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Drive the Valley Podcast!

Bill Bertrand chats brings on some friends for a friendly chat about their businesses, passions, interests and overall how they help make the area a great place to live in.

 

Visit Chippewa Valley Mazda to begin any used or new car search. CLICK HERE

Matt from Chippewa Valley Cremation Services

Matt from Chippewa Valley Cremation Services chats with Bill...the two share corny jokes and bad puns about the mortuary business that will have you dying with laugher!

 

We learn why Matt entered the business and the changes he has seen in funerals in the last 20 years

 

Takes us through the process of dying to the funeral

 

Why is embalming required

 

Debunking some myths, including that a dead body feels WARM before it eventually cools

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Meet Local Radio Personality Sue Kelly

Bill Bertrand is joined by a media staple of the area, Sue Kelly from I-94.  They discuss her career in radio (how a trivia night at a bar was an accidental start), passion for live theatre and her association with Bob's House of Dogs.

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Discussion on how beer gets to you:

Bill calls upon his friend John from Park Ridge Distributing to stop by for a fun conversation about the "business of beer & spirits"

-We learn about the business model of distributing alcoholic beverages.  

-The rise of seltzers

-What changed and what stayed the same during the pandemic

-Thoughts on the new "cocktail to go" law

-What are the leading beer brands locally!

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Meet Judge Steve Gibbs:

All Rise, Here Comes...Steve Gibbs!

Judge Steve Gibbs joins Bill for a lively discussion!   

We learn his path to becoming the circuit court judge in Chippewa  and how the diversity of the cases he sees was "eye-opening"

 

He also lets us in on the most difficult parts of being a judge (and why "isolation" is one of them).

 

Later on, he discusses the various projects and community groups he is proud to be a part of.  

 

What is a judge allowed to do and prohibited from doing when volunteering with various community groups?

And lastly, Beerfest is coming up...

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Two local car dealers chat (and parody each other's commercials):

Want to hear two local car dealers impersonate each other's well-known television commercials?

 

Well, here you get Jason Vance mimicking Bill Bertrand and vice-versa.

 

Along with that, you hear a great conversation between two competing local dealers.  Are they actually competitors?  The importance of being community-minded businesses, taking care of employees and changes they've faced and continue to see with their industry.

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Kathy Wright with Country Jam:

You can already hear the music (and perhaps taste your beverage) and the mere mention of it.  County Jam!  Kathy Wright joins Bill to talk all things County Jam including what the prospects are for the event to return this summer.

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We meet Bill Bertrand

How did a would-be mortician from Wyoming end up becoming one of the most recognizable faces in the Chippewa Valley car industry?

We meet Bill Bertrand from Chippewa Valley Mazda and hear his unique story.

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