Category Archives: Soundbits

SoundBits: Multi-Media Comic Rodney Perry

Rodney Perry is one well-connected brother. In recent months, on Rodney Perry Live, the Chicago native who now lives in L.A. has chatted with Martin star Thomas Mikal Ford, Steve Harvey Show star Wendy Raquel Robinson and Good Times stars Ralph Carter and BernNadette Stanis. But that’s just the beginning of Rodney’s celeb cred. As a veteran standup, he has toured with Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, George Lopez and Mo’Nique, among other greats. And if you haven’t caught him live, you may well have seen him on Def Comedy Jam, BET’s Comicview and/or Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza. Finally, there’s the silver screen. This fall, watch for our host in director Steven Soderberg’s The Informant, starring Matt Damon. One word: Dee-am! Now six more words: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Rodney Perry…

CAPTION: Rodney: Hangin' with the A-list.

Rodney: Hangin' with the A-list.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

Rodney Perry Live is fun, funny and inspirational. We ask the questions that you’d ask of the people you want to know about.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

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SoundBits: Blaire Allison’s on a Mission to Deliver Romantic Bliss

What do you get when you roll empathy, intuition, clairvoyance and the power to heal into one perky but tough-loving woman? Blaire Allison is right. The Love Guru host, who hails from New York City, teaches listeners an easier, more natural way to find love – and perhaps even live happily ever after. So with that promise in mind, we won’t keep our guru waiting one moment longer.

CAPTION: Blaire: Amour mentor extraordinaire.

Blaire: Amour mentor extraordinaire.

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SoundBits: Jamey DuVall’s Passionate Journey into the Magic Lantern

Jamey DuVall appears to be straight out of central casting, namely from the office marked “Movie Gurus.” What with his not-so-vague resemblance to Orson Wells and a surname that’s thisclose to Bobby Duvall’s, our Movie Geeks United! host brings an air of authority to discussions of all things cinematic – not to mention the ease at which he puts such notable guests as Jon Voight, Francis Ford Coppola, Jeff Goldblum, Brian De Palma and Alan Rickman. Adding to the Lakeland, Fla., resident’s screen cred is the fact that his interviews frequently generate news that’s carried on the Internet Movie Database and other leading industry outlets. That said, it’s time we stop scribbling and start shouting “Action!”

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

Movie Geeks United! is produced by and for people who share a deep love and appreciation of film. Our interviews cover the latest films by involving every facet of the industry, from the lead actor to the makeup artist to the composer. Past guests have included screen idols, big- name directors and more than 400 other professionals working in front of and behind the camera.  We also pay tribute to the films and artists who have shaped our lives, like we’ve done with directors like David Lynch and Steven Spielberg, or films like Heat and Gone With the Wind. Those specials feature conversations with artists and scholars who have unique insights into the subjects we’re exploring.

CAPTION: Jamey (left) and Orson (right): Fellow film citizens separated at birth?

Jamey (left) and Orson (right): Fellow film citizens separated at birth?

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SoundBits: Chenese Lewis Sports Ample Style and Grace Galore

EDITOR’S NOTE Aug. 25, 2010: To read about Chenese Lewis’ nude photo shoot with Whitney Thompson on behalf of Love Your Body Day, click here.

If Chenese Lewis isn’t already an inspiration to plus-sized women everywhere, she certainly should be. In 2003, the PLUS Model Radio host, who makes her home in Los Angeles, made history by being the first woman crowned Miss Plus America. Since then, she has created Love Your Body Day, an annual event that promotes self-acceptance and positive body images, which takes place in October in Hollywood. And if you missed Chenese in those roles, you may well have caught her on BET’s mock-dating show, Hell Date, or as an expert commentator on Dr. Phil. On that less-than-justice-doing introduction, we now give you the lovely lady herself.

Chenese:

Chenese: Oprah puts the "o" in her show's inspiration.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

PLUS Model Radio is geared toward women sizes 14 and up. The show title comes from my association with PLUS Model Magazine, where I’m on the editorial board. Neither the magazine nor the show, however, are limited to the topic of modeling. The average American woman wears a size 14 or above, yet plus-sized is still a niche market that’s fairly untapped. So my diverse audience has been growing steadily because there are few, if any, shows out there with the same focus. Guests on the show are successful plus-sized women, or someone whose product is geared towards that market. Notable guests have included Emme, Kimberly Locke, Mia Tyler and Whitney Thompson.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

Besides interviewing curvy celebs, I’m a budding one myself. I am pursing a career as an actress, television host and motivational speaker, with the occasional modeling gig on the side, along with other projects/events that I produce. I’ve actually had the opportunity to work with or meet several of the people that I’ve interviewed on the show!

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Oprah Winfrey, hands down. Not only is she great at what she does, she’s a role model and philanthropist. I totally use her for inspiration when producing PLUS Model Radio. I try to have guests who cross all walks of life, ages and ethnicities. Many guests have inspirational stories of success, and about learning to love their bodies. I’ve also been able to use the show to help raise money for charity, and I try to keep the overall tone professional, positive, and uplifting.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

cg-033rr3Oprah! Other than her, I think all the other celebrities on my list are attainable. Sometimes I’m shocked myself with some of the guests I’ve been able to book. I’m in entertainment, so I have lots of friends in the industry who aren’t in the plus market. But they tell me they’re going to gain weight to be on my show. I take it as a compliment.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

I’m on the way to an industry event in Hollywood, so right now I have on a fabulous dress and heels. But when I host the show I’m real casual.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

Wow. I can’t think of anything really strange. Maybe being sick with a virus, on antibiotics and feeling horrible, but it being too late to cancel the scheduled show. As they say, the show must go on. So I tried to sound upbeat and into the interview. And thank goodness, it came out great! But as soon as that interview was over, I ran to the bathroom and, well, I’ll spare you the rest of the details. (lol)

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SoundBits: Fantasy Football Guru (and Dali Lama Fan) Louis Tranquilli

Though we devised the six questions that appear here each week in the name of offering you a peek into the lives and on-air offerings of BTR’s most dedicated hosts, even we never dreamed we’d be talking personal finance, Eastern theology and Mickey Mouse in the same column. But that’s precisely what happened in the case of Louis Tranquilli. As host of BFDFANTASYfootball.com on our Fantasy Sports Channel, the Clinton, N.J., resident regularly serves up winning fantasy football insights. As for his non-sports-related musings, proceed at your own risk.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

Because I’ve worked with professional football players, been to the NFL scouting combine and talked football with coaches, all of which has afforded me more than just a “fan’s view” of the game. Moreover, it makes me a fantasy football expert.

CAPTION: Louis: (Re)dressed for success.

Louis: (Re)dressed for success.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve been on fire twice, and almost been blown up once. If that doesn’t surprise them, I also – as a financial advisor with The Investment Center – I manage many millions dollars of my clients’ money.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner. During the ’70s, Ralph used to pour a can of beer and have it sitting right in front of him the entire time he was doing his Kiner’s Corner show on WOR-TV in New York, which aired before and after Mets’ games. He wasn’t a great broadcaster, but he was a great guy to listen talk baseball. Ralph, who’s now 86 and, between 1946 and 1955, played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, was John Madden before there was a Madden. Way underrated, he was relaxed, enjoyed the game and said some really off-the-wall stuff. Lotta fun.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

I’d want a person of great controversy. Someone who’s at once adored and despised for his strong beliefs. I appreciate people who are willing to think differently and create a stir with their ability to deliver a message that isn’t pleasant, though is politically correct. Someone willing to place himself in harm’s way for others, and forsake personal glory for doing it. So that eliminates athletes, politicians, business people and scientists – leaving me with the Dali Lama or the Pope. Each has a name, but has given it up for the perpetuating “theory” of their religion. They represent something that’s based soley on belief, so there’s no science that can persude them. So it would be a gas trying to get some football opinions out of these guys.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

I’m still in my pajamas, just back from a Disney World vacation. (That little rat disguised as a mouse stole all my damn clothes, man!)

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

I cleaned up puke from one of my four kids while on the air. Top that.

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SoundBits: Amy McCracken’s Got a Monstrous Fang Base

With the enormous popularity of Twilight on the big screen and True Blood on the little, vampires are no doubt the new black. So it should come as no surprise that Vamp Radio host Amy McCracken and her crack team of staffers have been burning the candle at both ends to bring their voracious listeners news, gossip, interviews and other goodies from those blood-sucking series. In recent weeks, for instance, the show has welcomed Twilight castmembers Daniel Cudmore, who plays Felix, and Justine Wachsberger, who plays Gianna in the upcoming sequel, New Moon. They’ve also dished with actors from the 1987 Joel Schumacher-directed vamp flick The Lost Boys, including Brook McCarter, Chance Corbitt and Billy Werth. On that note, we now take you live to deceptively bucolic Connelly Springs, N.C., where Amy resides – amid forces we mere mortals can never fully comprehend.

CAPTION: Amy: Bloody good show!

Amy: Bloody good show!

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

Our show is fan-driven and down to earth, with a fun and relaxed, yet professional, vibe. We cover a variety of Vampire-related and paranormal-themed shows. We also have a great night for authors of your favorite novels. And don’t forget about our band night, when you can hear from your favorite artist, or new upcoming bands. Plus, we’re live, so you never know who’ll call in. Believe us, you never want to miss a night of Vamp Radio.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

1) I hate talking on the phone. 2) ’80s vampire movies scare the life out of me. (I can’t watch Lost Boys alone, and I’ll never watch Fright Night again.)

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Shaun Daily, host of TV Talk right here on BlogTalkRadio. OK, I have more than one! Ace & TJ from Kiss 95.1, Charlotte, N.C.’s No. 1 morning show. These two men have done so much good for families in the Charlotte broadcasting area.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

Alex O’Loughlin! Why? Because he was the main character on the CBS’s show Moonlight. Moonlight started Moonlight Radio, which led to Vamp Radio.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

Jeans and a T-shirt. But I host my show in my Vamp Radio pajamas. We will have those for sale in about a week. (Just kidding.)

CAPTION: Great es-cape: The "Vamp Radio" team at 2008's Moonlight Gala in Chicago.

Great es-cape: Team Vamp Radio at the 2008 Moonlight Gala in Chicago.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

Back in January, I had Corey Haim on and in the middle of the interview I asked him to marry me. I got a rain check – then a yes.

On a side note, I would like to thank my Vamp Radio team. Without the hard work of Jess, Ashley, Gina, Angela, AngM, Sheila and our newest member, Courtney, Vamp Radio wouldn’t be on the air in all its gothic glory.

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SoundBits: Alan Roger Currie Does His Thing for the Singles Scene

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.

Ladies’ night: Alan with pals Ashley Askew and Andrea Wilson in Hollywood.

Ladies’ night: Alan with pals Ashley Askew and Andrea Wilson in Hollywood.

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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SoundBits: Having Triumphed Over Depression, Elizabeth Grant Can’t Help Helping Others Do the Same

Some people were born to dedicate their own lives to improving the lives of their fellow men and women. While we can’t say for sure that Elizabeth “The Quantum Coach” Grant falls into that category, she sure seems to be an excellent candidate. As host of The Elizabeth Grant Show, the Chicago native helps listeners apply universal laws of quantum physics to spur happiness and prosperity from the inside out. That said, let’s get to the business of learning how to live better lives.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

I am told by nearly every guest, “Wow, that was such an interesting interview.” That really sums up my approach – which is to bring personal-growth tools to listeners, while cutting through the fluff. I strive to bring depth and new angles to topics you’ve heard about over and over but that never really sunk in before.

CAPTION: Elizabeth: Singing and cinematic aspirations on the side.

Elizabeth: Singing and cinematic aspirations on the side.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

(1) That I struggled with depression for most of my adult life until a few years ago, when I started applying the techniques I now teach to others. (2) That, in addition to being a spiritual mentor, I’m also a screenwriter and singer/songwriter.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Lin Brehmer of WXRT-FM here in Chicago. Who doesn’t love Lin?

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

Esther Hicks of The Secret fame, because I have so many questions to ask her about quantum physics and the laws of attraction. She is the ultimate “unguru.” I’ve been very fortunate – Mariel Hemingway, No Matter What! author Lisa Nichols and many others have been guests on my show, not because I asked them, but because they asked me. Who knows? Maybe some day my phone will ring and it will be Esther.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

Pajamas! I’m drinking my decaf and thinking of working out soon.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

When I hosted Lisa Nichols, both she and a listener popped up on my switchboard as the opening music began. I didn’t know who was who. I unmuted both of them and asked Lisa for her area code, but she gave me the area code of the other listener by accident. So I muted her and unmuted the other caller! Then I asked “Lisa” a question, but we couldn’t hear her answer. I was embarrassed, but Lisa couldn’t have been nicer. It’s moments like those when you understand why Frasier needed Roz.

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