Friday, June 23, 2017

Talon's Tips and Tales - Travelin' Man - Travelin' Light

Miss today's Talon's and Tips radio show?  Click on the arrow to hear the stories and music of Travelin' Man - Travelin' Light.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Travelin' Man - Travelin' Light
The urge to travel begins as a far-off yearning with a dream to change where we are.  That yearning is the beginning of a journey.  Tune into Talon's Tips and Tales Friday June 23 at 11am MT on KMRD-FM 96.9 streaming on the web at for stories and music about movin' down the highway travelin' light.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Friday, June 16, 2017

Talon's Tips and Tales..Cameras Don't Make Pictures...People Do
Missed today's radio show with Reid Callanan?  Click on the play arrow to listen to the interview with Reid.  We chat about how Cameras Don't Make Pictures...People Do.

Thanks for listening.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cameras Don't make Pictures...People Do
Reid Callanan is the founder and director of Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, located in Santa Fe, NM.  In addition to his responsibilities leading The Workshops for the past 27 years, Reid is also a passionate photographer and teacher.  Tune into Talon's Tips and Tales, www.KMRD.FM/listen, on Friday June 16 at 11am MT for a live interview with Reid as we chat about his 40 year love affair with photography.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Friday, June 9, 2017

Talon's Tips and Tales - Defining Freedom 

If you missed the radio program on Defining Freedom you can listen to it now by clicking on the arrow.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Defining Freedom
"The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint."  Tune into Defining Freedom with music and words.  Set your dial to Talon's Tips and Tales Friday June 9 11am MT on KMRD-FM 96.9  streaming live at to hear the story.

be strong, be safe,


Friday, June 2, 2017

The Power of Photography

Be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Power of Photography
Keeping the focus.  Photography is a powerful medium.  As strong as a single image maybe, photography contains the power to bring together people, places, and things.  Tune into Talon's Tips and Tales, www.KMRD.FM/listen, on Friday June 2 at 11am MT to hear how photography can reach beyond the boundaries of a single frame.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Don't Fence Me In
Down the road from Madrid is a longtime cultural feature of Northwest New Mexico.  Eaves Movie Ranch began life as part of the fifteen hundred acre Rancho Allegre, a cattle ranch owned by New Mexican businessman and native Texan, J. W. Eaves.  Starting in 1962 with the television series Empire, the stunning scenery of the Eaves Ranch began to lure film and photography production companies, including several famous Marlboro ads.
In 1969, Hollywood arrived at the ranch to film a big budget western called The Cheyenne Social Club, with Jimmy Stuart and Henry Fonda.  Director Gene Kelly (Singin in the Rain) collaborated with J. W. to build a large western town, later named the Eaves Movie Ranch, as a film set for the production.  When word spread of the new western set near Santa Fe, Hollywood came rushing in. Thomas Wingate, actor and manager, of Eaves Movie Ranch will be with me on Friday May 26 on KMRD-FM 96.9 at 11am MT.  Tune into Talon's Tips and Tales at to hear the history and little known stories of this famous movie location.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ridin' The Mother Road from Switzerland
Four riders rolled into the shop in Madrid today.  Christina, Daniel, Marlies, and Maunzio had rented Harleys in Chicago and were ridin' the Mother Road Route 66 across the US to California.  Nancy had a great time hearing their stories and adventures of the road.  "We are riding slow, taking in every piece of landscape, town, and individual we can meet."  Without a doubt, the perfect way to see America and the classic road across our country.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your stories.
be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gold Records in Clovis, NM
Norman Petty is known throughout the world as a recording pioneer hidden away in Clovis NM.  Country and rock artists who recorded at Norman's studio include Roy Orbison, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Glimer, Waylon Jennings, and Buddy Holly just to name a few.  Tune into Talon's Tips and Tales on Friday May 19 at 11 am MT on KMRD-FM 96.6 Madrid and for the story and music of this independent music producer who in the late 1950s and early 1960s created and shaped modern pop music as we know it today.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Monday, May 8, 2017

Lookin' for Buddy on US HWY 60
Out in eastern New Mexico old US HWY 60 runs across the grass covered plains as far as the eye can see.  A classic two laner.  Ridin' with the wind.  Lookin' for Clovis NM on the horizon.  Why Clovis?  Heard Buddy Holly cut his records there.
Stop for gas in Vaughn, NM.  Old stations resting along the road.  Been a while since they have been pumping gas here.
In Fort Sumner meet Derk from Canada.  Both of us looking for gas.  He's been on the road for two months zig-zaging across the US.  "Been in some really F@#%ing  bad weather, F@#%ing wind, F@#%ing rain...but sure having a F@#%ing good time".  So few words, so many meanings.
 Kickstand down in Clovis.  No wif-fi last night.  Morning breakfast at the Foxy Drive-In.  Three generations of the same family since 1958.  Heard Buddy Holly hung out here.  Must be getting close.
Just down the street from the Foxy spot the Norman Petty Recording Studio.  Meet Shirley and Ken Broad.  They promised Norman and Vi Petty to keep the original spirit of the studio alive and intact.
Walking into the studio is a step back into the 50's.  This is not a museum.  Feels like Buddy just finished a session.
If only the mike could talk.  What a story to tell.  Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison, The Roses, Bobby Vee, The Fireballs.  All their music filling the studio.
Keyboards ringing out Peggy Sue.  Fender Stratocaster guitars filling the air with rock and roll.
Buddy Holly's original Fender amp.  How many gigs it traveled to.  How many fans yelled, screamed, and danced to the music it shared.
Norman Petty recorded it all on original reel to reel tape decks.  Single track recordings.  Complete takes.  No edits. 
David Bingham of The Roses sitting in the control booth.  He sang and played with Buddy and many of the best in the country.  So many stories he shared.
Down a narrow hallway, behind the studio, a small apartment with kitchen. Norman wanted all the recording artists to feel comfortable.  To be able to relax after a session.  Recording was done from around midnight to sunrise.  Why, no traffic on the streets.  Only the sounds of real rock and roll coming from the studio.
In search of Peggy Sue.  Found it all in Clovis NM along a two lane highway called US HWY 60. New Mexico's best-kept secret.  Norman Petty's recording studio home of the "Clovis Sound".
Headin' west from Clovis back to Santa Fe.  Open road.  Peggy Sue ringing in my ears.  Only in New Mexico.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sonora Rally 2017 - David Pearson
David Pearson started riding in Canada when he was 14 years old.  He talked his dad into purchasing a moped.  He immigrated to the US over 25 years ago.  In his 20's he started off-road motorcycle racing.  Nearly 30 years later, he continues to race enduro and off-road rally events.  This past March David finished 4th overall at the Sonora Rally 2017.  The Sonora Rally is a four day grueling rally race across Mexico.  Tune in Friday, May 5, at 11 am MT to Talon's Tips and Tales streaming at when David will share the thrill, challenge, and breath taking moments of this demanding rally.  You won't want to miss it!

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Robert M. Pirsig, who inspired generations to road trip across America with his "novelistic autobigraphy," Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at the age of 88.

Part road-trip novel, part treatise, part open letter to a younger generation, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” unfolds as a fictionalized account of a cross-country motorcycle trip that Mr. Pirsig took in 1968 with his 11-year-old son, Christopher, and two friends. 

Tune into Talon's Tips and Tales tomorrow, Friday April 28 at 11 am MT  on KMRD-FM streaming at for an in depth story and tribute to this iconic writer.

be strong, be safe, Talon 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Elvis and his Harleys
Elvis purchased one of his first Harleys in1955 with the proceeds from his original Sun Records contract.  It was just the beginning of a life long love affair the King had with motorcycles.  The myth today surrounds a missing1971 Harley which Elvis granted to Priscilla in 1972 at their divorce.  Where is it?  Does someone, somewhere, own this famous bike?  Tune in Friday, April 21 to Talon's Tips and Tales at 11 am MT on to hear the story unfold.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Flattest Camera in the West
Tune in tomorrow, April14, at 11 am MT for Talon's Tips and Tales on KMRD.FM/Listen
for some hot tips on using you phone camera.  Several years ago while working on a commercial photography assignment I was asked a question which has stuck with me ever since. The question? What’s in your tool kit? In other words, what do you need to get the job done? A camera is a tool, and a powerful one at that.  It’s not so much about the camera, but how it’s used. Good photographs require the photographer to slow down, see, and personally express the world in front of them.  How do you do this traveling on a motorcycle? The answer is simple. Keep it simple. Travel light.  A basic set of tools can generally meet most challenges you may encounter on the road.  Chances are the phone you carry comes with a pretty good camera. Here are a few tips for using your phone camera to capture your next ride. 

Like a copy of the tips and techniques for making photographs with the Flattest Camera in the West?  Click here for a free copy.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Lady Bikers
Did you know there are 1.2 million lady bikers in the US?  Did you know Bessie Stringfield was the first black woman to ride a motorcycle across the US in 1930.  Did you know Debby Pearson of Santa Fe, NM rode the Hoka Hey Challenge riding over 14,000 miles across the US in three weeks?  Tune in Friday April 7 at 11 am MT to KMRD-FM 96.9 or streaming on the web at to Talon's Tips and Tales for amazing stories of lady bikers and a live interview with Debby Pearson.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Tribute to Chuck Berry
Tune in Friday March 24 at 11 am MT to KMRD 96.9 or streaming at to Talon's Tips and Tales for a tribute to the founding father of rock 'n' roll.  Stories, music, and a history of the man who put the rock 'n' roll in music.

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Talon's Tips and Tales
My good brother Ken Wolverton, and incredible artist in Madrid, gave me the green light to use a photo I made of his amazing KMRD sign for our new radio show.  Thanks Ken!

Tune in tomorrow March 10 at 11 am MST.  Live interview with Greg MacGregor.  In 1980 Greg created the photography program at California State University, Berkeley.  He has been photographing non-stop since 1968.  During that time he has published four books and has had eighty exhibits.  His photographs deal with both fine art and documentary.  Greg carries with him over 60 years of riding motorcycle of all makes and models.  He has some amazing stories to share.  You don't want to miss it!

Remember you can stream the show live at

be strong, be safe, Carlan...aka Talon 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Moto-Photo Radio : Talon's Tips and Tales

What a ride!  If you missed Talons Tips and Tales today on KMRD today, you can listen to the recorded show by clicking here.  Thanks very much to all the folks around the country who listened in via the live stream on KMRD-FM.  BIG shout out to all of you!  Stay tuned for next week's program!   Set your calendars for Talon's Tips and Tales Friday's 11a.m. MST.

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Moto-Photo Radio

Hey all you folks out there in cyberland!  Here's the latest news from RIDE NEW MEXICO.
Launching this Friday March 3 Moto-Photo Radio airs live every Friday at 11:00 a.m. MST.  Tune to KMRD FM-LP 96.9 Madrid, NM for Talon's Tips and Tales From the Seat of My Motorcycle.  Carlan's, aka Talon, hour-long program shares credos from the road sprinkled with photo tips, live interviews and much, much more.  KMRD streams live around the world at  Tune in and hold on for the ride!

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Monday, January 30, 2017

Freedom of the Road - RIDE NEW MEXICO

For the past several months Nancy and I have been scrapping, plastering, painting, and creating.  What have we been creating?  RIDE NEW MEXICO, located in the historic village of Madrid.  In New Mexico we boast it’s the last frontier.  It’s where you can ride for miles on open roads and sometimes not see another vehicle.  It’s where the sun shines 320 days a year.  It’s high desert; it’s where the road meets the sky; it’s 14,000-foot mountains, it’s cowboys, artists, pueblos and green chile.  It's where you can take a moto-photo motorcycle tour or climb in a classic sidecar and capture the freedom of the open road.
Ride New Mexico Headquarters is a whole lot more than a starting point for moto-photo and sidecar tours, it features an extensive collection of  classic black and white moto-photo prints from my HOG® Magazine blue highway series.  Specialty maps, books, caps, t-shirts and motorcycle spirit bells are also available.   Two wheels or four, Nancy and I welcome you to stop by, say hello.

At Ride New Mexico we support:


be strong, be safe, Carlan and Nancy