Not many BlogTalkRadio hosts (or any, far as we know) can lay claim to having appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. But that’s precisely what Alan Roger Currie’s work in the area of effective communication with the fair sex led him to while promoting his book on the topic, Mode One: Let the Women Know What You’re REALLY Thinking, back in 2006. Since then – in April of this year – the Upfront & Straightforward host, who hails from Gary, Ind., has published a sequel to his tome, titled Upfront and Straightforward: Let the Manipulative Game Players Know What You’re REALLY Thinking. As for what we’re really thinking, here’s a hint: It’s show time, folks.
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?
Are you a single man or single woman? Does today’s dating scene confuse you and/or leave you feeling frustrated? Upfront & Straightforward features some of the best and brightest authors, dating coaches, relationship experts and seduction gurus.
Past guests have included former Saturday Night Live cast member Finesse Mitchell, actor and author Hill Harper, adult film legend Nina Hartley, and actor and activist Jimmy Jean-Louis.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
(1) I used to perform as a standup comedian, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Damon Wayans, Sheryl Underwood and the late Bernie Mac. In 1989, the Chicago Sun-Times called me “the top up-and-coming comedian in the Chicago Metropolitan area.”
(2) I’m a friend and former college classmate of well-known broadcast personality Tavis Smiley. He and I are fraternity brothers (Kappa Alpha Psi) – as is my fellow BlogTalkRadio personality Kevin Ross.
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
I have many, but if I had to pick just one, it would be Walt “Baby” Love, who’s considered by many to be the African-American equivalent to Casey Kasem. Walt hosts two nationally- syndicated radio shows: The Countdown and The Urban Countdown.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
The person who initially fell into this category for me, Hill Harper, ended up being a guest on my show in June 2008. Now? I’d have to say film star Will Smith. Will is so ambitious and driven; I’d just love to sit a chat with him. I’d also want to find out what makes him and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, keep the passion in their marriage. I actually did talk to Will once, while I was working as an NBC page in Burbank, Calif.
As we speak, what are you wearing?
A navy-blue jogging/warm-up suit.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
Once, while in the middle of my show, there were not one but two hornets flying near my computer. I had to remain calm on-air but, honestly, I was freaking out because I was scared that one of them was going to sting me. I had to wait until the end of my interview in order to spray – and kill – them.
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