In the 26 months since we began profiling hosts in this column, we’ve never run across one who sent us testimonials from celebrity guests—until now. That host is Michael Catricola, and his show, Heavy Metal Mayhem, is arguably the Internet’s leading source of news, tunes and interviews from the heavy-metal scene. And here, to cite just two, are his testimonials: “Mike is a real music guy—and I can’t believe he knows so much of my personal music history!” says Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali. “You and your great show are another reason why metal is still alive and getting HUUUGGGE again!” raves Rainbow bassist Craig Gruber. Now, the New York City resident (Staten Island, to be precise—and damn proud of it) knows whence he speaks. During his youth, Michael played bass for a Big Apple metal band called Stillborn. And though today he makes his living as a construction rep for Con Edison, he continues to carry the torch to metal fans around the globe. On that note, please put your hands together—and stomp up a f*&%! storm—for our SoundBits subject of the week…
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show—why should listeners tune in?
‘80’s hard rock and heavy metal is more than Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Ozzy Osbourne. There were hundreds of other bands, and this is one of the only shows to feature them all. Our motto on Heavy Metal Mayhem is, Playing the Best of All the Rest.
What’s the No. 1 reason why you host a BlogTalkRadio show?
BTR is one of the easiest and simplest platforms for amateur and professional DJs alike to use to produce quality Internet radio programming. Simply pick a time, date and format and you’re on your way.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
(1) While in high school, I was a pastry chef at the Plaza Hotel in New York. (2) I’m the biggest Disney World fanatic around. (Not very metal, huh?)
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
Wolfman Jack—a fellow Brooklyn-born DJ who didn’t have a traditional “radio voice” but whose character was larger than life.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
It would have to be any member of the original Black Sabbath. They’re the originators of the genre. Ozzy would be the be-all and end-all. [Editor's Note: The following is a shameless plug—of which we highly approve. So let it rip, Mikey.] Bill Ward, Black Sabbath’s original drummer, will be my guest at the end of January.
As we speak, what are you wearing?
Black shorts and a plain gray T-shirt.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
I was interviewing Bob Daisley from Uriah Heep, Rainbow and Ozzy Osbourne Band live from Australia. It was the first time I’d used Skype to host a show. So when I connected Bob, I disconnected BTR. Then I proceeded to conduct an hour-long interview—maybe the best one I ever did—and no one heard it but the two of us. You live and you learn.
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