Monday, November 30, 2015

David Ray

Born and raised on Bob Seger and Kid Rock. Country Music's next star to step up has a fresh new sound ready to ignite your speakers. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with David Ray. Barring divine intervention, hard work and desire are the key factors in anyone’s success in a career. When combined with genuine talent, the sky’s the limit. This has been the case for David Ray. Ray got his start in his native Michigan, a state known for the likes of Bob Seger and Kid Rock. While learning a few chords on his father’s guitar, Ray gravitated toward country, classic rock and folk music, listening to people like Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam and James Taylor. He knew he wanted a career in music, but Ray did the prudent thing and pursued a college education at Central Michigan University. There, he regularly played as a solo acoustic artist at The Cabin, a major college hangout in mid-Michigan. After graduating from college, Ray set out for Nashville where he planned to use his degree to teach school while learning more about the city and the music business. However, there weren’t any teaching jobs open for him in Nashville even though he obtained his certification for the state of Tennessee. He ended up accepting a teaching position in South Florida, without knowing what the future would hold for him there. In 2008, he learned about Kenny Chesney’s "Next Big Star" competition and entered. He won the competition, and soon found himself opening for Chesney in front of 15,000 music lovers. Following that victory, 99.9 KISS Country staff soon began to book Ray for countless station events, including Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes games. KISS Country also hired Ray to play at the station’s concert venue in Fort Lauderdale, where he shared the stage with artists such as Billy Currington, Travis Tritt and Pat Green. This is also where Ray met Jody Stevens, who at the time, was part of the band called Fast Ryde. Stevens told Ray to contact him if he ever decided to move back to Nashville. So, there in Florida, Ray received the kind of break and exposure that he probably never would have found if he had stayed in Nashville. When Ray moved back to Nashville in 2010, he hit the ground running, performing almost as soon as he pulled into town. In addition to performing acoustically, Ray also performed at a few different bars on lower Broadway before landing steady gigs at Honky Tonk Central and the legendary Tootsies Orchid Lounge. Ray also reconnected with Jody Stevens and began working with him in the studio. Soon, Stevens became Ray’s producer. In 2012, Ray landed his first publishing deal with Big Deal Music, where he wrote songs with various top Nashville songwriters. A year later, Ray began working with bass player Darren Theriault, who invited Ray to perform at the inaugural Tree Town Music Festival in Iowa in May, 2014. After the festival, Ray met festival owners Dave and Gary Dewaard, who not only invited Ray back to play the festival the following year, but also began working with Ray as a management team, helping him book gigs and introducing him to radio personalities and booking agents. Today, Ray is in the studio with Jody Stevens recording his first Extended Play and preparing to release his first single in January 2016.

Charlie Daniels

You can't tell me Charlie Daniels is going to call and expect me to conduct an interview. It was time to do what southern men do. Break out the conversation on the back porch and bring out the experience so that the next level of performances carry with them the true roots of origin. This is the full Unplugged and Totally Uncut conversation with Charlie Daniels on iHeart Radio. Now available in stores and on iTunes and Amazon comes the CD and DVD release of The Charlie Daniels Band – Live At Billy Bob's Texas. The highly anticipated 14-track CD and DVD were recorded LIVE at The Lone Star State's largest honky tonk, Billy Bob's Texas, on February 20, 2015. Vivacious, raw performances make up the CD, while the DVD gives viewers a front row seat to the full concert, complete with exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with Daniels. Produced and released by Smith Music Group, the new project is the latest addition to the Live At Billy Bob's Texas recording series. The new release marks The Charlie Daniels Band’s first live album since 2007. "When you record LIVE, you need to ignore the recording equipment and play for the people and that big ole rowdy crowd. At Billy Bob's Texas, that was easy to do," Daniels said. Smith Music Group's critically-acclaimed Live at Billy Bob's Texas series includes over 40 full concert recordings spread out over three decades, and has become one of country music's most extensive catalogs featuring artists like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Stoney LaRue, David Allan Coe, Pat Green and others. Known for his love of all things Western -- from horses, to rodeos, to Western movies, to his signature cowboy hat and belt buckle, Charlie Daniels is no stranger to Texas. Moreover, it was at a honky tonk in The Lone Star State in the hit movie Urban Cowboy (1980) that he gave an on-screen performance of his trademark, platinum-selling, iconic hit, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” Now, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of songs like "Long Haired Country Boy," and "The South's Gonna Do It (Again)," as well as the 35th Anniversary of "In America" and "The Legend of Wooley Swamp," the Live At Billy Bob's Texas CD and DVD bring Daniels full circle -- back to Texas. The Charlie Daniels Band – Live At Billy Bob's Texas Track Listing: 1.Southern Boy 2.Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye 3.Tangled Up In Blue 4.The Legend of Wooley Swamp 5.El Toreador 6.(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks 7.In America 8.Black Ice 9.Long Haired Country Boy 10.I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 11.Folsom Prison Blues 12.How Great Thou Art 13.The South's Gonna Do It (Again) 14.The Devil Went Down To Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band celebrates a legendary career of multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM and GMA Awards, and has exceeded 20 million in sales led by their six multi-platinum albums. They performed over 100 dates in 2014, and commenced their 2015 tour in February. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, please visit

Michael Palin Traveling To Work

Those that write share a special language within the sentences they create. Those that choose to journalize have a wide open space of discovery. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Monty Pythons Michael Palin. TRAVELLING TO WORK: Diaries 1988 – 1998 is the third volume of former Monty Python member Michael Palin’s witty and insightful diaries. As in Palin’s previous diaries, The Python Years and Halfway to Hollywood, this new volume contains a decade’s worth of unedited, unabridged diary entries from this multi-talented funnyman. In TRAVELLING TO WORK, the former Python documents his experiences hosting a series of BBC travel documentaries even as he continues to develop new dimensions as a writer and actor. Python faithful will love Palin’s candid comments and wry wit even as they are awed by his dogged work ethic and myriad accomplishments. From his work for the BBC, which takes him on travel adventures around the world, to his success as an actor, screenwriter, playwright and novelist, these pages display a true modern day Renaissance Man. Included are behind the scenes stories from the making of Fierce Creatures, the tumultuous follow-up to A Fish Called Wanda, and Palin’s adventures on book tours to promote his first novel, Hemingway’s Chair, and several of his travel books. Palin’s reflections on dealings with his manager, fellow actors, editors and publishers feature enough insider information to please any show business enthusiast. In short, TRAVELLING TO WORK is a roller-coaster ride driven by Palin’s hallmark curiosity, sense of adventure and unflappable cool even in the most outrageous situations. The ten years covered in this latest volume offer Palin’s legion of fans another fascinating and entertaining look at this remarkably talented man as his already prolific career takes an unexpected turn towards travel, which will shape his working life for years to come. ABOUT MICHAEL PALIN Michael Palin is a scriptwriter, comedian, novelist, television presenter, actor, and playwright. He established his reputation with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, A Fish Called Wanda, American Friends, and Fierce Creatures. His television credits include two films for the BBC’s Great Railway Journeys, the plays East of Ipswich and Number 27, and Alan Bleasdale’s GBH. In 2006 the first volume of his diaries, 1969-1979: The Python Years, was published. The second volume, Halfway to Hollywood: Diaries 1980-1988, was published in 2009. He has also written books to accompany his very successful travel series. He is the author of a number of children’s stories, the play The Weekend and the novels Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon

They were the opening act for multiple years that left concert fans in a frenzy. But it wasn't until Hi Infidelity that REO Speedwagon suddenly became the main attraction. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with front man Kevin Cronin. It is the 35th Anniversary of “Hi Infidelity” on Sat. That album was released on November 21, 1980. That album hit #1 and stayed there for 15 weeks – it has sold approximately ten million copies. Six songs from this album hit Billboard charts, including "Keep On Loving You" which was the band's first No. 1 hit, and "Take It on the Run", which reached No. 5 on the charts. Those six songs: "Don't Let Him Go," "In Your Letter," "Keep on Loving You," "Out of Season," "Take It on the Run" & "Tough Guys." Thirty five years since that release, Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying concert audiences with fan favorites such as “Keep On Loving You,” “In Your Letter,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Take It On the Run,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes,” and more on tour across the US. For more information, visit

Rob Schneider

This is the conversation I've always wanted to share with Rob. I know of his travels. I've studied what he's studied. Now our paths meet in the middle. How wise is the man that spends no time with experience? Rob has lived it. Now he's learning just so he can teach. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Rob Schneider.

Zach Appleman

Did you catch Sleepy Hollow on FOX last night? People are talking about it! So much so I had to reach through the walls of Hollywood and have a conversation with the man that plays Joe Corbin. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Zach Appleman. THE HIDDEN ONE ARRIVES ON THE FALL FINALE OF “SLEEPY HOLLOW” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, ON FOX Thursday, November 19, On FOX In the aftermath of Jenny and Joe’s run-in with Sophie, Abbie is in deep water with Reynolds. Meanwhile, the Witnesses deal with lasting implications of the shard and find themselves in grave danger as they come face-to-face with a greater evil than they could have imagined. Tune in to the all-new “Novus Ordo Seclorum” fall finale episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Nov. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SLH-308) (TV-14 L, V) Cast: Cast: Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane; Nicole Beharie as Lt. Abbie Mills; Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills, Nikki Reed as Betsy Ross, Shannyn Sossamon as Pandora, Lance Gross as FBI Agent Daniel Reynolds and Zach Appelman as Joe Corbin Guest Cast: Peter Mensah as The Hidden One; Bill Irwin as Atticus Nevins; Jessica Camacho as Sophie Foster

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Doug Gray Marshall Tucker Band

150 shows a year. Plus enough music in the can to last several decades after the final song is played. The bands got a new collection of songs and will appear in Charlotte tomorrow night at the NC Music Factory. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Doug Gray from The Marshall Tucker Band. MTB Releases Live in the UK 1976! After blazing concert trails across the United States for four years, The Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) took a mighty leap in November of 1976 when they crossed the Atlantic and hit Europe for the first time. The MTB recorded and archived the European tour and now for the first time, the nearly 40 year old live recordings will be available for purchase when Live in the UK 1976 (Ramblin’ Records / Sony RED) is released on October 30, 2015. MTB Live in the UK 1976 The international tour led them through West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France before wrapping with a four-gig engagement in Great Britain. By the end of the tour, they had put to rest any doubts that their brand of Southern Rock would be welcome overseas. Live in the UK 1976 testifies to how these native sons of Spartanburg, South Carolina could mesmerize a crowd no matter how far from home they traveled, and appreciated the distance they’d come in a few short years. Playing Europe was a very big deal, indeed. "This tour marked the first time we had ever played overseas," reminisces MTB lead singer Doug Gray. "We were just a bunch of young hillbilly kids who had no idea what to expect but let me tell you, our European fans made us feel like we were right at home. This was one of the most memorable tours in the history of The Marshall Tucker Band. I'll never forget it." The original line-up of Doug Gray, Toy and Tommy Caldwell, Jerry Eubanks, Paul Riddle and George McCorckle was at the top of their game, fueled by five successful studio albums and a growing following of concert-goers. This album captures, in amazing sound quality, why The Marshall Tucker Band still commands an audience all over the world. The ten track album includes live recordings from UK tour stops in Manchester, Glasgow, London and Birmingham and contains some band’s biggest hits including “Take the Highway,” “Searchin’ For A Rainbow,” “Can’t You See” and “Fire On The Mountain.”

Christopher Cirf

What are bosses and lawyers truly saying to you? Breaking down words is my game. And I'm not alone. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with one half team that introduces the first ever dictionary of modern day ways to say the same thing. Christopher Cirf. How to Speak in Spinglish In a new book due out June 2, Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language, Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf break down the real meaning behind what all of those bland-sounding euphemisms actually mean. Below is a selection of phrases with translation.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Karen MacNeil The Wine Bible

Wine is a great conversation starter. Wine can also breakup a friendship. There are so many flavors and yet we keep sharing the same names. Now there's the Wine Bible. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Karen MacNeil. THE WINE BIBLE (Workman Publishing; October 2015) by Karen MacNeil has long been the most enlightening, comprehensive, and entertaining wine guide in the marketplace. Now it is completely revised and updated with new chapters on every wine region in the world, hundreds of new wines, and all-new maps and photos. Hailed as “America’s missionary of the vine” (TIME), MacNeil is considered one of only a handful of experts with a global command of wine. She has won numerous awards throughout her career, including the prestigious James Beard Award. While researching the second edition, she traveled the world and tasted over 10,000 wines, discovering new trends and exploring emerging wine regions such as China, along with new wine producers in Europe and South and Central America. THE WINE BIBLE brims with MacNeil’s knowledge and passion for her subject while artful, evocative descriptions bring each wine to life. Great P├ętrus “is ravishing, elegant, and rich—Ingrid Bergman in red satin.” Rieslings from Germany’s Mosel region are “a laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning.” Transporting you from the cool, forbidding landscape of China’s Sichuan Province to the warm shores of the Sicilian Mediterranean, MacNeil delves into the history, food, wines, and wineries of each region. At over 1,000 pages, the book delivers and includes: •The top regions of the world, including the well-known areas such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Tuscany, as well as up and coming producers like Japan, India, Mexico, China, and the Republic of Georgia. •A helpful “Wines to Know” list for each region •History, geography, grape varieties, and how they all profoundly affect a wine’s character •How to taste with focus and build a wine-tasting memory •Fun and informative explorations: How many bubbles are in Champagne and why; the intricacies of Port and Sherry; what makes a great wine great?;why dogs are important in the vineyard; are women better wine tasters than men?; the myth of cabernet and chocolate; and more! •Choosing great glassware, how to read a label, the way to store wine to keep it sound, plus a descriptive taste glossary of hundreds of important wine varieties throughout the world •Extensive sections on the traditional, tried-and-true food pairings for the wines of every major wine region

Warren Zanes author of Petty

Never until now. Tom Petty. Speaks. Not with just anyone. But the member of a band he once invited to perform. The rawness of where the lyrics arrive from to the the experience of becoming one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Who and what are inside the roots of Petty? from the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Warren Zanes. In the mid-eighties, already a rock icon, Tom Petty invited twenty-two-year-old Warren Zanes and his band the Del Fuegos to open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on a three-month summer tour. At the time, Zanes would’ve never guessed that thirty years later he would pen Petty’s biography with the artist’s full cooperation and unguarded honesty. Known for his reclusive ways, Petty wrote timeless songs that gave us some beautiful clues about his life, but in PETTY: The Biography (Henry Holt; on sale November 10, 2015) Zanes, an acclaimed musician, writer, filmmaker, and a former vice president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, fills in the rest of the story. Born in Gainesville, Florida, with more than a little hillbilly in his blood, Petty was a Southern shitkicker, a kid without a whole lot of promise. But a handshake with Elvis and a dream of something better changed the course of his life and of American music. Through years of interviews conducted at Petty’s Malibu home, many of which lasted up to six hours, Zanes recorded the insights and arguments, regrets and lasting ambitions, and details of Petty’s life on and off the stage. For the first time, Petty speaks about the disorientations of success, tensions within his band, childhood abuse, heroin use, and his long but troubled first marriage. Petty’s family, his producers (including Rick Rubin, Jimmy Iovine, and Jeff Lynne), and his bandmates past and present all weigh in as well. Several interviews, including those with former Heartbreaker Stan Lynch and hidden circle crew members, shed new light on the inner world of a group widely considered the best American rock and roll band to have emerged in the 1970s, a band that continues to sell out arenas. PETTY has all the richness and darkness of a great American story, but this one comes with a soundtrack. Like Petty’s music, this book is intimate and resonant, with recognizable characters, tragedy, loss, hope and success. Zanes’s transporting, evocative prose gives us the dramatic and inspiring ballad of Petty’s life and rise to stardom. About the Author: Warren Zanes holds a PhD in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester. He was a member of the Del Fuegos, and continues to record music. His work has appeared in The Oxford American, and he has served as a V.P. at the Roll Hall of Fame and is currently the Executive Director of Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.

Gatlin Green from NBC's Heroes Reborn

Television isn't played like an old fiddle. The game is to create major attractions that have the vibe of action driven movie drama without having to fork out the bucks for a ticket. NBC's Heroes Reborn is the perfect fit. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Gatlin Green. Green booked her first commercial job when she was just four years old. At that very young age, she fell in love with the industry and has worked consistently ever since. Green has a recurring role as Samantha in the Disney Channel series "Liv and Maddie," and in April she was cast in an episode of the CBS drama "Criminal Minds." In 2012, Gatlin was the lead in the Warner Bros. interactive web movie "Finding Cody." Green is also a singer/songwriter and performs in a duo with her brother Cooper. She has three other siblings, and in her spare time, loves hanging out with her friends and family in Los Angeles, where she recently relocated from Nashville, Tennessee, where she was born and raised. ABOUT HEROES REBORN, THURSDAYS AT 8/7 CENTRAL ON NBC From Creator/Executive Producer Tim Kring, who imagined NBC's original critically acclaimed 2006 "Heroes" series, comes "Heroes Reborn," an epic 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives. Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, "Chuck") and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss. Noah Bennet, aka HRG (Jack Coleman, "Heroes"), has gone off the grid, but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, "A to Z") finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy. While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, "Once Upon a Time") just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, "Criminal Minds"), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, "Shameless"), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, "Death Yankee 3"), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, "The Boy Next Door"). Meanwhile, Erica (Rya Kihlstedt, "Masters of Sex"), the head of the highly successful tech conglomerate Renautas has an agenda of her own. For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past, including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), among others. Yet, together, their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind. Joining Kring are Executive Producers James Middleton ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") and Peter Elkoff ("Sons of Anarchy").

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jackson Gallaxy

His love and understanding of cats has landed him on TV and once again in bookstores around the world. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with DIY's Jackson Gallaxy. Jackson Galaxy is a cat behaviorist and the host of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell. He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Catification, and Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean. Recently, Jackson established The Jackson Galaxy Foundation. The Foundation focuses on programs that drive innovation in care and housing of sheltered animals, promotes improved shelter design and construction, and provides “Elevation through Education”—increased knowledge that inspires and empowers animal advocates to effect real change and raise the status of rescued animals. | With their #1 New York Times bestseller Catification, Animal Planet host JACKSON GALAXY and cat design wizard KATE BENJAMIN, of, showed cat lovers across the nation that it’s possible to create cat-friendly but also chic homes. The DIY projects and design ideas from the book inspired a community—what Galaxy and Benjamin have dubbed the Catification Nation. Now, melding the inspired ideas from that community together with Galaxy and Benjamin’s expertise, CATIFY TO SATISFY: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home offers new projects and many more design tricks to help cat guardians address everyday cat care issues.

Paul O'Neil Trans Siberian Orchestra 2015

The most magnetic part of the Christmas celebration is making the annual connection with Trans Siberian Orchestra. The trucks are loaded. The stages are wait to catch fire. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Paul O'Neil. When Paul O'Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was incredibly ambitious. "The whole idea," he explains, "was to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries (of the genre) further than any group before... Way, way further." With more than 10 million albums sold, TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. Meanwhile, on the road, they have become one of the world's top acts, with Billboard magazine naming TSO as one of the top touring artists of the past decade -- a $20 million-plus production that has played to over 100 million people in 80+ cities, selling more than $280 million worth of tickets and presenting $11 million to charity. O'Neill, a New York City native grew up, "with a wide-ranging world of (rock) musical influences." But, O'Neill also soaked up sources such as Broadway musicals, Motown and singer-songwriters such as Jim Croce and Harry Chapin, while authors such as Oscar Wilde and Robert Graves fueled his literary tastes. He began his career playing guitar for touring productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair, then went to work in the late '70s for Leber-Krebs Inc., the Manhattan management company whose clients included Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, AC/DC, Def Leppard, the Scorpions, the New York Dolls, and scores of others. In the '80s, O'Neill became a major concert promoter in Japan as well, but returned to the States to start writing and producing full-time. O'Neill helmed Aerosmith's Classics Live I and Classics Live II albums before beginning a fortuitous relationship with the band Savatage that led to conceptual pieces such as Hall Of The Mountain King, Gutter Ballet, Streets: A Rock Opera and Dead Winter Dead. Producing introduced O'Neill to Jon Oliva, Bob Kinkel and Al Pitrelli, as well as reconnecting him with legendary studio engineer Dave Wittman, who all became key original collaborators in O'Neill's grand vision - Trans-Siberian Orchestra. "I wanted to take the very best of all the forms of music I grew up on and merge them into a new style," O'Neill says. "Basically I was building on the work of everybody I worshipped: the rock opera parts from bands like the Who; the marriage of classical and rock from bands like Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Queen; the over-the-top light show from bands like Pink Floyd... I always wanted to do a full rock opera with a full progressive band and at least 18 lead singers." O'Neill took the idea to Atlantic Records which, to his surprise, went for it and financed the creation of Romanov, which was initially to be TSO's first release. "We were very fortunate," he says. "It was one of the only labels left that still did an 'old school' kind of artist development. My original concept was that we were going to do six rock operas, a trilogy about Christmas and maybe one or two regular albums." However, when Romanov got temporarily put on the back burner, the first installment of the Christmas trilogy, Christmas Eve and Other Stories became TSO's debut album. Fueled by the socially conscious single "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," the album was certified double platinum. More platinum certifications followed with 1998's The Christmas Attic, and the final installment of the Christmas trilogy, The Lost Christmas Eve in 2004. In the midst of completing the trilogy, TSO released their first non-holiday rock opera, the gold certified Beethoven's Last Night. But TSO really cemented its following in concert. The group hit the road in 1999, beginning an annual November-December extravaganza that O'Neill takes pride in being, "as over the top as we can make it. We have, two stages --with pyro, light and lasers-- on both sides of the arena, as well as in the crowd and the best sound we can find... There's no second-class seats at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra show. I want people to walk out of our shows speechless and still not believing what they have seen was possible." TSO's recent album, Night Castle, released in October of 2009 debuted at #5 and was certified gold by year's end. A sweeping two-discs of genre-bending epics, Night Castle is an affecting story that takes the listener around the world, through time and to points beyond. O'Neill and company will eventually give Night Castle its due in a live setting just as they have Beethoven's Last Night in spring '10 with a new hybrid form of concert they called "Rock Theatre"-- just one of many multi-media avenues TSO will be exploring in the near future... "We spend a lot of time planning," O'Neill confesses with a laugh, "and people are always telling me, 'Paul, stop writing and start recording!' It's working out great, though. I feel lucky that it's gone this long and that we get to do what we love for a living. The arts have incredible power, and with that comes incredible responsibility. Someone once said that if you want to change the world, don't become a politician -- write a book, write a great song. I believe in that, and that's what Trans-Siberian Orchestra is about." “I've always believed that music has the power to transport and transform," O'Neill explained. "The original concept of Trans-Siberian Orchestra was how to make music have the most emotional impact. We always try to write melodies that are so infectious they don't need lyrics and lyrics so poetic that they don't need a melody, but when you combine the two together they create an alloy where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Once those songs are woven together into a tapestry they create a story which gives each song a third dimension." "That was so much in the spirit of Trans-Siberian Orchestra," O'Neill explains. "This is a group --a constantly morphing group-- of extremely creative and talented individuals who are always trying to raise the bar of where a band can take its audience sonically, visually and emotionally. With that as our core ideal, the possibilities are endless. Letters From The Labyrinth is TSO's first full-length album since 2009's Night Castle. Fans who purchase tickets to the 2015 Winter Tour will be among the first to hear it. The overall concept is based on TSO's Night Castle (2009) and a dialogue between the wisdom of the past and the hopes for the future, via a correspondence between a child and an old friend of the child's grandfather. On Letters From The Labyrinth TSO deals with subjects as broad as humanity's journey through the ages (Time & Distance), and as specific as bullying (Not The Same), the fall of the Berlin Wall (Prometheus) and the world banking controversies (Not Dead Yet). Winter Tour 2015: The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve This year is Trans-Siberian Orchestra's live debut performance of The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve! Nov 18 - Erie, PA - Erie Insurance Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Nov 18 - Council Bluffs, IA - Mid-America Center - 7:30 PM Nov 19 - Charleston, WV - Charleston Civic Center - 7:30 PM Nov 19 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena - 7:30 PM Nov 20 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena - 8:00 PM Nov 21 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Nov 21 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Nov 22 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Wellness Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Nov 22 - Colorado Springs, CO - World Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Nov 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Nov 25 - Reading, PA - Santander Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Nov 27 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Nov 27 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena - 8:00 PM Nov 28 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Nov 28 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Nov 29 - Hartford, CT - XL Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Nov 29 - Portland, OR - Moda Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Dec 2 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center - 7:30 PM Dec 2 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 3 - Ft Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum - 7:30 PM Dec 3 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center - 7:30 PM Dec 4 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 4 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center - 8:00 PM Dec 5 - Dayton, OH - Nutter Center - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 5 - Ontario, CA - Citizens Business Bank Arena - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 6 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Dec 6 - Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Dec 9 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Coliseum - 7:30 PM Dec 9 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center - 7:00 PM Dec 10 - Washington , C - Verizon Center - 7:30 PM Dec 10 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center - 7:30 PM Dec 11 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 11 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena - 8:00 PM Dec 12 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 12 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 13 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Dec 13 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Dec 16 - Providence, RI - Dunkin' Donuts Center - 7:30 PM Dec 16 - Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Center - 7:30 PM Dec 17 - Boston, MA - TD Garden - 7:30 PM Dec 17 - Little Rock, AR - North Little Rock Verizon Arena - 7:30 PM Dec 18 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 18 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 19 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 20 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Dec 20 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Dec 22 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Center - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 22 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 23 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 26 - Columbus, OH - Jerome Schottenstein Center - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 26 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center - 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Dec 27 - St Louis, MO - Scottrade Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM Dec 28 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena - 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 29 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 30 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena - 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM Dec 30 - St Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center - 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Monday, November 16, 2015

Keith Bang Bang McCurdy

It's not something bad boys and girls do. The art of tattooing has become a way of life. The body is the canvas. Your story is the journey moving forward. One of the world's most famous ink artists has unveiled the most revealing book. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Keith Bang Bang McCurdy. “When you’re well known, it can be hard knowing who to trust, but I trusted Bang Bang from the first time he tattooed me.”- Rihanna, in her foreword for BANG BANG: My Life in Ink Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy is one of the most sought after tattoo artists in the world, with over one million Instagram followers and a loyal repeat clientele including Rihanna, Cara Delevigne, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Lebron James and Justin Bieber, to name a few. With a foreword by Rihanna herself, Bang Bang’s upcoming book, BANG BANG: My Life In Ink (on sale Nov 17, Dey Street hardcover, $25.99) recounts the artist’s meteoric rise from tattooing in his mom’s kitchen to owning his own shop in NYC, as well as his wild experiences inking musicians, models and sports icons. From tattooing Justin Bieber on a private jet to Cara Delevigne’s epic 11-hour body painting session for the Met Gala, Bang Bang’s stories open up a world of celebrity glamor and the newly-accessible tattoo subculture. Filled with engaging personal stories and striking photographs that bring his bold, vibrant designs into detail, BANG BANG is a must-have for anyone into personal style and aesthetic, with or without tattoos.

Nikki Sixx On Guns n Roses

Are they or aren't they? Is Guns n Roses officially back together. If you've been checking in with Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. He says it's a done deal. But fans have to know why such a thing takes so long. There are a lot of chefs in the kitchen.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Carolyn Sloan Welcome To The Symphony

It's more than just a book! It's interactive. The symphony is one of the most confusing structures but this author has created a way to break it down while honoring Beethoven. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Carolyn Sloan. WELCOME TO THE SYMPHONY (Workman Publishing / on sale November 2015 / $24.95) is a lively and interactive book that introduces 4-to-8-year-olds to the world of classical music using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Written by Carolyn Sloan, a music educator at the esteemed The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, the unique package includes a sound panel with 19 buttons that allow young readers to explore the intricate differences and relationships among the instruments. Through the narration of 3 mice, who are brought to life by illustrator James Williamson, readers are taught the basics: What is a symphony? What is a conductor? Who was Beethoven? They learn elements of music: melody, harmony, and tempo. And they are introduced to the families of instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. But the best part is that every critical idea is illustrated in gorgeous sound. The sound panel allows readers to hear the different parts of the symphony and voices of the music—the famous beginning of the Fifth, what a clarinet sounds like, the difference between a violin and a viola, what a musical conversation is. Kids will want to match their voices to the A note that tunes the orchestra, dance to the rhythmic passages—and, of course, sing along to da-da-da-daah! Carolyn Sloan is a songwriter and musician who writes music for theater, television, and children. She is also a music educator at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her family. James Williamson is an illustrator, designer, and artist. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York.

Narada Michael Walden Evolution

Billboard Magazine calls him one of the top 10 producers in the history of music. The artists have levitated toward his positive energy and connection to a passion for music. Now he's got a brilliant collection of music titled Evolution. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the Unforgettable Norada Michael Walden. Tarpan Records is pleased to announce the international release of EVOLUTION the upcoming full-length album by Narada Michael Walden releasing on October 30th 2015. The albums’ first single, Billionaire On Soul Street, which was released on August 14th, 2015 and the forthcoming album represent a change of direction for Narada, one that brings him back to his roots in Dance and Club Music, Funk and Soul. The first single was, and full-length album will be released on Narada’s own imprint, Tarpan Records. Narada Michael Walden has produced many household names including: Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Stacy Lattisaw, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Sister Sledge, Patti Austin, Gladys Knight, Rev Al Green, Barbra Streisand, Lionel Ritchie, Elton John, Sting, Carlos Santana, Shanice Wilson, Tevin Campbell, Lisa Fischer, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Wynonna Judd and The Temptations. He was awarded Grammys for Producer of the Year in 1988, Album of the Year for the movie soundtrack The Bodyguard in 1993 and the R&B Song of the Year in 1985 for Aretha Franklin's Freeway of Love. Billboard Magazine also named him one of the “Top Ten Producers with the Most Number One Hits”. As impressive a production and songwriting resume as Narada Michael Walden has assembled over the past forty years, he has earned equal acclaim as a recording and performing artist in his own right. Beginning as a drummer with the pioneering Mahavishnu John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra (following Billy Cobham at 20 years old), Narada also toured with Jeff Beck, Tommy Bolin, and Weather Report. With twelve acclaimed solo albums of his own which produced Dance Hits such as I Don’t Want Nobody Else to Dance With You, I Shoulda Loved Ya, Divine Emotions, Gimme Gimme Gimme and Tonight I'm Alright along the way, he has achieved greatness in a wide range of sonic arenas. Walden’s music includes groundbreaking soundtrack work on such blockbuster films as The Bodyguard, Free Willy, Beverly Hills Cops II, 9 ½ Weeks and Stuart Little including Gladys Knight’s License to Kill for the James Bond Film, Jefferson Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now for Mannequin to the EMMY-winning One Moment In Time, the theme to the 1988 Olympic Games. In early February 2012, Narada Michael Walden returned from a well received 10 day stint of shows at the Blue Note in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan to perform at the White House in an all-star band for President Obama’s “Red, White and Blues” Concert with legends B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Trombone Shorty, Booker T Jones and more. Narada enlisted some amazing musicians and performers for his band on EVOLUTION including: Nikita Germaine (Train, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, and Patty Austin) on Vocals, Frank Martin (Angela Bofil, John Handy Band, Tuck & Patti, Jose’ Neto, Airto & Flora, Sting & Trudie’s Rainforest Band) on Keyboards, Angeline Saris (Gretchen Menn, Zepperella) on Bass and Vocals, Matthew Charles Heulitt (Zigaboo Modaliste) on Guitars. Narada explains about the album’s first single: “This album EVOLUTION means the world to me because it reflects my personal feeling of spirituality and that feeling renewed for life by having my children Kelly and Kaylah in my life and my wife Katie. Having children now at this time in my life really has touched my heart to feel like WOW! Look how lucky and how blessed I am by God. I used this slogan, this sentence that I got from Kimrea who works at my Tarpan Studios. Cause’ I feel so good like a Billionaire on Soul Street. “EVOLUTION is a strong statement from Narada, inspired by the “retro” sound that is so prevalent on the radio and in clubs today. The album features mostly original material and two covers; Freedom by Richie Havens and Long and Winding Road by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Tarpan Records will release Narada Michael Walden’s new album EVOLUTION internationally in October of 2015 with help from distribution and marketing powerhouse Independent Distribution Collective. This new album is a Dance masterpiece, with many flavors of Narada’s vast history mixed in. His label, Tarpan Records is a home to both established and amazing up-and-coming artists as well. Tarpan Records specializes in artist development, full service project management, promotion, and distribution. Initially focused on Narada’s releases, the plan is to apply this business model to up and coming and established recording artists in the years to come. Narada Michael Walden and his all-star band will perform a series of shows across the USA in the next few months in support of the release of EVOLUTION. November 13, 2015 - The Iridium - New York, NY Show Times 8:30pm & 10:30pm November 17, 2015 - The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA Showtime: 7:30pm November 21, 2015 – Reggie’s Music Joint - Chicago, IL Show Times: 6pm & 9pm Get the single Billionaire on Soul Street now on iTunes: or any other digital retailer.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Amir Korangy

New York has been the breeding ground for some of the most successful Titan's in American history. Most started out in real estate. Can the next level of success be nearer than further from this present day and moment? Absolutely. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Amir Korangy. Amir Korangy is the founder and publisher of The Real Deal. Prior to launching the company in 2003, he held several positions at Yahoo Inc. He attended Boston University and Emerson College for degrees in Journalism and Foreign Policy. Though he lives in Manhattan, he secretly loves Brooklyn. Korangy was born in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979 his family left Iran as political refugees and spent time in Paris and Madrid before settling in the Washington DC area. PLUG BOOK: FOX NEWS: WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: @mrkorangy

David Good

Imagine dropping your American lifestyle to search for your mother in the Amazon jungles. Only to realize the journey wouldn't be just the discovery of her but yourself as well. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with author David Good. Writing openly about his struggle to understand himself and find his place in the world, THE WAY AROUND is the captivating story of David Good’s parents -his American anthropologist father and his mother, a tribeswoman who could not fully adapt to Western life; of moving between the wilds of the Amazonian jungle to the paved confines of suburban New Jersey; of his mother’s abandonment and the harmful effect it had on his young self; of his rebellious teenage years marked by depression and drinking, and the near fatal car accident that transformed him and gave him purpose, leading him back to his mother in the Amazon twenty years later!! In 1975 David Good’s father Kenneth Good travelled to the Amazon jungle as a graduate student to study the isolated Yanomami tribe—a people then virtually untouched by western civilization. To better understand the Yanomami, Kenneth spent several years among them, learning their language, studying their ways, and participating in their culture. Eventually he became a familiar and trusted presence within the community. So much so, that the village leader declared Kenneth “one of them” and insisted he take a wife. Yarima (a name Kenneth gave to his betrothed wife) and Kenneth developed their relationship over the course of his ongoing assignments in the Amazon. Sometimes gone for months or years at a time, Kenneth found it increasingly more difficult to leave Yarima. After learning that she was pregnant—and nervous about the care she would need as well as the troubling Venezuelan political environment—they headed back to the United States where David was born. Looking back on his mother’s first years in New Jersey, David remembers that she was “happy, smiling, and wide-eyed at the unfolding wonders of the world” around her. As David’s family expanded to include a sister and a brother, on the outside Yarima adapted to look like any other suburban mom. But over time she felt cut-off and alone. When the entire family travelled back to the Amazon to film a National Geographic documentary, then six-year-old David had no idea that his mother wouldn’t be returning to New Jersey with them. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DAVID GOOD is a member of a remote indigenous tribe known as the Yanomami. He is the founder and executive director of The Good Project, a nonprofit service organization dedicated to the education, health care, and preservation of indigenous groups in South and Central America. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in biological science and is a public speaker on the Yanomami and other indigenous tribes. He lives in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Jean Davidson from Harley Davidson

This weekend at Tilley Harley Davidson in Salsbury. The granddaughter of the man that was influenced to put the world on the back roads of living the dream. Harley Davidson is more than a motorcycle and brand. It's a lifestyle. It's a community. It's the American dream come true. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Jean Davidson. Jean is the granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of the four founders and the first president of Harley-Davidson. Her father, Gordon Davidson, was Vice President of Manufacturing. Jean began riding a Harley at the age of 12. She was the owner of the largest Harley Davidson dealership in Wisconsin and rubbed shoulders with all the Harley and Davidson family members, famous racers, Hell's Angels and even Evil Knievel. She is the mother of five children and the grandmother of seven grandchildren. She has spent a number of years gathering personal family stories and old photographs to bring you a rare and exciting look into one of the most famous families in motorcycling history. Most of all Jean is a storyteller who loves sharing the stories and experiences of her life as a Davidson through books and public speaking engagements. The adventures she has experienced, both in and out of the motorcycling industry, coupled with her enthusiastic, outgoing personality have captivated thousands of people over the years.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ted Koppel Lights Out

This isn't a video game. Nor is it 1984 from George Orwell. On the back pages of newspapers and or not being talked about on the internet is the cyber attack that could turn not just the lights out but the entire nation off. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Ted Koppel. In this tour de force of investigative reporting, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared. Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before. It isn’t just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure—and in the age of cyberwarfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon. Several nations hostile to the United States could launch such an assault at any time. In fact, as a former chief scientist of the NSA reveals, China and Russia have already penetrated the grid. And a cybersecurity advisor to President Obama believes that independent actors—from “hacktivists” to terrorists—have the capability as well. “It’s not a question of if,” says Centcom Commander General Lloyd Austin, “it’s a question of when.” And yet, as Koppel makes clear, the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid. The current Secretary of Homeland Security suggests keeping a battery-powered radio. In the absence of a government plan, some individuals and communities have taken matters into their own hands. Among the nation’s estimated three million “preppers,” we meet one whose doomsday retreat includes a newly excavated three-acre lake, stocked with fish, and a Wyoming homesteader so self-sufficient that he crafted the thousands of adobe bricks in his house by hand. We also see the unrivaled disaster preparedness of the Mormon church, with its enormous storehouses, high-tech dairies, orchards, and proprietary trucking company – the fruits of a long tradition of anticipating the worst. But how, Koppel asks, will ordinary civilians survive? With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable. TED KOPPEL BIO TED KOPPEL, a 42-year veteran of ABC News, was anchor and managing editor of Nightline from 1980 to 2005. New York University recently named Koppel one of the top 100 American journalists of the past 100 years. He has won every significant television award, including 8 George Foster Peabody Awards, 11 Overseas Press Club Awards (one more than the previous record holder, Edward R. Murrow), 12 duPont-Columbia Awards and 42 Emmys. Since 2005 he has served as managing editor of the Discovery Channel, as a news analyst for BBC America, as a special correspondent for Rock Center, and continues to function as commentator and non-fiction book critic at NPR. He has been a contributing columnist to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal and is the author the New York Times bestseller Off Camera.

Ronnie Wood How Can It Be A Rock N Roll Diary

It's not everyday that you get to talk to a Rolling Stone. It's not everyday that a Rolling Stone painting in Barcelona gets to talk to me. have two artists that love the canvas. It's not everyday that we talk about technique and how a painting comes to life. And its not just about Rock n Roll. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the legendary Ronnie Wood. How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary. This is his handwritten diary from 1965 - which he recently discovered - has been reproduced in facsimile, down to its scuffs and scratches. Ronnie Wood reflects on the words he wrote 50 years ago and shares his memories in an extensive new manuscript. Featuring a cast of characters including Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Marianne Faithfull and many more, the story of Ronnie’s adventure are illustrated by rare and unseen photos as well as exclusive new artworks to elucidate his words throughout the book. “This diary shows what an amazing schedule I had. We’d be travelling the length and breadth of the country every day," Ronnie recently reflected. "With youth on our side, it was a continuing adventure. Our overspilling energy was enough to take care of work every night of the week. It was enough to chase the girls, enough to write songs, enough to rehearse and enough to travel. It was all go, all the time.”

Timothy Keller The Songs Of Jesus

He's one of this generations best teachers. Spiritual leaders around the world reach for the messages he's so willing to share. And humbly he shares, "They aren't my words. But I've been instructed to share." From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm very pleased to welcome back Dr Timothy Keller Unplugged and Totally Uncut. With the release of THE SONGS OF JESUS: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms (Viking; On-Sale Date: November 10, 2015), Timothy Keller with his wife, Kathy, have written a book that offers everyday inspiration for an entire year based on the Book of Psalms. Psalms have always held a special place in Christian faith, as they can be the most interactive way to approach prayer; as Tim and Kathy say in the introduction, “They are written to be prayed, recited, and sung—to be done, not merely to be read. THE SONGS OF JESUS is not simply a devotional of Psalms, it is a deep dive into one Book of the Bible, providing not only a daily reading but also an investigation into the meaning of the Psalm and a prayer to help put the Psalm to use in everyday meditation. THE SONGS OF JESUS can be used purely to enhance the readers daily prayer, or as an outlet to dig deeper into the meaning of the Psalms and enhance one’s knowledge of God. THE SONGS OF JESUS is sure to be a perennial classic for years to come. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989, he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees. Dr. Keller also founded Redeemer City to City, which has trained leaders to start more than three hundred new churches in nearly fifty cities around the world. Keller is the author of Prayer, Encounters with Jesus, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, Every Good Endeavor, The Meaning of Marriage, Generous Justice, Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God, Jesus the King, and The Reason for God. Kathy Keller received her MA in theological studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kathy and Tim then moved to Virginia, where Tim started at his first church, West Hopewell Presbyterian Church. After nine years, Kathy and her family moved to New York City to start the Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Kathy co-wrote The Meaning of Marriage with Tim. The Songs of Jesus is their second collaboration. For more information, please visit

Monday, November 9, 2015

Rudy Parris

He started from the ground up. Which included being the sound man for some of Country Music's biggest names. From each performance he learned a little more about the art of showmanship. It opened the door for him to be on NBC's The Voice. Now he's signed to Capitol Records. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Rudy Parris. Rudy Parris was invited to the Buck Owens' Birthday Bash, held at Bucks Crystal Palace in Bakersfield California -- it surely was the place to be with a lengthy guest list, including Tracy Bird, Dwight Yokum, Brad Paisley, Gary Allen and many others. Garth Brooks even called in his best wishes for a great night. By the end of the evening everyone wanted to know who Rudy Parris was and where had he been hiding. Parris and his brother Abel had been "hiding" in front of large crowds as an opening act! Having paid his dues warming up audiences for many known artists, including Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Jr., B.B. King, Bo Didley, among many others, Rudy has also had the honor of playing guitar on tour for Hank Williams III. This explained it…this "unheard of" talent already had the ability to maintain and wow an audience. Setting Rudy's voice aside, his talents as a virtuoso guitarist are readily apparent as he coaxes the crowd onto their feet, making his guitar sing, dance, whisper, and scream. A true showman, Parris also plays harmonica, bass and drums (which he demonstrated while performing with Bay Area Blues legend, Ron Thompson). But, Rudy is most importantly an amazing songwriter. Rudy was born and raised in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, a few miles from the historical country music mecca, Bakersfield, CA. There he had the pleasure of a longstanding residency working for Buck Owens at The Crystal Palace. Following Rudy's performances on NBC's The Voice, his fan base contunues growing daily and his schedule grows busier. Many major artists in the country and blues communities have given Rudy the thumbs up. He has been signed to Warrior Records and will be releasing his debut album, so join the mailing list now to become part of the Tribe and watch his journey!

Antony Beevor Ardennes 1944

His skills as a journalist make the story authentic. But its experience as a soldier that's kept his eye on keeping history moving in the right direction. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the author of Ardennes 1944 The Battle of the Bulge. Antony Beevor. In ARDENNES 1944, the award-winning writer and pre-eminent historian of World War II, Antony Beevor, tells as no one else can the story behind the final, decisive battle of the European war. The Ardennes offensive, which began on December 16th 1944, and involved more than a million men, became the greatest battle of the war in Western Europe. Although Hitler’s final push to defeat the Allies has been written about before, ARDENNES 1944 tells the full and complete story as it has never been told—the emotions, and the egos, the epic failures, and the spectacular successes—all leading up to the monumental six-week battle that resulted in nearly 200,000 casualties—and finally brought the war on the Western Front to its end.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Paul Trynka

Pete Best is the forgotten Beatle. Does that mean that Brian Jones has to be the lost Rolling Stone? What truly took place between Jagger and Richards? More importantly... shouldn't the founding member of the band be getting more credit and respect than the erased history already delivered? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Paul Trynka, Paul Trynka is a respected music writer known both for his groundbreaking role as editor of MOJO magazine and as author of Starman and Open Up and Bleed, biographies of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, respectively, which attracted laudatory reviews worldwide. Portrait of the Blues, his collection of oral histories with more than sixty blues musicians (in collaboration with photographer Val Wilmer), is regarded as a landmark work. Paul was also editor of the widely respected International Musician magazine and founding editor of the Guitar Magazine, for which he first interviewed Keith Richards more than twenty years ago. Paul lives with his wife, Lucy, and son, Curtis, in Greenwich, London, just down the road from Mick and Keith’s old stomping ground of Dartford. "Brian Jones . . . is revisionist history of the best kind--scrupulously researched and cogently argued--and should be unfailingly interesting to any Stones fan." --Larry Rohter, New York Times

Jenny Santi

How often do you give only to learn that you feel empty after? Is there happiness in giving? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Jenny Santi. Inspirational and well-researched, THE GIVING WAY TO HAPPINESS shows readers that happiness and purpose can be found when we promote love, joy, peace, community, charity, caring, and self-worth. And the best way to do so is to give. THE GIVING WAY TO HAPPINESS is filled with inspiring, personal stories of generosity told by Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn, Noble Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp, philanthropist Richard Rockefeller, environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, activist Ric O’Barry, bestselling author Isabel Allende, ALS survivor Augie Nieto, and many others from all over the world. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they have all found unexpected happiness and fulfillment through giving. Jenny shares stories of not just how they changed the world but also how their acts changed their very own lives.

Terry Crews Cruises Into A New Season Of Videos

Tonight on FOX... Terry Crews is back with more fun. Plus the videos the world will be downloading by workday Monday. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut. Terry Crews returns as host of all-new episodes of World’s Funniest on FOX on Friday, Nov. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Terry and weekly guest panelists, such as Wayne Brady, Margaret Cho, Natasha Leggero and Sherri Shepherd, bring fresh, unexpected takes on the best in hilarious, heartwarming and other viral videos of the week. World’s Funniest ranks among the season’s Top 10 most co-viewed programs, attracting a diverse audience of an average 3 million viewers a week. Reviewers have called the show and its panel “hilarious” and said, “Makes your Friday night worth staying at home for” and “World’s Funniest brings the internet’s funniest viral videos to TV.” TERRY CREWS BIO (FROM BIOGRAPHY.COM) Terry Crews was born in Flint, Michigan, in 1968 and was drafted by the NFL's Los Angeles Rams in 1991. After several years playing pro football, Crews retired and pursued an acting career, which took flight on the big screen in 2000's The 6th Day. Many film roles have followed, among them those in White Chicks (2004), The Expendables (2010) and its sequels, and Bridesmaids (2011). Crews has also found success on the small screen, having recurring roles on Are We There Yet? (2010- ), Arrested Development (2013) and (2013- ). Also known for appearing in a series of Old Spice commercials, Crews launched The Family Crews, a reality series starring his whole family. Terry Crews was born in Flint, Michigan, on July 30, 1968. He graduated from Flint’s Southwestern Academy before earning an Art Excellence Scholarship to attend the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts. He then earned a full scholarship to play football at Western Michigan University, where he was an art major. As a part of the WMU football team, Crews was a major force, earning all-conference honors as a defensive end and playing on the 1988 Mid-American Conference champion Broncos. In the 1991 NFL draft, the 6’2”, 245-pound Crews was drafted in the 11th round by the Los Angeles Rams. He played two seasons with the Rams before becoming an NFL journeyman, playing with the San Diego Chargers (1993-94), Washington Redskins (1995) and Philadelphia Eagles (1996). He also managed to squeeze in a season with the Rhein Fire (Germany) in the World League of American Football. During Crews’ football years, he also tapped his artistic talents, creating a line of NFL-licensed lithographs for a national sports memorabilia company. In 1997, Crews retired from professional football and briefly took on the role of T-Money on the TV action competition Battle Dome (1999). The following year, he made his big-screen debut in The 6th Day, followed by a string of small roles in such films as Serving Sara (2002), Friday After Next (2002) and Deliver Us From Eva (2003). In 2005, Crews made a bigger splash when he returned to the small screen, landing the recurring role of Julius on the Chris Rock comedy Everybody Hates Chris . With his face seen on TVs across the country, Crews began getting more film parts, and roles in White Chicks (2004), The Longest Yard (2005) and Norbit (2007) followed. Crews soon began landing larger roles in high-profile movies such as Balls of Fury (2007), Get Smart (2008), Terminator Salvation (2009), The Expendables (2010) and Bridesmaids (2011). Crews also reprised his Expendables role as Hale Caesar in two sequels and a video game based on the series. The second decade of the 2000s has been a good one for Crews. He became a reality TV star in the BET show The Family Crews (2010-2011), which featured his entire family. He also took on roles in three popular TV shows: Are We There Yet? (2010- ), Arrested Development (2013) and the Golden Globe-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013- ). In 2014, Crews also continued his film work, starring in the Adam Sander-Drew Barrymore comedy Blended, and he was named the host of the TV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? He also began hosting Fox’s World’s Funniest. With all of this work under his belt, however, Crews may still be best known for starring as the pumped-up spokesman in a string of popular Old Spice deodorant commercials. In 2014, Crews became an author with the release of his memoir Manhood: How to Be a Better Man—Or Just Live With One. In the book, he details his childhood growing up in a strict Christian family with an alcoholic father and tells how he made his dream of a career in Hollywood come true. He also confesses to an addiction to pornography that started at the age of 12, and how later in his life it almost ruined his marriage. He got over the addiction and reconciled with his wife, Rebecca, a former beauty queen and Christian recording artist, whom he has been married to since 1990. The couple has five children: daughters Azriel, Tera, Wynfrey and Naomi Burton and son Isaiah.

Jim Norton

Performing this weekend at Charlotte's Comedy Zone. Jim Norton. I first learned to stop asking questions the moment Clay Aiken booted me out of an interview. That's when I challenged myself to be a communicator not a Radio Disc Jockey. The golden rule has always been: The moment you step into the studio... we are live. And nothing charges me up more than someone that totally grips the handlebars and hits the same mountain path.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tzivia Gover Joy In Every Moment

About the Author - Tzivia Gover is an author, an educator, and a creative, curious, and dedicated dreamer. She facilitates self-growth and awareness through her workshops and retreats on writing, dreamwork, and mindfulness. She is an active member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and the founder of 350 Dreamers, an international network of people who dream together for global healing. The exquisitely designed and inspirational Joy in Every Moment is a treasury of creative, doable ways to uncover little bits of joy in the course of the day that will add up to a lifetime of happiness. The book appeals to anyone who wants to feel more joyful, particularly those who might be going through a significant life transition. Basic instructions for stress-reducing techniques like meditation give these readers a boost. Readers can follow the daily routines page by page or flip open to sections that speak to them at that moment. Joy in Every Moment acts as a life coach in a book. Gover shares relatable stories and inspirations from her own life and invites readers to discover the secrets of practicing daily happiness.

Michael Rispoli from Friends and Romans

If you're an Italian actor. You're probably going to be typecast as a Mafia figure, a thug or stuck in a pizza place. That's what this movie is about! Taking the Italian actors in New York and getting them to star in a Shakespeare play. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actor Michael Rispoli. A veteran of film, television, and the stage, as well as being a writer, Michael Rispoli launched his acting career at New York's famed Circle in the Square. Subsequently appearing for many years on the New York stage, Rispoli was in Twelfth Night, MacBeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, among other productions. Early film and television appearances include Household Saints and Above the Rim. His penchant for humor led Rispoli to expand his cinematic territory into comedy and lighter material such as Hacks and Death to Smoochy. After a memorable supporting role in the romantic comedy While You Were Sleeping, Rispoli leapt into leading man territory in the warmly regarded romantic drama, Two Family House. Other features include Mr. 3000, The Weatherman, Lonely Hearts, Invincible, The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3, Kick-Ass, The Rum Diary, Empire State, Pain & Gain, and Rob the Mob. Rispoli has made frequent appearances on various television series, including Third Watch, Big Apple, Magic City, Those who Kill, and The Good Wife. Most notably, Rispoli was on the award-winning HBO show The Sopranos. On stage, he appeared in Stephen Adley Guirgis’ new play, Between Riverside and Crazy, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2015. Rispoli is also the co-screenwriter of FRIENDS AND ROMANS. ABOUT FRIENDS AND ROMANS FRIENDS AND ROMANS is a classic farce about Nick DeMaio (Michael Rispoli), a frustrated Italian-American actor who is determined to rise above the typecasting that perpetually finds him playing the role of “Mobster Number 3.” When he and his thespian friends – most of them perennial extras in gangster movies – stage a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to showcase their talents, art intersects with real-life as mobsters and federal agents mistake them for genuine “wiseguys.” With the help of his wife Angela (Annabella Sciorra), his daughter Gina (Katie Stevens), and a large ensemble that includes numerous veterans of HBO's The Sopranos (namely, Tony Sirico, Anthony DeSando, Tony Darrow, John Bianco, Armen Garo, Donnamarie Recco, and Joe D’Onofrio), Nick attempts to navigate his way through a host of comic complications both on stage and in life.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Delia Ephron

I grew up thinking I had the world's meanest parents. They came with rules. And if I didn't abide by them. I paid the price. One look at today's kids and what they get away with. I'm still convinced I have the world's meanest parents. Now there is hope for parents that are having troubles getting the little Kings and Queens under control. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Delia Ephron. Twenty-five years after its original publication, DO I HAVE TO SAY HELLO? Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grownups is back, and do we and our kids all need it. In a series of light-hearted multiple choice quizzes, alternative scenarios, and true-or-false questions, Delia Ephron and Edward Koren, the author and illustrator team who brought us the best-selling How to Eat Like a Child, depict a range of possibilities that reflect life as it is as well as life as it ought to be. Covering table manners, car manners, video game manners, school manners, soccer manners and more, this is a book that is sure to delight (and horrify) adults and children of all ages. Aunt Delia knows what makes the difference between a pleasant and an excruciating visit to a friend’s house in the company of a young child. She accounts for every possibility in an awkward situation, and asks us to put some things in the correct order: (a) Throw up; (b) Get out of the car; (c) Ask Uncle Jerry to pull over. In short, she is practical and basic: she does not get into fish forks, but she knows how not to ask for vegetables – “Yo, corn.” She deals with such things as kindness, sharing, consideration, generosity, conversation, and diplomacy. Delia Ephron’s painfully on-target text is complemented by Edward Koren’s hilarious drawings, which – as ever – present us not as we might wish to appear, but as we really are. DO I HAVE TO SAY HELLO? is a high-spirited and wickedly funny guide to manners for readers of all ages. About the Authors Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults and teenagers, including her most recent, The Lion Is In; books of humor, including How to Eat Like a Child; and essays. Her journalism has appeared frequently in The New York Times, and also in Vogue and Vanity Fair. Edward Koren, a cartoonist and illustrator, is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. Among his many books are How to Eat Like a Child and Teenage Romance, both published with Delia Ephron.

Bryan Adams Get Up

Not only is Bryan Adams back. But guess who he invited to the music celebration? Jeff Lynne from Electric Light Orchestra and Traveling Wilbury's. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Bryan Adams. Bryan Adams wasn’t planning on making an album when he first started collaborating with Jeff Lynne. “It came together quite by chance,” Adams says of working with the Electric Light Orchestra leader for his latest record Get Up!, via phone from London, England. “Although I’d known Jeff in the past, I’d wanted to work with him for years. Jim (Vallance, Adams’ longtime songwriting partner) and used to talk about how there were two or three producers that we both really admired, one was Mutt Lange and the other was Jeff Lynne. I just went to hang out with him one and day and he asked if I’d be up for doing a track and I said, ‘Yeah!’ I just happened to have some songs and I played him my songs and he chose one and we did one and it sounded great. So he said, ‘What about doing another?’ It went on like that for about two years.” Working with Vallance and Lynne remotely, sending demos and pieces of tracks back and forth via the Web thousands of kilometres apart from each other, yielded Adams’ 13th album, a record that took shape in a very random way. Adams had known Lynne personally since meeting him in 1987 at a show Adams was playing in Birmingham, England. “He came down with a bunch of his friends to see my show and it was quite casual. Even though we’d met a couple other times over the last umpteen years, it was more in the last couple years that we were able to do some music together. So it’s the right timing for me for sure. “I remember seeing ELO in 1973,” Adams, 55, adds. “I always liked the songs and the production and what he’s done with other bands and other artists. His reputation is impeccable. I always thought our songs would work really well with his style. I didn’t realize they would work this well, but I was always quietly confident that he’d like it. “There was never any talk ever of doing an album. We were just making music.” Despite not coming to life in one specific location (“something I’ve been doing for years now,” Adams says), Get Up! is easily one of Adams’ strongest and most free-flowing and eclectic releases in years. The songs just click instantly, buoyed by the lyrical and musical chemistry that has bound Adams and Vallance since the Vancouver-bred rocker burst onto the scene in the early ’80s. Featuring 13 songs — nine full band songs and four stripped down acoustic selections from the main album song list — Get Up! is layered with Lynne’s signature production style. "We Did It All," the first song Vallance and Adams wrote for Lynne, is a victory anthem given a Wings-esque sense of momentum and panache. “We wanted it to be a song that he could really sink his teeth into,” Adams says. "That’s Rock And Roll" could easily fit within the Traveling Wilburys song list. (Lynne was a member of the supergroup that also featured Tom Petty, George Harrison and Roy Orbison.) On a song like "Thunderbolt," Lynne gives Adams’ material a classic ELO sheen, with subtle washes of glitzy synths and phaser effects. “Thunderbolt" started when I had a guitar made for a photo session with diamante thunderbolts on it and I liked it so much that I thought, ‘This would be a good idea for an album title.’ My working title for the album for a long time was "Thunderbolt." In terms of the production of the track, every time I sent Jeff my demos, within a couple of weeks he’d come back and turn them into records.” On "You Belong To Me," Adams connects with his rockabilly side, a side he had shown masterfully on his rendition of Eddie Cochran’s "C’mon Everybody," featured as a bonus tune on his last album Tracks Of My Years. That album, released in 2014, was a collection of material that was a tip of the hat to some of the songs and artists (The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Chuck Berry, for example) that helped shape his musical vision. “(The rockabilly side) came out of being asked to do a pilot for a TV series or a film,” Adams says. “A friend of mine’s a director and he wanted songs that were kind of ’60s sounding. Jim and I sat down trying to do a Buddy Holly song and that’s why it sounds like that.” Although the project never fully materialized Adams says, “It’s OK. It doesn’t matter where the inspiration comes from if you can get songs. There’s another song on the album that came from that request, a song called "Don’t Even Try.” The key song on the album is "Brand New Day," a tune that contains a core melodic line reminiscent of Adams’ classic "Summer of 69." It also contains the album’s title in its lyrics, and the words “get up” also show up in "That’s Rock And Roll." “I actually tried to write a song called "Get Up!" and that’s what "Brand New Day" is.” The videos for "Brand New Day" (featuring actress Helena Bonham Carter) and "You Belong To Me" were both shot and directed by Adams and feature his signature black and white photography style. Last month Adams — whose portraits have included a number of notable celebrities, artists, musicians and even Queen Elizabeth II — was awarded an honourary fellowship in London’s Royal Photographic Society. Adams has published two books: Exposed, which featured portraits of artists like Sir Ben Kingsley and the late Amy Winehouse, and Wounded — The Legacy of War, which collected intimate photos of wounded British soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s nice to get a nod from your peers. What can I say?” Fresh off a recent tour that saw him celebrate the 30th anniversary of his classic album Reckless, Adams guarantees he will hit the road sooner than later to showcase material from Get Up! “Well, that’s no question,” he says with an audible grin.

Judge Jeanine Pirro He Killed Them All

This is the map to what is about to become one of the most talked about murder cases this decade. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Judge Jeanine Pirro. Former prosecutor Jeanine Pirro—the “true hero” (New York Post) of the hit HBO documentary series The Jinx—offers the transfixing true story of her tireless fifteen-year investigation into accused murderer Robert Durst for the disappearance of his wife Kathleen Durst. Former district attorney Jeanine Pirro was cast as the bad guy fifteen years ago when she reopened the cold case of Kathleen Durst, a young and beautiful fourth-year medical student who disappeared without a trace in 1982, never to be seen again. Kathie Durst’s husband was millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst, son of one of the wealthiest families in New York City—but though her friends and family suspected him of the worst, he escaped police investigation. Pirro, now the host of Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News, always believed in Durst’s guilt, and in this shocking book, she makes her case beyond a shadow of a doubt, revealing stunning, previously unknown secrets about the crimes he is accused of committing. For years, Pirro has crusaded for justice for the victims, and her impassioned perspective in the captivating HBO documentary series The Jinx made her one of its breakout stars. Featuring Pirro’s unique insider’s perspective on the crimes, as well as her exclusive interviews with many of the major players featured in the The Jinx, this comprehensive book is the definitive story of Robert Durst and his gruesome crimes—the one you didn’t see on television. JEANIE PIRRO BIO Jeanine Pirro joined the Fox News Channel (FNC) in 2006 and currently serves as a legal analyst as well as the host of "Justice with Judge Jeanine," a weekend prime-time program (Saturday, 9 p.m. ET) that presents her legal insights on the news of the week, current high profile cases, as well as recent issues and trends in the world of crime and justice. Formerly Westchester District Attorney, Judge Pirro was also the host of a syndicated weekday court show distributed by Warner Brothers -- for which she won an Emmy. Her notable legal career spans over 30 years. In 1975, she became an assistant district attorney for Westchester County, New York and was the first female to prosecute murder cases there. In 1990, Pirro was elected as the first woman to serve as a Westchester County Court judge. In 1978, Pirro started the first domestic violence unit in a prosecutors office, in the nation. Additionally, in 1997, she was appointed by then-Governor George Pataki to chair the New York State Commission on Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, whose research helped pass increased protection for domestic violence victims. In 2006, the Republican Party chose her as its candidate for New York state attorney general. Pirro earned a BA from the University of Buffalo, magna cum laude, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree from Albany Law School, where she was on law review. She is a native of New York.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Carrigan Chantz

I've lived my life one way being a radio on-air talent. Make sure every break counts. You never know how a single thought can reach beyond the knobs on the control board. Singer/songwriter Carrigan Chantz is proof of that. In the 1980's he was that teenager that endlessly called in night after night requesting songs. But it wasn't always because he called it a favorite. Carrigan was studying the art of how the artist brought their sound to an over saturated airwaves. Through his loyalty to music he's just released his third album. Sitting back for a moment after our conversation I was given a deep thought to hold onto, "What if I hadn't taken the time to listen to this kids musical dreams and aspirations? What if I had gotten tired of him calling night after night?" If only those on the radio playing their upbeat songs while squeezing jokes in between took a more serious look at the stage they truly present. It's not about the radio disc jockey. It's the continuation of the art of creative flow. Thank you Carrigan for not quitting your dreams. I always knew you were onto something as a teenager. I just couldn't call you an artist until 30 years later.

Buddy Baron The Magic Stocking

Several things make this conversation something beyond a holiday gift. First... He's a former radio personality that discovered there is writing success in Hollywood. Second... He shares the secret to get Hallmark to accept your story. Third... a movie about magical stockings. Children will never look at them the same. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Buddy Baron. This holiday tale surrounds Lindsey Monroe – a widow still mourning her husband’s death – and daughter Hannah. When Hannah buys a stocking at their town’s Christmas craft fair, Lindsey suddenly starts to magically find things inside it that begin holding importance in her everyday life. The stocking holds a power and energy that quickly becomes clear, restoring Lindsey’s faith in life and love – and leading her to open up her heart after meeting a handsome artist.

Pastor Aubrey Shines

Within the circle of the political race to become President. It didn't take too long for the Religion lines in the sand to be drawn. What came out as headlines on computer screens did what most conversations about religion does. It pushes people away. I needed to know more. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Pastor Aubrey Shines. Pastor Aubrey Shines, is Founder of Glory To Glory Ministries located in the inner city of both Tampa and Orlando Florida. "Ben Carson's faith as a Seventh-day Adventist came under fire at a Donald Trump rally on Saturday when the billionaire suggested his Presbyterian faith was superior. Having recently slipped behind Carson in the Iowa polls, Trump told a crowd in Florida, "I love Iowa. And, look, I don't have to say it, I'm Presbyterian. Can you believe it? Nobody believes I'm Presbyterian. I'm Presbyterian. I'm Presbyterian. I'm Presbyterian . . . Boy, that's down the middle of the road folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don't know about. I just don't know about." On Sunday, Carson was given the opportunity to respond on Fox News, but said "I really refuse to really get into the mud pit" with Trump. Gathered below are 12 things you may or may not know about Seventh-day Adventists and their unique system of belief..." READ: BIO: Pastor Aubrey Shines, a Chicago native, began ministering in the Cook County Correctional System in Chicago, IL as an evangelical minister licensed by the late Bishop D. Husband (Churches of God in Christ). In 1987 God moved greatly upon Pastor Shines’ heart and he became founder of Glory To Glory Ministries. The ministry has since transcended denominational, cultural, and ethnic boundaries. Glory To Glory Ministries is now located in the inner city of Tampa, Florida. Over the past twelve years, this congregation has grown tremendously because of the anointing that God has placed on Pastor Shine’s life. In September of 2014, Glory to Glory Ministries International will extend its boundaries by opening the doors of ministry in their second location, Glory to Glory Ministries of Orlando, Florida. Pastor Shines most recent accomplishment is being one of the seven founders of the International Communion of Evangelical Churches organization under the dynamic leadership of Presiding Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr. PLUG BOOK: WEBSITE: TWITTER: @Glory2GloryFL