry Deputy” Browning, Kenneth “Otis” Junkin, Tim “Goober” Pettigrew, Jeff “Howard” Branch, Phil “Ernest T” Fox, Bob “Briscoe” Mundy, Michael “Gomer” Oliver, and myself sat down and we spend almost an hour recording our memories of performing as the characters we all love from The Andy Griffith Show.  You’ll hear us talking about the actors from the show but also about the wonderful Mayberry fans we’ve met through the years.

I hope you enjoy these memories because they mean enough to the tribute artists that they wanted to share them with you.  I also hope you see that “Mayberry” is alive and well in the hearts of many people throughout this country.

 

 

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Two Chairs No Waiting 271: Floyd & Otis at Zion

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Two Chairs No Waiting

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:28:46

In late January 2014 The Andy Griffith Show cast member and all around great guy, LeRoy Mack performed for a packed house at the Zion Community Center near Gordo, AL.  The community center is an old two room school house that now acts as the gathering place for family reunions and special events.  LeRoy agreed to perform for an evening event in order to raise money for the center to be able to pay their insurance bills and whatnot.

What does that have to do with the Floyd & Otis at Zion title of this episode? We’ll, I’m glad you asked!  LeRoy was joined by Ken “Otis” Junkin (who actually attended Zion when it was still a school) and Allan “Floyd” Newsome (your host) for the evening and it was a fun night, let me tell you.

I can’t play LeRoy’s performance because he makes a living performing and selling his music but I can give you a taste of the fun that can be had in Mayberry.  We get to hear the opening act of the evening which was Floyd & Otis entertaining the crowd for twenty minutes or so.  You’re going get to hear what you’re missing by not attending the Mayberry events held throughout the country.  Make plans to attend one near you….you’ll love it.

 

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #271: Kenneth Junkin

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Two Chairs No Waiting

Two Chairs No Waiting

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:36:08

Wow…249!  Two Chairs No Waiting has reached an episode total matching the number of episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and it’s time to celebrate that achievement by visiting some of our guests from past episodes of Two Chairs.

Guest from the very early days of Two Chairs were kind enough to agree to drop back by our little corner of Mayberry and visit with us.  We have a hole mess of folks so I’m just going to list them in the order they appeared with links to their episodes listed below in the “Related Links” section.

In appearance order: Al Gandolfi, Tim Pettigrew, Debbie Miles,  Darrel Miles, Samantha Miles, Tim White, Bob Mundy, Alma Venable, Kenneth Junkin, Rodney Dillard, Maggie Peterson, Jeff Branch, and David Browning.  Ain’t that BIG!  Please note that the appearance order is relative only to when I caught up with each one…they’re all number one in my book.

I hope you enjoy the show and thank you for joining me on this special episode.  “Aww….Big ain’t the word for it.”

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #249: Jan Newsome

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:18:12

Fan’s had a real treat during Colonel Tim’s Talent Time held during Mayberry Days 2010. Elinor Donahue was a part of the show and on this episode of Two Chairs No Waiting we’ll be hearing from her.  We’ll hear in her own word why she left The Andy Griffith Show after only one season, her favorite episode and the story behind her singing “Away in a Manger” with Andy.  You won’t want to miss this one.

We’re also going to drop in on “Barney” and “Floyd” as we hear a story about Floyd’s glasses.  Big ain’t the word for it.

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #222: Neil & Pat Coleman

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Two Chairs No WaitingHost: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:13:00

We had fun last week with Mayberry tribute artist Ken “Otis” Junkin (a.k.a. Big Maude) and I didn’t want the fun to end.

This episode we get to hear a bit more from Ken but this time it’s about his trip to Hollywood back in January 2000 to see Don Knotts get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Episode 97 of Two Chairs No Waiting was devoted to the topic of Don Knotts’ star and you’ll want to go back and give that podcast a listen after you hear Ken’s tale.  Atta boy, Ken!

We’ll also hear a short but fun story by tribute artist Christie McLendon who fills the role quite well of Charlene Darling Wash’s daughter, all growed up, Andylina.  You should remember Andylina. The baby version of her was betrothed to Opie Taylor but some witchery on Andy’s side of the family broke off the betrothal.

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Executive Producers of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #186: Jan Newsome

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Two Chairs No WaitingHost: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:19:45

For the last several years there has been a Mayberry tribute artist for the character of “Big” Maude Tyler (a.k.a. Ralph Henderson).  What many of you may not know is that Big Maude is portrayed by the same person who performs as the tribute artist for Otis Campbell.  That’s right, Ken Junkin is Otis and Big Maude.  That’s the actor of the man.

We get to hear about Ken’s experience purchasing the shoes need to portray the convict at large and how the ladies in the shoe store reacted to his purchase.

The conversation with Ken was recorded following the Mayberry Comes to Westminster event held in April 2012.  Several of the tribute artist and Mayberry fans were sitting in the lobby of the hotel enjoying some good fellowship with fellow Mayberry fans and I encouraged Ken to tell his story.

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Executive Producers of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #185: John Patton & Todd Beckett

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