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Lured Up Podcast Creator Bio

Lured Up Podcast has become a household name in the Pokémon GO Community. With enjoyable, informational, and quality content, they succeed in both educating and entertaining their audience with each podcast.

But who are those 2 guys behind the microphone? G2G had the chance to interview Lured Up host Ken and his co-host Adam, and now you have the chance to get to know them better in this Creator Bio!

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Ken Pescatore

TRAINER LEVEL: 40

TEAM: Valor

FAVORITE POKÉMON: Magikarp

CLAIM TO FAME: Podcaster and Community Advocate

THE INTERVIEW - LET'S GET LURED UP!

G2G: First, can you tell me your in-game Trainer name, level, and your favorite Pokémon? Is there a reason it is your favorite? Also, what do you do in your daily life?

Ken: My name is Ken Pescatore, also known as LuredUpDotCom in-game. I’m a level-40 Trainer, and my favorite Pokémon is currently Magikarp, however that it changes from time to time. I’ve always loved Magikarp as it is typically considered useless by many, but has the capability to evolve into one of the most powerful and daunting Pokémon, Gyarados! Also, my last name means Fisherman in Italian, and my nickname growing up was “The Fish”!

In my daily life I work in Digital Marketing, and will be taking a leap of faith this year and starting my own Marketing and Consulting business. I love spending time with my son and finding ways to combine our love for technology and nature.

G2G: What got you into Pokémon/Pokémon GO? Were you into Pokémon before GO was released? What do you like the most about Pokémon in general? Do you have a favorite feature in PoGO?

Ken: I have been obsessed with Pokémon since it was released here in the US. I have always been a collector and gamer, so it fell completely in my wheel house. I was 21 years old when Pokémon came to the US back in 1998, and it immediately motivated me to get involved with the brand. In 1999, I became a TCG Tournament Organizer with Wizards of the Coast, who were producing the cards at that time.

My favorite feature in Pokémon GO is the combination of how it brings together the community as a live game that runs 24/7. It is exciting to know that even when I am not playing, the game is still running!

G2G: What made you start making a Pokémon GO podcast?

Ken: I have always been a fan of long form audio content. I grew up obsessed with ‘The Howard Stern Show’, and always wanted to be involved with broadcast media in some capacity. I started listening to podcasts around 2005 and knew that it was something I wanted to explore. One thing I loved about Pokémon was how passionate and engaged its fan base was. When Pokémon GO was released, I felt compelled to tell everyone I met about it, which in turn inspired me to get in front of a microphone.

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G2G: You guys had some prominent Pokémon GO individuals on the podcast. Do you have a highlight, or an episode that sticks out for a particular reason?

Ken: Working with other creators is a tenet of our brand. We have been fortunate to work with so many amazing people in this space. The number one highlight has to be when we had Liz George, Global Community Manager for Pokémon GO on Episode 96, a process that took 8 months to get approved!

We were able to learn so much from that interview, not just about the game, but how some operational decisions were made at Niantic. This particular episode helped us get in front of not only new listeners, but expand our audience to people that had never listened to a podcast before.

G2G: Do you have any big plans with the podcast? Or any future goals or dreams?

Ken: I live for big plans! I am a firm believer of keeping your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds. Our main plan for 2020 is to upgrade our equipment from hobbyist level gear to professional gear, which will dramatically improve the audio fidelity of the show. As for future goals and dreams, we are looking for ways to monetize our brand which is exceptionally difficult in the Podcast space. This would allow us to travel and record on location.

G2G: Is there anything else you want to share? Hidden talents? Thoughts about the current state of the game?

Ken: While Lured Up Podcast is my most popular project, it is only one of three Pokémon Podcasts on the Pokémon Professor Network. I decided to create the Network to have a consistent home for our content, and as a recognizable brand that will help us work with additional Pokémon creators. Gotta Watch’em All is a show that covers all Pokémon news before chronicling the anime with an audio watchalong starting all the way back at Episode 1! Special Conditions is our TCG show, which brings together the perspectives of a collector and a competitor. We hope to bring in a show to cover the VGC this year as well. 

Also, I wouldn’t be able to maintain this brand without the help of my best friend and Lured Up Co-Host, Adam Tuttle. His lifelong passion for Pokémon and immense level of chill is a nice balance to my freight train approach to content.

As for my hidden talents, I have a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and have studied many different martial arts and defense techniques. I was formerly a touring musician that has sold over 400,000 records. I can also make some banging vegan tacos!

About the current state of the game, I think it is in a very important stage of its life cycle. It is a delicate balancing act of keeping both the casual majority and the hardcore minority engaged with the same content. I am confident in their current direction of keeping the calendar packed with events, and working at the ground level with creators to maintain a diverse user base.

BIG TALENT, BIGGER HEART

Ken is one of the most kindhearted, honest, and positive individuals in the Pokémon GO Community with whom I had the honor of speaking to. If you follow Lured Up Podcast and the Pokémon Professor Network (a.k.a. Ken), you saw how he encouraged himself and others to walk #15kaday. The little video updates he posted every day are so simple, yet amusing, motivating and foremost heartwarming. Oh, and he’s Valor, so he’s a smart person too! 

My message to Ken: keep doing you, ’cause you’re rocking it!

If you don’t follow Ken, make sure to give him a follow on Twitter and Instagram, and to subscribe to the Pokémon Professor Network Youtube Channel below! And don’t forget: #15kaday keeps Nurse Joy away!

Additional links:

YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Instagram Feed

Twitter Feed

🚨STREAM LAYOUT NEEDED🚨

My employer @vintage_breaks is looking for a graphic designer to create a multi scene streaming layout package with animated stingers. They work in the sports card entertainment space.

Let's set up a call to discuss our ideas!

Please tag some artists!

We are beyond hyped to be competing in the @TwitchRivals Mobile Showdown featuring @PokemonGoApp presented by Samsung!

Ken is teamed with @HMLondonPOGO and Winnie Chang and Adam is teamed with @Chief2Speediest and @CookSux!

We will be live at 7pm ET!
https://www.twitch.tv/pokemonprofessornetwork

Adam and I are LIVE on Instagram right now to talk about playing in the @TwitchRivals Mobile Showdown ft. @PokemonGoApp!

$25,000 is up for grabs!

#TeamGalaxy @SamsungMobileUS

#PokemonGO #GOBattle

https://www.instagram.com/pokemonprofessornetwork/

Our weekly Patron Zoom hangout starts in 15 minutes! Hope to see you there!

PGO Topics: Halloween Event, Pokémon Worlds, Twitch Rivals

TCG Topics: Post Rotation Meta, V-Union, TCG Live

#Pokemon #PokemonGO #PokemonTCG #Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/PokemonProfessor

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Adam Lured Up Podcast Creator Bio - iPhone Trainer Screen

Lured Up Podcast

Adam Tuttle

TRAINER LEVEL: 40

TEAM: Instinct

FAVORITE POKÉMON: Delibird

CLAIM TO FAME: Podcaster and Certified Goofball

THE INTERVIEW - LET'S GET LURED UP!

G2G: First, can you tell me your in-game Trainer name, level, and your favorite Pokémon? Is there a reason it is your favorite? Also, what do you do in your daily life?

Adam: My in-game name is Phoenixb4fire, I’m level 40, and my favorite Pokémon is Delibird. It’s no secret Delibird is the embodiment of Christmas and joy that the season brings. In my daily life I take care of my son, work in sales, and play Overwatch in my spare time.

G2G: What got you into Pokémon/Pokémon GO? Were you into Pokémon before GO was released? What do you like the most about Pokémon in general? Do you have a favorite feature in PoGO?

Adam: I was hooked on Pokémon immediately. My mom saw the Japanese starter kit on an infomercial and ordered it as a surprise. From the moment I held the cards, damage counters, and watched the instructional video (all in Japanese) it was all downhill!

I got Pokémon Blue and the Gyarados ”Overgrowth” structure deck which started my journey to become the very best. I like the morals behind Pokémon: positivity, challenging yourself, and having fun.

Pokémon GO allowed many people – including myself – to become real life Trainers, so naturally I jumped on that train. For me the number one feature in Pokémon GO has to be the friend mechanic. Gift giving and sending just feels… right (nod to Delibird).

G2G: Is there anything else you want to share? Hidden talents? Thoughts about the current state of the game?

Adam: I do have a hidden talent! I play competitively in the TCG. I’ve been playing since the game was out, but only competitively for about 12 years. I even do a podcast with my Co-host Josh Brown (Special Conditions) tailored to new and seasoned players, so you get a healthy mix of expert and novice perspectives. I also take AR photos in GO and apply them to physical TCG cards on our Instagram for C(AR)D of the day!

About the current state of the game, I think the game is in a very healthy position. GBL is underway and we have a TON of features to keep us engaged in the game; The buddy system, GO Battle League, GO Snapshot, etc. With all that, we still have tons of upcoming events for what is shaping up to be a fantastic year for Pokémon GO.

G2G: Question only for Adam: Is it difficult to work with people who don’t fully appreciate the awesomeness of Beedrill?

Adam: It’s frustrating at times, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I don’t know if you’ve ever been stung by a Beedrill but, twineedle HURTS!

ADAM KNOWS THE DRILL!

I think I can speak in the name of Ken when I say he couldn’t have wished for a better co-host than Adam. I myself didn’t have the chance to speak to Adam directly, but when you listen to the podcast, you just hear these guys are meant to work together on it.

Adam has a great, positive mindset, and is a funny guy as well. All of this makes him a great counterpart to Ken, which translates to one of the most enjoyable Pokémon GO podcasts you can find on the world wide web! Keep up with it!

If you don’t follow Lured Up Podcast, make sure to give them a follow on Twitter and Instagram, and to subscribe to the Pokémon Professor Network Youtube Channel below! 

Additional links:

YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Instagram Feed

Twitter Feed

🚨STREAM LAYOUT NEEDED🚨

My employer @vintage_breaks is looking for a graphic designer to create a multi scene streaming layout package with animated stingers. They work in the sports card entertainment space.

Let's set up a call to discuss our ideas!

Please tag some artists!

We are beyond hyped to be competing in the @TwitchRivals Mobile Showdown featuring @PokemonGoApp presented by Samsung!

Ken is teamed with @HMLondonPOGO and Winnie Chang and Adam is teamed with @Chief2Speediest and @CookSux!

We will be live at 7pm ET!
https://www.twitch.tv/pokemonprofessornetwork

Adam and I are LIVE on Instagram right now to talk about playing in the @TwitchRivals Mobile Showdown ft. @PokemonGoApp!

$25,000 is up for grabs!

#TeamGalaxy @SamsungMobileUS

#PokemonGO #GOBattle

https://www.instagram.com/pokemonprofessornetwork/

Our weekly Patron Zoom hangout starts in 15 minutes! Hope to see you there!

PGO Topics: Halloween Event, Pokémon Worlds, Twitch Rivals

TCG Topics: Post Rotation Meta, V-Union, TCG Live

#Pokemon #PokemonGO #PokemonTCG #Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/PokemonProfessor

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Steven // 22 years young // Belgian // PoGO Lover // Soccer Player // Social Work Student // Favorite expression: "If our cat was a cow, we could milk it at the stove."

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