Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Steve Hofstetter from LAUGHS

Have you caught LAUGHS on Fox yet? They're bringing the funny!!! From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the host of Laughs Steve Hofstetter

Alex Epstein

Could everything we know about fossil fuels be wrong? For decades, environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet at the same time, by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better. How can this be? In The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Alex Epstein argues that it’s because we usually hear only one side of the story. We’re taught to think only of the negatives of fossil fuels, their risks and side effects, but not their positives—their unique ability to provide cheap, reliable energy for a world of seven billion people. Energy is our ability to improve every single aspect of life, whether economic or environmental. Today, we use almost twice as many fossil fuels as we did forty years ago, and both prosperity and environmental quality have skyrocketed. If we look at the big picture of fossil fuels compared with the alternatives, the overall impact of using fossil fuels is to make the world a far better place. Join Alex Epstein on Friday, November 21st as he dispels some of the myths surrounding fossil fuels, including: •Fossil fuels are dirty. In fact, the environmental benefits of using fossil fuels far outweigh the risks. Fossil fuels don’t take a naturally clean environment and make it dirty; they take a naturally dirty environment and make it clean. They don’t take a naturally safe climate and make it dangerous; they take a naturally dangerous climate and make it ever safer. •Fossil fuels are unsustainable, so we should strive to use “renewable” solar and wind. Actually, sun and wind are intermittent, unreliable fuels that always need backup from a reliable source of energy—usually fossil fuels. There are huge amounts of fossil fuels left, and we have plenty of time to find something cheaper. •Fossil fuels are hurting the developing world. Fossil fuels are actually the key to improving the quality of life for billions of people in the developing world. If we withhold them, access to clean water plummets, critical medical machines like incubators become impossible to operate, and life expectancy drops significantly. Calls to “get off fossil fuels” are calls to degrade the lives of innocent people who merely want the same opportunities we enjoy in the West. And he reveals incredible, eye-opening facts such as: •The earth contains many times more oil than we have used in the entire history of civilization. •In the last eighty years, as CO2 emissions have rapidly escalated, the rate of climate-related deaths worldwide fell by an incredible rate of 98%; the climate is always dangerous, but high-energy civilization makes it far safer. •Despite the evidence that fossil fuels’ benefits far outweigh their risks, world leaders are proposing 50-95% bans on the use of fossil fuels over the next several decades—a guaranteed early death sentence for billions. Despite what the doomsayers have told us, Epstein makes the controversial case that fossil fuels are the only way to provide cheap, reliable energy for a world of seven billion people, and that it’s simply immoral to deny the developing world all the benefits the rest of us enjoy.

Callista Gingrich’s From Sea To Shining Sea

Arlington, VA, October 26, 2014 - Callista Gingrich announces the release of From Sea to Shining Sea (Regnery Kids), the fourth volume in her New York Times bestselling Ellis the Elephant series. A patriotic American history introduction for young children, From Sea to Shining Sea follows an adorable elephant named Ellis in exploring the early years of the United States and the epic journey west into uncharted territory with Lewis and Clark. Charming rhymes and beautiful illustrations make the 50th reading as fun as the first, for children as well as adults! In earlier books, Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, and Yankee Doodle Dandy, Ellis, the time-traveling pachyderm, learns about pivotal moments that shaped America. Authored by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero, From Sea to Shining Sea will delight those who want to know how brave Americans forged a growing nation and spread freedom from coast to coast. Callista Gingrich is the president of Gingrich Productions. She and her husband, Newt─ a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives─host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include A City Upon A Hill, America at Risk, and Nine Days that Changed the World. Mrs. Gingrich is also the co-author of Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny. Her photography is featured in the New York Times bestseller Rediscovering God in America. An avid musician, she sings in the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and plays French horn with the City of Fairfax Band in Fairfax, Virginia. She resides in McLean, Virginia with her husband, Newt Gingrich. For more, please visit the website:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rebecca Eaton

What is and isn't a Rock Star? McDonalds French Fries are a total Rock Star. So is Rebecca Eaton the imagination behind Downtown Abbey, Masterpiece and countless others on PBS. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the Emmy Award winning Rebecca Eaton For twenty-five years and counting, Eaton has presided over PBS’s Masterpiece, the longest running weekly prime time drama series on American television. Eaton brings to her memoir the voices of many of the writers, directors, producers, and other contributors and shares personal anecdotes—and even includes photos taken with her own camera—about her decades-spanning career. She reveals what went on behind the scenes during such triumphs as Cranford and the highly-rated programs made from Jane Austen’s novels, as well as her aggressive campaign to attract a new generation of fans. She also shares stories about luminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenneth Branagh, Gillian Anderson, and Daniel Radcliffe, whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield. Readers will also get to know Eaton on a personal level. With a childhood steeped in theater, an affinity for nineteenth century novels and culture, and an “accidental apprenticeship” with the BBC, Eaton was practically born to lead Masterpiece. MAKING MASTERPIECE (written with Patricia Mulcahy) marks the first time the driving force behind this enduring flagship series steps out from behind the curtain. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Rebecca Eaton has been executive producer of Masterpiece since 1985. Under her leadership, the series has earned forty-four Primetime Emmy Awards, fifteen Peabody Awards, four Golden Globes, and two Academy Award nominations. In 2011 Eaton was one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and in 2003 Queen Elizabeth II named her an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Rebecca Eaton lives in Cambridge, MA.

Julie Scoggins The Last Comic Standing Nightmare

She made it all the way up to Last Comic Standing then something tragic took place. Comedian Julie Scoggins is here to talk about it. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the side of the entertainment business that's too real to be a nightmare.

Bono Comic Book is Out

The Bono comic book is out!!! We'er Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the man behind the ink. Darren Davis in the iHeart Radio Studio Bluewater Productions is proud to announce the release this week of a comic book biography on the life of Bono as part of their popular Fame series. Fame: Bono is available in both print and digital. Written by Michael L. Frizell with interior art by Jayfri Hashim, Fame: Bono features cover by famed rock artist David Frizell. As the lead singer of U2, Bono electrifies audiences with his dynamic stage presence, while his electrifying persona draws people to social causes that concern all of us. His story is born from a divided Ireland and the dueling nature of the rock star live versus a devout faith. "Bono is a fascinating artist. Equal parts rock star, goodwill ambassador, and humanitarian, his work has stood the test of time," said writer Frizell. "Writing about U2's front man was a daunting task. They've remade themselves time and again, and their philanthropic service paints an eclectic portrait, making them hard to define. Even their name is a call to action, echoing the themes inherent in they're early work," continued Frizell. "In writing the comic, I wanted to convey the legendary performer as the ultimate Everyman. Bono comes from humble beginnings and experienced teenage years rife with angst and artistic growth and expression played against a backdrop of political strife. As a writer, who could ask for a more interesting subject?" “Some celebrities are just media sensations but then there’s someone like Bono who is a major inspiration to so many people. I have such respect for him and his story after working on this comic book,” said Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis. Bluewater has focused on other music icons in the past such as Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Prince, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Keith Richards and more. “U2 as a band is inspirational - particularly Bono. I am awed by his unique creativity and the band's concept, particularly his stage persona as the fly!” said artist Jayfri Hashim. Cover artist David Frizell agrees with Hashim’s sentiment, saying, “When I work on a portrait, I try to capture the creative power of my subject. With Bono, there’s much from which to draw.” The print version of the book is available only at Comic Flea Market at Copies may also be downloaded to e-readers from iTunes, Kindle, Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, Madefire, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, Flipkart, Axis360, Epic!, Blio, Entitle,, Indie Comic Tracker, Wheeler, Scoop, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold. Coming soon are comic books featuring George Harrison and the cast of Doctor Who.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Beau Phillips I Killed Pink Floyds Pig Part 2

He's back! Beau Phillips proves his strength when being Unplugged and Totally Uncut on I Heart Radio. What truly goes on inside the four walls of radio? The band that shaped Classic Rock knew how to rip apart the walls of a studio. The Code of Silence has been shattered. He's back! He's gone from the ranks of radio straight into the promotion of music and books. What code of silence? Listeners have no clue what goes on inside the four walls of radio. You aren't going to believe how Beau Phillips held his own inside the nations biggest cities while making sure those that shaped Classic Rock had a stage outside the arena.

Spandau Ballet

They've sold millions of albums world wide. Returning to America for the first time in 19 years. Spandau Ballet recently drew in huge numbers when they performed on Jimmy Kimmel and now they're on I Heart Radio's Unplugged and Totally Uncut Spandau Ballet, one of the most successful and influential British bands today announced their Soul Boys of the Western World Tour. The tour marks the first time the band will tour North America in nearly 30 years. All five original members - Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman - will once again captivate fans on this long-awaited and long overdue return. The Soul Boys of the Western World tour will kick off in San Francisco, CA at the famed Warfield Theatre and traverse the continent before winding down in Red Bank, NY at the Count Basie Theatre. "We are over the moon at rediscovering our friendship and are really looking forward to playing live in the US again," said Tony Hadley. "Playing live is what we do best! The shows will have all the hits and more." From their synth pop and dance pioneering early singles To Cut A Long Story Short and Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On), to the globe trotting smashes True and Gold, Spandau will be playing the hits once again. With 25 million record sales, 6 multi-platinum albums and 23 hit singles to choose from, this is one of the most eagerly awaited reunions to hit these shores in years. "We are tremendously excited about coming back to America to perform," said Gary Kemp. "We have great memories of our shows there in the 80s and can't wait re-connect with our amazing fans there." Last week Spandau Ballet announced they will make their U.S. late night television debut on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight in Los Angeles, CA. Jimmy Kimmel Live! also marks the first time the band will perform on television in the United States since 1985 when they made an appearance on Soul Train. Later this week on November 13 Spandau Ballet will stop by Good Day LA for what will surely be a "Throwback Thursday" fans this side of the Atlantic have waited years to see. In other Spandau Ballet news, the band will show their documentary, Soul Boys of the Western World, as part of the DOC NYC film festival in New York City on November 15 at 945PM at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street). The band and director George Hencken will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A about the film afterwards. This is their first public appearance in New York City since the 1980s. Soul Boys of the Western World is a voyage through the 80s in the company of Spandau Ballet, one of the decade's most iconic bands. This archive-only documentary film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music empire, but at a price none of them imagined. Using the band's own home movies and showcasing newly discovered material, this film takes us into the heart of the era, and the cultural, political and personal landscape that formed the backdrop to the band's story. It is a film that speaks not only to fans of the band or those who harbor nostalgia for the 1980s, but also to anyone who has ever experienced friendship and loss. Critics rapturously received the film when it world premiered at SXSW film festival earlier this year. UK and Irish fans got their opportunity to see the film on September 30 when the European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. This showing was beamed by satellite into over 200 cinemas across both countries along with a Q&A with the band and director George Hencken moderated by Lauren Laverne, followed by a short live performance by the band. When Norman stepped up front to blow his scripted sax break in "True," the crowd - which took over the chorus from Hadley and no doubt sang it in pubs up and down these isles in '83 - received it with the kind of shouts and applause New Yorkers always gave Clarence Clemons when he took his thundering-tenor spotlight in Madison Square Garden for Bruce Springsteen's "Jungleland." The ecstasy in the Albert Hall was that kind of loud. - ROLLING STONE Emerging from Soho's ultra hip Blitz Club in 1979 during another economic depression, Spandau formed at school in North London before becoming the hottest unsigned band on the planet. From underground, fashion and music obsessed working class Londoners, to global superstars, the band set the pace, the styles and the sound of the 1980s. Not only did their albums sell by the millions, but their look and style impacted on the fashion world and beyond. They created their own style, combining creativity with entrepreneurship and the 'can do' spirit of early 80s youth at a time of crisis and upheaval eerily reminiscent of 2009. Spandau Ballet are both commercially and culturally enormous.

Dennis McNalley On Highway 61 Part 2

Did you know Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn shaped what would become Ragtime, R&B and Soul? Without Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley as tools. The sound of river might have been silent. Making a huge return to the I Heart Radio Studios is author Dennis McNalley who takes us even deeper into the creation of American Music. What if Mark Twain helped shape the sound of the South? What if Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley were representatives of not just their eras of sight and sound but the continuation of America at birth? Before Johnny Cash and Elvis. Before Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. American music had roots dug into the soils of life and style. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the man that spent 20 years on the road with Grateful Dead. And not once did we talk about Jerry and the gang. Dennis McNally On Highway 61 explores the historical context of the significant social dissent that was central to the cultural genesis of the sixties. The book is going to search for the deeper roots of American cultural and musical evolution for the past 150 years by studying what the Western European culture learned from African American culture in a historical progression that reaches from the minstrel era to Bob Dylan. The book begins with America’s first great social critic, Henry David Thoreau, and his fundamental source of social philosophy:---his profound commitment to freedom, to abolitionism and to African-American culture. Continuing with Mark Twain, through whom we can observe the rise of minstrelsy, which he embraced, and his subversive satirical masterpiece Huckleberry Finn. While familiar, the book places them into a newly articulated historical reference that shines new light and reveals a progression that is much greater than the sum of its individual parts. As the first post-Civil War generation of black Americans came of age, they introduced into the national culture a trio of musical forms—ragtime, blues, and jazz— that would, with their derivations, dominate popular music to this day. Ragtime introduced syncopation and become the cutting edge of the modern 20th century with popular dances. The blues would combine with syncopation and improvisation and create jazz. Maturing at the hands of Louis Armstrong, it would soon attract a cluster of young white musicians who came to be known as the Austin High Gang, who fell in love with black music and were inspired to play it themselves. In the process, they developed a liberating respect for the diversity of their city and country, which they did not see as exotic, but rather as art. It was not long before these young white rebels were the masters of American pop music – big band Swing. As Bop succeeded Swing, and Rhythm and Blues followed, each had white followers like the Beat writers and the first young rock and rollers. Even popular white genres like the country music of Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family reflected significant black influence. In fact, the theoretical separation of American music by race is not accurate. This biracial fusion achieved an apotheosis in the early work of Bob Dylan, born and raised at the northern end of the same Mississippi River and Highway 61 that had been the birthplace of much of the black music he would study. As the book reveals, the connection that began with Thoreau and continued for over 100 years was a cultural evolution where, at first individuals, and then larger portions of society, absorbed the culture of those at the absolute bottom of the power structure, the slaves and their descendants, and realized that they themselves were not free.

Bob Minkin Live Dead

A celebration of great music through the lens of a camera. The man handpicked to document the journey of the Grateful Dead Bob Minkin is Unplugged and Totally Uncut inside the I Heart Radio Studio Forty years, 200 Grateful Dead concerts and 100 Jerry Garcia shows; Bob Minkin’s new photo book Live Dead captures a life spent with a camera in hand. He was just 15 when his attempted first show - August 1974, Roosevelt Stadium – was rained out, and he was all of 17 at the Boston Music Hall in 1976 when he shot his first G.D. concert. The oldest picture in his book is of Jerry Garcia (with Nicky Hopkins) at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, in 1975, and the most recent is of Bob Weir with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, in April of 2014. .and a whole lot of remarkable pictorial memories in between. Go to to check it out and buy.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Glyn Johns Sound Man

The man behind the control board. He's produced and engineered Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who and was the voice that convinced The Beatles to play their final moments together up on the roof. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the very humble Glyn Johns Glyn Johns' work as a producer and engineer of the most seminal rock and roll records of his time not only contributed to an unsurpassed string of hits, but helped to define a sound of a generation. Many of the artists with whom he worked—The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, among many others—have stood the test of time and are considered classics of the genre. Beloved albums like Abbey Road and Led Zeppelin and tracks such as “My Generation” and “Sympathy for the Devil” number among Johns’ extensive and impressive discography. For the first time, in his memoir SOUND MAN: A Life Recording Hits with the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, the Faces… , Johns opens up about his life and career in the studio, contributing to the annals of music history and sharing anecdotes that will delight music fans the world over.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Josh Dorr

It's not every day that someone walks into the I Heart Radio Studio and says, "I was born in Gillette, Wyoming." I wish the station cameras would've caught my reaction when Jowh Dorr broke the ice. Gillette is where my mother was born. I was brought onto the planet just over the mountain. Unplugged and Totally Uncut with a way out west neighbor.

Mark Schultz Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher is heating up a lot of conversation in movie theaters. The book is selling and I have the author. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Mark Schultz On January 26, 1996, Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal winner and wrestling champion, was shot three times by du Pont family heir John E. du Pont at the famed Foxcatcher Farms estate in Pennsylvania. You might recall sensational media coverage and subsequent murder trial, where du Pont was found guilty and sentenced to 13-30 years. He later died in prison. What hasn’t yet been told is the inside story of the complex relationship between du Pont and both Dave and his brother Mark Schultz. Mark—an Olympic gold medal champion wrestler himself—was also part of the Foxcatcher team, and worked with du Pont before his brother did. Now, he opens up in his memoir Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold. A movie based on the events, also titled Foxcatcher and directed by Bennett Miller (of Capote and Moneyball fame) is scheduled to be released this month. Starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo, the film has already received phenomenal early reviews, including an eight-minute standing ovation when it premiered at Cannes.

Jesse Ventura

Is it a freedom of speech or the voice that could change the future of America. He's off the grid and not afraid to talk about it. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Jesse Ventura Former Minnesota Governor, former pro-wrestler, actor, bestselling-author Jesse Ventura hosts’s "Off The Grid" – an online only political talk show with over 3 million views on YouTube. New episodes are available Tuesday through Friday on and He’s also the host of the new podcast "We the People with Jesse Ventura" – a new episode airs every Thursday on iTunes and PodcastOne. For more information, go to Follow Jesse Ventura on Twitter: @GovJVentura

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

George Beinson

Not just one of the best in Jazz but he mastered what became Adult Contemporary Radio. Fro the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the very talented George Benson Over the span of his illustrious five-decade career, George Benson has sold millions of records, performed for hundreds of millions of fans, and cut some of the most beloved jazz and soul tunes in music history. But the guitarist/vocalist is much more than "This Masquerade," "On Broadway," "Turn Your Love Around," and "Give Me the Night." Benson is a flat-out inspiration, a multitalented artist who survived an impoverished childhood and molded himself into the first true—and truly successful—jazz/soul crossover artist. And now, on the heels of receiving the prestigious NEW Jazz Masters award, George has finally decided to tell his story. And what a story it is. Benson: The Autobiography follows George's remarkable rise from the ghettos of Pittsburgh to the stages of South Africa, and everywhere in between. George Benson is an unparalleled storyteller, and his tales of scuffling on the Chitlin Circuit with jazz legend Brother Jack McDuff, navigating his way through the recording studio with Miles Davis, and performing with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Count Basie, and Lou Rawls will enthrall devotees of both music history and pop culture. A treat for serious listeners, hardcore guitar aficionados, and casual music followers alike, George's long-awaited book allows readers to meet the man who is one of the most beloved, prolific, and bestselling musicians of his or any other era. GEORGE BENSON BIO (FROM ALLMUSIC.COM) George Benson is simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, but he is also an amazingly versatile musician, and that frustrates to no end critics who would paint him into a narrow bop box. He can play in just about any style -- from swing to bop to R&B to pop -- with supreme taste, a beautiful rounded tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing. His inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery -- and he can do dead-on impressions of both -- but his style is completely his own. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger, particularly in a soul-jazz format. Yet Benson can also sing in a lush, soulful tenor with mannerisms similar to those of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, and it is his voice that has proved to be more marketable to the public than his guitar. Benson is the guitar-playing equivalent of Nat King Cole -- a fantastic pianist whose smooth way with a pop vocal eventually eclipsed his instrumental prowess in the marketplace -- but unlike Cole, Benson has been granted enough time after his fling with the pop charts to reaffirm his jazz guitar credentials, which he still does at his concerts. Benson actually started out professionally as a singer, performing in nightclubs at eight, recording four sides for RCA's X label in 1954, forming a rock band at 17 while using a guitar that his stepfather made for him. Exposure to records by Christian, Montgomery, and Charlie Parker got him interested in jazz, and by 1962, the teenaged Benson was playing in Brother Jack McDuff's band. After forming his own group in 1965, Benson became another of talent scout John Hammond's major discoveries, recording two highly regarded albums of soul-jazz and hard bop for Columbia and turning up on several records by others, including Miles Davis' Miles in the Sky. He switched to Verve in 1967, and, shortly after the death of Montgomery in June 1968, producer Creed Taylor began recording Benson with larger ensembles on A&M (1968-1969) and big groups and all-star combos on CTI (1971-1976). While the A&M and CTI albums certainly earned their keep and made Benson a guitar star in the jazz world, the mass market didn't catch on until he began to emphasize vocals after signing with Warner Bros. in 1976. His first album for Warner Bros., Breezin', became a Top Ten hit on the strength of its sole vocal track, "This Masquerade," and this led to a string of hit albums in an R&B-flavored pop mode, culminating with the Quincy Jones-produced Give Me the Night. As the '80s wore on, though, Benson's albums became riddled with commercial formulas and inferior material, with his guitar almost entirely relegated to the background. Perhaps aware of the futility of chasing the charts (after all, "This Masquerade" was a lucky accident), Benson reversed his field late in the '80s to record a fine album of standards, Tenderly, and another with the Basie band, his guitar now featured more prominently. His pop-flavored work also improved noticeably in the '90s. Benson retains the ability to spring surprises on his fans and critics, like his dazzlingly idiomatic TV appearance and subsequent record date with Benny Goodman in 1975 in honor of John Hammond, and his awesome command of the moment at several Playboy Jazz Festivals in the '80s. His latter-day recordings include the 1998 effort Standing Together, 2000's Absolute Benson, 2001's All Blues, and 2004's Irreplaceable. Three songs from 2006's Givin' It Up, recorded with Al Jarreau, were nominated for Grammy Awards in separate categories. Benson began to see numerous reissues of his catalog material from his years with producer Creed Taylor on Verve, A&M, and CTI, from 2008 on. In 2009, he signed to Concord and released Songs and Stories for the label, and followed it up with his first primarily instrumental album in 35 years entitled Guitar Man in 2011. Two years later, in 2013, Benson released Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, featuring arrangements by Nelson Riddle and Randy Waldman, and at the age of 70, it was one of Benson's finest albums.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Paul Luftenegger

His new album just premiered in 120 different countries. And he's inside the I Heart Radio Studio Unplugged and Totally Uncut. Singer Songwriter Paul Luftenegger Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine, Glenn Close, The Prince of Cambodia, Government Leaders and Millions of People Unite With Paul Luftenegger's Work Inspiring Global Love and Kindness Through Music November 11, 2014 (MMD Newswire) -- Paul Luftenegger releases his international album titled "LOVE EXPANDING LOVE" in more than 120 countries around the world on November 11th, 2014. He aims to encourage global love and kindness through positive conscious music asking beautiful hearts to get involved by creating a LOVE+WAVE from heart to heart around the world by word of mouth. His international album is dedicated to Oprah Winfrey and OWN Television Network as a way of expressing his gratitude and to say "thank you" for helping him heal and move on from the tragic suicide of his father that happened in 2011. Paul Luftenegger is a Canadian independent international multi award winning singer and songwriter. LOVE EXPANDING LOVE is his new grassroots record publicly funded by LOVE+MONEY sent to Paul through a Kickstarter campaign funded by fans from all over the world. His international album will be released through iTunes and will be made available in more than 120 countries worldwide to inspire love and human kindness. His album has been shared already to millions through syndicated online radio shows. His music is loved and appreciated by various people across the world. The Prince of Cambodia, Glenn Close, the Premier of Ontario, and O Magazine are fans and friends of Paul Luftenegger's work. Each song has a message for the world like honoring the elderly, feeding every mouth, asking all governments to be kind, putting your hand on your heart and saying I love you, and so on. Luftenegger's first international success came from his last album titled "Diamond Light" with the multi award winning Canadian producer, Arun Chaturvedi. This record holds certain important work so as to inspire Universal Love as well as an LGBTQ positive song talking about "growing up gay". The tittle track 'Diamond Light' won the honorable mention award with USA Songwriting Competition in 2013. Paul released singles from this particular record throughout 2013 with the entire body of work being made available through worldwide distribution on iTunes on January 14th, 2014. With the launch of his new international album, LOVE EXPANDING LOVE Paul Luftenegger dreams of inspiring and touching millions of hearts to aid the world with a balm of LOVE by asking people to share in the old way music use to be nurtured -- from one heart to another creating a wave of love for all life! Paul is known affectionately to always wish his fans abundant peace, love, joy, happiness, and prosperity! To learn more about Paul Luftenegger, please visit

Monday, November 17, 2014

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and Ralph Sall The Art Of McCartney

Tomorrow history is being made. The artists of the world come together to salute Paul McCartney. Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and Ralph Sall the producer of the Art Of McCartney are Unplugged and Totally Uncut with me on I Heart Radio. The Art Of McCartney is a long awaited and very special project celebrating one of the most universally acclaimed songwriters of all time, Sir Paul McCartney. With backing provided by McCartney’s long time band, classic tracks such as Maybe I’m Amazed, My Love, The Long And Winding Road, When I’m 64, Let It Be, Helter Skelter, Eleanor Rigby, Live And Let Die have been recorded by some of the world’s greatest artists. The Art of McCartney will be released on November 18th. The caliber of artists showing their respect to Paul’s songwriting genius is truly staggering. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Dr John, Yusuf, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde, ELO legend Jeff Lynne, and many more have recorded McCartney songs exclusively for this album. The Art Of McCartney is the brainchild of Los Angeles producer, Beatles and McCartney fanatic, Ralph Sall, who has driven this project from conception to delivery. Sall met and worked alongside Paul in 2003 when they revived a song from the 1971 Ram sessions for a movie soundtrack. Ralph then asked Paul and his publishing company if they would support his making this album to honour him. They came back with Paul’s own blessing and thumbs aloft for the project to go ahead. Ralph became a man on a mission, first recruiting McCartney’s gifted backing guitarists, Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboard player Paul “Wix” Wickens, plus the larger than life drummer, Abe Laboriel, Jr. They know Paul’s extensive back catalogue intimately and this is the first time they have recorded his songs with anyone else since they first started working together with Paul over 12 years ago. Ralph then set about approaching the world’s greatest performers to invite them to step forward and make their mark. This has been a labour of love, not only for Ralph but also for the artists who gave their time to be part of it. All have spoken of the importance of McCartney and his songwriting in their own careers and wanted to show their appreciation. A key strength of The Art Of McCartney is the way these world class artists have got to grips with the sheer range and quality of Paul’s work. From his groundbreaking recordings with The Beatles, through to key moments with Wings and his solo compositions, they are all featured on the album. Legendary Beach Boy, Brian Wilson, was the first to take up the challenge. Undoubtedly he set the bar very high with his rendition of Wanderlust from the underrated 1982 album Tug Of War. There are very few artists whose own work rivals The Beatles. So when producer Ralph Sall approached Bob Dylan to take part, he knew it was ambitious. Dylan’s choice was Things We Said Today - a track from The Beatles’ soundtrack A Hard Days Night – and audiences will be captivated as he growls his way through his remarkable version. There are so many great interpretations here but look out for Willie Nelson’s heartfelt Yesterday, Roger Daltrey’s frenzied version of Helter Skelter, B.B. King’s atmospheric On The Way and The Cure’s Hello Goodbye. Also Smokey Robinson who makes his version of So Bad from Paul’s Pipes of Peace album his own, his tender vocals taking the song in a new direction. All 
aspects of Paul’s peerless back catalogue have been explored from The Beatles to his experimental early solo work, to Wings and his latter solo output. Lesser-known hidden classics such as Junk and Every Night are given a fresh outing and interpretation. The lead off track from the album is The Cure’s take on The Beatles classic ‘Hello Goodbye’ which is the band’s first release in 6 years and also features Sir Paul’s son James on keyboards. The track is available for download now for those who pre-order The Art Of McCartney. Whether it is The Cure’s Robert Smith, Corinne Bailey Rae, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel or KISS, they each bring their own special talent to Paul’s much-loved songs. In so doing, they have created versions that are both new and classic at the same time. The Art of McCartney is the very definition of the universal appeal and timeless magic of Sir Paul McCartney’s songs and songwriting. The Art Of McCartney is an audiophile’s dream. It is available in five beautifully packaged formats for the McCartney fan in your life:

Jillian Bell

She dominated 22 Jump Street. She's brilliant on Work-a-holics. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actress Jillian Bell Loaded with more than 100 Minutes of Extensive Bonus Content, Including 22 Deleted & Extended Scenes, Four Alternate Line-O-Ramas, Six Featurettes & Three Extra Videos Jonah Hill (Moneyball) and Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) are back in action in Columbia Pictures’ / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ outrageously explosive 22 JUMP STREET, debuting on Digital HD on Oct. 28, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD Nov. 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshman to real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. The $314 million worldwide box office hit also stars Ice Cube (Ride Along), reprising his role as Captain Dickson, along with Peter Stormare (The Last Stand), Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens), Amber Stevens (“Greek”), Jillian Bell (“Workaholics”), the comedic Lucas Brothers duo, Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) and Jimmy Tatro (YouTube’s “Life According to Jimmy”). Bonus features on both the 22 JUMP STREET Blu-ray and DVD include five deleted scenes, commentary with Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, as well as Hill and Tatum, and a “Line-O-Rama” alternate scene that gives audiences a look at different takes during one of the film’s funniest scenes. Also included on Blu-ray and DVD is “The Perfect Couple of Directors” featurette, which takes a look at the directors’ creative vision for 22 JUMP STREET and their collaboration with Tatum and Hill. Blu-ray exclusive bonus features include 17 additional deleted and extended scenes (22 in total), six all-new featurettes, four more “Line-O-Ramas,” a montage of jokes cut from the film, and two viral videos, “Zook & McQuaid’s Football Tape” and “Jenko Split”. The film is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The screenplay is by Michael Bacall and Oren Uziel and Rodney Rothman, from a story by Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill, based on the television series “21 Jump Street” created by Patrick Hasburgh & Stephen J. Cannell. Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum served as producers. Executive producers include Stephen J. Cannell, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Tania Landau, Brian Bell, Reid Carolin and Ben Waisbren. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s comedy sequel 22 Jump Street earned a whopping $60 million at the box office over the weekend (and, oh gee whiz, wouldn’t you know it, women like to go see all kinds of movies) thanks to strong reviews and moviegoers who were eager to revisit the buddy cop antics of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. And while critics and audiences alike were pleased with the return of Tatum and Hill (not to mention their fellow 21 Jump Street co-stars Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, and Nick Offerman), it was a newcomer to the franchise who stole the show: comedian/writer/actress Jillian Bell. (Mild 22 Jump Street spoilers ahead.) In the movie Bell plays Mercedes, a college student weary of the age of her dorm mate Maya’s (Amber Stevens) hookup Schmidt (Hill). When Mercedes isn’t creepily watching them from her bed across the room, she’s slinging some seriously cutting zingers about how old Schmidt looks. Bell’s line delivery is impeccable throughout the entire movie and, during a riotous spring break sequence, she and Hill engage in one of the most uproarious fist fight scenes you’ve ever seen on film. (Let’s just say it involves some incredible misunderstandings about wanting to kiss during combat.) As leads, Tatum and Hill may be the ones on the poster, but Bell walked away as the breakout star. Hell, even Hill himself would agree with that sentiment. If Bell looked familiar to you while you were watching 22 Jump Street, that’s because the Groundlings vet has been making you laugh your butt off for the past few years. Bell — who was a writer on Saturday Night Live from 2009 to 2010 (she, along with her cohorts, earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series) — is perhaps best known for her TV work on comedies like Workaholics, Eastbound & Down, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. (When you think about it, it’s really no big surprise that Bell was able to hold her own in the male-dominated 22 Jump Street: she’s been kicking ass in the boy’s comedy club for quite some time now.) The up-and-coming star, who has proven herself to be as versatile on the big screen as she has been on the small screen (in addition to parts in comedies like 22 Jump Street and Bridesmaids, she also took on a dramatic role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-nominated opus The Master, who she’ll reunite with in the upcoming Inherent Vice), is just as awesome off-screen, too. Bell — whose Twitter bio reads ”A girl who loves halloween and hummus” (instant cool girl cred in our book) — has been thanking her well-wishers from Questlove to Taran Killam after 22 Jump Street’s big opening weekend. But even before Bell’s gracious responses regarding 22 Jump Street, she’s already been awesome on the social networking site, giving kudos to fellow ass-kicking, scene-stealing actresses like Louie’s Sarah Baker. Simply put: she freakin’ rocks. Now, whether or not Bell (who seems like a total down-to-Earth delight in interviews, like her recent one with Cosmo) winds up in any of those possible 22 Jump Street follow-ups, considering she has her own upcoming television series Idiotsitter and will appear in the eagerly anticipated Goosebumps movie, she won’t just be taking this hit franchise by storm, but all of Hollywood.

Ray Stevens

Not just a brilliant song writer but one of this nations funniest people. The king of streaking and more. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Mr. Ray Stevens Ray Stevens' Nashville is a Nashville you will love, too. Ray takes you behind the scenes into the recording sessions and into the dressing rooms and shares his Nashville with us in a very entertaining way. It's fun, informative and funny. If you are a fan of Ray Stevens, country or pop music, or the city of Nashville, you will love Ray Stevens' Nashville. Ray Stevens was recently described in the Nashville Tennessean newspaper as the most talented man on Music Row. Not bad for a guy who moved to town in 1962 with all of his worldly possessions in the smallest U-Haul trailer available at the time, and as he will tell you, it wasn't full. A Hall of Fame songwriter, Grammy award winning vocalist and arranger with numerous Gold and Platinum Records, and nine consecutive Comedian of the Year statuettes, Ray says he is a piano man in a guitar town, which makes the career of this imaginative and prolific musician even more notable. Many Nashville recording artists have a couple of country hits, buy a few new flashy cars and a hillbilly bus and go off performing around the country to make room for, you know, the new kid in town, the next big thing. But Ray Stevens didn't have a couple of hits, he had a string of them and he didn't buy a bus and leave town, he rented a plane so he could fly home and sleep in his own bed every night. He didn't view his success as a fast burn, but simply the natural result of doing his job well, and he never got tired of that job. His is an American dream story of humble beginnings, talent, and hard work. He has always gotten up every day and gone to work, just like his folks taught him to do, and the way his mill employee father modeled for him. Part of the answer of his long success is that he has never been comfortable with being a Star. In fact, he is a very reluctant celebrity, always shunning limos, presidential suites, and the star treatment in general. When told a production company would send a limo for him he replied, Just tell me the address, I have a car and I've been driving since I was 16. He loves Nashville, it's his adopted hometown. He likes breakfast with old friends every Saturday morning at a small neighborhood restaurant, and being able to be at work after just a 15 minute drive. He loves the architecture, the people, the business, and being surrounded by the best musicians in the world that he can call on at a moment s notice to come to one of his state of the art recording studios and help him create that most elusive of all things-- a Hit Record.

Friday, November 14, 2014

John Byrne Cooke On The Road With Janis Joplin

I've always believed Road Managers tell the best stories. I've just hooked up with the man that led Janis Joplin around. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with John Byrne Cooke The iconic Janis Joplin became a star in just a few short years before her death at age 27. And from the beginning there was John Byrne Cooke, who took the job as road manager for Janis and her band in 1967, and was a constant presence behind the scenes before her tragic overdose in 1970. Cooke, an acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, and folk/bluegrass musician in his own right, recorded the scene in notebooks and on film. Now, in his new memoir, On the Road with Janis Joplin, heoffers an intimate portrait of the too-short years with Janis, from her explosion onto the national scene to her tragic last days recording her final album in Los Angeles. Chronicling Big Brother and the Holding Company’s meteoric rise after Monterey Pop and Janis Joplin’s rising star as a unique vocalist, John Byrne Cooke sheds light on the San Francisco music scene in an ode to the Summer of Love. He shares an unforgettable era when drugs, sex, and rock ‘n’ roll changed everything.

Lyric and Rietta Wallenda

On the high wire with the worlds most famous family of shock and wow. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the infamous Wallenda's!!!!! Something magical happens when the circus meets the symphony. It’s Cirque Musica and the Charlotte Symphony, November 21st and 22nd at Belk Theater. Take a musical journey into a world of high flying adventure. November 21st and 22nd. Details at charlotte-symphony-dot-org

Thursday, November 13, 2014


They've been dubbed the world's first post-internet band. The first to see the internet as the art form it is and do something about it beyond just trying to score business success. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Tim and Damian from the group OK GO OK Go is back with a new album - Hungry Ghosts (Paracadute/BMG) - and to celebrate, the band is unleashing a multitude of associated projects across a broad range of disciplines. On October 27th, OK Go unveiled the video for "I Won't Let You Down," the second single from Hungry Ghosts, during a visit to NBC's "TODAY." The clip, which can be viewed at, was lensed in Japan's Chiba Prefecture in August 2014. In preparation for the album's release, OK Go approached Honda through their friend, creative director Morihiro Harano, with the idea to collaborate and produce a music video. The resulting clip was shot using a custom "multi-copter camera" developed for the project. In OK Go's signature style, the action is captured in one single shot. It was directed by OK Go's Damian Kulash and Kazuaki Seki, with creative direction by Morihiro Harano (of Mori, Inc.). Honda lent the band the futuristic Uni-Cubs seen in the video. The Uni-Cub is a unique single-wheeled Honda vehicle that is currently in the development stage. Details for the band's 2015 headline theatre tour - which will kick off on March 21, 2015 at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA - will be announced shortly. In the meantime, fans can see OK Go performing on "Late Show with David Letterman" on Tuesday, November 11th and at a special event: a November 14 appearance at the Fitzgerald Theater in St Paul, MN with comic Hari Kondabolu on NPR's "Wits," a live public radio show that mixes improv, sketch comedy, conversation and music. Continuing a career that includes award-winning videos, New York Times op-eds, a major label split and the establishment of a DIY trans-media mini-empire (Paracadute), collaborations with pioneering dance companies and tech giants, animators and Muppets, OK Go continue to fearlessly dream and build new worlds in a time when creative boundaries have all but dissolved. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller famously called OK Go "the first post-Internet band, the first band to use the internet as a medium of art, not just commerce." Known as leaders in the field of social media, OK Go have recently become trendsetters in the burgeoning messaging app scene. They were the first band with a presence on Tango, where they have amassed over 400,000 followers, and are also the first band to use KIK's brand new dashboard messaging system to communicate directly with fans. Say hi to them there - Other recent endeavors include: • A remix contest with Blend, the premiere platform for backing up and collaborating on music projects in their native format. Fans are invited to put their spin on "I Won't Let You Down" in the DAW of their choice. • The illusion-filled video for "The Writing's On The Wall," which garnered seven million views in its first seven days of release and was praised by NPR as a "brilliant mix of music, choreography and trickery" - plus an interactive website that takes fans behind-the-scenes at the video shoot. • An installment of the AV Club's AV Undercover series. "OK Go maintain their place as creative heavyweights of the music industry with Hungry Ghosts," said Paste Magazine while Rolling Stone observed, "OK Go's songs are a lot like their brilliant viral-hit videos: cute, ingeniously crafted and entertaining..." "Where so many other acts in their position might be content to rest on their laurels with a couple of catchy singles and the occasional viral video, OK Go have become a band in the habit of releasing old-fashioned, good-from-beginning-to-end albums, a feat that sometimes feels as though it's become something of a lost art," noted All Music. The band recorded Hungry Ghosts with longtime producer and friend Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT), while also enlisting a new collaborator in Los Angeles, veteran Tony Hoffer (Beck, Phoenix). The Future of Music Coalition, citing OK Go's longstanding commitment to innovative business models and connecting its success with new models to broader concerns about cultural sustainability and social justice, has nominated the band for a Future of Music Honors award. OK Go has already been honored with a GRAMMY, an MTV Video Music Award, a CLIO, two WEBBY Awards (including one for their collaboration with The Muppets and Sesame Street), a spot in a Guggenheim installation and a total of seven Lions from the 2012 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity - the advertising world's most prestigious competition.

Adam Mansbach

His first book blew everyone awaty. Including Morgan Freeman. Go the F To Sleep. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with author Adam Mansbach. From the award winning novelist and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Go The F**k to Sleep comes the long-awaited sequel about the other great parental frustration: getting your little angel to eat something that even vaguely resembles a normal meal. Profane, loving, and deeply cathartic, You Have To F**king Eat (Akashic Books; on-sale November 12, 2014; $14.95) breaks the code of child-rearing silence, giving moms and dads a much-needed chance to laugh about a universal problem. It’s also a perfect gift book, timed for release during the holiday season. Says author Adam Mansbach, the unlikely spokesperson for a new generation of parents worldwide: “There’s been plenty of enthusiasm for a sequel over the years (and plenty of suggestions!) but I always said I’d only do one if it rang true to me—if I felt like I could imbue it with the same kind of honesty, love, and frustration as the first book. And eating is the other universal source of parental anxiety, a battle of wills just as pitched as sleep can be. From my own experiences and plenty of conversations with other parents, it seemed like a topic folks could use a laugh and a bit of catharsis about.” Adam Mansbach once again teams up with Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books on this release, which features illustrations by Owen Brozman, whose art has appeared in Scholastic, Time Out New York, and National Geographic. Like the smash hit Go the F**k to Sleep, You Have to F**king Eat perfectly captures Mansbach’s trademark humor, which is simultaneously affectionate and radically honest. You probably shouldn’t read it to your kids. Go the F**k to Sleep highlights: • #1 New York Times bestseller (41 weeks in Top 10), and hit many other bestseller lists including Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly,, and more. • Translated in 35 international territories. • Audible Studios audiobook, featuring an iconic performance by Samuel L. Jackson (with other celebrity readings and endorsements from the likes of Charlize Theron, Jessica Simpson, Werner Herzog, Jenna Elfman, Judah Friedlander, and more!) became a viral phenomenon listened to millions of times. • Movie rights sold to Fox 2000, where a feature film is currently in development. ABOUT ADAM MANSBACH Adam Mansbach's novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the best-selling Angry Black White Boy, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Believer, Granta, Los Angeles Times,, and many other publications. He is the 2010-2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University. His book Go The F**k To Sleep was a New York Times Bestseller. The sequel, You Have To Fu**ing Eat will be published in November 2014 by Akashic Books. His daughter Vivien is six.

Pablo Francisco

Wow! I thought I had a million personalities floating freely through my head! 15 minutes with Pablo and me and you're gonna wish you never had that Red Bull.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Barry Manilow

MY DREAM DUETS Features Duets with Iconic Artists Whitney Houston, John Denver, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong and More Modern technology has given GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning musician and pop legend Barry Manilow the opportunity to record his “dream” duets with his own musical heroes on his latest album, MY DREAM DUETS. From cherished idols like Judy Garland and Louis Armstrong to contemporary icons like Whitney Houston and John Denver, they have all joined Barry in his “virtual recording studio.” MY DREAM DUETS was released October 28th. Through the miracle of modern technology, the original vocal tracks for each guest artist on MY DREAM DUETS have been extracted from their original source recordings, allowing Manilow to use his musical genius to re-orchestrate the arrangements, record new musical tracks, and then transport the guest vocals into vibrant new settings. In this way, he not only pays homage to his duet partners but, he also brings them into the modern era by transforming them into recordings that are instantly familiar yet refreshingly new. ' “The songs have all new arrangements and sound as if they were recorded yesterday,” said Manilow. “The album is a miracle. It’s been a huge undertaking, musically and technically,” he added. Manilow’s joy standing shoulder-to-shoulder next to these musical giants is evident on each track. Manilow added, “Having the opportunity to record these legendary standards with artists whom I admire so much was really a dream come true.” Manilow recently signed to Universal Music’s VERVE MUSIC label headed by GRAMMY® award-winner and hit-maker David Foster. “In addition to being one of the worlds most successful singers, songwriters, performers and recording artists, Barry is an absolutely brilliant arranger and musician,” said David Foster, Record Producer and Chairman of the Verve Music Group. “The way he has taken the classic solo performances of the many iconic artists on “MY DREAM DUETS,” transforming them into songs arranged for two voices, is an incredible artistic accomplishment. This album is really a crowning achievement in an unprecedented career spanning many decades. I couldn¹t be more proud to welcome Barry to the Verve family,” Foster continued. MY DREAM DUETS Track Listing: 1. The Song’s Gotta Come From The Heart – Jimmy Durante 2. Goody Goody – Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers 3. Dream A Little Dream Of Me – Mama Cass 4. Sunshine On My Shoulders – John Denver 5. I Wanna Be Loved By You – Marilyn Monroe 6. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart – Judy Garland 7. Moon River – Andy Williams 8. Candyman – Sammy Davis, Jr. 9. I Believe In You And Me – Whitney Houston 10. The Look Of Love – Dusty Springfield 11. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong MY DREAM DUETS is available at For more information on Barry Manilow please visit:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Joelle Carter

The weathers about to get really cold. You're gonna need a video on demand. If you love your movies with a haunting edge and or something filmed in the Carolinas. Time to get to know Jessebelle. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actress Joelle Carter Joelle Carter has captivated television audiences with her portrayal of ‘Ava Crowder’ on FX’s Peabody Award-winning drama series Justified. Throughout her versatile career, she has appeared in landmark television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Third Watch and the controversial series Wonderland created by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights). Her most recent guest-starring roles include work on Prime Suspect and Body of Proof. This past year, moviegoers saw Carter in vastly different roles. In Kevin Greutert’s horror film Jessabelle, Carter portrayed a tormented mother opposite Sarah Snook and Mark Webber. The film was released by Lionsgate on November 7, 2014. In the independent film The Living, a dramatic thriller structured as two separate but interlinking stories, and a favorite at the 2014 Austin Film Festival, she starred alongside Kenny Wormald. In Red Wing, based on the novel “The Country Waif” by George Sands, Carter joined Luke Perry, Frances Fisher and Bill Paxton in telling a thought provoking and stirring love story. In the romantic comedy feature It’s Not You, It’s Me, Carter starred opposite Ross McCall. The story centers on a 30-something commitment-phobe, who breaks up with the love of his life thanks to conflicting advice from his outrageous, inner voices. Her celebrated work in film also includes starring in Phedon Papamichael’s Lost Angeles and To Be Friends directed by Jim Eckhart and executive produced by Aaron Eckhart. Prior to that, she starred in such feature cult favorites as High Fidelity and American Pie 2, and indies Swimming and Lisa Picard is Famous. In addition to acting in television and film, Carter has taken her turn behind the camera as a co-producer of the award-winning documentary Altered By Elvis, about lives changed by the King of Rock ‘n Roll. Carter went on to co-produce and star in the short A Girl and a Gun, which won Best Original Short at the 2008 Washougal International Film Festival. She was honored to attend the 2008 Cannes Film Festival with the film, Jumping In, in which she starred. A Georgia native and Augusta College alumnus, Carter began her modeling career shortly thereafter before moving to New York City which led her to appear on fashion runways around the world. Falling in love with acting, she began her theatrical studies in New York City and immediately appeared on stage and screen. Carter currently resides in Los Angeles, with her husband and daughter. ABOUT JESSABELLE, OPENING IN THEATERS AND ON DEMEND FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7th From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle - In select theaters and On Demand November 7th. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of Sleeping Beauty) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape. Here's the trailer:

Carolilna Panther Colin Cole

Gerry Valencourt once said to me, "You know when you're a true fan. It's when you hurt really bad after the game didn't go your way." I love it that we're hurting after last night. More importantly I love it that our Carolina Panthers are winning in the community. This Friday #91 Colin Cole hits Harris Teeter at 3100 Wedding Road to fill the truck for Second Harvest Food Bank. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the Mighty Mighty #91. Get on your feet!!! It's Colin Cole!!!!!!!!!

Dan Bucatinsky

From Web Therapy on Showtime to becoming part of the new sitcom Marry Me. Dan has turned internet play into a pioneering tool for actors and broadcasters. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actor Dan Bucatinsky Dan Bucatinsky won a 2013 Emmy Award for his portrayal of James Novak on the hit ABC series ‘Scandal.’ Bucatinsky will be back on the air this fall on in the NBC comedy ‘Marry Me.’ He and producing partner Lisa Kudrow also have their recently Emmy-nominated docu-series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ back on the air for a fifth season on TLC. In October the pair will be back on Showtime with the 4th season of their Emmy-nominated web-to-TV series ‘Web Therapy,’ created with Bucatinsky’s husband, acclaimed filmmaker, Don Roos. In 2005 Bucatinsky and Kudrow produced the cult, Emmy-nominated HBO comedy " Bucatinsky as publicist, Billy Stanton. Nine years later and back by popular demand, an eight-episode second season is scheduled to premiere on HBO on November 9, 2014 Television audiences will also remember Bucatinsky from ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘In Plain Sight,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Weeds’ and more. Film roles include his indie romantic comedy ‘All Over the Guy,’ ‘Under the Tuscan Sun,’ as well as ‘Bounce’ and ‘The Opposite of Sex,’ both directed by Roos, with whom he has two kids, Eliza and Jonah, who inspired him to write the book ‘Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?,’ his best-selling, autobiographical tales of parenthood. ABOUT WEB THERAPY ON SHOWTIME Fiona Wallice is a therapist with little patience for her patients. Tired of hearing about people's problems for fifty long minutes, she devises a new treatment, the three-minute video chat. And still, the sessions end up being largely about her. If she's your therapist, you've got problems. Emmy Award® winner Lisa Kudrow co-created, produces and stars in this outrageous therapeutic send-up. Originally produced as webisodes, WEB THERAPY features an A-list guest cast who, along with Kudrow, improvise their performances with hilarious results. Season 4 began October 22nd. Season 3 featured guest stars Matt LeBlanc, Meg Ryan, Chelsea Handler, Megan Mullally, Nina Garcia, and Mae Whitman, among others.

Col Cole Kingseed Conversations With Major Dick Winters

Fifty years after the end of World War II, Dick Winters suddenly found himself thrust into the spotlight after the publication of Band of Brothers and the internationally successful television miniseries that followed it that focused on him as the main “character.” A quiet, reluctant hero, Dick Winters’ modesty and strength which drew him admirers among his men half a century before as Major Dick Winters, commander of Easy Company, now was felt by millions worldwide. Colonel (Ret.) Cole Kingseed, a veteran himself, befriended Dick Winters in the last years of his life and was the last person Winters allowed into his exclusive inner circle of friends. He spoke with him openly about his life and upbringing in Hershey, PA, his wartime experience – from parachuting into Normandy, to the turmoil of D-Day, to the final capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest and the announcement of the end of the war – and what followed. In CONVERSATIONS WITH MAJOR DICK WINTERS, Kingseed presents Winters’ candid discussions and vivid recollections of the war. Following Winters’ death on January 2, 2011, the outpouring of grief and adulation for one of the nation’s preeminent leaders of character, courage, and competence shows just how much of an impact Dick Winters left on the world. Through Cole Kingseed, readers will get to know the man Dick Winters was – both behind the uniform and because of it. Cole C. Kingseed is a thirty-year Army veteran who served in a variety of command and staff positions. He earned his M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College and his Ph.D. in history from Ohio State. He taught at West Point, where he served as chief of military history for four years. Kingseed is the author of fifty-three articles on corporate and military leadership and such books as Eisenhower and the Suez Crisis of 1956, Old Glory Stories: Combat Leadership in World War II, and coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Beyond Band of Brothers.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Josie Bissett from Paper Angels

Country Music's Jimmy Wayne's song Paper Angels has inspired a new film starring actress Josie Bisett. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the Melrose Place star... 35 years in this business of broadcasting and I'm still moved by the songwriters and performers writing from their soul. Jimmy Wayne has penned out a song that hit me hard. It was like life had suddenly plastered my biggest secret on the movie screen. Josie Bissett is recognized internationally for her role as the popular 'Jane Mancini' on FOX-TV's "Melrose Place," which ended its successful seven-year run in May of 1999. To date, she has graced over 50 magazine covers, including such publications as TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Shape's Fit Pregnancy and New Woman. She appeared for five seasons on ABC Family Channel's hit one-hour breakout teen-pregnancy drama series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," created and executive produced by Brenda Hampton ("7th Heaven"). Josie played 'Kathleen Bowman,' mother to good girl 'Grace' (Megan Park). Josie has wrapped production on a starring role opposite Matthew Settle on the original Christmas film “Paper Angels,” which will premiere on UP TV on November 16, 2014. She recently starred opposite James Brolin in Hallmark Movie Channels’ first-ever original holiday movie, “Christmas with Tucker,” which premiered in late 2013 as part of their “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas” new holiday initiative. “Christmas with Tucker” is the Most Watched Hallmark Movie Channel Original Premiere among HH’s and W25-54 in network history! Her first children’s book, “Tickle Monster,” became a national sensation which got kids and parents to laugh, laugh, laugh! “Tickle Monster” is an inspiring and beautifully illustrated storybook for kids, based on a treasured family tradition that Josie has continued with her own kids. Fuzzy 'Tickle Monster' mitts, an interactive companion piece to the book, are available and packaged in an adorable gift set. Parents can wear the gloves to tickle their children while reading along to the clever text. “Tickle Monster” and publisher Compendium, Inc. were awarded the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media Inc.’s Seal of Approval for excellence in parenting products. "Tickle Monster" earned the Publisher's Choice Award from the Family Magazine Group, and Josie was named Celebrity Mom of the Year" by the Mom's Choice Awards (MCA), an annual awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies and parents for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services. Josie and her children were also featured on the cover of MCA's Entro magazine. Josie's ability to offer parenting advice and bring laughter in the lives of families, along with her mission to live life as a whole team and balanced person, made her the perfect choice for the Mom's Choice Team. As a follow up to the highly successful “Tickle Monster,” Josie has written her second children’s book, “Boogie Monster,” and both titles are currently available in major book stores. With a loveable new character from Planet Boogie whose only mission is to inspire kids to dance, dance, dance, “Boogie Monster” teaches kids that there’s no right or wrong way to dance. In the process, kids build confidence and have fun exercising. Also available is a complete dance kit (packaged in a colorful, reusable keepsake gift box with magnetic closure), which includes a “Boogie Monster” book, a pair of Boogie Monster Legs Leggings and a full-length Boogie Monster music CD by Recess Monkey. The “Boogie Monster” Dance Kit was the recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award, honoring excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. In addition, the Dance Kit won the Moonbeam Gold Medal at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Josie's first book, "Little Bits Of Wisdom," was inspired by the birth of her first child in 2001 and is now in its third printing. It is a heart-warming collection of parenting wisdom and child-rearing "tricks of the trade" gathered from more than 1,000 parents and grandparents throughout the world. Two years later, she completed a second book, "Making Memories," which featured over 200 ways for parents to create rich family memories with their children that last a lifetime. Tens of thousands of parents have already embraced this magical book, the premise of which is so simple and powerful: The moments with our children pass so quickly, but the memories we create today will last forever. The Seattle native began her career in front of the camera at the age of 12 as a model in print advertisements and television commercials. At 16, she left home and moved to Japan to further her career and at 17 headed to Hollywood to make her mark. Josie soon landed the role of 'Cara' on "The Hogan Family," where she spent two seasons. Within two years of her arrival in Los Angeles, Josie was cast on "Melrose Place" and quickly became one of television's most recognizable actors. In recent years, she has had the opportunity to explore many diverse and interesting characters in such projects as the ABC movies "The Fire Above" and "Dare to Love," the FOX telefilm "Deadly Vows" and the USA cable film "Baby Monitor: Sound of Fear." She starred in the ABC Family Channel original film “I Do, They Don't," a romantic comedy about two widowed parents whose spontaneous marriage thrusts them into the position of having to blend two families into one. In addition, Josie starred in the Lifetime Television original film "The Other Woman," based on the best-selling novel by Joy Fielding and directed by Jason Priestley. She has also made numerous guest-starring appearances including NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." On the big screen, she made her feature film debut in Oliver Stone's "The Doors," in which she played the wife of Doors' guitarist Robbie Krieger. Her subsequent films include the coming-of-age comedy "Book of Love" and the psychological thriller "Mikey." In addition to acting, Josie has hosted numerous shows. She most recently co-hosted Lifetime Television’s morning talk show, “The Balancing Act.” She previously hosted "Parenting & Beyond," a show that offered parents creative solutions to everyday problems, so that they can have more quality time to enjoy their family and watch their children growing up. She also hosted the PBS educational special, "Teach More, Love More," which followed four families, each with a child in one of the four critical stages of early childhood development -- newborn, infancy, toddlerhood and preschool. As host, Josie guided viewers through the program which explores the joys, fears and a myriad of questions that accompany the beginning of life. "Teach More, Love More" included interviews with nationally renowned experts such as Dr. T. Berry Brazelton. Josie has been the face of several national commercial campaigns, including Neutrogena's skin care line and Dr. Scholl's Pedicure Essentials, an entire line of 14 different products designed to pamper the feet. Additionally, she was a spokesperson for Murad Skin Care's Resurgence® Regimen, the first comprehensive line of products formulated exclusively to help revitalize and rebuild hormonally aging skin. Josie resides in Seattle with her children, 14-year-old son Mason and 12-year-old daughter Maya. She is currently working on her next children’s book. For more information, please visit ABOUT HER NEW MOVIE PAPER ANGELS, PREMIERING NOVEMBER 16th at 7PM ET on UP In Paper Angels, abused wife Lynn (Josie Bissett) leaves her alcoholic husband Darryl, with her two kids, Thomas and Sara, and moves to another town where she works as a waitress to make ends meet. In that same town, we meet Kevin (Matthew Settle), whose marketing & design company is on the brink of shutting down due to the economy. Plus, Kevin’s wife Jenny is in a difficult pregnancy with twins. Thomas starts a new school and becomes the target of a bully who is threatened by how well Thomas plays basketball. Unable to join the high school team, Thomas goes to the community center where he meets Kevin and the two of them become unlikely friends through pickup basketball games. Little do they know the tremendous impact they will have on each other’s families this Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Inspired by the hit country Christmas song featured in the movie, “Paper Angels,” by country music star Jimmy Wayne and the same-titled book by Wayne with Travis Thrasher. Wayne also has written and performed two new songs for the film. Stars: Matthew Settle (“Gossip Girl”) and Josie Bissett (“Melrose Place”).

Pamela Paul By The Book

There would be more writers in the world if the inspiration came from the pages of reality. Rather than painting a portrait of how famous you can become due to a book. Mater mind a set of chapters that showcase the human side of the writer. That's what Pamela Paul has done. Unplugged and Totally Uncut inside the I Heart Radio Studio Are you a fan of: DAVID SEDARIS, LENA DUNHAM, JAMES PATTERSON, ANNE name a few? Along with over 60 of the world’s leading writers, get a glimpse into their private lives!! The inside scoop comes from PAMELA PAUL, the editor of THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW. Every Sunday, readers turn with anticipation to Pamela's immensely popular interview feature "BY THE BOOK" - to see which novelist, historian, short story writer, or artist will be showcased. “The effect [of reading BY THE BOOK] is like being at a very well-attended cocktail party, or peeking onto the nightstand of a favorite author… At times delightful and always entertaining,this book can be taken in large gulps, or small sips. Reading it will surely result in a monstrous and fascinating reading list.” —Library Journal, starred review BY THE BOOK features personalities as varied as David Sedaris, Hilary Mantel, Michael Chabon, Lena Dunham, Khaled Hosseini, Anne Lamott and James Patterson These wide-ranging interviews are conducted by Pamela Paul, the editor of the Book Review, and here she brings together sixty-five of the most intriguing and fascinating exchanges, featuring personalities as varied as David Sedaris, Hilary Mantel, Michael Chabon, Khaled Hosseini, Anne Lamott, and James Patterson. The questions and answers admit us into the private worlds of these authors, as they reflect on their work habits, reading preferences, inspirations, pet peeves, and recommendations. BY THE BOOK contains the full uncut interviews, offering a range of experiences and observations that deepens readers’ understanding of the literary sensibility and the writing process. These uncut interviews are augmented by dozens of amusing sidebars, including “Guilty Pleasures,” “The Ideal Reading Experience,” “On My Nightstand,” “Fan Letters” and “Childhood Idols,” among others. All come together to deliver an enhanced understanding of, and engagement with, the writing process, the literary community, and the reading life. For the devoted reader, BY THE BOOK is a way to invite 65 of the most interesting guests into your world. It’s a book party not to be missed. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and the author of Parenting, Inc., Pornified, and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. Prior to joining the Times, Paul was a contributor to Time magazine and The Economist, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Vogue. She and her family live in New York.

Pink Floyds The Endless River Special

The radio special will be broadcast world wide tonight. I went directly to the man that wrote and produced the special. Unplugged and Totally Uncut inside the I Heart Radio Studio ' I went directly to the writer and producer of the special that;ll air world wide tonight. I wanted the inside view of something so incredibly huge. The view from the writing instrument.

Friday, November 7, 2014

John Witherspoon Is Back

Performing this weekend at Charlotte's Comedy Zone its the homeless man from Black Jesus! He's the crazy dog lovin fun father in Ice Cubes Fridays and about a zillion other things including the TV show First Family. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the always funny John Witherspoon!!! I love it when John stops into the I Heart Radio studio. He's always ready to share the journey while unveiling newer stages he's about to play. This time around. I know him more for more than the roles he's played with Ice Cube and on the WB. I'm addicted to Black Jesus and it cracks me up to sitting with my favorite actor on the show!!!!

Cary Elwes

The Princess Bride has become one of the Top 100 most loved stories of all time. But what was it truly like to be on a $16 million dollar budget on a Hollywood set run by Rob Reiner? From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actor Cary Elwes. Touchstone is pleased to present AS YOU WISH: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride (October 14, 2014; Touchstone Hardcover), by the movie’s leading man himself—Cary Elwes with Joe Layden, a Foreword by Rob Reiner and Epilogue by Norman Lear and an original poster from acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey. Featuring never-before-told stories from Cary and his extraordinary co-stars, AS YOU WISH is the ultimate account of the film that has captured the hearts of viewers for generations. The Princess Bride, based on William Goldman’s remarkable novel, has stood the test of time as both a family favorite and cult classic for nearly three decades. Only a modest hit in theaters in 1987, the movie gained popularity on VHS, and is now ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories, and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time. The film’s timeless love story and brilliantly funny screenplay have endured, proving to be just as relevant and charming for fans today as they were at its premiere. Now for the first time ever, Cary Elwes—the man behind the film’s dashing hero, Westley—gives fans a look inside the making of The Princess Bride. Only 23-years-old during filming, this book is Cary’s first-hand account of the making of the film that kick-started his career, and the many influential people he met along the way. The book is chock-full of interviews with Cary’s legendary co-stars—including Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Fred Savage, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Christopher Sarandon and Mandy Patinkin—as well as an epilogue from producer Norman Lear, and a foreword by director Rob Reiner, all of whom, along with writer William Goldman, share incredible stories behind how the movie was made and what effect it had on their lives. From his casting in the midst of possible radioactive fallout to never before revealed anecdotes about the lovable AndrĂ© the Giant; these and many more wonderful behind-the-scenes stories are bound to wow any fan. Readers will also get to enjoy exclusive photographs from Rob Reiner’s and Norman Lear’s personal collections, plus plenty of set secrets and hilarious backstage tales that will leave you running to press play all over again including: * How Cary suffered a broken toe while playing around with an all-terrain vehicle. * Why Rob and Cary had to leave the set during Billy Crystal’s scenes portraying “Miracle Max.” * How Wallace Shawn, who played the conniving Sicilian Vizzini, was nearly crippled by anxiety because he believed another actor was the producers’ first choice for the role. * Why Robin Wright was the last person to be cast in the film. * How Andre the Giant supplied the set with crates of food he brought back from France after paying a visit to his family. *Details of how Mandy Patinkin and Cary trained for 2 months to prepare for The Greatest Sword Fight in Modern Times. * Details of an alternate ending to the movie with Buttercup, Westley, Inigo, and Fezzik. * Details of how President Clinton became a fan of the movie. AS YOU WISH is an enchanting treasury that is sure to delight all fans of The Princess Bride CARY ELWES BIO (FROM YAHOO MOVIES) Revered for his charming lead performance in Rob Reiner's classic fairy tale, "The Princess Bride" (1987), British actor Cary Elwes went on to find success largely in supporting roles in a variety of genres. He showed a career-long interest in period films, donning medieval tights again in the satirical "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993), which solidified his believability as a genuine swashbuckler throwback, a la Errol Flynn. In his higher profile Hollywood work, the actor appeared as Tom Cruise's rival in "Days of Thunder" (1991) before sending up the action film genre in "Hot Shots" (1991). He supported Jim Carrey in the comedy "Liar Liar" (1997), chased storms in "Twister" (1996), and while he was initially typecast for his dashing, patrician air, Elwes' later career was marked by darker roles in genre material like "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), "Saw" (2004) and "The Riverman" (A&E, 2004), the latter of which saw him portraying infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. The actor's charm and humor was still on display, however, with animated voice work on the CGI adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" (2009) and a recurring role as the roguish Pierre Despereaux on the TV dramedy "Psych" (USA Network). By turns dashing, sinister or downright silly, Elwes maintained a well-earned reputation as one of the most dependable and versatile actors of his generation. Cary says that he will always be indebted to The Princess Bride, for changing his life and giving him a career that has spanned decades

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jon Miller Voice Of The SF Giants

Jon Miller, honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the 2010 Ford C. Frick award winner for baseball broadcasting excellence, the "Voice of the Giants", just completed his 17th season in the broadcast booth on KNBR Radio and NBC Bay Area. Miller was thrilled to broadcast his 16th World Series in 2014 as the Giants won it all for the third time in recent years. An award-winning broadcast veteran of more than 40 years, Miller worked 21 seasons as the play-by-play commentator on the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game of the week. Miller, noted for his eloquent game description, golden voice and marvelous sense of humor, spent 14 years with the Baltimore Orioles before coming to San Francisco. Prior to joining Baltimore in 1983, the talented broadcaster spent two seasons with the Texas Rangers (1978-79) and three seasons with the Boston Red Sox (1980-82). He began his Major League Baseball broadcasting career with the Oakland Athletics in 1974 at the remarkably young age of 22. After a four-year stint at NBC-TV from 1986-89, where he announced an occasional Game of the Week with either Tony Kubek or Joe Garagiola, Miller matriculated to ESPN. During his tenure at ESPN, he was nominated twice for a national Emmy Award in 1995 and 1996, and broadcast 13 consecutive World Series on ESPN Radio. He was also nominated six times for an "ACE" award, emblematic of cable television excellence, and won the award in 1991 and 1996 for his play-by-play work. Miller was named National Sportscaster of the Year by the Association Sportscasters Association in 1998 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association of America the same year. The Bay Area native has also broadcast hockey, basketball and soccer in his distinguished career. Jon and his wife, Janine, currently reside in Moss Beach. They are parents to three daughters, Michelle, Holly and Emilie, and a son, Alexander. JON MILLER TO BE INDUCTED INTO RADIO HALL OF FAME THIS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9TH (NOTE: THIS IS EMBARGOED UNTIL THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6th) After having been based in Chicago for the last 25 years, the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony comes to Los Angeles on Sunday, November 9. Newly appointed Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin aims to raise the profile of the annual event within the heart of the entertainment community this year. The black-tie affair takes place in downtown Los Angeles at Cicada with top broadcasters participating like Larry King, Rick Dees, Delilah, Michael Jackson, Kerri Kasem and more. Kitchin comments, "This event honors contemporary talent from today’s diverse programming formats to the pioneers who shaped the medium throughout history. Our plan is to bring this event to many cities, with Los Angeles being the first one because our entertainment community regularly recognizes extraordinary talent in all mediums.” In addition to live performances by Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson, a special tribute honoring Casey Kasem will take place. Making a special appearance, actress Marion Ross, best known as Marion Cunningham on the television hit Happy Days, will speak about inductee Agnes Moorehead. This years’ inductees include Stanley Hubbard, Sr., Barry Farber, Ira Glass, Dick Orkin, Jon Miller, Charlie & Harrigan and Agnes Moorehead. A live broadcast of the event will air on radio stations nationwide from 5-6p.m. PT, including KEIB-AM 1150 in Los Angeles and 600 KOGO-AM in San Diego. For further event information: About the National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum of Broadcast Communications The institution collects, preserves, and presents historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform, and entertain the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to its resources. The museum is located at 360 North State Street in downtown Chicago and was founded in 1983 by Bruce DuMont.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Nigiel Smith with the Fall Movie Preview

The Super Bowl of Hollywood is preparing to release their 2014 team of movies. Who's going home with the trophy this year? From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Indiewire's Nigel Smith. Nigel M. Smith is the New York-based Managing Editor at Indiewire, where he writes and edits daily for the site, heads up the Features section and serves as the primary liaison with IW's parent company, SnagFilms. Since joining IW in 2010, Nigel has conducted hundreds of interviews and covered virtually every major film festival. He can frequently be seen moderating talks with talent in New York and at festivals around the world. Nigel holds a Masters in Arts Journalism from Syracuse University, where he currently serves as an Advisory Board Member. Besides IW, Nigel’s writing has also appeared in Bullet Magazine, USA Today, MTV and The Post and Courier.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

So You Think You Can Dance

November 10th at Blumenthal Performing Art Center So You Think You Can Dance invades Charlotte! From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with two of the top ten dancers featured on the 11th season... Los Angeles, CA (August 7, 2014) – SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, the 11-time Primetime Emmy® Award-winning show that sparked America’s fascination with dance, is set to captivate audiences again this fall – live on tour – with more stops than ever before. Celebrating its momentous 11th season, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Top 10 finalists will make their way across North America, performing in more than 70 cities, as part of the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TOUR 2014. The Season 11 tour lineup includes the following Top 10 finalists: Bridget Whitman, Casey Askew, Emilio Dosal, Jacque LeWarne, Jessica Richens, Ricky Ubeda, Rudy Abreu, Tanisha Belnap, Valerie Rockey and Zack Everhart. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airs Wednesdays (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The tour kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans and crosses the United States and Canada with more than 70 stops. The first leg of the tour will finish up on Friday, Dec. 19, at the Maverick Center in West Valley City, UT. The dancers will return for the second leg of the tour, starting at the Rabobank Theatre in Bakersfield, CA, on Thursday, Jan. 22. The official tour routing is available on Fans can sign up for the Newsletter to find out how they can get early access to tickets. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, Aug. 15. Visit for more information. Fall’s hottest ticket will feature this season’s most popular routines, as well as original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions will present audiences around the country with the opportunity to experience the action brought into their living rooms each week on the beloved summer series, with a variety of sizzling, one-of-a-kind dance routines they have come to expect from their favorite dancers. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE recently received seven 2014 Primetime Emmy® Award nominations, including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host In A Reality or Reality-Competition Program (Cat Deeley), in addition to Outstanding Choreography nominations. SYTYCD’s outstanding costume team of Marina Toybina and Grainne O'Sullivan also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program. “I am thrilled with the spectacular, fresh talent we have discovered this season. I believe these dancers have inspired the choreographers to create remarkable dance numbers each week. I am excited for your favorite dancers to bring their inspiration and routines to even more cities throughout the nation on this year’s tour,” stated Nigel Lythgoe, judge, executive producer and co-creator of the hit FOX series. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TOUR 2014 Tickets on sale starting August 15. (*) Denotes tickets on sale August 16. (**) Denotes tickets on sale August 22. Check local venues for more information. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges. Event time and dates subject to change. Log on to for full list of dates and links. DATE CITY VENUE 10/1/14 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre *10/3/14 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 10/4/14 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center 10/5/14 Austin, TX ACL Live at the Moody Theater 10/6/14 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre 10/8/14 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre *10/9/14 Ralston, NE Ralston Arena 10/10/14 Rockford, IL Coronado Theatre *10/11/14 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center 10/13/14 Madison, WI Overture Center for the Arts, Overture Hall 10/14/14 Davenport, IA Adler Theater 10/15/14 Milwaukee, WI The Riverside Theater 10/17/14 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre *10/18/14 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre 10/20/14 Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square 10/21/14 Louisville, KY The Kentucky Center 10/23/14 Orillia, ON Casino Rama Entertainment Center 10/24/14 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre *10/25/14 Windsor, ON The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor *10/26/14 Hamilton, ON Hamilton Place Theatre *10/27/14 Montreal, OC Bell Center 10/29/14 Pittsburgh, PA Byham Theater 10/30/14 New York, NY Beacon Theatre 11/1/14 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino 11/2/14 Bethlehem, PA Sand Bethlehem Event Center 11/4/14 Worcester, MA The Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts 11/5/14 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre *11/7/14 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theatre 11/8/14 Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House 11/9/14 Washington, DC Lisner Auditorium 11/10/14 Charlotte, NC Blumenthal Perf Arts Ctr, Belk Theatre 11/12/14 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center 11/13/14 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall Theatre 11/14/14 North Charleston, NC N. Charleston Performing Arts Center 11/15/14 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium 11/17/14 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium **11/18/14 Greenville, SC Peace Center Concert Hall 11/20/14 Jacksonville, FL Times Union Center PAC, Moran Theatre 11/21/14 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 11/22/14 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live 11/23/14 Fort Meyers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall *11/25/14 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall 11/26/14 West Palm Beach, FL Raymond F. Kravis Center 11/28/14 Miami, FL The Adrienne Arsht Center 11/29/14 Melbourne, FL King Center for the Performing Arts 11/30/14 Pensacola, FL Saenger Theatre 12/2/14 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre 12/3/14 Richmond, VA Carpenter Center 12/5/14 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre 12/6/14 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performance Arts Centre 12/7/14 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre 12/12/14 Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre 12/13/14 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland 12/14/14 Park City, KS Hartman Arena 12/16/14 Broomfield, CO 1STBANK Center 12/17/14 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center *12/18/14 Grand Junction, CO Avalon Theatre 12/19/14 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center *1/22/15 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Theatre 1/24/15 Riverside, VA Fox Performing Arts Center 1/25/15 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre 1/26/15 San Diego, CA Copley Symphony Hall *1/28/15 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE 1/29/15 San Jose, CA City National Civic *1/30/15 Reno, NV Silver Legacy Resort and Casino 1/31/15 Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts 2/2/15 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 2/4/15 Kennewick, WA The Widmere Theatre at Toyota Center 2/5/15 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre 2/8/15 Calgary, AB Grey Eagle Casino 2/10/15 Pentiction, BC South Okanagan Events Centre 2/11/15 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre *2/12/15 Victoria, BC Save-On Foods Memorial Centre About So You Think You Can Dance SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and is from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by Fuller, Lythgoe; Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions; Barry Adelman, Executive Vice President of dick clark productions; James Breen and Jeff Thacker. Visit the official SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE site at to view exclusive videos, photos and contestant profiles. “Like” SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion using #sytycd. Follow host Cat Deeley at @catdeeley, and follow the judges Nigel Lythgoe @dizzyfeet and Mary Murphy @hottamaletrain.