Jack McAdoo was born into a globe-trotting military family and planned to become a U.S. Air Force lawyer, but at age 9, after his father’s death, went to military school then moved to his mother’s native Hawaii and turned to music. In his late teens, he worked on Oahu as a club promoter and talent booker, musician, and later, in Los Angeles, as a studio and touring musician and producer, but the money he earned slipped through his fingers on cars, clothes and good times.

In Los Angeles Jack worked with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Prince, and many other artist as an engineer, or on their production teams. He was mentored in the business of entertainment and film for years by Melvin Van Peebles after they met on the set of the band Whodini’s video “Funky Beat”.

After a brief marriage that produced a son and ended in divorce, he moved to Florida and with a partner built up a medical equipment company, only to see the relationship erode and his stake in the company disappear after more than a decade of work.


Concurrently, Jack organized charity poker tournaments, became an established poker pro at  an online gaming platform and competed in tournaments as well as private, high-stakes games. As an entrepreneur, he created Poker Pod Radio, the first poker podcast about poker lifestyle, which ran from 2006 to 2017 on iTunes. Jack launched a second podcast, Real Talk Live!, about wellness and empowerment issues, in 2009. It’s ranked by Alexa in the top 3,000 websites in the U.S. and the top 20,000 worldwide.

His guests have included actors Keanu Reeves and Johnny Depp. Also included are  award-winning psychiatrist Dr. Anna Yusim, author of the best-seller, Fulfilled; pro athlete and NHL great Alex Kovalev; Dr. Jennifer Ashton, chief medical correspondent for TV’s Good Morning America; cannabis industry attorney Lauren Rudick; kabbalistic astrologer Rachel Schwartz; entrepreneur and female health startup consultant Rachel Braun Scherl; and celebrity matchmaker Amy Laurent, among others.

Jack’s journey also includes an unsuccessful bid for county office in Florida in 2014, a move to California for a romantic relationship that left him penniless, an attempted suicide in 2016, and a brief foray into the risky bitcoin industry.

Humbled by his ups and downs, Jack meditated on his purpose in life, and turned to motivational speaking. With his own faith and that of an investor, he created JJM Media Group and restarted his Poker Pod Radio, pivoting to inspirational messages that are striking a chord with the public.

He is currently the CEO of the television streaming channel RealLive TV, and a television and film producer, among other notable businesses and projects.

“Stand up,” Jack tells his audiences, as they rise. “Now sit down,” he says, and they do.

“The kind of faith and belief you have to have in yourself, no matter what you go through, is just like when you sat in that chair,” Jack says. “You did not think once about that chair breaking beneath you. You had blind faith you’d be OK when you sat down. You have to believe to believe to believe. If you fall down 12 times, get back up 13. Because one day, it’s going to work.”

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