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SoundBits: Brett Cohen, Barely-Legal Media Maven (and Lovin’ It)

You know the voice, now meet the boy man. Since the early days of BlogTalkRadio, Brett Cohen has been a force to be reckoned with, what with his trademark wit and ingratiating demeanor. Then of course there’s his roster of A-list guests, which has – in the past six months alone – included Jimmy Fallon, Paris Hilton, Mandy Moore, Mick Fleetwood, Nancy O’Dell and Carson Kressley. Along with way, his interviews have been picked up in such powerhouse news outlets as People magazine online and the New York Post. So if that’s any indication, the still-in-his-teens host, who hails from Long Island, N.Y., and who’ll be transferring from Penn State to Quinnipiac University in Connecticut this fall, should have quite a career ahead of him. (We just hope he isn’t snatched up by the Big Media boys before landing Jack Nicholson or Angelina Jolie.)

Brett (above): Another Charlie Rose in the making?

Brett (above): Another Charlie Rose in the making...

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

World Talk Live! has been keeping BlogTalkRadio listeners captivated for nearly two years now. Each week, I interview a wide variety of people with compelling, news- worthy stories to tell (whether they come on the air intending to tell them or not). My guests range from musicians to actors to com- edians to media figures to polit- icians to folk heroes – you name it.

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

The first is my age. I’m only 18, so I can’t legally drink on the air (though I can drive – and eat most snack foods). My youth usually shocks people because of how much I’ve accomplished thus far in my career. For example, from 2006 to 2008 I was the prime minister of Canada. Then again, I don’t usually talk about my age because I want to be taken seriously (so immediately after reading it, please shred this web page).

The second thing is that I do great vocal impersonations, and have even created my own characters for the show. While my background isn’t in acting, I’ve been told that I have a natural comic sense. My dream job would be to join the cast of Saturday Night Live.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Or another John Belushi?

...or another John Belushi?

I can’t really narrow it down to one person. But Howard Stern has long been an inspiration, simply because of all the attacks and other obstacles he has had to put up with to maintain his style. So I’ll always appreciate his innovation. But I think that the media and entertainment industries have been my main motivation for taking to the airwaves. There are so many talented people who work in broad- casting, and just being a part of that is immensely fulfilling.

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

I really enjoy interviewing politicians, so it would be great to speak with Barack Obama. The story of his rise to power is fascinating – and he’s the coolest commander-in-chief our country has ever seen. So an interview with him would be meaningful in many ways. But the chances of that happening seem slim. Then again, I never thought that I’d interview some of the people who’ve already appeared on my show, Ralph Nader or Akon or even Gennifer Flowers. The truth is, I appreciate when anyone comes on my show and gives me some of their time.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

Hugo Boss jeans, a dark-blue polo shirt, New Balance sneakers. Chrome by Azzaro is my fragrance of choice this evening.

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

During my interview with Paris Hilton, I asked her out on a date. She’d just broken up with Benji Madden, so I figured it couldn’t hurt. She, of course, declined my offer, and then went on to explain that it wasn’t the appropriate time for me to invite her into a relationship. (Well, Paris, we’ll always have BlogTalkRadio.)

To sample Brett’s show, click here.

To read how Brett recently landed in People magazine online, click here.

And to read how he elicited a shot from Jerry Seinfeld’s TV mom that was read ’round the world, click here.

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SoundBits: Fred Gates Has Got His Reasons – for Advising Against Tuning into His Show

Now that Tuesdays are synonymous with SoundBits here on our blog, there’s no reason for a big build-up to today’s special guest. Instead, we’ll just come right out and welcome the man known to thousands of members of the BlogTalkRadio community for the witty, insightful and, yes, sometimes nihilistic comments he posts on these pages, and on the pages of his fellow hosts’ shows: Fred Gates, aka, I Got My Reasons.

As host of I Got My Reasons – which he bills as “the most dangerous show on BTR” – the New York City-dweller has recently welcomed such eclectic guests as Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times contributor David Cay Johnston, Danish graffiti artists MIS Crew, and up-and-coming rockers Pistol Opera. Not only that, but recently on Radio Free Nation, Al Franken was treated to a sampling on Fred’s Al Franken Song. The Minnesota Senator-elect’s take? “Sophisticated” and “charming.” On that impressive note, here’s the multi-talented man of the week himself.

Fred (above): Expressionistic tendencies.

Fred (above): Expressionistic tendencies.

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

Do not, for any reason, listen to my show! You work hard all day and it will just make you angry (especially if you are a conserva- tive). You deserve better. We’ve got enough people listening and you just won’t get it. Trust me on this one. No offense. Oh, I almost forgot: I love long walks on the beach and puppies. Puppies rock!

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

I’m a bit older and smarter than I sound. That’s two; I checked.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Vladimir Nabakov, Andy Warhol, Walter Benjamin, Saul Williams, Andy Kaufman, KRS-1, Marcel Duchamp, pre-alcoholic Orsen Welles, bell hooks, R. Crumb, Graffiti Research Labs, Dizzee Rascal, Paul Gauguin, Günter Grass. I’m pretty sure one of those guys has been on the air. If not, then Alan Watts. He definitely was.

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

Portrait of the artist as a not-so-young man.

Portrait of the artist as a not-so-young man.

Karl Rove. I have a soft spot for hoaxers. And I’m pretty sure Orson Welles is already dead. [Editor’s note: Orson Welles died in 1985, at the age of 70.]

As we speak, what are you wearing?

I’m typing, silly. By the time you read this I’ll be in a steamy hot shower. What are you wearing? (You still have my private email, right?)

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

Management has asked me not to discuss it (really!). Also, I’d be too embarrassed.

To sample I Got My Reasons, click here.

To hear Al Franken’s take on Fred’s Al Franken Song on Radio Free Nation, click here.

To download the Al Franken Song, click here.

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SoundBits: Jon Parrett Gives Hip-Hop Its Props

Happy Tuesday, homies! It’s time for another edition of SoundBits, the column that highlights BlogTalkRadio’s best, brightest and boldest hosts. This week, we sit down with Jon Parrett of Hip Talk Radio – and composer of BTR’s unofficial anthem, Addicted. Jon, who hails from Chicago, has grilled many a hip-hop A-lister, including Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan and Redman. Now let’s see if he can retain his chill while rapping with us.

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

Jon: Straight-laced by day, off da hook by night.

Jon: Straight-laced by day, off da hook by night.

We’re a hip-hop show for grown folks. We don’t play gangster or offensive music unless we’re doing a Sunny Reading – and then we’re just making fun of the lyrics. We do skits, call-ins, and our crowded chat room is a melting pot. We’re equally as passionate about being respectful and promoting unity on our show as we are about hip-hop. We are a feel-good show, and we’re very selective with the unsigned artists we promote.

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

[Laughing] I’m white. When people see my photo for the first time, they’re always surprised to see that it’s a white guy who’s so passionate and educated on hip-hop music. They always send me a note along the lines of “I didn’t know you were white!” I love oldies, rock and pretty much all genres of music.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

Courtney, Carrie, Missy, Sunny, Kenny, Mike or Melissa. OK, that’s my shameless way of mentioning the rest of the Hip Talk team. Really, Phil Donahue. He was straight hip-hop!

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

I would book Rakim because he is the illest emcee to ever bless a microphone.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

Khakis, a button-up shirt, and dress shoes (while doing my day job).

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

I was baby-talking to my pug, and my wife ran in and said, “You’re not muted!”

To sample Hip Talk Radio, click here.

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SoundBits: No More Dr. Evil for David Brown (Even if He Does Still Lust for Power)

It’s Tuesday, and that means another installment of our SoundBits column is hot off the cyberpress. This week, we spotlight David Brown, who’s better known as Dr. Blogstein, host of the Radio Happy Hour. Since launching his BlogTalkRadio show way back in September 2007, the Hoboken, N.J., native has interviewed such famous faces as Shirley MacLaine, Ernest Borgnine, Evander Holyfield and supermodel Niki Taylor. Now let’s see how Dr. B. holds up under questioning.

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

A kinder, gentler Dr. B.

A kinder, gentler Dr. Blogstein.

The Radio Happy Hour is like hanging out with a group of your friends. Only we’re probably more fun than your friends – and we bring celebrities to hang out with us.

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

I can’t ride a bicycle, and I tie my shoelaces using the “bunny ears” method.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

You should really change this question to: “Do you listen to Howard Stern?” Because anyone hosting a radio show – whether on the Internet, AM, FM, satellite – is lying to you if they say they aren’t influenced by him. And if they’re not lying, and they name someone other than Howard, that someone was probably influenced by Howard.

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

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And in his new floral shirt (not that there's anything wrong with that).

I would want any president of the United States, past or pres- ent (or even future), just so I can say that the most powerful person in the world has been on the Radio Happy Hour.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

None of your business, you weirdo creep!

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

I’ve thrown a couple of major temper tantrums while hosting our show. Here’s one and here’s a rather ugly one. However, I’m proud to say that I’ve been temper tantrum-free for 15 months now.  I’m really growing.

To check out Dr. Blogstein’s Radio Happy Hour, click here.

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SoundBits: MarQ with a Q (as in Quest for ‘American Pie’ Cutie Alyson Hannigan)

It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means. That’s right – time for another edition of SoundBits, our weekly column that spotlights BlogTalkRadio’s most compelling hosts. This week, it’s MarQ Piocos who gets “Bit”-ten. As host of Somewhere in Vegas, MarQ (who’s known on-air simply as “MarQ with a Q”) has interviewed such marquis names as rocker Eddie Money, country-music legend Crystal Gayle, and The Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle. Now let’s see how well the Sin City resident holds up to our questioning.

Somewhere under the Big Apple’s Manhattan Bridge.

MarQ: Somewhere under NYC's Manhattan Bridge.

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

Somewhere in Vegas features performers in all genres of enter- tainment, from music to comedy to acting. Or sometimes, it’s just regular people with amazing talents. So you’ll always have lots of fun – and learn a little something – on my shows.

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

Back in 2001, I was a contestant on a nationally televised game show called You Don’t Know Jack. And a few months ago, I won the lottery in Montana. But the prize was a paltry $10,000 (so don’t get too excited, ladies).

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

MarQ with a G. Ah, make that 10 Gs.

MarQ with a G. (Make that, ah, 10 Gs.)

Arsenio Hall. His show was so energetic and different at the time. We’re definitely missing a show like his these days.

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

Alyson Hannigan. My listeners know this because I have a crazy obsession with her. I’ve been trying to book her for ages, but have not had any luck. I’ll keep trying, though!

As we speak, what are you wearing?

My new signature fedora, an AC/DC t-shirt, and blue sweats.

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

Did an impression of a cow “gettin’ busy.”

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SoundBits: Mr. Media, Uncensored (and Hopped up on Dr. Pepper)

In this week’s edition of SoundBits, our weekly feature that spotlights compelling BlogTalkRadio talent, we sit down with Bob Andelman. For more than 20 years, the Mr. Media Interviews host, who hails from St. Petersburg, Fla., has been living up to his moniker. The notable figures he has captured on tape in recent months alone include Kirk Douglas, Billy Bob Thornton and Ally Sheedy. But now it’s Bob’s turn to answer our burning questions.

That’s Mr. Media MAVEN to you.

BlogTalkRadio's own Bob Andelman: That’s Mr. Media MAVEN to you.

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

Mr. Media Interviews is all about celebrities and media news- makers making conversation, having a few laughs (usually at my expense) and promoting their latest projects. If it’s not fun, it’s usually over quickly.

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

I coach girl’s soccer at my daughter’s middle school. And I almost always drink Dr. Pepper during my show.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

There’s no single person. When I was a teen in the ’70s, I listened to Cousin Brucie on WABC 77 AM and Wolfman Jack on WNBC 66 AM, both in New York. Today, I can’t get through the day without a few minutes of Howard Stern on Sirius.

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

My late grandfather, Sam Kaplan. We had so little time together and I’ve got so many, many things I’d like to discuss with him.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

My new Florida Gators sweatshirt.

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

I interviewed raunchy comedian Lisa Lampanelli while on a break at a religious planners conference that I was covering on assignment for a magazine. The people around me could only hear my end of the con- versation, which was uncharacteristically subdued. Lisa, on the other hand, was letting loose four- and twelve-letter curse words like she was handing out candy at Halloween. The dichotomy was pretty funny.

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SoundBits: ‘We WILL Make You Laugh,’ Says ‘Fruit Salad’ Host Pauly

SoundBits, our weekly Q&A with BlogTalkRadio hosts, is back. So hold onto your apples, because today we’re spotlighting the ever-flamboyant Pauly of Fruit Salad (and cyberspace!) fame. Pauly, who hails from Los Angeles, has welcomed a wide variety of top show-biz names, ranging from Olivia Newton-John to Florence Henderson. But now it’s his turn in the hot seat.

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

Fruit Salad is, first and foremost, a lot of fun. It’s always classified as “gay,” because I am gay.  But it isn’t necessarily a gay show. We have amazing guests, and we aren’t afraid to ask crazy questions. Plus, we will make you laugh.
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Pauly (right) backstage last year with one of his favorite guests, funny lady Margaret Cho.

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

I’m older then they usually think. And I’m a serious homebody.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

As most people would say,  Howard Stern. Howard paved the way for my gener- ation to cross boundaries in media and have a no-holds-barred approach to interviewing, which I try to do.

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

Madonna, to ask her questions that haven’t been asked before. And, of course, because I’m a huge fan. I’ve been very lucky with my wish list so far, so let’s hope that continues!

As we speak, what are you wearing?

A t-shirt and shorts with socks. Always socks.

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

As it has been widely reported, I cried during an interview. And I’ll do it again – guaranteed – if I book Madonna!
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