• 00:30

    Lifestories... by Dr. Ellen Brandt

    in Family

    Join Dr. Ellen Brandt, historian and journalist as we discuss the importance of Lifestories.
    The program is meant to elicit memories, exercise minds, and engage family members with one another in the present by recalling their collective pasts.
    There is much anecdotal evidence that this kind of activity is truly therapeutic for elderly individuals, improving their emotional and psychological states and thereby improving their overall well-being.

  • 01:12

    Meet Mike O'Krent (from Class of 1976)

    in Friends

    This is the 2nd in a long line of a series of interviews with students from Winston Churchill High School (San Antonio). Please come meet (or reacquaint yourself with Mike O'Krent. We will bare witness to his story from high school days to his passion with LifeStories Alive, LLC.

    * Originally scheduled for 12/4/10.

  • 00:32

    "Going Solo" - Entrepreneurship as a Career Direction

    in Marketing

    Our special guest, Mike O'Krent used to interview survivors of the Holocaust for Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.  This led him to the idea of creating his business, LifeStories Alive, in which he films interviews with members of families and creates legacy documentaries for them. He is a big believer in bootstrapping your own business and has some great advice on keeping your momentum and perspective while starting up.  If the idea has ever crossed your mind that entrepreneurship is a possible career direction for you, this is a show you won't want to miss!

  • 01:30


    in Family

    Mike O'Krent, founder of LifeStories Alive, LLC, specializes in making personal history videos for families that value their heritage. They create family heirlooms in video – digitally mastered records of life stories with personal accounts, photos and mementos of family history.

    Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and graduating from Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Marketing and Management (and a minor in History), he entered his family’s retail floor covering business as the 4th generation in that business.

    Between 1996 and 2000 Mike interviewed Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.

    During that incredible experience, he discovered the process and the importance of recording the life stories of our loved ones. Mike moved to Austin in 1998 when he bought and managed a local floor covering business; then sold it in 2004. He finally found his passion in business when he started LifeStories Alive.

    Mike is married to his soulmate, Linda and has two children; Jason – age 25 and Alyssa – age 22 and two stepchildren; Brock – age 25 and Grant – age 22.

  • 01:00

    Guest Host Gilda Bonanno interviews Lesly Federici of U Smile Radio

    in Lifestyle

    The tables turn this evening as Gilda Bonanno interviews Lesly Federici, the host of you smile radio.
    Learn about Gilda Bonanno by listening to her guest appearance recorde at the bottom of the page