Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman

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What is Mr. Media® Interviews? The curiosity of Terry Gross, the skepticism of John Oliver, the unpredictability of Howard Stern, and, on occasion, the zen of Jon Stewart! Since February 2007, more than 1,300 exclusive Hollywood, celebrity, pop culture video and audio podcast and print interviews by… read more

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1134 Adi Tantimedh, novelist, "Her Fugitive Heart" 2019

August 21st, 2019

42:46

2019: To me, the arrival of a new Ravi P.I. novel by Adi Tantimedh is like being handed a fresh-baked soft pretzel and a Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper. I’m going to try and consume it slowly, savoring every biteand every …

1133 Anat Baron, documentary filmmaker, "Beer Wars" 2009

August 8th, 2019

33:01

2009: This should be an interesting show. We have a guest who is allergic to beer and a host who never touches the stuff. Naturally, the subject is… …

1132 David Mathison, author, "Be The Media" 2010

July 28th, 2019

30:01

2010: I start each show talking about “So much media, so little time…” But David Mathison sees the media differently. Instead of observing it from afar, he wants you to be the media—you, yourself. Mathison, a former …

1131 Drew Waters, actor, "Friday Night Lights" 2009

July 28th, 2019

29:51

2009: Drew Waters possesses the kind of body that other men can only wish to emulate and women dream of well, you know. He grew up in Texas and gave …

1130 Judy Tenuta, comedian 2009

July 28th, 2019

31:19

2009: The really funny thing about Judy Tenuta? Pretty much everything. And she’s actually quite a lovely woman, as you can see from the photos on her website—JudyTenuta.com. I wanted to get that out of the way now, …

1129 Dominque Swain, actress, Jon Keeyes, director, "Fall Down Dead" 2009

July 28th, 2019

26:50

2009: The screaming goes on a little long because Dominique’s character, kindly coffee shop waitress Christie, was just attack twice, first by a homeless man, then by a man she believes—correctly—to be the Picasso …

1128 Mike Ruggles, Manny, "Supernanny" 2010

July 28th, 2019

7:54

2010: As a middle school girls soccer coach, I enjoy working with kids and their parents, But not, I suspect, enough to want to be Jo Frost, the star …

1128 Kevin Smith does a commercial for the Mr. Media podcast! 2011

July 28th, 2019

4:25

This was so cool, I had to share it again! in 2011, I took a flyer on a paid commercial for the Mr. Media podcast on Kevin Smith's new Smodcast …

1127 John Barbour, comedian, author, reality TV creator, "Real People" 2019

July 28th, 2019

1:07:28

From the time I started reading John Barbour’s career-spanning memoir, Your Mother’s Not A Virgin: The Bumpy Life and Times of the Canadian Dropout Who Changed the Face of American TV! I kept searching for the right …

1126 Dennis Haskins, actor, "Saved By the Bell" 2010

July 26th, 2019

24:25

2010: Fans of “Saved By the Bell,” have I got a treat for you. Joining me today is actor Dennis Haskins, who everyone knows as Mr. Belding, the …

1125 Ming-Na Wen, actress, "Two and a Half Men," "Mulan" 2010

July 26th, 2019

11:44

2010: I always dreamed there would come a day when I would meet the lovely actress Ming-Na. But I thought it would be in a smoky, out of the way bar, …

1124 Rick Arquilla, president, Roto-Rooter, "Undercover Boss" 2010

July 26th, 2019

27:13

2010: When the producers of the CBS reality TV hit “Undercover Boss” brag that their show is about corporate presidents getting their hands dirty, …

1123 Peter Richmond, author, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a Home" 2010

July 26th, 2019

28:56

2010: Real estate fortunes have been won and lost at record speed in recent years with millions of families “under water” in their current homes, losing their homes to foreclosure and just plain befuddled by what was …

1122 Mike Watt, editor, "Exploitation Nation" 2019

July 24th, 2019

44:48

2019: Exploitation Nation, Mike Watt’s bi-annual journal in which he gives lowbrow entertainment a highbrow survey, is all about underground comix in its sixth issue. I’m always looking for an excuse to feature …

1121 Brie Bella, WWE wrestler, Bella Twins 2010

July 22nd, 2019

14:59

2010: It’s been like “Beauty Visits the Beast” around here lately at Mr. Media Radio, with recent drop-bys from “Supergirl” Laura Vandervoort, “10 …

1120 David Russo, author, "17 Rules Successful Companies Use to Attract and Keep Top Talent" 2010

July 20th, 2019

27:00

2010: Business leaders today are looking for every possible advantage to grow their business. Of course, that’s not a whole lot different from years …

1119 Robert Lusetich, biographer, "Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season" 2010

July 18th, 2019

28:24

2010: Put yourself in the shoes of journalist Robert Lusetich for a moment. You’ve been a Los Angeles-based foreign correspondent for Rupert Murdoch’s flagship newspaper, The Australian, for more than a decade when the …

1118 J.C. Hutchins, Dana Willhoit, Michael Hinman, Tommy Duncan, bloggers live, BlogOrlando Unconference 2008

July 18th, 2019

38:45

2008: Today's podcast is a lost-and-found item; recorded on September 27, 2008, live at Blog Orlando, an "Unconference" held at Rollins College in …

1117 Robert Dilenschneider, author, "The AMA Handbook of Public Relations" 2010

July 14th, 2019

30:36

2010: No matter what form the media takes—print, broadcast, online or even telepathy—there will always be corporations, organizations and individuals that need to get the word out about their product, service or …

1116 Christopher Ventura, Peter LaSala, co-producers, “It’s OK! I’m an Actor” 2009

July 14th, 2019

29:28

2009: There was a lot of chatter during the 2009 Emmy Awards broadcast about the future of the broadcast television networks. ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox …

1114 Mary Ewing-Mulligan, author, "Wine For Dummies" 2011

July 14th, 2019

29:52

2011: Mary Ewing-Mulligan is the co-author (with her husband, Ed McCarthy) of six wine books in the Wine For Dummies series — including French Wine …

1115 Across The Board band, "Wild Ones," interview, two songs 2019

July 13th, 2019

30:40

2019: How much do you need to a know about a band beyond the fact that you like their sound? I heard a few tracks from the Canadian group Across the Board and that was enough for me. They just released a new album, Wild …

1113 Debi Gutierrez, comedian (first), Patrick Muldoon, actor, singer (second) (2011)

July 13th, 2019

24:39

2011: Two interviews in one show: first up is comedian Debi Gutierrez, followed by Patrick Muldoon, actor in "Starship Troopers" and singer in The …

1112 Parke Puterbaugh, biographer, Phish 2010

June 22nd, 2019

28:35

Must be my lifelong resistance to getting stoned, but I’ve never been a huge fan of jam band music. Dave Matthews is okay in small does, as is the …

1111 Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Atlanta Journal Constitution 2010

June 21st, 2019

30:51

2010: No matter on what side of the political fence you sit, today is a day you’ll no doubt long remember: it’s the day a federal health care …

1110 Tom Wilson Jr., cartoonist, "Ziggy" 2010

June 21st, 2019

35:00

2010: When I was a teenager—back during the Ford Administration, if you must know—a time when Peanuts was the best thing going in daily comic strips and years before The Far Side shook up the quiet world of single-panel …

1109 Brendan McGinley, comic book artist, "Heist" 2010

June 21st, 2019

26:08

If you’re worried about the future of comic books, drop by IndelibleComics.com. It’s the online home of one writer and four artists, a place to see …

1108 Richard Doetsch, novelist, "The Thieves of Darkness" 2010

June 21st, 2019

26:50

2010: Can it be only six months ago that Richard Doetsch was a guest on Mr. Media? I remember it well because I was so breathless in my praise and admiration for his then-new novel, The 13th Hour. That story completely …

1107 Paul Buhle, author, "Comics in Wisconsin" 2009

June 21st, 2019

28:25

2009: What’s so special about Wisconsin, anyway? My home state, New Jersey, has tomatoes, Sinatra, Springsteen, Atlantic City, the Turnpike and The Sopranos. What’s Wisconsin got? Cheese, the Green Bay Packers, cheese, …

1106 Ray McKinnon, actor, "The Blind Side" 2010

June 21st, 2019

29:35

I’m going to guess that when Ray McKinnon signed on to play Coach Burt Cotton in the 2009 movie The Blind Side he couldn’t have guessed it would be …

1105 Mario Grigorov, film comoposer, "Precious" 2010

June 21st, 2019

27:01

2010: Let’s face it: we take much of the music heard in movies for granted. With rare exceptions, it’s composed and put in place to complement the story and dialogue, not to overwhelm it. MARIO GRIGOROV podcast excerpt: …

1104 Luis Guzman, actor 2010

June 21st, 2019

28:18

2010: Luis Guzman is the secret weapon behind HBO’s new comedy series, “How To Make It in America.” He is its Alec Baldwin—you know, Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock”—or, in an even more apt comparison, he is its Jeremy Piven, …

1103 Ted Raimi, Suzanne Kelly, director, actress, "Playing Dead" 2010

June 21st, 2019

31:27

2010: Ted Raimi is directing Playing Dead but writer Suzanne Keilly is actually playing dead in the new web-only series, Playing Dead. The Groundlings comedy alumnus is a struggling young actress—well, maybe not as …

1102 Jim Gaines, former editor, Time, People 2010

June 21st, 2019

26:54

2010: Jim Gaines and I have lots in common. We both have popular blogs on TrueSlant.com about media topics. We both converted from typewriters to …

1101 Jeff Timmons, singer, 98 Degrees 2010

June 21st, 2019

39:11

2010: I have to share this story; it made me laugh. I don’t know too much about the boy bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s except that they were …

1100 Elisabeth Leamy, correspondent, "Good Morning America" 2010

June 21st, 2019

15:26

2010: The last two years have been horribly stressful on the wallets and pocketbooks of Americans, rich and poor. There have been days when most of …

1099 Howard J. Morris, Jenny Lee, co-authors, "Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid" 2010

June 21st, 2019

39:27

2010: Howard J. Morris and Jenny Lee didn’t just co-author the new book Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid, they actually live together as a couple. My experience, many years removed, is that working on a book with my …

1098 Christina Milian, actress, "Bring It On" 2010

June 21st, 2019

15:52

2010: Everything I know about cheerleading, I learned in high school. Well, duhhhhhh! Put another way, I know nothing about cheerleading. I didn’t …

1097 Thomas E. Sniegoski, novelist, "Legacy" 2009

June 21st, 2019

32:51

2009: One of the most daring challenges in writing novels for young adults is transferring the four-color escapades of superheroes to narrative form …

1096 Clay Bennett, editorial cartoonist, Pulitzer Prize winner 2008

June 21st, 2019

1:03:17

2008: Of the nine books I’ve written, it just occurred to me that the first and last have Pulitzer Prize connections—not for my work, unfortunately, …

1095 Amy Parham, contestant, "The Biggest Loser" 2011

June 21st, 2019

28:54

2011: I have made it a policy to almost never comment on a woman’s shape, figure or apparent weight loss or – God forbid – weight gain. It’s a no-win …

1094 Kelly Bensimon, reality TV star, "Real Housewives of New York City" 2010

June 21st, 2019

7:33

2010: Can I be honest with you? The whole “Real Housewives” phenomenon slipped right past me. Oh, I don’t think they missed me; a middle-aged, …

1093 Adriana Trigiani, novelist, "Brava Valentine" 2010

June 21st, 2019

12:39

2010: Valentine Roncalli is 35 and feeling every bit of her years. While her friends and siblings all have families of their own, she lives in her …

1092 Fly, singer (2010)

June 21st, 2019

30:13

Being a one-named rock star has been good business for Bono, Sting, Flea and, um, Cher. So why not a bald-headed, rap-around sunglasses wearing guy named Fly? FLY podcast excerpt: "I am a bit of a mystery. I've always …

1091 Amy Alcott, LPGA golfer, author, "The Leaderboard" (2009)

June 21st, 2019

41:02

2009: Something’s wrong with this picture. I’m Mr. Media. I do the interviewing, right? Somehow I’ve booked an interview with LPGA Golf Hall of Famer …

1090 Michael Connelly, novelist, "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Bosch" 2011

June 20th, 2019

22:03

2011: There are a few real name brands in legal mysteries that make book buyers line up and open their wallets. John Grisham, of course. Scott Turow had a piece of the action for many years. And then there is Michael …

1089 Jason Prufer, author, "Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll"

June 15th, 2019

43:28

2019: Some ideas for history books are sitting right in front of our noses, waiting for a smart writer to recognize opportunity and put the puzzle pieces together. That’s kind of how I imagine Jason Prufer’s new book, …

1088 Ken Regan, rock photographer, author, "All Access" (2011)

June 15th, 2019

1:01:30

2011: Photographer Ken Regan was there when Bob Dylan meet Bob Dylan 2.0 – Bruce Springsteen – for the first time. And he was there when the Beatles …

1087 Mo Mandel, comedian (2011)

June 15th, 2019

10:09

2011: There are three possibilities for an up and coming standup comic to make it big in network television. They could get a title vehicle built …

1086 Meaghan Rath, actor, "Being Human" (2011)

June 15th, 2019

10:42

2011: SyFy has been on a roll these last few years when it comes to original series. Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Haven are all big hits and much enjoyed …

1085 Keith Powell, actor, "30 Rock" (2010)

June 15th, 2019

11:30

2010: Keith Powell plays 30 Rock's Toofer on the NBC sitcom. He’s one of the comedy writers on “TGS,” the show-within-the-show.His nickname refers to his position on the staff: he’s both a Harvard grad and a minority, …

1084 Rick Meyerowitz, author, "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great"

June 14th, 2019

30:23

2010: Sometimes I think I grew up in some alternate reality. There was no Internet when I was in my teens—we barely had FM radio and UHF television reception in Central Jersey and cable TV was unheard of—but somehow I …

1083 November (band), Hunter Briley and Erik Lundquist (2010)

June 14th, 2019

25:32

2010: Locating a hard rockin’ band in the middle of country music lovin’ Nashville, Tennessee, was either really dumb or really smart. I guess I’m going with pretty smart, because if you’re good at being different, you …

1082 Joel Fishman, novelist, "Primacy" (2011)

June 13th, 2019

41:00

2011: I wasn’t really sure about the right way to introduce today’s guest, Joel Fishman. Ultimately, I opted to be straight forward, so here it is: I owe a good deal of my success as a published author to Joel Fishman. …

1081 Doug Glanville, retired baseball player, ESPN analyst (2010)

June 13th, 2019

27:43

2010: Lots of former baseball players write books about their glory days as a player. And many of those books are as much about their off-field …

1080 Ben Rappaport, actor, "Outsourced" (2010)

June 13th, 2019

14:23

2010: “Outsourced” did not get the initial reaction that NBC desired for a new Thursday night sitcom, given the plum, post-“The Office” slot it …

1079 Aaron Hart, singer, Love Stallion, live performances

May 22nd, 2019

35:27

2019: Watching the Denver-based band Love Stallion takes me back to the 1980s when glam and hair metal bands were all the rage, from Motley Crue and Ratt to Def Leppard and Whitesnake. To me, it was a fun, sometimes …

1078 James Maddock, singer, "Wake Up and Dream," performance

May 22nd, 2019

20:58

FROM 2011: The key to the music business, I think, is consistency. For example, I really liked James Maddock’s first solo album, Sunrise on Avenue C. …

1077 Harry Smith, reporter, NBC News

May 3rd, 2019

10:29

2011: Who could possibly lie in the face of NBC correspondent Harry Smith? (Other than soulless CBS News executives, that is.) C’mon – that face, …

1076 Keith Morrison, reporter, NBC News (2011)

May 3rd, 2019

12:41

2011: When Keith Morrison is telling a story – excuse me, reporting a story — his tone is so steady, his timing so perfect, you might just miss a crucial detail. That is to say, if silk had a voice, it might sound like …

1075 Keith Fenimore, Mark Scherzer, co-authors, "Hire Me, Hollywood"

May 3rd, 2019

39:43

2011: If I were you, and you were interested in getting a job in the entertainment industry, I’d listen to today’s interview with writers Mark Scherzer and Keith Fenimore. Then I’d order their new book, Hire Me, …

1074 Goodnight Argent, Chase Thompson, Tyler McMullen, live performances (2011)

May 3rd, 2019

31:30

2011: Do you remember those single-minded guys in high school who always knew what they wanted to do? The ones who were always doodling in the …

1073 Kate Snow, reporter, NBC News (2011)

May 3rd, 2019

11:27

2011: It’s never a good time to be poor in America and today is no different. The rich are getting richer at a record pace and, thanks to an entrenched 9 percent unemployment rate, more of our fellow citizens are …

1072 George Anastasia, author, "The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies"

May 3rd, 2019

31:11

2011: The danger of writing the “Ultimate Book” of anything is if you wind up demonstrating that you ultimately don’t know much about anything. That …

1071 Natasha Leggero, comedian

May 3rd, 2019

9:20

2011: Natasha Leggero has multiple fall-back positions. She’s a stand-up comedian, so she can always work, and always bring the funny. She’s a solid …

1070 Lauren Field, Gaetano Rodriguez, co-creators, Trek The Musical

May 3rd, 2019

24:03

2012: One of the worst memories I have of my father always comes back to this: He came home from work one day in the early 1970s, saw me watching a "Star Trek" rerun, and shouted at me to shut it off. “You’ve watched …

1069 Barbara Walters (interviewed by Eric Deggans, 2011)

May 3rd, 2019

28:38

Guest Interview by Eric Deggans, 2011: Sometimes, I like causing trouble. So whenever people ask me who is the most influential TV journalist of the modern age, I never say Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite. I always …

1068 Ayser Salman, author, "The Wrong End of the Table"

April 24th, 2019

46:53

2019: Imagine writing the story of your life and constantly having to footnote it – literally! – because your mother doesn’t approve of the details you reveal and the way you retell certain stories. Next, imagine having …

1067 John Morrow, author, "Kirby & Lee: Stuf' Said!"

April 10th, 2019

47:26

Marvel vs. DC has been the gold standard in comic book company wars for decades. Right behind it in comics cultural importance is probably Jack Kirby …

1066 Streeter Seidell, Amir Blumenfeld, co-founders, CollegeHumor.com

April 3rd, 2019

28:20

2009: For a good time, try typing www.CollegeHumor.com into your web browser’s window. You’ll find an endless stream of short videos that will do …

1065 Madelyn Victoria, "Right Here With You," singer (includes performances)

March 31st, 2019

39:02

The first time that singer Madelyn Victoria and her brother, guitarist Albert Vallejo, were on Mr. Media, I was struck by their talent and charm. That was four years ago, so I imagine they’ve only gotten better at both …

1064 Richard Lynch, country singer, performing "Pray on the Radio," "Old Feed Store"

March 16th, 2019

30:13

Richard Lynch is a country singer/songwriter who ended 2018 with a surprise honor – a place in the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame. His final concert of the year, on New Year’s Eve, was literally interrupted by a …

1063 Clay Jones, political cartoonist

March 6th, 2019

50:29

I never planned on sharing my opinions on political and social issues. It is something that evolved slowly in the last 20 years. For example, as an …

1062 Gahan Wilson, artist, "Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons"

March 4th, 2019

42:37

In my mind, I’ve been associated with Playboy for roughly 40 years—I was roughly 10 when I discovered my dad’s box of old magazines in a cardboard …

1061 Jason Sacks, Keith Dallas, author, editor, "American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1990s"

February 21st, 2019

1:01:21

In the 1990s, there were a lot of comic books—and comic book publishers—that I either missed out on completely or that held so little appeal to me that I ignored them. That’s saying a lot for a guy who lived for …

1060 Martin Popoff, author, "Queen: Album by Album"

February 13th, 2019

59:47

Over the last year, every time I saw a trailer for the film Bohemian Rhapsody, I had one thought: “Please don’t suck.” I hadn’t realized that, …

1059 Bill Griffith, cartoonist, "Zippy the Pinhead"

February 13th, 2019

58:52

You know what I really want to know from cartoonist Bill Griffith? It’s this: does he collect a royalty every time the housekeeper on “Two and a Half …

1058 Larry Harris, co-founder, Casablanca Records

February 13th, 2019

22:43

(From 2009) (UPDATE - Larry Harris died on December 18, 2017.)  Everybody thinks their life story would make a good book. I’m here to tell you that’s …

1057 Madison Paige, Democratic political consultant, founder, Bold Blue Campaigns

February 5th, 2019

51:46

Elections in Florida are screwed up, especially for Democrats and Democratic candidates. The same is true in places such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Georgia, to name just a few states of electoral disrepair. …

1056 James P. Connolly, comedian, "The Master Plan"

February 2nd, 2019

37:28

I was stuck in the car a few weeks ago, waiting to pick my wife up at work, tuning around the Sirius Satellite Radio dial, looking for a few laughs. I had already heard the Howard Stern show earlier in the day and went …

1055 Pam Allyn, Robert Allyn, wrestling announcer Gordon Solie's daughter, son-in-law

January 28th, 2019

27:47

There is something about professional wrestling that you just can’t look away from on television. The costumes, the oversize personalities, the inflated drama and comedy—it all plays even bigger on the tube. I remember …

1054 Jules Feiffer, cartoonist, "Explainers"

January 27th, 2019

52:05

The word that comes to mind when I think about the comic strips of Jules Feiffer is this: My Microsoft Word dictionary - hey, it's convenient! - …

1053 Ana Ortiz and Tony Plana, actors, "Ugly Betty"

January 26th, 2019

10:00

The big news is that ABC’s sexy, fashion-funny rom-com “Ugly Betty” is moving to Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. And while I understand that surviving a Friday night timeslot on network TV is like getting a stay of …

1052 Keith Brown, political cartoonist, "The Wages of Sin"

January 26th, 2019

34:26

I can’t remember how I first came in contact with Missouri cartoonist Keith Brown, but I’m pretty sure Facebook or Twitter was involved. Keith is the …

1051 Dan Washburn, country singer, 2 live performances, "Long Story Longer," "Someone Like You"

January 9th, 2019

29:35

Dan Washburn is a country singer/songwriter with a great big ol’ voice and personality, a knack for catchphrases and an ever-present bit of whimsy in …

1050 Daphne Maxwell Reid, actress, "Jacqueline and Jilly," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

January 4th, 2019

36:51

In “Jacqueline and Jilly,” Daphne Maxwell Reid plays the mother of Jacqueline and grandmother of Jilly in this three-generation drama about a …

1049 Christopher Hart, cartoonist, "Humongous Book of Cartooning"

January 4th, 2019

30:11

When I was a little boy, it was common to see matchbook covers with ads saying things like “Learn to Draw!” The idea was that if you could draw the …

1048 Marvel News Desk podcast hosts: Caleb A. Borchers, Rhiannon, Adam Barnhardt

December 27th, 2018

42:51

I’m guessing that, like me, you probably listen to your favorite podcasts whenever and wherever you can squeeze them in. For me, that includes the last 15 minutes of the day, or while I’m walking the dog, or on the …

1047 Jeremy Arnold, TCM host, author, "Christmas in the Movies"

December 12th, 2018

39:31

Forced to think about it for today’s show, I find that I have seven favorite Christmas movies, most of which find their way to the family TV every year. Six of those films are highlighted in a new book, Christmas in the …

1046 Amy Rose, country singer, "One More Sleep" (live Christmas performances with Marty Beecroft)

December 7th, 2018

51:10

Amy Rose may be the greatest country music singer on the planet. I can’t prove that beyond a reasonable doubt, but I love the way she sings and right this minute, my opinion is more important than anyone else’s. So …

1045 Bobby Friss, lead singer, guitarist, Bobby Friss Band

December 3rd, 2018

39:25

I last interviewed rock guitarist Bobby Friss in 1988. Something his father told him and he shared with me that day about being a professional has …

1044 Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, author, "DC Comics Before Superman"

November 30th, 2018

41:58

Whatever you think you know about the 1930s origins of comic books, be prepared to learn a lot more. In her new book, "DC Comics Before Superman: …

1043 Christine Hallquist, 2018 Dem. Party nominee for Vermont governor, transgender, "Denial" documentary

November 19th, 2018

43:07

Derek Hallquist grew up the son of a man who believed fervently in the importance of modernizing and protecting America’s energy grid. As a child and …

1042 Jeff Morris, a.k.a., R.W. Marcus, fantasy novelist, "The Fate of Tomorrow: Tales of the Annigan Cycle"

November 10th, 2018

30:04

You think you know a guy! For as long as I have lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, I have been friends with Jeff Morris, the proprietor of my favorite local used bookstore and comics shop, Wilson’s Bookworld. It’s a …

1041 Roger Nygard, director, "The Truth About Marriage," editor, "Veep," "Who Is America?"

November 5th, 2018

1:04:25

There is something special about Roger Nygard. He leads two very different lives in Hollywood: by day, he’s been a video editor on top comedy series …

1040 Mark Malkoff, host, "The Carson Podcast"

October 24th, 2018

40:00

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that Mark Malkoff is probably the most and best prepared podcast host in the world. If you’ve ever listened to his show, “The Carson Podcast,” you know what I’m talking about. …

1039 Michael Stahl-David, Daniella Alonso, actors, "My Generation"

October 24th, 2018

12:19

(Note to listeners: We make every effort to post celebrity interviews in a timely manner. Unfortunately, ABC canceled its freshman drama, My Generation, after just two weeks. But rather than shelve this conversation …

1038 Cristina Alger, novelist, "The Banker's Wife," "The Darlings"

October 17th, 2018

31:20

Book titles are a bit deceiving. I received Cristina Alger’s third novel, The Banker’s Wife, and figured it would literally be a thriller about a …

1037 Jeff Kreisler, author, "Get Rich Cheating"

October 17th, 2018

31:04

I’m not a big advocate of cheating to get ahead in life. But let’s face it, these are not normal times. So I’m willing to consider options that were previously anathema to a good two-shoes like myself. Enter Jeff …

1036 Ashanti, singer

October 14th, 2018

16:09

Here are two pop culture references I never thought I’d make in the same sentence: ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and Grammy Award winner …

1035 Brad Phillips, a.k.a., Mr. Media Training (2011)

October 12th, 2018

33:03

If you’re going to come on this show and talk to Mr. Media, you probably couldn’t be hurt by spending a little time reading the blog of a guy who …

1034 Constance Zimmer, actress, "Entourage," "Love Bites"

October 12th, 2018

13:07

Name me one female character on TV who can dish out abuse as well as "Entourage" character Dana Gordon and still look really, really hot. No, I can't think of anyone else, either. CONSTANCE ZIMMER podcast excerpt: "Dana …

1033 Matt Bomer, actor, "White Collar," "Chuck"

October 12th, 2018

11:35

Who’s the mark? I don’t think it’s me, although I may have gotten White Collar star Matt Bomer here under a false premise – that I wanted to only …

1032 Bradley James, actor, "Merlin"

October 11th, 2018

12:20

Merlin exists to protect Prince Arthur, the young Pendragon, until he becomes king and magic is returned to the realm. Life in the days before Camelot were complicated that way. BRADLEY JAMES podcast excerpt: "Anthony …

1031 Harvey Frommer, author, "Remembering Fenway Park"

October 11th, 2018

25:04

As a Tampa Bay Rays fan, I wish we had a stadium as beautiful and legendary as Boston’s Fenway Park. But I take solace in knowing that just 13 years …

1030 Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, author, "The Courage to Survive"

October 7th, 2018

20:54

Dennis Kucinich is a brave man. Whatever else you may think of the five-term Congressman from Ohio’s 10th district, only a fool would deny his …

1029 Shawn Ashmore, actor, "X-Men" movies (Iceman), "Frozen"

October 7th, 2018

31:14

When Billy Bob Thornton was on this show a few years ago, I figured I was one Kevin Bacon degree removed from my first X-Man—Halle Berry. When today is done, I’ll still be one degree of separation away from Storm, but …

1028 Brandon Quinn, actor, "Kill Speed"

October 7th, 2018

38:25

The hours on film sets can be long and, on indie films, the pay isn’t exactly going to leave even a star set for life. But the magic of movie making does create opportunities to do things that might never occur in real …

1027 Pete Williams, sportswriter, author, "Core Performance"

October 7th, 2018

24:10

If you’re a pro or college football fan and you haven’t yet read Pete Williams’ landmark investigation of the NFL draft—simply titled, The …

1026 Pete Williams, sportswriter, author, "Paddle Fit"

October 7th, 2018

20:20

I live very close to Tampa Bay and every day brings at least two or three opportunities to experience it via Coffee Pot Bayou near downtown St. Petersburg. I can see a lot of wildlife if I periodically glance out to the …

1025 Reggie Lee, actor, "Grimm" (2011)

October 5th, 2018

10:47

Once you know actor Reggie Lee’s face and name, you’re going to think he’s everywhere. Seriously, after he appeared on Mr. Media a year ago to talk …

1024 Reggie Lee, actor, "Persons Unknown," "Drag Me to Hell" (2010)

October 5th, 2018

24:59

I have to admit I was a little surprised at all the films and TV shows where actor Reggie Lee has appeared. REGGIE LEE podcast excerpt: "The trailer for Drag Me to Hell shows it as a creepy, scary film. Don't let it …

1023 Sara Zarr, YA novelist, "Once Was Lost," "Sweethearts," "Story of a Girl"

October 3rd, 2018

45:24

The life of young adult novelist Sara Zarr has changed dramatically in the last three years, following publication of her first book, Story of a …

1022 Jane Velez-Mitchell, author, "Addict Nation"

September 26th, 2018

21:22

I had no idea how messed up HLN “Issues” host Jane Velez-Mitchell once was. This is not news to readers of her last book, iWant, but I somehow missed that revealing tome, only to get a version of the story in the early …

1021 Donald Glover, actor, "Community"

September 26th, 2018

11:01

On the NBC freshman sitcom hit “Community,” Donald Glover plays “Troy,” a self-involved, former high school football star trying to find a place for …

1020 Laura Vandervoort, actress, "Smallville," "V"

September 23rd, 2018

12:33

Okay, fanboys today’s your lucky day—if you don’t mind living vicariously through me. My guest is Laura Vandervoort, one of the most stunning young …

1019 Jonah Keri, sportswriter, "The Extra 2 Percent"

September 21st, 2018

34:11

I was a little nervous about the publication of Jonah Keri’s new book, The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First. Why? Because up until today, the book most often …

1018 Wayne Kramer, guitarist, The MC5, author, "The Hard Stuff"

September 19th, 2018

37:52

Everybody knows at least one MC5 song – and that would be “Kick Out the Jams,” mofo. Know more? Points to you, my friend. In 1969, the year when …

1017 Jane Friedman, editor, Writer's Digest

September 18th, 2018

43:22

I was a little nervous when I received an email from Jane Friedman, the publisher of Writer’s Digest magazine and books. She was responding to my interview with one of her authors, Mike Sacks, the author of And Here’s …

1016 Andrea Lin, dancer, "Dance A-Go-Go Sexy Nightclub Workout"

September 15th, 2018

20:16

I’m an aging white guy with no natural rhythm, but I love to watch people who are lucky enough to have it and know how to use it. ANDREA LIN podcast …

1015 Faith Ford, actress, "Murphy Brown," "Hope and Faith"

September 15th, 2018

13:51

In another generation, Faith Ford could have been the star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She’s got that same TV spunk. But being recognized for …

1014 Charlene Kaye, singer, The Bright Eyes

September 12th, 2018

37:06

I won’t lie to you – when I was approached to interview singer Charlene Kaye, the light didn’t go on until I discovered that she frequently …

1013 Elizabeth Fournier, green mortician, author, "The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial"

September 11th, 2018

26:07

Everybody needs a niche and Elizabeth Fournier has one. She’s America’s friendly, neighborhood mortician. She also has a color. Green. As in, …

1012 Kevin McCarthy, author, "Historic Photographs of University of Florida Football"

September 10th, 2018

25:32

I graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1982 and, to be honest, I was glad to be done. I never took much to life in a college …

1011 Mark Ribowsky, author, "The Supremes"

September 10th, 2018

33:48

It’s not pleasant when a man’s good fortune comes at the hands of another man’s loss. What would you call it when you’re the author of a new book …

1010 Morgan Langley, executive producer, "Cops"

September 10th, 2018

9:35

When did the TV show COPS become such a piece of irrefutable Americana? Probably when the first bar of “Bad Boys” played, back in 1988. It was the original docu-reality series when it debuted on Fox more than 20 years …

1009 Michael McGrady, actor, "Southland"

September 9th, 2018

27:22

(NOTE FROM Mr. MEDIA: This interview was recorded before NBC canceled "Southland" last week without airing a single episode of its second season. But in the hopes it will turn up somewhere more appropriate--fX, …

1008 Kevin G. Schmidt, actor, "The Young and The Restless"

September 9th, 2018

28:17

I have steadfastly avoided inviting soap stars to be my guests on Mr. Media Radio for a simple reason: I don’t watch soaps. Oh, I did for a year or two in the late ‘80s when my new wife was hooked on All My Children and …

1007 Patrick Muldoon, actor, "Starship Troopers," singer, "The Sleeping Masses"

September 9th, 2018

31:48

Patrick Muldoon needs to make a decision: What does he want to be when he grows up? The man has appeared in Starship Troopers, a season of “Melrose …

1006 Lionel, radio talk show host, Air America

September 9th, 2018

39:44

I could put up a bit of a fuss, but what’s the point? My guest today, Air America morning radio host Lionel, is waaaaay smarter than me. I’m not …

1005 Mark Schultz, cartoonist, editor, "Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic"

September 9th, 2018

31:54

Flash Gordon. Has there ever been a cooler name or a cooler action hero anywhere? I can’t remember exactly when during the 1960s I first saw the old …

1004 Rick Fox NBA star, actor, "Melrose Place"

September 9th, 2018

30:50

Think about seeing your life flashing before your eyes. Got the picture? Now think about Rick Fox’s life flashing before your eyes. First round NBA draft pick by the Boston Celtics in 1991.  Seven years—and three world …

1003 Rick Fox, NBA basketball star, Brandy, singer, "Dancing With the Stars"

September 9th, 2018

6:25

If you haven’t seen actress and singer Brandy in a while, let me warn you that she is smoking hot as a young lady and a competitor on the new season of Dancing with the Stars, which begins on Monday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. …

1002 Susan Wels, biographer, "Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It"

September 9th, 2018

27:42

I lived in a pretty male-centric world most of my life, idolizing certain baseball players, rock stars and even a writer or two. But when my daughter …

1001 John Hawkes, actor, "Deadwood, "Eastbound and Down," "24," "Lost"

September 9th, 2018

45:21

(Editor's Note: John Hawkes was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Winter's Bone.) John Hawkes is best …

1000 Jay Karnes, actor, "Donkey Punch," Burn Notice"

September 9th, 2018

25:13

As “Brennan,” Jay Karnes makes life miserable for Michael Weston on USA Network’s cool spy show, “Burn Notice.” He’s the first recurring bad guy to …

999 David Faber, CNBC host, author, "And Then the Roof Caved In"

September 9th, 2018

9:41

CNBC anchor and reporter David Faber is my guest today. He’s the author of a new book, And Then the Roof Caved In: How Wall Street's Greed and Stupidity Brought Capitalism to Its Knees. I’m very excited for David and …

998 Bob Byington, actor, writer, "Harmony and Me"

September 9th, 2018

24:00

Harmony and Me, Bob Byington’s new film about a young man struggling to make sense of being dumped by his girlfriend, is being promoted as a slacker comedy. But the term that struck me—and it may be seriously dated—is …

997 Kathy Ireland, supermodel, "Dancing With the Stars"

September 9th, 2018

13:25

Kathy Ireland is among the biggest names joining the cast of “Dancing With The Stars” this season, which kicks off on Monday, September 21st at 8 p.m. Frankly, I don’t know whether she can dance or not, but I think …

996 Jeff Witzke, actor, "The Mentalist"

September 9th, 2018

25:53

Actor Jeff Witzke’s been keeping enviable company out in Hollywood these days. He’s got a cameo role in the new George Clooney film, Up in the Air. …

995 Chef Blythe Beck, host, "Naughty Kitchen"

September 9th, 2018

9:27

When I hear the words  “naughty” and “kitchen” used in the same sentence, I’m reminded of a scene in the Bill Murray movie Stripes where he lifts …

994 Matthew Krentz, Craig Thomas, star, writer, "Streetballers"

September 9th, 2018

32:31

If I were running a major American movie studio, I’d want to make Matthew Krentz’s apprenticeship as an indie filmmaker short. In other words, I’d want to be in business with this handsome, talented young auteur. That …

993 James Maddock, singer/songwriter, "Sunrise On Avenue C"

September 9th, 2018

26:16

I didn’t know anything about James Maddock’s past when his publicist said, “You should check out this guy’s music.” I listened and was drawn …

992 Bai Ling, actress, "A Beautiful Life"

September 9th, 2018

28:37

Bai Ling stands out among American actresses for so many reasons: she’s Chinese, for one thing, but it’s not just that. She reads lines differently than her counterparts, a little softer here, a little louder there. And …

991 Nicole Sabrina Stuart, actress, writer, "Captain"

September 9th, 2018

29:04

I make my living as a writer—books, magazine articles and, of course, introductions to Mr. Media Radio interviews. But I can’t say I have any experience with writer’s block. Why not? A wife, a son, two dogs—and every …

990 Herb Sorensen, author, "Mind of the Shopper: The Science of Retailing"

September 7th, 2018

42:41

The retail business in America is sick. The economy has taken a toll on our traditional buying habits and the industry is looking for a cure. Meet …

989 Dean A. Shepherd, author, "From Lemons to Lemonade"

September 7th, 2018

27:48

Failure is epidemic in America these days, some of it earned, much of it dropped in the laps of hard-working entrepreneurs who did nothing wrong but have still seen their life work vanish in recent months. But when Dean …

988 Bill Tush, TV host, TBS SuperStation

September 7th, 2018

55:32

You kids today think you’ve got it made, what with hundreds of cable TV channels, each one focused on a narrow genre like death and destruction, Herpes, and funny things you can do with string. But back when I was in …

987 Christian Finnegan, comedian

September 7th, 2018

35:28

Some how, some way, Christian Finnegan has managed to scrape out a unique identity for himself as a stand-up comedian. He’s the guy who, on first glance, you think maybe he’s gay. But he’s not. Ask him about his …

986 Jeff Wilser, author, "The Maxims of Manhood"

September 7th, 2018

44:24

If you’re old enough to remember dumbass books such as Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche—or my own Why Men Watch Football—then you know there have been a lot …

985 Anthony Head, actor, "Merlin"

September 7th, 2018

11:54

Anthony Head can’t escape his past. I know that, because when I posted a note on Facebook a few days ago that I’d be interviewing Anthony, it took less than a minute for Gina Vivinetto to respond with two words: “Ack! …

984 Brigid Brannagh, actress, "Army Wives"

September 5th, 2018

21:41

Has it really been a whole year? Wow. This time last year, “Army Wives” was on the eve of its second season and I had the great pleasure of welcoming …

983 Debbie Zoller, makeup artist, "Mad Men"

September 5th, 2018

34:35

Here’s what I think I’ve learned about working women in the early 1960s: • They worked really hard at putting on their faces in the morning. • They worked equally hard at taking off their faces before bed. • They …

982 Charles Gatewood, photographer, "A Complete Unknown: Bob Dylan"

September 5th, 2018

28:10

Great photographs—whether shot by Ansel Adams or your Aunt Anna—capture a moment in time that people familiar with the moment, the subject or the place can relate to for years to come. And even if you don’t have any …

981 Anna Jane Grossman, author, "Obsolete"

September 5th, 2018

30:33

As I’m saying this, I can’t help wondering if, by the time you hear this, I won’t be obsolete. Think I’m kidding? I’m not. In her new book, Obsolete: …

980 Jeff Klinkenberg, author, "Son of Real Florida: Stories From My Life"

August 30th, 2018

43:50

Every major daily newspaper has a few journalists whose work consistently rises above all others. And there is an even smaller group of these top-notch reporters whose legends are beyond reproach and who are held in the …

979 Mary Murphy, choreography, judge, "So You Think You Can Dance?"

August 30th, 2018

9:50

Everybody has their own reason for watching a show like “So You Think You Can Dance," airing Wednesday and Thursday nights this summer on Fox. Some tune in for the hot dancers; some just dig the host, Cat Deeley. Others …

978 Megan Park, Daren Kagasoff, actors, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"

August 30th, 2018

32:08

Oh, boy, oh, boy. As we left the cast of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” at the end of season two, Ricky and Amy became parents. They’re what, 15? 16? I’ll be honest: as the dad of a teenage son, I’m not sure …

977 Saul Rubinek, actor, "Warehouse 13" (2010)

August 30th, 2018

14:27

A year ago, I invited actor Saul Rubinek to be a guest on this show, not because he was one of the leads on a new SyFy network show called “Warehouse …

976 Saul Rubinek, actor, "Warehouse 13" (2009)

August 30th, 2018

10:40

Artie Nielsen is waiting for you. Artie, you see, is the curator of Warehouse 13, the place where America’s greatest secrets are housed, its mysteries answered, its riddles questioned. It’s sort of the meeting of the TV …

975 Mary McCormack, actress, "In Plain Sight," "Private Parts," Boeing Boeing"

August 30th, 2018

11:50

On June 13, 2008, my wife twisted my arm into seeing a Broadway play while we would be in New York celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. The big …

974 Craig Olejnik, actor, "The Listener"

August 30th, 2018

9:04

Craig Olejnik- (O-LEDGE-nik) stars in a new NBC and CTV drama series, “The Listener,” that you may have already seen on Fox if you live outside North America. “The Listener,” stars Olejnik and Ennis Esmer as paramedic …

973 Jim Butcher, novelist, "The Dresden Files"

August 29th, 2018

50:37

I am NOT the world’s biggest Harry Potter fan. The only book in the series that I’ve read is the first, which my wife and I took turns reading aloud to my daughter when she was just learning to read herself. Since then, …

972 Ennis Esmer, actor, "The Listener," "Dark Matter"

August 29th, 2018

10:28

It’s summertime and in network TV land, that means time to take a few chances. For NBC, it means trying on a Canadian drama series called “The Listener,” starring Craig Olejnik and Ennis Esmer as paramedic partners. If …

971 Paul Fitzgerald, author, "Will Eisner and PS Magazine"

August 29th, 2018

37:21

In my life, it seems all roads lead back to Will Eisner. In 2002, I met the American master artist and writer for the first time over lunch and embarked on a three-year project to research and write his biography, Will …

970 Josh Keaton, voice actor, "Spider-Man," "Hercules," "Antman"

August 29th, 2018

39:04

I’ve been a fan of cartoons and superheroes for as long as I can remember—all the way back to the original "Space Ghost" cartoon in the ‘60s. Anybody …

969 Darren Hardy, publisher, Success Magazine

August 29th, 2018

40:35

It’s a tough time to be in the business of publishing newspapers and magazines. But there are some subject areas that thrive in hard economic times. Like Success. Because while the sky is falling all around some of us, …

968 28 North, rock band, live performance

August 29th, 2018

24:41

It used to be that a handful of multinational record companies and a few indies controlled all of the music we heard. That’s all changed. With the …

967 Charles Grodin, actor, author

August 24th, 2018

38:05

If you ever watched Charles Grodin on his old CNBC talk show—or on countless guest appearance on other shows, from Johnny Carson to David …

966 Craig Yoe, author, "Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Shuster"

August 24th, 2018

33:32

Craig Yoe has a dirty little secret. Actually, it is Joe Shuster’s dirty little secret; Yoe just happens to be the researcher who uncovered and exposed it to the world. Turns out that the artist and co-creator of …

965 Robert Tuchman, author, "Sporting Events You Must See Live"

August 24th, 2018

36:49

Today’s a good day to start an argument with your best friends or a bunch of strangers at a bar. Today’s the day we’re going to debate the priorities of Robert Tuchman’s new book, The 100 Sporting Events You Must See …

964 Paul Levine, novelist, "Illegal"

August 24th, 2018

38:51

I’m Mr. Media—not Mr. Know-It-All. So I hope I can be excused for not realizing what a clever, entertaining writer Paul Levine is, at least not …

963 Isadore Sharp, founder, chairman, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

August 24th, 2018

57:41

If you could afford to stay at any hotel on a business or pleasure trip, I can’t imagine choosing anywhere other than a Four Seasons Hotel or Resort …

962 Solomon King, blues guitarist

August 24th, 2018

42:35

Solomon King is on a mission… a mission from the Motor City to you. He’s out to capture your hearts and minds with his own unique spin on the blues. …

961 Tom Folsom, author, "The Mad Ones"

August 24th, 2018

36:45

Joey and Larry Gallo were some bad hombres. So bad, even most of the mafia wanted nothing to do with them in the 1960s and ‘70s. Murder, extortion, armed robbery—all in a day’s work for these guys. But if they were so …

960 Kamran Pasha, novelist, "Mother of All Believers"

August 24th, 2018

48:03

Kamran Pasha is a brave man. He knows that Sherry Jones’ book, The Jewel of Medina—about the birth of Islam—lost its initial publisher in 2008 because of the ruckus it stirred up. He knows that filmmaker Moustapha …

959 Justin Kirk, actor, "Weeds"

August 24th, 2018

32:45

Last night, my wife and I engaged in one of those perception vs. reality recaps. In it, I recalled my perception of the Showtime sitcom “Weeds” was …

958 Michael Jackson remembered 2009

August 24th, 2018

2:27:41

Michael Jackson​ has died at age 50. The pop idol, whose music, choreography and fashion changed the face of popular culture, was rushed to the …

957 Michael Jackson remembered a year after his death (2010)

August 24th, 2018

1:57:55

A year ago today, on June 25, 2009, millions of people were stunned to discover that singer, songwriter and pop culture legend Michael Jackson had …

956 Thomas Calabro, actor, "Melrose Place" (2010)

August 22nd, 2018

14:03

When last we spoke, Thomas Calabro was preparing to host ACME Comedy’s “ACME Saturday Night” live show and being described as a former star of the late lamented TV series “Melrose Place.” THOMAS CALABRO podcast excerpt: …

955 Michele Balan, comedian

August 22nd, 2018

44:14

Not to put too much pressure on her, but Michele Balan is a standup comedian from New York, where every city block is bursting with comic setups and teardowns. So she’s gotta be funny, right? Balan first came to …

954 Bart Bull, author, "Battle of the Band Names: The Best and Worst Band Names Ever"

August 22nd, 2018

38:40

Let’s not mince words: the Fabulous Poodles were neither fabulous nor poodles. But I always chuckled at the name, dug the music, and, perhaps most …

953 Brooke Newton, actress, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader

August 21st, 2018

26:50

It is well known that I am a sucker for local kid made good stories, so how could I say no to having Brooke Newton on the show? (And no, it doesn’t …

952 Mary Ann Zoellner, Alicia Ybarbo, co-authors, "Today's Moms"

August 21st, 2018

8:43

It’s 8:40 a.m. on a Wednesday morning and my guests are two of the producers of NBC’s “Today Show.” Who will be whispering in Matt’s ear when it’s time to throw it to Al Roker? How will Meredith Viera know to cut short …

951 Josh Dorfman, author, "The Lazy Environmentalist"

August 21st, 2018

32:44

Josh Dorfman is one smart guy. And he is pretty lucky, too. His first book, The Lazy Environmentalist, was published in 2007. It told regular people …

950 Mark Freiburger, director, "Dog Days of Summer"

August 21st, 2018

34:57

Imagine if, as a stranger, you could see a small town through the eyes of young boys. You might be privy to images and incidents that you wouldn’t …

949 Cristina Perez, TV judge, "Cristina's Court"

August 21st, 2018

31:42

There are a lot of judges on TV these days, starting with Judge Judy and running all the way through Judge David Young. But only one of them has an Emmy Award. That lucky jurist-slash-TV personality is Judge Cristina …

948 Kelly Corrigan, author, "The Middle Place"

August 21st, 2018

26:12

There’s the joy of seeing your children grow and mature and then there’s the simultaneous frustration of witnessing your parents get older at the …

947 Shawn Hatosy, actor, "Southland," "Animal Kingdom"

August 21st, 2018

8:03

Shawn Hatosy stars as gang detective Sammy Bryant in NBC's new drama series "Southland." You may have already recognized Shawn from his starring role …

946 Dan Kane, Travis Oates, Rich Keith, Acame Comedy Theatre 20th Anniversary

August 21st, 2018

1:01:16

I thought long and hard about how do introduce this special program celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Acme Comedy Theatre. I thought about how, in modern times, a lot of great comedy has come from Los Angeles. …

945 Al Jean, executive producer, "The Simpsons"

August 21st, 2018

4:03

Here’s math that even Bart Simpson won’t need a chalkboard to figure out: “The Simpsons” is “Gunsmoke.” That’s right: thanks to a new two-year renewal, “The Simpsons” is about to blow past the ancient western as the …

944 Amy Alcott, golfer, author, "The Leaderboard"

August 21st, 2018

41:27

Something’s wrong with this picture. I’m Mr. Media. I do the interviewing, right? Somehow I’ve booked an interview with LPGA Golf Hall of Famer Amy …

943 Jim Tusty, Maureen Tusty, filmmakers, "The Singing Revolution"

August 21st, 2018

55:22

Estonia is not a country that most Americans could find on a map, let alone understand the modern history of its people. But in the history of …

942 David Lawrence XVII, actor, "Heroes"

August 21st, 2018

38:23

There were 16 guys named David Lawrence listed on the IMDb.com site before the future “Heroes” Puppetmaster came on the scene, which is why he has the Roman numerals for 17—XVII—appear after his name. It’s a little odd, …

941 Elaine Hendrix, actress

August 21st, 2018

29:41

It’s always fun to welcome familiar faces—and voices—to the show and today I get that pleasure with actress Elaine Hendrix. Probably best known for …

940 Elaine Hendrix, actress

August 21st, 2018

29:59

Elaine Hendrix is an actress you’ve seen in the company of a lot of household names: Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap; Amber Tamblyn in “Joan of …

939 Chef John Besh

August 21st, 2018

48:05

Some of my favorite travel adventures have centered on New Orleans. The first time I went there was by car with my sister when I was in college. It …

938 Brian Tills, Donna Heckler, co-authors, "The Truth About Creating Brands People Love"

August 21st, 2018

40:35

If ever there was an era that put demands on marketing, this is it. Differentiating your brand from your competitor’s is so important at a time when jobs and stock prices are vanishing overnight. If you’re selling a …

937 Thomas Calabro, actor, "Melrose Place"

August 21st, 2018

24:15

Thomas Calabro is a good-looking man. Even a straight, 100-percent hetero dude like Mr. Media can see that. And his good looks have paid off: first in an 6-year career as a star of Fox’s primetime soap “Melrose Place” …

936 Stuttering John Melendez, comedian (2009)

August 21st, 2018

12:27

John Melendez has one of the most interesting careers in show business. During his 15 years as "Stuttering John," a punchline on Howard Stern’s radio show, he was the cast member you loved to hate, not for the …

935 Jake Nickell, founder, Threadless

August 19th, 2018

20:20

Is this any way to run a business? Threadless.com, the little T-shirt company that could, gambles every day that good kharma will deliver brilliant …

934 Joan Van Ark, actor, "Knot's Landing"

August 19th, 2018

9:35

Joan Van Ark is a beautiful woman, an iconic television actress thanks to 13 seasons playing Val Ewing on “Dallas” and “Knot’s Landing.” So what on …

933 Vik Sahay, actor, "Chuck" (2008)

August 19th, 2018

46:47

When last we saw Lester, one of the morally challenged Buy More employees on the NBC spy comedy “Chuck,” he was making more than eye contact with fellow employee Morgan’s girlfriend, Anna. Morgan saw them and was …

932 Christine Lakin, actress, "Race to Witch Mountain"

August 19th, 2018

25:06

Christine Lakin, who is the guest host of the Acme Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 14, gets a big break acting in the new film Race to Witch Mountain, starring Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino and …

931 Tatyana Ali, actress, "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

August 19th, 2018

26:31

There are some guests on this show that I really want to interview. And then there are those with whom I look forward to conversation but what I’d really like to do is spend 30 minutes just soaking in how good they …

930 Chris Hansen, journalist, "You Might Be Rich"

August 19th, 2018

9:41

Apparently, there is something screwy with America’s many state lotteries. This Sunday at 7 p.m. on “Dateline NBC,” correspondent Chris Hansen and his team investigate lottery scams. Hansen, one of the best-known …

929 Chris Hansen, journalist, "To Catch A Predator"

August 19th, 2018

10:13

Who’s afraid of Chris Hansen? You? Really? And you? And… you? I’m sorry I asked. Boy, you think you know people! Hansen, one of the best-known reporters at NBC News and “Dateline NBC” skyrocketed to prominence as the …

928 Suri, Shiloh, Apple, co-stars, "Whatever Hollywood"

August 19th, 2018

57:46

This radio gig I’ve got as Mr. Media is pretty cool, but I think I need to think about getting into TV—like those "Whatever Hollywood" girls, Suri, …

927 Stuart Skorman, founder, Clerkdogs.com

August 19th, 2018

43:58

We’ve reached a point in popular culture where there are so many generational touchstones that it’s no longer safe to assume that if I tell you that …

926 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Lacey, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018

13:41

If you’ve been watching “Hell’s Kitchen” this season, you had to be scratching your head over the way Chef Lacey managed to avoid elimination week after week. No disrepect to the young lady, but she appeared out of her …

925 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Giovanni, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018

10:05

This is a “Hell’s Kitchen” interview that I didn’t expect to do until the end of this, the show’s fifth season on Fox. Joining me today is Giovanni, …

924 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, LA, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018

10:51

Lacey will join me on Mr Media in a special show on Monday, March 30, so let’s focus on last night’s officially eliminated chef, L.A. It is never fun being in Ramsay’s line of sight and if you are different in any way, …

923 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Andrea, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018

11:02

"Hell’s Kitchen" got down to a final two last night and viewers can actually start believing that the cream has risen to the top. Unfortunately, the show is still a competition and somebody has to go. Joining me this …

922 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Charlie, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018

11:39

Hell’s Kitchen is one of those reality cooking shows that, while you’re watching it, you’re wondering: “What were they thinking?” I love the show and haven’t missed many episodes over its five seasons to date. It’s a …

921 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Colleen, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018

8:55

"Hell’s Kitchen" is not going to be your cup of tea if hearing people yell and scream profanities at the top of their lungs while cooking inedible dishes makes you squirm. But the show, which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on …

920 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, J, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018

12:56

“Hell’s Kitchen” is must-see TV in Mr. Media’s house and it has been since the first episode of the first season. We’re also hooked on Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” and the British versions of his shows, too.. …

919 Hell's Kitchen Season 5, Danny, chef contestant

August 19th, 2018

9:29

Danny made it to the final two on Hell’s Kitchen and tonight, it’s just him, Paula, and Chef Gordon Ramsay. Oh, and a few million people watching at …

918 Bill Romanowski, retired NFL player, entrepreneur

August 19th, 2018

29:04

Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski is a four-time Super Bowl champion—and a guy my friend Sean says, “scares the crap out of me.” So you know he …

917 Steven Paul Leiva, screenwriter, "Will Eisner's The Spirit" (animated)

August 19th, 2018

54:37

I know a thing or two about comic book artist and American master Will Eisner and his best known character, "The Spirit." I spent almost three years researching and writing the only biography of the man – Will Eisner: A …

916 Brian Krause, actor, "Charmed"

August 19th, 2018

55:19

Brian Krause had—from 1998 through 2006—what most guys would consider a most excellent day job: he played the character of “Leo” opposite Alyssa …

915 Lia Romeo, Nick Romeo, co-authors, "11,002 Things To Be Miserable About"

August 19th, 2018

16:50

If you think you’re miserable right now, wait until Lia and Nick Romeo get through with you. The Romeos—they’re brother and sister, not husband and wife—just published a new book titled 11,002 Things to Be Miserable …

914 Justin Bruening, actor, "Knight Rider (2008)"

August 19th, 2018

11:46

Justin Bruening caught a huge break. In the world of primetime network television, if your new show doesn’t immediately catch fire in the ratings or the eye of critics, you’re toast. In the new version of “Knight …

913 Barry Libert, author, "Barack, Inc."

August 19th, 2018

52:27

What was Barack Obama’s most pressing personal issue upon becoming President of the United States? After finding a good school for his daughters, he …

912 Jesse Plemons, actor, "Friday Night Lights," "Fargo," "Black Mirror"

August 19th, 2018

9:11

"Friday Night Lights” is TV’s feel-good story—every time it gets renewed for another season that is. Season three, now airing on NBC, actually bowed last fall on DirecTV, which saved it at the last minute from …

911 James Mathis III, voice actor, "Marvel's Avengers: The Black Panther"

August 14th, 2018

43:01

Chadwick Boseman was great in the live action Black Panther and Avengers films, making him one of the highest grossing action stars of all time. But …

910 Ethan Peck, Lindsey Shaw, actors, "10 Things I Hate About You," "Star Trek Discovery, "Pretty Little Liars" (2010)

August 14th, 2018

15:04

When last we saw Kat and Patrick on ABC Family’s hit comedy series 10 Things I Hate About You, Kat—played by Lindsay Shaw—was protesting the …

909 Ethan Peck, Lindsey Shaw, actors, "10 Things I Hate About You," "Star Trek Discovery, "Pretty Little Liars" (2009)

August 14th, 2018

18:54

The name of their new ABC Family show is “10 Things I Hate About You,” so I think it only fair that I get to quiz these two young stars, Lindsey Shaw and Ethan Peck, about the 10 things they hate about someone—anyone! …

908 David Alan Basche, actor, "The Starter Wife"

August 13th, 2018

11:12

You know the guy who played Debra Messing’s ex-husband on the original mini-series for “The Starter Wife"? You know, the guy who became a flunky for Dr. House last year on “House”? Well, Basche is taking that guy’s …

907 Jodi Thomas romance novelist, "Tall, Dark, and Texan"

August 13th, 2018

43:50

We’ve never met, but somehow Jodi Thomas has written the story of my life in her latest novel, Tall, Dark and Texan. As long-time listeners will know, I grew up in the 1800s on Whispering Mountain in Texas. I was tall, …

906 Gary Scott Thompson, producer, "Knight Rider 2008"

August 13th, 2018

10:15

The car is cooler than before, the star is younger, the women are more beautiful, Val Kilmer is the new voice of KITT, the super talking car and um, …

905 Ethan Suplee, actor, "My Name is Earl"

August 13th, 2018

38:07

My younger brother is a great kid. He’s not always the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he’s the kindest, gentlest, most supportive brother in the world. Okay, maybe second. Randy—you know, Earl’s younger brother on …

904 Dave Hagan, CEO, Boingo Wireless

August 13th, 2018

32:34

I well remember my first encounter with wireless Internet service outside of my home. It was the Cellular Telecommunication & Internet …

903 Emmanuel Jal, actor, Sudanese Rapper

August 13th, 2018

27:03

(UPDATE: I was reading Entertainment Weekly in early October 2014 and saw a familiar name and face featured in a story about a new movie, The Good Lie. It was Emmanuel Jal, a charming young actor and musician who found …

902 Patrick McDonnell, cartoonist, "Mutts"

August 13th, 2018

55:03

If you want to see daily comic strips in their classic form, the place I’d steer you is cartoonist Patrick McDonnell’s “Mutts.” Finely drawn, acerbic …

901 David Wild, Rolling Stone magazine writer, author, "Neil Diamond: He Is... I Say"

August 13th, 2018

54:54

Rolling Stone writer David Wild has harbored a secret man crush for decades. Today, he will come out of the closet and fess up: He’s in love with …

900 Craig Glazer, author, "The King of Sting"

August 13th, 2018

32:17

Craig Glazer, the author of a new book called The King of Sting: The King of Sting: The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw, might remind you of another good guy/bad guy: Frank Abagnale Jr., the author of …

899 Gail Simmons, judge, "Top Chef," editor, "Food & Wine"

August 13th, 2018

10:31

Gail Simmons, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, has the best gig of all the judges. Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio have to hang around …

898 Steve Muth, CEO, Voicethread

August 13th, 2018

52:38

If we keep our eyes open, there are a few things us grizzled old parents can still learn from our kids. About a month or two ago, my daughter came …

897 Harvey Frommer, author, "Remembering Yankee Stadium"

August 13th, 2018

50:42

There are two memories of Yankee Stadium that I hold dear. The first dates back to 1967. I was six years old and my grandfather took me to the House …

896 Bruce Davison, actor, "Knight Rider 2008"

August 13th, 2018

6:25

Bruce Davison already owns a chunk of pop culture—he was devious Senator Robert Kelly in the first two X-Men movies and has appeared in episodes of …

895 Michele Cameron, romance novelist, "Moments of Clarity"

August 13th, 2018

57:05

Romance is the top genre in fiction with more than $1.47 billion dollars in sales for 2007. The average romance reader is voracious and goes through …

894 Bob Gruen, rock photographer, "New York Dolls"

August 13th, 2018

1:01:07

Welcome to another edition of Mr. Media’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge. Today, I’ll test your familiarity with the roots of punk rock music with a …

893 Rory Freedman, Kim Barnounin, co-authors, "Skinny Bitch"

August 13th, 2018

50:36

Sorry folks. I’m not quite ready to start. SKINNY Bitch. Skinny BITCH. Just saying the name of my guests’ book series is a little difficult for a guy …

892 Rie Heffron, contestant, "America's Toughest Jobs"

August 13th, 2018

8:39

Rie Heffron (her first name is pronounced lee-ay) is a 34-year-old product specialist from Woodland Hills, CA. She went on the new NBC reality series …

891 Jeffrey Lyons, movie critic

August 12th, 2018

9:29

If you consider yourself a little choosy when it comes to movies, you probably either read newspaper reviews or watch a movie review show on TV. There are some reviews who come a little more highly recommended than …

890 Brian Michael Jenkins, author, "Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?"

August 12th, 2018

59:55

Let me say this as clearly as possible: If you don’t buy Brian Michael Jenkins’ new book, Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?? then the terrorists win. And that may be the last moment of levity in this episode of Mr. Media. …

889 Haroon Mokhtarzada, CEO, Webs.com

August 12th, 2018

38:58

I know a lot of people who are intrigued by the idea of producing their own web site or blog but scared to death that doing so would be technically …

888 Chris Young, contestant, "America's Toughest Jobs"

August 12th, 2018

3:20

Chris Young came to NBC’s “America’s Toughest Jobs” looking for a challenge, not a new job. He’s a 49-year-old investment banker from Pasadena who …

887 Robbie Cavolina, documentary filmmaker, "Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer"

August 12th, 2018

32:14

What makes a documentary film appealing to you? For me, it's either a subject in which I'm already invested, of course, or one in which I'm just curious enough to give it a try. Well, I didn't know much about Anita …

886 Chip Rowe, Playboy advisor, Playboy Magazine

August 12th, 2018

1:16:04

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Chip Rowe has one of the greatest jobs on earth. He’s the Playboy Advisor. You know, the guy who gets letters from C.J. in Chicago that begin, “What is the proper way to tip a …

885 Cat Taber, voice actor, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"

August 12th, 2018

46:33

I go back just as far as possible in the Star Wars viewing world. Before the original movie even opened in theaters back in 1977, my friend Bob Pinaha and I received invitations to its red carpet premiere at the Loew’s …

884 Peter Salett, film composer, "Superbad, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

August 12th, 2018

51:54

Today is a big day for my guest, Peter Salett: his new album, In the Ocean of the Stars was released this very day. Peter, if you don’t know him, is an accomplished musician whose career has been pumped up in recent …

883 Paul Hertzberg, president, CineTel Films

August 12th, 2018

56:25

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve seen or even heard of these real movie titles, because they’re providing a profitable existence for Paul Hertzberg, …

882 Brent Poer, GM, WB.com

August 12th, 2018

35:12

Never let a good brand die. That seems to be the marching order given to Brent Poer, general manager of TheWB.com, the web video site launching on Wednesday, August 27. The WB, as you will recall, began in January 1995, …

881 Brett DelBueno, actor, "The Cleaner"

August 12th, 2018

58:21

The good news: His TV dad is Benjamin Bratt. The bad news: His TV dad is an avenging angel for God. Brett DelBuono (pronounced Del-BUno) currently stars as “Ben Banks” alongside Bratt on the A&E original drama, The …

880 Alan Levy, founder, BlogTalkRadio.com

August 12th, 2018

59:13

I’m a lucky guy. Last December, I received an email from a woman named Amy Domestico, inviting me to bring my podcast, Mr. Media, to a relatively new media site called BlogTalkRadio. We exchanged some emails and finally …

879 Alan Gardner, editor, DailyCartoonist.com

August 12th, 2018

54:51

If you’re a cartoonist—writer or artist—an editor, a fan or someone in the business, there are three sites you must check daily: Alan Gardner’s DailyCartoonist.com; David Astor at EditorandPublisher.com and Tom …

878 Norman Pardo, friend, O.J. Simpson

August 12th, 2018

56:56

Everybody has an opinion on O.J. Simpson. He’s this, he’s that – one thing we can all agree upon is that his life is certainly not a dull one. For …

877 Jonathan Riggs, editor, "Prism Guide to LGBT Comics"

August 12th, 2018

54:50

Jonathan Riggs is my guest for this hour of Mr. Media. I began the show with some trepidation -- I was late getting back from the bank for one thing …

876 Scott Miles, actor, producer, "Little Chicago"

August 12th, 2018

52:34

There’s a certain risk – some might call it insanity – to producing true indie films. They’re costly, especially relative to the return on investment, time, and aggravation. But still they get made. Scott Miles made …

875 Bill Prady, co-creator, "The Big Bang Theory"

August 12th, 2018

53:09

Bill Prady is having a pretty good year, writer’s strike and all, thanks to the success of “The Big Bang Theory,” the hit CBS sitcom he co-created with Chuck Lorre. If you haven’t seen “The Big Bang Theory,” it stars …

874 Roger Bennett, author, "Camp Camp"

August 12th, 2018

57:52

My parents never sent me away to summer camp. I don’t blame them; as a kid, I was afraid of my own shadow, easily got car sick, and was not well adjusted, socially. And after reading Roger Bennett’s new love letter to …

873 Charlos Gary, cartoonist, "Cafe Con Leche"

August 12th, 2018

57:36

The only thing tougher than being a black man trying to hail a cab in Manhattan might be being a black man trying to sell a comic strip into a daily newspaper that already has a strip created by an African-American …

872 Robbie Lee, author, "The Straight Man's Pocket Guide to Picking Up a Hottie"

August 12th, 2018

54:27

Guys, here’s an offer you can’t refuse: a lesbian woman is going to give you tips on picking up a hottie. I know, I know – the whole idea made me …

871 Rick Smolan, author, "America At Home"

August 12th, 2018

34:19

I love great photographs. Over my desk, I have a black and white Florida Everglades print by Clyde Butcher that never gets old. When my eyes start …

870 Alec Forge, author, "Right of the Dial: The Rise of Clear Channel"

August 12th, 2018

59:07

It is so easy to hate terrestrial radio these days. No matter how many stations you scan, AM or FM, it’s difficult to find one on which you can land …

869 Rob Kutner, author, "Apocalypse How," writer, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

August 12th, 2018

1:02:16

Lots of people talk about the impending End of Days, but how many actually tell you how to prepare for what may come after the end? Oh, really? That many? Hmmm. Okay, how many make you laugh in the telling? Gotcha …

868 George Motz, author, "Hamburger America"

August 12th, 2018

53:38

Hamburgers – okay, and French fries – are so much a part of American culture that it is no surprise that somebody like George Motz would attempt …

867 George Shearing, jazz pianist

August 10th, 2018

36:57

When Sir George Shearing, the composer of “Lullabye of Birdland,” died on Valentine’s Day, 2011, we lost one of the great pianists — and gentlemen — …

866 Yul Spencer, actor, comedian, "Ya Gotta Go Higher"

August 10th, 2018

44:51

Comedian Yul Spencer—Spencer, for short—has not had an easy or simple life. In his new one-man-show, “Ya Gotta Go Higher,” which ran June 11-28 at …

865 Danny Fingeroth, author, "Disguised as Clark Kent"

August 9th, 2018

58:49

Danny Fingeroth spends a whole lot of time thinking about superheroes. For several years, he did it as the editor of the Spider-Man group of titles …

864 Philip Shenon, journalist, author, "The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Commission"

August 9th, 2018

31:59

I think everyone remembers where they were when they first heard about the planes flying into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. For our generation, it’s that horrifying moment that matches up with when …

863 Katherine Fugate, showrunner, "Army Wives"

August 9th, 2018

56:11

The last thing we need in our house is another serial TV commitment. But then someone turned me on to – late, I know – Lifetime’s “Army Wives.” I am soooo screwed. If you’re already a fan of the first year drama, you …

862 David Hajdu, author, "The Ten-Cent Plague"

August 9th, 2018

1:00:04

Run for your lives! Hide the women and children! There’s a Ten-Cent Plague loose upon this fine land! My guest today, David Hajdu, is the author of a new book that – at the very least – probably has the best title of …

861 Katy Chevigny, documentary filmmaker, "Election Day"

August 9th, 2018

48:37

Katy Chevigny makes award-winning documentary films such as Arctic Son, Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Nuyorican Dream, Brother Born Again, and Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America. Her credits also …

860 Brian Frazer, author, "Hyper-Chondriac"

August 9th, 2018

29:26

Brian Frazer’s life reads far more colorfully than mine would, I’m afraid. On the other hand, I managed to avoid that whole compulsive …

859 Stephan Pastis, cartoonist, "Pearls Before Swine"

August 9th, 2018

58:34

Stephan Pastis is a big fan of Ricky Gervais, creator of "The Office" and "Extras," and Larry David, co-creator of "Seinfeld" and creator of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He also loves him some Cheryl Hines. As a matter of …

858 Pete Von Sholly, artist, "Capitol Hell Political Monsters Postcard Book"

August 9th, 2018

45:36

Pete Von Sholly’s day job would be enough excitement for most of us. He creates storyboards for big budget Hollywood movies, and if you’ve seen The …

857 Bob Horowitz, producer, "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials," "The Singing Bee"

August 9th, 2018

32:10

Here’s something you probably don’t know about Mr. Media. The second of my nine books was actually about football -- Why Men Watch Football, in fact. So when the opportunity to interview Bob Horowitz came about, how …

856 Sara Zarr, novelist, "Sweethearts"

August 9th, 2018

56:30

If you’ve ever thought about writing novels, you might want to think about envying YA novelist Sara Zarr’s career. Her first, best-selling, young …

855 Sara Zarr, novelist, "Story of a Girl"

August 9th, 2018

33:51

Writer Sara Zarr had an experience last night that any author would kill for – sitting in the audience at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in …

854 Alberto Ibargüen, CEO, Knight Foundation

August 9th, 2018

1:00:01

With $2.6 billion in assets, the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is the 22nd largest foundation in the United States. Its mission is the betterment of the 26 communities in which it works and the …

853 Sloan de Forest, author, "Must See Sci-Fi"

August 6th, 2018

41:23

I’m a sci-fi guy. I can track my love of the gere back to original 1960s airings of classic “Star Trek,” many of which scared the crap out of me – …

852 Robert Wuhl, comedian, actor, "Hollywood Knights," "Arli$$," "Batman," "Cobb"

August 6th, 2018

15:53

Robert Wuhl cracks me up. Always has, always will. His HBO series, “Arli$$," about an over-ambitious Hollywood sports agent, was must-see TV in my …

851 Pete Williams, author, "The Draft"

August 6th, 2018

32:45

Pete Williams is a journalist and author whom I have known and been friendly with for several years. But I didn’t ask him to do a Mr. Media interview simply because we are buddies so much as I think that his recent …

850 Lee Salem, editor, Universal Press Syndicate

August 6th, 2018

28:56

Lee Salem is a guy I’ve admired for many, many years. As the president and editor of Universal Press Syndicate, he is the man responsible for …

849 Drew Friedman, artist

August 6th, 2018

32:19

I have enjoyed the illustrations of Drew Friedman for many, many years. He has going for him what many artists can only dream of – a distinctive style and, if you will, a voice that sets his work apart. Depending upon …

848 Tamara Conniff, editor, Billboard Magazine

August 6th, 2018

32:21

Do you remember the first music you ever bought? Whether it was a digital download, a compact disc, cassette, eight track, or a 33-1/3, 45, or even a 78 RPM wax record, I’ll bet you know that first song or album by …

847 David Bankston, president, Neighborhood America

August 6th, 2018

25:58

Today’s media newsmaker interview is a little different. I don’t expect many people will know either my guest, David Bankston, or the company he represents, Neighborhood America. It’s very likely, though, that you may …

846 Eric Deggans media reporter, St. Petersburg Times

August 6th, 2018

27:47

Eric Deggans is easily one of the smartest journalists I know. Okay, okay, I know some of you connect “smart” and “journalist” and chuckle the way other people combine “military” and “intelligence.” But trust me, Eric …

845 Chris Napolitano, editor, Playboy magazine

August 6th, 2018

36:39

When I was a student at the University of Florida, studying film during the day and writing freelance stories at night, I landed two choice assignments. Choice, that is, for a horny, unrequited, socially awkward …

844 Jason Snell, editor, MacWorld

August 6th, 2018

32:17

Besides a glass of Dr. Pepper, the one material thing I look forward to every day is checking in with my Macintosh computer. I’ve been one of those crazed Mac guys since 1984, I guess, when I bought my first Apple, a …

843 Rasha Drachkovitz, producer, "Lockup" (MSNBC)

August 6th, 2018

21:50

There aren’t many people who want to go to prison. Not on purpose, not by accident, not even if they deserve it. Loss of liberty, loss of freedom, loss of privacy, loss of choice – and let’s not even talk about the …

842 Mary Kay Culpepper, editor, Cooking Light

August 3rd, 2018

29:21

I don’t have the best eating habits. I generally try to follow the 80/20 rule. I make an effort to eat smart and well about 80 percent of the time …

841 Seth Bauer, editor, The Green Guide (National Geographic)

August 3rd, 2018

29:59

The first cool thing you need to know about National Geographic’s The Green Guide newsletter is that you can download an electronic edition of the …

840 David A. Andelman, journalist, author, "A Shattered Peace"

August 3rd, 2018

37:48

David Andelman and I have been connected via the internet for the last few years. I frequently receive emails from people who remember me from CBS News or The New York Times, who want to reconnect via Facebook or …

839 Judge David Young, syndicated TV judge

August 3rd, 2018

29:37

Judge David Young is unlike any other TV judge you’ve likely seen before. In a video marketplace with courts of every color and gender and with their …

838 Yvonne Strahovski, actress, "Chuck," "The Handmaid's Tale"

July 30th, 2018

11:38

When it comes to NBC’s Monday night spy rom-com “Chuck,” regular listeners know I’m not afraid to let my geek flag fly. Mr. Media has been delighted …

837 Max Allan Collins, novelist, "Killing Town," "Road to Perdition," "Quarry"

July 27th, 2018

47:03

My over-the-backyard-fence neighbor and I have been exchanging books back and forth for years. As a result of this show, I have introduced him to …

836 Andy Cowan, TV writer, "Seinfeld," "Cheers, "3rd Rock from the Sun," author, "Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer's Guide to Seeing Stars"

July 24th, 2018

42:40

Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer’s Guide to Seeing Stars is a great book title because it is not only clever, it tells you exactly what the book is about. Humorist Andy Cowan’s career has known great …

835 Nick Davis, filmmaker, "Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived," PBS, "American Masters"

July 23rd, 2018

26:59

I’m a lifelong baseball fan whose heroes were Mickey Mantle of the Yankees and Tom Seaver of the Mets. I never met Ted Williams, but I did have a book I wrote, Stadium For Rent, enshrined in the Ted Williams Hitters …

834 Book Excerpt from Will Eisner: A Spirited Life--Chapter 20, Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore

July 22nd, 2018

15:47

A different kind of episode! Congratulations to Dave Gibbons, comic book artist extraordinaire and co-creator of Watchmen with Alan Moore, for being …

833 Lisa Lampanelli, comedian

July 19th, 2018

29:23

Will success spoil standup comedy queen Lisa Lampanelli? That’s what Howard Stern asked her in January 2009. He thinks that now that the standup comedian has hit the big time with her first HBO special, “Long Live the …

832 Stephen Chao, founder, WonderHowTo.com, former president, Fox Television

July 19th, 2018

8:55

From 2008: If you think Fox TV is edgy and kooky now, you should’ve seen it back in the early ‘90s when Stephen Chao was a programmer and eventually …

831 Kip Addotta, comedian, author, "Kip Addotta: Confessions of a Comedian"

July 17th, 2018

48:42

I guess I thought I knew Kip Addotta. Now that I am reading his autobiography, Kip Addotta: Confessions of a Comedian, I realize I don’t know him at all. My guest today was a staple of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s comedy …

830 Forrest Galante, wildlife biologist, tracker, host, "Extinct or Alive," participant, "Naked and Afraid"

July 13th, 2018

25:40

The first thing I need to tell you about Forrest Galante is that I will never go out on an adventure with a man who is comfortable carrying a live Burmese Python around his neck. But that’s just me. Watching him do …

829 David Brown, podcast host, "Business Wars"

July 4th, 2018

26:27

If you’re going to be successful in business, you’ve got to be able to stomache conflict. You have to be hard-headed, believing the world needs what …

828 Sheree J. Wilson, actress, "Walker Texas Ranger," "Dallas"

June 29th, 2018

15:27

1993 was a kinder, gentler time, when we could still separate an actor from his or her politics and enjoy their performance for the lightweight …

827 Stephen Rosenfield, founder, American Comedy Institute, author, "Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian"

June 15th, 2018

48:30

Today's Guest: Stephen Rosenfield, founder, American Comedy Institute, author, Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful …

826 Bob Balaban, actor, "Seinfeld," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," director "Bernard and Doris"

June 11th, 2018

30:08

Today's Guest: Bob Balaban, actor Close Encounters of the Third Kind, "Seinfeld," Bernard and Doris No matter what role he’s in, Bob Balaban always …

825 Ross Pearsall, artist, creator, "Super-Team Family" comic book covers

June 4th, 2018

50:01

Today's Guest: Ross Pearsall, comics cover artist, "Super-Team Family" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of forgotten comic …

824 Joe Pistone, author, "Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business"

June 4th, 2018

55:46

Today's Guest: Joe Pistone, former FBI agent, author, Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business My favorite book in the 1970s was Serpico by Peter Maas, the story of a New York City cop who seemingly single-handedly fought the …

823 Jon Lovett, producer, "1600 Penn," "Pod Save America"

May 28th, 2018

11:11

Today's Guest: Jon Lovett, co-creator, "1600 Penn," podcaster, "Pod Save America" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of former …

822 Joey Luthman, actor, "Weeds"

May 27th, 2018

36:00

Today's Guest: Joey Luthaman, actor, "Weeds, "An American Carol" I hate it when people confuse actors with the characters they play. For example, …

821 Cas Anvar, actor, "The Expanse," "The Strain"

May 23rd, 2018

16:42

Today's Guest: Cas Anvar, actor, "The Expanse," "The Strain" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of Martians and Earthers who …

820 Bill Adair, editor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Politifact.com

May 22nd, 2018

58:39

If you’re going to get called on the carpet for something you did right, might as well be by Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s whirlwind of …

819 Jeff Herman, literary agent, author, "Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents," "Write the Perfect Book Proposal"

April 26th, 2018

44:30

Today's Guest: Jeff Herman, literary agent, author, "Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents," "Write the Perfect Book …

818 Ed Droste, co-founders, Hooters Restaurants

April 22nd, 2018

55:50

Today's Guest: Ed Droste, co-founders, Hooters Restaurants Lynne Austin, the original Hooters Girl Order Hooters Wing Sauce Medium: The Original (12 oz.), available from Amazon.com by clicking on the jar above! The …

817 Kurtis Findlay, author, "Chuck Jones: The Dream that Never Was"

April 22nd, 2018

29:15

Today's Guest: Kurtis Findlay, author, Chuck Jones: The Dream that Never Was Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of second-rate cartoon characters who’ll live out their lives of quiet desperation in …

816 Sacha Dhawan, actor, "Outsourced," "24"

April 22nd, 2018

10:30

Today's Guest: Sacha Dhawan, actor, "Outsourced" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of lovelorn sitcom characters waiting for their chance to impress a girl on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'… in the …

815 Toby Bloomberg, author, "Social Media Marketing GPS"

April 21st, 2018

30:23

Today's Guest: Toby Bloomberg, author, Social Media Marketing GPS   Download 'Social Media Marketing GPS' by Toby Bloomberg -- FREE -- by clicking on the book cover above! Toby Bloomberg, author, Social Media …

814 Tony Isabella, comic book writer, creator, "Black Lightning"

April 12th, 2018

59:20

Today's Guest: Tony Isabella, comic book writer, creator, "Black Lightning" Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Tony Isabella by clicking on the video player above!  Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio …

813 Lisa Granatstein, editor, Mediaweek, Adweek

April 11th, 2018

28:17

Today's Guest: Lisa Granatstein, editor, Mediaweek (Adweek) LIBSYN   Lisa Granatstein, editor, Mediaweek/Adweek I love to read. They don’t start calling you Mr. Media because you’re illiterate, of course, and magazines …

812 Alaina Huffman, actress, "Smallville," "Stargate Universe"

April 11th, 2018

15:08

Today's Guest: Alaina Huffman, actress, "Smallville," "Stargate Universe" Actress Alaina Huffman joined The CW's 'Supernatural' in 2013 as Abaddon Order 'Stargate Universe: Complete First Season' [Blu-ray] starring …

811 Grizz Chapman, actor, "30 Rock"

April 10th, 2018

11:26

Today's Guest: Grizz Chapman, actor, "30 Rock" 30 ROCK: (l-r) Kevin Brown as Dotcom, Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, Grizz Chapman as Grizz (NBC …

810 Hayes MacArthur, actor, "Perfect Couples," "Worst Week"

April 10th, 2018

13:16

Today's Guest: Hayes MacArthur, actor, "Perfect Couples," "Worst Week" LIBSYN Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of diehards who believe that one day, Kyle Bornheimer will be the king of all sitcoms… in …

809 Hank Rosenfeld, author, "The Wicked Wit of the West"

April 9th, 2018

35:40

Today's Guest: Hank Rosenfeld, author The Wicked Wit of the West Hank Rosenfeld found the kind of book writing job that guys like me salivate over. …

808 Kevin Brown, comedian, actor, "30 Rock"

April 4th, 2018

34:04

Today's Guest: Kevin Brown, comedian, actor, "30 Rock" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Grizz and Dotcom fans who think …

807 Kevin Brown, comedian, actor, "30 Rock" (2010)

April 4th, 2018

18:36

Today's Guest: Kevin Brown, comedian, actor, "30 Rock" When Tracy Jordan’s bodyguards made their first entrance on NBC’s soon-to-be-a-hit “30 …

806 Al Jarreau, jazz singer, "We're In This Love Together"

March 13th, 2018

38:19

Today's Guest: Al Jarreau, jazz singer, "We're In This Love Together" Al Jarreau, jazz singer (NOTE: On today's show, I'm reaching back in my archives to April 3, 1984 to share a telephone interview I conducted with …

805 Rick Smolan, co-author, "The Good Fight: America's Ongoing Struggle for Justice"

March 7th, 2018

30:58

Today's Guest: Rick Smolan, co-author, The Good Fight: America's Ongoing Struggle for Justice Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience …

804 David Simon, TV writer, creator, "The Wire, "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Treme," "The Corner"

March 5th, 2018

31:13

Today's Guest: David Simon, TV writer, creator, "The Wire, "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Treme," "The Corner" David Simon (Photo by Bob Andelman) Today, it’s January 26, 2007, and I am sitting across from David …

803 Dennis Farina, actor, "Luck," "Crime Story," The Last Rites of Joe May

February 26th, 2018

21:57

Today's Guest: Dennis Farina, actor, "Luck," "Crime Story," The Last Rites of Joe May Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of bad guys who, when they see former Chicago cop Dennis Farina coming their way, …

802 Noureen DeWulf, actress, "Chuck," "Anger Management," "Living Biblically"

February 26th, 2018

24:06

Today's Guest: Noureen DeWulf, actress, "Chuck," "Anger Management," "Living Biblically" Noureen DeWulf had my attention when I heard she had been a …

801 Stephen Snyder, MD, sex and couples therapist, author, "Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship"

February 19th, 2018

38:18

Today's Guest: Stephen Snyder, MD, sex and couples therapist, author, Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting …

800 Rob Sachs, podcaster, author, "What Would Rob Do?"

February 17th, 2018

23:50

Today's Guest: Rob Sachs, NPR podcast host, "What Would Rob Do," author, What Would Rob Do? Mr. Media is recorded live from the NEW new media capitol …

799 Chris Claremont, comic book writer, "The X-Men"

February 12th, 2018

49:14

Today's Guest: Chris Claremont, comic book writer, "The X-Men" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of evolutionary mutants whose …

798 Daniel Pink, author, "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko," "Free Agent Nation"

February 12th, 2018

57:18

Today's Guest: Daniel Pink, author, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, Free Agent Nation Daniel Pink   The Adventures of Johnny Bunko by Daniel Pink. Order your copy today by clicking on the book cover above! Daniel Pink …

797 David Giuntoli, actor, "Grimm"

February 12th, 2018

13:42

Today's Guest: David Giuntoli, star, "Grimm" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of modified Grimms watching me very carefully… in …

796 Danielle Nicolet, "The Starter Wife," "Family Matters," "The Jacksons: An American Dream," "3rd Rock From The Sun," "The Flash," "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1"

February 12th, 2018

9:09

Today's Guest: Danielle Nicolet, "The Starter Wife," "Family Matters," "The Jacksons: An American Dream," "3rd Rock From The Sun," "The Flash," …

795 Kim Bass, writer, director, "Kill Speed"

February 11th, 2018

34:30

Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of action film directors who don’t hire no stinkin’ stuntmen!… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida! If you see only one action adventure …

794 Rene Syler, host, BET's coverage of Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Inauguration, author, "Good Enough Mother"

February 11th, 2018

58:15

Today's Guest: Rene Syler, host, BET's coverage of Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Inauguration, author, Good Enough Mother If your name is Rene Syler, this is probably a pretty good week. In the midst of preparing to …

793 Bill Scheft, comedy writer, "The Late Show with David Letterman," novelist, "Everything Hurts," "Shrink Thyself"

February 11th, 2018

44:50

Today's Guest: Bill Scheft, comedy writer, "The Late Show with David Letterman," novelist, Everything Hurts, Shrink Thyself Order 'Everything Hurts' by Bill Scheft, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book …

792 Tom Farley, brother, Chris Farley, author "The Chris Farley Show"

February 11th, 2018

1:00:05

Today's Guest: Tom Farley, brother of SNL comedian Chris Foley, author, The Chris Farley Show   Order 'The Chris Farley Show' by Tom Farley Jr., …

791 Carolyn Lawrence, voice actor, Sandy Cheeks on "SpongeBob Squarepants"

February 4th, 2018

1:01:09

Today's Guest: Carolyn Lawrence, voice actor, Sandy Cheeks on "SpongeBob Squarepants" The cast of SpongeBob SquarePants   Order 'SpongeBob …

790 Dave Jackson, podcaster, SchoolOfPodcasting.com

February 4th, 2018

33:48

Today's Guest: Dave Jackson, podcaster, SchoolOfPodcasting.com Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience that includes broadcast radio …

789 Neil Berkeley, director, "Gilbert: A Gilbert Gottfried Story"

January 31st, 2018

27:33

Today's Guest: Neil Berkeley, director, Gilbert: A Gilbert Gottfried Story Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of stand-up …

788 Ethan Siegel, astrophysicist, author, "Star Trek: Treknology - The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive"

January 28th, 2018

32:29

Today's Guest: Ethan Siegel, astrophysicist, author, Star Trek: Treknology - The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive Watch this …

787 Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, soap opera co-stars, "Guiding Light"

January 28th, 2018

27:38

Today's Guest: Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, soap opera co-stars, "Guiding Light" LIBSYN   ] Order 'Guiding Light: A 50th Anniversary Celebration' by Christopher Schemering, svailable from Amazon.com by clicking on the …

786 Kim Zimmer, soap opera actress, "Guiding Light"

January 28th, 2018

30:17

Today's Guest: Kim Zimmer, soap opera actress, "Guiding Light" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of elderly women who won’t give up …

785 Jamie Beckman, author, "The Frisky 30-Day Breakup Guide"

January 28th, 2018

29:51

Today's Guest: Jamie Beckman, author, The Frisky 30-Day Breakup Guide   Jamie Beckman, author, 'The Frisky 30-Day Breakup Guide' It’s pretty easy for me to remember my worst breakup story… because there is only one. It …

784 Rabbi Bob Alper. comedian

January 28th, 2018

45:17

Today's Guest: Rabbi Bob Alper, comedian, author, Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This Rabbi Bob Alper (and some guy named Steve Martin)   Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This by Robert A. Alper, Rabbi Bob Alper, …

783 Adi Tantimedh, novelist, "Her Beautiful Monster: The Ravi PI Series"

January 26th, 2018

44:28

Today's Guest: Adi Tantimedh, novelist, Her Beautiful Monster: The Ravi PI Series Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Ali Tantimedh by …

782 A.J. Jacobs, author, "It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree," and his wife, Julie Jacobs

January 23rd, 2018

45:38

Today's Guest: A.J. Jacobs, author, It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree, and his wife, Julie Jacobs Watch this …

781 Walt Willey, actor, "All My Children"

January 23rd, 2018

26:29

Today's Guest: Walt Willey, actor, "All My Children" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of people who remember when soap operas were …

780 Cynthia Kraack, novelist, "Ashwood"

January 23rd, 2018

27:48

Today's Guest: Cynthia Kraack, speculative fiction author, Ashwood trilogy: Ashwood, Harvesting Ashwood and Leaving Ashwood. Mr. Media is recorded …

779 Cynthia Kraack, novelist, "Harvesting Ashwood"

January 22nd, 2018

27:52

Today's Guest: Cynthia Kraack, speculative fiction author, Ashwood trilogy: Ashwood, Harvesting Ashwood and Leaving Ashwood. Mr. Media is recorded …

778 Marty Beckerman, author, Dumbocracy, Generation S.L.U.T.

January 22nd, 2018

27:03

Today's Guest: Marty Beckerman, author, Dumbocracy, Generation S.L.U.T. Order Generation S.L.U.T.: A Brutal Feel-up Session with Today's Sex-Crazed …

777 Richard Barrios​, author, "Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget"

January 19th, 2018

32:51

Today's Guest: Richard Barrios​, author, Must-See Musicals: 50 Show-Stopping Movies We Can't Forget Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Richard Barrios by clicking on the video player above!  Mr. Media is …

776 Maulik Pancholy, actor, "30 Rock"

January 18th, 2018

9:31

Today's Guest: Maulik Pancholy, actor, "30 Rock," "Whitney," "Weeds" It’s war between TGS Show producer Liz Lemon and NBC suit Jack Donaghy’s …

775 Michael Eury, editor, Back Issue magazine

January 17th, 2018

48:21

Today's Guest: Michael Eury, editor, “Back Issue” magazine Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of comic book fanzine publishers who still have mimeograph fluid in their veins and respiratory issues from …

774 Robert K. Elder, author, It Was Love When; It Was Over When

January 15th, 2018

26:09

Today's Guest: Robert K. Elder, author, It Was Love When; It Was Over When   Order 'It Was Love When' by Robert K. Elder, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above! Order 'It Was Over When' by …

773 Robert K. Elder, author, "The Film That Changed My Life" (2011)

January 15th, 2018

36:04

Today's Guest: Robert K. Elder, author, The Film That Changed My Life Order 'The Film That Changed My Life' by Robert K. Elder, availasble from …

772 Robert K. Elder, author, "Last Words of the Executed"

January 15th, 2018

29:37

Today's Guest: Robert K. Elder, author, Last Words of the Executed Last Words of the Executed by Robert K. Elder, Mr. Media Interviews I don’t know that the world was bouncing on its heels, waiting impatiently for …

771 Adam Falcon, guitarist, live performance (2010)

January 15th, 2018

28:25

Today's Guest: Adam Falcon, guitarist, Piece of Mine Order 'Piece of Mine' by guitarist Adam Falcon, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the EP cover above! A few weeks ago, I didn’t know Adam Falcon from Adam …

770 Bitsie Tulloch, star, "Grimm"

January 15th, 2018

14:45

Today's Guest: Bitsie Tulloch, star, "Grimm" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of seemingly placid veterinarians in need of their …

769 Mike Lynch, cartoonist

January 14th, 2018

1:04:50

Today's Guest: Mike Lynch, cartoonist. Cartoon by Mike Lynch   Cartoon by Mike Lynch Regular Mr. Media listeners know that I have a special place …

768 Tim Jackson, David G. Brown, Ron Rogers, Barbara Brandon-Croft, Dr. Yaounde Olu, editorial cartoonists

January 14th, 2018

1:25:40

Today's Guests: Tim Jackson, David G. Brown, Ron Rogers, Barbara Brandon-Croft, Dr. Yaounde Olu, editorial cartoonists   Cartoonist Tim Jackson …

767 Paul Brannigan, author, "This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl"

January 14th, 2018

34:32

Today's Guest: Paul Brannigan, author, This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of guys …

766 Jason Stuart, comedian, actor (2009)

January 8th, 2018

39:53

Today's Guest: Jason Stuart, comedian, actor   Comedian Jason Stuart I’m not one to put labels on a person, but I guess if the cover of Jason Stuart’s latest DVD can describe him as “America’s top gay stand-up comic,” …

765 The Amazing Kreskin, mentalist (September 2010)

January 8th, 2018

28:56

Today's Guest: The Amazing Kreskin, mentalist   You put a lot of pressure on yourself going around the world with “Amazing” as your first name. But for The Amazing Kreskin, it’s just another day at the office—even if …

764 The Amazing Kreskin, mentalist

January 8th, 2018

25:02

Today's Guest: The Amazing Kreskin, mentalist   Kreskin's ESP Game Order 'Secrets of the Amazing Kreskin,' available from Amazon.com by clicking on the book cover above! I’m thinking of a number between one and …

763 Richard Minsky, 3D book artist, "The Book Art of Richard Minsky"

January 7th, 2018

34:35

Today's Guest: Richard Minsky, 3D book artist, The Book Art of Richard Minsky Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Amazon Kindle fans who can’t figure out what the big deal about book art might be… in …

761 America Olivo, actor, "Chicago P.D.," "Defiance," "DeGrassi: The Next Generation" (2010)

January 5th, 2018

25:41

Today's Guest: America Olivo, actor, "Chicago P.D.," "Defiance," "DeGrassi: The Next Generation"   Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio …

760 America Olivo, actor, "Chicago P.D.," "Defiance," "DeGrassi: The Next Generation"

January 5th, 2018

35:19

Today's Guest: America Olivo, actor, "Chicago P.D.," "Defiance," "DeGrassi: The Next Generation" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of other husband and wife entertainers, including Steve & Eydie, …

759 Chelsey Reist, actress, "The 100"

January 4th, 2018

39:33

Today's Guest: Chelsey Reist, actress, "The 100" Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Actress Chelsey Reist, star of "The 100" on The CW by clicking on the video player above! Mr. Media is recorded live before …

758 Father Guido Sarducci, gossip columnist, The Vatican newspaper (a.k.a., comedian Don Novello)

January 1st, 2018

22:15

Today's Guest: Father Guido Sarducci, gossip columnist, The Vatican newspaper (a.k.a., comedian Don Novello)     (NOTE: The following interview with …

757 Jerry Robinson, cartoon, early Batman artist credited with creating Robin the Boy Wonder, the Joker

January 1st, 2018

40:26

Today's Guest: Jerry Robinson, cartoon, early Batman artist credited with creating Robin the Boy Wonder, the Joker Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of cackling hyenas in whiteface and bright red …

756 RIP Rose Marie, comedienne, actress, "The Dick Van Dyke Show"

December 29th, 2017

27:49

Today's Guest: Rose Marie, actress, comedienne, "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Doris Day Show"   LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 16: The Dick Van Dyke Show cast members from left: Rose Marie (as Sally Rogers) and Morey Amsterdam …

755 Patrick Fischler, actor, "Mad Men," "Lost," "Weeds," "Southland"

December 27th, 2017

26:40

Today's Guest: Patrick Fischler, actor, "Mad Men," "Lost," "Weeds," "Southland"   Order 'Mad Men: The Complete Season 2' DVD starring Jon Hamm and Patrick Fischler, available from Amazon.com by clicking on the DVD …

754 Nick Tremulis, musician, Candy Golde

December 27th, 2017

15:32

Today's Guest: Nick Tremulis, musician, Candy Golde Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of true rock ‘n’ roll fans who have Paul …

753 Sam Haskell, CEO, Miss America Pageant, author, "Promises I Made My Mother"

December 24th, 2017

1:00:21

Today's Guest: Sam Haskell, CEO, Miss America Pageant, author, Promises I Made My Mother   Promises I Made My Mother by Sam Haskell with David Rensin, Mr. Media Interviews. Order your copy today by clicking on the …

752 Kathryn Joosten, actress, "Desperate Housewives"

December 11th, 2017

23:43

Today's Guest: Kathryn Joosten, actress, "Desperate Housewives"   Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives star Order 'Desperate Housewives: The …

751 Jeff Herman, literary agent, author," Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents"

December 11th, 2017

29:34

Today's Guest: Jeff Herman, literary agent, author, Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! Order 'Jeff Herman's Guide to Book …

750 Eila Mell, author, "New York Fashion Week"

December 11th, 2017

30:48

Today's Guest: Eila Mell, author, New York Fashion Week. Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of women who were pumped up by today’s topic only to be deflated when they discovered the show is still hosted …

749 Kyle Bornheimer, actor, "Casual," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul," "Agent Carter," "Love," "Worst Week"

December 6th, 2017

53:24

Today's Guest: Kyle Bornheimer, actor, "Casual," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul," "Agent Carter," "Love," "Worst Week" Mr. …

748 Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist, "Take Five" (1984)

December 4th, 2017

16:08

Today's Guest: Dave Brubeck, jazz legend (NOTE -- I had the good fortune to interview jazz legend Dave Brubeck on August 24, 1984. Unfortunately, it was largely a wasted opportunity in that I knew little about jazz at …

747 Emii, singer, "Mr. Romeo"

December 3rd, 2017

24:31

Today's Guest: Emii, singer Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of unbathed Comic-Con fanboys who live in Mom’s basement and for whom redheaded Emii is both a dream come true and their worst nightmare… …

746 Ryan Barton-Grimley, co-writer, director, co-star, "Elijah's Ashes"

November 30th, 2017

44:12

Today's Guest: Ryan Barton-Grimley, co-writer, director, co-star, "Elijah's Ashes"   Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of men who can say whatever they like about their brothers and step-brothers – but …

745 Joseph Mallozzi, co-creator, showrunner, "Dark Matter"

November 27th, 2017

59:03

Today's Guest: Joseph Mallozzi, co-creator, showrunner, "Dark Matter" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of science fiction TV fans who trace their dissatisfaction with the Syfy network’s lack of …

744 Rick Calvert, Tim Bourquin, co-founders, BlogWorld/New Media Expo

November 27th, 2017

59:45

Today's Guest: Rick Calvert, Tim Bourquin, co-founders, BlogWorld/New Media Expo I love a good tradeshow. There’s something about all the people with common interests, gathered together in one location, eating …

743 Aimee Garcia, actress, "Trauma," "The George Lopez Show," "Dexter," "Lucifer"

November 27th, 2017

11:15

Today's Guest: Aimee Garcia, actress, "Trauma," "The George Lopez Show," "Dexter," "Lucifer" Whoever cast the new NBC show “Trauma”—airing Monday nights at 9 p.m.—must have done some market research when it came to …

742 Jonathan Rosenberg, cartoonist, "Goats"

November 26th, 2017

31:18

Today's Guest: Jonathan Rosenberg, creator of the digital comic strip "Goats." Jon Rosenberg, you had me at the gray-skinned alien who said, “On our planet, people worship pancakes.” That’s the point—it was page three, …

741 Scott Adsit, actor, "30 Rock"

November 26th, 2017

11:54

Today's Guest: Scott Adsit, star of NBC's "30 Rock." Am I the only one who, when "TGS" producer Pete Hornbergerwalks into and out of a scene on “30 …

740 Terry Tomalin, outdoors editor, Tampa Bay Times, author, "Everyday Adventures"

November 25th, 2017

25:20

Today's Guest: Terry Tomalin, author, Everyday Adventures, outdoors editor, Tampa Bay Times Mr. Media is recorded live before a retail audience of people who kayak, canoe, scuba dive, paddleboard, zipline, bike and camp …

739 Scott Krinsky, actor, "Chuck"

November 24th, 2017

14:07

Today's Guest: Scott Krinsky, actor, "Chuck" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of carbon monoxide-fueled psychopaths who probably won’t go on living after the last new episode of “Chuck” airs… in the …

738 Ruben Santiago-Hudson, actor, "Castle"

November 24th, 2017

34:06

Today's Guest: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, actor, "Castle" One of the delightful surprises of last spring’s crop of replacement TV shows was a quiet …

737 Rib Hillis, actor, model, "Extreme Makeover Home Edition"

November 19th, 2017

20:46

Today's Guest: Rib Hillis, actor, model Seriously, have you ever seen a prettier man than this guy, Rib Hillis? When I see him, I feel like I’m not …

736 John Darnton, journalist, novelist, "Black and White and Dead All Over"

November 19th, 2017

48:44

Today's Guest: John Darnton, ex-New York Times reporter, novelist, Black and White and Dead All Over The great pleasure of being a novelist is that you can praise your friends and carve up your enemies by changing a few …

735 Joshua Gomez, actor, "Chuck" (2011)

November 19th, 2017

12:19

Today's Guest: Joshua Gomez, actor, "Chuck" Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Best Buy Geek Squaders who’d trade their employee discounts for 10 minutes of Morgan Grimes’ new life as the Intersect… …

734 Joshua Gomez, actor, "Chuck" (2010)

November 19th, 2017

9:26

Today's Guest: Josh Gomez, actor, "Chuck" Last night, my wife, daughter and I watched the latest episode of NBC’s “Chuck” – thank you, on-demand programming — and when it was over, we had a pretty interesting …

733 Esther K. Choy, author, "Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success," founder, Leadership Story Lab

November 16th, 2017

37:28

Today's Guest: Esther K. Choy, author, Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success, founder, Leadership Story Lab Mr. …

732 Janina Gavankar, actress, "The L Word," "True Blood," "Star Wars Battlefront II"

November 15th, 2017

29:34

Today's Guest: Janina Gavankar, actress, "The L Word," "True Blood," "Star Wars Battlefront II" I honestly had no idea how popular actress Janina …

731 Richie Unterberger, author, Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History

November 13th, 2017

43:06

Today's Guest: Richie Unterberger, author, Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Kingston, Jamaica townies ready to pounce at the first slip …

730 Ramona Singer, reality TV star, "The Real Housewives of New York City"

November 13th, 2017

10:44

Today's Guest: Ramona Singer, reality TV star, "The Real Housewives of New York City" Ramona Singer, The Real Housewives of New York City, Bravo Order 'Real Housewives of New York City' (Season 4), available right now …

729 Ramona Singer, reality TV star, "The Real Housewives of New York City"

November 13th, 2017

12:28

Today's Guest: Ramona Singer, star, "The Real Housewives of New York City" The rest of the ladies may be “The Real Housewives of New York,” but Ramona Singer is the real businesswoman of the Big Apple. Kelly Bensimon …

728 Alina Pușcău, singer, actress, Conan the Barbarian

November 13th, 2017

26:00

 Today's Guest: Alina Pușcău, singer, actress, Conan the Barbarian Alina Pușcău is hot. Hot, as in, people are talking about her. Hot, as in the YouTube video for her song, “When You Leave (Numa Numa).” ALINA PUSCAU …

727 William Kent Krueger, novelist, "Vermilion Drift"

November 13th, 2017

30:40

Don’t you love it when a friend recommends a book and it turns out he was right? That’s how I got turned on to William Kent Krueger’s new book, …

726 Jess McConkey, novelist, Love Lies Bleeding

November 13th, 2017

46:07

Love Lies Bleeding did not sound, on the face of it, like a novel I’d like to read. Believe it or not, I’m not especially drawn to stories of women …

725 Jim Pasternak and Richard Marshall, producers, Jonathan Winters documentary Certifiably Jonathan

November 7th, 2017

25:26

Finding the real Jonathan Winters could not be easy. But you might try looking in the toy aisle at Target with Howie Mandel. Or a video store with …

724 Kim Kleman, editor, Consumer Reports

November 7th, 2017

29:59

(Note from Mr. Media: Kim Kleman left Consumer Reports in June, 2013 after 16 years and joined The American Lawyer as Editor-in-Chief in February 2014.) In the 1970’s, my dad never made any purchase of substance without …

723 Morgan Spurlock, documentary filmmaker, "Comic-Con Episode IV A Fans Hope," "Super Size Me"

November 6th, 2017

10:29

I don’t know if Morgan Spurlock is getting rich as a documentary filmmaker, but he sure looks like a guy who is having a good time going to work each day. Spurlock first came to international attention with his …

722 Lawrence O'Donnell, host, "The Last Word," MSNBC

November 6th, 2017

10:36

Soft-spoken political analyst and frequent MSNBC fill-in host Lawrence O’Donnell launched his own show on the Micro-Peacock at 10 p.m. last night. It …

721 Ben Fong-Torres, author, "Eagles: Taking It to the Limit"

November 6th, 2017

31:09

How is it possible that 40 years have passed since the birth of The Eagles? You know – “Hotel California,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Desperado,” …

720 John Jennings, Damian Duffy, co-authors, "Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art and Culture"

November 6th, 2017

26:30

This show has always put out the welcome mat for black cartoonists, from daily strippers such as Ray Billingsley and Charlos Gary to editorial artists such as David G. Brown, Tim Jackson, Ron Rogers, Barbara Brandon …

719 John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent, CNBC

November 5th, 2017

23:59

Here’s a job for you: No matter what your title is, you’re going to be called upon from one day to the next to express opinions on important, global topics about which you may start the day not always knowing a lot. But …

718 Tony Hartl, entrepreneur, author, "Selling Sunshine"

November 5th, 2017

9:53

Frankly, it would have been easy to pass on tanning entrepreneur Tony Hartl’s new book, Selling Sunshine: 75 Tips, Tools, and Tactics for Becoming a …

717 Bethenny Frankel, reality TV star, "Real Housewives of New York City," "Bethenny Ever After"

November 5th, 2017

8:23

Today's Guest: Bethenny Frankel, reality TV star, "Real Housewives of New York City," "Bethenny Ever After" Give Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel her due: she knows how to build a brand and milk it for everything …

716 Blake Bell, author, "Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko"

November 3rd, 2017

54:39

Steve Ditko is a mystery. And in view of the cosmic and ethereal manner of his comic book art style, from Spider-Man and Dr. Strange to the lesser-known Mr. A, that may be appropriate. Blake Bell, whose interest as a …

715 Bill Schelly, author, Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert

November 2nd, 2017

53:00

Today's Guest: Bill Schelly, author, Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert Artist Joe Kubert’s lines are among the most distinctive in the comic book profession, not in the least because there are so many of them! …

714 Bob Delaney, NBA referee, New Jersey State Trooper, author, "Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob"

November 1st, 2017

43:50

Bob Delaney has lived not one but two enviable and intimidating lives—and he’s nowhere near done, yet. In his first career, Delaney was a New Jersey State Trooper who went undercover for three years to infiltrate the …

713 Samaire Armstrong, actress, Around June, "Entourage," "Dirty Sexy Money"

October 31st, 2017

29:45

I was studying Samaire Armstrong’s IMDB page when I saw that she played “Emily” on several episodes of the HBO comedy “Entourage.” Why is that significant? Well, as fans of the long-running podcast “Sex With Emily” will …

712 Mark Chiarello, art director, DC Comics

October 31st, 2017

38:52

When I was a teenager growing up in North Brunswick, New Jersey, I was one of three guys who organized a loose-knit band of like-minded comic book lovers into a club called the Fans of Central Jersey. We had monthly …

711 Buddy Scalera, author, Creating Comics from Start to Finish

October 30th, 2017

29:31

The first thing you notice about Buddy Scalera? A really cool, literary name. Honestly, I’d like to name a character in a movie “Buddy Scalera.” …

710 Hayes Ferguson, chief operating officer, Legacy.com

October 30th, 2017

35:26

Dying sucks—for those left behind, that is. Not sure yet what it means to the deceased. There are all the feelings of sadness and regret, things left unsaid, things left undone. We’re always looking for ways to express …

709 Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, Columbia University

October 29th, 2017

32:53

I don’t know about you, but I could spend hours on end doing stuff on the Internet, some of it productive, some of it, well, not. And some days, it’s …

708 Deborah Davis, author, "Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation"

October 27th, 2017

38:51

“Can a dinner change history?” That’s the opening line of author Deborah Davis’s amazing new book, Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation. At its …

707 Sasha Cohen, Olympic figure skater

October 26th, 2017

11:57

Here’s something not everyone interviewing Olympic ice skater Sasha Cohen can say: She’s quoted on the front cover of my new book. It’s true: When Mind Over Business hits book shelves on March 6, there is a quote above …

706 Katie McGrath, actress, "Merlin," "Supergirl"

October 24th, 2017

10:10

Katie McGrath plays Lady Morgana in the new NBC dramatic import, “Merlin.” The shows airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. Katie is a relative newcomer to acting, as I understand it, although American audiences may have seen her …

705 Jeremy Mitchell, indie film producer, Sheaun McKinney, actor, Know Thy Enemy

October 23rd, 2017

33:30

Producer Jeremy Mitchell and actor Sheaun McKinney were my guests on the very first episode of Mr. Media Radio broadcast late in 2007 on the BlogTalkRadio Network. They were promoting a new Miami-based independent …

704 Sasha Roiz, actor, "Grimm"

October 21st, 2017

13:40

Actor Sasha Roiz made the rounds of several TV genre favorites on his way to the role of Captain Renard on the new NBC drama series “Grimm,” which …

703 Niall Matter, actor, "Eureka"

October 20th, 2017

37:06

Bad news for former “Ugly Betty” actor Christopher Gorham -- Buddy TV just named Niall Matter “the hunkiest nerd in the history of TV.” That’s right: the man who plays Deputy Sheriff Jo’s love interest, Zane Donovan, on …

702 Kerry Sanders, NBC News correspondent

October 19th, 2017

10:46

I have done my best to keep the Casey Anthony case at arm’s length from day one. Since becoming a dad almost 15 years ago, I have had no tolerance …

701 Gillian Jacobs, actress, "Community," "Love"

October 19th, 2017

10:54

NBC’s freshman comedy sensation “Community” is ending its first season on a high note: Entertainment Weekly made the show’s season finale tonight Number 1 on its Top Ten “Must List” of things to do this week. And it …

700 Daniel Cross, documentary filmmaker, "I Am The Blues"

October 18th, 2017

37:46

When I finished watching Daniel Cross’s new documentary I Am the Blues, what I really wanted – besides an immediate trip to the Mississippi Delta – …

699 Rizwan Manji, actor, "Outsourced"

October 17th, 2017

14:27

A wedding seems the appropriate analogy to finish out the first season of the NBC sitcom "Outsourced." The show, about a white bread American exiled to run a Mombai, India call center, seemed more out of this world to …

698 Rizwan Manji, actor, "Outsourced"

October 17th, 2017

10:59

NBC has three really funny sitcoms on Thursday nights during its three-hour comedy block that I really think you should give a chance – or a second …

697 Sharon Leal, actress, "Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day," "Supergirl"

October 17th, 2017

29:34

Actress Sharon Leal is a woman loosed… and on the verge. A review of the one-time "Guiding Light" star’s recent credits support this, with ever more …

696 Joe Sinnott, inker, Marvel Comics

October 17th, 2017

35:06

You have to be pretty damn good at what you do for someone to name you Joltin’. The name stuck to Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, of course, and is also part …

695 Amy Fox, TV showrunner, co-star, "The Switch"

October 3rd, 2017

35:00

“The Switch” – a new TV sitcom from creator Amy Fox, who also co-stars in it – is about being true to who your heart tells you that you are… even if …

694 Jordan Brady, director, "I Am Battle Comic"

October 2nd, 2017

49:35

At some point, I assume we’re going to get a documentary titled "I Am Jordan Brady, Comic." Brady, a sometime comic, has made several documentary …

693 Michael Killen, co-creator and co-writer, "Downward Dog"

September 30th, 2017

51:08

Did you catch any episodes of the limited series “Downward Dog” this summer? I know you hear this about a lot of great shows these days – “Better …

692 Robert Mugge, filmmaker, "Saxophone Colossus," featuring Sonny Rollins

September 29th, 2017

47:24

Does anybody really understand jazz? Hands down, hands down – it was a rhetorical question. For me, it’s alll about mood, rhythm, sway and surprise. …

691 Steve Morse, Boston rock music critic

September 22nd, 2017

33:36

When I tell you that Steve Morse was the “long-time” rock critic for the Boston Globe, I’m not kidding—I actually looked it up. I seemed to recall him being on the job during the years that I flitted in and of similar …

690 Robert Knight, rock photographer, author, "Rock Gods"

September 22nd, 2017

29:14

Maybe you don’t already know the name of legendary rock ‘n’ roll photographer Robert Knight. But by the end of this half-hour, you won’t be able to …

689 Nevin Martell, author, "Looking for Calvin and Hobbes"

September 22nd, 2017

30:24

There are plenty of creative people whose work I love but you’ll never catch me pursuing an interview with them. Bruce Springsteen, for one. I like the idea of leaving a little mystery out there, a little bubble I’ll …

688 Heather Brewer, novelist, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

September 22nd, 2017

25:38

The whole vampire chic thing passed me by. Not just the Twilight movies and the HBO series “True Blood,” either—I never got hooked on Joss Whedon’s …

687 Cheryl Hines, actress, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

September 21st, 2017

24:47

Cheryl Hines has one of the most challenging acting jobs on television: she plays Larry David’s long-suffering TV wife on the HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” now in its sixth season. For years, many people have …

686 Lance Richlin, Rick Rosner, Joseph Orapeza, video cast, "Lance vs. Rick"

September 4th, 2017

33:14

You know that crazy uncle who comes to every family event and upsets everybody with his strong views on everything politics to religion, and from gay …

685 Eric Deggans, Aaron Barnhart, TV critics

September 4th, 2017

55:07

Back in the early days following Al Gore’s invention of the Internet, there were a few hardy souls delivering content via something called …

684 Diane Farr, actress, "Numb3rs," "Californication, "Rescue Me"

September 3rd, 2017

25:19

It’s got to be the dancing eyes. There’s a lively sense of mischief and glee that I see when I gaze into actress Diane Farr’s big eyes on the TV …

683 Ashley Kahn, author, "Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece"

August 30th, 2017

53:10

One of the best magazine assignments I ever got was in the early 1980s and an editor challenged me to hang out in the Pinellas County, Florida, …

682 Jill Geisler, author, Work Happy: "What Great Bosses Know," podcaster, "What Great Bosses Know"

August 30th, 2017

41:02

I was a crappy office manager. I had my shot back in 1988 as managing editor of Tampa Bay Weekly. The alternative newspaper had just been sold and I …

681 Billy Hayes, former drug smuggler, inspiration for the films "Midnight Express," "Midnight Return"

August 28th, 2017

42:08

Midnight Express was one of the scariest movies I ever saw. It was probably one of the most horrifying films you ever saw, too. The story of Billy Hayes, an American tourist caught attempting to leave Turkey by plane in …

680 Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert, actors, "The Forgotten"

August 21st, 2017

10:48

  It seems like movie star Christian Slater has at last found solid footing on network television. His ABC series, “The Forgotten,” got off to an …

679 JoAnna Garcia, Jennifer Finnigan, actors, "Better With You"

August 21st, 2017

11:02

Somebody call Josh Radnor on CBS! The girl of his character’s dreams on “How I Met Your Mother” — actress JoAnna Garcia — has slipped away and landed her own sitcom on ABC! JOANNA GARCIA podcast excerpt: (I asked …

678 ANT, comedian, Janina Gavankar, actress, Darryl Stephens, actor

August 21st, 2017

1:01:11

It’s 9 p.m. on the east coast, 6 p.m. on the west. Do you know where your favorite gay TV actor, straight actress who plays a pay-cable lesbian, or gay comedian is? Well, for the next 60 minutes, they’re going to be …

677 Meital Dohan, actress, "Weeds," singer

August 21st, 2017

13:57

If the movie is titled Monogamy and it stars not one but two beautiful women, my money is on there being some sort of threat to the status quo in the …

676 Gene Simmons, rock star, KISS

August 21st, 2017

28:16

I met Gene Simmons once. His band, KISS, was touring without the makeup for the first time and we were backstage before a show at the Lakeland Civic Center. Simmons was an imposing figure, even making casual …

675 Jim Melvin, novelist, "The Death Wizard Chronicles" (2007)

August 21st, 2017

23:48

Jim Melvin has been a friend of mine for more than twenty years and, for as long as I’ve known him, his driving interest has been writing an epic fantasy series, something that might find shelf space alongside J.R.R. …

674 Arie Kaplan, comic book writer, "Speed Racer"

August 21st, 2017

47:27

What red-blooded man’s heart doesn’t start racing at the “Speed Racer” theme? My guest today is part of the revival of the immortal Speed Racer. He is IDW comic book writer Arie Kaplan, and with the release of the …

673 Denis Kitchen, underground comix artist, writer, publisher (2009)

August 21st, 2017

50:39

In the world of comics, Denis Kitchen can do it all. Cartoonist, editor, publisher, museum consultant—heck, he even produced a daughter, Alexa, who …

672 Denis Kitchen, underground comix artist, publisher (2009)

August 21st, 2017

25:17

There’s nothing odd about legendary underground comix artist and publisher Denis Kitchen. Everything I’ve ever learned about the man—both before we met and became friends in 2002 or since—has always been compelling. …

671 Carly Pope, actress, "Outlaw," "Popular"

August 21st, 2017

10:06

There is no doubting that Jimmy Smits is a big TV star, one with high Q ratings and some of that LLJS magic—you know, Ladies Love Jimmy Smits. But while he’s also a man’s man, it doesn’t hurt to have a guy like that …

670 Paul Gillin, blogger, NewspaperDeathwatch.com

August 21st, 2017

55:13

I like to think of myself as one of those guys with ink in his veins. At 13, I concluded that the New Brunswick Home News, my hometown paper in New Jersey, was inadequate, so I used my own money to subscribe to the …

669 Eric Rhoads, publisher, Radio Ink

August 21st, 2017

31:23

Following months of rumors, the two satellite radio companies, Sirius, and XM, last week confirmed one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets: their …

668 Guy Kawasaki, author, "Reality Check"

August 21st, 2017

1:01:29

Here are some of the things I learned from reading Guy Kawasaki’s new business manual, Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition: • He only eats at three Silicon …

667 Larry Hankin, actor, "Breaking Bad"

August 21st, 2017

34:32

I suspect that when Larry Hankin is out in public, he gets a lot of funny looks. Double-takes. Triple-takes. Because he is THAT GUY. That actor you’ve seen a hundred times on TV shows and in films, but you honestly …

666 Ron Dante, singer, The Archies, "Sugar Sugar"

August 21st, 2017

32:07

I still remember the first time I heard the song. It was September 1969, I was a new fourth grader in Mrs. Arnesan’s class at Judd Elementary School …

665 Josh Flagg, rock star, "Devastate Me"

August 21st, 2017

32:30

He started as a mandolin player. In Philadelphia. Tell me that wasn’t devastating for a 13-year-old kid! Thanks, Dad! But there’s no sign it left a …

664 Drew Waters, co-star, "Friday Night Lights"

August 21st, 2017

25:08

NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” exists in one of network TV’s most rarified niches. It’s one of those shows that, if seen strictly by the numbers, should …

663 Trina Robbins, author, The Brinkley Girls, comic book writer, GoGirl! (2009)

August 20th, 2017

34:49

This is my third year of being the ringmaster of the Mr. Media radio show and I’m starting to see previous guests return with new projects. And that is certainly the case tonight, as cartoonist and historian Trina …

662 Trina Robbins, comics historian, comic book writer, "GoGirl!" (2007)

August 19th, 2017

28:28

  Trina Robbins, the author of the GoGirl! series of comics from Dark Horse, joins us today as our guest. Up until Manga arrived on our shores, …

661 Zeljko Ivanek, actor, "The Event," "Homicide," "Damages"

August 15th, 2017

11:08

Next on a very special episode of “Chuck,” actor Zeljko Ivanek as you’ve never seen him before: Happy — no, giddy! — smiling at a box of newborn puppies. Yeah, like that will ever happen! ZELJKO IVANEK podcast excerpt: …

660 Lamorne Morris, actor, "New Girl"

August 15th, 2017

14:45

Lamorne Morris may just be the luck, luck, luckiest actor in Hollywood. When the studios were casting for pilots last spring, he was not among the …

659 Chris Gorham, actor, "Ugly Betty, "Covert Affairs"

August 15th, 2017

12:37

If you've ever watched ABC’s romantic dramedy “Ugly Betty,” you know that Betty’s boyfriend Henry will always be the one who got away. And came back. And got away again. The actor who plays “Henry” is Chris Gorham, a …

658 Christopher Gorham, actor, "Ugly Betty, "Covert Affairs"

August 15th, 2017

30:35

The last time Christopher Gorham was on Mr. Media, he and a lot of other people were dealing with the sudden cancellation of ABC’s “Ugly Betty.” Gorham made an indelible impression on that show as Betty’s frustrating as …

657 Ger Apeldoorn, co-author, Behaving Madly: Zany, Loco, Cockeyed, Rip-off, Satire Magazines

August 7th, 2017

32:50

The first letter to the editor I ever wrote and saw published was to Crazy Magazine, a competitor to Mad, Cracked and Sick in the mid-1970s. Crazy was a Marvel Comics take on satire and, being a card-carrying Fan Of Old …

656 Mike Gold, editor, ComicMix.com

August 4th, 2017

42:56

Remember when convenience stores had spinning racks with signs at the top that shouted, “Hey, Kid! Comics!”? Actually, I barely remember that myself, it’s been so long. Finding comic books hasn’t been easy since the …

655 Peter Kuper, artist, "Stop Forgetting to Remember" (2007)

July 31st, 2017

31:37

I think the reason that many people who never read comic books find themselves drawn to graphic novels isn’t because they come in hard cover or because they cost more or because they’re hip at the moment. I think it’s …

654 Peter Kuper, artist, "Drawn to New York" (2012)

July 31st, 2017

39:11

If you love the speed, contradictions, dangers and delights of Manhattan, you’ll find a lot to love in artist Peter Kuper’s new graphic collection, …

653 Fauzia Burke, book publicist, author, "Online Marketing for Busy Authors"

July 31st, 2017

34:05

I talk to a lot of authors, between interviews on Mr. Media and the men and women I work with each day as a ghostwriter myself. And the one topic that frustrates every last one of them, from newbie to established …

652 Tanna Frederick, actress, "Hollywood Dreams"

July 29th, 2017

29:47

If you’re a woman in search of someone else’s emotional train wreck to make you feel better about your own life, film director Henry Jaglom has got a movie or two for you. Maybe it’s his latest, Irene in Time, about a …

651 Mike Edison, author, "I Have Fun Everywhere I Go" (2008)

July 29th, 2017

57:00

In his new book, I Have Fun Everywhere I Go, Mike Edison does for sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll what Hulk Hogan did for wrestling! No, scratch that. …

650 Mike Edison, author, "Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!"

July 29th, 2017

36:16

Those are just a few of the topics I’ll be discussing today with my guest, Mike Edison, author of a glorious romp through the modern history of sex magazine publishing, Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! Of Playboys, Pigs, and …

649 Lisa Ann Walter, actress, comedian, judge, "Dance Your Ass Off"

July 29th, 2017

27:17

Here’s the difference between you and Lisa Ann Walter: When you’ve been sitting around having a little too much to drink, complaining about how nobody looks like those stringbeans on “So You Think You Can Dance,” or how …

648 Jonathan Alter, author, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One"

July 29th, 2017

29:40

Here’s the opening of a conversation that would get me divorced: “Honey, I’m going to spend the next 17 months researching and reporting about …

647 Peter Shankman, public relation and social media expert

July 29th, 2017

24:29

There are a handful of people that social media aficionados and professionals follow religiously for their insight and direction, people such as …

646 Josh Neufeld, illustrator, "A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge"

July 29th, 2017

28:03

There are all kinds of journalistic storytelling styles, starting with your basic who/what/when/where and why. There is also “if it bleeds, it leads.” And let’s not forget the “New Journalism” class of the 1960s and …

645 Jordan Brady, directory, "I Am Comic" (2010)

July 29th, 2017

25:50

Jordan Brady has been on stage, told the jokes, suffered the hecklers and luxuriated in the belly laughs. He also knows the pitfalls of standup …

644 Anna Gunn, actress, "Breaking Bad," "Deadwood"

July 29th, 2017

41:21

Anna Gunn’s arrival in the city of Deadwood on the HBO series of the same name set off one of the craziest love triangles in history. The widow of …

643 Yvette Nicole Brown, actress, "Community"

July 29th, 2017

10:53

Yvette Nicole Brown has been on TV shows opposite Hugh Laurie, William Shatner and Larry David, and in movies opposite Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer …

642 Henry Jaglom, director, Tanna Frederick, actress, "Queen of the Lot"

July 29th, 2017

30:53

Scorsese and DeNiro have this kind of relationship. So do Spielberg and Hanks. And Scorsese has it with DiCaprio, too, now that I think of it. Every so often, a director finds his match with an actor who “gets” their …

641 Roger Chiocchi, branding expert, "Baby Boomer Bust"

July 29th, 2017

30:11

The post-war baby boom is becoming something else, more than half a century later. But is that something else a bust? In his new book, Baby Boomer Bust?—and the title ends in a question mark—Roger Chiocchi (pronounced …

640 Raymond Schlogel, director, "For Love & Stacie"

July 29th, 2017

31:41

All the air escaped my lungs at the end of Ray Schlogel’s independent film, For Love & Stacie. I was angry, petulant… and then the credits rolled …

639 Kit Boss, showrunner, "Creature Comforts"

July 29th, 2017

38:28

(2012 UPDATE: Congratulations to Kit Boss, who shared an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Animated Program" as consulting producer of "Bob's Burgers" …

638 Renèe Rosen, novelist, "Windy City Blues"

July 24th, 2017

31:11

Sometimes a great novel gets lost in lousy packaging. That’s the case of Renee Rosen’s fifth book, Windy City Blues. It is one of those magnificent, emotional reads that you can’t put down, capturing the early days of …

637 Ilene Kristen, singer, actress, "One Life to Live"

July 23rd, 2017

22:15

If you’re on an airplane in the coming weeks and see Ilene Kristen engrossed in a bright and shiny new iPad, blame me. Kristen, who has starred on ABC’s "One Life to Live" as “Roxanne Balsom” since 2001, already has an …

636 Summer Glau, actress, "Firefly," "The Cape"

July 23rd, 2017

11:29

Summer Glau gets some of the most enviable genre roles on television. Her first was on "Angel," where "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon …

635 Eugene Mirman, comedian

July 23rd, 2017

48:23

Eugene Mirman is one of the driest comedians I’ve ever encountered. He’s so droll, so subtle, that at first it’s difficult to detect if he’s on or …

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