Category Archives: Media

Captain Phillips Movie Executive Producer Dana Brunetti talks to North West Prime on BlogTalkRadio

Lori Ness and her guest cohost, book blogger Michelle, talk to Dana Brunetti, executive producer of the new movie Captain Phillips and the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey.

The movie, out this month, stars Tom Hanks and is based on the 2009 seizure of an American ship by Somali pirates.

Also a producer of Netflix’s Emmy-winning original series House of Cards, Brunetti talks about his belief that Netflix’s move toward original content is helping to change the way that people consume television.

Brunetti also talks about some of his upcoming projects, including Fifty Shades of Grey and a film adaptation of the video game Gran Turismo and the appeal of adapting games for the screen. 

Listen to the full show here.

BlogTalkRadio Host Kevin Ross Moves The Needle For Diversity On LA Public Airwaves

Days after Kevin Ross, BlogTalkRadio host and host of “America’s Court with Judge Ross” aired a special 2 hour show on the recent rise of inflammatory remarks made against minorities and women over the talk radio airwaves, Los Angeles City Council passed a motion requiring conservative talk radio station KFI-AM 640 and it’s parent company Clear Channel Media, to “do everything in their power” to make sure that their hosts refrain from voicing prejudice sentiment on air.

The motion was raised as a result of public outcry from a number of minority and women’s groups in response to the racially charged comments made by KFI talk show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of the “John and Ken Show.” Three days after Whitney Houston died last month, the radio show hosts referred to the pop music icon as a “crack ho.”  The resolution also cites radio host Rush Limbaugh’s recent derogatory commentary on Sandra Fluke.  According to this article on NBC’s site, Councilwoman Jan Perry wrote in her motion that the “Clear Channel Media Holding’s commitment to diversity is not being realized at its flagship station KFI 640 AM, where out of 15 on-air personalities, one is a female and none of them are African American.”

On his BlogTalkRadio program, Kevin Ross was joined by guests including attorney Gloria Allred and Comedian D.L. Hughley who discussed the growing controversy surrounding racist and sexist sentiment spreading across the country’s talk radio waves by hosts.  You can listen to the broadcast in its entirety here.

At BlogTalkRadio, we have a variety of hosts like Kevin Ross, representing perspectives from all backgrounds and genders.  If you are interested in hosting your own show on our network, we welcome you to sign up today.

BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights

The Matty P Radio Happy Hour featured a star studded cast this week with actor Gary Busey and former Mets Cy Young winner, Dwight Gooden. Busey joins the show on his 67th birthday to celebrate and discuss what he’s been up to since wrapping up Celebrity Apprentice.

Notre Dame legend, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger joins The Drew Show.  Rudy speaks  about his inspiring story of overcoming all the odds on the gridiron and his 27 seconds of success that led him to becoming one of Notre Dame’s most famous graduate and the basis for the film, Rudy.

The Small Business Roundtable welcomes Guy Kawasaki to The Camp House in front of a live audience.  The former Chief Evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Alltop.com is one of the world’s most highly regarded entrepreneurs.  Kawasaki is also the author of the New York Times best selling book, Enchantment.

On this episode of the Todd Griffiths Show, Todd welcomes numismatist, James Digeorgia, author and renowned expert in gold and precious metals.  Todd also covers rare coins and the value they can add to your portfolio.

The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana welcomes to the show  Urban Access Media Group CEO, Bobby Lewis, who speaks with Frank about his new company that is providing programming content to black and minority communities and also about where traditional and new media is heading.  Frank is later joined by William Gurstelle, a science writer making a name for himself in creating new uses for technology.  William talks about his latest book The Practical Pyromaniac.

Keith Olbermann Suspended by MSNBC: Flashback to July Feud with Tucker Carlson

EDITOR’S NOTE (Nov. 5, 2010): MSNBC today announced that it has suspended Countdown host Keith Olbermann indefinitely for making monetary contributions to the campaigns of three Democratic candidates. Below is a story from July 15, 2010, in which Tucker Carlson spoke with BlogTalkRadio about buying the rights to KeithOlbermann.com. Carlson also said during the interview that “a lot of people [at MSNBC] really do hate KO because he’s cruel to people who work for him.”

Though Tucker Carlson claims no personal ill-will toward Keith Olbermann, he sure is reveling in the cyber-battle he picked with the MSNBC anchor—by nailing down the rights to KeithOlbermann.com.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio’s Mediaite, the conservative icon explains why he made such an acquisition, and what his site, The Daily Caller—which launched in January as a right-wing answer to The Huffington Post—plans to do with it.

That's not amusing?" Tucker (above) says of doling out KeithOlbermann.com email addresses to his readers. "Of course it is!"

That's not amusing?" Tucker (above) says of doling out KeithOlbermann.com email addresses to his readers. "Of course it is!"

“It evolved over the last six months. We started reviewing Countdown [with Keith Olbermann] every Friday,” Tucker, who formerly worked for MSNBC and CNN—and is now a paid contributor for Fox News Channel—tells host Steve Krakauer of the impetus for buying the domain.

“A writer, called Ruth Graham, in New York, has been tasked with watching every minute of every show of Countdown. She now has a facial twitch, actually, from it. And on the basis of that, writes a Friday column.

“We started running fluffy pieces on Keith Olbermann—crying on the air or whatever; pieces of interest to Keith Olbermann watchers—and we decided Continue reading

Tom Brokaw to America’s College Grads: Consider the Middle—and Far—East

You know the U.S. economy’s in bad shape when even a great patriot like Tom Brokaw is throwing up his hands and saying, Go East, young man.

Interviewed on Money Matters & More, the former NBC Nightly News anchor, who remains a special correspondent for the network, doles out advice to college grads entering today’s job market.

CAPTION: "There's a paucity of that around the work," Tom (above) tells us of young people ready to leave our great nation to find work.

"There's a paucity of that around the work," Tom (above) tells us of young people ready to leave our great nation to find work.

“I wouldn’t be looking just within our borders for opportunities,” he tells host Heather Taylor.

“I’d be looking to see what the chances are of getting a job in the Middle East, for example. Or in India. Or in China,” Tom, who authored the 1998 bestseller The Greatest Generation—and in fact coined that phrase to describe the men and women who helped save the world from tyranny during World War II—continues.

“I’d be looking well beyond—in my case—my regional community. And well beyond even the national borders.

“I’ve talked to a number of very senior American executives who—so much of their work now is offshore—say one of the things they need are people who are willing to pack up and go there and become middle managers.”

Click here to hear Tom Brokaw’s full interview.

Click here to read coverage of the story in the New York Post‘s Page Six column.

CNN’s Rick Sanchez ‘Is the Chief Twit’ Said Colleague John Roberts

EDITOR’S NOTE (Oct. 1, 2010): CNN’s Rick Sanchez has been fired from the network for calling Jon Stewart a “bigot” and suggesting that “everybody who runs CNN” is Jewish. Below is a story involving Rick from March 19, 2009.

Democratic though it may be, social media can still breed petty jealousies.

John; All A-Twitter of colleague's success?

John: All A-Twitter over colleague's success?

Case in point: John Roberts, who gives fellow CNN newsman Rick Sanchez a good ribbing this week.

Interviewed on Morning Media Menu, John and his American Morning co-anchor Kiran Chetry discuss their show’s newly-launched Facebook and Twitter applications with host Steve Krakauer.

“How many people are calling us now in ‘amFIX’ on Twitter?” Kiran asks John.

“I think we had about 100 when we started off on Monday. We’ve got 600 now. I mean, we’re not up to Rick Sanchez’s 65,000 Continue reading

Tucker Carlson—Buyer of KeithOlbermann.com —on Former Colleague Keith: ‘He’s despised at MSNBC. He’s the most disliked person in the building’

Though Tucker Carlson claims no personal ill-will toward Keith Olbermann, he sure is reveling in the cyber-battle he picked with the MSNBC anchor—by nailing down the rights to KeithOlbermann.com.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio’s Mediaite, the conservative icon explains why he made such an acquisition, and what his site, The Daily Caller—which launched in January as a right-wing answer to The Huffington Post—plans to do with it.

That's not amusing?" Tucker (above) says of doling out KeithOlbermann.com email addresses to his readers. "Of course it is!"

That's not amusing?" Tucker (above) says of doling out to his readers KeithOlbermann.com email addresses. "Of course it is!"

“It evolved over the last six months. We started reviewing Countdown [with Keith Olbermann] every Friday,” Tucker, who formerly worked for MSNBC and CNN—and is now a paid contributor for Fox News Channel—tells host Steve Krakauer of the impetus for buying the domain.

“A writer, called Ruth Graham, in New York, has been tasked with watching every minute of every show of Countdown. She now has a facial twitch, actually, from it. And on the basis of that, writes a Friday column.

“We started running fluffy pieces on Keith Olbermann—crying on the air or whatever; pieces of interest to Keith Olbermann watchers—and we decided Continue reading

wowOwow Talk Bows on BlogTalkRadio

Just when we thought BlogTalkRadio couldn’t get any more star- studded, along comes wowOwow Talk, the new companion radio network to wowOwow.

Created, run and written by such media and showbiz powerhouses as Lesley Stahl, Liz Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Candice Bergen, Lily Tomlin, Marlo Thomas, Peggy Noonan, Cynthia McFadden, Judith Martin and Joni Evans, this always witty, perpetually compelling website is a favorite among well-educated boomer women the world over.

Superstar lineup:

Superstar lineup: (clockwise from top left) Whoopi, Candice, Lily, Liz, Marlo and Leslie.

“It means a lot to us that Continue reading