Friday, January 29, 2016

Drew Ryiewicz

Once featured on The X Factor. Now on the music scene as one of the hottest new singer/songwriters destine to make a difference. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Drew Ryiewicz. Internationally recognized recording artist Drew Ryniewicz, 19, was a top 6 finalist and fan favorite in the 2011 debut Season of The X-Factor. She was a part of the girls group under judge Simon Cowell. This small town Chino Valley, AZ resident with an angelic voice began singing at a young age. She entered local singing competitions and tested her skills in school talent shows, often placing first. Drew, who was 14 at the time, took the world stage in 2011 with her stunning Seattle audition for the first season of The X-Factor. Her soulful rendition of Justin Beiber’s “Baby,” along with her eccentric and bubbly character, won the admiration and affection of fans everywhere, including infamous show judge Simon Cowell. She progress to The X-Factor’s Top 6 before being eliminated by the judges, even though she overwhelmingly won the country’s vote to continue to the finals. Soon after The X-Factor, Drew released her five-track debut EP “Hello It’s Me.” The EP was recorded live in Los Angeles and featured two original songs, a cover of Justin Beiber’s “Baby” and two Christmas songs. The EP quickly rose to the iTunes charts in one day, reaching #8 on the Pop Albums chart, without a label, backing or promotion. Drew spent the following years building her brand, performing and writing new music, which she has begun introducing to the world. In early 2015, she was invited to speak at TEDx, where she shared her visions of being “ridiculously regularly” and unafraid to pursue one’s wildest dreams. In the summer of 2015, Drew signed with new management and, together with her team, pushed herself harder than she ever had. She began touring extensively and completed her much anticipated second EP - 180, released January 29th 2016. Her music and appeal has grown tremendously, as evident by her enormous global fanbase and extensive list of radio and industry people who continue to promote her. Drew has also become a powerful face of the Allstar Nation Tour (ANT), the nation’s premier concert-based anti-bullying program. She has performed at nearly 100 concerts with ANT, singing and speaking to nearly 120,000 students, thousands of whom are now active fans. 2016 is set to be an incredible year for Drew. She is booked for festivals and shows around the country and will be busy with radio tours, music videos and writing her debut album! Join the hundreds of thousands around the world who are right alongside this superstar as she keeps rising to the top!

Captain Dave from Wicked Tuna

Nobody plays Reality TV better than National Geographic. Monday night the network is back on the ocean with one of the most competitive shows on the planet. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Captain Dave from Wicked Tuna. National Geographic Channel’s top-rated series Wicked Tuna returns for its fifth season, premiering Monday, Feb. 1, at 9/8c. Would you be interested in an interview with Wicked Tuna fisherman Dave Marciano? Marciano is available for interviews on Friday, Jan 29 and Monday, February 1, 2016 from 7 am to 10 pm ET. After one of his best seasons ever in Gloucester and finishing on top of the fleet, Captain Dave Marciano (@CaptMarciano) of the Hard Merchandise decided to leave the Outer Banks early before a rough fishing season ate into his profits. Now back in familiar seas, Marciano is out to prove that last season’s success in Gloucester was no fluke. Wicked Tuna’s fifth season picks up with some captains still struggling after a rough winter season captured in spinoff series Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, which was recently renewed for a third season. The seasons’ first episode kicks off the competition… Wicked Tuna: Something to Prove Premieres Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at 9/8c A new fishing season begins, and everyone is angling to bring in the first catch. Captain Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise is desperate to recover his finances after a bad season down south, while bitter rivals Captain Tyler McLaughlin of the Pinwheel and Captain Dave Carraro of the are out to take each other down while vying for the title. And a new boat in town, the Erin & Sarah, shakes up the standings and rattles the fleet.

Joey Coco Diaz

Performing at the Charlotte Comedy Zone this weekend. This is every bit the reason why I created Unplugged and Totally Uncut. I don't want to talk about what you already know. Joey walks into the studio and we break out into a brilliant conversation about album covers and the bands that made the music on vinyl. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Joey Coco Diaz.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jake Marcionette

The youngest author to be crowned a NY Best Seller. He spends the majority of his time reaching out to other students believing he can help them open the door to an incredible world of creative energy. Your kids have problem already read Just Jake 1 and 2. Now there's 3! From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Jake Marcionette. When he was twelve years old, Florida-based Jake Marcionette released his debut book, Just Jake, a loosely autobiographical, laugh-out-loud comedy adventure. With that book, Jake made history in two ways: the youngest author to hit the New York Times Bestseller list and the youngest author in the history of Penguin Books to land a publishing deal. Now three years later, Penguin has published Jake's third (and best) book in the series, Just Jake 3: Camp Wild Survival - the first must-read Children's Middle Grade book of 2016. So how did Jake accomplish all this at such an early age? I recently had the pleasure of sitting with the young author who also tours schools as a motivational speaker for students nationwide. Anybody at any age would feel energized and motivated after meeting Jake, who radiates positivity and enthusiasm for life. Xaque Gruber: So how did your writer's journey begin? Jake Marcionette: When my sister and I were much younger, my Mom would have us write from breakfast to lunch every day during summer vacation. Education is very important to my Mom who runs the education website At first I hated the daily writing, but eventually I got into it and wrote about how my day was going and how I was feeling. I have my Mom to thank for my developing my love for writing. XG: So how does one make the leap from writing at home during summer vacation to Best Selling author? JM: I knew I wanted to write books for kids, about a kid, and from my experiences being a kid. I had moved from Florida to Maryland and so I wrote my first book about a kid named Jake who moves from Florida to Maryland who has to adapt to a new school, which I did. I wrote it all down by hand and put it in a binder. I shared it with friends to get feedback and printed out a list of agents. I had no idea what I was doing. I would say "Hey my name is Jake. I'm twelve. I have a cool book. Do you want to read it?" I got a lot of hang ups and "no's." People would say "How old are you? Twelve?!" Then I called Dan Lazar, an agent at Writer's House in New York City, and he said "Email it to me, sure." Then a couple days later, he said he liked it and wanted to represent me. Then a month after that, I was in New York meeting with four major publishers at a boardroom table where all these strangers in suits were asking me lots of questions about my book. Ultimately, I went with Penguin. XG: The new Just Jake book delves into a "wild survival" theme. Are you an avid lover of camping? JM: I'm an avid lover of watching survival television shows with Bear Grylls and Les Stroud. XG: Tell me about your motivational speaking at schools. JM: I love speaking to kids. I think a lot of young people are scared to write a book because they think they can't do it, but let's face it - It's either "no" or your dreams come true. You have to be fearless and be passionate and take all the chances you have and do it with an open mind. Set a goal and it doesn't have to be a huge goal. My goal was to get published, which is a pretty huge goal. If you are passionate about something, you can make money and make a career at it. Everything starts somewhere. XG: What is everyday life like for you? JM: I'm in Tenth Grade now and I'm just like any other American kid my age, I love playing and watching sports, hanging with my friends and hitting the beach. I also love to read. Lately I've read biographies on Jon Stewart, Coach K (of Duke's Men's basketball), Coach John Wooden (UCLA's men's basketball), and the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. My all time favorite book is The Godfather by Mario Puzo. I'm a huge fan of the Vordak The Incomprehensible books. XG: So beyond Just Jake, are there other projects? JM: Actually I'm working on a spin off book series. I can't talk about the details just yet - but people who like the Just Jake books will definitely like these. And I'd love to see Just Jake get adapted for TV or film. That would be cool! Just Jake 3: Camp Wild Survival For more info on Jake and his world, check out his site: QUICK BIO Jake Marcionette is the youngest fiction author to ever become a New York Times Bestseller at just 12 years old with his debut Young Adult Novel, Just Jake, which has sold millions of copies. Now at 15 years old, Jake is again proving himself as a force of nature with his third Just Jake book, Just Jake 3: Camp Wild Survival, available everywhere now. When he isn't writing bestselling books, Jake travels the country speaking to schools about writing and goal-setting. He also gives motivational talks to students around the world via Skype, helping his peers deal with being bullied, being the new kid in school, basically all the trials and tribulations of growing up. There really isn't anyone quite like Jake!

Yannis Pappas

Hitting the streets of New York this weekend at the extremely famous Gotham Comedy Club. The brilliantly talented and always up front funny. It's the man with true character and more. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Yannis Pappas Yannis Pappas is a stand-up comedian and current host of AOL’s Original Series, 2 Point Lead. He was the Co-Anchor of Fusion Live, a live, primetime, one-hour news magazine program which focused on current events, pop culture and satire. Fusion TV network launched in September 2013 as a joint venture of ABC and Univision. Yannis’ Half Hour Comedy Central Special aired in June of 2014 and is available on Amazon, iTunes, and whenever Comedy Central re-runs it. Yannis was also the co-host of MSG’s sports fan show, The Bracket. He has also been featured on AXS TV, TRUTV’s How To Be a Grown Up, VH1’s “Best Week Ever”, Fox Business, Good Morning America on ABC. He was the first comedian to ever do stand up on the New Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon–It was a test show and didn’t air, but that’s kind of a cool thing. He tours the world as a stand-up comedian and is known for his immensely popular characters Mr. Panos and Maurica. All his comedy shorts with Ditch Films can be found on YouTube. Visit: Go watch them, they are there. Showtimes: Fri. 8:00PM & 10:30PM / Sat. 7:00PM & 9:30PM / Tickets: $30 Call: 212-367-9000 / Visit: Gotham Comedy Club is located at 208 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011

Kym Johnson

Ever wonder what it takes to win two trophies on Dancing With The Stars? It's boils down to more than just what and how you eat. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Kym Johnson. Kym Johnson has become one of the breakout stars of TV’s megahit, “Dancing with the Stars,” winning the show’s coveted mirror ball trophy with entertainer Donny Osmond and pro-football player Hines Ward and then falling in love with “Shark Tank” entrepreneur, Robert Herjavec, who she met when he became her “DWTS” celebrity partner in 2015. How has she learned to motivate herself—and her celebrity partners—to dramatically step out of their comfort zones in order to accomplish new and greater challenges in their lives? The answers can be found in THE 5-6-7-8 DIET: The 14-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss, available now. What does 5-6-7-8 stand for? Here’s the easy to remember, overall daily diet strategy: • 5 SERVINGS OF PROTEIN Beyond the typical chicken and beef sources, Kym offers specific quantities for a host of other protein sources including nuts, peas and lentils, and dairy—and gives tips on how to measure them anywhere you’re eating. • 6 COLORS OF THE RAINBOW We all know we’re supposed to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, but the goal of 6 daily colors keeps us on track, and fills our bodies with a healthful variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, micronutrients and sugars that correspond with different colored foods. • 7 ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS Anti-inflammatory foods are having a moment, and Kym breaks down what they are and why they’re important for fighting inflammation induced by exercise, stress, and the occasional overindulgence! Leafy greens, spices (cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, oregano, rosemary, turmeric), and healthy fats (avocados, chia seeds, coconut, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, olives, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and of course omega-rich fish) are all key foods we should be eating on a regular basis to keep inflammation at bay and look and feel vibrant. • 8 GLASSES OF WATER Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate to lose weight, squash sugar cravings, relieve headaches, and boost skin and digestive health. And Kym’s unique, delicious herbal tea creations can be included in achieving this goal. In conjunction with the launch of her personal lifestyle brand—complete with fitness videos and an informative and entertaining health and lifestyle website—The 5-6-7-8 DIET: The 14-Day Plan for Lasting, Healthy Weight Loss features all the ingredients for a new healthy You. The combination of the diet meal plan which includes healthy, simple recipes like her famous protein pancakes, workouts & fitness tips, and the overall motivational stories from Kym’s life promise a fun and successful journey for the reader. Kym shares what it was like to grow up dancing, how she got started on "Dancing With the Stars," some of her favorite partners (some of whom contributed recipes!) and of course, her romance with Robert Herjavec. More from THE 5-6-7-8 DIET: • Mum’s the word: Kym credits her mother for refusing to let her make excuses, spread the blame and to fall into the trap of comparing herself to others. • Kym helps people to get to the bottom of why many aspects of their lives seem to be stuck in neutral. She encourages women to look closer at the traits that make people into real winners in life while suggesting ways to put failure and defeat in the rear view mirror. • While many weight-loss plans take the joy out of eating with restriction and calorie-counting, Kym loves eating great food. Her recipes are easy—and the food is delicious. And there are pancakes! • She’s just as realistic about people’s fear of exercise. The book is filled with workouts that end the excuses of people not having enough time, the right equipment or being afraid they’re pushing themselves too hard. • Kym opens up about her deepening relationship with Robert Herjavec and how every dramatic risk and detour led them both to find each other. • Kym draws on advice and insights from celebrities and many of her “Dancing with the Stars” partners and co-workers. The list includes Donny Osmond, Cheryl Burke, Carson Kressley, Florence Henderson, Jessica Raffa, Janelle Hallier and Rockell Williamson-Rudder. KYM JOHNSON WILL BE APPEARING: January 30 - Sherman Oaks, CA: Dance With Me special event February 8 - San Diego, CA: Dancing With the Stars Tour at the Balboa Theater ** guest judge February 9 - San Diego, CA: Barnes & Noble Mira Mesa

Comedian Paul Hooper

Performing at Charlotte's Comedy Zone. He's the only 40 year old man I know that porks down the junk food and still carries a six pack set of abs. Is it the new woman in his life or his lack of passion for professional sports? Paul Hooper is always on the loose with the comedy you'll laugh about months after you tap into his live show. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with HOOOOOP!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Josh Duhamel from Misconduct

Josh Duhamel isn't wasting time on being just another pretty face in Hollywood. He's on a mission to make incredible movies. This time around he's teamed up with Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins in Misconduct. In theaters and on Demand on February 5th. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Josh Duhamel. An ambitious lawyer (Josh Duhamel) finds himself caught in a power struggle between a corrupt pharmaceutical executive (Anthony Hopkins) and his firm’s senior partner (Al Pacino). When the case takes a deadly turn, he must race to uncover the truth before he loses everything. MISCONDUCT stars Josh Duhamel with Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins, and will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and On Demand February 5th.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Paul Reiser

He's every bit the person you want him to be. Be it on stage, on the flat screen or Amazon's red hot Red Oaks. Paul Reiser is genuine with his comedy and laugh. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut. The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC is proud to present the legendary Paul Reiser Saturday, February 20th. A seasoned actor, writer and producer, Paul Reiser continues to add to his list of accomplishments. Having co-created and starred in the critically acclaimed NBC series MAD ABOUT YOU which garnered him multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations Reiser returned to television last year in the FX series MARRIED followed by the Amazon Series RED OAKS. RED OAKS is a coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" 80s about a college student enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end--and the future begins. Paul plays the club president of Red Oaks, Getty. Amazon has just announced the second season of the series to be released in 2016. . It’s been a busy time in film for Reiser as well. Following his role in Academy Award winning film "Whiplash", Reiser has a full slate of films coming up. In addition to the much anticipated “Concussion," "Devil in the Deep Blue Sea" with Jason Sudeikis and Maisie Williams, "Miles" with Molly Shannon, “Joshy” directed by Jeff Baena and also in John McDonagh's "War on Everyone" with Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena. Not one to abandon his roots in stand-up, in between projects Reiser tours the country performing to sold out venues and was recently voted one of Comedy Central’s “Top 100 Comedians of All Time.” 2005 saw the release of "THE THING ABOUT MY FOLKS", Reiser's first original screenplay in which he starred alongside Oscar-winning actors Peter Fall and Olympia Dukakis. In 2003 Reiser made his stage debut in Woody Allen’s directorial play debut WRITER’S BLOCK. Reiser's successes also include his books COUPLEHOOD, which sold over two million copies and reached the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as his follow up bestsellers BABYHOOD and FAMILYHOOD. Born and raised in New York City, Reiser attended the State University of New York at Binghamton where he majored in Music. Reiser co-wrote the theme song from MAD ABOUT YOU with Grammy-winning producer Don Was, and in 2011 released an album of original songs with British singer / songwriter Julia Fordham called Unusual Suspects. Reiser's earlier films include DINER, BYE BYE LOVE, THE MARRYING MAN, ALIENS, ONE NIGHT AT MCCOOL’S, and BEVERLY HILLS COP (“I” and “II”). Visit: Showtime: Sat. 8:00PM / Tickets: $35 - $45 / Call: 202-803-2899 Visit: The Howard Theatre is located at 620 T Street, NW. Washington, DC 20001

Meredith Maran

I love a book that takes you beyond the paragraph. Not just stories about how to become a better writer but why other authors took chances on believing in what others didn't. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Meredeth Maran. The author of Why We Write About Ourselves. In response to editor Maran’s probing questions, what emerges is a chorus of diverse voices and varied motivations, perspectives, and experiences—an invaluable resource for readers and writers alike. Maran pens a brief introduction to each memoirist, highlighting their literary achievements and personal backgrounds; contributors highlight key tips for aspiring memoirists. Among the hot-button topics explored in WHY WE WRITE ABOUT OURSELVES: Truth and Memory SUE MONK KIDD: I don’t see [memoir] as a confessional booth where anything goes. It’s not a pot of soup where you just throw anything in because you think it will spice it up. A memoir deserves discretion. (p. 124) DANI SHAPIRO: The idea of truth in memoir is absurd. Memory is utterly mutable, changeable, and constantly in motion. You can’t fact-check memory. (p. 171) ISHMAEL BEAH: When certain people in the media accused me of making up parts of my story and exaggerating the length of my time as a solider, it was frustrating and annoying to argue with them about it…I stand fully by what I wrote. (p. 7) Facing Criticism EDWIDGE DANTICAT: When it’s fiction, it’s easier to accept public criticism. But when it’s memoir, they’re not talking about just a book. They’re talking about your life. (p. 66) AYELET WALDMAN: That first crazy essay about loving [my husband] more than my kids resulted in so much publicity, so much hate mail, and so many angry women confronting me on the set of Oprah… but it started a conversation that had a part in changing how we talk about motherhood. ANNE LAMOTT: I run everything I’m writing past everybody I’m writing about. I have a really clear sense of what’s a boundary violation and what’s not. (p. 135) Race JAMES MCBRIDE: The industry is accustomed to black writers writing about pain and struggle. I can think of a half-dozen white writers who write about the same things and [were] never marginalized. (p. 163) JESMYN WARD: [In] this country, unfortunately, [in] the dialogue about black people…there’s no awareness of the larger systemic pressures that bear down on us that make it easier for the sort of reality I write about to exist. …. (p. 240) Advice to aspiring memoirists DARIN STRAUSS: Write the first draft of your memoir in third person, not first. That’ll make it easier for you to be tough on yourself, as you should be. (p. 203) Follow Meredith on Twitter: @meredithmaran About the Author Meredith Maran, a passionate reader and writer of memoirs, is the author of thirteen nonfiction books and the acclaimed 2012 novel, A Theory Of Small Earthquakes. Meredith also writes book reviews, essays, and features for newspapers and magazines including People, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune,, and More. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Meredith lives in a restored historic bungalow in Los Angeles. Her next memoir, about starting over in Los Angeles, will be out from Blue Rider Press in 2017. Tour Cities: New York, NY Brooklyn, NY San Francisco, CA Corte Madera, CA Oakland, CA Los Angeles, CA

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tara Thompson

Her attitude is totally Eastern Tennessee with a twist of old soul. Wait until you experience the lyrics. The roots of this girl run deep into the Smokey Mountains with enough space to one day land her in the center of some place very great. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Country Music New Comer Tara Thompson. Initially gaining buzz performing at some of Nashville’s premiere listening rooms and writers’ rounds, Tara Thompson, a Tennessee native, has embraced her Country music heritage while coupling more contemporary sounds. Tara brings a compelling voice and quirky tongue-in-cheek spin on her life experiences, penning all of her own tunes. The spunky songstress inked a joint venture songwriting contract with Big Machine Music and Spoon’s Tunes Publishing. BMLG President & CEO Scott Borchetta comments, “Tara has all the ingredients I’ve been looking for in a modern traditional Country artist. A blood relative to the one and only Loretta Lynn, her tell-all & attitude-filled songwriting and feisty personality are going to crash through the stereotypes and knock down radio stations and beer joints coast to coast. A ‘Tootsie’s World-Famous Orchid Lounge’ alum, Country girls across the USA are on the eve of getting a new hero. Get ready for Tara Thompson.”

Friday, January 22, 2016

Carlos Mencia Pumped Up and Laughing In 2016

Carlos Mencia, superstar/stand-up comedian, is undoubtedly one of today’s most lauded entertainers and feared comics. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, or nationwide sold-out tours, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a diverse audience. Mencia was named "International Comedy Grand Champion" from Buscando Estrellas (the Latino version of Star Search). This led to appearances on “In Living Color,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “Moesha” and “An Evening at the Improv.” Mencia continued his journey up the comedy ladder by headlining “The Three Amigos” tour with Freddy Soto and Pablo Francisco which sold out in record time around the US. After the success of his solo dvd, “Carlos Mencia: Not For The Easily Offended,” “Mind of Mencia” went into development. Wrapping five seasons later, the show was one of the strongest shows in the network’s history. Carlos connected again with a film audience with the recent Fox Searchlight feature release “Our Family Wedding” starring opposite Forrest Whitaker. Mencia recently returned from his second trip to Kuwait after hosting “Operation Myspace,” an exclusive concert for American Troops in the Middle East alongside Jessica Simpson and The Pussycat Dolls. Visit: Watch:

Pablo Francisco 2016

Not everybody's cooped up and trapped in a cabin during this winter blast. Break free and take in the Comedy Zone tonight and tomorrow. The best energetic most unpredictable laugh on the stage. From front to back. Beginning to end. Pablo's place in comedy reaches beyond the one hundred thousand voices bringing him volume in his head. The Carolina's are buried under a blanket of snow and he still hits that stage like the Olympic champion he is. His next sport is broom hockey. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Pablo Francisco.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

David Kessler from

The music industry has lost some huge impact makers over the past three weeks. I was on the air when Kurt Cobain chose a different path and still remember how listeners reacted. How are we reacting with the loss of Lemmy, David and Glenn? Is listening to their music the right way? I've gone to an expert on grieving. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with David Kessler David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life. He is the author of five bestselling books, including the newly released You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death with Louise Hay. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by Mother Teresa. His services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. David’s work has been featured on CNN, NBC, Fox, PBS, and Dr Oz. David is a contributing writer for, Dr. Oz’s, Anderson Cooper 360 and The Huffington Post

Jesse James Dupree from Jackyl

The metal band from Georgia best known for their chainsaws on stage are back on the road for 2016. Invading Amos' this Saturday night. Jesse James Dupree the purest hard rock vocalist on the planet puts us on the stage giving fans of the band their view of what takes place beyond the lights. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl. Boogie rockers Jackyl were instantly lumped into the hair metal category upon their debut in 1992, but their sound was only vaguely reminiscent of the genre. Still, this label stuck with them after the sound became un-hip and their loud rock & roll was largely ignored by the mainstream. But due to the well-rounded Southern rock they were releasing throughout the '90s, they maintained a dedicated following that few other bands from the era could claim. The band started in 1990, forming in Georgia out of vocalist Jesse James Dupree, guitarist Jeff Worley, drummer Chris Worley, bassist Tom Bettini, and guitarist Jimmy Stiff. The fivesome shared an enthusiasm for AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and other like-minded artists, and were soon crafting their own blend of hard rock and Southern boogie around their native state. Record executives got hip to their live show, which included chain saws, among other things, and soon the band signed to Geffen. A self-titled debut enjoyed several hit rock singles, including "When Will It Rain," "I Stand Alone," and "Down on Me." But the most attention was drawn by "The Lumberjack," an ode to burly chainsaw wielders that witnessed a power tool solo by Dupree. His chainsaw abilities became their recognized gimmick, and equally gimmick-crazy guitarist Ted Nugent took the band on the road for a tour that included his own archery display as well. Push Comes to Shove This was good for their career in the short term, but their reputation as a hair metal band was cemented by the appearances with Damn Yankees and Slaughter on the road. By the time 1994's Push Comes to Shove was released, Geffen was firmly against promoting a group with that reputation and allowed the record to sink to the bottom of the charts. The group left the label and moved to Mayhem, marking the occasion with a live album before leaving the label only a year later for a jump to Sony. 1997's Cut the Crap enjoyed play on rock radio, but was still overshadowed by popular alternative rock acts. Sony dropped the group, so they quickly signed to Shimmering Tone and began work on Stayin' Alive. The record came out to poor critical reception, and the cracks in the band's armor began to show. Relentless A lineup change was necessary, so Bettini and Stiff got the boot and former Brother Cane guitarist Roman Glick was drafted into the lineup. Writing tracks with AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson, the band returned in 2002 with Relentless, followed by Live at the Full Throttle Saloon in 2004, When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide in 2010, and Best In Show in 2012.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tanay Jackson Take It Off

The dance floors are screaming for incredible vibes and guess whose got her foot on the pedal? Here is an exclusive listen to the hot new song Take It Off. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged with the artist that's been named next generation Jackson. Tanay Jackson...

Anson Williams

One of the most famous faces in American Television history. And like most child actors. They grow up and have to play adult. But can you do it eating the right portion of food? Wait until you see this cookbook. Happy Days are back. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Anson Williams. In 1972, Anson Williams landed the role of Potsie Weber in a segment of the comedy-anthology series Love, American Style titled "Love and the Happy Days", which also introduced Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard), Richie's mother Marion (Marion Ross), and other characters that were spun off into the television series Happy Days. (Only Williams, Howard, and Ross reprised their roles for the spin-off).The new series' first season, during which Williams received second billing after Howard, was centered mainly on Richie and Potsie. Eventually, as break-out character Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) and Richie's mother, father, and sister became more popular, Potsie was joined by Ralph Malph (Don Most, who was merely a side character in season one), and Potsie and Ralph became inseparable. Unlike Howard and Most, Williams was one of the few to remain through the entire run of the series, although his appearances became less frequent in later seasons. In some episodes, Richie, Potsie, and Ralph formed a band combo that performed at Arnold's Drive-In and other places. As Potsie, Williams actually sang lead vocals for the group. Williams' first wife, Lorrie Mahaffey, portrayed Potsie's girlfriend, Jennifer, in later seasons. After Happy Days, Williams began a much more prolific career as a television director, starting with short programs for adolescent-age children, including afterschool specials "No Greater Gift" (1985) and "The Drug Knot" (1986), and TV-movie Lone Star Kid (1986). He has gone on to direct many episodes for a variety of television series, including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, seaQuest DSV, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Charmed He also directed several episodes of the TV series 7th Heaven. Despite his success as a director and producer, Williams has occasionally returned to his work on Happy Days in retrospective ways. He played himself in a 1996 Happy Days-themed Boy Meets World episode (which also featured former castmates Tom Bosley and Pat Morita). While directing a 2003 episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch titled "Sabrina in Wonderland", he appeared as Potsie in a fantasy sequence. He also joined his fellow Happy Days cast members for reunion specials in 1992 and 2005. Williams is also a businessman. In 1987, fellow Happy Days cast member Al Molinaro and he opened a chain of diners called Big Al's; the business went defunct. He founded Starmaker Products, a cosmetics company, and was a featured speaker at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's National Trademark Expo in April 2008, at which he talked about the importance of registered trademarks for small businesses (and signed autographs for Happy Days fans). Williams is the author of Singing to a Bulldog: From Happy Days to Hollywood Director, and the Unlikely Mentor Who Got Me There ABOUT THE PERFECT PORTION COOKBOOK Anson Williams is living proof that "Sixty is the New Sexy," and now he shares his own philosophy on fitness in "The Perfect Portion Cookbook," which was recently selected and scheduled by QVC to be launched on Super Bowl Sunday. Anson Williams, best known for his role of on "Happy Days," had the 100-calorie idea, based on his own need to stay fit and still be able to eat the foods he loved. He, along with and JoAnna Connell, contacted Bob Warden (New York Times best selling cookbook author and TV cooking personality), who partnered with Mona Dolgov (experienced nutritionist, cookbook author and marketer for the food and appliance industry) and the result was "The Perfect Portion Cookbook." "It's the first 100 Calorie Count System of its kind," says Anson. "America's Favorite Comfort Foods all in Simple 100 Calorie Portions. It's the easiest calorie count in the world. How cool is that?" Unlike any other programs out there, you can eat what you love and never over eat! The successful entrepreneurial team of Williams and Connell along with Warden and Dolgov, two of the most revered and respected individuals in the cooking world, have created an exciting lifestyle platform that will fight a horrendous problem - obesity. A catastrophic condition in the USA, "The Perfect Portion Cookbook" is a major step toward solving the problem. In a world that has been so "millennial" focused in recent years and where "boomers" are being judged as old or not happening, Anson sets an example of how vital they can be by using the Perfect Portion Control system himself, which has resulted in a slimmer and more energetic outlook. With 150 of America’s favorite comfort foods, "The Perfect Portion Cookbook" has everything from French Toast to Lasagna and Apple Turnovers, all with easy, perfect portion control, using a simple 100 Calorie Counting System. The first of its kind, each of the classic comfort food recipes, allow food lovers to eat “guilt free,” because each recipe has been crafted in multiples of 100 calories, to select the perfect portion that is right for the individual. Eat perfect portions of the foods we all love and never overeat!

Yael Grobglas

A new breed of Zombies will soon invade American movie theaters. There are three gates to hell and one of them is in Jeruzalem. The Z in the cities name screams ZOMBIE! From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged with Jane The Virgin's very own Yael Grobglas. Yael Grobglas was born in Paris, France to parents of French and Austrian descent. Yael's family moved to Israel, where her talent and passion for performing arts became visible at an early age. As a teenager, Yael studied different styles of dance and performed in a professional dance group. She had a brief modeling career and participated in a number of runway shows and advertising campaigns. Having realized that her true passion is acting, Yael started taking acting classes. After participating in a few small projects, Yael was cast for the sci-fi TV series "Ha'Yi" (the Island) for all three seasons, which made her popular among Israel's young audiences. She then enrolled and completed a three-year acting program at the Yoram Loewenstein Performing Arts Studio, while filming an additional season of Ha'Yi and a number of major commercials. She has worked with some of Israel's top actors and directors in her roles in the first Israeli horror film "Kalevet", the sitcom "Ha-Shualim" (the Foxes) the mini-series "Yehefim" and primetime TV show "Tanuchi", as well as numerous supporting roles and guest appearances. Yael's theater performances include her role as Linda in the critically acclaimed Beer Sheva Theater production of Woody Allen's "Play it Again, Sam". In 2013, Yael starred as America Singer in the CW's The Selection pilot, described as a cross between The Bachelor and The Hunger Games. which was ultimately not picked up to series. Her most recent roles include the role of Olivia in the CW's series "Reign" (2013-2014) and the role of Petra in the acclaimed CW series "Jane the Virgn" ABOUT THE FILM JERUZALEM, OPENING IN THEATERS JANUARY 22nd Epic Pictures Releasing will release the acclaimed award-winning Israeli horror film JeruZalem on January 22nd, 2016. The film world premiered at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival and, among other awards, was recognized with the Audience Award and Best Editing Award at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival. A unique, point-of-view style horror film directed by Doron and Yoav Paz, JeruZalem follows Rachel (played by Jane the Virgin star Yael Grobglas), and her friend Sarah (Danielle Jadelyn), two American girls on vacation in Jerusalem. The two follow Kevin (Yon Tumarkin), a mysterious and handsome anthropology student, into the heart of the Old City. The party is cut short when a biblical prophecy comes to pass on the night of Yom Kippur and Jerusalem’s gate to hell is opened, releasing an epic apocalypse. Trapped between the ancient walls of the holy city, the trio must survive long enough to find a way out as the fury of hell is unleashed upon them. Shooting on location amongst the monuments of Jerusalem’s Old City, The Paz Brothers directed the film utilizing a custom-made camera mount to capture some of the holy’s city’s ancient architecture, religious landmarks and historical sites. The film features extensive point-of-view footage, shown from the perspective of Sarah’s Google Glass-type smart eyewear, as she uses the glasses’ GPS, facial recognition and other apps to navigate the city and identify potentially threatening strangers. “The Paz Brothers first feature, Phobidilia, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was the Israeli film that ignited the genre wave from that country. With their second feature, JeruZalem, they have created a remarkable, cinematic film that demands to be seen in theaters,” commented Epic Pictures CEO Patrick Ewald. “We’re thrilled to bring the film to audiences across the country.” Epic Pictures Co-Founder Shaked Berenson added, “With remarkable access to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa, the Western Wall and other ancient, religious monuments typically prohibited to filmmakers, JeruZalem brings to the big screen never-seen-before sites and explores the not-so-typical underbelly of the old city.” More info and the trailer here:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Barbara Morgan

Thirty years ago the space shuttle Challenger made history by inviting the first ever teacher into space. Then something went tragically wrong. Now there's new video, behind the scenes interviews and more to be featured on the National Geographic Channel Monday night. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Barbara Morgan. The one-hour special includes no narration and no commentators, instead unfolding the story solely through the reports of journalists covering the story at the time, extensive audio and video recordings from NASA and archived interviews with the flight crew and others who were part of the one-of-a-kind mission. During one of the opening scenes in Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, viewers see rare footage of McAuliffe rehearsing lesson plans onboard the space shuttle and later testing out science experiments in a gravity-free environment. These lessons were intended to be done live from space and beamed into classrooms nationwide. Some of the rarely seen and iconic moments featured in the special include the following: *NASA’s interviews with Christa McAuliffe, the winner of the Teacher in Space Program, and Barbara Morgan, the backup teacher who was selected to train alongside Christa in case of any last-minute problems *Candid video and photos of McAuliffe touring the space shuttle with her husband and two young children *Audio recordings from inside the Challenger cockpit during takeoff, including Cmdr. Dick Scobee’s final words just before the space shuttle exploded *Footage of the launch pad during the launch at Canaveral, Fla., and inside Mission Control in Houston, Tex., as the disaster unfolded *Video of students at Concord High School in New Hampshire, who watched in horror as the space shuttle exploded with their beloved teacher inside it, as well as unforgettable video of those seated in the Grand Stand at the launch site, who witnessed the explosion firsthand. *Behind-the-scenes NASA footage of Vice President George Bush and Sen. John Glenn talking to members of the Challenger launch team hours after the explosion. They both traveled to Houston to tell the launch team that the nation was standing with them. *Recordings of local New Hampshire radio reporters who followed Christa during the year that she prepared for the launch, and their eyewitness accounts as they stood in the grandstands watching the tragedy unfold. *Behind-the-scenes footage at the CNN Newsroom in Atlanta as reporters scrambled to cover the explosion as it happened. The compelling footage and audio recordings are intricately linked together to capture the drama of what happened and the lasting effect it had on the whole nation in Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Tom Rubin Failure Is And Option

You've seen and probably experienced top dog motivational speakers that get millions for keeping your world locked on success. How often have you sat in one of those meetings and taken a different approach? Making fun of the empowering speaker. Then you will instantly love this man. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Tom Rubin. Tom Rubin graduated from Harvard University and moved to Los Angeles to write and perform comedy while also building an entertainment law practice. Tom has performed stand-up comedy for years at venues such as The Improv, Comedy Store and Laugh Factory. His television appearances include CNN Headline News and Fox Business News, for which he provides comedic commentary. Tom’s one-man show Failure Is An Option! was inspired by his experiences in the hyper-competitive worlds of the Ivy League, corporate America and Hollywood.

Brandy Clark

Her songwriting and performance has already earned her a CMA award. Now that she's fresh from the studio. The world of music is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a sound that will multiply in popularity. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Brandy Clark. What a year it’s been for Washington - born and bred singer - songwriter Brandy Clark. N amed Music Row Magazine 's 2014 Breakthrough Artist of the Year , Clark signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2014 after her debut album 12 Stories was released by Texas indie label Slate Creek Records to widespread critical acclaim in October 2013 . It was named the best album of 2013 by New York Magazine (which called her “ a brisk, vivid, witty storyteller ”), NPR , The New York Post , and The Boston Globe , whose critic wrote that “i n a bountiful year for female country singer - songwriters, Clark was at the head of the class, mining deep veins and yielding lyrical insights from the smallest moments in life that bind us together . ” 12 Stories also appeared on year - end best - of lists in Rolling Stone , The New Yorker , and The Los Angeles Times . The latter called it “ the country debut of the year, ” which indeed it was. In the fall, Clark was nominated for two CMA Awards, for New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year , winning Song of the Year for co - writing Kacey Musgraves’ hit “Follow Your Arrow” with Musgraves and Shane McAnally . With the win, Clark and Musgraves joined an exclusive club of only 14 women who have written a CMA Song of the Year . A mon th later, Clark was nominated for two 2015 Grammy Awar d s, for Best New Artist and Best Country Album of the Year for 12 Stories . Clark has also been nominated for two 2015 ACM Awards, for “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for co - writing Kacey Musgraves’ hit “Follow Your Arrow” with Musgraves and Shane McAnally. Clark was also busy on the live front. She opened f or Loretta Lynn at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium , performed with Lee Ann Womack, and toured with Eric Church on his “The Outsiders World Tour” (including a sold - out show at NYC’s Madison Square Garden) and Jennifer Nettles on her “That Girl” tour . She will hit the road with Alan Jackson in January 2015 on his 25 th Anniversary Tour.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Drew and Jonathan Scott from The Property Brothers TV Show

Two of the most famous faces on television today. Soon to be some of the most requested music on the radio. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Drew and Jonathan Scott from the Property Brothers TV show. Twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott aim to help couples find fixer-uppers and transform them into dream homes. The brothers use state-of-the-art imagery programs to unveil their plans for how the properties will look after the transformation. But the potential home buyers have to take a risk to make the twins' vision come true, and it's up to Jonathan and Drew to convince the couples that purchasing an older home in need of work is the best option. STORY ON PROPERTY BROTHERS “GOING COUNTRY” FROM NOVEMBER 2015 HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Are the Property Brothers building a music career? HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott will debut two country music tracks during Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch, the Nov. 25 special that follows the home-renovation duo to Alberta, Canada to renovate their family friends' estate. The brothers ventured to Nashville to co-write "Let the Night Shine In" and "Hold On" with songwriters Victoria Shaw and Chad Carlson, and gave The Hollywood Reporter an exclusive preview of the two songs. "Music has just always been part of our lives, something we're passionate about — we grew up on a ranch where most weekend nights ended in us all around the campfire, with our dad playing guitar," they explained of their new venture in a joint email to THR. "There have been times in our lives where people have told us something just can't be done, and we've become addicted to proving these naysayers wrong." Though neither sibling would praise the other for being a better singer — "Maybe it's the twin thing," they joked — Jonathan did point out, "It's funny though, how Drew keeps forgetting the lyrics. Flashbacks to us caroling Christmas songs to neighbors when we were kids ... he could never get it right!" The two songs can be heard on this link :

Chef Meghan Gill

Hells Kitchen's 15th season premiere is tomorrow night on FOX. You know I had to check in with last years crowned champion to get the dirt on what these fresh new chefs need to expect from Chef Ramsay. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Chef Meghan Gill. THE STEAKS ARE HIGH FOR THE NEWEST BUNCH OF CONTESTANTS ON THE SEASON 15 PREMIERE OF “HELL’S KITCHEN” FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, ON FOX In the Season 15 premiere of HELL’S KITCHEN, Chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes the newest bunch of contestants into the kitchen. The steaks are high when the contestants travel to Las Vegas and see the kitchen where this season’s winner will work as a Head Chef: BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas. And, for the first time in HELL’S KITCHEN history, they will compete in that kitchen for the signature dish team challenge. The winning team will earn a ride on the High Roller – the world’s tallest Ferris wheel – and get VIP service at Drai’s Nightclub, while the losing team prepares a Vegas buffet service, which includes peeling 50 lbs. of shrimp and 1,000 lbs. of potatoes. Later, during their first dinner service, one of the teams will fail early on in the service, prompting Chef Ramsay to kick them out of the kitchen. Find out which contestants will be safe from elimination and whose luck will run out in the all-new “18 Chefs Compete” season premiere episode of HELL’S KITCHEN airing Friday, Jan. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Cast: Chef Gordon Ramsay For episodic artwork and more information on this episode of HELL'S KITCHEN, please visit

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NY Giant Geoff Schwartz

It's one thing to play the game. It's another to be in the studio helping to do the play by play. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with NY Giant Geoff Schwartz.

Colin Beavan

Imagine living a net zero lifestyle. Meaning nothing of mechanical value is required. You live to be happy rather than give your life away to better the path of bosses and crazy family members. How can you regain the strength to feel alive again? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Colin Beavan. Acclaimed author and activist COLIN BEAVAN calls attention to a growing subculture, comprised of diverse individuals who are steadily making a positive difference through their everyday choices and actions. Drawing on the stories of “lifequesters,” as well as his own journey, Beavan reveals in " HOW TO BE ALIVE: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World" that the secret to living your own version of the Good Life—a life where feeling good and doing good intersect—is learning to trust in and be guided by your own core values, deepest concerns, and greatest passions in life decisions across the board. Organized around 7 major life decisions and milestones, HOW TO BE ALIVE leads each unique seeker on a quest to find his or her own bliss and, in the process, become a better friend, relative, caregiver, stranger, worker, neighbor, and citizen—both local and global. At every point for stopping and reflecting, seekers will find scientific revelations; wisdom from Emerson, Gandhi, Tolstoy, and other trusted sages; uplifting examples of deeply gratifying, well-lived lives; and targeted action steps and practical how-to tips. With HOW TO BE ALIVE, you (and every searching reader) will learn how to: •KNOW WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO AND ACCOMPLISH—and then find the courage, cultivate the discipline, and devote the time to making it happen. As Beavan shows, clearly setting and aiming for personal goals beyond money or fame brings the ultimate benefit: drastically reducing the number of regrets on your deathbed. •EAT HOW YOU WANT TO LIVE (which doesn’t necessarily mean going vegan); own what makes you happy and live comfortably within your means; settle on where to stay put (city, suburb, town, or country) and how to get around (do you really need to own a car?); and be more playful. •FIND YOUR PEOPLE—YOUR PERSONAL COMMUNITY, YOUR TRIBE. Stop obsessing over networking. Start by exploring: Where do the people who are already like the person you want to be hang out? Then go there—regularly. And dare to be yourself. •CHOOSE HOW TO PARENT, whether or not you choose to have biological children. With 18 million children estimated to be at risk through lack of adult contact, Beavan suggests what he calls "social parenting"--a sort of mentoring meets kid-sharing. If you have kids, you can share them with people who don't have kids. If you don't have kids, you can help take care of the children of people that do. In this way, the choices of both the childed and child-free support and reinforce each other, to the benefit of all our children. •WALK YOUR PATH. Identify, embrace, and follow your vocation—not only what you are called to do, Beavan impresses, but the way you are called to be. What world concerns and personal passions have most moved you? To find your true calling, identify what is most important to you. Then follow your calling to become a productive member of society—and of your own life. More than a career guide, more than a self-help book, HOW TO BE ALIVE presents a mind-opening, horizon-expanding course on fixing our lives in ways that fix the world—and fixing the world in ways that fix our lives. With Colin Beavan as their muse, mentor, and motivator, those seeking more meaningful work and more happiness in life will find the answers in themselves—and in helping each other. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: COLIN BEAVAN attracted international attention for his year-long lifestyle redesign project and both the wildly popular book, No Impact Man (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2009), and Sundance-selected documentary film that it inspired. He has appeared on Nightline, Good Morning America, The Colbert Report, The Montel Williams Show, and NPR, and his story has been featured in news outlets from Time magazine to The New York Times. A sought after speaker by wide-ranging audiences, he also consults with businesses on improving eco-friendly and human-centered practices. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Horatio Sanz

Changing the path for actors. Putting the student first. Más Mejor is Broadway Video’s premium comedy studio powered by Latino voices. Our mission is to cultivate Latino comedic talent and create and distribute premium comedy content for a diverse and progressive audience where they consume media. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Horatio Sanz. Horatio Sanz is a Chilean actor and comedian who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live in the early 2000s. His comedy roots stretch back to his days at The Second City in Chicago and with the birth of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York. Sanz can be seen in television shows such as Drunk History, Girls, 30 Rock, and Modern Family and in films like Boat Trip, Step Brothers, and The Dictator. Sanz is currently the host of the comedy podcast, The Hooray Show, and is excited to be contributing his comedic voice to Más Mejor. ABOUT MAS MEJOR Más Mejor is Broadway Video’s premium comedy studio powered by Latino voices. Our mission is to cultivate Latino comedic talent and create and distribute premium comedy content for a diverse and progressive audience where they consume media. Launching on January 13th, Más Mejor’s roster of top and emerging Latino talent – led by SNL alumns and Latino comedians Fred Armisen and Horatio Sanz – will create premium comedy content in both English and Spanish to engage authentically with this digitally savvy consumer demo. Más Mejor videos will be distributed across a network of MM branded channels and top-tier digital and social platforms including NBCU Hispanic Group/Telemundo, POPSUGAR Latina, Condé Nast Entertainment’s The Scene, and Batanga Media to reach the widest possible audience.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Dan Bongino The Fight

My favorite part of the conversation with a Secret Service agent was when I asked him, "Is it a job or a loyalty to our nation?" From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Dan Bogino. How tenuous is the Clinton email scandal? Is there fear that, besides the fact of classified State Department documents on a private email account, maybe they could have been hacked? Maybe the U.S. got lucky and that didn’t happen to those unsecured thousands of sensitive emails…maybe they could have. New York Times bestselling author Dan Bongino served in the Secret Service under three Presidential administrations. When he left, prior to the infamous 2014 White House fence jumper incident, he was already convinced security failings were coming to an organization he served so proudly for so many years. What led him to leave the Secret Service, while at the top of his profession, and with no political experience, to run for office? Not only run for office, both for the Senate and the Congress, but against enormous odds nearly pulling off stunning upsets the type of which would have both unsettled the balance of party power in either hall of Congress as well as stamped him as a rising star in the DC Beltway. His new book, THE FIGHT: A Secret Service Agent’s Inside Account of Security Failings and the Political Machine (St. Martin’s Press, on sale January 12, 2016, $26.99), is a powerful and disturbing insider account of the failings of presidential security and our political system, as well as a handbook on how citizens can fight back against inept leadership. Bongino provides the reader with his personal insights on issues from national and personal security to big politics, including key topics and events such as: • Sounding the alarm about the Hillary Clinton email scandal and her flagrant violation of email protocol which may be the least of the country’s problems if she’s elected President • The White House fence jumper who may have done the country a favor by exposing the “crisis driven” federal bureaucracy noting the author’s behind the scenes account exposing the reasons behind our collapsing security infrastructure • The drone crash at the White House seen as a harbinger of a dystopian security future where privacy will have to be bought, and your darkest secrets will be available to the highest bidder • President Obama’s insulated ideological life which has forged him into a grossly inadequate Commander-in-Chief, Bongino addressed the President’s failure to understand what “the team” means to patriotic Americans • Bongino was in front of the largest podium in the world while securing the President of the United States, and behind it himself as a candidate for office, where his behind the scenes experiences provide a must have handbook for anyone looking for reasons why our government is failing, and how to fight back He has been at the top of one profession (security), and struggled mightily upstream in another (politics). It was those struggles in the latter that helped shape this book. As Bongino says, “I lost a congressional election as a complete outsider to the political process running against the political establishment and their limited interests. I had a number of opportunities to drink the ”Kool-Aid” and get their support, but I refused. My refusal to sell out on principle likely cost me an upset victory against the richest member of Congress as I fell one point short of winning in an overwhelmingly Democratic district. The book is a cautionary tale for both the politically involved and the casual observer, describing the forces working against us to corrupt the process.” The vast majority of Americans experience only intermittent contact with the security apparatus of our nation and only come in to any type of contact with the world of politics when our evening dinner is interrupted by robo-calls looking for donations to a candidate or party. Dan Bongino has experienced the inner-workings of our national security at the highest level imaginable: the elite Presidential Protection Division. He also knows from his own blood, sweat and tears what going it alone as a major political underdog is like when your own party practically abandons you because the advance polls say you have no choice…even before anyone has gone to ballot box. Using a mix of current events, an insider’s analysis, and tales from his time protecting presidents and other world dignitaries, he shows where clear and foreseeable leadership failures from our current administration led to grave consequences in a broken political process that threatens our nation’s future. Dan Bongino is uniquely qualified to provide views from behind the curtain to warn reader’s about the political system that is failing us and the security future that won’t protect us. ABOUT DAN BONGINO Dan Bongino served in the Secret Service during the administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. In 2011, he ran for the Senate, against great odds of winning, and finished a close second. In 2014, he ran for the U.S Congress in Maryland as a Republican in a district that was predominantly Democratic and while being badly underfunded and outspent by his rival, he fell short by just one point. He hosts a radio show on WMAL radio, and guest hosts on the Sean Hannity and Mark Levin national radio shows. He also provides commentary for CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, and others. His first book, Life Inside the Bubble, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Florida

Russell Simmons

Endlessly connected to the people. From Def Jam Records to Phat Farm apparel to being recognized as one of the most influential celebrities in history. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the legendary Russell Simmons. Forbes Magazine recently named Russell Simmons one of “Hollywood’s Most Influential Celebrities.” USA Today named Russell Simmons one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,” calling him a “hip-hop pioneer” for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, the jewelry industry, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy. From creating his seminal Def Jam Recordings in 1984, to his fashion industry changing brands including Phat Farm in 1992, Baby Phat in 2001 and current men's lifestyle brand Argyleculture, to founding UniRush in 2003 providing instant access to a set of basic financial services for over 48 million Americans who could not previously establish traditional banking relationships, to the 2007 publishing of his New York Times best-seller Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success, to founding, the leading online destination for celebrity entertainment, music, culture and politics for the new, postracial America and his recent New York Times best-seller SUPER RICH: A Guide To Having It All, Russell is recognized globally for his influence and entrepreneurial approach to both business and philanthropy. Giving back is of primary importance to him in all aspects of life and as Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, he has consistently leveraged his influence in the recording industry, fashion, television, financial services, and jewelry sectors to give back. A devoted yogi, Russell also leads the non-profit division of his empire, Rush Community Affairs, and its ongoing commitment to empowering at-risk youth through education, the arts, social engagement, and promoting racial harmony and strengthening inter-group relations. Russell is a native New Yorker who attended City College of New York. Russell has two daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee. ABOUT HIS LATEST BOOK, THE HAPPY VEGAN, AVAILABLE NOW Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and three-time New York Times bestselling author Russell Simmons offers an inspiring guide to the benefits of conscious eating and veganism In the New York Times bestseller Success Through Stillness, Russell Simmons shared how meditation can be used as a powerful tool to access potential in all aspects of life, having seen himself how achieving inner peace led to outward success. In The Happy Vegan, Simmons shares how once he started practicing yoga and meditation, he became more conscious of his choices, particularly the choices he made regarding his diet. Simmons first adopted a vegetarian and then vegan diet, and almost immediately began to experience the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of eating green and clean. He delves into research about mindful eating, the links between stress and poor eating habits, the importance of listening to your body, the well-documented problems associated with eating animal products and processed foods, along with tips on how to transition to a vegan diet. Drawing on his own experience, the experiences of others, and science and research on the health benefits of conscious eating and veganism, The Happy Vegan is an accessible and inspiring guide to help others make the move toward a vegan diet and a more successful, focused, and purposeful life.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Vic DiBitetto

One of the funniest straight to the point no punches pulled comedians on the planet. Tell it like it is and who cares if someone gets offended. Over 40 million YouTube hits. And a brand new national tour that's bringing him to Charlotte on February 12. from the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Vic DiBitetto. The Three Tenors (who can’t sing) is a night of stand-up (and a sit down) with three made men of comedy. The 22 city national tour starts January 22 in Boston and runs across the country, ending April 8 in Phoenix. The Three Tenors (who can’t sing) stars Vic DiBitetto, now considered the Godfather of Comedy. DiBitetto has taken the internet by storm with tens of millions of views and multiple viral videos including "Bread and Milk" and his own television talk show. Vic has toured the country selling out clubs and theaters along the way with his murderous brand of comedy that kills audiences. Joining DiBitetto are two stand-up guys from the neighborhood - Richie Minervini and Fred Rubino - both top headliners in The Family. The three performers will bring their incredible stand up to the stage and then have a sit down together with hilarious improvisation and audience participation. It's comedy in a red sauce - an offer you can't refuse. Tickets range from $25 to $37.50 and there is also a $20 VIP upgrade available. Friday, January 22 - Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA Saturday, January 23 - Paramount Theatre, Middletown, NY Saturday, January 30 - Irvine Auditorium, University Of PA, Philadelphia, PA Friday, February 5 - Ohio Theatre, Cleveland, OH Saturday, February 6 - Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago, IL Friday, February 12 - McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte, NC Saturday, February 13- Buffalo Riviera Theatre, North Tonawanda, NY Friday, February 19 - Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, OH Saturday, February 20 - Mount Olive Performing Arts Center, Flanders, NJ Friday, February 26 - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA Saturday, February 27 - Thrasher-Horne Centre, Orange Park, FL Friday, March 4 - The Pullo Center, York, PA Saturday, March 5 - State Theatre, Easton, PA Friday, March 11 - Egg Ctr. For Performing Arts, PO, Albany, NY Saturday, March 12 - Sandler Center, Virginia Beach, VA Friday, March 18 - Crest Theatre, Sacramento, CA Saturday, March 19 - Nourse Theatre, San Francisco, CA Friday, March 25 - South Miami - Dade Performing Ctr., Miami, FL Saturday, March 26 - Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Friday, April 1 - Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA Saturday, April 2 - Weinberg Theatre, Scranton, PA Friday, April 8 - Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, AZ VIC DiBITETTO FULL BIO The Italian Hurricane - An incredibly powerful performer, comedian Vic DiBitetto churns energy, honesty and humanity into nonstop laughter. His pace is frenetic. His material vivid and true. He’s been called a cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Ralph Kramden. The bottom line is, DiBitetto leaves his audiences breathless with laughter. Referred to by most other comics as a “killer”, it means you just can’t follow Vic onstage. And that has been uttered by many very famous stand-ups over the years. Vic is currently: Featured in Kevin James’ movie Mall Cop: Blart 2 coming out in April 2015 Starring in Don’t Know Jack, a prime time Hulu Original scripted sit-com slated for Fall 2014 Writing and Producing his “Ticked Off Vic” segment for 95.5 WPLJ FM in New York City (reaches 3 million people) AND NJ101.5 FM in New Jersey (#1 radio station in NJ) An Internet Sensation with over 22 million YouTube views and his now famous Bread and Milk and Justin Bieber viral rants Featured, with other celebrities, in a video roll-in segment in the play Italian Bred coming to Broadway (Fall 2014) Named the Grand Marshal for the NYPD Columbia Association in the 2014 Columbus Day Parade in NYC and will walk at the front with Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bratton. One of the hottest Stand Up Comedians in the country Vic has appeared on television's America's Funniest People (ABC) where he was a $10,000 Grand Prize winner as well as Stand-Up Spotlight (VH1) and Last Laugh at Pips and acted in a pilot with Woody Allen and Danny Aiello. In addition, he has warmed-up hundreds of audiences for hit shows such as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and The Ricki Lake Show. Vic has performed at many of the nation's best comedy venues such as New York City's Dangerfield's, Los Angeles' Laugh Factory, Las Vegas' Riviera Hotel, Resorts World Casino and Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel. His schedule is relentless and he is booked thru 2015 at every comedy venue imaginable in the New York Tri-State area. A Pay Per View special and major US Tour are in current discussions.

Emilie de Ravin The Submarine Kid

A comic book that reaches into the readers mind with a lasting longer impression. Our soldiers are coming home. But their journey is still living the battle. The Submarine Kid released tomorrow is that first step toward forever peace. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actress Emilie de Ravin. Emilie de Ravin just wrapped production on the independent feature film The Submarine Kid, directed by Eric Bilitch. She last starred opposite Robert Pattinson, Chris Cooper and Pierce Brosnan in the film Remember Me. Previously, she starred in the critically acclaimed series LOST as Claire Littleton, the reluctant single mother who was traveling to give her baby up for adoption when Oceanic Flight 815 crashed onto the Island. She also plays Belle on ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME. Her other past film projects include Brick, a Sundance favorite starring opposite Joseph Gordon Levitt, The Chameleon, with Ellen Barkin, The Perfect Game, opposite Clifton Collins, and The Hills Have Eyes. She also starred as Tess Harding on the CW Series Roswell. De Ravin currently resides in Los Angeles. ABOUT THE MOVIE THE SUBMARINE KID, AVAILABLE ON DEMAND JANUARY 12th Finn Wittrock (Unbroken, “American Horror Story”) and Emilie de Ravin (“Lost,” “Once Upon a Time’) star in the captivating drama, The Submarine Kid, available on Digital HD and On Demand January 12th from MarVista Digital Entertainment. Co-written by Wittrock, marking his writing debut, alongside Director Eric Bilitch (“Professional Friend”), the feature also stars Nancy Travis (“Last Man Standing”), Jessy Schram (“Once Upon a Time,” “Falling Skies”), Jack Coleman (“Castle,” “Heroes: Reborn”) and Matt O’Leary (Brick, Frailty). The Submarine Kid follows Spencer King (Wittrock), a U.S. Marine, who has just returned home from a horrific wartime experience. He struggles to acclimate himself back into his day-to-day life with his family, friends and girlfriend, as he feels his life away from the battlefield is too mundane and ordinary. His feelings drastically change when he meets a new mysterious woman (de Ravin) on her own journey of discovery, and they enter into a magically entrancing, but destructive, relationship.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Chris Porter

Performing at Charlotte's Comedy Zone this weekend is the tallest man in Comedy. Wait that was too blunt. The man with the biggest jokes. But there's more to him than that. No matter where you are he's got a way to tickle your bone. Hmmm that might be taken wrong. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the brilliantly funny Chris Porter. Best known for his third place finish on the season 4 of Last Comic Standing, . Chris can also be seen on his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and “Live at Gotham”. Chris Porter has been a touring comic since he was 23. Since the beginning Chris’ raw energy and unique perspective has distinguished him as one of the elite comics in the industry. Born and raised in Kansas City, Chris brings a true stand-up experience to his live shows. There are no sound cues, no puppets, and no catch phrases. Just gut wrenching laughter drawn from his own experience and observations. Chris can also be seen on his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and “Live at Gotham”.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Scott Barry Kaufman Wired To Create

Why do creative minded people never sleep? Can you turn creative energy into a positive that's accepted during moments of solitude? Do you support your creative mind? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Scott Barry Kaufman. The author of Wired to Create. Wired to Create is an empowering manifesto for creative people." —Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? Over the years, psychologists and neuroscientists have attempted to put creative people under a microscope, but the creative process has long defied attempts to be neatly categorized. Creative personality types are difficult to pin down largely because they exhibit a complex series of traits, behaviors, skills, environments, and emotions, and it is this easy adaptability that gives them the freedom to create novel ideas and products. Inspired by their viral Huffington Post article “18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently,” which garnered over 5 million views in one week, positive psychology expert Scott Barry Kaufman and Huffington Post psychology writer Carolyn Gregoire explore how we are WIRED TO CREATE: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind. Combining the latest scientific research with case studies of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman and Gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes – like mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, and solitude and collaboration – to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity. With insights from the work and lives of Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, Josephine Baker, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, musician Thom Yorke, chess champion Joshua Waitzkin, video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and many other creative luminaries, WIRED TO CREATE helps us better understand creativity – and shows us how to enrich this essential aspect of our lives.

Mike Ritland Returns

Would you ever walk into a business meeting talking to people the way you talk to your dogs? And that's why the fuzzy kids endlessly act like out of control teenagers. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with a legend in dog training. Mike Ritland!!! The Navy SEALs are known as “the teams” for good reason. Every member of the unit understands the role he has to play, spends hours of working together to build trust, and forges an unbreakable bond through repetition and commitment. As a Navy SEAL and a trainer of military working dogs, Mike Ritland has spent nearly his entire adult life fostering the best of human and canine attributes—a respect for authority, care for other’s well-being, and a commitment to getting things done right. He has created one of the most successful canine training programs in the country, providing dogs and training for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs, TSA, and the Department of Defense, as well as elite Special Forces units within the US Military. Ritland also established the Warrior Dog Foundation, which helps to transition dogs from an operational environment into a state-of-the-art kennel facility. Now, in his New York Times bestselling book Team Dog, just out in paperback, Ritland uses his experience to show how the same principles used to train combat dogs for the battlefield can be applied to your dog at home. Join Mike Ritland on Wednesday, January 6th as he discusses: • How to choose the perfect dog for your household • How to apply the key components of “command and control,” establish yourself as the “Team Leader,” and master non-verbal communication with your dog • The important things to know about how a dog “thinks,” and the science behind gaining a dog’s trust – a key element of the human-canine relationship • The best ways to appropriately punish or reward your dog’s behavior • The Warrior Dog Foundation, and its efforts to educate the public on the importance of K-9s in the combat environment, and showcase the level of sacrifice these dogs give in support of our troops. Ritland offers a unique perspective to dog training that has proven as effective in the living room or backyard as it did on the battlefield. His easy-to-follow instructions will teach you how to transform your dog into the ultimate companion. About the Author: Mike Ritland joined the navy in 1996, and after twelve years started his own company to train dogs for the SEAL teams. His clients include the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs, TSA, and the Department of Defense. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Trident K9 Warriors, which is being adapted for film.

Tim Blake Nelson

He's starred in fifty plus movies. His latest Anesthesia opens tomorrow January 8th. But who is the real guy? Is the writer or the actor? Or when the stages have been put away. Is he truly just Dad? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with actor Time Blake Nelson. TIM BLAKE NELSON has established himself as a highly respected actor, writer, and director with an array of dramatic and comedic work both on screen and stage. Nelson has acted in over 50 feature films, and has worked with some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers, including Terrence Malick in The Thin Red Line; Steven Speilberg in Lincoln (with Daniel Day Lewis) and Minority Report (opposite Tom Cruise); Mike Newell in Donnie Brasco; David Frankel in The Big Year (with Owen Wilson and Steve Martin); Steve Gagan in Syriana; Miguel Arteta in The Good Girl, and the Coen brothers in O Brother Where Art Thou?. Other films include James Franco’s adaptations of The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Bukowski, and Child of God, Andy Davis's Holes (opposite Shia LeBeouf, Jon Voight and Sigourney Weaver), Tommy Lee Jones’s The Homesman, Kill the Messenger (with Jeremy Renner), The Incredible Hulk (with Edward Norton), and Meet the Fockers (opposite Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert DeNiro). This year, Nelson can be seen in Fantastic Four for Fox, directed by Josh Trank, co-starring Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan. Nelson also wrote, directed and produced Leaves of Grass, a dark comedy with Edward Norton, Keri Russell, Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, and Nelson. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, and was released theatrically by Millenium in August, 2010. In October 2002, Lionsgate released Nelson's third film as a writer/director, The Grey Zone, based on his award winning play. It is the dramatic story of the Sonderkommandos, a special squad of Jews who processed corpses in the crematoria at Birkenau. Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, and Mira Sorvino starred in the film, which premiered at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. The National Board of Review honored the film with its "Freedom of Expression” award in 2002. In 2001, Nelson directed O, a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, which starred Martin Sheen, Julia Stiles, and Josh Hartnett, and won the award for Best Director at the 2001 Seattle Film Festival before being released widely by Lionsgate that same year. In 1997, Nelson made his directorial debut with the film Eye of God, which he also wrote. The film appeared in competition at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, and was released theatrically the same year. It won the top award at the 1997 Seattle Film Festival, as well as the Tokyo Bronze Prize at the '97 Tokyo Film Festival. Tim has also acted extensively in New York theatre in plays including “The Beard of Avon”, “Mad Forest”, “Oedipus”, “Troilus and Cressida”, “Richard III”, and “Twelfth Night”, among many others. His playwriting credits include “The Grey Zone”, which won him Newsday's Oppenheimer Prize as well as Encore Magazine's “Taking Off” Award, “Eye of God”, and “Anadarko.” Tim sits on the Board of Directors of the Soho Repertory Theatre in New York City, where he resides with his wife and three children. ABOUT ANESTHESIA, OPENING IN THEATERS JANUARY 8th Set in New York City, Tim Blake Nelson's thought-provoking drama is a meditation of city life that examines the inextricable and unforeseen forces that bring a group of disparate individuals together in a world where many people are alone and life remains unexamined. Walter Zarrow (Sam Waterston) is a well-loved Columbia University professor of philosophy. His son (Tim Blake Nelson) has just revealed daunting news that has made him realize its time to retire and concentrate on enjoying his golden years with his loving wife (Glenn Close). What he doesn’t know is how much his “being” may touch those around him: a troubled student (Kristen Stewart); a philandering husband (Corey Stoll), and a man fighting drug addiction (K. Todd Freeman). Gretchen Mol, Mickey Sumner, Jessica Hecht, Gloria Reuben and Michael K. Williams round out the cast.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Johnny Anonymous NFL Confidential

It'll soon be the most talked about book inside Man Caves and Sports Pubs around the nation. What's really taking place behind the pig skin? Do fans truly care about the reported drug abuse and cheating within the league. The current player spill it all out by spelling out the events as they've happened. He won't even use his real name. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Johnny Anonymous. NFL CONFIDENTIAL: True Confessions from the Gutter of Football by Johnny Anonymous is an unprecedented, explosive tell-all about the National Football League that will go on sale Jan 5th (just in time for the playoffs!). Obviously Johnny Anonymous is not the author’s real name. If we told you his real name, it would mean this book was approved by the NFL before we went to print. And trust us, they would not approve. But Johnny is very real – he’s an offensive lineman and has been a pro football player for a few years now. And he hates it. He hates what it does to his body, to his brain, to his life. So he’s decided to risk his career and write a book that is so devastatingly honest that he can’t even tell you his real identity. In addition to revealing what players really think about all the controversies of the game, including domestic abuse, drug use, concussions, racism, Deflate Gate, Roger Goodell and the thugs in league management, and headline-making players like Tom Brady, Ray Rice, Michael Sam and Jonathan Martin, NFL CONFIDENTIAL reveals: • Why Johnny is hiding his identity, and why someone who is paid a lot of money to pay at the highest level of America’s favorite sport could hate it so much, but won’t quit. • How drug abuse is prevalent, from pain-killers and performance enhancing meds to alcohol and marijuana, to take off the insane pressure placed on them by the League, the fans, and themselves. • Why “sensitivity training” and other anti-violence programs that the League requires players to endure is useless, and what the League should do if they really cared about eliminating crime, domestic abuse and other scandals off the field. • How segregated the NFL really is, with white and black players not even sitting together during lunch, and how that comes from the top with the racist actions of coaches an owners. • Players’ serious worries about concussions (and how often trauma and memory loss occurs) and how they’re discouraged by the league to express their concerns. • The deep division between starters and backups, and how teams are structured almost like a class system. Also how some star players run the show and are given more respect and authority than the head coach. • How coaches use players to “spy” on their former teams and force them to divulge their opponents plays and secrets. • The 2015 Playoffs – who will win, and why. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS STORY ON NFL CONFIDENTIAL FROM DECEMBER 19TH, 2015 Drugs, cheating, racism, violence, homophobia, megalomania. Welcome to the NFL, Kid. An obscure offensive lineman writing under the pseudonym “Johnny Anonymous” leaves no scandal unexamined in his damning new book, “NFL Confidential: True Confessions from the Gutter of Football.” Did the New England Patriots, implicated in Deflategate for fiddling with footballs and accused in Spygate of illegally videotaping the competition, actually bend the rules? Of course, says Mr. Anonymous — just like the league’s 31 other teams. “The Pats are no different than anyone else in the NFL,” he wrote. “They worship winning so much they’ll do anything for it. The only mistake they make is that they got caught.” He also offers his take on the personalities of players at different positions. Quarterbacks are “as dull as rocks, completely humorless and absolutely relentless,” he wrote. The diva wide receivers are in a league of their own. “Arrogant, outspoken, selfish,” he rants. “They spend money like it’s their job on jewelry, a couple Benzes, Gucci backpacks — backpacks? — and typically have no shame. On top of that, they’re the funniest guys on the team.” And offensive linemen are truly offensive: Many urinate in their pants rather than leave the sidelines during a game. They think it’s badass and shows their dedication. Yes, this a bitter man spewing. He gave his all to his first team in the league, believing the promises made to him about the future. Anonymous was cut after two years. So he arrived at training camp in the summer of 2014 an angry third-string backup auditioning for a new team. Anonymous disguises the team and changes names, time lines and details to protect himself and the not-so-innocent. He recounts his first day in the team cafeteria, where the players eat at tables divided by race. “You be having a klan meeting over there or some such s--t?” a black man called out as he carried his tray to a table filled with white players. “I’m just terrified of that Black Panther party you got over there,” Anonymous fired back. “Racism does exist in the NFL,” he wrote. “No big deal. It’s just how it is.” He’s heard players from the Deep South call people “coons,” while black players call white players “crackers” and “honkies” all the time. “Usually to their face,” he wrote, “because they’re black and can get away with it.” More rampant than any racism is the leaguewide homophobia. Anonymous wrote that he and plenty of other players are not OK with openly gay players in the locker room. The author referenced Michael Sam, the league’s first openly gay player, who kissed his boyfriend on national television after he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. “For all of us the kissing-in-public thing went about 20 steps too far,” he maintains in the book. “To put it delicately, it was f---ing gross.” There may not be many openly gay NFL players after Michael Sam. Anonymous actually believes the anti-gay sentiment is the bedrock of team bonding. “In an environment as ultramasculine as the NFL, there’s almost no greater sign of comfort with a guy than being able to make a good gay joke,” he wrote. And putting an openly gay player into the middle of an NFL team might ruin the camaraderie. “That’s why you won’t be seeing any more ‘Michael Sams’ anytime soon,” he insists. “No one wants to be the guy who f---s up the chemistry on his team.” After the appalling video of Ray Rice viciously assaulting his fiancée became public, his team’s locker room was in a frenzy of speculation. But everybody agreed on one thing: There was no way that the NFL hierarchy had no knowledge of the video, as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell publicly claimed. “The league knows every f---ing thing about us,” one of the team stars bellowed. “Those f---ers got connections everywhere.” Anonymous claims that the word on the Baltimore Ravens running back was that he had always been a cancer on his team: “Someone who tears his team apart because instead of being a leader, he’s a selfish, arrogant pr--k.” Violence is a way of life for many NFL players, whether they hail from “the ’hood or the trailer park,” he wrote. Some learn to control it; others, like Rice, can’t change. “Some, if it wasn’t for the NFL, they wouldn’t be playing football, they’d be in prison,” Anonymous says in the book. “Then you got your lucky few like Aaron Hernandez or Michael Vick who just happen to get both.” Anonymous says all the league does to address any of the issues — domestic abuse, homophobia, racism — is hold tedious meetings where the men are inundated with statistics and told horror stories of players who screwed up. The book claims that offensive linemen urinate in their pants because they'd rather not leave the sidelines during games. The takeaway is usually, “Please, please, don’t f--- up, because then we’ll all look really bad,” he recounts. As for substance abuse or boozing, Anonymous insists that “the amazing truth is that it’s actually really easy to get away with drinking and doing street drugs as an NFL player.” Athletes with a drug or alcohol problem are pretty much left to deal with it on their own — although there are not a lot of players with an addiction, he claimed. The teams once passed out prescriptions for the painkillers Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin like candy. But the 2011 collective bargaining agreement put an end to that. One of his angrier accusations is that teams regularly take the last player cut from an opposing team for one thing only: To pick his brain for the enemy’s game plan. He traded his first team’s plays for the chance to be picked up by its rivals. When it didn’t happen, he felt guilty as hell. The career backup actually made it onto the field as a starting center when one of his fellow lineman suffered an injury. Unsurprisingly, he caught football fever all over again. But it faded once the injured player healed and Anonymous returned to the bench. His team failed to make it into the playoffs, but Anonymous was picked up for another year. When that ends, he’ll look for another team to hire him as a backup and cash their fat checks. For a man with the stated ambition to be the “Best NFL Backup Ever,” that would be living the dream. And yet he acknowledges hating the sport with every fiber of his being. “Loathe it. Hate what it does to our bodies,” he spews. “Hate what it does to our minds. . . . Hate what it does to our lives.” The book goes on sale Jan. 5, with the author confident that he will continue to toil in anonymity. “You can’t figure out who I am,” he taunts. “Go ahead, try. I dare you. Catch me if you can.”

Mick Foley Is Still Champion In 2016

The most famous face in professional wrestling. If you don't catch his on stage performance. You're missing out on some of the greatest moments in entertainment history. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the legendary Mick Foley. Michael Francis Foley was born on June 7th, 1965, in Long Island, New York. Nicknamed Mick by his father, a lifelong Yankees and Mickey Mantle fan, he attended college in upstate New York, he hitchiked to New York City to see a wrestling match between Jimmy Snuka (Jimmy Snuka) and Don Muraco that convinced him he wanted to be a professional wrestler. He trained under the tutelage of Dominic DeNucci, alongside such wrestlers as Shane Douglas, and made his debut in the late 1980's. He wrestled all around the U.S., Europe, Japan and Africa before landing a job in World Championship Wrestling as under the name Cactus Jack. He wrestled in excellent feuds with Sting (Steve Borden), Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, and most notably Vader (Leon White), against whom he lost an ear mid-match in Germany in 1992. Around this time, he met his future wife, Collette Foley. His tenure with WCW at an end, he wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling under Paul Heyman, and in Japan, where he took place in (and won) the now legendary _IWA King of the Death Match (1995) (V)_. This attracted the attention of 'Vince McMahon', who brought Foley in to the World Wrestling Federation, under the name Mankind. Foley's first feud was with The Undertaker, against whom he wrestled several classic matches, most notably _King of the Ring (1998) (V)_, where, in possibly the most famous professional wrestling moment of all time, The Undertaker threw Foley off the top of a 20-foot cage, through a table. Foley's lifelong dream came true on December 28th, 1998, when he defeated The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) to win the WWF World Title. He would hold the belt three times before his career ended at WrestleMania 2000 (2000). Now retired, Foley is a bestselling and critically acclaimed author, having wrote two autobiographies (both of which topped the New York Times bestseller charts), a series of children's books, and a novel.