Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Gulp Of God

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16205688" data-resource="episode_id=16205688" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-cover="https://d3wo5wojvuv7l.cloudfront.net/images.spreaker.com/original/5b1a2718003a88ddf9c7631735180ee4.jpg">Listen to "A Gulp Of God" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



I must have known when I'd record this particular message that my energy level would be trashed out by too much to work without enough time to rest.  The subject is about coffee and how we don't think twice about pouring the golden brew through our systems of choice.  I love coffee.  It's been a huge part of my nearly 40 years of radio.  I'm not sure I would be where I presently sit without it.  On this podcast I take the subject of coffee and replace it with God.  For multiple many that's all they need to boost their day.  I'm an honest believer and will tell you that even in prayer I need to be bumped up a few hundred notches on energy.  It's not that I don't believe in the natural presence of a empowering word.  I just happen to push my limits beyond expectation and when the day starts all over within the blink of a single eye... I've got to have a boost of something to get my focus on moving in forward motion.  God provides a lot.  That's pretty much what a Christian would say.  What happens on those days when the Greater Power elects to challenge you to do it without beans from the ground and water to make it smooth?  Openly I admit that even though I grew up in an atmosphere of God is the only way.  Once I hit those teen years and all things that followed I became too confident with the messages and felt no need to keep being a student.  That took a U turn twelve years ago when my heart had everything it needed in a world of success but as a person I was emptier than a desert floor with no soil to grow into a new tomorrow.  All of these spiritual stories and studies and no knowledge of what to do with it.  Oh I am not alone on this subject.  I see those seats in the church on Sundays.  People go to be lifted like taking in that cup of coffee.  They are motivated and moved in the moment.  Once away... ok lets get back to feeling like we've got a caffeine hangover.  Which I feel in my heart is how people push God through their choices.  You get to much of it and don't know how to feel.  Rather than use the knowledge it just sits in the pit of your attitude.  You'll never hear me tell you to join a church group or find a faith filled circle.  That's a choice to build upon that platform.  I'm the guy that will tell you to do what you feel is best with the information flowing in between your thoughts.  Put it into action and reaction.  Do it your way.  But stay true to its presence and purpose of being alive in your moment.  There are no rules that state that Christians can only hang with other believers.  Nope...  Do as you do and let what you've learned become street speak.  Be you because through you without ever pressing the pages of the big book into the face of a non-believer you can still reach what you were called to do. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Emma Remelle

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16180257" data-resource="episode_id=16180257" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Emma Remelle Releases One Last Drink" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>




Who better to know that most of today's music pretty much sounds the same?  It's the new breed of singer/songwriters branding a new age of sound to the coattails of fans and followers around the world.  The last thing Emma Remelle wants is to be compared to another performer.  She's endlessly in the studio studying the art of sound without having to give up the vibe connected to her identity.  Her new EP is set for release and filled with global explorations invited to the celebration of emotion via EDM mixers and more.  The first release is One Last Drink.  On her Facebook page she explains, "Some of the lyrics were inspired by an iconic line from friends : “they don’t know, that we know, that they know” ..I accidentally couldn’t help myself ."

Dr. Grant Brenner


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16179252" data-resource="episode_id=16179252" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Dr Grant Brenner Releases Relationship Sanity" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Most of us want to be in loving, honest, open-hearted relationships, but few of us are aware that we may also be afraid of intimacy. If we grew up in less-than-perfect families, then we likely internalized a way of dealing with loved ones that prevents us from embracing the intimate relationships and meaningful connections that we so desperately crave. As a result, many of us are trapped in dysfunctional relationships, not just with significant others, but also with family members, coworkers, and friends.

In RELATIONSHIP SANITY: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships (a Central Recovery Press paperback, on sale October 23, 2018, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-942094-81-4)) - the follow-up to their bestselling title, Irrelationship - psychoanalyst Mark Borg, psychiatrist Grant Brenner, and registered nurse Daniel Berry draw on their extensive clinical research and experience to illuminate the underlying issues that prevent us from entering into authentic relationships. Offering accessible assessment tools to help identify damaging habits, this team of experts provides readers with a step-by-step guide to help them develop compassionate empathy, embrace vulnerability, and commit to an ongoing nurturing of the relationships they value.
Drawing on relatable case studies of those who addressed their dysfunctional, toxic, or estranged relationships, Borg, Brenner, and Berry show readers how to approach common relationship hurdles.

Colton Smith


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16178939" data-resource="episode_id=16178939" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Colton Smith From NBC&#39;s The Voice" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Growing up in Alabama wasn't always easy for Colton, as he struggled to meet the many expectations of being a stereotypical boy. From a young age, Colton knew that he was gay and was not openly accepted by his community. He turned to theater and songwriting to help process his emotions. It wasn't until college that Colton gained a sense of freedom. With the support of his mom and stepdad, Colton feels "The Voice" is his platform to showcase his musical calling.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Gloria Gaynor


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16170923" data-resource="episode_id=16170923" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Gloria Gaynor A New Album And 2019 Disco Cruise" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Perhaps second only to Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor has become one of the best-known female disco artists from the '70s due to the ongoing success of her monster 1979 hit (and subsequent "woman's anthem"), "I Will Survive." Born Gloria Fowles on September 7, 1949, in Newark, NJ, the singer (who began going by Gloria Gaynor by the early '70s), first sang as part of the obscure R&B outfit the Soul Satisfiers before being discovered by MGM Records head honcho Mike Curb (eventual leader of the Curb label and Lieutenant Governor of California), who decided to sign the singer to his label after several auditions. Gaynor began issuing albums on a regular basis beginning in 1975 and with her 1976 release "Never Can Say Goodbye," the singer became one of the first-ever dance artists to issue an album aimed primarily for club use (there were no breaks between the songs, as one track would automatically segue into the next), a method used to this day by DJs and certain dance artists. Although Gaynor enjoyed a few moderate hits, it wasn't until the release of 1979's aforementioned disco gem "I Will Survive" that Gaynor racked up her first true smash hit. The song was awarded the first and only Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording in 1980 (the category was discontinued upon disco's fall from favor shortly afterward) and although Gaynor was unable to follow up "I Will Survive" with another sizeable hit, the track subsequently took on a life of its own. It remains popular in dance clubs and has appeared on countless movie soundtracks and dance/disco compilations. Gaynor continues to issue albums and play shows (especially in Europe) and during the late '90s issued an autobiography (also titled I Will Survive), as well as appearing for a two-week run on Broadway's hit musical Smokey Joe's Café.

Kelsey Miller


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16170107" data-resource="episode_id=16170107" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Kelsey Miller Releases I&#39;ll Be There For You" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


"I'll Be There For You is a lot like Friends you come for the comfort, you stay for the much larger (and far more interesting) conversations it sparks. Like Kelsey Miller, I was a casual Friends fan back when it aired - and have been fascinated by the show's afterlife with an entirely new set of fans. Miller not only gives all the fascinating backstory on how such a seminal and popular show made it to air, but answers the question that's been following me for years: how is this show still so popular? I'll Be There For You isn't just about Friends-it's about the specific void that Friends has filled in so many people's everyday lives."
- Anne Helen Petersen, culture writer at BuzzFeed and author of Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud
One of the most popular television shows of all time, Friends ran for ten seasons and at its peak was a culture-influencing phenomenon. More than a decade after the last episode aired, a reported 16 million Americans still view reruns weekly, and the show is watched around the world by many of Netflix's 118 million subscribers. Journalist Kelsey Miller was only ten years old when the show debut in 1994, but it remains an indelible part of her experience. With I'll Be There For You: The One about Friends (Hanover Square Press; October 23, 2018; $26.99), Miller has written "the definitive Friends history" (EW.com), an incisive cultural study that is "Nostalgic and affectionate, with plenty of dish; just the thing for fans of the show"(Kirkus Reviews).
"Friends has managed to transcend age, nationality, cultural barriers, and even its own dated, unrelatable flaws," Miller suggests. "Because underneath all that, it is a show about something truly universal: friendship. It's a show about the transitional period of early adulthood, when you and your peers are untethered from family, unattached to partners, and equal parts excited and uncertain about the future. The only sure thing you have is each other."
Miller's breezy, informed narrative blends admiration and a critical eye as she chronicles the creation of the show, its promising if imperfect beginnings, and its remarkably quick transition into a cultural juggernaut. She profiles the six beloved characters and the until-then largely unknown actors who portrayed them, revealing how this close-knit group of attractive performers formed intricate off-set bonds as well-and how their lives were changed forever by the show. She details behind-the-scenes stories about creative choices that often succeeded, but sometimes failed spectacularly. And she probes Friends' wider reach, influencing everything from the way women cut their hair to the burgeoning coffee house movement spurred by the fictional hangout Central Perk.
I'll Be There For You holds Friends up to a prism of the decade during which it was created, considering how it refracted the zeitgeist of the time. Even in its heyday, the series was largely viewed as a pure entertainment, presenting an idealized, even fantasy version of urban life for twenty-somethings (How did Monica afford that amazing New York apartment?). Still, Miller also explores the ways in which the show grappled with more serious societal issues, albeit always with a light tone. Friends presented the first lesbian wedding on primetime, Ross faced part-time parenthood, many characters navigated complicated relationships with their parents, and after 9/11, the show wrestled with how to depict the national tragedy without bringing down the tone of the show. But, Miller also does not shy away from the calling out the show when it failed-noting for example, how the scripts often stooped to well-worn, adolescent-level gay jokes.
"Deeply reported and brimming with delicious insight, Kelsey Miller's account of the Friends phenomenon takes us on a nostalgic, thrilling and bittersweet journey behind the scenes of a TV show that captured the fleeting moment in our lives when friends became family," ` says Erin Carlson, author of I'll Have What She's Having: How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy. Miller's intelligent analysis of the series' enduring legacy reveals a universal truth: The friendships we make in our twenties change us forever-and for those eager to relive the magic of the past, Friends now feels like family."

Reagan Strange

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16169863" data-resource="episode_id=16169863" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Reagan Strange From NBC&#39;s The Voice" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Reagan is one of the youngest artists in the competition and has dreamed of becoming "The Voice" since watching Season 1 when she was just six years old. After performing at local fairs for two years, Reagan got the chance to sing the national anthem for 16,000 people at a Memphis Grizzlies game, and she was a real show-stopper. She loves to use her music to spread joy and happiness. She currently performs once a month at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Reagan is a straight-A student and dreams of attending Georgia Tech to study engineering.

Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16168225" data-resource="episode_id=16168225" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner Release We Say #Never Again" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


After the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
on February 14, 2018, journalism teacher Melissa Falkowski and broadcasting teacher Eric Garner knew their students needed to tell their own story.

Edited by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) journalism and broadcasting teachers Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner, the newly published, WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN: Reporting from the School That Inspired the Nation, is a collection of first-person accounts, richly researched and reported articles, and photographs by and about the students at MSD.

The book is divided into three parts: Activism, MSD Strong, and What Comes Next, with chapters within each part that include hard-hitting, passionate, and topical writing on activism, recovery, the national response, and most important, the way forward. Through their reporting, essays, and documentary photography and filmmaking, the students detail their thoughts, fears, dreams, and strategies for a better future.

Student contributors include Ryan Deitsch, David Hogg, Christy Ma, Nikhita Nikoola, Delaney Tarr, and MSD students from the school newspaper, The Eagle Eye,and the school TV station, WMSD.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Zach and Chad Too Stupid To Die


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16121378" data-resource="episode_id=16121378" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Zach Holmes and Chad Tepper From MTV&#39;s Too Stupid To Die" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


MTV’s new stunt series Too Stupid To Die, developed by daredevil Zach Holmes, features bizarre pranks, hilarious antics and outrageous stunts.

In the debut episode, viewers are introduced to rural Indiana where this amateur stunt crew has nothing better to do with their time than take rat traps to the face, dodge golf carts, set off explosives, practice public archery and open a dangerous kissing booth, just for starters. Too Stupid To Die is the story of a backyard group of friends who are making a name for themselves with nothing but blood, sweat and fearlessness.

The cast includes 26-year-old Zach Holmes (“The Stupid Genius”) – The mastermind, building his following on Facebook and Instagram through his fearless stunts; and 26-year-old Chad Tepper, (“The Instigator”,) the YouTube star who visits the crew and takes things to the next level. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Samuel Katz


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16111965" data-resource="episode_id=16111965" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Samuel Katz Releases Beirut Rules" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


From the New York Times bestselling coauthors of Under Fire-the riveting story of the kidnapping and murder of CIA Station Chief William Buckley.
After a deadly terrorist bombing at the American embassy in Lebanon in 1983, only one man inside the CIA possessed the courage and skills to rebuild the networks destroyed in the blast: William Buckley. But the new Beirut station chief quickly became the target of a young terrorist named Imad Mughniyeh.
Beirut Rules is the pulse-by-pulse account of Buckley's abduction, torture, and murder at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists. Drawing on never-before-seen government documents as well as interviews with Buckley's co-workers, friends and family, Burton and Katz reveal how the relentless search for Buckley in the wake of his kidnapping ignited a war against terror that continues to shape the Middle East to this day.
Praise for Beirut Rules
"Fast-paced narrative account of events in the Middle East 35 years ago, the opening salvo in a war that continues to unfold. Burton and Katz open at a climactic moment: the kidnapping, in March 1984, of the CIA station chief in Beirut, William Francis Buckley. His Hezbollah captors tortured him for months before finally killing him. The authors focus sharply on key players and actors in the murder, which was but one act in an orchestrated campaign that played out on a stage marked by chaos.A sturdy tale of terror and counterterror that speaks to events that are happening even now."-Kirkus Reviews
"In these pages, Fred Burton and Samuel Katz ably describe the selfless service and ultimate sacrifice of CIA's William F. Buckley, murdered brutally while held as a hostage in Lebanon. Beirut Rules can't bring this quiet hero back to life. But it will show a new generation the value of a life well lived in service of country."-President George H. W. Bush "Burton and Katz have done it again! An intense, incredibly well-written tale of terrorism, treachery, and tradecraft. Beirut Rules is an absolute must-read!"-#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor
"Beirut Rules is a masterpiece of intelligence writing. I cannot think of any book on spying that I have read that has impressed me more in terms of its writing quality and research. I didn't think the details of this story could ever be told, but Burton and Katz have done it.and done it beautifully. Bill Buckley was a hero and inspiration for all of us in the CIA, and I am grateful that the authors have honored his memory by presenting his life and sacrifice to the American public. Be prepared to be moved to tears, as I was."-James M. Olson, former chief of CIA counterintelligence and author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying
"Burton and Katz have provided the definitive account of the extraordinary life, and tragic death, of CIA officer William Buckley. It's a vivid reminder of the risks willingly accepted by intelligence and military personnel each and every day. But [Burton and Katz] have done more than that. This book is a must read for anyone interested in deconstructing the convoluted story of how the US found itself mired in an unwinnable situation in the Middle East."-Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum

"An unparalleled journey into Beirut's brutal 1980s, bringing into sharp prospect the gritty, layered, underground battles in that storied city. Beirut Rules gives depth and texture to the players on all sides of the drama surrounding the ruthless murder of the CIA station chief, William F. Buckley. The expertise and insider knowledge of the coauthors permeate every page and combine to make this yarn not only a captivating read but an invaluable historical document. There isn't anything better on the lonely death of Bill Buckley, an American of uncommon courage."-Milt Bearden, thirty-year veteran of the CIA and coauthor of The Main Enemy

Kameron Marlowe

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16111501" data-resource="episode_id=16111501" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Kameron Marlow From NBC&#39;s The Voice" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>





His audition: Kameron Marlowe, 21 of Kannapolis, N.C., auditioned with Luke Combs’ “One Number Away.” Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson turned at last second. Despite Adam Levine coaching Kelly on how to land a country singer, Kameron opted to join Team Blake.
His background: A 9-to-5 desk job isn’t for him, Kameron says. So he works at a car dealership, selling car parts all day. What he’d prefer to do is make a living playing music. He formed a rock band in high school, but admits ‘we were atrocious.” Now he’s focused on country music and, pre-audition, said working with Blake Shelton would be a dream come true.
On picking Team Blake: It was edited out, but Kameron said Blake “told me I sounded like some country artists that he respected,
which I really appreciated. I just knew going up there that if he turned his chair, there was no other option for me. Blake Shelton has been a hero of mine for years and year and years. Being able to work with him one on one was so special and magical to me.

Chris Matthews


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16109573" data-resource="episode_id=16109573" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Chris Matthews Releases Bobby Kennedy A Raging Spirit" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


At a time when some of our most powerful elected officials seem indifferent to the needs of America's most vulnerable citizens, Chris Matthews's BOBBY KENNEDY: A Raging Spirit (now in paperback) serves as a timely reminder of what political leadership looks like.
Matthews's biography of Robert F. Kennedy portrays a politician with a moral conscience, the ability to bring people together, and a capacity to learn and grow as he championed causes that are as vital today as they were in the 1960s. "He stood for the desire to right wrongs that mattered then and which continue to matter every bit as much in the twenty-first century," Matthews writes. "He was, for so many, the one American leader of our lives who refused to turn his eyes from the people swept aside in our country's rush for economic prosperity and global prominence."
BOBBY KENNEDY marks the culmination of Matthews's personal fascination with the Kennedy family, and serves as the perfect companion volume to his acclaimed bestselling biography of JFK, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. "The younger brother's role was indispensable to history," Matthews writes, "getting his brother elected to the Senate and then the presidency; handling the Cuban Missile Crisis; and pushing the Civil Rights Act to the national forefront of the Kennedy agenda."
But Bobby was not one to remain in JFK's shadow. "He was there at his brother's side, yet was always his own person, contributing and supporting but also taking charge and leading. No one who knew him was indifferent to him. No one who encountered him ever forgot him. In that, he was like his brother. His own path, however, led him elsewhere, into new places and new concerns that, most strikingly, became his heartfelt priority."
"Recognizing the stubborn, burning passion that lay within him, I find myself now wanting to look into his life and understand both the origins and the evolution of that deepening commitment to a greater justice," Matthews says. "My goal here is to come to grips with his story, who and what he was and what lay beneath the man we saw."
Drawing on extensive research and intimate interviews, Matthews shines a light on all the important moments in Bobby's life: his upbringing, his start in politics, his crucial role fighting for civil rights as attorney general, and his tragic run for president. A fellow Irish Catholic, Matthews illustrates how Bobby's faith and loyalty to family influenced him from his days as an altar boy to his years fighting for the rights of African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. RFK proved himself to be the rarest of politicians-both a pragmatist who knew how to get the job done and an unwavering idealist who could inspire millions.
BOBBY KENNEDY is a resonant and uplifting portrait of a man's journey to a life of great and enduring purpose-one who continues to be a model for political bravery and moral leadership. "To honor his life in politics, to mark the half century of his loss and the hope that our country can find its way back to the patriotic unity he championed," Matthews writes, "for all Americans, this is my story of Robert F. Kennedy.
"Matthews regards RFK's legacy through personal recollections and cogently illustrates leadership qualities Kennedy possessed that are sorely lacking in today's divisive culture." - Booklist
"A brisk, admiring portrait that burnishes the Kennedy image."- Kirkus Reviews

"If you love reading about politics, if you ever loved the Kennedys or were fascinated by them, if you love biographical history or if you just like a good yarn about a brooding soul who turns into an uplifting, magnetic force-Chris Matthews's Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit should be your next read. It's well-researched, dramatically told. It brings those times-Camelot and after-back to life."- Lesley Stahl, Correspondent for 60 Minutes

Steve Wilkos

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16109447" data-resource="episode_id=16109447" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Steve Wilkos Makes It 12 Seasons" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



• Steve Wilkos is one of only 3 syndicated talk shows to deliver year-to-year total viewer growth.

 The Steve Wilkos Show is in its 12th season and has been renewed for two more seasons.

• Steve is celebrating 25 years of working at NBCUniversal! He began his stint as Jerry Springer’s bodyguard in 1994!

• Wilkos has been praised for raising awareness about social issues, such as substance abuse and domestic violence. He has been nominated for four Prism Awards.

• Steve's wife, Rachelle, is the EP of The Steve Wilkos Show. They have two children and live and work in Connecticut.

• Wilkos was in the Marine Corps for 7 years and then followed in his father’s footsteps as a Chicago police officer for 12 years.

• Wilkos is an avid sports fan. His favorite teams are the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs (he grew up 3 minutes from Wrigley Field)

• Some of Wilkos’s favorite pastimes include playing golf, riding his Harley Davidson and smoking a good cigar.

Steve Wilkos’ traightforward approach combined with his sincerity and humor has earned viewers trust and respect.

For the 2017-18 season, The Steve Wilkos Show averaged 1.6 million daily viewers, delivering one of the youngest audiences among all the daytime syndication programs, with nearly 50% of its audience deriving from the Adults 25-54 demographic. The Steve Wilkos Show has grown steadily for most of its eleven seasons including a +33% Women 25-54 ratings increase this season vs. its premiere season back in 2007-08. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Aldo Nova


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16104509" data-resource="episode_id=16104509" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Aldo Nova Releases 2 Point O" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


A fit, handsome twentysomething in a leopard-print bodysuit exits a helicopter and is followed by
armed guards toward some kind of warehouse. Entry is gained via a magical Gibson Les Paul,
which, naturally, the young hero uses to fire laser beams at the door. Inside, he meets his band
onstage and performs “Fantasy,” among the earliest staples on MTV, and one of the best and
most perfect singles in rock history—a flawless balance of pop-metal craftsmanship, studio
ingenuity and hard-earned musicianship, flaunting killer guitar leads and trailblazing synth parts.
“I don’t know what possessed me to wear a stripper’s leopard-print outfit,” Aldo Nova says
today, chuckling. A remarkable record from start to finish, Also Nova can be understood in rock
history as both an icon of its era and a profound but still unsung influence on things to come.
On October 19, the guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer will release his first
new album release in over three decades. Titled 2.0 (Megaforce), it’s a collection of
supercharged reinventions of six classic songs off his self-titled smash debut, plus one new
original, “I’m a Survivor,” initially written for Foreigner singer Lou Gramm.
2.0 stands as a testament to the extraordinary integrity and continuing imagination of an
uncompromising artist who would only make his comeback on his terms. “I thought, ‘I’m gonna
become visible again when I have something to say, and when I have something that’s good
enough that I can present it to my fans,’” Nova says. “Because that’s always been my priority.”
The idea for 2.0 was set in motion in late 2016. “When I turned 60, I told myself I was going to
turn the page,” Nova says. “I realized I had to shut the book and write a completely new book.”
He wanted to celebrate his debut’s 35th anniversary in some fashion, but rather than simply
remaster and reissue the album, he thought to “bring the songs into the 22nd century.” He was
sober, calm, confident, full of faith and in the best shape of his life. As it turned out, the angst,
ego and hunger of his younger days were overrated.
A Montreal native, Nova was approached by a 15-year-old Celine Dion to producer her first
album, and released Blood on the Bricks on Jon Bon Jovi’s Jambco label in 1991. It stood as
the culmination of a long-running friendship and, as any knowledgeable rock fan might argue, a
thank-you note of sorts: the rock superstar lifting up the personal hero whose sound provided
the blueprint for his own hits.
Nova provided guitar, keys and background vocals for the demo of Bon Jovi’s first hit,
“Runaway,” and ended up playing with an assemblage of session musicians throughout Bon
Jovi’s 1984 self-titled debut. Nova’s imprint is also all over Jon Bon Jovi’s debut solo album,
Blaze of Glory—especially the chart-topping title track, on which Nova’s writing and producing
went uncredited but were absolutely essential.

Blood on the Bricks was released alongside “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and the landscape
changed completely. “Nirvana was amazing,” he says. “Just the way Kurt Cobain could rip his
own soul out when he sang.”
Over the next three decades, Nova’s journey would take him through great professional highs
and painful personal lows, and eventually into self-discovery and spiritual contentment. He
decided again to focus on his roles as a writer, producer and session musician, capitalizing on
the goodwill he’d generated in the industry to put food on the table for his family.
During the ’90s and 2000s, in addition to tracks for popular foreign-language artists, Nova
collaborated with Jon Bon Jovi, Faith Hill and Clay Aiken (he co-wrote his hit “This Is the Night”),
and did hugely successful work with Celine Dion. In 1997, Nova won a Grammy for Dion’s
blockbuster album Falling Into You—“It’s a paperweight,” he laughs; “what I do today is what
counts”—and co-produced/co-wrote later Dion singles like the global smash “A New Day Has
Come” and “You and I,” the latter chosen as Hillary Clinton’s campaign song in 2008.
Canadian music-industry bigwig Paola Simonetto became the love of Nova’s life, as well as his
advocate and catalyst. Simonetto continues to inspire and support Nova, though not from this
earthly plane. “During the time that I was working on 2.0, my wife was diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer,” he explains. “I managed to finish the album right before she passed away
on Christmas Day. I still was able to take care of every doctor’s appointment, every chemo
treatment. I was cooking and cleaning and at night I worked on my album.
“She always had very good ears. She gave me a lot of pointers on what to do with the music
and what not to do,” he continues. “She was a big part of why 2.0 sounds as good as it does.”
“With 2.0, my goal has already been achieved, as far as I’m concerned,” Nova says. “I wanted
to beat the 1.0 to death. The second thing is to reintroduce my music to the old fans, and play to
a new generation of fans who just developed an interest. I don’t think that young generation has
heard music like this ever before. I’m on top of my game now. I’m ready for it.”

Greg Sargent


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16103206" data-resource="episode_id=16103206" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Greg Sargent Releases An Uncivil War" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


In AN UNCIVIL WAR, Sargent sounds an urgent alarm about the deeper roots of our democratic backsliding—and how we can begin to turn things around. Drawing upon years of research and reporting, he exposes the unparalleled sophistication and ambition of GOP tactics, including computer-generated gerrymandering, underhanded voter suppression, and ever-escalating legislative hardball. We are also plagued by other brutal, seemingly intractable problems such as dismal turnout and powerful, built-in temptations to tilt the political playing field with unscrupulous partisan trickery. All of this has been accompanied by foreign-government intervention and an unprecedented level of political disinformation that threatens to undermine the very possibility of shared agreement on facts and poses profound new challenges to the media’s ability to inform the citizenry. Yet the Republican Party is only part of the problem. As Sargent provocatively reveals, Democrats share culpability for helping to accelerate this slide.

Zaxai

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16103001" data-resource="episode_id=16103001" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Zaxai From NBC&#39;s The Voice" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>




Zaxai, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y. performed “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone for his blind audition. His killer range prompted a quick chair turn from Jennifer Hudson. Kelly Clarkson turned as well, only to realize she’d been blocked by Jennifer. Since no one else turned, that meant Zaxai automatically joined Team JHUD. Jennifer complimented him on “a beautiful voice.”
His background: He’s a first generation Haitian-American. His family moved from Haiti to give him a better life. His father is a chef and manager. His mom is a nurse. In addition to performing, he works at Radio City Music Hall. In fact, he recalls working as usher during a Kelly Clarkson concert and having her accidentally kick him in the head. As a performer, he sings with a wedding band, in various languages at a Russian restaurant (Baku Palace) and with a Jamaican band. He also got to demonstrate some dance moves for the judges.

Sondra Sykes Meek

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16100372" data-resource="episode_id=16100372" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Sondra Sykes Meek Releases Model Marine" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>




Molly Monroe had her future planned out for her. When she makes an impulsive decision to join the Marine Corps, her boyfriend breaks up with her, her brother bears the burden of guilt, and her mother feels betrayed. The people in Molly's life have always tried to protect her, but she wants to protect herself. 
As a Combat Camera Marine, Molly observes and records her environment from behind the lens, where image shapes day-to-day life. After she is wounded during a combat deployment, her dreams are frightening, and her memories are a kaleidoscope of scattered and chaotic scenes; a collision of past and present, real and unreal. Snapshots in time. Glimpses of war. Fragments of love: lost and found. 
This story unfolds through multiple perspectives and as the negatives and positives develop, an image of the Model Marine is sharpened into focus.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Anthony Atamanuik


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16084561" data-resource="episode_id=16084561" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Anthony Atamanuik Releases American Tantrum" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Riding high on the outrageous and alarming nature of all things Trump, Anthony Atamanuik calls out the presidential hijinks and shenanigans with his comic tome AMERICAN TANTRUM: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives (William Morrow, October 23, 2018).
Atamanuik, star and creator of Comedy Central's The President Show, offers a peek inside The Donald's presidential pocket library-it's all here: the letters, diaries, Oval Office recordings, Moscow hotel tapes, grand jury testimony, sealed indictments, financial records, subpoenas, dossiers, Michael Cohen recordings, AND SO MUCH MORE!

Just when you've thought we've reached the zenith of zany, AMERICAN TANTRUM stacks the 45th President's tomfoolery even higher until it comes crashing down with cold hard facts. Atamanuik's hilarious satire transforms into a candid and sobering look at today's political reality. 

John Anderson


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16084186" data-resource="episode_id=16084186" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "John Anderson Releases Horn From The Heart" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story is a feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield. A white, teen-age harmonica player from Chicago’s south side, Paul learned the blues from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Muddy Waters was Paul’s mentor and lifelong friend, happy to share his wisdom and expertise with such a gifted young acolyte.
The interracial Paul Butterfield Blues Band, featuring the twin guitar sound of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, the rhythm section of Sam Lay and Jerome Arnold and the keyboards of Mark Naftalin, added a rock edge to the Chicago blues, bringing an authenticity to its sound that struck a chord with the vast white rock audience and rejuvenated worldwide interest in the blues. The band's first LP, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band released on Elektra Records in 1965, was named “#11 Blues Album of All Time” by Downbeat.
The only artist to perform at The Newport Folk Festival in 1965, The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969, Paul would continue to break new ground in the blues and to stand up for racial equality until his death at age 44 in 1987 of a drug overdose. Through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his bandmates and those closest to him, HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest harmonica player of all time.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Meredith Ochs

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16082282" data-resource="episode_id=16082282" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Meredith Ochs Releases Rock And Roll Woman" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>




It's time to celebrate the women who rock! In the new book - ROCK-AND-ROLL WOMAN - award-winning radio personality MEREDITH OCHS gives us a  fully illustrated tribute to 50 iconic female musicians and bands!
                It's an insightful look at 50 rock icons who indelibly shook up the music scene!
Celebrate the women who rock, with this fully illustrated tribute to 50 iconic female musicians and bands.
                Award-winning radio personality MEREDITH OCHS takes an insightful look at 50 rock icons who indelibly shook up the music scene, whether solo or in a band.
                Profiling women from the 1950s to today, and from multiple genres, Ochs tells the dramatic stories behind their journeys to success, their music, and their enduring impact. More than 100 photographs make this a rich volume, and the idols include Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Heart, Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Joan Jett and the Runaways, the Go-Go’s, Karen O, Sleater-Kinney, Grace Potter, and more. 

Patrique Fortson

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16081806" data-resource="episode_id=16081806" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Patrique Fortson From NBC&#39;s The Voice" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Patrique grew up in the music industry... quite literally. By the time he was six years old, Patrique had signed to a record label and became the youngest gospel recording artist ever. He spent two years touring the United States until the label suddenly went bankrupt. Patrique put music on a long pause as he pursued a career in the insurance industry. The discovery of R&B beyond his gospel roots reignited Patrique's passion for music. He is now ready to fully pursue his dream of being a singer.

Adam Gidwitz


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16081015" data-resource="episode_id=16081015" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Adam Gidwitz From Grim Grimmer Grimmest" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Every episode of Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest features a Grimm fairy tale retold with a fresh and surprising twist. Featuring curious creatures and mischievous foes, each story is punctuated by hilarious commentary from a classroom of kids who question their way through these creepy tales. Starting October 21st, the ten-episode series will roll out one new show each day leading up to Halloween—during which time the series will be free to listeners via the Apple Podcast App. This podcast series is the perfect entertainment alternative to screen time for kids whether listening at home, on the go, in cars, or in classrooms nationwide, and it activates kids’ imaginations and instigates fantastic, fun conversation.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Steve James



<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16024794" data-resource="episode_id=16024794" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Steve James From America To Me" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Created by Emmy Award®-winning and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams), the new documentary series America To Me – premiering on STARZ on August 26 -- follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago’s Oak Park and River Forest High School, one of the country’s highest performing and diverse public schools. Over the course of a year, students and faculty grapple with decades-long racial and educational inequities — in addition to the challenges that today’s teenagers face. Poignant and funny, epic and intimate, America to Me digs deep into the experiences of a racially diverse student population and sparks candid conversations about our successes and failures in the quest to achieve racial equity and overcome obstacles in our education system. In this part observational character story and part high-school confessional, Steve James captures critical moments within this vibrant high-school ecosystem.

Johnny Mundo


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16024491" data-resource="episode_id=16024491" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Johnny Mundo Breaks Down Lucha Underground" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Johnny Mundo, formerly known as John Morrison in the WWE, began his wrestling career after winning the WWE reality series, Tough Enough. In a short time, he became one of the WWE's most popular stars, known for his parkour moves and high-flying abilities. With tag team partners such as The Miz and Joey Mercury, he was a multiple-time Tag Team Champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion and former ECW World Champion.

Now, in Lucha Underground, Johnny Mundo continues to amaze audiences with his high-flying, explosive Lucha Libre moves. And in what may be his greatest in-ring feat, Johnny will marry his real-life love Taya in the center of the ring on the Aug. 29 episode of Lucha Underground. Wedding ceremonies in the wrestling ring have a history of going awry. Will this blissful event be any different?

Johnny – hot off the heels of the popular action movie, Boone: The Bounty Hunter, which he co-wrote, produced and starred in – Johnny can discuss his future acting plans, what’s next for his wrestling career and what viewers can expect during this season of Lucha Underground. 

Billy Brown


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16023350" data-resource="episode_id=16023350" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Billy Brown From Ray Goodman And Brown" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Ray, Goodman & Brown is an American R&B vocal group. The group originated as The Moments, who formed in the mid-1960s and whose greatest successes came in the 1970s with hits including "Love on a Two-Way Street", "Sexy Mama" and "Look at Me (I'm in Love)". In 1979, for contractual reasons they changed their name to Ray, Goodman & Brown and had further hits, including "Special Lady". A lineup of the Moments (featuring original member Mark Greene) also tours currently.
The original Moments - The original members of the Moments were Mark Greene, Eric Olfus Sr., Richard Gross (often incorrectly listed as "Richard Horsley") and John Morgan. The Moments formed in Washington, D.C. during the mid-1960s. In 1965, at Washington D.C.'s Howard University, the Mizell Brothers and Freddie Perren (along with schoolmate Toby Jackson) founded Hog Records and signed the harmony group as the Moments. The Moments recorded "Baby I Want You" and "Pray For Me" for Hog. The lineup consisted of Olfus, Gross and Morgan.
Mark Greene - Mark Greene joined after the single's release. The group then signed with the newly established Stang Records label, set up by Sylvia Robinson at All Platinum Studios in Englewood, New Jersey with her husband Joe. The group had its first hit almost immediately late in 1968 with "Not On The Outside", which reached #13 on the R&B chart and #57 on the Billboard Hot 100 (with Greene on lead vocal). Robinson then hired a management firm headed by radio stars Frankie Crocker, Herb Hamlett and Eddie O'Jay. The trio began promoting the Moments and booking them for live events in major cities. When Hamlett moved to WCMF in Rochester, New York, he booked the Moments exclusively.
Their first Stang album release pictured William "Billy" Brown, Al Goodman and Morgan on the cover, although various members' voices appeared on different tracks recorded between 1968 and 1969. There also appear to be female voices; although never confirmed, it is believed that Sylvia Robinson (herself a professional singer) supplied some of those parts, along with Stang artist Lezli Valentine and studio vocalist Rhetta Young. When members left (or were replaced) it was less costly to re-cut only the lead vocal (which, in the case of the Moments' earliest studio productions, makes it difficult to determine who is backing the lead voice). Before three of the original members of the Moments left All Platinum, they recorded their breakthrough song "Love On A Two Way Street" (which reached #1 on the R&B chart and #3 on the pop chart in the spring of 1970). It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. All Platinum also released a single recorded by Mark Greene entitled "My Confession of Love", with the flip side "I'm So Lost", on the Stang label. The B-side track appeared on the first Moments album (with Billy Brown's replacement lead vocal) in 1969, and was released as a single later that year with moderate chart success. The group also released "My Confession of Love" under the name "Black Satin", with Crocker speaking the lyrics.
Brown, Goodman and Morgan - The group quickly scaled down to a trio after one live appearance at the Apollo Theater as a quartet (some sources credit Greene, Gross-aka Richie Horsley and Morgan or sometimes Greene, Horsley and Johnny Moore as the trio lineup). Greene, Olfus and Gross left All Platinum together in 1969, replaced by baritone Goodman and new lead tenor/baritone singer William "Billy" Brown while Morgan stayed on. Gross was incorrectly credited as Richie Horsley on legal documents, liner notes, websites, articles and in books about the Moments. Brown had previously been a member of The Broadways, who had recorded on the MGM label. Goodman (after a couple of performances with The Corvettes and The Vipers) was hired by Joe Robinson as a studio-production creative assistant, singer and songwriter. On records, he played the substitute role of Mickey (in Mickey & Sylvia, of whom Sylvia Robinson was formerly one-half). After three of the four original members of the Moments had left All Platinum, Billy Brown rerecorded a new lead-vocal track of "Love On A Two Way Street". The song had originally been recorded by Stang artist Lezli Valentine, but failed to chart; the Moments' version (produced by Sylvia Robinson) was originally included as a filler cut on their first LP (released in 1969) entitled Not On The Outside...But On The Inside, Strong! Early in 1970 it was remixed, issued as a single and reached the #1 R&B spot for five weeks. The first album also contained a Moments version of another Lezli Valentine song entitled "I Won't Do Anything", with Brown on lead vocals; it became the flip side of the hit single.
In 1971 Bert Keyes encouraged Greene, Gross and Olfus to sign with Volt Records, a subsidiary of Stax. Keyes had worked with the group at All Platinum Records as a producer, arranger and session keyboardist in the studio's house band (later leaving the label because of disputes with the Robinsons). The group signed with the Volt/Stax label as The Leaders, recording in New York City. The Leaders had four members: Greene, Gross, Olfus and Donald Spriggs. They were managed by songwriter Myrna March, and Keyes produced several of the songs they recorded for Volt.
Ray's arrival - Between the first album's release and the Moments' #1 hit, Morgan was briefly replaced by Sylvia Robinson's brother-in-law Johnny Moore (not to be confused with the Drifters' singer). He appeared with Goodman and Brown on the cover of the group's 1970 second album; however, Moore was absent from a live appearance. Since the Moments were now considered a headline attraction, he was fired; Goodman and Brown worked as a duo until new arrival Harry Ray rounded out the trio. This lineup became Sylvia Robinson's favorite, and the one most heavily promoted by All Platinum. Ray sang lead while Brown recovered from vocal overuse, and was the lead voice on many of the Moments' subsequent hits including the follow-up "If I Didn't Care" (#7 R&B, #44 pop, 1970), "Sexy Mama" (#3 R&B, #17 pop, 1973) and "Look At Me (I'm In Love)" (#1 R&B, #39 pop, 1975).
After Brown recovered, they shared lead vocal duties; occasionally Goodman took a turn, and served as spokesman for the group. Their album, entitled A Moment with the Moments, showed Goodman, Brown and Johnny Moore on the cover and was hastily released while Brown was still recovering. The release numbers ran out of sequence in their hurry to support the single "If I Didn't Care" in 1970. This was the first Moments lead vocal for Ray, and the only track on which Ray appeared. Another remix of "Love On A Two Way Street" was included, but the rest of the album consisted of tracks recorded before Brown's illness (mainly B-sides from earlier singles). Moore was gone from the group by the time the album reached the charts. After Brown's voice returned, Stang began releasing singles from the On Top album, with Ray and Brown dividing lead vocals. Ray also recorded a duet with Sylvia Robinson, "Sho Nuff Boogie" (credited as Sylvia and the Moments), in 1973.
The Moments were co-credited with labelmates The Whatnauts on their hit "Girls (Part 1)"; it reached #25 on the U.S. R&B charts and became one of their biggest international successes, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart in 1975. Ray and Goodman were strongly involved in writing and producing much of the Moments' material from the mid-1970s, as well as producing and writing for The Whatnauts and All-Platinum's other artists.
Ray, Goodman & Brown
By 1979, the group had had a total of 27 R&B chart hits and decided to leave Stang, signing with the larger Polydor Records label. A legal dispute arose, barring them from using "The Moments" on their new label, so they renamed the group with their last names: Ray, Goodman & Brown.
The first single under their new name, "Special Lady," became one of their biggest hits, reaching #1 on the R&B chart and #5 on the pop chart in early 1980. The B-side featured "Déjà Vu", with lyrics by Bob Natiello and music by Lou Toby. They followed up with more hits, including "Inside Of You" (#14 R&B, 1980). In 1982, following the release of their fourth (and final) Polydor album, Ray left to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Kevin "Ray" Owens, a backing vocalist for Luther Vandross. Ray re-joined Sylvia and Joe Robinson at their new venture (Sugar Hill Records), but after one album and a minor hit, "Sweet Baby," he rejoined Goodman and Brown in 1983 for their comeback on EMI with the ballad "Take It To the Limit" (which put them back on the R&B charts at #8 in 1987). In 1991, Harold "Eban" Brown, former vocalist for The Delfonics, became the lead vocalist for Ray, Goodman & Brown. He stayed for two and a half years before joining The Manhattans and became lead vocalist for The Stylistics in 2000.
Ray suffered a fatal stroke in 1992 and was again replaced in the group by Kevin "Ray" Owens. Occasionally solo artist Greg Willis joined Ray, Goodman and Brown in performances (and later on records), but never became a full-time member. Vocalist Wade "Silky" Elliott also did a stint, before signing a solo contract with CBS Records during the 1990s and temporarily joining Blue Magic. With Owens' return, the trio continued to perform and tour as Ray, Goodman & Brown. They released two albums in 2002 and 2003: one with new material, and the other featuring re-workings of soul songs by other male vocal groups. These albums reunited them with former All-Platinum producer George Kerr. In one of their public appearances, they teamed with Gerald Alston to perform The Manhattans' hit "Kiss And Say Goodbye". They sang backup vocals for Alicia Keys song "You Don't Know My Name," which was a #1 soul/R&B song in 2003. As of 2008 Owens, Goodman and Brown continued to record together and tour (sometimes with vocalist Larry "Ice" Winfree), performing hits from both the Moments and Ray, Goodman and Brown. On July 26, 2010 Goodman died at the age of 67. In 2012, Harold "Eban" Brown rejoined remaining original member Billy Brown to re-record The Moments Greatest Hits - Volume 1. It was released in April 2014 on the Universal Music Group label - featuring the vocals of Harold "Eban" Brown and Billy Brown only. As of 2014, Winfree was officially welcomed into the group as the replacement for Goodman, with Owens and Brown, bringing the group back to its regular trio status.

The Moments featuring Mark Greene - Mark Greene was called back to join the renamed Ray, Goodman & Brown; however, he declined, claiming that no royalties were ever paid him. His website displays information about the original group: the founding members, and a photograph of the quartet before Robinson reorganized the act. He released a self-produced CD project entitled Love Is More Than Spoken on the FAJR label. There was also a CD release on FAJR entitled Unspoken Moments by the Moments featuring Mark Greene picturing Greene, Johnny Moore and Gross (aka Horsley) on the cover; Greene later acquired the trademark for the Moments name. Now known as "The Moments featuring Mark Greene", he released 'Urban Legacy' in 2000 which featured tracks recorded in 1967 and featuring : Solomon Cunningham, Huitt Cunningham and Loren Brown. This group without Huitt Cunningham were performing and touring with Greene at the beginning of the 21st century.