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Visiting Los Angeles with the guy who knows audio technology inside and out - Don Baarns, a leading expert in voice recording and studio production. Owner of the renowned voiceover courses at VOJumpStart (where both veteran and newbie voiceover talent can learn valuable skills about recording), Don shares what you really need to know about your hom…
 
Dwight Douglas has worked in radio, consulted radio, brought software to radio (Selector anyone?) and now he's written a book about the radio business with 'True Radio Confessions - Sex, Drugs & Rock'n Roll' (available now on Amazon). It's the possibly true (but all names have been changed) fictional story of DJ Sonny Joe McPherson, who takes on a …
 
In the studio with author Bob Mann, a professor who holds the esteemed Manship Chair in Journalism at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University (LSU), talking about his new book 'Backrooms And Bayous: My Life in Louisiana Politics' - a memoir about his long career in Louisiana politics and everything he learned along th…
 
Singer-songwriter Parthenon Huxley is in the studio talking about music, songwriting, journalism and more, including his early work with North Carolina music legends Mitch Easter, Jamie Hoover and Don Dixon; working with 'The Blazers' and his own 'Ridiculous Band'; to leaving the Chapel Hill area to make the move to New York and LA, eventually sign…
 
In Hollywood today with Troy Carlton, who talks about his new film 'Birdies The Movie', shot entirely in North Carolina (and now available on Amazon Prime). The Raleigh native sits down in the studio and talks of how his independent movie about "a washed up golf phenom who gets hired as the pro at a decaying country club where catching a buzz is pa…
 
In the studio with award winning Alysson Bourque, author of the Alycat Series of children's books. The series has gained loyal followers both in the United States (where her books were included in the Swag Bags at the Oscars AND the Grammy's!) and an equally strong following in the United Kingdom, with the support of Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of …
 
Offering sage advice with real life stories on transitioning, former MIX 101.5 FM (Raleigh, North Carolina) morning guy (now author) Bill Jordan discusses his book "Embrace the Boom" which in his words '"empowers, encourages and inspires my fellow members of the Baby Boomer generation"' (and read the special introduction from Duke Men's Basketball …
 
It's no easy feat becoming a bestselling author, but in today's episode, Elizabeth Spann Craig proves that with determination anything is possible. We discuss her new book - "A Notion to Murder", part of her Southern Quilting Mystery series (available now on Amazon) along with other novels including "A Dash of Murder" (from the Myrtle Clover Myster…
 
For many in the voiceover world, Bob Souer is known as 'The Second Nicest Guy in Voiceover", and after spending time at his studio in Pittsburgh, I finally found the true story of how he got that brand started (with a shout out to fellow voice pro and marketing guru Doug Turkel) Listen in on how Bob's start in radio, combined with a childhood love …
 
Amanda Lamb, veteran reporter for award winning NBC television station WRAL in Raleigh, NC stops by the studio to talk about her new book "No Wake Zone", one of many books (in different genres) she's written while covering hard news for the station. Here's an interview that gives an honest look at journalism, including the business of writing books…
 
My guest today is audiobook narrator Todd Waites, who explains what really happens in the studio when recording an audiobook. And he's here to say - it's not that easy! Sure, it seems like so at first, but Todd takes us on a step by step audiobook process - from the first audition to final chapter recording - where you finally understand the time a…
 
In Texas today along with all its history, as told by the master Texas history storyteller, writer, stand-up comic, screenwriter, radio guy and author Mike Vance. His new book 'Getting Away with Bloody Murder:J.B. Brockman, the best Criminal Lawyer in Texas' (available now on Amazon) describes the life and times of Brockman, who rose from 'shady ch…
 
In the studio with Houston's man behind the camera - Al Torres of Al Torres Photography. As a sought after photographer for newsmakers around Houston, Al talks about how he captures those famous photos of television and media personalities through his unique camera lens. The photographer for Media Alliance of Houston and the Star Awards Gala (April…
 
In Dallas today with radio personality Ted McKay, known as 'The Rock Professor' at Dallas rock radio station Lone Star 92.5. Now retired from a successful career in radio (including gigs at WRDU and WZZU in Raleigh, NC), The Professor discusses rock music and audiences; traditional radio and internet radio; life after radio and believe it or not cl…
 
Settling into the studio today with Houston radio and marketing guru Joe Pogge, creator of Strike Marketing. Joe talks about the 80's morning radio days in Houston (one of his first radio gigs was Marketing Director at The infamous Q Morning Zoo); audiences and great morning radio show formulas; promotion backstories (like that early viral marketin…
 
On today's episode, it's all about Vegas baby! I'm in the studio with the ‘Spotlight Conversations podcast theme song creator' (yup, I just added a new title to his list of achievements), the veteran musician Mark Sparrow. From gigs in Las Vegas to touring with rockers The Romantics, Molly Hatchet and Rick Derringer; then off to create signature mu…
 
A slight twist on the podcast today as I combine media and technology and chat with tech savvy Michael Farnum, Chief Techology Officer at Set Solutions, and the Founder/President of HOU.SEC.CON, the Houston area information security conference. This IT pro talks Network Security (staying safe on line); what you can do about spam calls and emails; t…
 
Radio personality and community advocate Irish Dave (Dave O'Connor) is in the studio this week, bringing along his lighthearted humor to stories about growing up and starting his broadcasting career in Dublin, Ireland to making the brave move to radio in the United States (South Bend Indiana no less, home of the Fighting Irish - true story!). The a…
 
A holiday visit to North Carolina this week as I visit with Founder and Executive Director of Theatre In The Park Ira David Wood III. The beloved character actor, who for 48 years has played the part of 'Scrooge' for the theatre's musical production of 'A Christmas Carol' in Raleigh, talks about how his East Carolina roots combined with his love of…
 
It's happening in Nashville this week as I interview musician Webb Wilder, the inspiration for the private eye character in the book 'Webb Wilder - Last Of The Full Grown Men" a book series with two stories in the series: "The Doll" and "Mole Men". We talk about the writers of the book, Steve Boyle and Shane Caldwell; Wilder's love of country and r…
 
In the studio is journalist David Menconi, former music critic for the Raleigh News & Observer and the 2019 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate. The Texas born writer who's written features and profiles for the New York Times, Salon and SXSW World, discusses his new book "Step It Up and G0: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Ful…
 
He's back! My official booth announcer, voice talent Joe Szymanski is in the studio today to talk about the business of voiceovers, his family, fishing and carburetors (although not necessarily in that order - and yes, he is that versatile!) The veteran voiceover artist known as Joe The Voice Guy, discusses the changing world of voiceover, marketin…
 
Houston radio legend and entrepreneur Dayna Steele has done it all: written books, organized The Space Store for NASA, and rocked the airwaves of KLOL Rock 101 in Houston; she’s now taking on roles as Broadway producer, actor and more with her play "The Woman in the Mirror" (based on her book) which will premiere in Houston the first two weeks in N…
 
Bringing the studio to Oregon with the infamous 100.7 WMMS morning show host Jeff Kinzbach, who has taken his show on the road with wife Patti and trust me, they are loving every minute! The legendary broadcaster, who hosted the morning show with Ed 'Flash' Ferenc at The Buzzard for 20 years, resigned from radio, put a few things in storage, sold t…
 
Texas Radio Hall of Famer and SiriusXM radio personality Ron Parker is in the studio with me today, talking about radio up and down the dial - and every city in between! Ron discusses 60's and 70's music, those 80’s radio promotions with MTV, his stint at ABC Radio Networks in Dallas; programming KKBQ and KLDE in Houston; along with gigs at KFRC in…
 
So when you're a screenwriter with over 15 million views on YouTube, you gotta have a lot of good advice about writing, and my guest today does just that! Meet Marc Isaacs, writer for the very successful comedy short film 'First Timers', who talks about the incredible success of the sex comedy plus working with fellow Houston native and film direct…
 
Audiobooks. Just about everyone is recording one. But have you thought about what it takes in producing and narrating an audiobook? My guest Curtis Michael, a successful audiobook narrator for Romance and Young Adult fiction, talks about what it's like behind the scenes (yes, we said that!) in this week's podcast. Currently teaching students drama …
 
In Hollywood today talking with American voiceover actor Beau Weaver, talking about how he made the challenging transition from a career in radio personality (KILT and KULF/Houston; KFRC/San Francisco; KHJ/Los Angeles) to voice actor; becoming one of the pioneers of satellite broadcasting as an original member of the air staff for 'Transtar Radio N…
 
Studio session is all about the biography 'Have A Little Faith: The John Hiatt Story', and author Michael Elliott talks about researching and writing about the singer-songwriter's success and substance abuse; along with Hiatt's resilience and eventual recovery. Michael discusses his early days in radio; how working around music eventually brought h…
 
Versatile singer songwriter Kaya Black is in the studio today and we talk about the reggae music scene, recording music in Nashville and Jamaica, his family, his new single "Missing You" and more! Named after a Bob Marley album (and song), and musically inspired by both his mother and his father, entertainment photographer Johnny Black (who's photo…
 
Today's show is about media, but also has a spiritual spin to it, as veteran radio broadcaster Stefan Rybak and I talk about his personal memoir "The Shadow On My Heart - Faith. Family. Forgiveness.", a Top Ten Best Seller on Amazon. Stefan discusses his 40 years of success in radio, starting from his early days working at his hometown station in W…
 
Visiting Raleigh, NC today with 94.7 QDR Country morning guy Mike Wheless - and yes, he has a lot of country music radio stories! Heading up the two time Country Music Association (CMA) and one time Academy of Country Music (ACM) awarded station (plus mixing in his 30 years in the broadcast biz) is no easy feat, but this radio personality makes it …
 
It's all about the world of voiceovers with voice actress Liz Fodor! The New York based performer, currently nominated for this year's One Voice Awards UK and the One Voice Awards USA, discusses everything from her background as a busy producer at Nickelodeon; dubbing her voice for character Poison Ivy in Harley Quinn: Blazing Shadows, to writing f…
 
One of my fave places for original rock music is in North Carolina, and today I'm in the studio with Jamie Hoover of The Spongetones! Jamie talks about the band's musical start in Charlotte (complete with the jangle pop riffs and their Beatlesque vocal style); to his current work in Nashville with Bill Lloyd (of Foster and Lloyd) and the rest of Th…
 
Spending studio time in Houston today with media blogger Mike McGuff. His knowledge of just about everybody in media, keeps everyone 'in the know' about their fave Texas media celeb! Mike shares how and why he got started covering the Houston and Texas media scene, beginning with his first days as a reporter and producer at media outlets KIAH 39, K…
 
Swingin' up to Dallas/Fort Worth for studio time with Mark 'Hawkeye' Lewis, morning show host at New Country 96.3 KSCS! With over 30 years of morning radio experience (all at New Country 96.3 no less!) this guy knows audiences, marketing, branding and what it takes to make a successful career in radio. We talk about radio consultants (Mark is proba…
 
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with radio station 100.7 WMMS: The Buzzard (regarded as one of the most influential rock radio stations in the country) has made Cleveland a rock music destination for fans and artists alike. I'm in Cleveland today with the original WMMS Buzzard Morning Zoo host and self-proclaimed radio junkie Ed 'Flash' Feren…
 
Remember record stores? Finding that special piece of vinyl; maybe hearing your fave band in the store on a Saturday afternoon? The podcast today is all about those things and more as I talk with Carrie Colliton, co-founder of Record Store Day. Along with Michael Kurtz, Carrie has worked with independent record stores worldwide since 2008, helping …
 
Celebrating the milestone - a one year podcast anniversary! - with my very first guest, fellow podcaster Adam Boardman, known also around the radio dial as Adam 12. Since leaving radio he's become a runner and started his podcast 'Pushing 50' - where 'Hedonism Meets Healthy Aging'. Adam joins me in the studio to talk about everything from his uniqu…
 
Love a good mystery novel? Ever wondered where crime writers get ideas for their stories? Listen in on my conversation with WRAL TV 5 television reporter Amanda Lamb as she talks about her successful 'true crime' writing career. In addition to over 30 years of television news experience, this hard working, detail oriented reporter has authored 10 b…
 
We're in sunny Florida today with legendary Burkhart/Abrams radio consultant and author Dwight Douglas. From his first job working at WQED with Fred Rogers on the famed 'Mr. Roger's Neighborhood' television series, to radio programming gigs at WDVE in Pittsburgh and DC 101 in Washington DC, the media loving consultant talks about switching over to …
 
Steve Reynolds, part of the infamous WRDU 106 morning team known as 'Reynolds & Silva' stops by the studio to talk, well - radio! Now owner of 'The Reynolds Group', a radio consulting company, Steve tells how listening to legendary stations like WABC in New York and WLS in Chicago inspired him to work in broadcasting; his storied career spanning fr…
 
Loving Los Angeles today as I catch up with voice actor Anthony Mendez, known as the Latin Lover narrator from the television series 'Jane the Virgin', and the voice behind the mini-series 'Wonders of Mexico'. The three-time Emmy nominated voiceover veteran talks about his move from New York to Hollywood; how he started in the world of voice via th…
 
Today I'm broadcasting across the pond in Sussex, England with New York Times bestselling author and screenwriter Jenny Lecoat, as we talk about her first novel 'The Girl From The Channel Islands', the story of a young Jewish girl living through the German occupation in the Channel Islands in 1940. Jenny discusses how growing up in the Channel Isla…
 
There's a lot of good country music coming from from Poetry, Texas - and one resident of this small town outside of Dallas - singer/songwriter Scott Sean White - proves it with his new CD 'Call It Even'. A veteran songwriter (and 'writer's writer') this native Texan talks about working within the Nashville songwriting community; his musical career …
 
It's all about those early radio days in Houston as I sit down with one of the first members of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame - Andy Waldrop. Working all across the big state ofTexas - including legendary stations KIKK AM/FM and KULF to his current gig at Houston Radio Platinum (and his show 'Solid Gold Sunday') the man with nearly 50 years of broad…
 
My guest today talks about his very storied media career which started in the military, then over to news radio, and eventually led him to his new job as a screenwriter. J. Scott, an award winning broadcast journalist for WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh NC, has written a very special screenplay for the movie Koko (available on Amazon Prime), about a man who w…
 
Heading over to San Marcos, Texas today for my interview with base player Bill Whitbeck of the Robert Earl Keen Band. Bill is in the studio to talk about his Texas roots - growing up in La Porte, how he was inspired to play the bass; and later to jamming with John Lee Hooker, George Strait and Steve Marriott, frontman for Humble Pie; how he joined …
 
I finally get a chance to sit down in the studio and talk all about music with singer/songwriter Rod Abernethy. The former guitarist for Raleigh based rock group 'Arrogance' talks about what inspired his new CD "Normal Isn't Normal Anymore" (written ironically before the pandemic) and about winning at both the The International Acoustic Music Award…
 
The always entertaining television and radio personality Ernie Manouse of Houston Public Media is my guest this week - and with his many broadcast stories, he really is 'King of the Houston Airwaves'! The multiple Emmy Award winning broadcaster talks about his new show on Houston Public Media called 'Town Square with Ernie Manouse' - a program deve…
 
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