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Radio Rickshaw is a new online radio talk show discussing art, theater, music, beer and more in a fresh, fun way that’s easy to relate to.

Tell me all about it

After producing a few live theatrical shows in Orlando, a couple in New York and a handful of other projects here and there, Don Fowler and John Valines found themselves too busy with other work to take the time to produce plays. They were discussing this accidental hiatus at a bar one night when they happened on this idea. An internet radio show! John had the equipment and know how, and Don had the… well, you’ll have to listen to the show to hear exactly what Don has.

The format of the show is simple. Most of what they talk about includes theatre, art, music, venues, and fashion, in places such as Orlando, Los Angeles and New York. The point of view is from a few guys who know the arts in a way that non-artists can relate to. The show takes a simple approach of “What’s going on?” and “Tell me all about it” as opposed to most arts-related shows which tend to be pretentious and speak over the heads of their listeners.

Don and John had the thought that maybe the reason that the average Joe doesn’t get out to experience the arts is that every time he hears about it, it seems a little… well… WAY out of reach. A thing only for the elite or other “artist” types. Don and John are different. They’re the two guys that the average Joe wants to have a beer with at the bowling alley before going to the Mad Cow Theatre for a show. This simplified view does not come without experience. Don has been a professional actor in New York and Orlando for close to fifteen years and John has been professionally involved in theatre since 1992, working in Houston, Orlando and New York for such companies as the Orlando Theatre Project, Sak Comedy Lab and off-Broadway’s Toxic Audio.

It’s all in the approach. Simple. A few dudes yappin’.

That approach caught the attention of Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs’ Terry Olson, who happily agreed to be a guest on the sixth installment of Radio Rickshaw. Other guests in the lineup include local Orlando Musician TJ Tolbert, International Fringe Producer Beth Marshall, Director Arlen Benson, playwright Tod Kimbro and many more. Much of the comedy of Radio Rickshaw finds itself in what they call “non-guests” Digbiey and Di.

Radio Rickshaw has a number of ways for listeners to stay in touch and give ideas and they are always open to listener comments.

There’s the website,,

there’s a MySpace page at,

and there’s even a voice mail where Don and John encourage drunk dialers to call them instead of their ex-girlfriends. That number is (407) 965-2939.

Radio Rickshaw is available for listening via streaming Mp3 at, and as a PodCast through popular PodCasting programs such as iTunes, Juice and

For a non-pretentious, non-overly-educated, straight-on look at the world of theatre, music, art, sandals and beer, take a listen to Radio Rickshaw at

Radio Rickshaw is a production of Rickshaw Boy, a subsidiary of this i dig, inc.


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