Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Before radio opened its doors for me to play. I was hosting countdowns and other specialty programming in my bedroom. I knew at the age of six that I was headed for the two speaker stage. And I blame it all on Country Music. I was blown away by the artists that took the time to visit Billings, Montana. I grew up on Charlie Pride, The Statler Brothers, Johnny Cash and more. Sitting in the stands watching people become electrified by their songs charged up my passion to be a radio performer. Now four decades later. I feel the same energy about talking to Country Music's newest artists. There's an energy moving through the sound. It's a period in history that will soon be long gone and forgotten. I feel if I don't document their early days. The only thing left will be word say. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Cam

Peter Richardson

The FM dial changed in San Francisco by way of the Grateful Dead. It wasn't a movement based on popularity. Truth is... being a fan or follower was a public display of Social Networking. It was and still is one of this nations biggest communities. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with author Peter Richardson. Now, with the 50th anniversary of the band’s creation in 2015, NO SIMPLE HIGHWAY: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead by Peter Richardson (St. Martin’s Press; January 20, 2015; $26.99 hardcover) is the first book to attempt and answer this deceptively simple question. Routinely caricatured by the mainstream media, the Grateful Dead are often portrayed as grizzled hippy throwbacks. In NO SIMPLE HIGHWAY, Richardson corrects that impression, revealing them to be one of the most popular, versatile, and resilient ensembles in the second half of the twentieth century. While the band’s image, and their status as countercultural heroes aided in their popularity, Richardson argues that their appeal arose from their uncanny ability to tap into three powerful utopian ideals—their commitment to ecstasy (the urge to transcend), mobility, and community— and how it was these ideals that struck deep chords with two generations of American youth and continues today.NO SIMPLE HIGHWAY is one of the first books to have access to the material from the Grateful Dead archives, and Richardson draws on new research and interviews to vividly recount the Dead's colorful history and add new insight into everything from the acid tests to the band's formation of their own record label to their massive late career success.

Ruthie Collins

Fresh new Country Music with a serious twist of old fashioned Hank Williams Sr. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Ruthie Collins Things that do not go together: An upright bass and a dance beat. Crafting parties and honky tonks. New York and hillbillies. Instagram and romance. Tones harkening back to Hank Senior and a sound fresh enough to turn country music on its ear. Somehow, Curb Records newcomer Ruthie Collins doesn’t just bring those polar opposites a little closer, she connects them in a way that makes perfect sense. The effect is stunning – nowhere more so than on her debut single “Ramblin’ Man.”

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chef Donatella Arpaia

The world of food is a brilliant taste. But let the truth be known... we are losing the Super Bowl when it comes to eating properly. Someone call an Iron Chef Judge! From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Chef Donatella Arpaia Donatella Arpaia is the trailblazing attorney-turned-culinary mogul who has become one of the most influential women in the world of food. Donatella opened her first restaurant, Bellini, in 1998 and then subsequently opened a string of successful and highly acclaimed restaurants in New York City, including the newly re-opened Mia Dona, Anthos, Kefi — as well EOS and bistro e, in Miami. She opened her ninth restaurant, Donatella, and her first bar, Dbar, in 2010. Zagat crowned Donatella as "The Hostess with the Mostest," Crain's named her one of its "40 under 40" and the New York Post named Donatella one of the "Most Powerful Women" in Manhattan. Recently, Donatella became a recurring guest judge on the Food Network programs Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef. Her first cookbook, Donatella Cooks: Simple Food Made Glamorous, was released April 13, 2010

Ben Yagoda

Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it’s a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn’t Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but “Come on-a My House” and “How Much Is that Doggie in the Window?” Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Ben Yagoda

Marky Ramone

In an age of exploration. The music industry has never cut free the open door that songwriters and performers bring everyday. Within the winds of change something greater than the accepted will rise above a fad. They were the Ramones. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Marky Ramone. “The Ramones are one of the three or four most influential American rock bands of all time, and their story, as related by surviving member Marky Ramone, is both entertaining and enlightening. So put on your old leather jacket, scream Gabba-Gabba-Hey at the top of your lungs, and dig in.” – Stephen King “Marky and I are from the 70’s as a drummer from the 70's he can show the new boys a beat or two! He's legend!!!” – Peter Criss of Kiss “Marky was an integral part of not one, but TWO of the most important bands in rock and roll. He saw everything from ground zero and lived to tell about it. Absolutely vital document!” – Anthony Bourdain “Marky's music and style defined the punk rock movement and has influenced countless artists, entertainers and designers. As a musician, he harnessed the energy of the 1970s counterculture into a truly new movement, one that resulted in a seismic shift in fashion, art and music. While playing in great groups like Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Dust, Estus, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and of course The Ramones he became known as one of the best drummers on the scene.” – Tommy Hilfiger “It’s no secret that one of the Sire bands I was closest with were The Ramones. After all, my wife Linda, and good friend, Danny Fields managed them, and musically they changed the world. I particularly depended on Tommy for strength and reason within the band, and was quite shocked and saddened when he decided to leave. Thankfully, with advice from Tommy, they wound up choosing Marc Bell, who I knew well from Richard Hell and the Voidoids, also a Sire band. Marc is a drummer supreme, and was a perfect fit in every way, which is why I believe he was also chosen as the only non-original member to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band back in 2002. Beyond that, his story, both in and out of The Ramones, musically and personally is quite incredible. A good read.” – Seymour Stein, co-founder of Sire Records

Monday, January 26, 2015

Q and Murr from Impracctical Jokers

It's about accepting challenges then accepting the consequences after the bet. Guys doing guy things on Reality TV. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Q and Murr from Impractical Jokers Q hails from the lovely land of Staten Island. He is absolutely not above resorting to shenanigans or hijinks to win the day. When not diving face first into strangers’ food or engaging in confrontations with his mustached arch-enemies, Q co-hosts the “Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave!” podcast on the SModcast network. James “Murr” Murray - James Murray is the foursome’s most calculating member. Murr has three distinct advantages over the other guys: his disarming grin, his complete lack of what other people call “morals,” and his mastery of the art of BS. He is an alum of Georgetown University, and in his spare time enjoys jumping on couches, walking like a crab in malls, and shooting evil looks at people in movie theaters. Four comedians and lifelong friends compete to embarrass each other out amongst the general public with a series of hilarious and outrageous dares. When Sal, Joe, Q, and Murr challenge each other to say or do something, they have to do it. And if they refuse, they lose. At the end of every episode, the biggest loser must endure a punishment of epic proportions. This season, the guys pose as hot dog vendors, gymnasts, waiters, clerks at a bridal shop and more. As for the punishments, from skydiving to the rodeo to the body piercing shop, they are bigger, badder, and funnier than ever before. The Tenderloins are in the middle of their truTV Impractical Jokers “Where’s Larry?” Tour and the fourth season of their show, “The Impractical Jokers,” premieres on Thursday, January 29th at 10:00PM/9:00PM C on truTV. The creators, executive producers, writers and stars of TruTV’s hit show, Impractical Jokers, now entering its fourth season, The Tenderloins perform a mix of stand-up, never-before-seen hidden camera videos and stories. Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn have entertained each other for years with the most hilarious practical jokes they could imagine. These real-life best friends challenge each other to the most outrageous dares and uproarious stunts ever caught on their hidden camera. Their Show has HUGE ratings and is premiering their 4th season this January. They’ve done a number of major TV appearances including “Conan,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and “The Today Show” to name a few. Tour Dates: 1/30 Tampa, FL Tampa Theatre 1/31 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live 2/6 Bethlehem, PA Sands Event Center 2/7 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre 2/12 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theatre 2/20 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland 2/21 Royal Oak, MI The Royal Oak Theatre 2/22 Royal Oak, MI The Royal Oak Theatre 3/7 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre 3/11 Port Chester, NY The Capitol Theatre 3/2 Portland, ME State Theatre 4/3 Boston, MA The Wilbur Theatre 4/16 Nashville, TN James K Polk Theatre