OKINAWA – Okinawa rarely ventures into the minds of most Americans. The subtropical archipelago – actually closer to Taiwan than the Japanese mainland – comes to most folks in small snippets history and a few snippets of pop culture. The World War II battle scarred the region, destroying the prefecturalMORE HERE

TAMPA – Of the places associated with cigars, there are three places: the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Tampa.Tampa is synonymous with cigars, mostly because of the Hav-A-Tampa, made by Altadis USA. If you go to Tampa’s Ybor City, please do stop in at El Sol. Can’t miss the sun logo.MORE HERE

Bring back WNOR AM NORFOLK – Radio stations are one of the more important regional brands that define a community. In a geographic region, and through the years, a radio station’s call letters become associated with a set of numbers, namely the station’s frequency. (A great discussion of the historyMORE HERE

Regional restaurants can be great brands. And the key to the longevity of your restaurant brand is developing a few signature, classic dishes that are not only loved by customers that visit, but also enter the regional vernacular. If you are curious about how to brand a regional restaurant, pleaseMORE HERE

Frank Zappa and Randy Jackson CLYDEBANK – O.K., so there’s Fox, Coke, Ford, Ritz, Pledge, Simply Orange, Herbal Essence and the Kodak Theater. But what other brand was on the first outing of this season’s American Idol? It is Radio Clyde 261. Randy Jackson was wearing a Radio Clyde 261MORE HERE