Welcome! My journalism career and curiosity about the world started while working as a copy boy for the Wall Street Journal. I’ve logged over a million miles in my travels across the globe, from Morocco to China, up to the Arctic Circle and across Southern Africa. In addition to overseas destinations, I often feature destinations around America focused on people, culture, arts, music, history, food, wine and spirits.
Most of the posts featured here are expanded versions of my regular KCX/NPR Digital Media Podcast shows from the Lowell Thomas Award-winning podcast and on-air show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured on KCBX.ORG, iTunes, NPR One (app), NPR.ORG Podcast Directory, player.fm (UK) and other podcast channels around the world.
Thanks for being here–Enjoy the trip!
Recent Adventures and Musings
Shawn Puller, Executive Director at Garth Newel Music Center talks about the resident Piano Quartet and the vibrancy of chamber music in America. Garth Newel showcases more than 50 live musical performances annually, and... READ MORE
One of the most iconic images associated with Morro Bay, California is a photo of Hollywood star, George C. Scott’s chartered yacht, the 84’ long M.V. Mojo, being smashed by a monster wave as... READ MORE
Nestled in the hills of Shenandoah Valley, the South River Highlands Country Retreat and Heartstone Lodge & Retreat Center are just four miles from Lexington, Virginia and two hours from Washington D.C. Tranquility... READ MORE
Sugarlands Distilling Company in Gatlinburg, Tennessee uses traditional corn and rye, but infuses their “Shine” with an array of flavors, including dark chocolate, butter pecan, and apple bacon. A conversation with... READ MORE
Back in the 1960s Stax Records served as an incubator of the Memphis, Tennessee Soul Music genre. Join Tim Sampson Communications Director for the Soulsville Foundation where he talks about the Stax Museum of American Soul... READ MORE
Join Captain Chuck Myers aboard the historic M.V. Zumbrota, home ported today in Marina del Rey harbor. Subsequent to Charles Ringling’s ownership, the Zumbrota was purchased by Warner Brothers Studios for the private... READ MORE
A journey of discovery at Graceland and the brand new Elvis Presley’s Memphis Entertainment Complex and 400-room Guest House with Gary Hahn, Vice President of Marketing and Media for Elvis Presley Enterprises in... READ MORE
If Hollywood icon, John Wayne were still alive he’d be 110 years old this month–but the revered yacht the Wild Goose a converted WWII minesweeper lives on, home ported in Newport... READ MORE