Keepin’ It Real with Cam Marston

Keepin' It Real with Cam Marston

Weekly Commentaries and Videos

Keepin’ It Real with Cam Marston are weekly commentaries airing at 7:45AM and 4:45PM on Fridays on Alabama Public Radio since 2018. Each tells a story designed to deliver motivation, inspiration, or humor. The commentaries have won both state-wide and national awards.

The Keepin’ It Real with Cam Marston videos are 26 short (3:30s+/-) videos designed to deliver motivation, inspiration, and awareness around important workplace topics. Workplaces utilize the videos to build teams, develop a positive and inclusive workplace culture, and become a common conversation topic for employees, teams, and workplaces. The videos are branded for the organization and each video comes with a Learning Supplement to help team leaders debrief the video.

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Keepin' It Real - Podcasts
Posted On June 20, 2022

No More Status Quo


I feel like the world is on fire right now. The discord and the shootings won’t stop. We need to change something and it must begin with you and me.

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Keepin' It Real - Podcasts
Posted On June 20, 2022

Father’s Day


Father’s Day is Sunday. I’ve done some brilliant things on Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. And I’ve made some bone-headed mistakes.

Transcript:

Father’s Day is Sunday. I hope all you fathers have a wonderful, celebratory, appreciation filled day. And I hope that you with fathers still alive offer the same yours. My newly widowed father simply wants a phone call. That plus a year’s supply of casseroles.

I remember a conversation with my mother years ago. My children were entering their teens, and I asked my mother at what age does a child become grateful for the extraordinary amount of work parents do for them. At what age will my children turn to my wife and me and say, “Thank You for all you’ve done.” And my Mom’s reply? “We’re still waiting,” which stung a bit.

Speaking of mother’s, I remember a Mother’s Day when I was a teen. My father and mother told my brothers and me that on the Sunday of Mother’s Day, Mom didn’t want much, just something to acknowledge her – something that reminds us of her, and they left it up to us. When Sunday morning came, my brothers and I had done nothing. We just never got around to it and, wow, what a mistake. I remember my mother’s oceans of tears, and I remember how upset my father was and I have never missed a Mother’s Day and, in fact, today I over-prepare for the Mother’s Days in our household.

I used to take my kids to a florist and tell each of my four kids to pick out five flowers that make them think of their mother. My wife would get a large random arrangement of twenty flowers that was not particularly attractive, but each flower had a story of why it reminded one of my children of their mother and the kids would go through each one of the flowers one by one with her.

My brothers and I have given my father fruit trees for Father’s Day for as long as I remember. None of them ever survived. And by now his camp in Clark Country would be full of mature fruit trees but the soil or the climate or something kills them every time. We’ve stopped and now just make a sincere and grateful phone call which I’ll do early Sunday morning.

Around my house this past week, my wife and children have been finding sheets of paper with a short list of Father’s Day gift ideas on it. I’ve printed about ten of them and placed them in strategic places – on toilet seats, in cereal boxes. Some items are very practical – for example a couple new pair of short pants, some are helpful – like a full detailing of my car, and some are highly aspirational, like a bottle of Macallan 18 scotch which is both crazy expensive and hard to find and I’d feel guilty that that much money was spent on me for something that will be slowly, deliciously, intentionally, and reverently consumed only on perfect days with choirs of angels singing from the heavens in the background.

It would be, though, the perfect way for my family to say “thanks, Dad.” Are you listening?

I’m Cam Marston and I’m just trying to Keep It Real.

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Keepin' It Real - Podcasts
Posted On June 3, 2022

Forced Family Fun


Our Memorial Day Weekend day trip to Perdido Bay to float with the family didn’t turn out as we had hoped.

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Keepin' It Real - Podcasts
Posted On May 27, 2022

Crazy Season


Crazy Season ended Tuesday with the primary elections, thank the Lord.

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Keepin' It Real - Podcasts
Posted On May 23, 2022

Outrage


A doctor friend lost his practice due to an anonymous social media accusation. Awful. Absolutely awful. 

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Keepin' It Real - Podcasts
Posted On May 13, 2022

Routines


Travel is picking up and that’s a VERY good thing. I love dropping into new routines on the road and I love dropping into my cherished tried and true routines when I return home. 

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Keepin' It Real - Podcasts
Posted On May 12, 2022

Expiration Date


My father has a bravery that’s hard to find. He’s never found an experiation date on a bottle or jar or jug that has intimidated him. 

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Keepin' It Real - Podcasts
Posted On May 11, 2022

Friend Coming Through


An old college buddy is coming through town tomorrow night and I simply can’t wait to see him. I just need to make sure he and I don’t tell any college stories in front of the kids. 

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Keepin' It Real - Podcasts
Posted On May 11, 2022

Blackberries


I’m pretty sure after God got done with all that creation business on the seventh day he sat down with a cup of Homemade Vanilla Blue Bell Ice Cream topped with fresh picked blackberries. 

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Keepin' It Real - Podcasts
Posted On May 11, 2022

Goldilocks Zone


My teenaged son tells me nothing. Absolutely nothing. I want a little more information, but not too much. However, I’ve learned that he’s a delight to his friend’s parents and I guess that matters for something. 

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