Friday, August 23, 2019

Abby K


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Sitting inside The Vault at The Play Room in Charlotte Eddie Zee said, "We've all had what Abby is singing about.  An it should have been me moment."  In all walks of life music plays a huge role in how we're shaped into adults.  During those steps we're either listening to, watching or making the beats that somehow become the soundtrack to one or millions we'll never meet.  I didn't know at the age of 16 that forty one years later I would meet another 16 year old with the same passion to put music to work.  Not just in sound but through the vibration of inspiration.  I was that kid that spent unheard of hours staring at KISS posters trying to figure out their unseen personal image.  Captivated by the mystery and inspired by all things possible, being a member of the KISS Army meant I had to hit the road with more than a dream.  In all things I'd do the mission was to tell the story of every singer/songwriter and musician that somehow got to be more than normal kids plucking away on metal strings.  Gene Simmons not only played a huge role during my 40 years of radio but through the presence of music he's made a huge impact on Abby K's journey and sacrifice.  My first meeting with her felt like a mirrored image.  Across from me was every musician at 16.  The ambition, drive, loyalty, determination, dedication and willingness to reach far beyond the presence of all things right now.  The shyness was a place we've all stood.  Only to hear that she changes once the eye makeup is  laid into place upon a face that will soon crack the concrete walls that currently keep great Rock from being the fad favorite.  At 16 I too hid behind images in a band called Painted Face.  There's something about those masks musicians wear that enables the creative spirit to withstand the pressures of being compared.  Once inside the shoes of music the world feels good again.  Now lets sing.  The world is ready for Abby K.  The wait is over.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

John Wesley Chisholm


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18885683" data-resource="episode_id=18885683" 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-hide-download="false">Listen to "John Wesley Chisholm From The Woodstock Bus On CuriosityStream" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Mid-August marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the most famous rock concert of all time. In celebration of this milestone, a new documentary film – The Woodstock Bus – attempts to find and restore the lost psychedelic Volkswagen Bus that became a global symbol, not only of the Woodstock event, but the entire Woodstock generation and its quest for peace and love.

The bus, which was called “Light,” may be the most valuable piece of American automotive art ever. The only problem? No one can remember where it is. In The Woodstock Bus, filmmaker John Wesley Chisholm teams up with “Dr. Bob” Hieronimus, the bus’ original artist, in a journey across America’s highways back roads and junk yards to find the lost symbol of a generation, restore and repaint it, and bring it back to Woodstock where it belongs.

John Wesley Chisholm can discuss the new film, the unlikely paths he found himself in his goal to solve this 50-year mystery, and why the iconic bus remains a symbol of enduring hope for a better future. The Woodstock Bus is now available on CuriosityStream, the award-winning documentary streaming and on-demand service from Discovery Communications founder and media visionary John Hendricks.

Heather Cumiskey


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18885516" data-resource="episode_id=18885516" 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-hide-download="true">Listen to "Heather Cumiskey Releases I Love You Like That" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Set in 1984, 16-year-old Hannah Zandana struggles to fit in at school but catches the eye of her school’s bad boy (and drug dealer). Dealing with a verbally abusive father and an indifferent mother, Hannah is drawn into the alluring but dangerous drug-dealing scene of their wealthy Connecticut town. In I Love You Like That, Hannah must cope with a broken family and the assumed death of her ex-boyfriend Deacon who was shot, seeking comfort in the arms of all the wrong boys. But just outside of town, Deacon awakes in the hospital, realizing he has been entangled in a federal undercover sting operation as their informant. Thrown into the perilous world of Miami drug cartels, Deacon must take down the kingpin in order to win himself a lighter sentence and find his way back to Hannah.

Praise: “In her novel, Cumiskey (I Like You Like This, 2017) crafts not only an excellent portrait of teen life in the mid-’80s, but also a fun homage to cultural touchstones like Miami Vice….A teen tale that avoids easy answers while gliding to a confident landing.”  —Kirkus

“This young adult novel was full of surprises. I was not expecting the story to be this intricate and so detailed. The author added tiny details that later turned out to be big plot turning points. The fast pace of the story made it more interesting, while the amazing character development left me pleasantly surprised.” —Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review

Stephen Bishop


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Film fans have long treasured Bishop’s appearances in pictures such as Kentucky Fried Movie,The Blues Brothers,Twilight Zone: The Movie and, of course, his legendary cameo as the “Charming Guy with Guitar” in National Lampoon’s Animal House. In addition to the Oscar-nominated song “Separate Lives” from the movie White Nights, he’s contributed songs for other films, such as Tootsie,The China Syndrome, Roadie, Mickie & Maude and Unfaithfully Yours, among others.

Stephen Bishop's timeless hits include “On and On,” “Save it for a Rainy Day ” and “It Might Be You." Over the years, his songs have been covered by the likes of Phil Collins , Barbra Streisand , Art Garfunkel , the Four Tops , Davis Crosby , Kenny Loggins – even Luciano Pavarotti . His friend Eric Clapton has been a frequent collaborator, and Slowhand has even called Bishop one of his favorite singer-songwriters. “It’s a wonderful compliment, of course,” Bishop says. “Eric and I go way back to when he played on my first album, Careless , and we wrote a song called ‘Holy Mother’ from my Blueprint album.”

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Linda Lou From Marishi Ten

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Marishi Ten was born by the desire of front woman, Linda Lou (lead vocals/guitar) to conceive an evolving band that would encompass the foremost characteristics of time-honored heavy metal and hard rock. 
Deriving their name from the samurai goddess of light, the outfit has adorned itself with the deity’s authoritative presence, delivering solid riff-driven compositions with sweeping melodies and fierce approach.

Jeanne Blasberg


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Perfect for fans of The Dead Poets Society and The Circle, The Nine revolves around the relationship between well-meaning helicopter mom Hannah Webber and her son Sam as he enrolls in the  boarding school of her dreams, Dunning Academy. While Hannah’s angst over the feelings of his departure, her feelings of imposter syndrome as a midwestern Jew on the WASPY east coast, and her exceedingly high expectations for Sam’s success builds a rift in her marriage, Sam becomes entangled in the on campus secret society, uncovering a decades-long scandal conducted by those in highest power on campus. A perfect back to school pick that paints a perfect portrait of the misalignment of ambitions between teens and their parents.

Brian Baumgartner


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18875986" data-resource="episode_id=18875986" 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-hide-download="false">Listen to "Brian Baumgartner From One Last Night And The Office" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Directed & Directed by: Anthony Sabet
Starring: Rachele Schank, Luke Brandon Field, Brian Baumgartner, Ali Cobrin & Kelly Stables
Run Time: 83 minutes
Synopsis: On their first date, Alex and Zoe venture out to see a movie at a local theater. The film ends and the two become so engaged in a heated discussion that they do not notice the theater closing, leaving them locked inside. Their adventure starts out light and comical as they search for an escape and quickly find themselves falling for one another. Suddenly, a secret is revealed about Alex that abruptly changes Zoe's perception of the night. Perhaps, their escape room experience was not as accidental as she initially thought.
Here's the trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3A_Hmg2e6U

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Glenn Tilbrook From Squeeze


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Squeeze have announced the American leg of "The Squeeze Songbook 2019" tour that will see the UK legends play their extensive list of hits as well as rare, lesser-known gems from their back catalogue and solo careers. Tickets are on sale. For ticket information, visit http://www.squeezeofficial.com/shows/.
"I am over the moon to be announcing the 2019 tour with Squeeze," says lead vocalist and guitarist Glenn Tilbrook. "We've had something of a renaissance in the last few years, and look forward to this continuing, as we will play a set of songs that are both new, contemporary and as innovative as people have come to expect from us, along with the old beauties."
With a previous show at Coachella, forthcoming appearances at the KAABOO Del Mar and Bourbon and Beyond festivals, two critically-acclaimed albums in the last three years, numerous headlining appearances at festivals and sold-out solo shows, "something of a renaissance" seems like an understatement. The band will bring their scintillating live performances to the USA with a mix of not only the hits, but also rarities that span their 45-year career both as Squeeze and solo artists.
"I feel excited about the tour," adds guitarist Chris Difford. "It's a great band full of dedicated, hardworking, passionate people and we have a fabulous catalogue of songs to dip in and out of, so I feel completely blessed. I can't wait to strap on the electric guitar again and sing the songs that got me where I am today."
Difford and Tilbrook have been compared to Lennon and McCartney since "Take Me I'm Yours", their first release in 1978, blasted the band into the forefront of the UK music scene. Following hits including "Tempted", "Black Coffee in Bed", "Hourglass", "Cool For Cats", "Up The Junction" and "Pulling Mussels From The Shell", Squeeze established themselves as a vital part of the quintessential rock scene. These hits also established Difford and Tilbrook as two of the most prolific songwriters of their time with each amassing a wealth of melody-rich earworms over the past four decades as both Squeeze and solo artists. "The Difford and Tilbrook Songbook 2019" tour will capture the works of two of the most talented songsmiths working today.

Peri Zarrella And Ryan Michaeld


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Ten years ago, the original Psychic Kids chronicled the journeys of children who were learning to control their extraordinary psychic abilities - and it changed their lives. In eight all new episodes, those original kids, who are now successful young adults, will work as mentors to empower a new generation of young psychics. They spend time with the children and their families to assist them in not only taking control of their paranormal abilities, but also showing them the remarkable power of their immense gifts.

Peri Zarrella and Ryan Michaels are two of those children previously featured on the series who return as mentors to offer guidance and support for a new generation.

Psychic Kids will premiere Wednesday, August 21 at 10pm ET/PT immediately following the premiere of Ghost Hunters.

Chef Robert Del Grande


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18863989" data-resource="episode_id=18863989" 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-hide-download="true">Listen to "Chef Robert Del Grande Releases The California Fig Cookbook" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Robert Del Grande is chef and owner of Restaurant RDG + Bar Annie in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Northern California, Chef Del Grande’s philosophy is cooking with the freshest ingredients. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of San Francisco and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Riverside. His unique combination of chemistry meets culinary has proven successful. He won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest, has received the prestigious Silver Spoon Award from Food Arts, and has been inducted into the Who’s Who in American Cooking. Chef Del Grande has been featured in many national publications including Food & Wine, Food Arts, Saveur, Gourmet and Bon Appétit, and appeared in many television interviews.

Maude Garrett


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The funny and charming Aussie Maude Garrett is a popular TV and radio host, producer, voice actor and creator of “geeky” content. After a successful career in Australian Television and moving into radio to host the Hot 30 Countdown nationwide, Maude decided it was time to set her sights on Los Angeles. As the host of The Hot Hits Live From LA, Maude was a staple at every major red-carpet premiere where she interviewed the world’s biggest stars including Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon. Focusing on her true passion (“being a nerd”), Maude launched Geek Bomb, the popular online destination and YouTube channel (with over 100K subscribers), focusing on movies, TV, comic books, video games & more.

Bill Sullivan

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In PLEASED TO MEET ME: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are (published by National Geographic) research scientist Bill Sullivan offers a groundbreaking new window into how genetics, epigenetics and microbes work with our environment to make us who we are. Sullivan, a professor of pharmacology and microbiology at Indiana University School of Medicine, draws on cutting-edge research to illuminate how our genes not only dictate our physical traits but can also have an enormous influence on our personality and behavior.

With wit and humor, Sullivan deconstructs provocative studies suggesting that certain genes influence whether someone is a liberal or conservative, violent or timid, lean or obese. But genetic makeup, he explains, is only part of the picture. Through a process called epigenetics, the environment can actually modify our DNA, which may explain how the behavior of our parents — for example, our mother’s behavior during pregnancy or whether our father was a smoker — can play a wide-ranging role in obesity, depression, anxiety and more.

Sullivan also examines recent studies regarding how our microbiota — the trillions of microbes living inside our gut — can affect our behavior and mood. The book draws from the latest psychology research to reveal why and how our brain can trick us into performing irrational behaviors or actions detrimental to our well-being and society. It also explains why people with opposing points of view struggle to convince one another to change their minds.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Brittany Williams And Aaron Parker

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Hyperdrive “looks like the best new car show in decades,” according to The Drive. The series is filmed in Rochester, New York, on a crazy obstacle course that competitors must navigate while driving modified cars. But it’s not just about the cars and obstacles, it’s about the people behind the wheel.

Fielding Shredder (yes - his real name) is a driving instructor at Rally School in Austin, TX.

Brittany Williams is from Lewisville, TX, and is currently one of the top female drifters in the Lone Star state. She’s even getting married at a drifting competition.

Aaron Parker of Quartz Hill, CA, currently works works three jobs to support his family: a Dodger Stadium employee, a mechanic for Formula Drift and sells car parts on the side. He was raised by a single mom who fostered 38 babies over the years and adopted 5 special needs infants.

Faruk Kugay is a part time pizza deliveryman in San Francisco who earned his Pro1 license last year, who has worked a multitude of odd jobs to support his racing dream.

Amber Balcaen


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Racing Wives follows the lives of NASCAR’s most prominent wives and women. The new series follows the personal and professional lives of driver Amber Balcaen, Samantha Busch, Ashley Bush, Whitney Ward Dillon and others in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina, where the who’s who of stock car racing live. Racing Wives offers a glimpse into the sport watched by millions each week, but focuses on relatable issues such as family, friendship, careers and work-balance.

Amber Balcaen is from Winnipeg, Canada. She started racing when she was 10, mostly on dirt track. She joined the cast of Racing Wives as an opportunity to share her story. She doesn’t come from money, and she is a Canadian woman in a very American, male-centric sport. Through hard work and dedication she hopes to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional NASCAR driver.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Steve Gold

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Steve  Gold, co-founder of Peace of Stage, LLC, was at the  1969 festival, and years later obtained the original wooden stage from the event. The company is now celebrating the legacy of the festival by creating collectible artifacts from that very stage. 
“We decided to create various items of that legendary festival by offering small pieces of (literally) the centerpiece  of the event, the Woodstock stage – the same floorboards on which Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and other rock greats  made magic – as collectibles they can treasure,” says Gold. “People have an intense emotional attachment to the festival, whether they were there or not. With the Woodstock 50th concert still  up in the air, the original stage is the only artifact that exists for people to touch and reflect upon. Its importance is beyond measure – it’s like the Holy Grail of rock music. To be able to give them a chance to own sections of the original stage is something  I had to see through.” 
Gold, who grew up near the concert site in Bethel, NY (and who attended all three days of Woodstock when he was  just 15 years old), recalls how the stage was the focal point for the nearly half million people in attendance. “I had a friend whose father worked electricity for the festival, so I had unrestricted access to what we might call the backstage area,” he says.  “I’ll never forget all of those people looking at the stage, half a million people directing their energy to one place. There were no cell phones; nobody was taking pictures to post on Instagram. You had a million eyeballs witnessing the greatest music that  was ever played in real time. And it was all happening on these pieces of plywood.”
Weeks after the concert, Gold helped his girlfriend’s father unload pieces of plywood from a truck that were to  be used to build a paddleboard court. “I was told it was the wood from the original Woodstock stage, and I couldn’t believe it,” he says. “I was literally holding sections of where Jimi Hendrix stood.”
Forty-eight years after Woodstock, Gold couldn’t shake the memory, and he  traveled back to the Robi Lane bungalow colony in upstate New York (about 15 miles from the original concert site at Yasgur’s Farm), where that same paddleboard court still existed. Much of the wood from the Woodstock stage also remained, and Gold, realizing  its significance, persuaded the owners of the bungalow colony to let him take possession of it. “I got 3,000 square feet,” he says. “There was still painting on the wood in certain places, and I knew they were markings. I looked at concert pictures and said,  ‘That’s where Richie Havens was playing.’”
To honor the Golden Anniversary of Woodstock, Gold, along with Randy Garcia  and David Marks, founded Peace of Stage to offer music fans the opportunity to purchase pieces of the genuine authenticated flooring in various collectibles, such as Peace Pendants, Stage Frames (with a four-square-inch piece of the stage) and Stage Cubes  (which feature nine-square-inch pieces of the stage).
As Matt Marks, the Director of Digital Marketing for Peace of Stage, explains,  the minute people open these collectibles the effect is profound: “Something they’ve only seen in pictures is suddenly right in their hands. It’s something they can hold and touch. The connection is immediate. We’ve even heard from people who say they’ve put  their ear to the pieces of wood, and they can feel the vibrations of the music.”
Adds Gold, “We get emails from people who have bought these pieces as remembrances  of loved ones. The stories we hear are so touching and gratifying.”

Lonnie And Sandy Phillips

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Tragedy in Aurora is about the July 20, 2012 murder of budding sports journalist Jessica (Jessi) Redfield Ghawi in a public mass shooting, and the widening circle of pain it inflicted on her family, friends, police, medical first responders, and others. The book is at the same time a deep examination of the causes and potential cures of the quintessential 21st century American sickness-public mass shootings. At the heart of that examination is an unpacking of America's deep polarization and political gridlock. It addresses head on the question of why? Why is American gun violence so different from other countries? Why does nothing seem to change?
The "Parkland kids" inspired hope of change. But the ultimate questions stubbornly remain-what should, what can, and what will Americans do to reduce gun violence? Tragedy in Aurora argues that the answer lies in a conscious cultural redefinition of American civic order.
Over recent decades, America has defined a cultural "new normal" about guns and gun violence. Americans express formalistic dismay after every public mass shooting. But many accept gun violence as an inevitable, even necessary, and to some laudable part of what it means to be "American." Although Americans claim to be shocked with each new outrage, so far they have failed to coalesce around an effective way to reduce gun death and injury. The debate is bogged down in polarized and profoundly ideological political and cultural argument. Meanwhile, America continues to lead the globe in its pandemic levels of gun deaths and injuries. Combined with the cynical "learned helplessness" of its politicians, the result is gridlock and a growing roll of victims of carnage.
Is there a path out of this cultural and political gridlock? Tragedy in Aurora argues that if America is to reduce gun violence it must expand the debate and confront the fundamental question of "who are we?" Tom Diaz gives a new understanding of American culture and the potential for change offered by the growing number and ongoing organization of victims and survivors of gun violence. Without conscious cultural change, the book argues, there is little prospect of effective laws or public policy to reduce gun violence in general and public mass shootings in particular.
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Our mission at SURVIVORS EMPOWERED is to empower survivors of violence to use their stories to create a reduction in violence that we all desire.
Survivors Empowered is an organization founded by Sandy and Lonnie Phillips after the slaughter of their daughter, Jessica Redfield Ghawi and eleven others in the Aurora Colorado Theater Mass Shooting in 2012. Their original non-profit, Jessi's Message, has grown into Survivors Empowered - a national organization created By Survivors, For Survivors, Empowering Survivors.
We provide support and referrals for services to survivors of violence, and connect you to a support network of other survivors in your area.
We educate survivors how to tell their stories in a compelling way to speak to the issue of violence in their communities.
Our Oral History Film project allows wounded gun violence survivors to archive their stories for research purposes.
Our Rapid Response Team is made up of veteran survivors of violence that have walked the walk. After a mass casualty event, local governments and law enforcement are overwhelmed. Victims are in total shock or fighting for their lives. No one understands what the victims need better than those of us who have gone through it.

Cherie Currie And Brie Darling


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The Runaways front-woman and solo artist Cherie Currie and Fanny drummer and singer Brie Darling were ‘70s icons who got the headlines.  Unfortunately, they didn’t always get the credit they deserved as strong women holding their own in all girl bands forging new ground in a rock & roll playing field then dominated by their male peers.

While Currie and Darling had a mutual admiration for each other, the two didn’t meet until 2017, when Darling reached out to Currie to contribute vocals to Fanny Walked the Earth, a reunion album from the trailblazing band Fanny, - the first all-female band signed to a major label (Reprise) in 1969. Now fierce friends and cool collaborators, they’re singing together on the new album, The Motivator - a 12-song album featuring nine classic covers by bands including T. Rex, The Rolling Stones, Buffalo Springfield, Stevie Wonder, and John Lennon, plus three powerful new originals, including the tough rocker “Too Bruised” and the topical “This Is Our Time”. The tour is set for late 2019.
"The Motivator" also features a host of family and friends to do backups, including Currie’s sister, actress Sondra Currie, her ex-husband, actor Robert Hays; friends, Susan Olsen of Brady Bunch fame and actress/director, Allison Scagliotti.  Darling’s brother, Henry Berry is on “He Ain’t Heavy”; and brother Phil Berry does a guitar solo on the Kinks tune “Do it Again” while her sister, Rory Berry Bishop plays drums on Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air.”  Patti Quatro—Suzi’s sister and a member of Fanny—plays guitar and sings on “For What It’s Worth.”
Darling, also known as Brie Howard, has recorded as drummer, singer and writer with Fanny in the ‘70s, as well as with the bands American Girls in the mid ‘80s and the Boxing Gandhis, who have put out three albums since the mid-90s.  As a backing vocalist, and percussionist, Darling played with or has written songs for the Pointer Sisters, Jimmy Buffett, ELO, Ringo Starr, Carole King and more.

Darling and Currie both have also acted in several films.  Currie starred with Jodie Foster in "Foxes" (1980) and Brie starred in the film "Android," opposite Klaus Kinski.  Brie’s creativity also extends to the kitchen as she is a cake artist who won her episode on the Food Network’s Cake Wars.

Pod-Crashing Episode 22

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Episode 22: When It Finally Sinks In
When what finally sinks in?  This!  Well what is this?  Right.  Before 2012 I was all out radio.  Not against podcasting.  I was just radio.  I mean a totally sick puppy that spent 12 to 15 hours a day writing and producing commercials while performing physical shows in several different markets.  Part of the workday plan was to blog.  The goal?  Write about everything.  Not text.  Not IM.  Blog!  It was my real voice.  I could say anything.  Which put me in several large circles outside the realms of radio. 
Cool!  A following that wasn’t being controlled by program directors and consultants.  I was in charge of my own content and how it was being delivered.  The goal was to drive the numbers up on the stations website.  Big task for a non-morning show air talent.  Not a battle.  No war wounds.  Just an open mind to walk and not jump into this new age of sharing information. 
I loved my readers so much that letting them hear my physical verbal inflection had to be the next step.  I know!  I’ll Vlog!  They can see and hear me!  No no noooo.  A total disaster.  It was at this point of the digital journey that I realized most blog readers want the intimacy of reading alone.  Pictures of long haired radio people with radio voices interrupted the interpretation of what they were pulling from the blogs. 
My numbers dropped in the worst way.  How the hell was I going to get them back?  Angry at my decision to one up the performance I chose to walk away from the entire digital process to write a book called Scrambled Eggs.  I wouldn’t return until it was published. 
When it finally sinks in.  When what finally sinks in?  This!  Well what is this?  Right.  That 2.5 year break from blogging and pretending to be a radio performer is what set the stage up for podcasting to take up space inside this open field of who the hell am I?  Then there it was.  A television commercial for Chevrolet bragging about how their new models featured wireless internet. 
My Beatles moment.  Blue Tooth was going to connect smart phones to the sound system in the car.  I wanted to be on that platform!  But with what?  I talked over song intros.  Podcasts are an hour or longer.   
I didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing.  I sat down many times with national decision makers.  The man that brought me to the Carolina’s in 1985 seemed ok with the idea but I can still hear him, “It doesn’t make money.  So no you don’t have my attention.” 
Every publication and broadcast blog spoke of the proper podcast length but nobody could decide.  There wasn’t enough research to prove anything right.  I was in charge of production for six radio stations I couldn’t stop the wheel to pull off an hour long show.  Which is a cheap way of saying I had no fricken idea what I was going to talk about. 
When it finally sinks in.  When what finally sinks in?  This!  Well what is this?  Right.  Wait!  It’s 2012!  Those closest to the money in broadcasting aren’t interested in what I’m doing means I can make up my own rules!  It was sinking in!  You can’t break something if what you’re trying to create doesn’t exist. 
Sixty second Classic Rock Reports.  Yes!  The more I did the more listeners I was picking up.  Before long I had the attention of music promoters which led to actors, authors and famous chefs.  But something was still missing.  My real voice.  The one created by blogging.  Where I could talk about anything!  Vlogging didn’t work, why would I take a chance on podcasting?  I finally broke the ice in 2013 with a Podcast called The Choice.  My addiction to creativity would serve as the platform.  Normal people don’t put in 12 to 15 hours at work.  I had a habit and it was all connected to creativity. 
Utilizing my passion to write blogs I redesigned the layout by getting the attention off me and onto the listener.  I’m not the only creative person on the planet.  Outside of Julia Cameron where are the coaches and mentors that lead the builders and shapers through the desert?  They’re not there! 
When it finally sinks in.  When what finally sinks in?  This!  Well what is this?  Right.  Bringing life to a niche requires unique and a willingness to learn how to fail.  Each time I found my face in the mud I went deeper with the exposure of what it’s like to be a creative.  Transparency became the steps that started to climb.     
While the conversations with the people of fame continued to grow stronger and stronger so was the podcast The Choice.  Texture was beginning to take shape.  Learning how to find listeners meant playing by the same blogging rules.  Write and talk about everything.  One podcast will lead listeners to other podcasts.  Cross pollinating the podcasts served as an invitation for listeners to explore.  Oh he does this too!  And this? 
A friend asked me in 2015, “What are you doing?  One minute you’re landing a conversation with Yoko Ono then you’re talking about writing books.  Your Facebook page doesn’t represent the person I thought I knew.”   
Remember I am no expert.  I’m a daily student.  I show up in this recording studio every morning at 5:30 to try and figure out why I’m here and not where my dreams should’ve landed me.  Only one GM supported my footsteps during my final moments in terrestrial radio.  He was enthusiastic because I was energized.  He listened to my gut reaction to how listeners could get what they on demand.  Any subject about every possible thing.  This is where you put in the sponsor. 
His exact words, “I don’t know what you’re doing but I understand why you’re doing it.” 
Today iHeart Radio boasts with a very loud voice how they’re the world’s largest podcast outlet.  I’m blessed to host 9 completely different podcasts on the platform. 
So what’s the moral of the story?  When it finally sinks in.  When what finally sinks in?  This!  Well what is this?  Right.  That moment when you decide how important your art is to the world.  When you sit down and record your first podcast.  Struggle to get the second finished while endlessly envisioning new ideas that could lead my listeners to your performance. 
When it finally sinks in that podcasting isn’t going away.  It’s just getting started.  There’s a lot of weeds in this wheat field.  Quoting Steven Furtick, you can’t pull what doesn’t belong in the field out.  You’ll injure the roots of the wheat.  In all things podcasting, great shows to shake your head can’t believe I just sat through that.  Let it grow.  Let the weeds live with the wheat.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Grant Wilson And Mustafa Gatollari From Ghost Hunters On A&E





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Grant Wilson And Mustafa Gatollari From Ghost Hunters On A&E
Fifteen years after introducing the world to the field of authentic paranormal investigation, Ghost  Hunters returns to A&E on Wednesday, August 21 at 9pm (ET/PT.) Original team leader Grant Wilson and his handpicked group of professional ghost hunters use their decades of field experience to investigate  hauntings across the country.

Engaging forensic experts, historical records and the most innovative technology available, the new squad will help everyday people who are struggling with unexplained supernatural phenomena. The team is committed to discovering the truth to give relief to  those plagued by paranormal activity and will follow the evidence they uncover wherever it may lead. The new crew working alongside Grant includes paranormal investigators Daryl Marston, Kristen Luman, Brandon Alvis, Mustafa Gatollari, Brian Murray and Richel  Stratton.

In the the first episode, "Ghost Hunters: School Spirit,” Wilson and his team investigate activity at a century old high school in Pocatello, Idaho, after being contacted by the principal. During her tenure, the principal has dismissed many of these rumors  as mere urban legends. However, when the school’s security cameras capture an unexplained electrical disturbance followed by what appears to be a ghostly apparition in the hallway, she begins to fear there may be some truth to the local legends. Might Pocatello  High School truly be haunted? Or is there some other explanation? The Ghost Hunters are on the case to investigate.

Grant S. Wilson has been actively involved in all types of paranormal investigations since his first intense encounter with the supernatural at age 15. He has paved the way for much  of the modern field through his work with The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S), a group he co-founded nearly 30 years ago. Grant’s uniquely tempered approach to the discipline helped capture the world’s attention on Ghost  Hunters and Ghost Hunters International, both of which  he produced. Grant has been featured on many popular news, talk shows and late night programs, has authored six books on the paranormal, and is even an avid composer, Grant has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people and impacted millions more worldwide  with his extensive knowledge and down-to-earth technique.

Mustafa Gatollari is the paranormal historian and site analyst of the “Ghost Hunters” team. Mustafa has over 80 investigations under his belt in his decade long work, focusing  primarily on private homes and helping ordinary people. As a writer, Mustafa likes to approach an investigation the way an investigative journalist might approach a story – he not only enjoys conducting interviews with witnesses and digging into a property’s  public records, but he’s also skilled in uncovering information quickly, which is an asset in any investigation under a tight schedule.

Dana Schwartz


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Noble Blood is a new history podcast produced by Aaron Mahnke and iHeartRadio and hosted by Dana Schwartz.
Noble Blood explores the stories of some of history's most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the murdered, and everyone in between.
The world is full of ill-fated love affairs, bad decisions, and family drama, but for a monarch, the personal will determine the fate of nations. And when you're wearing a crown, mistakes tend to mean blood.
Listen to a sample podcast here:
http://noblebloodtales.com/
Dana Schwartz is the author of three books, including the memoir CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER and forthcoming humor book THE WHITE MAN'S GUIDE TO WHITE MALE WRITERS OF THE WESTERN CANON.
She's written for The New Yorker, Marie Claire, GQ, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, and more.
Dana currently lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Beetlejuice.

DeRay Davis

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VH1's Hip Hop Squares is  VH1’s version of the classic game show “HOLLYWOOD SQUARES.” Featuring the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment as they “come to play and stay to party,” celebrity contestants will match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar  squares.

This season’s celebrity guests include Ice Cube, T.I., Rick Ross, Ray J, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Nene Leakes, Deon Cole, Tamar Braxton, Jordyn Woods, Lori Harvey and many more.
DeRay's hilarious new hour special How  to Act Black was released on Netflix in November 2017. He hosted for the second season of VH1’s HIP HOP SQUARES,executive  produced by Ice Cube. He is gearing up for his recurring role in the third season of FX’s Snowfall. Recently, he appeared on the big screen in All  Eyez On Me and Grow House alongside Snoop Dogg and Lil Duval.

Peter Hermann


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Peter Hermann stars as Charles Brooks on the hit romantic comedy Younger currently airing Wednesday’s at 10pm ET/PT on TV Land. Created by Darren Star, the series was just picked up for a 7th season, making it TV Land’s longest running original scripted series.

Younger follows Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a talented editor navigating the highly competitive world of publishing — while juggling the complications of mixing business with pleasure and facing the lie she created about her age to land her dream job. In season six, Kelsey (Hilary Duff) is leaning into her new role as publisher at the freshly minted Millennial Print, while Liza and Charles get acclimated to their new normal now that Charles (Hermann) is no longer running the business.

If it seems like you’ve seen Peter Hermann everywhere lately, you’re not imaging it! It’s been a busy summer for the actor and he was recently on the cover of People Magazine with his wife, Mariska Hargitay. For the last 18 seasons, Hermann has had a recurring role on NBC Universal's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He is the author of If the S in MOOSE Comes Loose, his first children's book.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

KP And Nessie

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VH1’s upcoming new series Black Ink Crew: Compton follows Danny “KP” Kirkpatrick and his crew at ‘IAMCompton,’ the first-ever tattoo shop in Compton. Compton, known for its musical influence and iconic street art, is an artistic melting-pot ready for the newest tat crew to share their talent.

KP is the self-proclaimed “Prince of Compton” whose passion for tattooing led to founding IAMCompton - inking those exact words on his own skin. He is known as an elite tattoo artist, having inked some of the biggest names in entertainment. With a new shop opening and television series on the way, KP and his long-time partner, Kyla Pratt, careers are at an all time high.

Lemeir hails from Philadelphia and knows what it takes to make it in a tough neighborhood, turning street knowledge into serious business acumen. His early ambitions led to the creation of “Happy Ice,” a successful food truck with a popular following. With a bright future ahead and his first child on the way, Lemeir is even more dedicated to accomplishing his goals with his high school sweetheart, Danielle, by his side.

CJ Box

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No longer working for law enforcement, Cassie has started a career as a private investigator in Montana, and is getting steady work though she resents the time she has to spend away from her son. When a close acquaintance calls on her to take a distasteful case—Blake Kleinsasser, the wealthy son and designated heir of a prosperous ranching family, has been accused of assaulting his niece, and his lawyer wants the details investigated—Cassie reluctantly agrees to take the job. But a visit to the town where the Kleinsassers live reveals that everyone in the area owes some kind of loyalty to the family—or has a reason to fear them. Finding out what really happened won’t be easy in a place that seems to be united against her.

Dirty Honey


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Los Angeles’ rock band Dirty Honey is geared up for an ambitious 2019. Led by frontman Marc Labelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and drummer Corey Coverstone, the band recently released their debut EP. Produced by Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine), the self-titled release is available now, accompanied by a non-stop touring schedule.
Dirty Honey is set to perform at more than a dozen festivals this summer including Sonic Temple, Welcome To Rockville, Rocklahoma, Louder Than Life, Exit 111 Festival, Heavy MTL, and Epicenter among others. Additionally, the band is supporting on dates with The Who, Guns N Roses, Slash, and Alterbridge. As NPR Music said about the band, “Don’t believe anyone if they tell you ‘rock is dead.’ Dirty Honey rocks in the best possible way.”
Self-titled debut EP out now.
“When I’m Gone” now top 10 at Rock Radio. Chosen as the iHeart Radio On the Verge Rock Artist. Campaign runs on all iHeart Radio Rock stations and websites for the months of July and August!
New single “When I’m Gone” has been featured on 30+ playlists including Rock This, Rock Hard, New Music Friday US, New Noise, Just Rock, Breaking Hard Rock and All New Rock.
“When I’m Gone” is the official theme song for WWE “Extreme Rules 2019 Festival plays include: Sonic Temple, Welcome to Rockville, Epicenter, Rocklahoma, Louder Than Life, Heavy MTL, Impact Festival, and Exit 111 Festival.
Supporting Guns N Roses, Slash and Alterbridge in Summer / Fall 2019
REPRESENTATION: Mark DiDia | Red Light Management
Ken Fermaglich | United Talent Agency
Adam Lowenberg| Primary Wave Music Publishing

Sherri Shepherd

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After spending five years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, 25-year-old Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge) is elated to be back on the football field as a linebacker at Long Beach City College playing the game he loves. But that feeling is shattered when he learns from his probation officer that he must wear an electronic ankle monitor and is prohibited from setting foot on the college campus. Falsely accused of rape as a 16-year old, Brian lost out on a USC scholarship and the possibility of pursuing an NFL career. Now he's fighting to regain the life he dreamed of despite his age and his criminal record. While his mother Leomia (Sherri Shepherd) does her best to lift his spirits, the inability to play the game he truly loves, coupled with the constant rejection he receives when applying for jobs, takes an emotional toll on him.
After seeing a TV news story about lawyer Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear), co-founder of the California Innocence Project (CIP), Brian writes to him with a passionate plea for help. Brooks knows the chances of exoneration are virtually non-existent, but after meeting with Brian and hearing his story, he eventually agrees to take a closer look at the case. During an interview with the CIP lawyers, Brian describes the transformative experience he had while locked in solitary confinement. What saved him from that nightmare was a class he took in juvenile hall with Jerome Johnson (Morgan Freeman), whose wise words helped Brian focus his mental and spiritual energies in a positive way during the worst time of his life. Later, while applying for a job at a local gym, Brian meets Karina (Melanie Liburd), a personal trainer. On a date, he tells her about his wrongful conviction. Her initial discomfort is exacerbated by her own experience as a victim of sexual assault, but as she learns to trust Brian she becomes a source of support and comfort in his struggle to set the record straight. When, out of the blue, Brian's accuser Kennisha (Xosha Roquemore) reaches out to him on social media, he's justifiably afraid. After all, any contact with her is enough to send him straight back to prison. But Brian also sees an opportunity to clear his name if he can get her to recant her accusation on camera, which he miraculously manages to do. Unfortunately, a legal technicality renders the video inadmissible.
Brian is not the kind of person who gives up easily, however. With time running out, he and Brooks make one last attempt to convince the District Attorney to reopen the case and vacate the wrongful conviction before it's too late. An unforgettable true story about the resilience of the human spirit, and a powerful call to reform our broken justice system, Brian Banks is an extraordinary film that will move and inspire audiences with its message of hope and perseverance.
Brian Banks is directed byTom Shadyac Bruce Almighty, The Nutty Professor)from a screenplay by Doug Atchison (Akeelah and the Bee). The film stars Aldis Hodge ("Underground,"HiddenFigures), Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, As Good as It Gets), Sherri Shepherd (Precious, "30Rock"), Melanie Liburd (This is Us," "Gypsy") and Xosha Roquemore ("The Mindy Project," "I'm Dying Up Here").

Philip Mudd

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The former director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center and the FBI’s National Security Branch, Philip Mudd is no stranger to covert ops, enhanced interrogation techniques, and extraordinary renditions.  Yet in his honesty and forthrightness about our intelligence shortcomings in the War on Terror, he has sometimes invited the criticism of some high ranking figures.  That candor comes to the fore in BLACK SITE: The CIA in the Post 9/11 World (Liveright: July 30, 2019), Mudd’s sober, balanced assessment of “The Program,” the post-9/11 strategy developed by the CIA to hold captured prisoners, extract information and prevent another catastrophic attack.
After framing what the CIA was like before Al-Qaida, Mudd delves into the planning, operating, and disassembling of the notorious “black sites”—which were the secret CIA-run prisons used to interrogate captives from battlefields around the world. Questions about these “black sites,” which were based in foreign countries for legal reasons, have been circulating for years: how were prisoners transported there?  What did these secret prisons look like? How were the detainees “broken”—and what happened after?
While providing us with answers, Mudd shows how deeply thought out every single step of the process was.
What happened internally in the decade after the attacks has so rarely been discussed or written about publicly. So Mudd laces this history with interviews with former colleagues, allowing them to voice how they felt in those exact moments. Surprisingly, the 2014 Senate report didn’t even include interviews of CIA officers, many of whom have not spoken in public and would have never spoken without this book. Nearly two decades later, most tend to look back on those critical days with their hands up, a mixture of guilt and we had to.

Lisa Ingber


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She shows up for every conversation with a heart blessed with endless laughter.  This particular time we conducted our talk at a school of broadcasting because I wanted the students to experience the mind blowing fun that Lisa always provides.  I literally told the students "Do not prepare for this conversation.  Lisa has a way of invisibly taking whatever you write and tossing it into the trash.  You can't go into a conversation with her thinking you're going to control the outcome of every question.  That's why it's always so much fun to sit back and let Lisa be herself.

Monday, August 12, 2019

London Brown

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Born and raised in South Central, Los Angeles, London is a trained comedian, actor and dancer. He stars on the HBO series "Ballers" opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Previously he was the lead in "The Hustle" for The Fuse Network which was created and produced by Prentice Penny. He just won Best Actor for his role in Asia A at the Overcome Festival and won Best International Comedian at the 2013 Black Comedy Awards in the UK. Also opened for Chris Tucker and many other headliners, currently headlining his own comedy tour.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Pod-Crashing Episode 21

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Episode 21: The Bridge

I was reminded a few weeks back that podcasting has always been the underground of broadcasting.  Meaning those doing it in the early days and somewhat today were and are anti-radio.  They wanted no part in the big corporate decision making because most of them were ousted from the center of their dream career.
I don’t know about others but from day one of my terrestrial radio decades I was always told that hard work dedication and loyalty don’t guarantee the gold watch at 50 years.  In fact those three ingredients can lead to the infamous pink slip.  A program director once told me how he wasn’t comfortable with hiring people that came with such morals.  It got in the way of everyday radio changes.
I understand the underground aspect of podcasting versus radio.  I also understand why iHeart Radio announced this week that some of their 850 terrestrial radio stations will serve as a platform for some of iHearts 250,000 podcasts. 
It’s a brilliant marriage.  For the first time it actually feels like podcasters are being treated like Broadcasters.  But what podcast episodes get the nod?  What were the qualifications?  For those in the podcast underground this is exactly why there’s been a solid line between the two shapes of communication.  The decisions are being made by the very people that ripped 6,000 plus brilliant radio people away from their on air jobs and replaced them with Ryan Seacrest and Bobby Bones.
Wow!  That sounded pretty mean didn’t it?  Especially since I’m a huge fan of Bobby’s podcast.  The point is… Here is this lovely little piece of broadcast soil that’s been surviving on its own for two decades and someone’s knocking on the door with a brilliant opportunity to reach out to newer listeners by way of terrestrial radio’s enormous impact.  I get it.  But let’s do it without the voices already heard on that stage.
There are some brilliant performers in the world of podcasting.  Mind blowing fresh ideas with the guts to break down old fashioned programming.  I’d love to hear Marc Maron on a Sunday night iHeart Broadcast but would hate to be the editor that’s getting minimum wage to silence the F bombs. 
The golden ring is dangling in the breeze.  The opportunity to jump onto the airwaves of the world’s largest broadcast company but how will the shows be forced to change?  It’s an honest question.  I love talking with every podcaster that’s available to share their journey.  It’s pretty cool to not only swap ideas but to hear the hunger in their soul to bring their vocal art to life. 
Book authors that had to train themselves to use their god given voice.  Being heard to most authors is showing up on a page in a book, magazine or newspaper.  Now they get the chance to make sounds from their mouth?  Terrestrial radio people know that when big business is involved in the broadcast it comes with formats that shout, “Do it our way of you don’t get to play.” 
Look…I’m the same way with my 15 different podcasts.  Each has its own personality and purpose.  The broadcast platform is surviving on its own and doesn’t need a knuckle head to drop in a few episodes and screw it up.  I met a terrestrial radio programmer one time that would’ve taken that thought and calmly replied, “This is why I can’t hire you.  You’re stuck in your way.  You’ve got to learn how to expand.  If it means me redesigning your layout.  So it goes.” 
Will Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy is getting a spot.  The first episode of season two teams him up with presidential candidate Karmala Harris. 
Seriously this is a brilliant move for iHeart Media.  Content sent out over a 14 second song intro no longer makes connections with long term listeners.  The average length of Ron Burgundy is 35 to 50 minutes.  I listen to the entire show.  Before podcasting terrestrial radio barely got seven minutes of my time before I jumped to another station. 
I can’t believe I’m saying this but I hope this move from iHeart inspires other major outlets to begin utilizing podcasting.  It would be a great way for small town owners to make time spent listening bucks.   With the internet connecting itty bitty cities to the globe all things shooting from your server can be a money maker.  Hell I remember when Larry King was only heard on the Mutual Radio Network during a time when every radio station was ABC NBC or CBS. 
I’m gonna get kicked out of the podcasters club for not being anti-radio enough.  Actually I see it as nothing more than another platform to push push push.  But will the episodes have to follow a strict format?  The organic behavior associated with podcasting is what makes it sweet to listen to.  Which is what earned me an email last week from a podcaster that made it a point to remind me that putting the shows out there is another way for the companies to make money and the podcaster to make less. 
There are so many ways to look at the possibility.  Radio making money off other people’s talent is no different than 1950’s Boss Jock Radio.  The partnership between iHeart and podcasters finally gives podcasters well deserved recognition.  The number of business owners that still don’t know about podcasting won’t spend a dime until the seasoned leaders in making money for radio help gas up this new age engine. 
I can’t help but wonder though how the surface of terrestrial radio is going to change when it comes to future hirings.  Tomorrow’s talent is gonna have to know how to podcast.  Your digital numbers will either catch the attention of the major corporations or invite leaders to look elsewhere.  Just keep in mind.  If your podcast opens the door for you to get employment the features you write and produce probably won’t belong to you.  Once you quit or have been terminated the big guys have every right to keep everything that fell from your creative journey.
So what’s the moral of the story?  Radio and podcasting aren’t just looking at each other from afar.  Physically airing them on Sunday night’s means the relationship has moved to first base.  There’s some touching going on.  No need to call the parental figures.  It’s safe play for now.  Keep in mind radio has been around for 99 years.  In order to survive the industry has learned how to beg borrow and steal.  Protect your art while enjoying the respect iHeart Radio is sharing.    

William McKeever


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Ocean conservationist, filmmaker and author William McKeever sends a call-to-action to save sharks. He dispels the Jaws myth of sharks as man-eaters in his new book Emperors of the Deep.
McKeever claims that without the ocean's most important guardians, our seas will experience ecological disaster.
In the new film, Emperors of the Deep, companion to the new book, Emperors of the Deep: Sharks-The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians (July 2019; HarperOne, ISBN 978-0062932990, PRICE $25.99; Hardcover), author and Conservationist William McKeever is on a mission to change everyone's views of the mysterious creatures of the deep. The book takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey around the world and deep under the water's surface-from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific-to dispel the narrative about sharks (from Jaws to "Shark Week,)" which claims they're terrifying underwater predators. McKeever says, "Sharks are unequivocally essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. When these important apex predators are removed from the ocean, the effect on reefs, seagrass and all the marine ecosystems is catastrophic for generations to come."
Author William McKeever is a writer, a documentary filmmaker and the founder of the non-profit Safeguard the Seas, dedicated to ocean conservation. McKeever is the author of Emperors of the Deep, the producer and director of the forthcoming feature-length global documentary Emperors of the Deep-which has not been previously released-to further raise awareness.
After McKeever saw a shark tournament, he was so incensed that he left his job in finance and now donates all of his time to ocean conservation and saving sharks. He embarked on a two-year journey around the world to write the book and produce the film because every year the plight of the shark is getting worse. Emperors of the Deep features the first female captains of Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior, the South African trackers of great whites, and the self-professed "last great shark hunter."
The book includes interviews with world-renowned shark scientists who have examined the Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White sharks. McKeever dispels the myth of sharks as man-eaters. Humans killed 100 million sharks last year while human fatalities from sharks were only 4 WORLDWIDE. Sharks are in trouble. An estimated 32 percent of open ocean sharks-including the scalloped hammerhead and whale shark-are currently threatened with extinction. Sharks are 450 million years old and have survived five extinction level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs.
Shark fins sell for as much as $300 per pound to make soup. Around the world, consumers are eating more shark meat and using the sharks to make cosmetics. Shark tourism is a growing business. A single shark generates an estimated $100,000-$250,000 per year in revenues.
Scientists have made exciting new discoveries about the over 500 species of sharks. For example, the Thresher shark kills with its tail, not its jaws. The Epaulette shark "walks" on top of coral reefs in search of prey during low tide. Sharks can dive 4,000 feet below the surface where water temperatures are barely above freezing, and the water pressure crushes most animals. Sharks have developed a sixth sense to detect electrical fields that they use to navigate thousands of miles or to bite prey with intricate precision. As apex predators, sharks are crucial to the ocean's health by maintaining reef and seagrass ecosystems.
The Emperors of the Deep movie is being shown as an exclusive private screening and will be released to the general public in 2020.

Laura Gomez


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Laura Gómez, actress, voiceover artist, writer, and director, has been making a name for herself in the entertainment industry over the past decade.
Laura is best known for transforming herself into Blanca Flores, a cunning and disheveled inmate on the award-winning smash Netflix hit series, "Orange is the New Black." Blanca is first introduced in season one when she hides a cellphone within the prison wall of a restroom stall and wards off other inmates by continually talking to "El Diablo." Viewers later learn about Blanca's life before prison and who Diablo really is. Season six ended on a shocking and emotional note with Blanca being released from prison early, only to be taken into ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody. Laura will return for the seventh and final season to be released on July 26, 2019.
On the film front, Laura continues to work in her home country of the Dominican Republic with her next few projects there including a role in the film, "Sunshine" shooting July 2019, and directing a feature and a short film, both of which she wrote. She was also seen in "Exposed" as Eva De La Cruz opposite Keanu Reeves, Ana DeArmas and Mira Sorvino, and in the Dominican film "Sambaě," directed by award winning filmmakers Laura Amelia Guzmaěn and Israel Cardenas, where she stars as a boxing promoter.
Inspired by the overwhelming support she received from the OITNBM season six finale when Blanca was taken by ICE, Laura has recently started a couple of series on her Instagram page. She has #ImmigrantStoriesByLauraGomez where she shares stories of people who immigrated to the United States presenting a mini bio with their journey, struggles and positive impact in American society. Additionally every Saturday morning, she posts a personal series of essays ranging from her views on motherhood, love, loss, anxiety, and discrimination.

Laura started her journey in Dominican Republic studying advertising. After growing up in Santo Domingo and working as an actress and journalist, she moved to New York City at 21 years old to study acting. Within three years of being in the states, she had landed professional work including her work at the Spanish Repertory Theater, where she participated in critically acclaimed plays, like "DonŢa Flor and her Two Husbands" and "The House of the Spirits," directed by Joseě Zayas and written by Obie Award playwright, Caridad Svich.