Earlier today we showed you photos of Olivia Wilder hobnobbing with Chelsea Handler and Heather McDonald of E!’s Chelsea Lately. It’s only fitting, then, that we new give you a second dose of the Olivia Wilder Times host.
Olivia, who hails from Scottsdale, Ariz., has recently interviewed such bold-face names as actor Tom Conti, comedian Gilbert Gottfried and pop legend Jackie DeShannon. If that weren’t impressive enough, this Friday, she’s got Entourage star – and GoodFellas hottie – Debi Mazar!
So if you’ve yet to check out Olivia’s show, Friday would a perfect time to start. In the meantime, sit back and soak up this latest in our weekly SoundBits series, which shows you a side of BlogTalkRadio hosts you may not know.
Give us a 15-second pitch for your BlogTalkRadio show – why should listeners tune in?
Olivia Wilder Times is a show, simply put, about love. Love of life, love of humanity, love of laughter. Whether I’m interviewing a celebrity guest, or just having a “party,” you can expect at least a smile or two. And if I’ve succeeded, you’ll leave with a lighter spirit, and maybe a laugh. I’m all about positivity and optimism.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
That I’ve had a lot of health challenges in my life – and that I’m a pretty decent portrait and figurative painter, who has sold many commissions. I guess those are pretty dichotomous things!
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
The humorous side of me says, Ted Baxter [played by the late Ted Knight] on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. But seriously, Charles Kuralt. I loved his “On the Road” series. He was all about humanity and hope. A truly special person.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
Tough one – there are so many! Maybe Steve Martin, because just looking at him makes me smile. I love his goofiness.
As we speak, what are you wearing?
Besides a big smile? I don’t think you really want to know!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
While hosting my show? Hmmm. Once I played a tune just so I could go and get some chips and salsa and eat a couple before the song was over. I was starving because the chat room was talking about food! But nothing ever so unprofessional when I had a guest.
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